Former Sasquatch Makes Big League Roster

Spokane, WA — Kevin Richardson was called up by the Texas Rangers in Mid-August and appeared in one game before being sent down after the club traded for All-Star Catcher Ivan Rodriguez. In his Major League debut Richardson went two for four at the plate with a run scored. Richardson returned to the Rangers roster on September first.

Richardson from Bellingham, Washington starred at Spokane in 1999-2000 before continuing his playing career at Gonzaga University.

Links to articles that appeared in the Bellingham Herald

http://www.bellinghamherald.com/601/story/1050878.html

http://www.bellinghamherald.com/601/story/1031974.html

INW Sports Hall of Fame Inductions Announced

(Spokane, WA) – No one can deny the vast history of athletic excellence that Spokane boasts. On Oct. 13th at the Spokane Veteran’s Memorial Arena, the Inland Northwest Sports Hall of Fame will add to the prestigious ranks four inductees, and two Scroll of Honor members.  John Friesz, Roy Graffis, Irene Matlock and Jon Heimbigner will be honored as the Hall of Fame Inductees, and Dale Goodwin and Marcia Saneholtz will be honored for their athletic contributions on the Scroll of Honor. The Induction Ceremony (open to the public) begins at 10:30 am when media are invited to interview the inductees.  Following will be a no-host reception at 11:00 am, and a lunch, $30 per person, at 11:45 am.

HALL of FAME

John Friesz graduated from Coeur d’Alene High School as a stand out three-sport athlete, leading his football team to a state championship. Following a very successful football career at University of Idaho in which he threw for over 10,000 yards, Friesz continued his playing days in the NFL with the San Diego Chargers, passing for more than 8,600 yards and 45 touchdowns. In 2006 Friesz was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame and his jersey #17 was retired by the University of Idaho.

After coaching Oakesdale High School to the 1973 boys’ State B Basketball championship team, the first for Oakesdale, Roy Graffis became the first coach in Washington State to win both boys’ and girls’ state basketball titles. Having a passion for small school sports, Graffis also helped Hunters High School 11-man football win the state title, and LaCrosse High School develop a baseball program, overall coaching various sports for over 38-years, including stints at Oakville, Sprague, and Odessa high schools.

One cannot think of volleyball in Spokane without recognizing the talented coaching career of Irene Matlock. Starting her collegiate coaching career at Community Colleges of Spokane in 1986, Matlock created a powerhouse 715-246 record before retiring in 2004. Matlock has produced six All-Americans, one Community College American Volleyball Coaches Association Player of the Year, and was named the National Coach of the Year for two-year colleges by the AVCA. She started her career at Sandpoint High School, where she led her team to 4 consecutive state championships. Matlock is also an avid club volleyball coach, helping to build a strong club program throughout the region and coached at Eastern WA University as interim-head coach, finishing 3rd in the Big Sky Conference.

Jon Heimbigner has spent over 35-years watching, participating in, and supporting athletics in Spokane. A native of Ritzville, WA and Odessa, WA area, Heimbigner has an impressive resume including 31-year board member of the Spokane Regional Sports Commission, 27-year chairman of the Inland Northwest Sports Hall of Fame, 30-years on the State B Basketball steering committee, 29-years committee member of the Inland Northwest Youth Sports Awards Luncheon, and local organizing committee member and team host of the NCAA Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships and Women’s Final Four Volleyball, Men’s National Volleyball Team and Women’s Olympic Softball team events in Spokane. Heimbigner is a lifelong athlete, annually competing in recreation volleyball, softball, and basketball, compiling a 76% winning record.

SCROLL of HONOR

Dale Goodwin has officiated volleyball for over 29-years, becoming the 18th member inducted into the Professional Association of Volleyball Officials National Hall of Fame in Dec. 2008, also receiving the PAVO’s Honor Award, its highest award. Goodwin has served on local and national boards for the past 22-years, officiated six NCAA DI national championships, three NAIA national championships, and two NCAA DIII national championships, including numerous USA Volleyball Nationals. As a Spokane native and Washington State University and Gonzaga University graduate, Goodwin was a sports writer for the Spokesman-Review and GU sports information director before becoming the head of public information at GU.

