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Locally: Whitworth names four athletes for Heritage Gallery Hall of Fame

UPDATED: Sat., July 21, 2018

Whitworth running back Adam Anderson puts the final touches on a long run for a touchdown Saturday September 22, 2007 at the Pine Bowl in a game against Wisconsin-Stout. (Christopher Anderson / The Spokesman-Review)
Whitworth running back Adam Anderson puts the final touches on a long run for a touchdown Saturday September 22, 2007 at the Pine Bowl in a game against Wisconsin-Stout. (Christopher Anderson / The Spokesman-Review)
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Two swimmers and one athlete each from football and women’s basketball form the 2018 Class of the Whitworth Heritage Gallery Hall of Fame.

Slated to join 95 athletes and eight teams already enshrined during ceremonies Oct. 13 at the school are swimmers Cory Bergman and Natalie Turner, football player Adam Anderson and women’s basketball player Sarah (Shogren) Clyde.

The 29th class will be inducted during a breakfast ceremony. Cost is $15 per person. Reservations may be made by calling (509) 777-3224. The inductees will be recognized at halftime of the Whitworth-Pacific Lutheran football game that afternoon.

Cory Bergman (men’s swimming, 2002-05): The eight-time Northwest Conference individual champion left Whitworth with NWC records in the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke. He was a three-time NCAA Division III All-American, a three-time honorable mention All-American and a two-time Academic All-American, one first team, one second.

Natalie Turner (women’s swimming, 2007-10): Arguably the most dominant women’s swimmer in NWC history – four-time Women’s Swimmer of the Year, 12-time individual champion, never lost an individual dual meet race to a conference opponent and still holds three conference records. She qualified in the maximum 12 individual events at the NCAA D-III Championships during her career and scored in all, earning 10 All-America honors and twice was an honorable mention All-American.

Adam Anderson (football, 2007-10): From Elk, Washington, and Riverside High School, he transferred from Idaho as a sophomore and ran for school records of 3,338 yards and 41 touchdowns, was NWC Offensive Player of the Year in 2007 and 2008, and a second-team All-American in 2008. He received a medical hardship year in 2010 after missing 2009 and also set career records in all-purpose yards (4,956) and total points (332). He scored six TDs in a game twice and had a school-record 324 all-purpose yards in another game.

Sarah Shogren (women’s basketball, 2001-05): From Newman Lake and East Valley High School, she ranks fifth all time in career points (1,290) and fourth in career rebounds (761), finishing with career averages 14.2 points and 8.4 rebounds. She averaged 17.9 points and 11.2 rebounds as a junior and 18.8 and 10.0 as a senior, earning first-team All-NWC both seasons and was a second-team All-American as a senior in 2005.

College scene

Taylor Mims, who will be a senior at Washington State this fall, was named MVP of the 2018 Global Challenge in Croatia after leading the U.S. Collegiate National Team-Europe to a third straight championship in the international volleyball tournament.

Mims, a 2017 all-tournament selection during that U.S. title run, had seven aces, four blocks and three kills in a 3-0 championship match victory over the Mountain West Conference All-Stars after recording 16 kills, one ace and one block in a semifinal win.

WSU’s Alexis Dirige was the U.S. libero, leading a defensive effort that held the MWC All-Stars to a 33 percent kill percentage in the title match.

• Eastern Washington senior running back Sam McPherson is among 169 football players nationally named by the American Football Coaches Association as nominees for the 2018 Allstate Insurance AFCA Good Works Team.

The AFCA release notes nominees “demonstrate a unique dedication to community service and desire to make a positive impact on the lives around them” and show perseverance and the ability to overcome personal struggles.

McPherson has served the last two years on the EWU Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and is a three-time Big Sky Conference All-Academic selection with a 3.75 GPA in interdisciplinary studies.

He has career totals of 649 yards rushing, 448 receiving and 1,259 all-purpose yards in 30 games and is 3-of-3 passing for 77 yards and three touchdowns. His freshman season was short-circuited by knee and ankle injuries. As a junior, he earned All-Big Sky honorable mention.

Chanelle Molina, who will be at junior at Washington State this fall, is on the USA women’s basketball team that is participating in the first FISU America Games, a multisport event sanctioned by the International University Sports Federation, in São Paulo, Brazil, running through next weekend.

Molina, an All-Pac-12 Freshman in 2016-17 and the Cougars’ third-leading scorer as a sophomore when she averaged 7.7 points with a team-best 87 assists, is on a 10-woman roster of collegians.

Nick Farmer of Mead, a forward beginning his fourth season on the Niagara University men’s hockey team, has been named captain of the Purple Eagles for the 2018-19 season.

Farmer, one of four players to play in all 36 games last season, is the first solo captain since 2011-12 and just the seventh in program history. He had eight goals and six assists as a junior, his 14 points tied for fourth on the team. He has 15 goals and 20 assists in three seasons.

Emily Morrow and the Washington State coaches received recognition from the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association.

