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Chief's goalie nominated for CHL Goalie of the Week

Chief's goalie nominated for CHL Goalie of the Week

 

The Western Hockey League announced today that Spokane Chiefs goaltender Garret Hughson has been nominated for the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week award as the league’s most outstanding goalie for the week ending March 1, 2015.

 

Hughson, a 19-year-old from Foremost, Alberta, registered a 0.67 goals against average and .973 save percentage, including a shutout, in three wins last week.

 

Hughson made 22 saves on 23 shots faced on Wednesday, February 23rd, in a 3-1 win over U.S. Division-leading Everett.

 

He then turned aside all 28 shots faced in a 4-0 shutout win on the road over the rival Tri-City Americans on Friday, February 27th. The shutout, Hughson’s first of the season and third of his career, earned him First Star honors.

 

Local snowboarder wins national "Bring A Friend" contest

Local snowboarder wins national "Bring A Friend" contest

 

Cindy Rust, a science teacher at Post Falls High School, has been named the 2015 Snow Sports Ambassador of the Year by the organizers of the Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month/Bring a Friend initiative. Rust is an avid snowboarder, and the first runner up in last year's competition.

 

This season, Rust brought 27 students from the Post Falls Ski and Snowboard Club for beginner lessons. The students traveled to either to Schweitzer Mountain in Idaho or Mt. Spokane in Washington throughout the season. Rust founded the club seven years ago with the help of the Colorado-based SOS Outreach, Mt. Spokane, and two other teachers. Since the club began, it has grown from 19 students to 83.

 

Local teens qualify for USSA Junior National Cross-Country Ski Championships

Local teens qualify for USSA Junior National Cross-Country Ski Championships

Five Spokane teens qualified for the Pacific Northwest Ski Association (PNSA) team last weekend. These teens will go to the 2015 USSA Junior National Cross-Country Ski Championships in Truckee, California on March 8 -14. Ian McCarthy, Brett Ford, Andrew Potyk, Daniel Korus, and Lauren Potyk qualified by earning a qualifying result in 5 of 8 Junior National Qualifier (JNQ) races. The Spokane Nordic Ski Association hosted the Mt. Spokane Nordic Cup and JNQ race on February 14 and 15 at Mt. Spokane.

Spokane Nordic Ski Association to host Junior National Qualifier race this weekend

For the second year in a row, the Spokane Nordic Ski Association will host a Junior National Qualifier (JNQ) race. The race was originally going to be held by the Kongsberger Ski Club in Cle Elum, WA, but had to be moved at the last minute due to lack of snow at the Cabin Creek Nordic ski area.

Each year, a series of three JNQ races are hosted in venues across the Pacific Northwest. This race is the third and last opportunity for the region's skiers to qualify for Nationals. Qualifying Cross Country skiers will join the Pacific Northwest junior national team to compete at the national championships in Reno, CA later this year.

"There was excitement expressed by many of the racers, because the Mt. Spokane Cross-Country Ski Park is one of the best in the Northwest. Our races are fun and the atmosphere is exciting," Race Director John McCarthy said of the move.

61st Annual Boat Show arrives in Spokane Feb. 4

61st Annual Boat Show arrives in Spokane Feb. 4

The Spokane Interstate Fair and Expo Center will host the 61st Annual Spokane Boat Show for five days from Wednesday, February 4th, through Sunday, February 8th.

This year's show these is "Only in a Boat", and will consist of nearly 180,000 square feet of exhibit space. Over 50 major vendors will be in attendance, representing new model boats and accessories from around the nation.

"Visitors to the 61st annual Spokane National Boat Show will see all the new makes. There are mega sized cruisers, speedy sport runabouts, pontoon party boats, fishing boats, and personal watercraft," Scott Thompson, the event's general manager said. "They will find major dealers representing docks, boat accessories, ski and fishing gear."

The Spokane Yacht Club is sponsoring the event, and said the boat show is a great time to by because deals offer significant "Boat Show Only" discounts during the event. 

This year, tickets will cost $10 for adults, $5 for youth 12-17, and kids under 12 are free.

Mt. Spokane Ski & Snowboard Park seeks $2.23 million from WA State capital for improvements

Mt. Spokane Ski & Snowboard Park seeks $2.23 million from WA State capital for improvements

Mt. Spokane announced Thursday that they are requesting $2.23 million from the state's capital budget in order to update state-owned base area facilities and accommodate growing public demand for outdoor recreation.

“Mt. Spokane is a very popular place for year-round recreation for residents throughout the greater Spokane region,” said Brad McQuarrie, general manager of Mt. Spokane 2000, the non-profit organization that contracts with Washington State Parks to manage operations. “At a time when ski destinations are investing in significant upgrades to capture market share, we’re working with aging facilities that are inefficient, undersized, and in need of improvements to serve a growing number of visitors.”

 

Gonzaga coach Mark Few needs votes to win $100,000 for the Community Cancer Fund

Gonzaga coach Mark Few needs votes to win $100,000 for the Community Cancer Fund

Gonzaga University Men's Basketball Coach, Mark Few, is participating in the Infiniti Coaches' Charity Challenge for a chance to win $100,000 for the Community Cancer Fund.

 

However, Coach Few will not be able to win this challenge alone. In order to win the $100,000 the public will need to cast their votes in Coach Few's favor.

 

Few is one of 48 NCAA basketball coaches competing in the Infiniti Coaches' Charity Challenge. As of Monday, January 5th, fans have been able to head to www.VoteCoachFew.com to cast their votes to help advance him in the competition.