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Prep notebook: North Central hires spring sports coaches

UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 31, 2018

North Central athletic director David Hall announced the hiring of three spring sports head coaches via press release on Tuesday.

Joining the Greater Spokane League school’s coaching roster are Christine Lester for fastpitch softball, Riley Moore for girls tennis and Jeffery Tapp for boys golf.

Lester coached the Indians’ slowpitch team to a 6-14 record last fall. A graduate of Carroll (Montana) College, Lester began her coaching career in Anaconda, Montana, where she coached basketball and baseball.

“It is a real luxury to be the head coach for both slowpitch and fastpitch,” Lester said in the release. “It really gives me a chance to build a program that develops a team mentality stretching beyond the game itself.

Moore is in his 17th year teaching at NC and takes over the girls tennis duties from longtime head coach Cheryl Bixby. Moore has been an assistant under Bixby for 15 years. “Our goals are to always compete and always improve,” Moore said.

Tapp assumes the title of boys golf coach from Hall, who spent 30 years in the job before taking over as athletic director at the school last June. Tapp taught golf in United Arab Emirates and Toronto before moving to Spokane. “When I started teaching, I often described my dream job to friends. It included teaching at the high school level and coaching golf,” Tapp said.


Coeur d’Alene Charter senior Tristan Whiting signed with the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater swim team on Monday, joining the program as a distance freestyle swimmer.

Whiting was CHS swim team captain this year and qualified for state in the 500 and 200, placing in both. Whiting won the Coeur d’Alene Crossing, the 2.4-mile swim across Lake Coeur d’Alene, in 2016.

  • On Jan. 12, Mead seniors Allie Russell, Lindsey Russell, McKenna Russell and Jordan Shoff signed letters of intent to play volleyball at Community Colleges of Spokane. All four played for coach Shawn Wilson’s Panthers, who finished second at the State 4A tournament the past two seasons.
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