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Locally: Area golfers shine at Hudson Cup, Senior Hudson Cup

UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 25, 2020

Steve Prugh of Manito Golf and Country Club is framed by trees as he hits a drive on the second hole at Indian Canyon Golf Course during the Rosauers Open Friday July 16, 2010.  (Christopher Anderson/The Spokesman-Review)
Steve Prugh of Manito Golf and Country Club is framed by trees as he hits a drive on the second hole at Indian Canyon Golf Course during the Rosauers Open Friday July 16, 2010. (Christopher Anderson/The Spokesman-Review)
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All five area golfers who participated in the 72nd Hudson Cup matches and 29th Senior Hudson Cup last week at Meadow Springs Country Club in Richland came away with points, but it was senior pros Steve Prugh and Billy Bomar who had the best showing.

Prugh, the former longtime pro at Manito Golf & Country Club, didn’t lose a match in three outings and was voted the Bob McKendrick Award recipient by the senior amateurs in recognition of being the top senior pro.

Prugh figured in two wins in Thursday’s four ball and foursome matches, the former with Bomar as his partner, and halved his singles match on Friday. Bomar, the Prairie Falls Golf Club owner, also won his singles match but lost in foursome.

Their points helped the senior pros to an 11-9 victory over the amateurs in the competition patterned after the Ryder Cup.

In the 72nd Hudson Cup, the pros produced a 13½ – 6½ win with Community Colleges of Spokane coach Corey Prugh collecting a win in singles for the pros after losing in four ball and foursome matches.

Reid Hatley from Hayden contributed to a win for the amateurs in four ball against Corey Prugh and his partner, and Indian Canyon amateur Andrew Von Lossow and his partner halved their four ball match against former area golfer Ryan Benzel, now at Sahalee Country Club in Sammamish, Washington. Benzel also figured in a win for the pros in fourball.

• Amateur Bob Davies from Kalispel Golf & Country Club tied for eighth at 2-over-par 142 to lead the showing by area entries in the 24th Senior Oregon Open Invitational in Pendleton, Oregon, last week.

Mark Gardner from The Creek at Qualchan was the low area pro, finishing in an eight-way tie for 16th at 5-over 145.

Pro Jeff Coston from Blaine, Washington, won the tournament for a fourth straight year and eighth overall with a 7-under 133, five strokes better than runner-up Brad Karns, an amateur from Portland.

Bob Christensen of The Coeur d’Alene Resort was the net leader at 3-under 137, a stroke better than John Beulther from Hayden Lake Golf and Country Club.

Steve Prugh from Manito tied for first in the Super Senior Division at 10-over 150. Jim Von Lossow of Spokane tied for fifth in the division at 154.

Basketball

Eastern Washington and Gonzaga made changes to their women’s coaching staffs last week.

Shannon Donegan, who spent the last three seasons as director of women’s basketball operations at Gonzaga, and Nicole Mitchell, an assistant at Northwestern State in Natchitoches, Louisiana, the last two years, were hired as new assistant coaches at Eastern, Eagles head coach Wendy Schuller announced.

Kiara Kudron, a 2017 Gonzaga alum who has spent the last three years playing professionally overseas, is returning to the Bulldogs as video coordinator, head coach Lisa Fortier announced.

“Both women come to us with great backgrounds, high basketball IQs and have reputations as hard workers,” Schuler said of her new assistants. “The thing that stood out to me was their ability to be extremely relational.”

Donegan, a 2012 graduate of Temple with a degree in athletic training, was director of basketball operations and video coordinator at Gonzaga’s West Coast Conference rival Saint Mary’s for four years before joining the Bulldogs’ staff.

During her stint at GU, the Bulldogs had an 84-14 record, won three WCC regular-season championships and made two trips to the NCAA tournament.

Mitchell is a 2014 graduate of Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia, where she was a three-time all-conference player. She was an assistant at Hood College in Maryland and Christopher Newport, both NCAA Division III schools, before joining the Northwestern staff, where she was an assistant before becoming recruiting coordinator.

While at CNU, the Captains made two D-III national tournament appearances, reaching the Final Four in 2017 with a 29-3 record.

