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Locally: Community Colleges of Spokane volleyball coach Jenni Hull picks up 400th win

Jenni Hull has reached a milestone at Community Colleges of Spokane.

In her 13th season coaching the volleyball program at her alma mater, the former Sasquatch standout collected her 400th victory on Nov. 16 when CCS overcame Highline 2-1 in the Northwest Athletic Conference Tournament in Tacoma.

The Sasquatch followed that up with a 2-0 win over Columbia Basin before being sidelined 2-0 by Lower Columbia.

CCS finished the season 35-11, raising Hull’s career coaching mark since replacing her hall-of-fame mentor, Irene Matlock, to 401-203.

“We are so proud of coach Hull for this amazing accomplishment. Under coach Hull’s leadership, the volleyball program at CCS has consistently produced winning teams and scholar-athletes. They do an outstanding job representing the athletic department, the CCS district and the city of Spokane,” CCS athletic director Ken Burrus said.

Hull has had nine seasons of 30 wins or more, highlighted by a 37-6 record in 2011 when the East Region champions finished third in the NWAC tournament. CCS won the 2009 NWAC championship with a 33-12 record and has had two runner-up finishes under Hull.

As Jenni Rosselli out of Federal Way, Washington, she had a stellar playing career, capped in 1996 by being named the AVCA Two-Year College National Player of the Year. She was inducted into the volleyball wing of the CCS Athletic Hall of Fame in April.


Chris Carlson has reached the 300-victory milestone for a second time in his illustrious coaching career.

The North Idaho College women produced his 300th win as coach of the Cardinals in the first game of his 14th season in Coeur d’Alene, 67-64 in overtime over Northwest College of Powell, Wyoming, on Nov. 17 in the first round of the Cardinal Tip-Off Classic in Christianson Gym.

NIC went on to win the next two nights, with a little more ease – 109-85 over Southwestern Oregon and 90-77 over Bellevue – running Carlson’s record at NIC to 302-130. Their next game will be Jan. 1 at the Bellevue Bulldog Classic.

Carlson got his first head coaching job at Big Bend Community College in Moses Lake in 1992, compiling a 117-102 record in eight seasons. Early in his eighth season at NIC, on Dec. 30, 2011, Carlson collected his 300th victory overall when the Cardinals defeated Yakima Valley in the championship game of the Longview Holiday Classic.

A highlight of his time at NIC came earlier in 2011, at the end of the 2010-11 season, when Carlson led the Cardinals to the NJCAA Division I National Championship and he was named National Tournament Coach of the Year to cap a string of three consecutive top-nine national finishes.

His NIC teams have not only produced 11 20-win seasons, but have earned 11 Team Academic All-America awards.


Youth had its day at the Junior Bowlers Tour Doubles Tournament last Sunday at Lilac Lanes.

Kyle Groves and Alex Holodnick, who was bowling in his first JBT, qualified second and went on to knock off the top-seeded pair of Blake English and Nic Riorden 459-400 to become one of the youngest teams to win a JBT.

En route, the winners beat a team consisting of two of the youngest in the large field, Tate Moylan and Cassidy Peacock, who had qualified fifth thanks to a 277 game from Moylan. Tate and Moylan won their first two matches before falling 480-411 to Groves and Holodnick and finished third.

Madison Hilden and Grace Martin placed fourth with Mason Georgeadis and Nick Young fifth.

Georgeadis had the day’s high scores, a 290 game and 969 four-game series. English had a 916 series during the match-play portion of qualifying to help his team qualify first. Makayla Hoover had high game for the girls, a 237.

The next JBT will be Dec. 10 at Cheney Bowl.

College scene

Maddy Underwood of Mead capped a strong three-year career at Cal State Monterey Bay by being named to the All-California Collegiate Athletic Association first team in volleyball.

Underwood, who transferred as a sophomore from Grand Canyon, became the 13th player in Monterey Bay history with 300 kills in a season, finishing with 308. Her 702 career kills are seventh in school history. She was all-conference honorable mention as a junior.

Off the court, she was the school’s 2017 female recipient of a CCAA award that goes to a female and male athlete at each school who distinguish themselves in the classroom and in their sport. In 2016, she earned scholar–athlete awards from the CCAA and the D2 Athletic Director’s Association with a 3.85 GPA.

