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Senior Jason Baskett won the shot put and hammer throw Saturday to lead Washington State University's track and field teams at the Tri-City Sports Festival in Richland, Wash. Baskett, out of Mead High, had a shot put of 54 feet, 11 inches and a hammer throw of 175-8. Baskett finished third in the discus (161-10), just behind runner-up Dan O'Brien, the world-record holder in the decathlon who competes for Footlocker.
Despite a 3-1 advantage in shots on goal, Lake City settled for a 2-all tie with visiting Kennewick in boys non-league soccer Friday at Coeur d'Alene. Lake City (0-0-1) led 2-0 after 24 minutes but couldn't convert its chances in the second half. The Lions (0-1-1) tied the game for good at 53 minutes, when Matt Kessie controlled Jeff Blink's hard crossing pass from 50 yards and scored from 5 yards out.
Mike Kinkade drove home Ken Cameron in the 12th inning Friday as visiting Washington State University defeated UCLA 4-3 in a non-conference baseball game at Los Angeles. Kyle Kawabata (3-1) won for the Cougars (5-10) by holding the Bruins (12-11) scoreless for the final seven innings. Bobby Kazmirski (0-2) took the loss, allowing one run in five innings.
University High School baseball coach Don Ressa figures his team will be tabbed as a contender for the Greater Spokane League championship. Though he sees perennial power Mead still the team to beat, Ressa has one specific reason why he expects the Titans to improve on their sixth-place league finish last year: experience.
Washington State University men's and women's track and field teams will open their 1995 outdoor seasons at the Tri-City Sports Festival on Saturday at Fran Rish Stadium in Richland. Cougar coaches Rick Sloan (men) and Rob Casselman (women) are taking almost their entire teams to the non-scoring meet, which will also feature athletes from area junior colleges and colleges.
The University Titans (2-0) overcame a tenacious Central Valley (0-2) defense in overtime and recorded a 1-0 win at University in Greater Spokane League boys soccer Wednesday. In other games, North Central beat Ferris 1-0, Gonzaga Prep defeated Lewis and Clark 1-0, and Mead blanked Rogers 7-0. University's Ryan Massey scored the only goal by beating Bears goalkeeper Derick Adams at the 4-minute mark in overtime.
Pitcher Darin Blood scattered five hits over nine innings and rode Gonzaga's 12-hit attack to a 5-0 men's collegiate baseball win over Virginia Tech on Tuesday in the Pepsi-Johnny Quik Classic at Fresno State's Beiden Field. The Bulldogs, 1-1 in the tournament and 7-6 overall, received three hits each from third baseman Matt Brunell and second baseman Ryan Branch. Center fielder Carter Masterson finished with two RBIs. Blood (3-1) struck out seven and walked four, while the Bulldogs scored solo runs in the first, third, fifth, eighth and ninth innings.
Bonners Ferry High School's Jana Nearing has verbally committed to play basketball at North Idaho College next season. Nearing, a 5-foot-8 forward who was the Intermountain League's top scorer at 17.8 points per game, helped Bonners Ferry to State A-2 runnerup finishes the last two years. Nearing will likely play wing at NIC.
Three shutouts highlighted a rainy, stormy first day of Greater Spokane League boys soccer Monday. Bryan Giddens scored twice as University blanked Rogers 6-0, outshooting the Pirates 31-5. Lewis and Clark made Dan Thompson's first-half goal stand up for a 1-0 victory over Central Valley.
Top-ranked Fullerton State defeated Gonzaga University 7-2 on Marc Kotsay's three-run double and two-run home run Sunday in Fullerton, Calif. The Titans improve to 20-3 on the season. The Bulldogs are 6-5.
Eastern Washington University defensive tackle Troy Alexander, an Edmonton native, was selected fourth overall by Saskatchewan in Saturday's Canadian Football League draft. The 6-foot-2, 240-pound Alexander, known for his strength and quick feet, was named to the 1994 All-Big Sky Conference second team.
The pitching problems North Idaho College coach Jack Bloxom worried about weren't a problem Saturday when the Cardinals swept Pierce Community College 8-3 and 8-1 in non-conference baseball In Coeur d'Alene. Steve Shorzman struck out five through four innings of the opening game. The Cardinals won the nightcap thanks in part to Chris McGregor's two-run double in the fifth inning and Jeremy Mort's three-run triple in the sixth. CFL draft
Gonzaga took a 1-0 lead into the bottom of the fifth inning against Cal-State Fullerton, but the Titans erupted for three runs after two outs and went on to beat the Bulldogs 8-6 in Fullerton, Calif. The Titans, ranked No. 1 by both Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball, used consecutive two-out singles by Jeremy Giambi and Brian Loyd to score three times in the fifth. Cal-State Fullerton (19-3) added two unearned runs in the sixth inning and two more in the seventh.
Western Oregon State College has named Blaine Bennett football coach, replacing Randy Wegner, who resigned in January. Bennett, 30, served as assistant coach the past three years under Wegner. WOSC president Bill F. Cowart said a national search was conducted before the school decided Bennett was the best candidate.
Eastern Washington and Idaho learned Monday that one of their athletes who had a provisional qualifying time has been selected for the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships Friday and Saturday in Indianapolis. Senior sprinter Joyce Rainwater will represent Eastern, while Idaho will send sophomore long jumper Niels Kruller.
Eastern Washington's Joyce Rainwater won two events and the outstanding female track athlete award Saturday in the Big Sky Conference indoor track and field championships at the Kibbie Dome in Moscow, Idaho. Rainwater, a senior, captured the 55-meter (7.01 seconds) and 200-meter (24.12) titles. She had faster marks in Friday's qualifying and earned provisional acceptance into the national indoor finals in Indianapolis, March 10-11. EWU's Christian White finished second to Rainwater in the 55-meter finals and fourth in the 200.
Beth Hammrick scored 33 points, including three 3-pointers, as Clark College downed the Community Colleges of Spokane 74-71 in a loserout game at the NWAACC Championships in Salem, Ore. With 30 seconds left and Clark ahead 72-71, CCS decided to foul. Hammrick made one of two foul shots, and Clark held on.
Jantsch High School, winners last weekend of the Eastern Regional Alternative School boys basketball tournament, will compete in the State tourney in Sunnyside this weekend. Coached by Gary Allen, Jantsch defeated Wapato in Sunnyside in the regionals at Ferris High School. The Jaguars (15-1) will open the double-elimination state tournament against Sunnyside Friday night at 8 p.m.
Junior guard Shamon Antrum of Washington State earned the prestigious Fred Hessler Award as the Newcomer of the Year in Pacific-10 Conference men's basketball on Monday. This is the third year of the award, named in honor of the late UCLA broadcaster and selected by Pac-10 radio play-by-play announcers. Antrum, the first Cougar to earn the award, is a transfer from Dixie College in Utah and was the first recruit of first-year WSU head coach Kevin Eastman.
Whitworth's men's and women's basketball teams made a twin killing when the Northwest Conference of Independent Colleges passed out postseason awards on Monday. The nationally ranked Pirates men (18-9) had the Coach of the Year in Warren Friedrichs and placed forwards Kevin Wright and Nate Dunham on the first all-league team and guard Roman Wickers on the second team. The NCIC champion Whitworth women (16-11) not only had the Coach of the Year in first-year mentor Helen Higgs, but also the Player of the Year in guard Annette Sweeney. Teammate Sherri Northington was a second-team pick.