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Vandals lose scholarship despite APR improvement

The University of Idaho is the only local NCAA Division I school that suffered any fallout from the most recent Academic Progress Rates numbers, released by the NCAA on Tuesday.

Blanchette: CCS track coach retiring after collecting 33 titles

The story begins, as it so often does, with how it almost wasn’t a story at all. Larry Beatty had a job interview to become the track and cross country coach at the Community Colleges of Spokane, and he was ready to blow it off. It meant missing a day of work at 24 Hour Fitness, and he was already “living hand to mouth.” It meant footing the cost of finding someone to cover the weight training class he taught at Clark College in Vancouver. And he’d been tipped to the candidate pool he was in – NCAA Division I coaches, another with an NAIA national championship in his resume.

Robinson pitches Colfax to District 7 2B baseball title

J.J. Robinson struck out 12 and hurled a three-hitter Wednesday as Colfax (17-2) defeated Kettle Falls 7-2 in the District 7 2B baseball championship game at Avista Stadium. Kellen Morgan and Matt St. Mary had two RBIs apiece for Colfax, which opens state play at 1 p.m. Saturday at Shadle Park against Tekoa-Oakesdale/Rosalia.

Area roundup: WSU’s Jensen, Logan shine in heptathlon

Washington State’s Angela Jensen and Shaquana Logan finished fifth and seventh, respectively, in the Pacific-10 heptathlon Saturday in Tucson, Ariz. Jensen totaled 4,967 points, while Logan scored 4,859 in her first career heptathlon. Arizona State’s Samantha Henderson won with 5,470.

Sunday Locals: Gray, Vandersloot receive honors at Gonzaga

A pair of basketball standouts and two soccer players picked up individual honors at the Gonzaga Senior Student-Athlete Awards Social that recognized 66 seniors.   Basketball players Steven Gray and Courtney Vandersloot were named the Male and Female Senior Athlete of the Year, respectively, while men’s soccer player Collin Harrison and women’s soccer player Elle Sweeney were honored as the Male and Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year, respectively.

Thomas, two Vandals tied for 13th at West Regional

Two Idaho juniors and St. George’s graduate Chessey Thomas, a freshman at Tennessee, are in a six-way tie for 13th going into today’s final round of the NCAA West Regional women’s golf championships in Auburn, Wash. Thomas, who played her high school golf for Lewis and Clark, had a gallery that included family and friends from Spokane as she improved on her first-round score by a stroke on Friday with a 1-over-par 73 for a 147.

CCS athletes sweep NWAACC multis

Community Colleges of Spokane athletes swept the top spots at the NWAACC Multi Event Championships at Lane Community College in Eugene, Ore., as the two-day competition concluded on Tuesday Sophomore Spencer Wordell scored 6,403 points in the decathlon, outdistancing David Formolo of Lane, who had 6,171. Wordell, a North Central HS graduate, had three personal records in the long jump, high hurdles and pole vault. He won the 100 meters (11.35 seconds) and high jump (6 feet, 1 1/2) inches.

Area roundup: Cougars unleash offense in Pac-10 baseball win

Patrick Claussen went 4 for 5 with a triple, double and five runs batted in to power the Washington State Cougars (19-19, 5-12) to an 11-6 victory over the Washington Huskies (12-27, 3-11) in Pacific-10 Conference baseball action on Saturday at Bailey-Brayton Field in Pullman. Derek Jones joined the hit parade for the Cougars with a 4-for-5 effort that included a double and two RBIs. Taylor Ard and Matt Argyropoulos each drove in a pair of runs for WSU.

Women rule the day at Pelluer Invite

Women stole the show in the 40th annual Pelluer Invitational track and field meet on Friday at Eastern Washington’s Roos Field. The three meet records that were set and the day’s only double winner came in the women’s division.

OSU comeback overhauls Cougars in baseball

Timing was decisive as No. 3 Oregon State rallied for a 7-6 Pac-10 baseball win over Washington State on Friday night at Goss Stadium in Corvallis, Ore. Danny Hayes delivered an RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning on the heels of Jared Norris’ double to give the Beavers (29-7, 10-1 Pac-10) the come-from-behind win.

Winners announced at North Idaho Sports Banquet

The 49th annual North Idaho Sports Banquet winners were announced Saturday evening. Six were inducted into the North Idaho Hall of Fame. They were Jake Plummer, Irene Matlock, Jeff Robinson, Ray Faraca and Ed Cheff.

Roundup: Moon shines as Gonzaga baseball rolls past Lobos

Billy Moon had three hits, including a home run, and drove in four runs to help power the Gonzaga Bulldogs (15-8-1) to a 17-4 victory over the visiting New Mexico Lobos (9-19) in nonconference baseball play on Saturday. Eric Lane had three hits and drove in a pair of runs for Gonzaga. Tyler Chism and Royce Bolinger homered for the Bulldogs, who had 18 hits on the day.

Roller wins for CCS; women also triumph

Freshman Andrew Roller (Coeur d’Alene) collected a victory in his first collegiate golf competition with a 1-over-par 145 to lead a 1-2 finish for Community Colleges of Spokane, but the Sasquatch men had to settle for second at the Columbia Basin Invitational in Kennewick. Roller shot 72-73 for a seven stroke margin over freshman teammate Grahm Schmaltz. Bellevue beat CCS 619-621.

CCS men, women fall in semifinals

KENNEWICK – The Community Colleges of Spokane men and women will be playing for third place instead of championships today at the Northwest Athletic Association of Community College basketball tournaments after losing semifinal games Monday night in the Toyota Center. Peninsula jumped on top in the first half and held off the CCS men 78-74.

CCS teams reach semis

The Community Colleges of Spokane men’s and women’s basketball teams advanced to the semifinals of the NWAACC championships in Kennewick. The Sasquatch men beat two-time defending champion Clackamas 72-53, while the women beat Lower Columbia 66-62.

Peterson, Lynn named to NW Region 15 softball hall of fame

Two Spokane men who had great success in separate arenas have been voted into the Amateur Softball Association Northwest Region 15 Hall of Fame. Mike Peterson, an eight-time All-American who played on two national champion modified pitch teams, and George Lynn, who coached girls fastpitch teams that qualified for 10 ASA national tournaments and eight high school teams that played in state tournaments, will be inducted in January 2012 at the regional council meeting in Spokane.

Running Start hits record enrollment

As the price of higher education continues to rise, more Washington high school juniors and seniors are taking advantage of a state program to earn college credits cheaply while finishing high school. Running Start has seen steady growth since the late 1990s, according to a recent report on the Spokane Community Indicators Initiative, a website operated by Eastern Washington University that reports a wide range of data about the community.

Sunday Locals: NIC volleyball’s Strahinic earns AVCA award

Tina Strahinic, North Idaho College’s 6-foot-1 sophomore outside hitter from Metlika, Slovenia, has added another honor following her outstanding volleyball season. Strahinic was selected a first-team All-American among two-year colleges by the American Volleyball Coaches Association.