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WSU’s Schoenlein will compete for U.S. Volleyball team

Former West Valley Eagles standout Mack Baxter won the Big Sky Conference male track athlete of the week award for the Idaho Vandals. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)
Former West Valley Eagles standout Mack Baxter won the Big Sky Conference male track athlete of the week award for the Idaho Vandals. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

Washington State Cougars outside hitter Casey Schoenlein was named one of 31 players who will compete as part of the U.S. Collegiate National Team-Minneapolis, USA Volleyball announced on Monday.

Schoenlein, a 6-foot-5 standout from Bellevue, Washington, is just the third Cougar to earn back-to-back first-team Pac-12 All-Academic honors.

The CNT-Minneapolis squad is part of USA Volleyball’s High Performance pipeline and is considered a second tryout for the U.S. Women’s National Team. Training will take place June 22-26 at the University of Minnesota. After training, the players will be assigned to one of three 12-member teams and compete in a round-robin tournament at the Minneapolis Convention Center June 27-30.

Awards

Idaho Vandals freshman Mack Baxter has been named the Big Sky Conference Male Track Athlete of the Week.

Baxter posted the conference’s best time this season in the 400-meter hurdles at the Oregon State High Performance Meet last Saturday. He clocked in at 51.98 seconds – a personal best and the fourth fastest time in school history. Baxter finished second behind three-time NCAA champion Jeshua Anderson, a former WSU Cougar. Both runners topped the facility record of 53.02.

Baxter also ran a leg on the facility-record-setting 4x400-meter relay team that won in 3:15.87.

Prep soccer

Wednesday’s subregional matches are set after play on Monday.

The University Titans edged the visiting Gonzaga Prep Bullpups 1-0 to advance to a match against the Pasco Bulldogs at Edgar Brown Stadium in Pasco at 5:30 p.m.

In other 4A subregional matches, the Lewis and Clark Tigers will travel to Walla Walla to take on the Blue Devils at 4 p.m. The Richland Bombers will play the Central Valley Bears at 5:30 p.m. at SFCC, while the Hanford Falcons travel to Ferris to take on the Saxons.

In 3A play, Southridge of Kennewick ended the Shadle Park Highlanders’ season and the Suns will travel to play the Rogers Pirates in a loser-out match at Spokane Falls Community College at 7:30 p.m. The other loser-out match pits the Mt. Spokane Wildcats against the Kamiakin Braves at Lampson Stadium in Kennewick at 5 p.m.

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