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Local briefs: Moser, Beeler win top honors at Warrior banquet

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Zoe Moser of Colton and Dylan Beeler of Clarkston claimed the individual awards at the 10th annual Warrior Athletic Association High School Awards banquet last week at Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston.

The event honors high school athletes, coaches, teams and supporters for their accomplishments during the 2015-16 school year. Twenty-three schools in southeastern Washington and north central Idaho participated.

Moser, selected as the Female Athlete of the Year, is a three-sport standout, excelling in volleyball, basketball and softball. She earned WIAA all-state recognition in all three sports, was the 1B state basketball player of the year and co-player of the year covering all classifications. Academically, the 2016 Colton valedictorian earned a $40,000 scholarship from the National Student Leadership Alumni and was admitted to the University of Washington Honors program.

The other finalists were Taylor Whitney of Lapwai and Hailey Danly of Prairie.

Beeler, the Male Athlete of the Year, was also a three-sport standout, in baseball, football and wrestling. A two-way standout in football who has continued his career at the University of Idaho, earned all-state as a defensive end, All-Great Northern League as a tight end and was named to the All-USA Inland Northwest team. In wrestling, he was a two-time State 2A champion, winning in 2016 at 195 pounds.

Other finalists were Carter Dahmen of Colton and Jake Bruner of Prairie.

Lapwai’s record-breaking girls basketball team was the Team of the Year. The Lady Wildcats followed up an unbeaten league season and district championship by winning the Idaho 2A state championship.

Other finalists were Clarkston boys basketball and Genesee softball.

Justin Jones, who led Clarkston boys basketball to a 26-1 record and the school’s first State 2A championship, was Coach of the Year. He was also voted the Washington 2A Coach of the Year.

Other finalists were Kelly Thompson (Genesee softball) and Eric Spencer (Lapwai girls basketball).

The Rick Hill Meritorious Award, honoring one of the original WAA board members, went to Earl Victory of Orofino. Victory has spent nearly 20 years volunteering in the school district, doing everything from running the clock in basketball to taking out the trash.

The other finalists were Dr. Walter Williams of Asotin, Pat Holthaus of Prairie and Mary and Kyle Nelson of Troy.

Two spirit awards, $500 scholarships to Lewis-Clark State College, went to Kendrick and Prairie, recognizing the enthusiasm exhibited by the high schools at the awards banquet.


Trystan Bradley, a 6-foot-9 senior forward at Lewiston High School, has signed a letter of intent with Lewis-Clark State College as part of the Warriors’ 2017 recruiting class.

Bradley averaged 16 points, seven rebounds and two blocks as a junior in leading the Bengals to the school’s first Idaho 5A state tournament since 2009. He was named to the all-tournament team, first-team 5A All-Inland Empire League and first-team All-Northern Idaho.

North Idaho basketball officials, veterans and newcomers alike interested in calling games in the 2016-17 season, will have a state rules meeting on Monday, Oct. 24, in the Coeur d’Alene High School library. Get your local paperwork done at 6:3O p.m. and the clinic begins at 7.

Info: John Posnick, (208) 512-3200 or

College scene

Kaceelyn Pouttu, a Weber State senior from Kellogg, was the Big Sky Conference Women’s Golfer of the Week for her play at the Pat Lesser Harbottle Invitational in Tacoma last weekend.

Pouttu tied for 18th with a 54-hole score of 9-over 225 with rounds of 74-78-73 to collect the second weekly Big Sky honor in her career. She helped lead the Wildcats to a conference-best eighth-place team finish in the 15-school field.

Jonni Dorr appears to have a monopoly on the setter of the week award in Frontier Conference volleyball.

For the fourth time this season and third week in a row, the Carroll College senior setter from Mead collected the honor after amassing 37 assists and 10 digs in the Saints’ fourth straight conference sweep, this one over Montana Western. Dorr leads the conference in aces with 34 (0.4 per set) and is second in assists with an average of 10 per set.

Emma Eddy and Clara Gomez gave Idaho a sweep of the Big Sky Conference weekly women’s soccer awards.

Eddy, a freshman forward from Eugene, Oregon, was the Offensive Player of the Week after scoring a hat trick in the Vandals’ 5-1 win over Sacramento State. She scored UI’s last three goals to collect the first hat track for a Vandal since 2000 and the first in the Big Sky in nearly two years.

Gomez, a senior defender from Orange, California, was the Defensive Player of the Week. She contributed on both ends, anchoring a defense that allowed just 23 shots and two goals in two matches and scored two goals with two assists in two wins.

Whitworth collected four Northwest Conference Student-Athlete of the Week honors, two of them in football, for the week of Oct. 3-9.

Garrett McKay, a sophomore wide receiver from Tacoma, received the football offensive award after a 169-yard, two-touchdown performance that included an 84-yard TD in a 56-32 win over Puget Sound. He also had three punt returns for 32 yards.

Jordan Pride, a senior defensive back from Oakland, California, totaled 139 yards on three kickoff returns, including a 97-yarder for a touchdown, to receive the football special teams award.

McKenzie Hemp, a junior midfielder from Kalispell, Montana, earned the offensive award in women’s soccer after scoring the winning goal in a 1-0 victory against Pacific and assisting on the winning goal in a 2-1 triumph over Linfield.

Cassandra Mendoza, a junior outside hitter from Tekoa-Oakesdale, was the volleyball offensive player of the week after she had 21 kills, an average of 3.5 a set, three digs, three blocks and an ace as the Pirates swept Whitman and Lewis & Clark to take over first place in the NWC.

Bianca Sanchez, a Community Colleges of Spokane sophomore from Yakima, was the NWAC East Region Defensive Player of the Week in volleyball for a second straight week. She amassed 55 digs and six aces in 11 sets in wins over Columbia Basin, Big Bend and Yakima Valley. She had 25 digs and three aces in a sweep of Big Bend.

Match Burnham, a Carroll College sophomore from Liberty, and two former Coeur d’Alene High School teammates at Lewis-Clark State, Caelyn Orlandi and Brittany Tackett, have been named to Frontier Conference preseason all-conference basketball teams.

Burnham, a 6-foot-8 forward, the conference Freshman of the Year and an honorable mention NAIA All-American, was named to the men’s team.

The women’s team includes Orlandi, a 5-9 senior guard, and Tackett, a 6-foot forward/post, who were named to the NAIA Division I All-America second and third teams, respectively, last season.

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