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NWAACC rebrands with new name, logo

The Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges has a new name, and a new acronym. The pronunciation of that acronym, however, will stay the same. The Pacific Northwest’s league of two-year schools announced earlier this month that it’s changing its name to the Northwest Athletic Conference. Two letters will be cut off from the acronym – it’s the NWAC now – but people will still be able to call it the “en-wack.”

North Idaho softball wins opener at Region 18 tourney

Hayden Fields drove in five runs with a fourth-inning double and a sixth-inning homer Wednesday as North Idaho College opened the Region 18 softball tournament in Twin Falls, Idaho, with a 10-6 win over Western Nevada (12-44). Fields’ two-run double to right-center gave the Cardinals a 7-4 lead. She capped NIC’s scoring with a two-out, three-run homer to left.

Holmberg finishes runner-up for two WHL awards

Former Spokane Chiefs star Mitch Holmberg finished runner-up in two categories Wednesday as the Western Hockey League presented honors during its annual awards luncheon in Calgary, Alberta. Sam Reinhart of the Kootenay Ice won both awards for which Holmberg was nominated: the Four Broncos Memorial Award for player of the year and the Paul Hornung Trophy for most sportsmanlike player.

Sasquatch earn split with CBC

Blake Andres pitched six strong innings and Daniel Rowton hit his sixth home run Wednesday as Community Colleges of Spokane (16-14, 8-10 NWAACC) defeated Columbia Basin 6-3 to achieve a doubleheader split at Pasco. The Hawks (20-8, 11-7) won the opener 12-0 as Evan Harder and Steven Danek combined on a seven-inning one-hitter. Lucas Denney broke up the no-hitter with a two-out single in the seventh.

Gonzaga’s Kim wins WCC women’s golf

Gonzaga junior Alice Kim fired a final-round, 4-over-par 76 on Wednesday to win medalist honors at the West Coast Conference Championships at Gold Mountain Golf Club in Bremerton. Kim survived two double-bogey sevens to finish at even-par 216 for a three-shot edge over three golfers. Kim won her third consecutive tournament and led all nine rounds at those events.

Locally: CC Spokane to induct 10 former basketball players into Hall of Fame

Ten men who played basketball at Community Colleges of Spokane from 1980-93, six of them from Spokane County schools and one from Coeur d’Alene, will be inducted into the basketball wing of the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame on March 15 at 5 p.m. in the Student Union Building on the Spokane Falls Community College campus. Inductees will be Ken Lunde from Shadle Park, 1980-81 and ’82-83; Darryl Roberts, Hayward, Calif., 1982-84; Dale Haaland, Leavenworth, Wash., 1982-84; Lennie Parham, Medical Lake, 1983-85; and Cass Gebbers, Wenatchee, 1983-85.

Blanchette: Price and time right for NIC

How’s this for timing? Come Friday, North Idaho College will make a run at a 15th national wrestling title, as host of the NJCAA championships at the Spokane Convention Center.

Women’s basketball roundup: EWU stops Montana with balanced scoring

All five starters scored in double figures and the Eastern Washington women’s basketball team led from start to finish and beat Montana 71-61 in a Big Sky Conference game Saturday night at Reese Court in Cheney. Lexie Nelson scored a game-high 19 points, Jade Redmon had 13 points, five assists and five rebounds and Melissa Williams chipped in 10 points and 10 boards as the Eagles (11-10, 7-5) raced out to a 13-2 lead to open the game.

Men’s basketball roundup: Whitworth records 7th consecutive win

Taylor Farnsworth had 18 points and 13 rebounds and the 21st-ranked Whitworth men’s basketball team extended its winning streak to seven games with a 70-58 Northwest Conference win Saturday night over Pacific Lutheran in Parkland, Wash. It was also the Pirates’ 18th straight win over the Lutes.

WSU women give No. 3 Stanford a scare

Washington State has taken the floor 56 times against Stanford in women’s basketball, and 56 times the Cougars have lost. But No. 3 Stanford’s 77-69 victory Friday night in Pullman was one of the closest in the series that began in 1983.

