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Locally: Four area runners earn NCAA All-America honors

UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 24, 2018, 9:19 p.m.

Former Mt. Spokane runner John Dressel leads the field around the track during the boys State 3A 3,200-meter run  May 30, 2015, in  Tacoma. (Patrick Hagerty / For The Spokesman-Review)
Former Mt. Spokane runner John Dressel leads the field around the track during the boys State 3A 3,200-meter run May 30, 2015, in Tacoma. (Patrick Hagerty / For The Spokesman-Review)
From staff ,wire reports

Four area runners, led by John Dressel and Nick Hauger, earned NCAA All-America honors as announced by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, for their performances in national championship meets.

Dressel, a Colorado redshirt junior from Mt. Spokane, earned a third award following his ninth-place finish in the Division I championships last weekend in Madison, Wisconsin. Dressel ran one race in 2017 before being sidelined by an injury after earning All-America honors as a freshman and sophomore.

Hauger, a senior at Portland from Shadle Park, earned a second straight Division I honor for placing 40th in Madison. The top 40 are All-Americans. Hauger was the West Coast Conference and West Region champion.

Tanner Anderson, a Washington senior from North Central, earned his first All-America award after placing 19th in Madison. He transferred from Oregon after missing All-America honors by one spot in 2017 when he finished 41st.

Marissa Mount, a Whitworth senior from San Jose, California, earned her first NCAA Division III women’s All-America honor for placing 38th in the championship meet in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. She was the Northwest Conference champion and second in the West Region.

College scene

Community Colleges of Spokane and North Idaho dominated the NWAC East Region volleyball all-stars.

Sophomore Joelle Mahowald (Lakeside-Nine Mile Falls), the NWAC Tournament Most Valuable Player after CCS capped a 40-0 season by winning the conference championship, duplicated the honor as East MVP and NWAC Coach of the Year Jenni Rosselli-Hull of CCS was the East Coach of the Year.

East first-team all-stars included CCS freshman Lindsey Russell (Mead) and North Idaho sophomores Hailee Etter (Shadle Park) and Kayla Neumann (Sandpoint). On the second team were CCS freshman McKenna Russell (Mead) and sophomore Alisha Straw (Freeman), and NIC freshman Sydney Bybee (Coeur d’Alene HS).

• The NWAC passes out a lot of awards in soccer, naming conference all-stars in East-West (and North-South) combinations and all-region teams. CCS and NIC made out well in both.

Jim Martinson, who retired after 19 years as CCS women’s coach, picked up his ninth coach of the year award, sharing East-West honors with Omar Anderson of Columbia Basin. CCS sophomore midfielder Gaby Kennedy (Lewis and Clark) was the East Region MVP and named to the East-West women’s team.

All-NWAC East-West men: Midfielders – Creed McKinnon, so, NIC; Jared Mehaffey (Lewis and Clark), fr, CCS; Alex Nana, fr, CCS. Defenders – Zach Bowsky (East Valley), fr, NIC; Carlos Campo, fr, CCS; Hunter VanCleave, so, CCS.

All-NWAC East-West women: Forwards – Sabrina Castaneda, so, CCS; Megan Wilkinson, fr, CCS. Midfielders – Shannon Frucci (East Valley), so, CCS. Defenders – Emmaleah Allen, fr, NIC; Sofia Schnepf (Lakeland-Rathdrum), fr, NIC; Taylor Ward (Sandpoint), so, CCS. Keepers – Kaysha Bailey (Lewiston), fr, NIC.

All-East Region men – Noah Dreves (Central Valley), fr, NIC; Kai Flugel, fr, NIC; Josh Greer, so, NIC; Caleb Garbuio, so, CCS; Julian Gutierrez, fr, CCS; Jonathan Perez, fr, CCS.

All-East Region women – Cidney Bauwens, fr, NIC; Ellory Ferris, so, NIC; Zoe Lee, so, NIC; Natalie Cabiad (Central Valley), so, CCS; Kalle Crouch (CV), fr, CCS; Molly Thies, so, CCS.

