Reid Hatley has a lock on the Washington State Golf Association Men’s Mid-Amateur Player of the Year award.
For the sixth straight year, Hatley, who manufactures custom golf course accessories in Hayden Lake, was named the division’s 2020 recipient.
This past summer, he had three top-eight finishes – tied for fifth in the Washington Open, tied for sixth in the Oregon Open and tied for eighth in the Washington Men’s Champion of Champions – as well as tying for the 19th in the Northwest Open.
Victoria Fallgren, the Gonzaga University women’s golf assistant coach, was named the 2020 WSGA Women’s Mid-Amateur Player of the Year for the third time in four years after she won the Washington Women’s Mid-Amateur and the Washington Women’s Champion of Champions. She previously won the award for post-college amateurs in 2017 and 2018.
Other 2020 WSGA Players of the Year: Nathan Cogswell, Kent, men’s; Alice Duan, Seattle, women’s; Tom Brandes, Bellevue, senior men’s; Leslie Folsom, Tukwila, senior women’s; Jahan Bains, DuPont, junior boys; and Lauryn Nguyen, Seattle, junior girls.
The recipients will be honored at the 99th WSGA meeting Saturday that will be held virtually because of Covid-19 pandemic restrictions.
● Nick McCaslin, the Kalispel Golf & Country Club head professional, was named the 2020 Pacific Northwest Golf Association PGA Merchandiser of the Year for resort courses.
The PNW PGA announcement said the Mead High School graduate “has created a unique atmosphere in the pro shop at Kalispel and achieved tremendous growth.
“He has grown the merchandise operation not only with soft goods, but also with club sales by making sure his staff is up-to-date on club fitting certifications and earning a positive word of mouth vibe from both the club and the community of Spokane.
“While unable to open during the pandemic, Nick created an online golf shop for his members and guests that yielded sales from around the country.”
Merchandisers of the year were also selected for public and private courses. Matt Brown, Highlands Golf Club, Gearhart, Oregon, and Manzanita Golf Links, Manzanita, Ore., received the award for public courses and Craig Hunter, Sand Point Country Club, Seattle, for private courses.
The fifth edition of the Spokane Indians’ community update, Home Base, is available online and includes a Q&A with former Indians Northwest League MVP Curtis Terry, Halloween trick or trivia, a former staff member’s journey to becoming a head coach and a visit with breast cancer survivor Laura Donnelly, the Indians’ Breast Cancer Awareness Month’s Hometown Hero.
Check it out at milb.com/spokane/community/homebase.
T.J. Lipold, who has been on the Eastern Washington men’s basketball staff for three years, has been elevated to the position of assistant coach, head coach Shantay Legans announced.
Lipold joined the Eagles in 2017 as an assistant director of basketball operations/video coordinator. In 2019-20 he served as head director of basketball operations.
“T.J. has worked his tail off the last few years in our program and is ready to make the jump into a coaching position,” said Legans. “He will be a huge asset as he helps coach our defense and the big men.”
Lipold played two years at Westmont (California) College following two years at Saddleback (Calif.) College, where he was an all-conference player. After completing his master’s degree in 2013, he started his coaching career with three years as an assistant at Saddleback.
Shawn James, who has worked in the Eastern program for two years as a graduate assistant, will replace Lipold as director of basketball operations. The graduate of the University of Redlands (Calif.) previously coached at Dallas Christian College and worked as an intern for the Dallas Mavericks of the NBA.
Gonzaga, which returns its top seven runners, who finished in the top 22 of the 2019 West Coast Conference Championships, is ranked 30th in the first USTFCCCA men’s national cross country ratings of 2020.
The Zags have back junior James Mwaura, who was fourth in the WCC meet, along with senior Peter Hogan (11th), junior Cullen McEachern (15th), seniors Jake Perrin (18th) and Phillip Fishburn (19th), junior Luke Mason (20th) and sophomore Riley Moore (22nd). They will be joined by a talented group of newcomers including freshman Will Smith from Lewis and Clark.
GU is among three WCC men’s programs ranked nationally behind BYU (2nd) and Portland (8th) and is fifth in the West Region behind Stanford, Portland, Oregon and Washington. The Huskies are ranked 20th nationally. Washington State received one point in balloting.
Washington is eighth in the women’s national poll and No. 2 in the West behind Stanford.
• Kayla Leland of Spokane, who didn’t turn out for cross country until her junior year and wound up earning two All-America honors, leads the women’s selections on the Whitworth women’s and men’s All-Decade Cross Country Team for 2010-2020.
The Gonzaga Prep graduate, who played basketball and ran track before giving cross country a try as a way to condition for her other sports, is one of two women from area schools among the seven women and seven men selected to All-Decade teams.
Whitworth won three straight Northwest Conference women’s championships from 2015-17, with top-20 NCAA Division III national finishes all three years, and also had a top-20 in 2010, a year the Pirates men also went to nationals.