Kudron suited up for the Zags from 2012-17, helping GU to four NCAA Tournament berths, four WCC regular-season titles and three WCC Tournament titles. She finished her career ranked 11th all-time in rebounds (651) and was selected to the 2016-17 All-WCC first team and 2017 WCC All-Tournament team.

“I am so happy to have Kiara back at Gonzaga,” Fortier said. “She was a great player and leader in her five years here, and she understands what our expectations are as a program.”

Kudron played in Contern, Luxembourg, in 2017 and 2018 and in Madrid, Spain, last season, where she averaged 12.7 points and 6.1 rebounds while shooting 48.4% from the field.

College scene

Two guards from area schools who earned All-America acclaim and helped Whitworth to two NCAA Division III appearances during the decade, Kayla Johnson from Colfax and KC McConnell from Clarkston, head the Pirates’ All-Decade Women’s Basketball Team.

Johnson (2011-14) was named to the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association All-America team and D3hoops.com All-America third team as a senior in 2014 when she led the Northwest Conference with a 41.4% 3-point percentage and ranked second with 18.5 ppg.

She finished her career with 1,298 points, fifth on Whitworth’s all-time scoring list at the time.

McConnell (2013-16) was a four-time All-NWC honoree and a WBCA All-American in 2016 when she concluded her career with 1,605 points, third on Whitworth’s all-time scoring list. She was also a first-team Academic All-American, one of 10 finalists for the 2016 Jostens Trophy and was the NWC nominee for NCAA Woman of the Year.

The others selected to the All-Decade Team for the period 2010-2020 that was highlighted by 21-7 (2012-13) and 21-8 (2013-14) NCAA Division III national tournament teams:

Madison Moffat (2016-19), guard; Emilie Guthrie (2010-13), guard; and Lexi Belcher (2011-12), forward.

• Twenty-three athletes with area ties who are at least sophomores with grade-point averages of 3.2 or higher were named to Cascade Collegiate Conference all-academic teams in the fall sports of men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s soccer and volleyball.

The athletes by school:

Carroll College: Greyson Gold, sophomore, Spokane, men’s soccer; Dade McDevitt, Lakeland (Rathdrum), senior, men’s soccer; Kaitlynn Anderson, sr., Mead, women’s soccer. College of Idaho: Chloe Teets, so., Lake City, women’s soccer. Corban: Kaitlyn Hunter, junior, Lake City/North Idaho College, volleyball. Eastern Oregon: Lindsay Balkenbush, so., Freeman, women’s soccer; Erika Skindlov, so., Coeur d’Alene HS, women’s soccer.

Evergreen State: Avery Brookshire, jr., Central Valley/Lane CC, volleyball. Lewis-Clark State: Ciera Bailey, jr., Sandpoint/College of Idaho, women’s cross country; Rylee Brown, jr., CdA HS, women’s cross country; Kenzie Dean, so., Timberlake, volleyball; Morgan Ness, sr., Central Valley/ Walla Walla CC, volleyball; Abigail Peightal, so., Timberlake, women’s cross country; Brooklyn Shell, so., CdA HS, women’s cross country; Connor Turpin, jr., Lewiston, men’s cross country.

Northwest: Hannah Pylant, so., Freeman, women’s soccer; Riley Sine, grad student, Central Valley, men’s cross country. Oregon Tech: Roni Rountree, so., Central Valley, men’s soccer. Providence – Andrew Davey, sr., Gonzaga Prep, men’s soccer; Emma Goodwin, so., Colville, women’s soccer; Taylor Ward, so., Ferris, women’s soccer. Rocky Mountain – Eryn Ducote, so., Lake City, women’s soccer. Southern Oregon: Daniel McDevitt, sr., Lakeland (Rathdrum), men’s soccer.

Hockey

Spokane native and former Spokane Chief Derek Ryan, now a member of the Calgary Flames of the NHL, is among a trio of former Western Hockey League players featured in the latest weekly WHL podcast.

Ryan took a unique route to the NHL. After three seasons with the Chiefs, he utilized his WHL Scholarship at the University of Alberta, where he competed for the Golden Bears and won a national championship.

After a tour in Europe, Ryan debuted with the Carolina Hurricanes at the age of 29 in 2015 and signed with the Flames as a free agent in 2018.

The podcast, hosted by Zach Hodder, is available on Spotify, Soundcloud, YouTube and at WHL.ca. It has new episodes each Wednesday.

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