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Area roundup: Vandals women win Wyoming Cowgirl Classic

The Idaho Vandals women shot three consecutive rounds of 291 to win the 19-team Wyoming Cowgirl Classic on Tuesday in Maricopa, Arizona.

Idaho (873) finished eight strokes in front of runner-up Santa Clara. The Washington State Cougars placed third with an 885 total. The Eastern Washington Eagles (927) finished 14th.

Senior Kristin Strankman paced the Vandals with a 2-over-par 218 total, tying her for sixth place.

WSU was led by Alivia Brown’s 220, tying her for ninth place. Kirsten Ishikawa (226) topped the Eagles. She tied for 40th.

Santa Clara’s Annie Freman (207) was the medalist.

The Gonzaga Bulldogs women tied for 13th place at the 18-team Silverado Showdown in Napa, California.

Stanford (865) won the team title by 13 strokes over runner-up Oregon. Gonzaga finished with a 909.

Bianca Pagdanganan led GU with a 2-over 218, tying her for seventh place. Oregon’s Cathleen Santoso (211) was the medalist.

The Gonzaga Bulldogs men placed ninth and the Idaho Vandals tied for 12th at the 19-team Wyoming Cowboy Classic in Chandler, Arizona.

Sean Walsh carded a 2-under 214 to tie for 16th for GU, while Daniel Sutton tied for 25th with a 216 to pace Idaho.

Colorado shot a 21-under 843 to win the team title by eight strokes over Sam Houston State.

Colorado’s Jeremy Paul and Sam Houston State’s Jake McCrory tied for medalist honors with 205s.

The Washington Huskies men won the 16-team Seattle Redhawks Invitational, while the WSU Cougars placed fourth in Tacoma.

Washington finished 11 strokes in front of runner-up TCU. WSU was 25 shots off the pace.

The Huskies’ Jonathan Sanders was the medalist with an 8-over 220. Aaron Whalen (228) finished tied for 11th to pace the Cougs.

Junior hockey

Spokane Chiefs’ leading scorer Kailer Yamamoto has been named to Team USA for the upcoming IIHF U-18 World Championships.

The Americans will begin competition at 4:30 p.m. on April 14 against Russia in Grand Forks, N.D.

The 5-foot-9 forward led the Chiefs with 19 goals and 52 assists for 71 points in 57 games. He also scored a goal and added four assists in six playoff games that ended Sunday with a 6-2 loss to Victoria.

Bill Peters, who coached the Chiefs to their 2008 Memorial Cup Championship, will serve as the coach for Team Canada in the 2016 World Championship in Russia that begins on May 6.


EWU seniors Katie Mahoney and Kaytlyn Coleman were named the Big Sky’s women’s track and field athletes of the week after their efforts at the Stanford Invitational.

Mahoney set an EWU record in the steeplechase, winning in 10 minutes, 10.33 seconds. Coleman threw the hammer a personal-best 194 feet, 6 inches, in placing fourth.

Four Whitworth Pirates were named athletes of the week in the Northwest Conference.

Andrew Bloom was track’s field athlete of the week for the second straight week. He threw the javelin a national-best 213-2 in a win at the Sam Adams Classic. Jalen Robinson-McClure was the track athlete of the week after a personal-best time of 49.48 in tying for first in the 400. Chelsey Hayes was honored in softball after batting .500 with six RBIs and seven runs scored. Oliver Rudnicki was tabbed in men’s golf after sharing medalist honors at the West Cup Tournament.

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