AREA BRIEFS: Penalty kick dooms Bantam girls

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VANCOUVER, Wash. - The Clarkston High girls' soccer team put up quite a fight against defending state champion Columbia River in a Class 2A playoff meeting, but a questionable penalty kick gave the Chieftains just enough offense to hand the Bantams a 2-1 defeat at the Kiggins Bowl in Vancouver, Wash.

"We were everything that last year's state champs could handle," Bantams coach Ryan Newhouse said. "I'm extremely proud of our girls as they executed the game plan and did everything they needed to do. We were the first team to score on them since Oct. 10, and that was a 4A school that did that."

Columbia River struck first on a first-half goal from Ava Greer, but Makinzie Packwood helped Clarkston knot the game at 1-1 with a shot in the 46th minute. The decisive penalty kick was awarded in the 50th minute, giving the Chieftains enough momentum to hang on for the victory.

"The penalty kick was a very subjective call on a ball that we won with very little contact," Newhouse said. "It's unfortunate that the game came down to that, but that's the adversity that teams need to work through in these types of matches. We kept at it and made it a great game."

Clarkston 0 1-1

Columbia River 1 1-2

Columbia River - Ava Greer (Yaneysi Rodriguez), 15th

Clarkston - Makinzie Packwood (Anna Sharp), 46th

Columbia River - Jissel Valencia-Mend, 50th

Shots - Clarkston 9, Columbia River 12

Saves - Clarkston: Katelyn Bittle 11, Columbia River: Liz Canton 8

PREP VOLLEYBALL

Orofino nabs 3 all-league nods

The Orofino High volleyball team may not have qualified for the state tournament, but the program will likely settle for a nice consolation prize - All-League honors for three athletes.

Shay Kuykendall earned an MVP nod from the Central Idaho League, while fellow teammates Hailey Erbst and Hayley Bretz also collected All-League honors in a CIL announcement Wednesday afternoon.

Grangeville also had an athlete recognized by the league, with Paige Lindsley representing the lone Bulldog to receive an award.

Class 2A Central Idaho League

MVP - Shay Kuykendall, Orofino.

All-League - Hailey Erbst, Orofino; Hayle Bretz, Orofino; Kaci Haeg, St. Maries; Paige Lindsley, Grangeville; Devyn Wilson, St. Maries; Kaylle Auer, St. Maries.

Pomeroy trio grabs all league

The Southeast 1B League released its All-League volleyball list Monday morning, with several local athletes recognized for their performance on the hardwood.

Emily Schultheis and Jordyn Moehrle highlighted the list for Colton, while Carmen Gingerich, Deana Caruso and Sydney Smith of Pomeroy also received recognition from the league. Payson Griner stood as the lone representative from Garfield-Palouse to earn the accolade.

Southeast 1B

All-League - Dariana Aceves, Touchet; Jadyn Corder, St. John-Endicott; Jordyn Moehrl, Colton; Carmen Gingerich, Pomeroy; Emily Schultheis, Colton; Sydney Smith, Pomeroy; Brooklyn Henley, Oakesdale; Logan Reed, Oakesdale; Payson Griner, Garfield-Palouse; Deana Caruso, Pomeroy.

Honorable mentions - Glory Dickerson, St. John-Endicott; Maddy Dixon, Pomeroy; Alynn Harder, LaCrosse-Washtucna-Kahlotus; Josie Schultheis, Colton; Madison Shrope, Oakesdale; Jazzmyn Gordon, Lacrosse-Washtucna-Kahlotus; Ariel Sandau, Waitsburg.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Third Molina to join Cougs

PULLMAN - Three is known to be a magic number, which is probably why Washington State women's basketball coach June Daugherty decided to sign a third Molina sister.

Cherilyn Molina of Konawaena High in Hawaii inked a letter of intent for the Cougar program Wednesday morning, joining sisters Chanelle and Celena who are currently on the roster.

"Cherilyn is a tremendous addition to our Cougar program," Daugherty said. "She is an awesome point guard that has a great knack for passing and shooting the three. The third Molina sister has signed her NLI and we could not be more excited for her future here."

Cherilyn Molina is entering her final high school season, taking the court as Hawaii's reigning Gatorade Player of the Year. The senior recruit averaged 15 points, 6.1 assists and 4.3 steals during the state tournament last season.

Sanders on Henson watch list

BOSTON, Mass. - Idaho men's basketball senior guard Victor Sanders has been named to the 2017-18 Lou Henson Award Watch List, according to a news release Wednesday.

The annual honor is given to the nation's top Division I mid-major player during a March 31 ceremony in San Antonio.

Sanders led the Vandals last year with an average of 20.9 points per game and 101 3-pointers on the season, earning First Team All-Big Sky accolades in the process.

COLLEGE BASEBALL

Warriors top NAIA poll

The Lewis-Clark State College baseball team's third consecutive national title has certainly reverberated among opponents throughout the NAIA, as the Warriors were selected as the top squad in the preseason coaches' poll Wednesday.

LCSC collected all 17 first-place votes, marking the third straight year the program has been picked as the No. 1 NAIA preseason squad. The Warriors return outfielders Raymond Pedrina and Tyler McDowell from last year's team, which knocked off Faulker of Alabama by a score of 6-4 to claim the national championship. Infielder Brock Ephan also highlights the returning roster for LCSC, which finished the 2017 season with a 40-14 record.

YOUTH BASKETBALL

LCSC to oversee USA Basketball program

The Lewis-Clark Valley was one of 16 sites selected for the USA Basketball Open Court Program in 2018, according to a news release from LCSC.

Associate professor Peter Van Mullem submitted an application on behalf of the academic institution, helping LCSC secure the non-instructional, open play program for the months of February through May.

LCSC will partner with the Clarkston School Disctrict, Lewiston Parks and Recreation and the Boys & Girls Club of the Lewis-Clark Valley to promote the program to area youth. Students majoring in sports administration and similar degree programs at LCSC will be allowed to complete internships with the program, serving as court monitors or assisting with administration.

No official dates have been set for the USA Basketball Open Court Program, but the location and times will be determined next month. Each session will last approximately one to two hours in length for each age group, with participants ranging in age from 6 to 17 years old. The program is free and open to all youth in Washington and Idaho.

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