  • The Buckner sisters from Colville, senior opposite Joellee and junior libero Aubrey, were among the players from champion Western Washington honored when the All-Great Northwest Athletic Conference volleyball team was announced. Joellee was a unanimous first-team selection following one of the best all-around seasons in program history. She averaged 2.92 kills per set and 4.87 digs while hitting .259 and accounting for 3.55 points per set. She was a three-timer player of the week. “To overcome a very difficult shoulder injury that she played through last year shows the determination and grit that she has,” coach Diane Flick-Williams said. Aubrey was honorable mention, averaging 5.14 digs per set to rank fourth in the GNAC and fifth in the West Region. She anchors a defense that is ranked fifth in the nation with 20.32 digs per set, the fourth-best mark in program history. “Aubrey has gotten stronger and more consistent as the season has gone on,” said Flick-Williams.
  • Ed Hall and Jacob Sannon from Idaho were named to the College Sports Information Directors of America Academic All-District 7 first team in football and are eligible for the CoSIDA Division I Academic All-America team. Sannon, a wide receiver from Bradenton, Florida, graduated with a 3.91 grade-point average and is working on a master’s degree in accounting with a 4.0 GPA. The previous week he earned the 1A Faculty Athletics Representative Academic Excellence Award. Hall, a junior linebacker from Chugiak, Alaska, has a 3.83 GPA in mechanical engineering.

    Patch Kulp, a Whitworth senior linebacker, was named to the 2017 Academic CoSIDA All-District 8 Division III team in football for a second consecutive season. He has a 3.66 GPA as an athletic training major. The CoSIDA College Division District 4 all-academic team included three seniors from area high schools at Carroll College in Helena – defensive back Drew Melton, Lewiston, 3.84 in finance; offensive lineman Timothy Pays, Sandpoint, 3.91 in civil engineering; OL Todd Pays, Sandpoint, 3.93 in civil engineering – and linebacker Troy Carr, a College of Idaho senior from Lakeland of Rathdrum, 3.64 in health science.

    Eric Hollenbaugh, a Carroll sophomore from Ferris with a 3.97 GPA in chemistry, was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District 4 team in men’s soccer and is eligible for the NAIA Academic All-America team. A defender, he was on the All-Cascade Conference second team.

  • Washington State landed four men and one woman on 2017 Pac-12 All-Academic teams in cross country. Jake Finney, a junior from Post Falls with a 3.96 GPA in mathematics, repeated on the men’s first team, where he was joined by Kyler Little, a junior from Lake City with a 4.0 GPA in computer science and mathematics. The men’s honorable mention list includes Cameron Dean, a sophomore from Mead with a 3.61 GPA, and Paul Ryan, a junior from Moscow, Idaho, who repeated with a 3.48 GPA in accounting. On the women’s first team was Josie Brown, a junior from Coeur d’Alene High with a 3.90 GPA in humanities, who had been a second-team choice as a sophomore.
  • Andrew Gardner, a Washington senior from Mead, was named Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention in cross country for a third consecutive year.

    Natalie Herring, a junior from Timberlake, and two male teammates at Lewis-Clark State were on All-Frontier Conference teams in cross country following top-10 finishes in the conference meet. On the men’s team were Jonny Handel, a junior from Logos in Moscow, Idaho, and Cole Olsen, a freshman from Clearwater, Idaho. Olsen also was selected L-C State’s Champions of Character recipient in cross country.

  • Seven Washington State student-athletes received 1A Faculty Athletics Representative Academic Excellence Awards. Recognized for academic achievement were McKenna Hogan, women’s track; Trang Huynh, women’s tennis; Steffie Pavey, women’s track/cross country; Thane Pierson, men’s track; Alexis Thode, women’s soccer; Presley Wetterstrom, women’s swimming; and Susannah White, women’s soccer. Recipients must have graduated with at least a 3.80 cumulative GPA.
  • Community Colleges of Spokane and North Idaho College each picked up an individual MVP and coach-of-the-year honor when the Northwest Athletic Conference passed out all-star and academic excellence awards for the fall sports of cross country, soccer and volleyball. Cheris Brown (Mead) of CCS was the East Region MVP in women’s soccer while the Sasquatch’s Kenny Krestian was East Region co-coach of the year in men’s soccer. Kayla Neumann (Sandpoint), an NIC freshman, was the East Region MVP and the Cardinals’ Kelsey Stanley was East coach of the year in volleyball. East Region All-Stars by sport: Volleyball: First team – Kendall Collins (University), sophomore, CCS; Halle Hess, so., NIC. Second team – Hailee Etter (Shadle Park), fr., NIC; Rachel Leshikar, so., NIC. Men’s soccer: Forwards – Hector Magana, CCS; Ian Schimandle (Cheney), CCS. Midfielders – Chase Reidt (Central Valley), CCS; Cade Roske, NIC; David Uribe, CCS. Defenders – Irvin Angulo, NIC; Blake Riley (CV), CCS; Dominic Welch (Mead), CCS. Keepers – Caleb Garbuio, CCS. Women’s soccer: Forwards – Brown; Linnea Pretzer, NIC. Midfielders – Sydney Clements (Ferris), CCS; Chelsea Love (East Valley), NIC. Defenders – Ashley Camacho, NIC; Grace Ellis (Lewis and Cark), CCS. Academic excellent (recipients must be a sophomore with a 3.25 GPA or better): Cross country – Rebekah Henry (Colbert) and Jeanna Segaline, CCS. Men’s soccer – Slade Weber, CCS; Roske. Women’s soccer – Ashly Busch (Sandpoint), Riley Couch (Sandpoint), Michelle Czarapata (Central Valley) and Peyton Vasquez, CCS; Nora Kennedy (Lake City), NIC. Volleyball – Collins, Baylee Gorder and Kaitlin Ramsey, CCS.
  • Two women and two men from CCS picked up cross country All-American awards for top-seven finishes at the Northwest Athletic Conference championships. Freshmen Micaela Kostecka, who finished second, and Aubrianne Knudsen (CV), who was seventh, earned the women’s honor. The men were freshman Ethan Green, who was third, and sophomore Will Medelin, who was fifth.
  • Three former Greater Spokane League athletes are members of the Western Washington women’s soccer team that was eliminated in the West Region final of the NCAA Division II playoffs a year after winning the national championship. Freshman Darby Doyle, a midfielder from Gonzaga Prep, and senior defender Malia Maack from Mead played in all 20 matches for the 18-2 Vikings while senior forward Colleen Lindsay from G-Prep appeared in just one game after playing in 42 her first three seasons. Doyle had three goals and an assist and Maack had two goals and seven assists to lead the defense in scoring while anchoring the back line. The Vikings went 79-5-6 during Maack and Lindsay’s four-year careers.


