Inside Page: Tri-Cities Fever add Pasco High grad Tolar to roster

January 28, 2013 

Here’s a scattershot approach from the weekend as I empty my notebook:

The Tri-Cities Fever added offensive lineman Ryan Tolar to its roster last week. Tolar is a Pasco High graduate and former University of Washington standout who played for the Fever part of the 2012 Indoor Football League season.

He couldn’t finish the season, though, as his arm got infected from the playing surface at the Toyota Center.

Expansion in Spokane, Vancouver and Gig Harbor has reconfigured the look for the Washington boys high school lacrosse league this spring. Three Rivers out of the Tri-Cities will play in the Division 2, Central-South Conference that will also include Selah and expansion teams in Camas and Union of Vancouver.

University of Idaho volleyball standout Allison Walker Baker (Othello) and men's cross country runner Cayle Turpen (Richland) were selected to the Western Athletic Conference All-Academic Team for fall sports. To be eligible, student-athletes had to have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or better and needed to participate in at least 50 percent of their team’s contests. Only upper classmen were eligible. Freshmen and transfers will be honored in the spring.

Walla Walla Community College sending two of its volleyball players on to four-year schools. Middle blocker Desiree Nielson is going to play at Idaho State. Outside hitter Renee Baumann signed to play at NAIA school Oregon Institute of Technology.

When Columbia Basin College and Walla Walla Community College get together this spring for baseball games, Mid-Columbia fans will have a great time watching local talent. While CBC has 17 area athletes on its roster, WWCC has 18.

Women’s basketball update

Carly Noyes (Moses Lake) is averaging 7.1 points and 3.6 rebounds for WSU’s womens team. She leads the Cougs (5-12) in shooting percentage at 48.2 percent and has 22 blocked shots. ... Trishi Williams (Mabton/CBC) is the second-leading scorer for the Western Washington women’s basketball team at 10.5 points. She’s the second-leading rebounder for the Vikings (13-2) at 5.4 boards, and she leads the team in assists (57) and steals (41). Kayla Bernsen (Moses Lake) comes off the bench, averaging 5.5 points and 3.6 rebounds. ... Former Walla Walla High School standout Jamie Weisner leads 9-9 Oregon State in scoring at 12.3 points. Weisner is second in rebounds at 5.7. Teammate Khadidja Toure (Kamiakin) has played in 11 games for the Beavers, averaging 2.9 points. ... Danielle Walter (Pasco) has played in 15 games coming off the bench for the 15-5 Gonzaga women’s basketball team. ... Alex Pfefferle (WWCC) averages 10.3 points for the Pacific women’s basketball team (11-5). Erica Colter (Southridge) is No. 2 on the team in assists with 43. ... Heather (Worley) Johns (Southridge) scored 14 points, grabbed seven rebounds and dished out five assists as the visiting Whitman College women defeated Warner Pacific 77-57. ... Senior Cydney (Knight) Tibbitts (Pasco) leads the Westminster (Utah) women’s basketball team in scoring (12.8 points), rebounding (8.3) and blocked shots (17 this season) for the 18-2 Griffins. Sophomore Shelby Ellsworth (Chianawa) is redshirting this season. ... Jori Skorpik (Kamiakin) averages a team-best 2.2 assists for the St. Martin’s women’s basketball team (11-8). Skorpik, the team’s point guard, averages 2.9 points.

Men’s basketball update

Blake Skidmore (Big Bend CC) averages 11.1 points — second-best on the 15-4 Westminster men’s basketball team. ... Colton McCargar (Richland) scored 12 points in a 67-62 Whitworth men’s basketball win over Chapman on Dec. 18. McCargar’s three with 1:10 to play gave Whitworth the lead for good. ... Senior Riggs Yarbro (Moses Lake Christian) is the second-leading scorer for the University of Puget Sound men’s team (6-13). Yarbro was named the Northwest Conference men’s basketball player of the week for Dec. 10-16 scoring 20 points in back-to-back wins.

Swimming

Nick Connors (Richland) won the men’s 1,000-yard freestyle event for Seattle University in a dual swim meet against Pacific Lutheran University on Jan. 11. Connors swam the event in 10 minutes, 3.74 seconds. Teammate Joe Wertz (Hanford) won the men’s 200-yard IM, finishing in 1:57.16.

Indoor track update

The following Mid-Columbia athletes — all competing for Washington State — performed well at the WSU Open meet this past weekend in Pullman: Garrett Gerling (Walla Walla) finished second in the men’s 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.3 seconds; Andrew Gonzales (Southridge) placed second in the men’s 3,000 meter run, clocking in at 8 minutes, 38.37 seconds; and Mary Barnett (Hermiston) placed third in women’s shot put at 44 feet, 31⁄4 inches.

Early warning

A Night with Cougar Football, featuring WSU football coach Mike Leach and hosted by former ESPN sports anchor Cindy Brunson, will be held Friday, Feb. 8 at the Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick. Contact Casey Fox of the Cougar Athletic Fund at 509-735-3331 or at caseyfox@wsu.edu for more information. ... The United States Running Association’s Tri-Cities Half Marathon is scheduled for Feb. 23 in Richland. ... The Tri-Cities plays host to the Pacific Northwest Amateur Hockey Association Tier II state tournament March 1-3. ... The Blue Mountain Exchange soccer tournament is in the Tri-Cities on March 1-3. ... The NWAACC men’s and women’s basketball championships are March 2-5 in the Toyota Center. ... The St. Paddy’s Day Foot Race will be held March 9 in Columbia Park.

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