Heres 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 couldnt 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 teams 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.
Womens basketball update
Carly Noyes (Moses Lake) is averaging 7.1 points and 3.6 rebounds for WSUs 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 womens basketball team at 10.5 points. Shes 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 womens basketball team. ... Alex Pfefferle (WWCC) averages 10.3 points for the Pacific womens 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) womens 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. Martins womens basketball team (11-8). Skorpik, the teams point guard, averages 2.9 points.
Mens basketball update
Blake Skidmore (Big Bend CC) averages 11.1 points second-best on the 15-4 Westminster mens basketball team. ... Colton McCargar (Richland) scored 12 points in a 67-62 Whitworth mens basketball win over Chapman on Dec. 18. McCargars 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 mens team (6-13). Yarbro was named the Northwest Conference mens basketball player of the week for Dec. 10-16 scoring 20 points in back-to-back wins.
Nick Connors (Richland) won the mens 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 mens 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 mens 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.3 seconds; Andrew Gonzales (Southridge) placed second in the mens 3,000 meter run, clocking in at 8 minutes, 38.37 seconds; and Mary Barnett (Hermiston) placed third in womens shot put at 44 feet, 31⁄4 inches.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. ... The United States Running Associations 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 mens and womens basketball championships are March 2-5 in the Toyota Center. ... The St. Paddys Day Foot Race will be held March 9 in Columbia Park.