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Panhandle A-2 Boys Begin Quest For State

The chase for two berths to the Idaho state A-2 boys basketball tournament begins tonight with a pair of loser-out games at the District I-II Tournament at Lake City High in Coeur d'Alene. In the opener, No. 3 seed Priest River (8-11) meets No. 6 Lakeland (3-15) at 6:15, followed by No. 4 Moscow (9-11) and No. 5 St. Maries (3-16) at 8. The winners advance to the double-elimination portion of the tournament on Wednesday.

WSU Finds New Spirit, Trips Osu

A team meeting on Saturday morning lifted the spirits of Washington State's women's basketball team, a team still clinging to NCAA tournament hopes. Sunday, the Cougars showed that renewed spirit while defeating No. 16 Oregon State 84-79 in Bohler Gym. Amy Saneholtz scored 20 points to lead the Cougars (5-8 Pac-10, 12-10).

Big Sky Honors Eagles’ Lewis

Eastern Washington University's first Big Sky Conference men's basketball win in 30 games and 45 games on the road has earned junior center Melvin Lewis a share of the league's Player of the Week honor. Lewis, a 6-foot-8, 290-pound native of Chicago, had 22 points and 16 rebounds as the Eagles scored their first Big Sky victory in two years, 72-66 at Boise State. In that game, he connected on 10 of 15 shots from the floor. For the week, Lewis was 18 of 26 for 69.2 percent from the field, scoring 38 points and grabbing 21 rebounds.

Search Is On For UI Football Foe

The University of Idaho continues to search for one more football opponent for the 1995 season. The Vandals' non-conference schedule will feature games at Oregon State on Sept. 2, at Northern Iowa on No. 11, and a home game tentatively set with Sonoma State on Sept. 16. UI athletic director Pete Liske said an agreement has been reached with Sonoma State, but the Rohnert Park, Calif., school has yet to return a contract.

UI Star Rice Earns Another A-A Honor

Volleyball Magazine has selected University of Idaho senior Mindy Rice to its All-American third team in its March edition. Rice, from Grandview, Idaho, was previously honored as a second team All-American by the American Volleyball Coaches Association. Rice, the Inland Empire Female Athlete of the Year, is the first player in Big Sky Conference history to be named All-American at the Division I level. The outside hitter was also the Big Sky's Most Valuable Player after collecting 619 kills for the 31-3 Vandals, who made the second round of the NCAA tournament. Basketball Whitworth made another significant move in the NAIA Division II men's basketball poll, climbing three spots to No. 5 on Monday. The 16-7 Pirates, ranked No. 8 last week, defeated Willamette 70-65 and Linfield 89-78 to vault from fourth place into a tie for first in the Northwest Conference of Independent Colleges. Whitworth senior guard Annette Sweeney, who had 40 points, five assists, three steals and three blocked shots as the Pirates won twice to move into a share of first place in the NCIC, is the league's women's Player of the Week. Baseball Ken Cameron blasted a three-run home run and Mike Kinkade added a solo shot as Washington State had 15 hits in handing California State at Northridge a 10-2 loss at Matador Field in Northridge. Three Cougars pitchers limited Northridge (7-1) to five hits as WSU (2-3) won a second straight to complete a five-game trip to the Los Angeles area. Kinkade blasted his home run in the fifth, while Cameron hit his three-run shot in the sixth. Golf Mark Rohde of Spokane collected a check for $1,050 for winning the Mudders Tournament Championship Sunday and Monday in Sequim, Wash. Rohde shot 68-67 for a 135 to beat Jeff Bloom by two shots in the culmination of a three-weekend tournament for Northwest pros. Skiing Tayt Knowles of Whitworth, a consistent top-10 finisher in eight season races, has been selected to compete in the slalom and giant slalom at the U.S. Collegiate Ski Association Western Regionals Thursday-Saturday in Red Lodge, Mont. Knowles, a junior from Lake Stevens, Wash., is Whitworth's only regional qualifier and just one of three individuals selected from non-qualifying teams. He will try to qualify for a trip to the USCSA nationals. Vandals promote University of Idaho athletic director Pete Liske announced that Kathy Clark and Lance West have received promotions within the athletic department. Clark has been promoted from assistant athletic director for programs to senior associate athletic director. She will oversee the areas of academics, compliance and student-athlete welfare. West has been promoted from assistant A.D. for development to associate athletic director. He will oversee the areas of development, marketing and events management.West, a 1986 graduate of Idaho and former Vandals football player, was named regional development director for southern Idaho in 1987 and then was named assistant athletic director in April of 1989.

Farrington Gets His First WSU Baseball Victory

Ryan Post, in relief of starter Robert Ramsay, threw three innings of no-hit ball as Washington State's baseball team pounded out 12 hits in beating host Long Beach State 9-7 on Sunday. The win was the Cougars' first in four games this season and the first for new Cougars head coach Steve Farrington.

WSU Duo Too Much For Arizona

Jenni Ruff and Amy Saneholtz scored 17 points each and Washington State used a second-half burst to beat Arizona 78-72 Thursday in a Pacific-10 women's basketball game in Pullman. The Cougars (3-5 Pac-10, 10-7) rallied from five down with 14:38 left in the game to take a 59-57 lead on a layup by Saneholtz. WSU extended its lead to as many as 11 behind a 3-pointer by Susie Jarosch and eight free throws.

