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Locally: Community Colleges of Spokane set to induct large group into Athletics Hall of Fame

Eric Beal, center, of Strokesville drives between Taylor Roos and Drew Goranson of T-Cups Saturday June 25, 2011. Beal, who played at North Central, CCS and Whitworth, will be inducted into the CCS Hall of Fame. (Christopher Anderson / The Spokesman-Review)
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A former coach, 10 athletes and two teams will be in the spotlight when basketball, track and field and cross country share the dais for the Community Colleges of Spokane’s 2018 spring Athletics Hall of Fame induction.

The event next Saturday (June 2) will take place in the SUB Lair on the Spokane Community College campus at Mission Ave. and Green St. beginning at 3 p.m.

The inductees:

Eric Hughes, men’s basketball coach (2002-07). Came to CCS after 13 years as an assistant at Washington and led the Sasquatch to East Region championships in 2005 and ’06, which earned him two region coach of the year honors, and a third-place finish in the ’06 NWAACC tournament. He left in 2007 to become an assistant coach in the NBA.

Eric Beal, men’s basketball (2006-08). The former North Central standout was a two-time Sasquatch team captain, team MVP and All-NWAACC.

Jeremy Mangum, men’s basketball (2004-06). The point guard was a two-time first-team all-region and league MVP. He scored 918 points with 542 assists in his career and was selected for the NWAACC Sophomore All-Star game.

Riley Holsinger, women’s basketball (2013-14). The North Central graduate set records in career scoring average (18.5), career blocked shots (117) and career steals (171). As a sophomore, she led the NWAC in scoring (22.0) and was the NWAC Baden Women’s Basketball Player of the Year.

Rick Bogatay, men’s cross country/track & field (2005-07). He collected three All-America honors with a first in the 2006 NWAACC 1,500 and a fourth and a second in NWAACC cross country championship meets.

Jake Shanklin, men’s track & field (2004-06). The weight man won the NWAACC hammer in 2005 (183-7) and 2006 (188-6) and still holds the school record in the hammer (194-1) and the indoor 35-pound weight throw (55-6 ¼).

Elvie Williams, men’s track & field (2004-06). The jumper/sprinter scored 22 points in leading CCS to the 2005 NWAACC title and 33 1/2 in leading a title run in ’06 when he was named the Male Field Athlete of the Meet after winning the long jump and running a leg on the winning 400m relay team.

Chanel James, women’s track & field (2008-10). She won the 100 (11.62), long jump (18-2 1/2 triple jump (35-10 3/4) and anchored the winning 400m relay as CCS won the 2008 NWAACC title and came back in 2010 to win the 100m (12.05) and 200m (24.78) run legs on winning 400m and 1,600m relays for a title team.

Brittnee Sanchez, women’s cross country/track & field (2007-09). She earned four All-America awards while helping produce four team championships. Sanchez won the 2007 NWAACC cross country title and placed second in 2008, and won the 5,000 in the ’09 track & field meet with a second in the 1,500.

Ashley Hutchinson, women’s track & field (2008-09). Mead graduate won three events at the 2009 NWAACC championships – discus (127-5), shot put (44-10 ¾) and hammer (169-8).

Corissa Hutchinson, women’s track & field (2007-08). Sister of Ashley won the 2007 NWAACC discus (140-0) and was second in the shot. As a sophomore, she won the shot (43-6 1/2) and discus (143-8).

2005-06 men’s track & field team. Considered one of the school’s best in its rich track history won the NWAACC championship by 45 points while scoring 287. Team had nine event winners and eight sophomores went on to compete at four-year schools. CCS Hall of Famer Larry Beatty was named NWAACC Coach of the year.

2007-08 women’s track & field team. Beatty, again collecting a coach-of-the-year award, ranked this group as one of his best. The Sasquatch scored 121 points to dominate the NWAACC championships led by 16 event winners. Twenty sophomores moved on to four-year colleges.