• CCS and NIC were well-represented on NWAC Fall Academic Excellence lists with GPAs of 3.25 or higher.

Cross County – Anastasia Chapel (Mt. Spokane), Elizabeth Thornton (Mead), Ethan Green (Ephrata), Marcus Rice (Shadle Park), all CCS.

Men’s soccer – Beau Chandler (Lake City), Daniel Cortez, Cole Fawcett (Lake City), Riley Glover (Lake City), Greer, McKinnon, all NIC; Artuo Bahena, Garbuio, Cole Johnson, Hardy Lopez, all CCS.

Women’s soccer – Julia Adair (University), Chayse Avalos, Cabiad, Annaliz Castaneda, Sierra Everman, Frucci, Thies, Ward, all CCS.

Volleyball – Taylor Gould (Cheney), Anoipua Kaaloa, Mahowald, Ryley Sinclair (Mt. Spokane), Straw, all CCS.

• Idaho senior Alycia Wodke was voted co-Libero of the Year and three Vandals were selected to the first team and two to the second on All-Big Sky Conference volleyball teams.

Senior outside hitter Sarah Sharp was named to the first team for a second straight year and was joined by senior middle blocker DeVonne Ryter and senior outside hitter Kaela Straw. Wodke was selected to the second team as was senior outside hitter Reece Carman.

Wodke averaged 5.33 digs per set, fourth in conference play. Sharp, who averaged 4.02 kills per set to rank fourth in the Sky, finished her career ninth in Idaho volleyball history in career kills (1,306). Ryter ranks sixth in the nation in overall hitting (.396).

Aubrey Stephens, Western Washington’s senior libero from Colville, received honorable mention when the American Volleyball Coaches Association All-West Region team was announced. Stephens leads the team and ranks sixth in the West with 4.96 digs per set.

Josh Brown, a College of Idaho junior offensive lineman from Colfax, was named to the All-Frontier Conference football first team on offense, and Drew Melton, a College of Idaho senior defensive back from Lewiston, was a second-team choice on defense.

• Washington State freshman Keiana Fountaine broke the school record in the 100-yard freestyle during a swim meet at the University of Houston last weekend, clocking 49.62 seconds. The old mark was 49.75.

• Idaho redshirt senior Nikki Imanaka was named the Western Athletic Conference Diver of the Week for the second consecutive week. She finished second on the 3-meter board at the Lumberjack Diving Invite, fifth on the 1-meter and was seventh on platform in her first attempt his year at the event.

• Carroll College senior Match Burnham from Liberty received his second Frontier Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week award of the young season after the 6-foot-8 forward had 21 points and eight rebounds in an 86-75 road win over William Jessup (California). He was 14 of 16 from the free-throw line.

Drake Randall, an Eastern Oregon senior from Lewiston, was named the Cascade Collegiate Conference athlete of the week in men’s wrestling after a 7-0 week that was highlighted by going 5-0 and winning the 165-pound weight class at the Spokane Open.

Ranked No. 8 nationally by NAIA, Randall’s wins in the Spokane Open included victories over wrestlers who were ranked No. 1 in the NAIA and No. 6 in the NJCAA.

• Men’s cross country runner Kyler Little and women’s soccer player Elyse Bennett have been named the Washington State Academic Services Student-Athletes of the Month for November.

Little, a senior from Lake City, a double major in computer science and mathematics with a 4.0 GPA, has collected many academic honors, including Google Cloud Academic All-America second team, while being a key contributor to the Cougars’ cross country team.

Bennett, a sophomore forward, is a biology major, pre-med, and a member of the honors college with a 3.76 GPA. She works as a certified nursing assistant.

High school scene

Wil Smith of Lewis and Clark and Allie Janke of North Central were among the leaders as Washington swept Oregon in Nike BorderClash 20 last weekend in Beaverton, Oregon.

