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Locally: Victoria Fallgren qualifies for U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship

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Victoria Fallgren is on a roll.

The Gonzaga women’s golf assistant coach and former three-time All-West Coast Conference selection qualified for the U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship in October by placing second in the Mid-Amateur Qualifier at High Cedars Golf Club in Orting, Washington, on Thursday.

This came after the Lakewood, California, native won the Washington State Women’s Mid-Amateur in June in the USGA championship event for women older than 25.

Fallgren shot a 2-over-par 74 in the single-round qualifier for a four-shot margin over the third-place finisher and four shots back of qualifying leader Gretchen Johnson from Portland. The top three qualified for the championship tournament at Quail Creek Country Club in Naples, Florida, Oct. 7-12

It will be the seventh USGA championship tournament for Fallgren, but the first Mid-Amateur. She has played in two women’s amateur championships, three public links championships and one junior girls amateur championship.

Fallgren is entering her fifth season as an assistant at GU after a stellar playing career in which she became the first Bulldog to win the WCC title in 2012.

College scene

Brenna Meehan had tournament-leading figures, including a career-high 27 kills, as the College of Idaho senior was named Volleyball Player of the Week by the Cascade Conference.

The outside hitter from Post Falls and North Idaho College had a dominating performance in the Hope International Summer Slam in Fullerton, California, last weekend as the Yotes went 4-0 to also claim the Cascade’s first Team of the Week award.

Meehan had a tournament-high 4.25 kills-per-set average that included the career-high match and another match with 20 kills. She is the eighth C of I player to record 27 or more kills in a match. She also averaged 2.31 digs per match that included 15 in the 20-kill match.

    Madeline Gotta, a Gonzaga sophomore defender, was named the WCC’s Women’s Soccer Player of the Week, the first Bulldog to earn the honor since 2011. Gotta helped Gonzaga to a 2-0 start to the season as the Bulldogs recorded two home shutouts. She had an assist in a 4-0 season-opening win over South Dakota and a goal in a 2-0 victory over Omaha.

  • Washington State has set its baseball alumni weekend for Sept. 29-30 in Pullman, where past and present Cougars and their families will get together for some fun and socializing on and off the field. Activities will include practices and scrimmages both days and a tailgate dinner and social Sept. 29 before the WSU-USC football game that night in Martin Stadium. Group tickets are available to purchase through Deadline is Sept. 8. Info: Kristy Lees, director of baseball operations, (509) 335-0368 or


Ben DuBois, a Gonzaga senior from Renton, Washington, was the No. 4 amateur and tied for 16th overall to lead the showing by area players in the Northwest Open Invitational last week at Wine Valley Golf Club in Walla Walla.

Playing for his home course, Fairwood Golf & Country Club of Renton, DuBois finished at 5-under 211.

Community Colleges of Spokane coach Corey Prugh tied for 20th at 4-under 212 and North Idaho College coach Russell Grove was at 3-under 213 to tie for 23rd.

Professional Shane Prante of Lake Spanaway, Washington, won with a birdie on the first playoff hole after catching second-round leader Justin Wiles of Klamath Falls, Oregon, at 16-under 200.


Former Washington State rowers Nicole Hare and Lisa Roman have been chosen to represent Canada at the 2017 World Rowing Championships, Rowing Canada Aviron announced.

They were named to both the women’s eight and women’s four crews for the championships at Sarasota-Bradenton, Florida, Sept. 24-Oct. 1. Both were members of the 2016 Canadian Olympic team.

Hare, from Calgary, Alberta, completed a four-year career with the Cougars in the spring. Roman, from Langley, Britich Columbia, rowed for WSU from 2010-12.


Brian Norton, longtime Eastern Washington athletic trainer, is one of 32 selected to a newly formed National Athletic Trainers’ Association’s Intercollegiate Council for Sports Medicine.

Norton, EWU’s assistant athletic director for athletic training services and the school’s NCAA health care administrator, has been at Eastern since 2003. He handles athletic training services for the Eagles football team and oversees a staff of five certified athletic trainers who take care of the other sports.

The goal of the council is to address student-athlete health issues at the national level through new policies and resources. It held its inaugural meeting in Houston in June.

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