Inside Page: Walla Walla CC hires two new coaches

January 30, 2014 

Walla Walla Community College made two coaching announcements this week, with Chelsie Speer being named the Warriors’ volleyball coach and Mark Michaud being named the interim softball coach.

Speer comes from Mt. Hood Community College, where she was 175-43 at the Gresham, Ore., school. She replaces Tim Toon, who resigned in December after spending 20 years at the helm.

Michaud takes over for Mike Staudenmaier, who resigned last week for personal reasons.

Michaud has been an assistant baseball coach for WWCC, Whitman College and the Walla Walla Sweets of the West Coast League.

Bits and pieces

Washington State University named Steve Nugent as its new women’s soccer coach.

Nugent comes from UNC Greensboro. His 2012 UNCG squad captured the Southern Conference regular season title.

Speaking of the Sweets, the team announced this week that WWCC pitcher Jesse Houser and Murray State pitcher Jacob Sanders have signed with the team for the summer.

Houser is a Kamiakin High graduate and spent some time with the Sweets last summer.

He made five appearances and had a 1.58 ERA for the Sweets in 2013.

As a freshman at WWCC, Houser went 7-5 in 12 games with the Warriors, pitching 76 innings. At the plate Houser hit .333 with six doubles, two triples, two home runs, and 17 RBI.

Infielders Jarod Gonzales and John Skrbec and catcher Renae Martinez have also signed contracts to play with the WCL’s Walla Walla Sweets again next summer.

Gonzales played high school ball at Kennewick and with Walla Walla Community College.

The Tri-City Dust Devils are holding a raffle for anyone who has purchased a 2014 ticket package, with the grand prize being a Russell Wilson bobblehead doll. Wilso played for the Dust Devils a few years ago, and of course now is the Seattle Seahawks quarterback heading into Sunday’s Super Bowl.

Fans have until today to get into the raffle by purchasing a ticket package, which starts at $49. Call the Dust Devils office at 544-8789 for more information.

Washington Sports Network’s Jerry Mercado reports that Chiawana quarterback Joey Zamora has committed to playing for Western Oregon University.

Looking for a little football action before Sunday’s Super Bowl? The Tri-City Elite takes on the Washington Warriors at 1 p.m. Saturday at Lampson Stadium in Kennewick.

The squad is made up of seventh and eighth graders from the region. Tickets to the game cost $5 for adults, while kids ages 16 and under are admitted free.

The Elite will also hold a raffle for an All-Pro Richard Sherman t-shirt, a signed Cooper Kupp Elite jersey, and a 46-inch television. Raffle tickets cost $1 each, and the drawing for the prizes will be held Feb. 9.

Tickets can also be purchased by calling 509-440-3502.

Hydro notes

The water level at Folsom Lake in California is so low because of drought conditions that H1 Unlimited has already announced there won’t be a race at the Sacramento site this season. ... The annual H1 meetings and banquet are set for March 14-15 at Issaquah and the Snoqualmie Casino, as officials and owners hammer out the details for the 2014 season. ... Driver merry-go-round: in case you haven’t been paying attention, there have been some driver changes for the upcoming season. J. Michael Kelly has moved from the U-37 Beacon Plumbing to the U-1 Graham Trucking. That was possible because Jimmy Shane, who drove the Graham to the national high points title last year, left the team. No official announcement yet, but it’s rumored that Shane will drive the U-6 Oberto, which lost its driver when Steve David retired after the San Diego race last September. Oh yeah, Scott Liddycoat, a former Rookie of the Year driver who worked on the Oberto crew last season, has become the Beacon Plumbing driver for 2014. Got all of that?

More college updates

Tyler Lawton (Walla Walla CC) had one goal and one assist for the College of Idaho men’s soccer team (6-13-0) this season while starting 15 matches. Teammate Andres Idoeta (Walla Walla CC) had one assist while starting 15 matches.

Jessalyn Smith (WWCC) led the 25-6 Eastern Oregon University Mountaineers women’s volleyball team with 558 digs this season.

Justin Pedley (Kamiakin) was the MIT student athlete of the week for Jan. 21. Pedley was the team’s leading scorer in two victories in league play. Pedley sank two free throws with 19 seconds left in the game that helped the MIT men’s basketball team clinch a win against Coast Guard. Then he scored a career-high 27 points in a win over Springfield College. Pedley has started all 15 games for the 11-4 Engineers and leads the team in scoring at 15.5 points a game. Pedley is 44 for 130 from the 3-point line.

Jamie Lyons (Southridge) has started all 17 games for the 12-5 Whitworth women’s basketball team this season. She’s averaging 4.8 points and 3.4 rebounds, dishing off 17 assists and getting 13 steals for the Pirates.

Early warning

Next Wednesday is National Signing Day for high school athletes. ... Feb. 7: A Night with Cougar Football is at the Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick (Register of the WSU athlwetics website). ... Tri-Cities Fever football players are expected to arrive in camp that same day. ... The Fever’s season opener is Feb. 28, at home against the Wyoming Cavalry. ... With the Daytona 500 set for Feb. 23, that means the Herald’s annual Motorsports Calendar comes out that day. ... March 1: The NWAACC men’s and women’s basketball championships begin at the Toyota Center and run for four straight days. There is a good shot that both the Columbia Basin College men’s and women’s teams will be in the tournament at the same time. That hasn’t happened for years.

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