Smith placed sixth in the boys 5,000-meter race as Washington sent six runners in a row across the finish line after Oregon went 1-2 en route to compiling 43 points and winning for the 20th straight year to stay unbeaten in the cross country series.

Eliason Kabasenche of Pullman was 10th; Ryan Kline, Central Valley, 14th; and Leif Swanson, NC, 21st.

Janke’s fourth-place finish helped the Washington girls score 37 points in a decisive win. NC teammates Erinn Hill (seventh), Marie Taylor (23rd) and Amelu Ruff (24th) were the next area finishers with Alaina Stone of Colville 35th as Washington won the girls race for a 14th straight year.

Ryan Kline of Central Valley received an at-large bid to the Nike Cross Country Nationals next Saturday in Portland following an eighth-place finish in the NXR Northwest Regional in Eagle, Idaho, Nov. 10. Smith was an automatic qualifier after finishing fifth in Boise.

• Sandpoint had three event winners in 4A and Coeur d’Alene and Lake City one each in 5A during the Idaho High School Activities Association State Swimming Championships last weekend in Boise.

Juniors Mikayla Schoening in girls 100-yard freestyle and Jacob Ballard in boys 100 butterfly and the Bulldogs’ girls 200 free relay team helped Sandpoint to a third-place girls team finish and a fourth in boys.

Lake City senior Aren Kariotis won the boys 5A butterfly and Karter Rasmussen of Coeur d’Alene won boys 100 breaststroke. The Lake City boys finished fourth and the CdA boys sixth.

Team scores and other North Idaho top-three placers:

4A boys: Team – 1, Century. 3, Moscow. 4, Sandpoint. 13, Lakeland. 200 medley relay – 3. Sandpoint. 200 freestyle – 3. Hayden Norling (San). 200 individual medley – 3. Simon Miura (Mos). 500 free – 2. Norling. 200 free relay – 3. Moscow. 100 breaststroke – 2. Jacob Ballard (San). 400 free relay – 3. Sandpoint.

4A girls: Team – 1, Idaho Falls. 3, Sandpoint. 12, Moscow. 13,. Lakeland. 14, Bonners Ferry. 200 medley relay – 3. Sandpoint. 50 free – 2. Mikayla Schoening (San).

5A boys: Team – 1, Boise. 4, Lake City. 6, Coeur d’Alene. Lewiston (no team score reported). 200 medley relay – 2. LC. 200 IM – 3. Rasmussen. 500 free – 3. Logan Robillard (LC). 100 backstroke – 2. Kariotis. 400 free relay – 2. LC

5A girls: Team – 1, Boise. 5, Lake City. 7, Coeur d’Alene. 12, Post Falls. 200 medley relay – 3. LC. 50 free – Sara Kaitz (LC). 400 free relay – 3. LC.

• Four North Idaho schools won State Academic Awards for fall sports.

Coeur d’Alene Charter won in boys 3A cross country with a 3.645 GPA, Genesee won in 1A Division I football (3.623), Bonners Ferry in 3A boys soccer and Lake City in 5A girls swimming (3.913).


Spokane Chiefs forwards Luke Toporowski and Adam Beckman received a “C” rating on NHL Central Scouting’s updated “Players to Watch” list for the 2019 NHL Draft.

They’re among 48 Western Hockey League players rated in four categories. A “C” rating indicates a fourth-, fifth-, or sixth-round candidate. Toporowski is a center, Beckman a left winger

Letters of intent

Eastern Washington men’s basketball – Abdullahi Mohamed, F, West Seattle HS.

Eastern Washington women’s track – Katherine Petsch, sprints, Kennewick (Kamiakin); Rosalie Folger-Vent, jumps/heptathlon, Portland (Madison HS).

Gonzaga men’s golf – Zach Stocker, Central Valley/Community Colleges of Spokane (will be a sophomore).

