North Central has named three new coaches while continuing its search for a new football coach, according to athletic Director David Hall.
The Indians hired Whitney Abell as volleyball coach, Tim Lamanna as girls basketball coach and Christine Lester as fastpitch softball coach.
Abell comes to Spokane from Todd Beamer HS. She has five years of coaching experience and played semiprofessional volleyball following her college career at Central Washington. Abell replaces Patrick Rausch, who resigned. NC went 0-15 last season.
Lamanna was the NC girls JV basketball coach last season. He takes over for Jake Martyn, who resigned. NC girls went 13-12 overall and 6-6 in the GSL.
Lester adds fastpitch duties next season after guiding the slowpitch squad last fall to a 6-14 record. NC fastpitch went 2-19, 2-16 this season.
Shadle Park hires
boys hoops coach
The Highlanders hired Arnold Brown as boys basketball coach, athletic director Bruce Hafferkamp confirmed. Brown was most recently the boys coach at 2A Wapato HS.
Brown guided the Wolves to a 32-15 record the past two seasons. Wapato reached the state tournament as the seventh seed in 2017, but was upset in the first round by 15th seeded Prosser.
Brown previously coached Medical Lake boys for 13 seasons. He replaces Elijah Gurash, who resigned last month. Shadle finished 5-14, 2-10 last season.
The 2018 All-State Girls Basketball Classic is Saturday with games at 1:30 p.m. (Class B), 3:30 (1A) and 5:30 (3A/2A) at the HUB Sports Center.
Local players include:
3A/2A: Genesis Wilkinson (East Valley), Brie Holecek (East Valley), Hailey Marlow (West Valley), Ashlyn Wallace (Clarkston ), Kaci Haeg (St. Maries), Katie Kitchel (Moscow).
1A: Hallie Cox (Colville), Sienna Swannack (Lakeside) and Jocelin Nenema (Newport).
2B, 1B: Phoebe Trigsted (Valley Christian), Dakota Patchen (Colton), Jordyn Moehrle (Colton), Sydney Zeiler (Davenport), Logan Reed (Oakesdale), Madison Dixon (Pomeroy) and Maisie Burnham (Liberty).
The Washington State Softball Coaches Association announced its 2018 all-state team.
Lakeside’s Shelby Claassen was named 1A player of the year and Lakeside coach Chuck Moffat was named 1A coach of the year.
Other local players honored:
4A: 3B Gracee Dwyer (University, second team), OF Grace Stumbough (Central Valley, 2nd team), UTL Alyssa Benthagen (U-Hi, 2nd team), P Kelsey Gumm (CV, honorable mention), 1B Hannah Wampler (CV, HM), OF Sierra Apodaca (U-Hi, HM), OF Emily Stannard (U-HI, HM), UTL Maddy DeMarco (Gonzaga Prep, HM).
3A: P Jesse Dupuis (Mt. Spokane, 2nd team), UTL Meghan Keenan (Shadle Park, 2nd team).
2A: OF Addie Myer (East Valley, 2nd team), OF Madrona Beitz (East Valley, 2nd team) OF Jillian Taylor (West Valley, 2nd team).
1A: P Shelby Claassen (Lakeside, first team), 1B Olivia Charbonneau (Lak, 1st team), INF Maddie Koler (Chewelah, 1st team), OF Saelor Dvorak (Lak, 1st team), OF Hannah Brock (Freeman, 1st team), INF Katelynn Clark (Lak, 2nd team), OF Tylee Frizzell (Che, 2nd team), P Jaelynn Skok (Che, HM), P Rylee Merritt (Colville, HM), INF Kaitlyn Petrey (Colv, HM).