Locally: Gonzaga’s Lisa Fortier, EWU’s Joddie Gleason to be inducted into Butte College Hall of Fame

Spokane County’s two Division I women’s basketball coaches, Joddie Gleason east of Washington and Lisa Fortier in Gonzaga, will be registered in the same hall of fame of the college, distinctions which will bring them together.

Butte College in Oroville, Calif., where Gleason was the head coach of women’s basketball from 1999-2004 and Fortier was a standout guard from 2000-2002, announced its 2022 Hall of Fame class. athletics that includes both. They will be inducted on September 16.

Gleason, the East’s sophomore head coach, was known as Vossler-Gleason when she began her collegiate coaching career at Golden Valley Conference community college, compiling a 107- 45 in five seasons, capped by three undefeated conference champions that included both The Fortier years.

As Joddie Vossler, she distinguished herself for four years at Chico State, twice earning Kodak All-America honors, and was inducted into that school’s Sports Hall of Fame in 2004.

This is Fortier’s third Hall of Fame in the past two years. She was recently inducted into Cal State Monterey Bay, where she set a handful of Otters records in just two seasons (2009-10) after leaving Butte, and was enshrined at Placer High School in Auburn, Calif., in 2020.

As Lisa Mispley, Gonzaga’s eighth-year head coach was an all-conference guard at Butte and an NAIA Academic All-American at CSU Monterey Bay.

“I am completely touched by these honours,” Fortier said. “I loved my time at each of these schools and enjoy the relationships and experiences that come from my time at Placer High School, Butte College and CSU Monterey Bay.

“I am so grateful to the teammates, teachers, coaches and mentors who came into my life through education and basketball.”

soft ball

Fairchild Air Force Base has two softball fields that have been renovated thanks to the Spokane Indians Community Fields Project and Les Schwab tires.

Last month, Indians front desk staff, field crew members and volunteers from Les Schwab removed weeds and rocks, added new turf to the infield skirt, laid down the conditioner of field, installed new mounds and bases on both fields and lined and prepared the fields. .

“We always love supporting baseball and softball at the grassroots level in our community and having the chance to do this for our friends at Fairchild was especially meaningful,” said Otto Kleinsenior vice president of the Spokane Indians.

“We are grateful to them for the sacrifices they have made and hope they enjoy using these renovated grounds. »

Klein said the Indians are committed to restoring at least one baseball/softball diamond in the area per year. They previously restored War Veterans Memorial Field in Wellpinit in 2021 and Glover Field (now Redband Park) in Peaceful Valley in 2017.


Whitworth Fourth-Year Male Head Coach Damion Jablonski announced the largest incoming class of his tenure, 10 players, which includes the transfer Michael Smitha 6-foot-3 senior Division II wing from Sonoma State, California, and nine freshmen, five of whom are ages 6-6 or older.

First graders: Carson Talbert6-6 forward, Maple Valley, Wash. (Tahoma HS); colton looneyforward 6-6, Vancouver, Washington (Skyview HS); Ben Nyquistshooting guard 6-2, Kirkland, Wash. (Lake Washington HS); Hayden Bayudanpoint guard 5-10, Ewa Beach, Hawaii; Diego Jacques6-1 combo guard, Walla Walla HS.

Stephen Behilwing 6-6, Camas (Washington) HS; Lucas Meissnerwing 6-6, Issaquah, Wash. (Bellevue Christian HS); Jeshua Hardie, guard 6-2, Lacey, Wash. (Yelm HS); and Ty Edwards6-7 points forward, Sumner (Wash.) HS.

College scene

Washington State sophomore guard Nadia Cooper and fifth-year senior defenseman Mykia Minniss have been named to the 2022 MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List for the award given annually to the country’s top Division I women’s soccer player, United Soccer Coaches have announced.

Cooper is the Pac-12 Rookie of the Year and Goaltender of the Year and was selected to the 2021 All-Pacific Region First Team and All-Pac-12. Minniss was also in every conference and every region after anchoring the Cougars defense in 2021.

• WSU Women’s Soccer entered the 2022 season with the highest preseason ranking in program history, No. 19 in the TopDrawerSoccer.com preseason poll. Earlier this month, WSU was No. 20 in the United Soccer Coaches poll.

Nineteenth is Top Drawer’s 2020 team rating for the rescheduled spring 2021 preseason. WSU is third among four Pac-12 teams in the 2022 preseason rankings, behind UCLA (No. 6 ) and USC (#18) and just ahead of Stanford (#20). The Cougars were chosen to finish third in the Pac-12 Coaches Poll.

• Eastern Washington is tied for seventh place and Idaho was selected to finish ninth in the Big Sky Conference volleyball coaches’ preseason poll. Co-defending champions Northern Colorado and Weber State were chosen to finish first and second, respectively.


Russell Grovethe North Idaho College coach who led the pro-am winning team, led area golfers in the 2022 Washington Open Invitational last week at Meridian Valley Country Club in Kent, Washington.

Grove finished in a five-way tie for 11th at 4-under 212 in the 54-hole tournament. A backstroke in a tie for 16th was pro Tyler Carlson from Quail Ridge Golf Course in Clarkston. The region’s top amateur was Reid Hatley of Hayden Lake, tied for 18th with 214 points.

Pro Colin Inglis of Junction City, Oregon, won by four strokes at 13-under 203.

Letters of Intent

Idaho Women’s Athletics: Lily Phoeniciapitcher, Coeur d’Alene HS, 2022 State 5A discus champion.


Kelsey Betthauserassistant coach at Division II Southern Arkansas University for the past three seasons, was hired as an assistant for the University of Idaho track and field/cross country program specializing in throwing events.

At South Arkansas last season, three of its pitchers won Great American Conference championships, all seven men scored in the conference meet and one produced a men’s javelin program record.

A native of Ellsworth, Wisconsin, Betthauser was a standout pitcher at Division III University in Dubuque, Iowa before graduating in 2019. She was a two-time Three Rivers Conference indoor champion in throwing weight, once in outdoor discus and placed in the top four in the school record books in several indoor and outdoor throwing events.

Anna Spatz, a long jump champion with a 19-foot, ¾-inch PR and sprinter from Germany, has joined Idaho’s women’s track and field/cross-country program, the Vandals announced. She won the Bavarian U20 Championships outdoor long jump in 2021, the U20 indoor in 2022 and raced on the state runner-up 4×100 relay team.


Jen GreenyWashington State University volleyball head coach for 11 seasons, last six ending in NCAA Tournament, got contract extension through 2026 season, athletic director Pat Chun announcement. His contract was due to expire after the 2022 season.

“During her leadership of Cougars volleyball, Coach Greeny established our program as a national competitor each year,” Chun said. “She has proven to be one of the best coaches in our conference and the country. We are lucky to have him to guide our program.

The former Cougars player, who led WSU to three straight NCAA Tournament appearances, has twice won the Pac-12 Coach of the Year award and eight players have earned American Volleyball Coaches Association All-Time honors. -America. WSU has finished four of the past six seasons in the AVCA Top 25 poll.

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