Spokane would have not enjoyed the prestige of hosting the NCAA Men’s and Women’s basketball and Women’s Volleyball without the efforts of Marcia Saneholtz, retired senior associate athletic director and senior women’s administrator for Washington State University. After 28-years with the WSU athletic department, Saneholtz represented WSU on a variety of Pacific-10 Conference and NCAA committees, including being named national administrator of the year by the National Association of Collegiate Women’s Athletic Administrators. She is also recognized nationally as an expert in merging of men’s and women’s athletic programs and development of women’s programs under Title IX.

Congratulations to all our inductees. For a full biography of each inductee please visit www.spokanesports.org.

Weekend Volleyball Crossover results and all-tournament teams

Vancouver, WA — It was a big weekend for NWAACC volleyball as Bellevue, Centralia, Linn-Benton and Walla Walla each hosted two-day tournaments featuring all 28 conference teams and the squad from Walla Walla University.  In all, 76 matches were played Friday and Saturday.

Bellevue (5-2) defeated Spokane (5-2) to claim the crossover championship in Bellevue, the only crossover that featured bracket play to determine the champion.  There was a three-way tie for the champion at Centralia where Columbia Basin, Whatcom and Skagit Valley each finished 4-1 in round robin play. Tacoma took first at Walla Walla with a record of 6-0, just edging second place Blue Mountain (5-1) in that round robin tournament.  Clackamas also won the round robin tournament at Linn-Benton with a 4-0 record and a win over second place Clark (3-1)

All-Tournament Teams
Bellevue Crossover
MVP: Savannah Feist, Bellevue
Patti Reeves, Bellevue
Heidi Bell, Bellevue
Kyra Speer, Mt. Hood
Nicole Graybeal, Spokane
Davina Fuiava, Highline
Jenifer Mooth, Highline
Stephanie O’Connor, Treasure Valley
Lahela Kaili-laroya, Shoreline

Centralia Crossover
Danette Kahle, Centralia
Kelsey Schalock, Columbia Basin
Brittany Weiand, Columbia Basin
Ava Grassi, Columbia Basin
Lauren Slaymaker, Skagit Valley
Brittany Ruscha, Skagit Valley
Stephanie Jarvis, Umpqua
Katie Waters, Wenatchee
Daria Winckler, Wenatchee
Sabrina Schwindler, Whatcom
Katie Cowan, Whatcom
Dani Lindsay, Whatcom

Linn-Benton Crossover
Shikara White, Clackamas
Joanna Abraham, Clackamas
Richelle Heacock, Clackamas
Carmen Lafond, Clackamas
Alivia Fields, Clark
Justine Tabor, Clark
Leina Buchanan, Clark
Kylie Jeffers, Pierce
Chelsea Olivas, Pierce
Kristen Iverson, Pierce
Stephanie Mugleston, Linn-Benton
Luci DeLong, Linn-Benton
Amanda Berry, Linn-Benton
Erika Hanson, Big Bend
Kristi Clayton, Everett

Walla Walla Crossover
Rylee Walker, Tacoma
Brandy Iverson, Tacoma
Alex Zawardzki, Tacoma
Cassie Funke, Blue Mountain
KC Schmit, Blue Mountain
Rebecca Haight, Blue Mountain
Quijuana Oucharek, Walla Walla University
Heather McFadden, Walla Walla University
Rose Mattson, Southwestern Oregon
Katie Jolliffe, Southwestern Oregon
Aubrie Concannon, Chemeketa
Cassie Phippen, Walla Walla
Cassie Koeking, Lower Columbia
Michelle Cook, Olympic

XC Athletes of the Week – Sept 16

Shane Weldon – Clark – Sophomore
West Coast Conference Preview Outstanding Performance:: 27:08, 16th Place (of 74 runners)

One coach wrote, “I basically voted for them because they were the top finishers from an NWAACC school at this meet on a weekend where only three teams raced. I guess you could add that they were both the top Junior college finishers out of a field of mostly D-1 schools.”