Toby Schwarz was the NWC women’s coach of the year in 2015, ’16 and ’17, earning NCAA West Region honors in 2016, and was NWC men’s coach of the year in 2010 and ’11.
Leland (2016-17) led the Pirates women in 2016 with a program-best 12th-place national finish and placed 17th in 2017 to earn her second All-America honor. She had back-to-back third-place finishes at the NCAA D-III West Regional, leading the Pirates to the team title in 2016.
Leland and D-III All-American Marissa Mount (2017-18) were also the NWC representative for the NCAA’s Woman of the Year honor a year apart in 2017 and ’18.
Tonya Turner (2008-10) from Mead was a three-time All-West Region selection, placing eighth in 2009 and sixth in 2010 in the West Championships, and placed 77th in the 2009 NCAA D-III Nationals and 62nd in 2010.
Others on the All-Decade women’s team: Joy Shufeldt (2009-12), Kellyn Roiko (2012-15), Bailey Scott (2014-17) and Allison Wood (2013-16).
Men: Aaron Jenkins (2008-11), Nick Gallagher (2007-10), Trevor Berrian (2009-11), Tyler Dudley (2008-11), Chris MacMurray (2012-15), Taylor Steele (2011-14) and Joel Mott (2018-present).
• Whitworth, coming off a 23-6 season, is ranked No. 20 among NCAA Division III schools in the monthly publication Basketball Times’ preseason men’s poll.
• If you check into the West Coast Conference website, WCCsports.com, you’ll notice some major changes.
Newly designed by SIDEARM Sports, it has been updated to reflect WCC branding that was modernized in 2019. It features a video player for quicker viewing of live action on the WCC Network and on-demand content, a revamped media wall that connects the conference’s social media platforms and latest posts. Athlete awards also now have a larger portion of the home page.
Spokane Chiefs players – past, present and prospects – were in the news last week.
• Adam Beckman, the 2019-20 Western Hockey League Player of the Year after leading the league in scoring (107 points) and goals (48), has been invited to Hockey Canada’s National Junior Team selection camp Nov. 16-Dec. 13 in Red Deer, Alberta.
The 19-year-old forward from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, a third-round selection by the Minnesota Wild in the 2019 NHL draft, is one of 46 players, 26 of them forwards, invited to the camp from which Canada will select its team for the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship.
• Chiefs goalie Lukas Parik and defenseman prospect David Jiricek are in the Czech Republic’s camp for the Karjala Cup, an annual men’s tournament involving the Czech Republic, Russia, Finland and Sweden that will be played Thursday through Sunday in Helsinki, Finland.
Parik, who played for the Czech national team in the World Junior Championship last year and was a third-round pick of the Los Angeles Kings in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft, is one of three goalies in camp. In 32 games with the Chiefs last season, he had 22 wins, a 2.73 GAA and a .917 save percentage.
Jiricek was the Chiefs’ lone pick in the 2020 CHL Import Draft and is first eligible for the NHL draft in 2022. He has played six games this season with HC Plzen in the highest level league in the Czech Republic, collecting one goal and one assist. At 16, if he makes the team, he would be the youngest player to play for his country’s men’s team.
• Graham Sward, a 17-year-old Chiefs defenseman, is listed on NHL Central Scouting’s “Players to Watch” list ahead of the 2021 NHL Entry Draft with a “C” rating, indicating a potential fourth-, fifth-, or sixth-round pick.
Spokane’s first-round bantam pick in 2018 (17th overall) from Abbotsford, British Columbia, the 6-foot, 1½- inch, 170-pounder caught the eye of scouts during his rookie WHL season in 2019-20. He played in a top-four position for parts of the season and finished with17 points (2G-15A) in 55 games.
• Spokane has given permission for two of its rostered players and two prospects to play temporarily with teams in other leagues while remaining on the Chiefs’ protected list and being eligible for full participation with them for the abbreviated 2020-21 WHL season targeted to start in January.
Forward Luke Toporowski and defenseman Jordan Chudley were Spokane regulars last season while forward Grady Lane and defenseman Logan Cunningham are Chief prospects.
Toporowski has been loaned to Sioux Falls, South Dakota, in the United States Hockey League; Chudley to Winkler, Manitoba, in the Manitoba Junior league; Lane to Virden, Manitoba, in the MJHL; and Cunningham to Osoyoos, British Columba, in the Kootenai International junior league.
Ron Robinson, president of the WHL, which approved the transfers, said, “This is an opportunity for WHL roster players to continue their development by playing hockey at a competitive level.”
Sandy Cooprider, a Spokane native whose vision during 44 years at Wenatchee Valley College was responsible for building a three-sport athletic complex, was honored by the school’s board of trustees when it named the facility the Cooprider Sports Fields Complex.
The former North Central High School athlete, who retired in 2015 after 44 years as a teacher, coach and athletic director, used primarily donations of money, products, services and his own labor to incorporate a baseball stadium, fastpitch softball field and soccer fields into a complex the Wenatchee World calls “equal to that of any community college in the Northwest.”
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