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Locally: Joey Biel sets Monmouth kicking record with 15-point game

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Joey Biel, a Monmouth College freshman from Northwest Christian, was named the Midwest Conference Special Teams Player of the Week in football after setting one school record and tying another in the Fighting Scots’ 57-14 win over Cornell on Oct. 1.

Biel, a three-time All-Northeast 2B League and two-time AP All-State kicker, tied the Monmouth, Illinois, school’s single-game record with three field goals and added six extra points for a school-record 15-point game. One of his field goals was a 47-yarder, third longest in school history.

As the unbeaten (3-0 Midwest Conference, 5-0 overall) NCAA Division III 25th-ranked Scots entered play this weekend, Biel was fourth in conference scoring with 40 points and second in kick scoring. He hit on 5 of 10 field goals and 25 of 27 extra points in the first five games. He was also averaging 59.8 yards on 39 kickoffs with five touchbacks.


Toby Mertens picked up this fall where he left off last spring as the 2016-17 Spokane Junior Bowlers Tour began.

Mertens, who collected his only win during 2015-16 in the last match of the season, started the new campaign with a win in the season-opening alumni event and followed with a victory in the first individual tournament last Sunday at River City Lanes in Post Falls.

Mertens’ consistency produced 902 and 911 five-game series during qualifying rounds as he grabbed the top spot going into the five-person roll-offs.

Noah Torres, who had qualified third, knocked off No. 2 qualifier John Hilden for a shot at Mertens in the championship match. Mertens prevailed 248-199.

Hilden finished third; Clint Norlen, who had charged from 10th with an 870 series to qualify fifth, placed fourth; and Anthony Huck, who rolled the high game for the boys, a 278, was fifth. Madison Hilden had high girls game, a 197.

In the alumni event, Mertens and adult partner Chris Gray claimed the title from the No. 1 qualifying position, 449-375 over John Hilden and James McCold.

Highlights included an 879 series by John Hilden and 872 by Mertens; a 259 game by Norlen; and a 244 by Dinah Seymour. Adam Allen had a 1,004 series and Nick Borago a 299 game to lead the adults.

The next JBT will be at North Bowl on Oct. 23.

College scene

John Dressel, a Colorado sophomore from Mt. Spokane, won the Rocky Mountain Shootout men’s cross country race last weekend running unattached, covering the 8,000-meter course in 24 minutes, 38 seconds.

Jonni Dorr is cleaning up on Frontier Conference weekly volleyball awards at Carroll College.

The Saints’ senior from Mead was the conference Setter of the Week for the third time this season and second week in a row after recording 40 assists, 11 digs and an ace in a sweep of Rocky Mountain.

For the second week she was joined on the honors list by a former Mead teammate. Senior Natalie Kassa was the Frontier Defender of the Week after notching 18 digs with no receiving errors and an ace. Kassa helped the Carroll back line limit Rocky to 34 kills on 116 attacks.

A week earlier, senior Paige Montgomery from Mead was the Frontier Hitter of the Week.

Jessica Schmautz, a Community Colleges of Spokane sophomore outside hitter from Lakeside (Nine Mile Falls), was named the NWAC East Region Offensive Player of the Week in volleyball for a second straight week while Sasquatch sophomore Bianca Sanchez from Yakima was the Defensive Player of the Week.

Jocelyn Cook-Cox, a North Idaho freshman midfielder from Lakeside (Nine Mile Falls), was named NWAC Women’s Soccer Player of the Week last week after scoring all the Cardinals’ goals in a 3-1 victory over East Region playoff contender Treasure Valley. Cook-Cox leads NIC with seven goals.

Mo Diaz, a Whitworth junior forward from McMinnville, Oregon, was the Northwest Conference Men’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week after recording a hat track and an assist in a 7-0 win over Pacific and a goal in a 2-1 win over George Fox. He had eight shots in the two matches, five on goal.

Cooper Kupp, a redshirt senior football player, and Chloe Williams, a junior women’s soccer player, received Eastern Washington’s first Scholar-Athlete of the Month awards for 2016-17, honored in September for their performances on the field and in the classroom.

Kupp, an economics major from Yakima with a 3.62 grade-point average, caught 25 passes for 379 yards and five touchdowns in three September games, the third cut short by an injury. In the process, he broke the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision record for career touchdown catches. In four games this season he has 63, five more than the old record.

Williams, an exercise science major from Lewis and Clark with a 3.64 GPA, twice earned Big Sky Conference Offensive Player of the Week honors in September. The forward leads the Big Sky in points (15) and goals (seven) and tied the program record for career goals with 24.

Whitworth softball ranked third in NCAA Division III for team grade-point average during the 2015-16 academic year at 3.620, according to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association, which also accorded 14 Pirates individual academic recognition with GPAs of 3.50 or better.

Pirates honored: Kelsey Downey, sophomore; Alyssa Hall (University), senior; Chelsey Hayes, junior; McKenna Holmes, freshman; Megan John, sr.; Alexa Kaplan, fr.; Makayla Lefever, jr.; Tessa Matthews, jr.; Nicole Olsen, jr.; Madison Perez, jr.; Myranda Ramirez, jr.; Allison Rude, so.; Michelle Silva, fr.; and Shannon Wessel, jr.

The 2015-16 Pirates were 29-15, won a second straight Northwest Conference title and received the second bid in school history to the NCAA Division III tournament.

The Gonzaga women’s and men’s soccer programs received 2015-16 National Soccer Coaches Association of America College Team Academic Award.

The women’s team earned the award for the eighth consecutive season, posting a 3.49 GPA. The men were recognized for the 14th consecutive season with a 3.25 GPA. GU is one of two WCC schools, with Saint Mary’s, and 221 schools nationwide that had both programs recognized. GU had the best GPA for both programs among WCC schools.


Teams led by pros Derek Siesser of The Creek at Qualchan and Gordon Corder of Manito Golf & Country Club had the best finishes for area players in the Pacific Northwest Pro-Amateur that wound up a two-day run Friday at Salish Cliffs Golf Club in Shelton, Washington.

Siesser and amateur partner Erik Olson of Kent, Washington, tied for seventh at 8-under 136 while Corder and partner Jeff Sweat of Manito were a stroke back in a tie for 12th.

Among other highest-finishing locals were pro Billy Bomar from Prairie Falls in Post Falls and partner Mike Kerns from Kent, who tied for 15th at 138, pro Corey Prugh of Manito and Reid Hatley of Hayden Lake Country Club, who were in an 18th-place tie at 139.


Cierra Foster, a senior at Post Falls, signed a letter of intent to wrestle in the women’s program at Oklahoma City University, an NAIA school in the Sooner Athletic Conference.

Foster, wrestling since she was 6, competes in a state that doesn’t offer a state tournament for girls so has had to find female opponents and tournaments where she can. As a freshman, she became the first female to place in an Idaho boys state tournament, finishing third at 106 pounds.

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