Jerry Brewer of The Times was named the state's top sports writer for the second time and Huskies play-by-play man Bob Rondeau was named top sportscaster for the 10th time.

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Jerry Brewer of The Seattle Times has been named Washington Sportswriter of the Year for the second consecutive year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.

Brewer, a sports columnist for The Times since 2006, also was named the top sportswriter earlier in his career in Kentucky.

It marks the third consecutive year that a Seattle Times writer has earned the award. Larry Stone was honored in 2010.

Huskies announcer Bob Rondeau was named state Sportscaster of the Year for the 10th time.

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Brewer, Rondeau and the other state award-winners will be honored during the NSSA’s 54rd awards weekend in June in Salisbury, N.C.

Dick Vitale of ESPN and Mitch Albom, a best-selling author and columnist for the Detroit Free Press will be inducted into the NSSA Hall of Fame. Dan Patrick and Peter King will be honored as the nation’s top sportscaster and sportswriter.


Steve David drove the Oh Boy! Oberto to three heat victories and secured the 2012 Unlimited Series title during the first day of the Oryx Cup UIM World Championship in Doha, Qatar. Race officials moved the start of the event up to Thursday after a weather forecast predicted high winds on Doha Bay Friday and Saturday. Dave Villwock, the defending series champ, had his worst day of the season. In the Spirit of Qatar, Villwock had a fuel violation in Heat 1A, hit a buoy in 2A and did not start in 3A.


Washington State opens its 2013 season with road games at Auburn and USC, faces Stanford in Seattle and plays Oregon State in Pullman for the first time since 2009. WSU’s home opener is Sept. 14 against Southern Utah.


• Collin Chiverton scored 22 points and Venky Jois had 14 points and 14 rebounds as Eastern Washington’s men (4-11, 2-3 Big Sky) defeated Northern Arizona (5-10, 2-3) in Cheney, 82-59.

Hayley Hodgins scored 16 and Lexie Nelson 15, but EWU’s women (7-7, 3-2 Big Sky) lost 83-68 to Northern Arizona (3-10, 2-2) in Flagstaff, Ariz.

Katie Benson, Suzanna Ohlsen and Aubree Callen scored 18 apiece as Seattle Pacific (10-3, 4-1) beat Alaska Fairbanks (2-10, 0-4) in a GNAC women’s game at Brougham Pavilion, 82-71.


• Everett Silvertips defenseman Nick Walters and prospect Taylor Sanheim were traded to Brandon for defenseman Ayrton Nikkel and a 2015 WHL Bantam draft pick.

• The Seattle Thunderbirds acquired forwards Adam Kambeitz of Saskatoon and Andrew Johnson of Moose Jaw in exchange for picks in future WHL Bantam drafts.

Track and field

Olympic distance runners Galen Rupp and Matt Centrowitz will be among hundreds of athletes participating Saturday at the Dempsey Center for the UW Indoor Preview. The meet, which runs from 8 a.m. until about 6 p.m., is the first of the indoor season.

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