Gonzaga men’s tennis – Eric Hadigian, Sacramento, California; Oliver Andersson, Stockholm, Sweden; Matthew Holingworth, Saltburn-By-The-Sea, England.

Gonzaga women’s tennis – Catherine Broerman, Scottsdale, Arizona; Jenna Sloan, Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.; JennaMarie Gordon, Saratoga, Calif.; Tamara Anderson, New Zealand.

Idaho men’s tennis – Vivek Ramesh, Cary, North Carolina; Alejandro Sedeño, Spain; Francisco Perez Bascon, Spain.

Idaho men’s track – Ryan Kline, distances, Central Valley, State 4A cross country champion as a junior, fifth as a senior, second in State 4A 3,200 as a junior.

Idaho women’s track – Julia Hayes, jumps, Valley Christian, second in State 1A/2B/1B high jump, long jump and triple jump as a junior; Camryn Couch, 200m/400m, Felton, Calif.; Kelsey Swenson, distances, Bend, Oregon.

Washington State volleyball – Reagan Cooper, OH, Dallas; Alexcis Lusby, OH, Sparks, Nevada; Magda Jehlarova, MB, Prerov, Czech Republic; Mykayla Myers, MB, Coppell, Texas; Pia Timmer, OH, Emlichheim, Germany; Weronika Wojdyla, OH, Krakow, Poland.

Washington State women’s basketball – Bella Murekatete, C, Post Falls (Genesis Prep Academy), Idaho IA DII All-State, averaged 20.6 points, 18.6 rebounds as a junior; Leah Mafua, G/F, New Zealand; Grace Sarver, G, West Seattle HS.


Dennis Williams from the Spokane-based Inland Empire Football Officials Association received his first championship-level referee assignment in the Washington state high school football playoffs as one of 43 area officials selected for Washington and Idaho championships in football, volleyball and soccer.

Williams was assigned a 1A semifinal. Four other IEFOA members worked their first championship-level (semifinal or final) games – Daniel Adams and Jerry Coulter, IB semifinals; Kevin Wellington, 1A semifinal; and Bryan Raschka, 3A semifinal.

Two Spokane Area Volleyball Officials Association members, Jason Gonwick and Brent Radford, worked their first state tournaments, the 1B/2B in Yakima.

Other area state tournament officials by sport:

Football: Inland Empire (Spokane) – Jeremy Rash, 3A semifinals; Joel Murphy, 2A final; Ron Schafer, 3A final. Colville Valley – Monte Hodgson, 1B semifinal. Southeast Washington – Gary Boone, 1B semifinal; Frank Slusser, 1A semifinal; John Cole, 1B final. North Idaho – Paul Manzardo, Mike Gump, John Nelson, Josh Behrens, 4A semifinals; Bob Burton, Jesse Lenz, Casey Irgens, Mike Martin, Chad Duce, 1A Division II semifinals; Burton, Gump, Martin, Lenz, Behrens, 5A championship.

Volleyball: Spokane Area Volleyball Officials Association – Debbie Spray, State 1A; Shawna Seehan, State 2A; Barb Twohig, State 4A/3A; Linda Kildew, alternate. Colville Valley – Denise Smith, State 1A. Inland Empire – Paula Stout, State 2B/1B. North Idaho District 1 – Staci Heiser, Kelley Kostelecky, Rayna Longstreet, Mike Terry, Idaho State Championships.

Soccer: Inland Empire Soccer Referee’s Association – Elorm Atisu, State 4A/3A; Rob Rice, State 2A/1A. North Idaho District 1 – Marcos Maldonado, Brian Stobie, Derek Kohles, Mark Evans, Eric Allen, David Keys, 4A Soccer Cup. Idaho District 2 – Owen Vassal and Joe Harris, 4A Soccer Cup.

• Two veteran Spokane college football officials, Jim Northcott and Dan Antonietti, have been selected to man the replay booth for the Pac-12 Championship game Friday at Levi Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. Northcott will be the replay official and Antonietti the replay communicator.

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