Another coach wrote, “Good early season time on a very hot day.”

Brandi Eloff – Clark – Sophomore
West Coast Conference Preview Outstanding Performance: 25:45 (6K) 34th place (69 runners)

One coach wrote, “I basically voted for them because they were the top finishers from an NWAACC school at this meet on a weekend where only three teams raced. I guess you could add that they were both the top Junior college finishers out of a field of mostly D-1 schools. ”

Another Coach wrote, “She ran tough on a hot day.”

Another coach wrote, “34 out of 68 competitors, ran hard on a hilly course and hot day.”

XC Runners of the Week, Sept 11

Emmanuel Contreras–Everett Community College–Freshman

Clark Invitational – NWAACC Preview

Outstanding Performance : 1st Place individual – 26:31 8k

In his first collegiate cross country meet, Emmanuel Contreras earned his first collegiate cross country victory. Contreras overcame a 20 plus second deficit after two miles to eventually pull away and win the race. His individual performance helped to lead the Trojan men who finished first in team scoring at the Clark Invitational.

Another coach wrote “Ran a smart race and a good time this early while in wet and rainy conditions.”

Brittany Henderson -Clark College-Sophomore

Clark Invitational – NWAACC Preview

Outstanding Performance : 1st place 18:58

Brittany looked very strong, her time was faster than last year’s NWAACC champ who ended up running very fast last season not to mention that this year’s preview race took place three weeks earlier than last years.

Another coach wrote, “Very good time on this course for the first meet.”

Inland NW Communications Volleyball All-Tournament Team

Spokane, WA – North Idaho College went undefeated in the Inland NW Communications Tournament hosted by Community Colleges of Spokane this past weekend. NWAACC members Tacoma, Blue Mountain, Whatcom and Walla Walla also had successful tournament results all going 3-1 in the twelve team tournament.

ALL TOURNAMENT TEAM
Courtney Smith, Tacoma
Marketa Hanzlova, North Idaho
Shikara White, Clackamas
Nicole Graybeal, Spokane
Ashley Magee, Walla Walla
Briana Claassen, Blue Mountain
Amber Durand, Columbia Basin
Sarah Cicchitti, Whatcom
Daria Winckler, Wenatchee Valley
Fei Gao, North Idaho
Kelsey Schalock, Columbia Basin
Rylee Walker, Tacoma

Brazzle leaves Cougar Basketball Staff

August 28, 2009
Larry Brazzle Jr.Oregon City, OR
Larry Brazzle Jr. has accepted a coaching position at Montana State University Northern, in Havre, Montana. He joins MSN head coach Shawn Huse at the NAIA power in one of the top NAIA conferences in the country. Brazzle will serve as assistant men’s basketball coach while completing a two-year program and earning his master’s degree in counseling and administration. His educational expenses are covered, along with a monthly stipend.

Coach Huse has recruited the NWAACC extensively over the years and was very familiar with the Clackamas program, having signed former Cougar star Ervin Sims in 2006. For his part, Huse was enthused to hire an assistant who could recruit the NWAACC and the Portland metro area. Prior to joining the CCC staff, Brazzle had completed a stellar playing career, starring at Benson High School, Pepperdine University, and a number of professional stints.

CCC wishes coach Brazzle the best of luck and is very grateful to him for his help as a volunteer assistant coach for the 2009 NWAACC Champion Clackamas Cougars.

Said head coach Clif Wegner, “We will certainly miss him a lot. He was great with the players and fun to work with. He did a great job with our post players and our rebounders. His goal is to be a college head coach, so this should really be a very rewarding experience for him–an opportunity to coach in an outstanding program and get his master’s degree paid for. It should put him in a really good position to market himself to colleges. We are thrilled for him!”

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