Morrow, who completed her fourth and final season rowing for the Cougars, was named honorable mention on the CRCA All-America team. On the first and second varsity eight her entire career, she helped WSU to 14th-place finishes in varsity eight and as a team in the 2018 NCAA Championships.

For the second time in four years, head coach Jane LaRiviere and her assistants were named the CRCA Region 5 Staff of the Year.

The Cougars’ coach of 16 years is assisted by Karl Huhta, in his fourth season and first as associate head coach; assistant/novice coach Brandon Campbell, in his third year; and first-year staff members Dave Kempsell, promoted from graduate assistant to assistant coach, and Amy Van Buskirk, coordinator of operations.

WSU has been ranked in the CRCA Division I poll for 107 straight weeks dating to June 11, 2008.

• Gonzaga’s Sophie Whittle, Graciela Rosas and Katie Day earned titles last weekend on the 2018 Oracle International Tennis Association Summer Circuit.

Whittle and Rosas, who’ll be seniors this fall, combined for the doubles championship in Claremont, California, where Whittle also won Flight A women’s singles, dropping just one set in five matches.

Day, a junior-to-be, won singles in an ITA event in Portland as the No. 2 seed.

Marie Lund-Hansen, who will be a junior in the Washington State women’s golf program this fall, helped lead her home country, Denmark, to the bronze medal at the European Ladies Team Championship in Murhof, Austria, last weekend.

Lund-Hansen, who compiled a 74.10 scoring average for the Cougars as a sophomore, shot 73-69 in the initial team stages as Denmark finished fourth.

In match play, Denmark won its first four matches before falling 4-3 to eventual champion Sweden in the semifinals, putting it into the bronze-medal match against Italy. Lund-Hansen won five of her six matches, including the final one that secured the win over Italy for third place.

Three others with Cougars ties – recent graduate Alivia Brown, soon-to-be sophomore Emily Baumgart and incoming freshman Kendee Peters – found success in the 117th Pacific Northwest Golf Association Women’s Amateur Championship at Palouse Ridge in Pullman.

Brown, the Cougars all-time great, lost in the championship match on the 35th of 36 holes to Gigi Stoll of Arizona; Baumgart lost in the semifinals to Stoll that prevented an all-WSU final; and Peters lost 3 and 2 to Baumgart in the quarterfinals.

• has named Washington State redshirt senior Ella Dederick as one of the top-10 collegiate goalkeepers in the country in its preseason list of players to watch in 2018.

Last season, Dederick led the Cougars into the third round of the NCAA Tournament, posting a shutout over No. 8 Central Florida in the first round and collecting a shootout win over No. 20 Tennessee in the second round.

Her 11 shutouts were second in WSU history, the second most in the Pac-12 and ninth in Division I and earned her a spot on the All-Pac-12 third team. She also played for the U23 U.S. Women’s National Team in March and earned a 1-0 shutout over the professional Chicago Redstars.

• For the sixth consecutive year, and 15th time in program history, Eastern Washington has received a Team Academic Award from the American Volleyball Coaches Association with a team GPA of 3.53 for the 2017-18 academic year.

Eastern, which had nine players on the Big Sky Conference Fall All-Academic team, is the only area school to receive the award, which requires a minimum team GPA of 3.30.

Letters of intent

Lewis-Clark State men’s track & field/cross country – Sakti Woodbury, Lewiston, 400m/800m/distance; 2018 district 800m champion, third in 800m at 5A State meet, second district cross country, 19th in 5A State cross country.


Three former Washington State Cougars had top-five finishes at World Rowing Cup III in Lucerne, Switzerland, last weekend.

Nicole Hare (2013-15; 2017) and Lisa Roman (2010-12) were members of the Canadian women’s eight that finished second in the A final. Leva Adomaviciute (2013-15; 2017) was a member of the Lithuania women’s doubles scull that finished fifth in its A final.


The Hayden Peak men’s 55+ 8.0 team from Hayden, Idaho, took first place in the USTA League Pacific Northwest doubles championships in Sun River, Oregon, earlier this month, qualifying it for the National 55+ Doubles Championships Oct. 19-21 in Orlando, Florida.

Hayden Peak won two of three round-robin matches to advance to the finals, where it defeated a team from Tacoma 3-0 for the championship.

Team members are John Williams, Cornell Clayton, Tim Qualls, Mark Jackson and Mike Aageson, who play out of Hayden; Tad Brooks and Glen Satre, from the Spokane Club; and Kevin Campbell, formerly of Spokane who lives in Houston.

Trang Huynh, who put herself in the Washington State women’s tennis record book in her lone season playing for the Cougars, is returning to Pullman as assistant women’s tennis coach.

Huynh’s 32 victories in 2015-16 after transferring from Troy University are tied for third most in a season.

She will replace Robin Cambier on the WSU staff after serving the last two seasons as assistant coach at Northern Illinois, where she obtained her master’s degree in management information systems.

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