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Locally: Ferris High’s Ben Duchow wins fencing tournament in Oregon

Jan. 28, 2017 Updated Sat., Jan. 28, 2017 at 4:36 p.m.

Former Central Valley player Madison Hovren is closing in on 1,500 career points at Army. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)
Former Central Valley player Madison Hovren is closing in on 1,500 career points at Army. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

Ben Duchow has success against the men. Against those his own age, he’s dominant.

The 14-year-old freshman at Ferris went undefeated in winning the Portland Super Youth Circuit Youth 14 Epee championship last weekend at the U.S. Fencing Association-sanctioned event in Beaverton, Oregon.

After winning all his matches in the pool round, Duchow, a member of Spokane Fencers Unlimited, earned the No. 1 seed into the elimination rounds and a bye into the round of 16. He posted victories of 15-11, 15-6 and 15-7 to reach the finals, where he took an early 11-1 lead before finishing off Michele Bodon of Bend, Oregon, 15-6 for the title.

The event drew 26 fencers from eight states and Canada in the competition designed to develop young fencers and is also used as a qualifying path to the national championships.

Duchow qualified for the Youth 14 Epee national based on his 2016 accomplishments so didn’t need the win in Beaverton to advance. He has also qualified for USFA National Championships in Men’s Division 1A and Cadet (Junior Olympics) as well as the National Summer Challenge for Juniors.

He competes regularly in regional junior (under 21), Cadet, Men’s Division 1A and Open events as well as Inland Empire Division tournaments.


Clint Norlen started hot and finished hot, winning the Junior Bowlers Tour stop at Deer Park Lanes last Sunday.

Norlen used four-game series of 963 and 920 to claim the top seed going into the five-person roll-offs, then waited for Noah Torres to emerge as his opponent in the championship match. Norlen prevailed 214-181.

Torres, who had rolled a 906 during the match-play portion of qualify and was second going into the roll-offs, defeated the hot-starting John Hilden to get a shot at Norlen. Hilden, who had rolled the day’s high game, a 275, and a 911 during the first four-game qualifying block, finished third. Mason Georgeadis was fourth and Toby Mertens, who had a 904 series, placed fifth.

The high game for the girls was a 236 by Madison Hilden.

The next JBT will be at Bumpers on Feb. 12.

College scene

Madison Hovren continues to collect honors for her performances for the Army West Point women’s basketball team.

The 5-foot-11 sophomore forward from Central Valley was named the Division I Player of the Week by the White Plains, New York-based Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association on Jan. 17 for the second time this season after being selected the Patriot League Women’s Basketball Player of the Week for a second straight week and fifth time this season the week before.

In winning the MBWA award, Hovren led all players with 30 points and matched both Army and Patriot League conference-game single-game records with 22 rebounds in a 76-69 win at Colgate on Jan. 11 and average 18.5 points and 14.5 rebounds in a pair of victories that week.

The Patriot League recognized her Jan. 9 after she posted a pair of double-doubles the previous week, averaging 27.0 points and 10.0 rebounds. The effort included a career-high 35 points, including a career-high 17 free throws in 23 attempts, and 10 rebounds in a triple-overtime victory over Lafayette.

Hovren continues to lead the Patriot League in scoring and rebounding with a double-double, 19.6 points and 10.5 rebounds.

Owen Lempert, a Whitworth freshman from Auburn (Washington) Mountainview High School, is the Northwest Conference Men’s Swimming Athlete of the Week for the week of Jan. 16-22 after finishing first in the six events in which he swam and leading the Pirates to dual-meet victories over Pacific Lutheran Puget Sound. Three were individual events, three relays. It’s his second honor of the season.

Kurtis Bonner, a Lewis-Clark State senior from Lewiston, is the Frontier Conference Men’s Indoor Field Athlete of the Week after he set a school record in the high jump at 6 feet, 6 3/4 inches in finishing eighth in a field of 13 at the WSU Open last weekend in Pullman.

Four area athletes received Academic All-Cascade Conference recognition for the winter sports of men’s and women’s basketball with grade-point averages of 3.2 or better and are at least a sophomore.

Area athletes by conference school:

Eastern Oregon – Michael Hillman, senior, Post Falls, men’s basketball; Ashley Knight, Sr., Colville, women’s basketball; Garret Sawyer, junior, Central Valley, men’s basketball.

Evergreen State – Ryan Quigley, sophomore, Lakeside-Nine Mile Falls, men’s basketball.

Quigley, a 6-foot-6 forward, leads the Evergreen State men’s basketball team in rebounding at 6.5 per game and is third in scoring with a 9.9 average.

The Washington State women’s swimming team has been recognized as a College Swimming Coaches Association of America Scholar All-America Team with a 3.43 team grade-point average for the fall semester, the second-highest in the Pac-12. During the semester, 15 Cougars earned better than a 3.0 GPA.


Ashley Brown, an Under Armour All-America honorable mention as a high school player in Prosper, Texas, has joined Washington State as a transfer from Oklahoma.

The 5-foot-9 setter, a two-time Texas State 5A selection, enrolled at WSU at the start of the spring semester after one season at Oklahoma, Cougars coach Jen Greeny said, and is eligible to practice and play for the Cougars immediately. She played eight sets in five matches for the Sooners as a freshman with 24 assists and seven digs.

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