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Locally: Lindsie Scholwinski named softball coach at Community Colleges of Spokane

In 2015, Lindsie Scholwinski pitched Community Colleges of Spokane to the Northwest Athletic Conference softball championship. Now, she is the new head coach of the Sasquatch.

“Lindsie will make a great addition to the Sasquatch team,” athletic director Ken Burress said in announcing the hire. “She is a driven competitor and a fine professional. We are excited about having her teach and coach for the Community Colleges of Spokane.”

She replaces Paco Crandall, who stepped down for personal reasons after coaching the Sasquatch the last three seasons, compiling a 72-61 record.

A 2017 graduate of Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida, Scholwinski made her coaching debut in 2018 as the head coach at her alma mater, Coeur d’Alene High School, where she led the Vikings to an 11-10 record.

As a sophomore in CCS’ championship season, Scholwinski compiled a 29-0 record, 0.81 ERA and was named the NWAC Baden Softball Player of the Year. She set a school single-season record with 278 strikeouts in 198 2/3 innings.

The next season at Southeastern, she set school records with 304 strikeouts, 283 innings, 33 wins and 11shutouts as the Fire placed third at the 2016 NAIA Softball World Series. She was named a second-team NAIA All-American. She left Southeastern with 485 strikeouts in 506 innings and 57 wins.

“I am beyond words for this opportunity,” she said. “I am excited to be a Sasquatch again and be a part of this program. I am really looking forward to the things I am going to learn and the knowledge I get to share with the team. … This is going to be an amazing year.”

Jerry Kramer Day

The Hagadone Events Center at the Coeur d’Alene Resort Golf Course will be the site on Aug. 23 of a special “Jerry Kramer Day” celebration to honor for the former Sandpoint High School, University of Idaho and Green Bay Packers great and 2018 NFL Hall of Fame inductee.

The Kootenai County and Spokane County Vandal Boosters and alumni chapters are combing to put on what they’re calling the Inland Empire Vandal Celebration. A no-host reception and silent auction will kick things off at 5:30 p.m., with dinner at 7. The program begins at 8.

Cost is $100 per person with proceeds to benefit the Vandal Scholarship Fund and alumni scholarships. Attire will be “summertime dressy.”

Info: Shelly Robson, (208) 651-7992; shellyr@uidahoedu, or

College scene

Charley Nordin, a senior at Gonzaga, has been selected by USRowing to its para-rowing PR3 mixed four with coxswain boat that will represent the United States at the 2018 World Rowing Championships Sept. 9-16 in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.

The 6-foot-8, 210-pound Nordin from Oakland, California, who rowed with the Gonzaga second varsity eight in 2017-18, joins 2016 GU graduate Kara Soucek, who was announced earlier in the women’s quadruple sculls as a member of the 72-person U.S. roster.

• Gonzaga junior defender Madeline Gotta, second-team All-West Coast Conference a year ago, has been named to the Preseason All-WCC women’s soccer team for 2018 while the Bulldogs were picked to finish eighth in the coaches preseason poll.

Gotta, who was on the All-Freshman team and All-WCC honorable mention in 2016, tied for fourth in the conference last season with five assists and added four goals for 13 points.

No. 18 Pepperdine and No. 19 Santa Clark each received five first-place votes from the coaches and are 1-2, respectively, separated by a point, to win the WCC title.

• Collecting nine first-place votes, Idaho was picked in preseason balloting by the league’s 11 coaches as the favorite to win the 2018 Big Sky Conference volleyball championship.

Coach Debbie Buchanan’s Vandals return nine letter-winners, including six seniors that feature first-team all-conference Sarah Sharp, second-team selection DeVonne Ryter and Newcomer of the Year Alycia Wodke. Idaho received 99 points to 87 for runner-up Northern Arizona. Eastern Washington was 11th.

Idaho, whose previous high preseason ranking was third in the Western Athletic Conference in 2013, lost in the semifinals of the Big Sky tournament last season to eventual champion North Dakota, which is no longer in the conference. Runner-up Sacramento State is picked third.