Rocke Musgraves, 55, who began his collegiate coaching career as an assistant at North Idaho College in the early 1990s, has resigned after five years as head coach at Northwest Nazarene to spend more time with his family. He had a 705-416 coaching record, including three trips to the NAIA World Series during 14 years at LSU-Shreveport before arriving at NNU.


Jackie Nared, who has two recent stints in the Pac-12, and Katie Shepard, who served with her boss at Northern Colorado last season, are the latest additions to the staff of new Washington State women’s coach Kamie Ethridge.

Nared, who Ethridge said will hold a full-time recruiting position, spent last season at Oregon as the director of creativity and video. The two years before that, she was the director of player development at Washington. Shephard will be the Cougars’ video coordinator, Ethridge said. She was a bench coach for Ethridge last season.

Nared was a two-time, first team All-WCC guard at Saint Mary’s, where she led the league in scoring as a junior and senior. She spent two years playing professionally in Europe, where she gained all-star recognition both years.

Shepard, who played at Sacred Heart University, got her coaching start at the high school level while working on a master’s degree at her alma mater.

College scene

Whitworth senior Kayla Leland from Gonzaga Prep was named the 2018 USTFCCCA Division III Women’s West Region Track Athlete of the Year, headlining a list of 25 Pirates who received All-West Region honors.

Leland headed into the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships this weekend ranked first in the 3,000 meter steeplechase at 10 minutes, 20.97 seconds, which is the ninth fastest time in Division III history. She’s also ranked fourth nationally in the 5,000 (16.38.80).

Leland also collected all-region honors in three other events – 800m, 1,500m and 10,000m.

The other Pirates receiving all-region:

Women - Kayla Brase, triple jump; Isabel Clark (Northwest Christian High School), 400m relay, javelin, heptathlon; Sarah Cool, 400m relay, heptathlon; Sarah Martinez, 400m, 400m relay; Kameha Medallada, 400m relay; Marissa Mount, steeplechase; Danielle Openiano, shot put, discus; Chloe Quinnett (Moscow, Idaho), shot put; Bailey Scott, steeplechase.

Men – Andrew Bloom, javelin; Daniel Harper, 800m; Jacob Hubbard, hammer; Nicholas McGill, javelin, decathlon; John-Robert Woolley, 400m hurdles.

• Five area athletes have been named to Great Northwest Athletic Conference All-Academic teams in track & field.

Corbin Carlton, a Central Washington junior from Mead with a 3.48 GPA in business administration, was named to the men’s team.

The women’s team includes Jackie Mahowald (Lakeside-Nine Mile Falls), sophomore, Northwest Nazarene, 3.86, nursing; Hannah Thomas (Troy, Idaho), senior, NNU, 3.63, engineering; Scout Cai (Colfax), so., Seattle Pacific, 3.67, exercise science; and Rachel Bayly (Moscow, Idaho), so., Western Oregon, 3.97, interdisciplinary studies. Thomas is a repeater.

Hugh Smith of Whitworth, the Northwest Conference Pitcher of the Year, was named to the second team on NCAA Division III All-West Region teams selected by ABCA/Rawlings and

The junior right-hander had a 6-1 record and 1.58 ERA with 67 strikeouts in 62 2/3 innings.

• With first-year head coach Bryan Winston being named East Region Coach of the Year, Community Colleges of Spokane collected a dozen honors when the NWAC passed out postseason baseball awards.

Winston, a former CCS player and longtime assistant, guided the Sasquatch to a 33-13 record and victory in an NWAC Super Regional last weekend.

The East Region first team included CCS sophomore starting pitcher Nick Flesher and freshman reliever Reed Harrington. On the second team were freshman infielder Mitch Dean, sophomore outfielder Aaron Fritts (Republic), freshman starting pitcher Marcus Cain (Mt. Spokane), sophomore catcher Brayden Olson (Rogers), sophomore designated hitter Isaac Wersland and freshman Christian Padilla, utility.

Flescher, freshman infielder Jermaine Duchman (Lewis and Clark) and freshman outfielder Jadan Vandervert (Shadle Park) were named to the East Gold Glove team.

