Wednesday local roundup: Fever signs four; Hermiston names coach

The Tri-Cities Fever announced the signing of four players on Wednesday.

The Fever signed defensive back DeMario Thomas from Southern Arkansas University, linebacker Marcell Coke Jr. from Norfolk State University, and defensive back Clarence Laster from Southwestern Oklahoma State.

In addition to the new signings, the Fever also re-signed defensive end Pat Wertz.

Thomas is a rookie who was a four-year starter at Southern Arkansas, and he had 188 total tackles and five interceptions for the Muleriders.

Norfolk State’s Coke led the Spartans in tackles his junior and senior seasons from his outside linebacker position and was a key contributor on special teams.

Laster rejoins new Fever coach Ryan Lingenfelder, whom he played for with the Wyoming Cavalry. A standout defensive back in college, Laster went to the New York Jets mini and training camps before heading to the indoor game.

Wertz joined the Fever for the last three games of the2015 season. Wertz will be considered a rookie for 2016.

Boys basketball

HERMISTON NAMES EGO COACH: Superintendent of Schools Dr. Fred Maiocco announced that he will recommend Dave Ego as the interim boys basketball coach for the 2015-16 season to the Board of Education at its September special meeting.

Ego will replace Jake McElligott, who stepped down in August. The recommendation follows a lengthy discussion in which the district decided to recommend an interim coach for this year, allowing for an extensive candidate search next year.

According to Hermiston High School athletic director Blaine Ganvoa, “Mr. Ego will provide us a year of clear expectations and standards, giving stability to a program that has experienced substantial turnover in the past four years.”

Ego is a longtime Hermiston resident and former basketball coach at Hermiston High school. His knowledge of the community and his continued involvement in basketball were contributing factors in the district’s decision.

“I am really excited to be working with this year’s group of student athletes,” said Ego. “Attitude, behavior, commitment and discipline will be the driving force in everything we do, as we look forward to an outstanding and successful boys basketball program.”

Prep football

MCC PLAY BEGINS TONIGHT: The Mid-Columbia Conference schedule gets an early start this week with a 7 p.m. game today, featuring Walla Walla at Kennewick at Lampson Stadium.

After season-opening losses for both teams — Wa-Hi losing 30-6 at Skyview and Kennewick falling 27-0 at Ellensburg — both the Blue Devils and Lions bounced back last weekend with victories.

Walla Walla beat visiting Davis 20-10, while Kennewick routed Eisenhower on the road by a 40-6 score.

The Blue Devils will be led by quarterback Mitch Lesmeister (265 yards passing) and receiver J.C. Wicklund (8 catches, 80 yards and two TDs).

The Lions will counter with a wicked 1-2 rushing punch of Isaac Ruiz (160 yards) and Ronnie Loomis (148).

College soccer

NORTH IDAHO MEN 3, CBC 2: Esteban Ojeda and Alan Trevino each scored goals, but it wasn’t enough as visiting CBC lost to North Idaho in an NWAC East match.

Hamidou Kante led the Cardinals with two goals and an assist.

Scoring: 1, CBC, Esteban Ojeda (Jair Dominguez), 13:00. 2, NI, Jacob Kraut (Hamidou Kante), 51:00. 3, CBC, Alan Trevino, 61:00. 4, NI, Kante (Jorge Carmona), 76:00. 5, NI, Kante, 89:00.

YAKIMA VALLEY WOMEN 2, CBC 1: Haylee Ashby scored the go-ahead goal in the 78th minute, off an assist from Teresa Martinez, as the visiting Yakima Valley women edged Columbia Basin in an NWAC East match.

Brianna Turley scored CBC’s lone goal off an assist from Kennedy Kindred in the 66th minute.

Scoring: 1, CBC, Brianna Turley (Kennedy Kindred), 66:00. 2, YVC, Haylee Ashby, 68:00. 3, YVC, Ashby (Teresa Martinez), 78:00. Saves: YVC, Katie Fowler 7; CBC, Stephanie Gibson 3.

WALLA WALLA MEN 3, TREASURE VALLEY 3: Francisco Chavez scored in the 84th minute off an assist from Emilio Meraz-Rodriguez, helping host Walla Walla salvage an NWAC East tie with Treasure Valley.

The Warriors tied the match despite surrendering two own goals in the match.

Meraz-Rodriguez, a Pasco High graduate, also scored a goal for WWCC.

Scoring: 1, TV, Everardo Bartolo (Diego Diaz-Sanchez), 5:00. 2, TV, own goal, 13:00. 3, TV, own goal, 44:00. 4, WW, Brenden Kenley (Jose Anguiano) 67:00. 5, WW, Emilio Meraz-Rodriguez, 83:00. 6, WW, Francisco Sanchez (E.Meraz-Rodriguez), 84:00. Saves: TV, Mauricio Huerta 7; WW, Francisco Flores 3.

WALLA WALLA WOMEN 1, TREASURE VALLEY 0: Courtny Hanson’s goal in the 16th minute, off an assist from Jaz Lemos, held up as host Walla Walla shut out Treasure Valley in an NWAC East match.

Warriors keeper Annika Enloe earned the shutout with six saves.

Scoring: 1, WW, Courtny Hanson (Jaz Lemos), 16:00. Saves: TV, Fernanda Rogel 3; WW, Annika Enloe 6.

Girls soccer

HIGHLAND 2, KIONA BENTON 1: The Bears scored the opening goal of the game, but the Scotties scored the next two to rally to a nonleague win in Cowiche on Tuesday.

Kiona-Benton (0-2) got a goal from Emily Thornton and four saves from Leandra Ramirez.

Scoring: 1, K, Emily Thornton (Hunter Anderson), 6:00. 2, H, Lily Pinentel, 31:00. 3, H, 35:00. Shots: KB 11, H 6. Saves: KB, Leandra Ramirez 4; H, Gabby Gonzalez 10.

College volleyball

CBC 3, WENATCHEE VALLEY 2: Host Columbia Basin rallied after being up 2-0 to hold off Wenatchee Valley in an NWAC East match.

Kennewick High grad Morgan Wilder had 19 kills and four blocks to lead the Hawks, while Andee Wendt added 11 kills and five blocks for the Hawks, as they are 1-0 in NWAC East play.

Set scores: CBC 25-16, 25-15, 23-25, 14-25, 15-12. CBC: Andee Wendt 11 kills, 5 blocks; Morgan Wilder 19 kills, 4 blocks; Kelly Wilson 44 assists; Emily Botkin 10 kills, 6 blocks; Kelly Dyer 3 aces, 23 digs.