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Wednesday, December 11, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Local briefs: Two Washington State golfers qualify for U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship

Derek Bayley, a Lakeland of Rathdrum graduate, and Zach Anderson from Nanaimo, British Columbia, are headed to the 2018 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship next May at Jupiter Hills Club in Tequesta, Florida.

The Washington State seniors and Cougars golf teammates had to survive a four-team playoff to claim the second and final spot available from a U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Qualifier on Wednesday at The Home Course in DuPont, Washington, after combining for a 6-under-par 66 in the 18-hole qualifier.

That trailed medalists and qualifying leaders Patrick Sato and Kyle Cornett, 2016 Seattle University graduates, by two strokes.

Last month Bayley finished second in the Washington State Golf Association Men’s Amateur and also was runner-up at the Pacific Northwest Golf Association Men’s Amateur in July.

Billy Bomar from Prairie Falls Golf Club in Post Falls shot 72-69 for 3-under-par 141 to tie for sixth and lead the showing by local competitors in the Pacific Northwest Senior PGA Professional Championship last week at Everett (Washington) Golf & Country Club.

Craig Schuh, Deer Park Golf Club, shot 69-76 for 1-over 145 to tie for 12th and Steve Prugh, Manito Golf & Country Club, was 15th after shooting 76-70 for 146.

Steve Stull from Richland prevailed in a six-hole playoff with Tom Sovay from The Golf Club at Redmond Ridge in Mulkilteo, Wash., to win the championship after they tied for first at 7-under 137 in the 36-hole tournament.

Ross Button, golf coach at Moscow High School the last three years, is the new men’s golf assistant coach at the University of Idaho, Vandals head coach David Nuhn announced.

A native of Moscow, Button played collegiately after graduating from high school in 2003 and served as a professional caddy for four years, an experience Nuhn says will benefit the Vandals especially during competition.

College scene

It may be a new season, but familiar names at Whitworth have already surfaced in Northwest Conference athlete of the week selections.

Kayla Leland, a sophomore from Gonzaga Prep, was the Cross Country Student-Athlete of the Week for the fourth time in two years after leading the Pirates at the Clash of the Inland Northwest in Missoula. She was fourth in the meet against runners from four Division I schools.

Ian Kolste and Rehn Reiley collected football awards in the same week for the third time.

Kolste, a senior from Oak Harbor, Washington, was the Offensive Player of the Week for the fourth time in his career after hitting 38 of 46 passes for 471 yards and a career-high seven touchdowns with no interceptions in just 35 minutes in a 56-13 victory at Central Iowa.

Reiley, a junior from Moses Lake, received Special Teams honors for the seventh time in his career after making seven extra points, averaging 33.4 yards punting and getting touchbacks on all seven of his kickoffs.

Emma Logan, a George Fox senior forward from Sandpoint, is the Northwest Conference Offensive Player of the Week in women’s soccer. She led the Bruins to a 2-1 weekend with two goals and assisted on the winning goal in a double-overtime match.

Maddy Haro, a Washington State junior, collected her first Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week award in women’s soccer after leading the Cougars to a pair of shutouts last week.

Playing all 180 minutes, she anchored a back line that extended WSU’s shutout streak on its Lower Soccer Field to 380 minutes and chipped in two assists. She leads the Cougars with five points on a goal and four assists.

—Gonzaga men’s soccer, off to the program’s best start since 2003 at 3-0-0 before losing 3-0 to No. 16 Washington on Thursday, is ranked 22nd in the United Soccer Coaches national poll, its first ranking since last September when it was 20th to end a rankings drought that stretched to the 2007 season.

Hailee Etter, a North Idaho College freshman middle blocker from Shadle Park, is the NWAC East Region Offensive Player of the Week in volleyball after the Cardinals went 5-0 in winning the Highline Fall Classic without losing a set.

Alaina Gentili, a Corban senior from Central Valley and Spokane Falls, is the Cascade Conference Attacker of the Week in volleyball. The middle blocker/opposite totaled 21 kills in two wins during the weekend, highlighted by 13 and a .667 hitting percentage in a Saturday match at Multnomah.

Andrea Condie of Idaho is the Big Sky Conference Women’s Cross Country Athlete of the Week after the junior from Doha, Qatar, won her first collegiate race, placing first in the Clash of the Inland Northwest in Missoula. She won in 14 minutes, 11.6 seconds for 4K against a field that included Big Sky rivals Eastern Washington and Montana.

Dillon Quintana, a Gonzaga senior from Deming, Washington, has been selected to the All-West Coast Conference men’s cross country preseason team and the Bulldogs are ranked third behind two-time defending champion BYU and Portland in the WCC preseason poll.

On the women’s side, GU’s Jordan Thurston, a senior from Bellarmine Prep of Tacoma, was selected to the All-WCC preseason team and the Bulldogs are ranked fifth. Nationally ninth-ranked BYU is the preseason favorite.

—The Washington State men’s and women’s cross country teams each produced a course record in its season-opening Rust-Buster alumni meet Tuesday at the Colfax Golf Club.

At the site of the 2019 NCAA West Region Championships, junior Nathan Wadhwani won the men’s 6K in 17 minutes, 30.06 seconds and senior Vallery Korir won the women’s 4K in 13:14.8.


There will be a meeting for all new wrestling officials and those interested in becoming one on Thursday at 6 p.m. at Round Table Pizza, 1908 W. Francis in the Five Mile Shopping Center.

Questions or info: John Sisser, 990-6119, or Rich Tschirgi, 448-5734.

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