Castlegar Puts Away Braves, 5-2

Five Castlegar players scored goals Saturday as the visiting Rebels beat the Spokane Braves, 5-2, in a Kootenay International Junior Hockey League game between teams with mirror images. Castlegar is 23-10-2, Spokane 10-23-2. Greg Kampman scored Spokane's goals, the first coming 16 minutes into the first period off an assist from Darin Talotti.

University Takes Gsl Gymnastics Title

Kim Meyers captured wins in the vault, beam and floor events as University clinched its third straight Greater Spokane League gymnastics title by winning a four-way meet at University Thursday night. The Titans (22-0) won the league title by edging second-place Central Valley (19-3) 168.65-166. Mead (15-7) was third and Lewis and Clark (1-21) fourth. Meyers scored an 8.85 on the vault, 8.8 on the beam and 9.2 on the floor exercise.

Hendrickson Hits The Mark

Washington State forward Mark Hendrickson, instrumental in the Cougars' sweep of Oregon and Oregon State last weekend in Pullman, was named the Pacific-10 Conference men's basketball Player of the Week on Monday. The 6-foot-9 junior had 25 points and 11 rebounds on Thursday to lead WSU's 83-76 victory over Oregon. On Saturday, he had 26 points and six rebounds as the Cougars beat Oregon State 77-75. Hendrickson shot .850 from the floor (17 of 20) and .889 from the free-throw line (16 of 18).

O’Brien Doubles Up At Ewu

Dan O'Brien, world-record holder in the decathlon, was a double winner Saturday at Eastern Washington University's Early Bird Invitational track and field indoor meet at Cheney. O'Brien took the men's shot put with a throw of 50 feet, 1 inches, and the 55-meter hurdles in 7.32 seconds. He was also fourth in the high jump at 6-7. Former Washington State high jumper Brent Harken won at 6-9. EWU's Jeramie Willingham was a winner in the men's long jump (23-5) and triple jump (47-7).

Ewu Investigation Continues

The Spokane County deputy prosecutor assigned to the Eastern Washington University case involving football coach Mike Kramer and former player Antonio Morgan needs more information to determine whether any charges will be filed. Morgan has accused Kramer of slapping him across the face while the two were alone in Kramer's office Jan. 12. Kramer has denied the allegation. "I have reviewed the initial reports that were turned in by (EWU campus police)," deputy prosecutor Dave Nehen said Friday. "At this point, I am anticipating additional reports to be turned in and I don't know if I'll be getting those before Wednesday. So, I'll need to review those before I make any decisions."

Nic Wrestlers Work Ot For Two Dual Meet Wins

Matt Paulson (126), Chad Edgar (134), Scott Surplus (177), Travis Hughes (190) and heavyweight Matt Rosen won twice apiece Thursday as North Idaho College won a pair of dual wrestling meets in the Tacoma area. The Cardinals, 12-0 and ranked second nationally among junior colleges, defeated Highline Community College 34-10 at Midway and Pacific Lutheran 32-12 at Tacoma. NIC's Bob Presta (142) had a pin against Highline. NIC's Chris Geers (150) injured his knee in the Highline dual and will be out this weekend.

Free Throws Scuttle Bucs By One Point

Marcella Weissbeck made two free throws with no time left on the clock Tuesday as Whitman (2-0, 7-5) defeated Whitworth 53-52 in a Northwest Conference of Independent Colleges women's basketball game at Walla Walla. Jennifer Tissue of Whitworth (1-1, 6-10) missed the front end of a one-and-one with 7 seconds left. Weissbeck rebounded the miss, drove the length of the court, and was fouled while shooting a layup.

G-Prep Wins To Set Up Showdown For Gsl Mat Lead

Gonzaga Prep put itself in position Friday to take a shot at the Greater Spokane League wrestling lead. Cory Brannon (108 pounds) began the match with a pin and the host Bullpups (4-1) roared to a 23-3 lead in defeating Lewis and Clark 41-18. G-Prep is in second place, on the heels of idle University (4-0). The two meet at U-Hi on Wednesday.

Presta Tops All-American In Nic Wrestling Victory

Bob Presta's decision over AllAmerican Steve Rose on Friday highlighted North Idaho College's 39-3 dual-meet wrestling win over host Simon Fraser at Burnaby, British Columbia. Presta, in his second match back from knee surgery, trailed Rose 6-1 after the first period at 142 pounds. Presta outscored Rose 10-0 during the final two periods. Simon Fraser, which competed at half-strength, is ranked eighth in the NAIA. The Cardinals are the secondranked junior college team.

Psn To Air Five Gonzaga Games

Gonzaga University will have five home men's basketball games televised live on Prime Sports Northwest this year, beginning with today's 7 p.m. visit at the Martin Centre from the University of Idaho. PSN will also air four West Coast Conference matchups - Saint Mary's on Jan. 21 at 7 p.m., Pepperdine on Feb. 4 at 7, Portland on Feb. 15 at 8:30 and San Diego on Feb. 25 at 8. Southwest Airlines and NorthTown are lead sponsors.

Big Second Half Earns UI Victory

The University of Idaho erupted for 48 points in the second half to defeat Cal Poly San Luis Obispo 75-60 in a non-conference women's basketball game in Memorial Gym in Moscow, Idaho, on Monday. Trailing 31-27 at halftime, the Vandals (2-9) outscored the Mustangs by 19 points in the final 20 minutes to pick up their second consecutive victory.