The Spokane Nordic Ski Association announced this week that ski coach George Bryant has been named the Pacific Northwest Ski Association Nordic Coach of the Year.
Bryant, and spouse Alison Weiner, were honored earlier this year as recipients of the Gary Silver Award for their dedication to the sport of cross-country skiing at Mt. Spokane.
Eastern scholars named
The Big Sky Conference has honored 54 Eastern Washington student athletes by naming them to the conference All-Academic team for the spring quarter.
To qualify for the team, student-athletes must maintain a 3.20 cumulative grade-point average or better at EWU and meet the requirement of playing in at least half of the team’s competitions.
Area athletes include Isaac Kitzan of Spokane; Zeb Klemke of Medical Lake; Aaron Brenton of Cheney; Aaron Obert of Clayton, Washington; Austin Scally of Spokane; Austin Upmeyer of Spokane Valley; Steaven Zachman of Cheney; Leanne Asper of Coeur d’Alene, Samantha Baker of Spokane; Brooklyn Bellomy of Spokane Valley; Dominique Butler of Spokane; Anandae Clark of Nine Mile Falls; Erin Clark of Cheney; Kendra Hamm of Spokane Valley; Sofia Pizzillo of Spokane; Kari Scharnhorst of Clarkston; Johana Sherman of Cheney; and Luke Ness of Coeur d’Alene.
Cougars sign guard
The Washington State women’s basketball team has added a recruit from Lyon, France.
Coach June Daugherty this week announced the addition of Johanna Muzet. The 6-foot guard averaged 10.4 points and 2.8 rebounds a game this past season.
“Johanna is a great addition to this talented group of freshmen,” Daugherty said.
Muzet joins guard Chanelle Molina, from Kailua Kona, Hawaii; guard Cameron Fernandez, from Makawao, Hawaii; forward Kayla Washington, from San Bernardino, Calif.; and forward Jovana Subasic, from Sabac, Serbia.
Bernsen to Denmark
Former Western Washington basketball player Kayla Bernsen, originally of Moses Lake, has signed to play professional basketball in Denmark.
The 6-foot-3 center was named to the Great Northwest Athletic Conference first team and the 2015-16 defensive player of the year. She ended her career third in blocks in WWU history and only the 25th player to score more than 1,000 points.
Bernsen has signed to play with the Lemvig Basket in the Danish Professional League.
Local shooters score
Katie McAdam had three top-10 finishes in sub- junior to lead the showing by members of the Spokane Junior Rifle Club in the 2016 NRA Junior Indoor Championships, the largest competition in the country for shooters 20 and under.
McAdam, 14, who attends Northwest Christian, placed ninth in Small-bore (0.22) Rifle 3-Position, 10th in Precision Air Rifle 40-shot Standing and eighth in Air Rifle 3-Position.
Maliya Hillman, 17, Lewis and Clark, placed 53rd overall out of 649 competitors in Small-bore Rifle 3-Position and 32nd in the Junior category, and Aidan Maddox, 16, Riverpoint Academy, and Cassidy Wilson, 15, home-schooled, were 18th and 29th in Intermediate Junior.
Among SJRC’s other top individual finishes, Maddox was 36th Intermediate Junior in Precision Air Rifle 40-shot Standing, and he and Wilson were 22nd and 24th, respectively, in Intermediate Junior in Air Rifle 3-Position. Hillman was 19th Junior in Air Rifle 3-Position, and Michelle Maystrovich, 13, Northwest Christian Middle School, was 24th in Sub-Junior in Air Rifle Standing and 12th in Air Rifle 3-Position.
In the team competition, SJRC Gold (Hillman, Wilson, Maddox and David Wright, 17, Riverpoint Academy), was eighth overall out of 97 teams and eighth in Junior in Small-bore Rifle 3-Position; SJRC Gold (Hillman, Maddox, Wilson and McAdam) was 18th overall out of 101 teams and 13th Junior in Air Rifle Standing; and SJRC Silver (Hillman, Wright, Mary Maystrovich, 16, NW Christian and Wilson) was eighth overall out of 60 teams and sixth in Junior.
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