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Area roundup: The Showcase returns to Coeur d’Alene Resort Golf Course

Former NFL quarterback Mark Rypien is expected to compete at The Showcase in Coeur d’Alene. (Hilary Swift / Associated Press)
Former NFL quarterback Mark Rypien is expected to compete at The Showcase in Coeur d’Alene. (Hilary Swift / Associated Press)

The third edition of The Showcase, which raises money for the fight against cancer in the Spokane-Coeur d’Alene region, returns to the Coeur d’Alene Resort Golf Course on July 29-30.

Former pro athletes expected to participate include Mark Rypien, Shadle Park High and Washington State quarterback who was MVP of Super Bowl XXVI; Craig Ehlo, WSU grad and 14-year NBA veteran; Bruce Bowen, part of three NBA championships with San Antonio; Fred McGriff, a five-time MLB All Star; Ryan Longwell, longtime NFL kicker; Shane Victorino, two-time All Star who played on two World Series champions; and Neil Lomax, two-time Pro Bowl quarterback with the St. Louis/Phoenix Cardinals.

Gonzaga will be represented by Robert Sacre, who has played four seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers; Adam Morrison, Mead High product and 2006 co-college player of the year who played four NBA seasons; and head coach Mark Few. Eastern Washington football coach Beau Baldwin and ESPN’s Neil Everett will be on hand, and the list of athletes and celebrities is expected to grow.

The Showcase Celeb-Am will be July 29, with corporate partners paired with celebrities, followed by the 19th-hole party. The Showcase, presented by GoPro, on July 30, features a clinic, a nine-hole celebrity golf exhibition and the VIP Summer Bash on Lake Coeur d’Alene.

The Showcase has raised $2.3 million for the Community Cancer Fund. Information:


The Spokane Chiefs signed Eric Van Impe, the team’s second-round pick in the 2016 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft.

Van Impe, a 6-foot, 150-pound defenseman from Calgary, Alberta, signed his standard player agreement to play in the WHL. He will be eligible to join the Chiefs during the 2017-18 season.

“We are proud to have Eric take this step and commit to playing for our team,” Chiefs general manager Tim Speltz said in a release. “He is an exciting prospect and we expect him to be a big part of our organization in the future.”

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