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Locally: Area gymnasts qualify for national Level 9 Western Championships in Spokane

UPDATED: Sat., April 20, 2019


USA Gymnastics is bringing its 2019 Level 9 Western Championships to the Spokane Convention Center May 10-12.

April Johnston, Maggie Carstens, Rylin Zimmerman and Alyssa Helbling are ready and waiting.

The four area gymnasts qualified for the national-level event during the six-state Women’s Region 2 Level 9 Championships last weekend in Corvallis, Oregon.

Zimmerman, 15, who is homeschooled, won four regional championships – all-around (37.575 points), uneven bars (9.45), balance beam (9.325) and floor exercise (9.45) – and placed third in vault (9.35) to lead the showing by three members of her Dynamic Gymnastics club and one from Northwest Gymnastics.

Helbling, 15, who attends University High School and competes for Northwest, placed second in all-around (36.625) with Dynamics’ Carstens, 16, Reardan, third (36.65) and Johnston, 16, Mt. Spokane, fourth (36.3).

Carstens was the regional champion in beam (9.375) and placed fifth in floor (9.325), vault (9.25) and bars (8.7). Helbling was second in bars (9.175) and beam (9.15), third in floor (9.4) and fifth in vault (8.9). Johnston was second in vault (9.4), third in beam (9.05), fourth in floor (9.35) and seventh in bars (8.5).

A fifth area gymnast, Brody Lusk from Dynamic, qualified for the USA Gymnastics Men’s Western Championships May 2-4 in Reno, Nevada, through his performance in the Region 2 meet last weekend in Everett.

Lusk, 18, who attends Running Start through Mt. Spokane, was eighth all-around in the combined men’s senior group, fourth in vault and fifth in floor.

• In the season-ending Level 8 women’s regionals, four Dynamic gymnasts collected medals, led by Megan Morrow, 13, Mountainside, who was the regional champion in vault (9.4) and placed fourth in floor (9.475) and beam (9.35).

Emma Stutzke, 14, homeschooled, was second in beam (9.55); Jocelyn Thew, 16, St. George’s, was second in floor (9.575); and Sami Zandt, 15, Mt. Spokane, was fifth in vault (9.4) and seventh in floor (9.424) and beam (9.025).

Dakota Wolfe of Dynamic won six Level 5 championships in the Men’s Region 2 meet in Everett, which encompassed levels 4-10. Wolfe, 10, Shiloh Hills, won all-around, pommel horse, rings, vault, parallel bars and high bar and was second in floor.

Level 10 athletes are eligible to advance to the Western meet, but they must place in the top 10 in combined junior and senior age divisions. Lusk was the only area qualifier. It was a season-ending meet for the other levels.

Dynamic had a second regional men’s champion. Tyjhai Phillips, 18, Shadle Park, was first in Junior Development vault. He was also second all-around and third in parallel bars and high bar.

Other Dynamic medalists:

Level 4 – Schade Bachman, 10, Deer Park, second parallel bars.

Level 5 – Nathan Koenig, 12, Moran Prairie, second floor and rings, third vault, parallel bars and high bar.

Level 6 – Conner Baker, 13, Northwood, fifth floor.

Level 7 – Kaysic Lundquist, 11, Finch, fourth high bar, fifth rings, sixth pommel horse, seventh all-around, eighth floor and vault.

Level 10 – David Thew, 15, St. George’s, ninth parallel bars; Keegan Eastep, 16, Ferris, 10th floor; Ty Friedman, 15, Lakeside, fourth parallel bars, sixth vault, eighth all-around (18th combined junior/senior).

College scene

Idaho senior Marianna Petrei set a Big Sky Conference record when she collected her 10th career women’s tennis player of the week honor after going 4-0 in No. 1 singles and 2-0 in No. 1 doubles with Maria Tavares. It was her third award this season.

Petrei improved her singles record against Big Sky opponents to 8-0 this season and 38-0 in her career. Overall, she’s 12-3 this season in singles and 11-3 in doubles.

Sophie Whittle, who led Gonzaga to a pair of 4-0 wins last weekend, taking straight-set matches each day at No. 1, was named the West Coast Conference Women’s Tennis Singles Player of the Week.

On Senior Day, the Bulldogs senior, ranked 22nd in the country, posted a 6-3, 6-3 win over 101st-ranked Mariia Kozyreva of Saint Mary’s for her 26th victory to set the school record for most wins in a season.

Sean Singco, a Whitworth junior, won twice at No. 2 singles and twice at No. 1 doubles to lead the Pirates to a pair of team victories and was named Northwest Conference Men’s Tennis Player of the Week.

Madi Mott, North Idaho College’s sophomore ace, was named the NWAC Softball Pitcher of the Week after she helped the Cardinals leapfrog Big Bend in a tight battle for first place in the Eastern Region.

In two starts, she had a complete-game shutout over the Vikings and finished the week striking out 17 in 13 innings and giving up four earned runs. Mott leads the NWAC with a 1.94 ERA.

• Whitworth’s Nicholas McGill won the decathlon at the Northwest Conference Track & Field Multi-Events Championships last week in McMinnville, Oregon.

The junior overcame a 134-point deficit after the first day and compiled 6,524 points for an 82-point victory over first-day leader Tayler Phillips of George Fox. McGill won the javelin with a throw of 176 feet, 7 inches and had a career-best 4 minutes, 43.32 seconds in the 1,500 meters.

