The state of Washington will bid to host the 2009 World Figure Skating Championships, with Spokane as the proposed site, Gov. Christine Gregoire said Wednesday...

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SPOKANE — The state of Washington will bid to host the 2009 World Figure Skating Championships, with Spokane as the proposed site, Gov. Christine Gregoire said Wednesday.


With their city already the site of the 2007 U.S. Figure Skating Championships, Spokane officials say the worlds are a logical next step and would provide a huge economic boost to the region.


“Winning our bid will contribute tens of millions of dollars to our economy,” Gregoire said, noting the world championships would provide a big payoff to the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, B.C., in 2010.


The bid is due to the International Skating Union by April 15, and that group would announce the winner by the following October. The 10,500-seat Spokane Arena and the newly built Spokane Convention Center would be the venues.


Volleyball


Seattle University (14-10) set a school record with a .427 hitting percentage in defeating Grand Canyon 30-26, 30-14, 30-19 in nonconference action at the Connolly Center.


Men’s basketball


Sophomore forward Brett Weisner scored 36 points, including 7-of-10 3-pointers, and senior center Tyler MacMullen added 20 points and eight rebounds as the Blue defeated the White 118-107 in the 13th annual Western Washington intrasquad game at Sam Carver Gymnasium in Bellingham. Senior guard Ryan Diggs led the White with 36 points, and senior forward Tyler Amaya added 34 points and grabbed a game-high 17 rebounds.


Notes


Tony Lucarelli, the 16-year-old son of longtime Emerald Downs trainer Frank Lucarelli, died of brain cancer at Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital in Tacoma on Tuesday after almost eight years of treatment. Services for Lucarelli, a sophomore at Enumclaw High School who often accompanied his father to the track, still have not been announced. Frank Lucarelli ranks second all-time in training victories at Emerald Downs.


• Seattle Thunderbirds center Aaron Gagnon and defenseman Scott Jackson, and Everett Silvertips forwards Brady Calla and Zach Hamill have been selected to play for Team WHL at the 2005 ADT Canada-Russia Challenge in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.


• Seattle Pacific placed a league-high nine runners on the Great Northwest Athletic Conference cross-country academic all-star team: Michael Gavareski (3.63 grade-point average, majoring in nursing); Eddie Strickler (3.62, computer science); James Rosser (3.26, biology); Megan Wrightman (3.93, biology); Karin Rohde (3.74, nursing); Kaitlin Rohde (3.71, biology); Becky Knox (3.70, biology); Brandi McCoy (3.61, biology); and Tracy Kuhn (3.61, exercise science).


Seattle University had five runners honored: Meghan Salveson (3.86, international studies); Alana Garcia (3.57, fine arts); Charisse Arce (3.39, marketing); Andrew Lybarger (3.95, mechanical engineering); and Robert Renninger (3.76, accounting).


• Seattle University junior Erin Matthew earned National Collegiate Swimmer of the Week honors in NCAA Division II by collegeswimming.com for her performance against Loyola Marymount on Monday. Matthew turned in a pair of season-best times in the come-from-behind win over the Division I Lions. Matthew won the 200 breaststroke in 2:29.04, then came back to win the 200 individual medley in 2:13.28.


Compiled from sports-information reports and other sources. Seattle Times correspondent Matt Massey and The Associated Press contributed.