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Idaho lands six on All-WAC second team

Football: Six Idaho Vandals have been named to the All-Western Athletic Conference second team.

The group includes seniors Korey Toomer, a linebacker, defensive end, defensive back and fullback, who scored three touchdowns on nine carries; offensive tackle Matt Cleveland; cornerback Matthew Harvey; and linebacker Tre’Shawn Robinson.

Also named were junior punter Bobby Cowan, who wound up No. 2 in the country with a 46.41 average, and sophomore tight end Mike LaGrone.

Smith to coach at Weber State

Football: Weber State has hired former Idaho Vandals coach John L. Smith as its new football coach.

School officials confirm Smith will be introduced at a news conference today.

The 63-year-old Smith is a former Wildcats player who also has had stints as a head coach at Utah State, Louisville and Michigan State. He has been special teams coach at Arkansas since 2009.

Smith has a career record of 132-86 as a head coach.

He played linebacker and quarterback at Weber State from 1968-1970.

Associated Press

Chiefs send out D-man Hamblin

Hockey: The Spokane Chiefs returned from their Central Division swing and promptly shipped seldom used defenseman Cole Hamblin to the Selkirk Steelers of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League.

Hamblin, one of the biggest players in the Western Hockey League at 6-foot-4, 235 pounds, played in just 19 games in two seasons.

It might not be the last move for the Chiefs, who went 2-2-1-0 on the trip and have a game Friday in Everett before returning home for a Saturday game – the annual Teddy Bear Toss – against the Prince George Cougars.

“Right now we would be a changer,” general manager Tim Speltz said about any potential deals that would shake up the roster for the Chiefs, who are 13-9-2-2 and third in the U.S. Division with 30 points.

After games on Dec. 17, there is a freeze on trades during the holiday break, which ends a couple days after Christmas.

Dave Trimmer

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