Josh Fleming was rewarded for his 280-mile round trip from Omak last weekend to compete in the Spokane Junior Bowlers Tour stop at Lilac Lanes.
The Omak High School senior cashed in from the No. 4 qualifying position to capture his first JBT championship, defeating top qualifier Kaleb Ramelow 204-190 in the title match.
Ramelow had the day’s high game, a 258, in his first game, put together a 910 series in the first four-game qualifying block and added an 868 series to retain the No. 1 spot going into the five-person roll-offs.
While he waited for his finals opponent, Fleming went to work. He first knocked off Tate Moylan, the No. 5 qualifier, 194-180, then dispatched No. 3 Brendan Haight and No. 2 Brayden Herbert, who had the day’s high series, a 912, to earn his first appearance in the roll-offs.
As Fleming was heating up, Ramelow, who averaged 218 for the day, cooled off and Fleming took advantage.
Alexandria Dudley had the high average (188) and high game (235) for the girls.
The next JBT is on Sunday at Players, followed by a make-up stop at Cheney Bowl next Sunday.
Scout Cai, a Seattle Pacific junior from Colfax, returns to the NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field Championships for a second straight season next weekend in Pittsburgh carrying the No. 3 seeding in the pentathlon and No. 17 in the pole vault.
The three-time Great Northwest Athletic Conference pentathlon champion earned All-America honors for a fifth-place finish in the event last year. She was 16th in the pole vault.
• Cai and J.T. Konrad, a Western Washington senior from Mt. Spokane, were named to the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Division II All-Region team. Cai was honored in both the women’s pentathlon with the region’s top mark (3,837 points) and pole vault. Konrad has the top mark in the region (16 feet, 3/4 inch) in the men’s pole vault.
• John Dressel, a Colorado senior from Mt. Spokane, returns to the NCAA Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships next weekend in Birmingham, Alabama, after a one-year absence.
Dressel is ranked 15th in the men’s 5,000 meters, an event in which he finished fourth in 2017 to earn first-team All-America honors. He missed the 2018 meet, redshirting with an injury.
• Idaho junior Zachary Short, who started the season breaking the Big Sky Conference indoor record in the shot put (62-3) and kept improving on it, will compete in the NCAA Division I indoor championships next weekend in Birmingham with the ninth-best toss in the country (65-0).
• Led by returning NCAA Division III All-Americans Marissa Mount (steeplechase) and Izzy Clark from Northwest Christian (heptathlon), Whitworth was picked to finish second behind reigning D-III national co-champion George Fox in the Northwest Conference women’s preseason coaches’ poll.
• With NCAA Division III decathlon All-American Nick McGill returning, Whitworth has been selected to finish second behind talent-rich defending champion George Fox in the Northwest Conference men’s track and field coaches’ preseason poll. Also back is a fellow junior, pole vaulter/triple jumper Nathaniel Drotts, an All-NWC selection in 2018.
• Brandon White, who started his career at Washington State by retiring the first 15 batters he faced, was named the Pac-12 Baseball Pitcher of the Week and was also named among the National Pitchers of the Week by Collegiate Baseball Magazine.
The freshman right-hander from Chehalis, Washington, a 14th-round pick of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 2018 Major League Baseball draft, pitched 6 1/3 innings of no-hit ball with nine strikeouts and no walks in a combined one-hit, 10-0 win at Santa Clara.
• Gonzaga seniors Graciela Rosas and Sophie Whittle were named the West Coast Conference Women’s Doubles Team of the Week after keeping their season record perfect at 11-0 and improving their record in dual matches to 5-0.
They started the week by defeating Washington’s nationally 35th-ranked doubles team and finished by claiming the doubles point as the 38th-ranked Bulldogs beat No. 15 Washington State.