• The Western Washington volleyball team, which includes junior middle Joslyn Bopray from Lewis and Clark, senior defensive specialist Aubrey (Buckner) Stephens from Colville and senior setter Brette Boesell from Brewster, is ranked No. 5 in the American Volleyball Coaches Association Division II poll, matching its highest preseason ranking.

The Vikings are coming off a 27-4 2017 season and eighth Great Northwest Athletic Conference title before its season ended in its third straight West Region championship match. Bopray finished second in the nation with 1.45 blocks per set and Stephens averaged 5.26 digs per set.


David Fern, a PGA teaching professional at Downriver Golf Course since 2013 and former Mead and Washington State University standout, has been named the new women’s head coach at Whitworth.

“We are excited that someone of David’s experience and teaching ability is joining our program,” athletic director Tim Demant said in the announcement. “David was not only an accomplished collegiate golfer, but he is one of the top teaching pros in the area.”

The 2007 WSU graduate was head men’s coach at Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne for one season (2008-09) before leaving to pursue a professional career. He played on the Gateway Tour and the Southwestern USA mini tour from 2009-10 before returning to the Northwest.

Fern, the 2004 Pacific Northwest Men’s Amateur champion, replaces Emily Guthrie, who left following the 2017-18 season to pursue other professional opportunities. The Pirates return six players from a team that placed third in the Northwest Conference last season.

Loren Jeglum from the University of Idaho Golf Course tied for 28th at 4-over-par 148 for the best showing by an area assistant in the 36-hole National Car Rental Assistant PGA Professional Championship last week at The Home Course in Dupont, Washington.

Letters of intent

Carroll women’s golf – Aubrey Davis, Lewis and Clark/Community Colleges of Spokane; 2nd team All-GSL, State 4A qualifier at LC.


Sean Mapson and Nicole Randall were named assistant coaches by first-year Idaho women’s head coach Jeremy Clevenger before the Vandals began training for the 2018 season.

Mapson was the head coach at Mississippi Valley State the last two seasons, leading the Devilettes to a pair of SWAC Tournament appearances and placed three on All-SWAC teams. He spent four seasons as an assistant at Southern Mississippi and also assisted both the men’s and women’s teams at his alma mater, William Carey University.

Randall, an all-conference player at Fort Hays State in Kansas when Clevenger was an assistant there, joins the Vandals after two seasons as an assistant at Allen Community College in Kansas, where the Red Devils made two straight regional tournament appearances. Prior to that, she spent three seasons on the staff at Fort Hays State.


Fifteen former players, two of them also involved in coaching, who “played a major role in the growth and development of ASA adult softball in Spokane,” form the 2018 Class of the Spokane Metro Softball Hall of Fame.

The sixth class, whose members touch all phases of the adult game – fastpitch, men’s and women’s modified pitch and men’s, women’s and coed slowpitch – will be inducted Sept. 8 at the Eagles Lodge, 6410 N. Lidgerwood. The banquet begins at 6 p.m.

Also, John Tuft, a former longtime Spokane County parks director and Spokane ASA commissioner, will be presented with the Denny Waltermire Distinguished Service Award.

The inductees: Allen Arnold, Mo Ying Clark, Joe Harari, John Higgins, Don Hyatt, Jeff Mancheni, Mike Oiland, Kevan Parker, Mike Pete, Jan Shryack, Jerry Taylor, Kathy White, Duane Wilkerson, Mary Jane Williams and Joe Young. Clark and Oiland both also coached.

The event is open to the public. Reservations may be made before Aug. 31 by calling Don Love at (509) 467-5328 or Ron Martin at (509) 489-3090.


Renee Bordelon, who has strong ties to North Idaho and the Palouse, has been named an assistant coach at Idaho, completing the staff of Vandals head coach Debbie Buchanan.

A Lake City graduate, Bordelon was a standout at North Idaho College before going on to Washington State, where she played two seasons. As a senior in 2009, the setter helped lead the Cougars back to the NCAA Tournament after a seven year absence. After her two years, she ranked sixth in career assists with 2,093.

Bordelon was a volunteer assistant at Gonzaga for three seasons (2012-14), where her duties included working with the Bulldogs’ setters. After leaving GU, she coached at the club and high school levels.

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