Coleman again named Big Sky’s top athlete
Eastern Washington thrower Kaytlyn Coleman (Kennewick) received her third consecutive Big Sky Conference athlete of the week honor and seventh of her senior season.
Coleman threw a school-record 200 feet, 7 inches at the Beach Invitational in Long Beach, Calif., ranking seventh on the all-time Big Sky list. The mark is ninth in the West Region and 17th nationally this year.
Coleman received the weekly honor three times during the indoor season and has won four during the outdoor season. It’s the fourth time in conference history that a female athlete has claimed seven Big Sky weekly honors and the first time since 2007.
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Gurr fourth at Journeymen Freestyle Classic
Kamiakin High School sophomore Riley Gurr took fourth in the 120A division at the Journeymen Freestyle Classic on Sunday in Schenectady, N.Y.
Gurr, who in February won the Washington Class 3A state title at 113 pounds, opened the invite-only Journeymen tournament with a 14-2 loss to Petr Kopylov, the 120-pound Russian champion. He then beat Lithuania’s Svajunas Sakys, a Baltic Youth Games winner, by pin and earned a 14-13 decision over Pennsylvania state champ Julian Chlebove.
In the third/fourth-place match, Gurr lost 18-8 to Colorado state champion Andrew Alirez.
Idaho senior Kristin Strankman (Richland) moved into a tie for fourth and helped the Vandals take the team lead at the Big Sky Women’s Championship in Boulder City, Nev.
After the second of three rounds, Strankman was at even-par 144 (73-71), three strokes behind leader Jaylee Tait of Montana State.
Idaho’s Sophie Hausmann set a Big Sky record with her 65 on Tuesday and was in second at 142.
The Vandals tied the Big Sky single-round record of 2-under 286 and led the team standings at 5-over 581, four strokes ahead of Northern Arizona.
▪ Jeffrey Marcum (Richland) tied for 14th place with a three-round total of 6-over 219 (73-69-77), helping Western Washington claim the Great Northwest Athletic Conference men’s title in Coeur d’Alene.
The Vikings tied the tournament record at 15-under 837 for their seventh GNAC title, 18 strokes ahead of runner-up Concordia.
The NCAA Division II regional selection show will air at 3 p.m. Friday at NCAA.com. The NCAA D-II West Regional is May 2-3 in Las Cruces, N.M.
▪ The Lewis-Clark State College men and women sat in second after Day Two of the Frontier Conference championships in Tempe, Ariz.
The LCSC men were five strokes behind Rocky Mountain, with the Warriors’ Cole Lorenzo (Richland) tied for ninth individually at 13-over 155 (78-77). LCSC’s Kurt Simmons (Hermiston) was tied for 11th at 156 (80-76).
On the women’s side, LCSC trailed Rocky Mountain by seven strokes. Allison Kadinger (Kennewick) was tied for ninth at 29-over 173 (84-89), while Janci Spoo (Hermiston) was tied for 12th at 177 (90-87).
The tournament winners will receive automatic berths to next month’s NAIA National Championships.
▪ Chris Repass of Veterans Memorial Golf Course was tied for 10th at 1-under 71 after the first round of the PNW PGA Senior Players Championship at Wine Valley Golf Club in Walla Walla.
In the team four-ball competition, Repass and Gregg Corn of Veterans Memorial were tied for sixth at 6-under 66 along with John Thorsnes (Wine Valley GC) and Michael Kloenne (Columbia Edgewater CC).
Lacrosse Shootout begins April 30
Three Rivers Lacrosse will stage its annual Shootout on April 30 and May 1 at Columbia Park in Kennewick.
Games begin at 8 a.m. Saturday and continue through the weekend.
More than 3,000 visitors — players and families — are expected in the Tri-Cities. Admission is free, and food vendors will be on site.