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Locally: Area shooters excel at Washington State Marksmanship Championship

Led by Taylor Christian and Zachary Pearsall, members of the Spokane Junior Rifle Club were dominant in the 2016 Washington State Civilian Marksmanship Program Championship that was shot late last month at the Spokane Rifle Club and in Seattle.

Christian, 14, Spokane Valley Tech, shot 584 out of 600 to win the state championship in the Precision Division of the 3-position air rifle competition. Pearsall, 14, home school, shot 445 to win the Sporter category.

Both qualified for regional competition, April 6-8, 2017, in Layton, Utah, with an opportunity to qualify for the CMP National Championships in June.

The SJRC had five top-nine finishers in Precision, which attracted 27 shooters. Maliya Hillman, 18, Lewis and Clark, shot 582 to place third.

In the team competition, SJRC Bronze was the top-placing local team in third. Matthew Moore, 14, The Oaks Academy; Caden Kight, 13, Northwest Christian Middle School; Ben Jones, 13, home school; and Sarah Ward, 14, The Oaks, combined to shoot 2,029 out of 2,400.

Basketball

Shadle Park will stage its annual men’s alumni basketball game on Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. in the high school gymnasium, Shadle boys coach Tim Gaebe announced. Doors open at 5 p.m. Admission is by donation and all proceeds will go to the Rypien Foundation.

College scene

Jacob Groh, a Carroll College senior defender from Gonzaga Prep, was named to the 2016 National Soccer Coaches Association of America NAIA/NCCAA Men’s Scholar All-America team with a 3.66 grade-point average in health sciences.

It is the first such honor for the Carroll men’s soccer team, in just its third year of existence.

“Jake was a founding member of the program. He has been a major contributor for us since day one,” coach Doug Mello said of his two-time All-Cascade Conference first-team selection. “He set the tone for the starting of the program and what we wanted to accomplish on the field and in the classroom. He has worked hard. This accolade is going to a very deserving young man.”

Brady Ulen, from Coeur d’Alene, and two Whitworth Pirates were honored when the National Soccer Coaches Association of America selected all-region teams.

Ulen, a Western Washington senior defender, who was a standout at Post Falls High School and North Idaho College before joining the Vikings, was selected to the NSCAA NCAA Division II men’s All-West Region third team.

Eric Espinoza, from San Jose, California, and Jonah Snyder, from Burlingame, California, junior midfielders at Whitworth, were third-team choices on the NSCAA NCAA Division III men’s All-West Region teams.

Levi Taylor, from Lewis and Clark, a sophomore guard at Community Colleges of Spokane, is the Northwest Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week after leading the No. 1-ranked Sasquatch to three victories the week of Dec. 12-18.

Taylor hit 27 of 54 shots from the field (50 percent), including 13 of 23 on 3-point attempts, as he averaged 28 points per game. He added 3.67 assists, 6.67 rebounds and 2.33 steals. The tournament MVP a season ago for the champion Sasquatch is ninth in the league in scoring this season (20.1) and 18th in assists (3.92).

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