Johnny Sage, a Yakima Valley sophomore outfielder from West Valley, was named the East Region Most Valuable Player. His Yakima teammate, sophomore infielder Tanner Parker from Ferris, was an East first-team selection and Big Bend freshman first baseman Trevor Luckey from Coeur d’Alene was named to the second team.

Justin Blatner, a Gonzaga junior pitcher from Gonzaga Prep, was on the honorable mention list with a GPA of 3.20 or better when the West Coast Conference named its all-academic teams in baseball. Junior outfielder Daniel Frederickson, a transfer from Washington State, was a first-team repeater with a 3.81 GPA in mechanical engineering.

Natalie Pluskota, Gonzaga’s second-year assistant women’s tennis coach, has been named a tasc Performance International Tennis Association Assistant Coach of the Year and the team earned the ITA Community Service Award for the Northwest Region.

With Pluskota assisting head coach D.J. Gurule, GU finished second in the WCC for the second straight year and had five players receive All-WCC honors.

The service award goes to just one school within a region for its work in the community during the year.

Rachel Swindell, an Eastern Washington senior women’s tennis player from New Zealand, is one of three students to receive the Frances B. Huston Award from the College of Business and Public Administration. It is given to graduating seniors with a 3.75 GPA or higher who also have demonstrated leadership qualities on campus and/or in the community.

• For the second-straight year, Washington State junior Paige Danielson has been named the NCAA Elite 90 Award winner for Division I rowing, presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the 2018 NCAA Rowing Championships.

Danielson has a 4.0 GPA and is majoring in electrical engineering.

The award recognizes the student-athlete at each of the 90 championships the NCAA administers in 24 sports who has the highest GPA.

• WSU senior Emily Morrow, who has rowed stroke with the varsity eight the last two years, has been named to the Pac-12 All-Conference team in women’s rowing. She is a three-time CRCA and Pac-12 all-academic selection.


Gonzaga women’s assistant golf coach Victoria Fallgren and Leslie Folsom of Tukwila, Wash., teamed to shoot rounds of 68-69 to win the 19th Washington State Women’s Best-Ball Championship with a 9-under par 137 last week at Moses Lake Golf Club.

Fallgren, who plays out of Manito Golf & Country Club, and Folsom were the only team to shoot in the 60s both rounds of the 36-hole tournament and won by three strokes over Rachel Blum and Hana Ku of Seattle. Marcy Holt of The Creek at Qualchan and Susie DeShaw of Yakima were 10th at 158.

This is Folsom’s 10 title with various partners, her first with Fallgren, the 2017 WSGA Women’s Mid-Amateur Player of the Year.

Ryan Benzel of Sahalee Country Club in Sammamish, Washington, who grew up in Ritzville and played at the University of Idaho, won the Muckleshoot Casino Washington Open Invitational last week at Meridian Valley CC in Kent, Wash.

Benzel shot 3-under 213 to win by a stroke over amateur David Ganz, a Gonzaga University senior from Portland, and fellow PGA Professionals Shane Prante of Dupont, Wash., and 2014 champion John Cassidy of Molalla, Oregon. Benzel had shot a 5-under 67 to lead the winning team in the Washington Open Pro-Am last weekend.

Pros Billy Bomar of Prairie Falls Golf Club in Post Falls and Russell Grove, the North Idaho College coach, and Clarkston amateur Michael Baldeck were in a six-way tie for 14th at 220. A stroke back was amateur Reid Hatley from Hayden Lake CC.


Derek Ryan, Spokane’s home-grown former Chief, wound up with four goals and three assists for the United States, which compiled an 8-2 record and defeated Canada 4-1 in the bronze-medal game at the IIHL World Championships earlier this month in Denmark.

Former Chief Dominic Zwerger (2013-16) had two goals and Stefan Ulmer (2007-10) had one assist for Austria, which went 1-6.

Rikard Gronborg, a Chiefs assistant in 2004-05, coached Sweden to the gold medal with a 3-2 shootout win over Switzerland.