• Washington State juniors Ashley Brown and Alexis Dirige are among 215 athletes from 88 colleges invited to participate in a three-day open tryouts this weekend for the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team and U.S. Collegiate National Teams at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Brown, a setter who ranked 16th in the nation last season with 1,364 assists, was a member of the 2018 U.S. Women’s Collegiate National Team-Detroit. Dirige, who ranks third at WSU with 1,617 career digs, was on the U.S. Women’s Collegiate National Team-Europe that won the 2018 European Global Challenge in Pula, Croatia.
• Treasure Farmer, a senior guard at Corbin University from Northwest Christian, and Sequoia Wheeler, a Multnomah junior from Clarkston, were named to the Cascade Collegiate Conference women’s basketball all-conference team.
Farmer, who transferred to the Salem, Oregon, school after two years at Wenatchee Valley, leads the CCC in assists per game (5.6), a figure that ranks seventh nationally in the NAIA, and averaged 11.3 points. Wheeler, who transferred after two years at Yakima Valley, led the Portland school with a 16.3 scoring average.
• Courtney Carolan, a Pacific sophomore guard from Central Valley, received honorable mention on the All-Northwest Conference women’s basketball team after averaging 13.8 points (ninth in the conference) and 5.4 rebounds (13th).
The NWC women’s player of the week following her first double-double – 16 points, 10 rebounds – in a 70-62 win over Evergreen State on Nov. 24, averaged 34.7 minutes in 25 games, third in the NWC. She scored a career-high 27 against Luther in a nonconference game Dec. 17 that included five 3-pointers and scored in double figures in 22 games.
• Army West Point senior Madison Hovren tied her career high with 35 points (13 of 18 from the field, 9 of 12 free throws) in an 85-80 loss to Colgate on Thursday. The Central Valley grad also had 14 rebounds for her 20th double-double of the season and 56th of her career.
• Idaho senior Mikayla Ferenz, who has a 4.0 GPA, was selected to the Google Cloud Academic All-District first-team for a third straight year and is eligible for the Google Cloud Academic All-America team, an honor she received in 2018.
• Chandler Smith, a graduate student at Gonzaga working on her second master’s with a 3.87 GPA, was named to the 2018-19 West Coast Conference Women’s Basketball All-Academic team for a second straight season and four teammates earned honorable mention.
Katie Campbell (junior, 3.54 GPA) earned honorable mention for a second time while Zykera Rice (senior, 3.54), Jill Townsend (sohomore, 3.27) and Jenn Wirth (soph., 3.27) were honored for the first time.
• Three Whitworth Pirates – two men and one woman – have been invited to the 2019 NCAA Division III National Swimming and Diving Championships March 20-23 in Greensboro, North Carolina.
The men are Northwest Conference co-Swimmer of the Year Ryan Grady in the 500-yard freestyle, 100 breaststroke and 200 breast, and Eben Schumann (50 freestyle, 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke). The woman is Jamie Siegler (50 free, 100 and 200 breast).
• Four-time defending West Coast Conference women’s rowing champion Gonzaga was picked in the coaches’ preseason poll to win a fifth straight title – and 18th overall – and the Bulldogs landed four on the Preseason All-WCC team.
Seniors Ana Delucchi, Lauren English and Lindey English were joined on the team by 2018 WCC co-Newcomer of the Year, sophomore Lauren McCallum.
• Rowing’s Paige Danielson and AJ Armstrong from men’s golf, both seniors, have been named the Washington State Academic Services Student-Athletes of the Month for February.
Danielson, majoring in electrical engineering, is a member of the Honors College with a 4.0 GPA. She has received numerous academic honors, including Google Cloud second-team Academic All-American in 2018.
Danielson rowed with the varsity eight at the 2017 and 2018 NCAA Championships. In 2018, she won the NCAA Elite 90 Award given to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative GPA at each NCAA championship.
Armstrong, majoring in accounting and minoring in sport management, has a 3.86 GPA. His academic awards include All-Pac-12 first team in 2017 and 2018 and he was named to the Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-American Scholar list for his academic and athletic performance in 2018.
