Wheeler paces LCC win

Nizhoni Wheeler netted 26 points, grabbed five rebounds and blocked nine shots as the Lower Columbia College Red Devils prevailed 79-62 in NWAC West Region women’s basketball on Wednesday in Olympia.

The eighth-ranked Red Devils (18-9, 10-2 region) made 53 percent of their shots (32-61), while holding the Clippers to 35 percent shooting (24-69).

Also for LCC, Kenya Lorton had 14 points and 10 rebounds, Jerri Maluyo had 13 points and six assists, Madeline Jacobson grabbed seven rebounds, and Emily Packham dished four assists.

Winlock’s Rianna Whitehead had three points, three rebounds and three blocked shots for the Clippers.

The Red Devils host Highline on Saturday.

Red Devils fall at SPS

Alec Canete-Hall had 20 points, but the Lower Columbia College Red Devils came out on the short end of a 69-65 decision to sixth-ranked South Puget Sound in NWAC Men’s Basketball on Wednesday in Olympia.

LCC (16-10, 6-6 region) made 37 percent of its shots (24-65), and was outrebounded 46-32.

Martis Johnson added 12 points, Samaad Hector grabbed 10 rebounds, and Devonte Dennis had five rebounds.

The Red Devils host Highline on Saturday.

CR’s Edwards is all-Trico

Castle Rock boys’ basketball player Connor Edwards placed on the all-Trico 1A League’s honorable mention team after a vote of league coaches.

La Center dominated the league’s major awards. Hunter Ecklund was named Player of the Year, and Jeremy Ecklund was tabbed Coach of the Year.

Group to publish list of banned Olympics coaches

An advocacy group has published a first-of-its-kind comprehensive list of coaches banned from Olympic sports, creating a database of nearly 1,000 people no longer allowed to work in the U.S. Olympic system because of sex-abuse allegations, doping positives and other criminal activities involving minors.

The staff at greatcoach.com compiled the list using information from the U.S. Center for SafeSport, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency and the more than 50 national governing bodies that oversee individual sports, most of which feed into the U.S. Olympic team.

The website, designed by former pro moguls skier Bill Kerig, was originally started to help families find certified coaches who are best qualified to work with their kids.

The SafeSport center and U.S. Olympic Committee have struggled to publish this sort of comprehensive list, even as the fallout from the Larry Nassar sex-abuse scandal has left both organizations vulnerable to lawsuits over allegations they didn’t do enough to protect athletes under their purview.

For years, the USOC let the NGBs operate under their own rules about who landed on the lists and whether those lists were made public, and those rules varied widely between organizations.

— The Daily News and Associated Press

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Rick is a 29-year veteran of The Daily News, and the lead Lower Columbia College athletics reporter. In addition, he tracks former area prep athletes and assists several other beats. He is a Mark Morris grad with a business management degree from LCC.

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