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Locally: Ex-WSU standout Derek Bayley shines in Dakotas Tour golf events

UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 23, 2020

From staff reports

Derek Bayley of Rathdrum started the week with a 70 and closed the week with a 70 in fashioning a couple of top-seven finishes in the final two events of The Dakotas Tour’s summer schedule.

The former Washington State standout shot a 2-under-par 70 on the Oxbow, North Dakota, Country Club course on Wednesday and finished third in the S&L Computer Services Inc. Oxbow Pro-Am.

On the weekend, he put together rounds of 69-66-70 for an 11-under 205 to tie for seventh in the Bobcat North Dakota Open at the Fargo Country Club.

Unlike previous tournaments, where eagles had been his friend, he managed none during the weekend. He had 15 birdies, but was handcuffed by four bogeys, two on the back nine on Sunday.

• Amateur Andrew Von Lossow of Indian Canyon and pro Mark Wilkins of Manito Golf & Country Club shot 7-under-par 137s to tie for fifth place and lead the showing by area golfers in the Northwest Open Invitational last week at Wine Valley Golf Club in Walla Walla.

Five other area golfers broke par on the 6,980-yard, par-72 course and two others matched it in the 36-hole tournament won by a stroke by amateur Nathan Cogswell of Meridian Valley Country Club in Kent, Washington, with a 10-under 134.

Professional Loren Jeglum of Clarkston Country Club tied for 11th at 5-under 139 and amateur Reid Hatley of Hayden Lake Country Club was another stroke back, tying for 19th at 4-under 140.

The other area golfers at par or under: amateur Brentt Salas, Hangman Valley, 142; pro Corey Prugh, Community Colleges of Spokane, 142; pro Gordon Corder, Manito, 143; amateur Matthew Ruel, Hangman Valley, 144; pro Nick Thurston, Deer Park Golf Club, 144.

College scene

Washington State recognized its senior student-athletes with a virtual celebration at the 38th annual Senior Recognition last week on Facebook Live.

Among awards that had not previously been announced and their recipients:

Steve Gleason Community Service and Leadership Award: Nnamdi Oguayo (football), Jervae Robinson (men’s basketball), Morgan Weaver (soccer) and Shayna Whieldon (soccer). Cougar Pride Academic: AJ Block (baseball) and Alexis Dirige (volleyball). Athletic Director’s Star Performer Award for academic improvement: Oguayo and Borislava Hristova (women’s basketball). Student-Athletic Advisory Committee (SAAC) True Cougar Award: Trey Tinsley (football) and Jovana Knezevic (tennis).

Damien Ficek Athletic Training Award: Jeff Pollard (men’s basketball) and Hristova. Rob Oviatt and David Lang Strength and Conditioning Award: Pollard and Weaver. Beulah M. Blankenship Outstanding Student-Athlete Award: Chanelle Molina (women’s basketball) and Pollard. Cougar Athletics Leadership Award: Pollard and Desiree Stinger (women’s track & field). WSU Alumni Association Big Ten Senior Award: Elyse Bennett (soccer) and Block.

Senior Excellence in Academics Award: Brandon Arconado (football), Stacia Bell (women’s track & field), Block, Elodie Bridenne (women’s golf), Luciana Brock (swimming), Averie Collins (soccer), Ella Cowan de Wolf (rowing), Ryan Falk (swimming), Troy Gingerich (men’s track & field), Gage Gubrud (football), Melissa Hruska (WT&F), Deion James (men’s basketball), Rachel Johnson (soccer), Morgan Lash (WT&F), Kamila Ondrackova (rowing), Pollard, Stinger and Cal Waterman (baseball).

Letters of intent

Whitworth men’s basketball: Transfers: Carter Sonneborn, G, Gonzaga Prep/Washington State, 13 ppg, 8 rpg, 6 apg as senior on G-Prep’s 4A State champions, redshirted at WSU; Miguel Lopez, F, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands/Doan (Neb.) Universty/Otero (Colo.) JC, will be a senior. Freshmen: Luke Dobler, G/F, Marysville-Pilchuck HS (Washington); Jake Holtz, G/F, Damien HS (Hawaii); Brad Lackey, G, Camas, Wash. (Union HS); Wyatt Walker, F, Burlington-Edison HS (Wash.)

Rowing

Chris Bailey-Greene, the first assistant coach for the Oregon State men’s program the last two years, has been hired as an assistant coach for the Gonzaga University women’s program, recently hired head coach Andy Derrick announced.

In his first year at Oregon State, Bailey-Greene helped the Beavers to a sweep over Gonzaga in one regatta and to a fourth-place finish at the Pac-12 Championships. OSU earned a berth to the IRA National Championships in 2019, placing 17th overall nationally.

Prior to his time at Oregon State, Bailey-Greene worked as an assistant coach at both the New York Athletic Club and Yale University. At NYAC, Bailey-Greene helped develop pre-elite athletes. At Yale, he helped the Bulldogs win the 2018 IRA Varsity 8+ National Championship.

Bailey-Greene rowed collegiately with the Brown Varsity 8+ for four years, with the crew ranked in the top five nationally. He helped the Bears win the Eastern Sprints Championship in 2005 and back-to-back Ivy League titles in 2007 and 2008.

Softball

Vanessa Shippy, a three-time All-American and three-time Academic All-American at Oklahoma State from Lake City, has returned to the school as a volunteer assistant coach, the Cowgirls announced.

After graduating in 2018 with a .404 career batting average and as a two-time Big 12 Player of the Year, Shippy was drafted into the National Pro Fastpitch League but opted to play with independent Scrap Yard Fastpitch before taking a job later that summer as an assistant coach at Syracuse.

She helped the Orange improve on its power hitting – home runs, doubles and triples production were up – in 2019. The 2020 season was cut short by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We can’t say enough good things about Vanessa,” said coach Kenny Gajewski. “When the opportunity presented itself to bring her back to Stillwater, we jumped at the chance. She’ll be a great influence on our program.”

Swimming

Kate Moore, an assistant at her alma mater, East Carolina University, the past 10 seasons, has been hired as Washington State’s assistant swimming coach, Cougars head coach Matt Leach announced.

A native of Pottstown, Pennsylvania, Moore had a much-decorated four-year career for the Pirates. The four-time all-conference performer was a championship finalist and U.S. Open qualifier. She was voted the team’s most improved swimmer as a freshman, the following season she won the ECU Coaches Award and in 2006-07 was the team’s most outstanding swimmer.

Moore followed that by joining the ECU men’s and women’s swimming and diving coaching staff, serving the first five seasons as an assistant coach before becoming the head assistant for two seasons followed by serving as associate head coach the past three seasons.

During her time on the staff, the Pirates won four conference championships, sent nine athletes to the NCAA Championships and helped ECU win 41 individual and 21 relay conference titles.

Miscellany

The Big Sky Conference and Pluto TV announced a new channel lineup for its partnership in which fans can download the free streaming app and watch up to 700 football, men’s and women’s basketball, volleyball and selected soccer, softball and track and field events.

Pluto said the Big Sky sports channel will change to 752 from 532 and the school-specific channels will run from 1000 to 1013. Eastern Washington’s channel will be 1003 and Idaho’s will be 1010.

Other schools and channels: Portland State, 1001; Sacramento State, 1002; Weber State, 1004; Southern Utah, 1005; Montana, 1006; Montana State, 1007; Northern Arizona, 1008; Northern Colorado, 1009; Idaho State, 1011; Cal Poly, 1012; UC Davis, 1013.

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