Randy Searcy received the Larry Becker/Chic Sale Award for his longtime service and commitment to the Inland Empire Football Officials Association at the organization’s annual awards banquet.

Chuck Latimer, the association assigner and an official, was named Official of the Year; Greg Meager was the Jack Shagool First-Year Official of the Year; and Jeff LaRue was named Second-Year Official of the Year.


Sean Gulka, a 6-foot-3, 185-pound forward, has been acquired by the Spokane Chiefs from the Victoria Royals for a conditional pick in the WHL Bantam Draft.

Gulka, 17, selected in the ninth-round of the 2015 Bantam Draft by Victoria, has been playing for the Langley, British Columbia, Rivermen in his hometown. In 25 games this season in the Junior A British Columbia Hockey League, Gulka has four goals and six assists.

Letters of intent

Eastern Washington men’s track & field – Hadassah Ward, thrower, Gig Harbor, Washington.

Washington State men’s golf – Daisuke Nakano, Tokyo.

Washington state women’s rowing – Silvia Roy, San Diego; Marissa Thomas, Portland; Jessica O’Reilly, Moraga, California; Grace Cahalane, San Francisco; Ally Moeller, Newport Beach, California; Grace Nickas, Portland.


Thirty-seven area football, soccer and volleyball officials were selected for state high school championship tournaments in Washington and Idaho this fall. The volleyball officials worked state tournaments; those in football and soccer are working semifinal and final playoffs.

The officials by sport, their assigning association and championship game assignments where available:

Volleyball: Spokane Area Volleyball Referees Association – Rusty Wellman, 4A (ch); Keith Ward, 2A; Mike Pounds, 1A (ch); Dale Goodwin, 1B (ch); Ben Goodwin, 1B. Colville Valley VB Officials Association – Denise Smith, 2B (ch). Inland Empire Board of Officials – Jim Nielsen, Pullman, 1B/2B. North Idaho Officials Association – David White, 1A D1/1A D2; Charles Cahill, 5A & 3A; Kelley Kostelecky, 3A & 4A (ch); Mike Terry, 2A & 5A; Rayna Longstreet, 2A & 5A (ch).

Soccer: Inland Empire Soccer Referees Association – Seth Caba, 3A/4A; Luke Staben, 3A/4A. Idaho District 1 – Marcos Maldonado, Mark Patton, Brian Stobie and Derek Kohles, all 3A championship.

Football: Inland Empire Football Officials Association – Tim Peterson, 4A (ch); Steve Felker, 2A (ch); Tyler Zyph, 1B (ch); Dan Stewart, 4A; Ron Schafer, 2B; Dan Meyer, 2A; Mark Schafer, 1B; Mike Buratto, 1A; Jared Frank, 1B. Colville Valley – Bruce LaLonde, 1B. Southeast Washington Football Officials Association – Jeff Elbracht, 2B (ch); Nick Prante, 1A; Greg Morrison, 2B. Idaho District 1 – Bill Clark, 5A & 1A D1 (ch); Matt Fleener, 5A & 1A D1 (ch); Jesse Lenz, 5A; Paul Manzardo, 5A & 1A D1 (ch); Neal Pedersen, 5A & 1A D1 (ch); Casey Irgens, 1A D1 (ch).

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