Letters of intent

Montana State-Northern football – De’Quon Noble, North Central, LB; All-GSL 3A.

Washington State women’s basketball - Michaela Jones, G, Wymore, Nebraska.

Carroll College track & field/cross country – Anne Hockett, Oakesdale, 400m, 100m hurdles, 300m hurdles, 400m hurdles; Emma Perry, Oakesdale, HJ, 800m; Spencer Swaim, Lewis and Clark, cross country, 1,600m, 3,200m; Evan Childears, Mead, PV; Jake Smith, Moscow, Idaho.


Jasmine Devereaux and Tom Haydon from the Spokane Softball Umpires Association and Mark Taylor and Kellen Martin from the Palouse Umpires Association in baseball, among 21 area officials assigned to high school state championships this spring, worked their first state tournaments.

Devereaux was assigned to the Washington 1A championship in Richland and Haydon to the 2B/1B in Yakima. Taylor was assigned to baseball’s 2A/1A Final in Yakima and Martin, who is from Moscow, Idaho, to the 1B Regional in Walla Walla.

Other area officials and their state assignments:

Washington baseball – Frank Wintersteen, Inland Empire Baseball Umpires Association, 4A/3A Finals, Pasco; Jeff Golding, IEBUA, 4A Regional, Spokane; Kevin Wellington, IEBUA, 3A Regional, Pasco; Jeremy Burkhardt, IEBUA, 2A Regional, Spokane; Kevin Wolfe, Colville Valley, 1A Regional, Moses Lake; Ryan Olson, IEBUA and Steve Piretroburgo, Colville, 1A Regional, Spokane; Paul Sorensen, IEBUA, 1B Regional, Walla Walla.

Washington softball – Jake Perry, SSUA, 4A, Spokane; Marty Boles, SSUA, 3A, Lacey; Craig Adams, SSUA, 2A, Selah; DJ Postle, Palouse, 1A, Richland; Bruce Richartz, Colville Valley, and Mike Carlson, SSUA, 2B/1B, Yakima.

Idaho softball - Leanne Brenner, Sagle, and Kevin Campbell, Bonners Ferry, Idaho District 1, 3A, Buhl.

Washington soccer - Jason Damschen, Inland Empire Soccer Referee Association, boys state.


Mattea Nelson of Northwest Christian, who has blended athletics, academics and community service through four years of high school, has been selected as the 2018 recipient of the Inland Empire Softball Hall of Fame Doug “Pops” Bender scholarship.

The Crusaders’ mainstay pitcher the last three years, “puts the success of the team first,” said her coach, Renee Stewart, noting Nelson stepped out of the circle some this season to play shortstop so the team’s freshman pitcher could see game action. Nelson is a three-time Northeast 2B League Most Valuable Player and four-time all-league selection.

The 16th recipient of the Bender scholarship, she has a 3.67 GPA and has been a member of the National Honor Society for three years. Nelson plans to use the $1,000 award to attend Northwest University in Kirkland, Wash., and continue her softball career.

She will be recognized at the 42nd IESHOF banquet and induction June 23 at the Spokane Eagles Lodge, 6410 N. Lidgerwood. A no-host social at 4 p.m. will precede dinner at 6 with awards to follow. Cost is $25 for adults, $12.50 for children under 12.

Slated for induction are seven players, one honored as both a player and sponsor; a coach; an umpire; and a Team of the Decade.

Players: Gary Firster, men’s modified; Terry Walker, men’s fastpitch and modified; Wade Liberty, men’s modified; Vince Grippi, men’s fastpitch; Len Pupo, men’s fastpitch; Fred Farrell, men’s slowpitch, fastpitch and modified; Drew Brooks, men’s fastpitch and sponsor. Coach: Ross Yearout, modified. Umpire: Randy Harnasch.

The Juris Doctorettes/Spokane Lilacs women’s modified team was selected a 1980s Team of the Decade. And the 1978 B&E Trophy men’s modified team, the first Spokane team with a top-four national placing, will also be honored.

Ticket info: Dan Fry, 624-5842.