Eastern women hold off Northern Colorado

Melissa Williams’ jump shot with 1 minute, 57 seconds left snapped a 50-all tie and Eastern Washington outscored Northern Colorado 9-3 in the final 7 minutes Saturday for a 52-51 Big Sky Conference win in Greeley, Colo. The Eagles (9-10, 5-5), trailing 48-43, began their comeback with Hayley Hodgins’ 3-pointer with 5:12 left. Williams hit two free throws for a 48-all tie with 4:26 to go. EWU’s Jade Redmon and Shelby Dougherty of the Bears (11-9, 5-6) traded baskets before Williams’ jumper.

Area men’s basketball: Whitworth puts pasting on Pacific

The Whitworth Pirates pillaged their way to their second dominating win in two nights Saturday with an 83-58 pasting of Pacific (Ore.). Both teams came out of chutes swinging haymakers, with each making 3-pointers to start the contest. The Pirates (15-4, 9-1) and Boxers (11-8, 4-6) then traded blows and tied the score three times early. But the Pirates then made a run that put the game away.

CC Spokane men score 5 late points for win

Kwinn Hanson scored 30 points, Chase Haack added 26 and TJ Bracey hit two free throws with less than 1 second left Wednesday to give CC Spokane (14-7, 4-3 NWAACC) a 79-77 win over Big Bend (15-6, 4-3) at Spokane Falls CC. Haack’s 3-pointer with 9 seconds left tied the game at 77. Bracey stole the ball from Victor Aguero with 2 seconds left and was fouled.

Whitworth cruises to win over Linfield

Colton McCargar scored a game-high 19 points Saturday and Whitworth used a 37-20 advantage in bench scoring to storm past Linfield 83-59 in Northwest Conference play at McMinnville, Ore. McCargar shot 5 of 8 from the floor, including 4 of 7 on 3-pointers, and 5 of 6 from the free-throw line.

Area women’s basketball: Barr’s big day guides first-place Vandals

Stacey Barr led five players in double figures with 23 points Saturday as Idaho continued to lead the way in the Western Athletic Conference with a 96-69 win over Cal State Bakersfield (8-8, 2-2) at Bakersfield, Calif. Barr, who finished 7 of 11 from the floor, added eight rebounds and six assists.

College hoops: Holsinger powers CCS women in NWAACC opener

Riley Holsinger’s game-high 33 points, eight assists and six steals Wednesday lifted Community Colleges of Spokane past Wenatchee Valley 79-61 to open NWAACC women’s basketball play at Spokane Falls CC. Holsinger shot 12 of 22 from the floor and 7 of 8 from the free-throw line for the Sasquatch (9-5), who shot 59 percent from the floor. CCS’ Morgan Freeman added a game-high eight rebounds and teamed with Briana Anderson for 30 points on 14-for-18 shooting.

CCS repeats in men’s golf

It was a banner windup to a banner season for the Community Colleges of Spokane men’s golf team. With two of the top three golfers and a third just two strokes further back, the Sasquatch compiled a two-day score of 598 in the NWAACC Championships that wound up Monday in Bremerton to capture a second straight team title.

Shock make roster moves; Williams let go

The Spokane Shock on Monday released defensive back Travis Williams, who started the first three Arena Football League games, and put offensive lineman/fullback Shannon Tevaga on injured reserve with a hand injury. Williams had 9.5 tackles and one pass break-up in the three games, but had a tough night in Friday’s 69-35 loss to San Jose.

CCS athletes, team will be inducted in NWAACC hall

Community Colleges of Spokane will be well represented on the dais at the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges Hall of Fame induction on May 31 in the Tri-Cities. Paul Tikker, who has been a much-honored coach and instructor at CCS for more than 33 years; the school’s unbeaten 1968-69 football team; and five former football players – Dave Browning, Dave Komar, Rick Larsen, Art Berry and Tim Reese – will be inducted.

Sasquatch star Wynne has come long distance

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.