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Back in high school, recalls Preston Wynne, “The drive-and-fadeaway was my bread and butter.” But if basketball is a metaphor for life, he soon forgot where his bread was buttered. He lost his drive and dropped out of high school. Then came the inevitable fadeaway as dreams yielded to the reality of two children and an ailing mother on the Spokane Indian Reservation. That was in 2005. Today, at 24, the former Wellpinit High School star is in his second year as a starting guard at the Community Colleges of Spokane, setting records – and goals.
Gathering up equipment with two more championships in the books, the next head track coach at the Community Colleges of Spokane allowed how thrilled he was about his promotion. “But it would be nice,” said Jason Cash, “if the shoes weren’t so big.”
Robert Henderson won the discus by a mile – well, 10 feet – Monday at the Northwest Athletic Association of Community College track and field championships, and headed off to call his high school coach. Just to get some static about it.
Robert Henderson’s winning throw of 147 feet, 8 inches was a significant chunk of the bonanza of throwing points the Sasquatch men and women used to fashion first-day leads in the NWAACC track and field championship at Spokane Falls on Monday.
Tom Jager, an NCAA and Olympic champion swimmer who has coached the University of Idaho since 2004, has been named the new head swimming coach at Washington State. “We are thrilled to have a coach and person of Tom’s caliber take over our swimming program,” said WSU athletic director Bill Moos in announcing that Jager will replace the retiring Erica Quam.
Preston Wynne hit seven 3-pointers on his way to 34 points Tuesday as Community Colleges of Spokane placed third at the NWAACC tournament in Kennewick with a 79-77 win over Big Bend. Wynne made 12 of 24 from the floor as the Sasquatch finished 22-8. Marlowe Brim added 16 points and Nate Frisbie had eight rebounds for CCS.
KENNEWICK – Preston Wynne hit four 3-pointers on his way to a game-high 18 points and handed out five assists to propel the Community Colleges of Spokane Sasquatch to a 78-64 victory over the Skagit Valley Cardinals (14-12) in Saturday’s first round of the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges men’s basketball tournament at the Toyota Center. The Sasquatch (20-7) will play the Clackamas Cougars (20-6) in today’s second round at 6 p.m.
There was a time when Tyree Clowe regarded school as the old ball and chain – if he regarded it at all. Now it’s the ball and chain spinning him through school.