Pirates sophomores Travis Herrera (Ferris) and Joe Tingstad (Pullman) were eighth and ninth, respectively, the former with a career-best 5,398 points.

Whitworth senior Izzy Clark (Northwest Christian) was runner-up in the women’s heptathlon for a second straight year with 4,598 points. Annie Wright of George Fox, the national leader, won with 4,953.

• For the second straight week, Idaho junior Zachary Short was the Big Sky Conference Male Field Athlete of the Week after he had his best shot put of the outdoor season, 61-8 1/4. He placed eighth in a loaded field at the Triton Invitational in La Jolla, California.

Wyatt Setian, a Montana State Billings sophomore from Post Falls, led the Yellowjackets to a four-game-series split against Western Oregon while batting .333 and was named the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Baseball Player of the Week.

Setian went 6 for 18 with three doubles and two home runs, one a grand slam, drove in seven runs and scored six.

• Idaho senior Sophie Hausmann was named the Big Sky Conference Women’s Golfer of the Year for the second consecutive year and also became a four-time All-Big Sky first-team selection.

Hausmann, ranked No. 50 in the GolfStat national rankings, has shot at or under par in 15 of her 28 rounds and has a career-best 72.0 scoring average. That’s within reach of the school’s single-season record of 71.97 with postseason play still ahead.

Vandals sophomore Valeria Patino joined Hausmann on the first team, while Idaho senior Michelle Kim and Eastern Washington sophomore Alexa Clark were named to the second team. It is Kim’s fourth Big Sky honor. She was first team as a freshman and sophomore and third team as a junior.

The honorable mention list includes Idaho freshman Vicky Tsai and Eastern junior Madalyn Ardueser, who received the same honor as a freshman in 2016-17.

Megan Billeter, a Western Washington sophomore from Mt. Spokane, was named to the Great Northwest Athletic Conference 2018-19 Women’s Golf All-Academic Team with a 3.35 GPA.

Isaac Emerson, a Northwest Nazarene sophomore from Central Valley, was named to the GNAC 2018-19 Men’s Golf All-Academic Team with a 3.65 GPA.

• Seniors Derrick Phelps, a golfer who played two seasons at Community Colleges of Spokane, and softball outfielder Kinsey McNaught are the Whitworth men’s and women’s student-athletes of the month for March.

Phelps led the Pirates with an average round of 73.8 in March, tying for second overall in the West Cup at La Verne, California, leading the Bucs to sixth place in a field that included several nationally ranked teams.

McNaught reached base in over half her plate appearances, finishing the month with an on-base percentage of .577. She had 40 total bases and slugged .702 as the Pirates went 15-2-1. She led the team in seven offensive and defensive categories during the month.

• It took 10 games, but Whitworth’s first-year women’s lacrosse team posted its first victory on April 12, an 18-13 Northwest Conference triumph over Pacific in Forest Grove, Oregon.

Trinity Frank had five goals and Liah Gingerich four as the Pirates (1-9) gave coach Noelle Brouillard her first win. “I’m really proud of our group,” Brouillard said. “I know it means a lot to have their hard work pay off on the scoreboard.”


Former Whitworth running back Duke DeGaetano, who served as a volunteer assistant last fall, has been named a full-time member of the Pirates’ coaching staff for 2019.

The 2017 Whitworth graduate will coach defensive backs and serve as the Pirates’ recruiting coordinator. The three-year starter and two-time team captain coached tight ends, fullbacks, punt returners and kick returners in 2018.


Mike DeLong of The Coeur d’Alene Resort and Billy Bomar of Prairie Falls Golf Club in Post Falls finished in a four-way tie for third place at the 2019 Pacific Northwest PGA Senior Players’ Championship last week at Wine Valley Golf Club in Walla Walla with 1-under-par 143s.

George Mack of Black Butte Ranch in Sisters, Oregon, won with a 3-under 141.

Mark Gardner of The Creek at Qualchan and amateur partner John Lefriec of Walla Walla Country Club tied for third in the team competition at 8-under 136.


Spokane Chiefs forwards Adam Beckman and Luke Toporowski are listed in the NHL Central Scouting Service’s final rankings in advance of the June 21-22 draft.

Beckman, a 6-foot-3 winger from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, jumped 10 spots to No. 34 among North American skaters. The rookie leads the Chiefs in goals.

Toporowski, a 5-10 winger from Bettendorf, Iowa, who was the Chiefs’ first-round pick in the 2017 WHL Bantam Draft, No. 8 overall, is listed at No. 100.

Chiefs prospects Matthew Davis, who played in the Alberta Junior Hockey League, is ranked 24th among North American goalies, and forward Ethan Leyh, who played in the British Columbia Hockey League, is ranked 167th among North American skaters.


Kylie Delaney led the showing by four members of the Spokane Junior Rifle Team at the USA Shooting 2019 National Junior Olympic Shooting Championships this month at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Delaney, 17, who is homeschooled, placed eighth in J2 for 15-17-year-olds in women’s 10-meter Air Rifle Standing and 30th overall in a field of 202, and 13th in J2 and 39th out of 75 in Women’s 50-meter Smallbore 3-Position.

Also in women’s 10-meter Air Rifle Standing, Cassiday Wilson, 18, homeschooled, placed 47th in J1 (18-20) and 69th overall and Taylor Christian, 17, Spokane Valley Tech, was 76th in J1 and 139th overall.

Mason Maystrovich, 18, Northwest Christian, was 27th in J1 and 46th overall out of 172 competitors in the Men’s 10-meter Air Rifle Standing.

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