• History was made on the Whitworth campus Thursday when the first women’s lacrosse match was played. Senior Delynnia Woitt scored twice for the Pirates, but Johnson & Wales University (Denver) scored six straight goals spanning the first and second halves in a 12-5 win.
For a second straight year, former Spokane Chiefs captain Jason Fram has been named the Mervyn “Red” Dutton Trophy winner as the Canada West Conference’s top defenseman.
The third-year student at the University of Alberta had 30 points in 28 games (nine goals, 21 assists) to lead all conference defensemen after winning the award last season when he finished third in scoring among defensemen with 23 points (nine goals, 14 assists).
“There’s little doubt in anyone’s mind that Jason is the best offensive defenseman in the conference,” Alberta coach Ian Herbers said. “What has impressed me the most this year is how much better he is getting at the defensive part of his game.”
Letters of intent
Northwest University women’s soccer: Izzy Lehosit, CB, Coeur d’Alene Charter, three-time All-IML and All-State 3A first team, 2018 IML and State 3A MVP.
Terry Cochran of Colfax and Mike Owen of Spokane, two of 26 area high school officials selected to work state tournaments in Washington and Idaho in the winter sports of basketball, wrestling and gymnastics, did double duty.
Wrestling referees registered in both states, they worked both Washington’s Mat Classic in Tacoma and the Idaho state tournament at Holt Arena in Pocatello, events they have also both officiated in the past.
Cochran is assigned out of Whitman County in Washington and District 2 in Idaho. Owen works out of the Inland Empire Association in Washington and District 1 in Idaho.
Other area state tournament officials:
Washington: Spokane association: Josh Reed, 4A/3A boys; Nick Harmon, 4A/3A girls; Jim Jacobson, 2A/1A boys; Geoff Asan, 2A/1A girls; Ryan Olson, 2B/1B boys; Aaron Erickson, 2B/1B girls. Southeastern Washington: Tim Lewis, 2B/1B boys; Casey Brown, 2B/1B girls. Idaho District 1: Paul Manzardo, Todd Bitterman, Mike Floch, Dominic Dire, all the girls tournaments; Neal Pederson, Bill Bopp, John Nelson, Dave Oakes, all the boys tournaments.
Washington: Inland Empire Association, Paul Bergman, Jerry Coulter, Pat Girtz. Idaho District 1: Ryan Wood, Lloyd Moe, Damon Rowe, Nathan McLeod.
Washington: Spokane, Leah Mohtes-Chan.
Kevin Moon, the only remaining member of the club’s staff that dates back to the initial years of the Shadow youth program in 2001, has been named head coach of the Spokane Shadow Women’s First Team that makes its return this spring in the Women’s Premier Soccer League.
Moon previously helped lead the Shadow Women’s First Team over two seasons in the local Northwest Premier League, winning the inaugural league championship in 2016 and tying for the regular-season title in 2017 with a combined record of 20-2 over the two seasons.
The Whitworth graduate helped lead the Pirates to three Northwest Conference championships (1988-91) and has often been a part of the school’s soccer coaching staff. He was a men’s assistant on two occasions and a women’s assistant on three occasions, most recently from 2010-15.
His playing career also included a brief stint with the Shadow men’s team in 1995 prior to its joining USL’s Premier Development League.
The WPSL, in its 22nd season, is the largest women’s soccer league in the world with more than 100 clubs from coast-to-coast.
The Spokesman-Review is accepting submissions for summer camps that will appear in the 2019 Summer Plus section, which publishes May 1. They will also be included in an online directory at spokesman.com that will be available all spring and summer.
Information about any residential or day camp in our readership will be accepted at no charge, including athletic camps, academic camps, theater camps, special needs camps and equine camps.
All we need is its name, location, cost, age range and a short description. Please include contact information for the public, such as a phone number, email or website.
Submissions received after 5 p.m. March 14 will be included in the online directory, but not guaranteed for the print version.
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