Seattle Times sports columnist Larry Stone and Times high-school reporter Sandy Ringer received awards recently.
Stone was named the Washington State Sportswriter of the Year by the National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association (NSSA) for the second time in four years, continuing a streak of four consecutive honors for The Times. Jerry Brewer won the same award in 2012 and 2011. Brock Huard of ESPN-710 was named State Broadcaster of the Year in 2013 by NSSA..
Stone, who was promoted to columnist in September, has worked at The Times for 17 years, the previous 16 as national baseball reporter.
Ringer, who has worked at The Seattle Times since 1987, was honored by Seattle City Council, which issued a proclamation that Friday, Feb. 7, was Sandy Ringer Day. Ringer was presented with a plaque and certificate during Cleveland High School’s girls basketball game against Holy Names on Friday. City Councilman Bruce Harrell and former Washington women’s basketball players Tara Davis, Jamie Redd and Rhonda Smith (all of whom played professionally) made the presentation for Ringer’s longtime contributions to girls sports.
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“Ms. Ringer saw the direct impact of Title IX in those early years following the landmark legislation and has been a tireless leader in empowering and encouraging young women on and off the court,” Harrell said in a statement.
UW women’s golf finishes fourth
The fourth-ranked Huskies finished off the 16-team Northrop Grumman Challenge in Palos Verdes, Calif., with the third-best round of the day, moving from sixth into a tie for fourth.
Washington shot a round of 10-over 294 to finish at 29-over 881.
No. 1 USC took the tournament title at 14 over, followed by No. 3 Duke (+21) and No. 7 Arizona State (+23). No. 2 UCLA finish in a tie with the Huskies for fourth.
“We came in ranked fourth, so I guess we finished where we should have on paper,” said UW coach Mary Lou Mulflur. “Still, it was a little disappointing because we had another stretch today where we made some bigger numbers. We just haven’t been able to string together a complete 18 holes.”
Washington got its best round of the week from Ying Luo, who fired a 1-under 70 (including three birdies and just two bogeys) to vault into a tie for eighth at 3 over to lead the Huskies. Jessica Yang tied for 15th at 6 over.
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Western Washington placed sixth among 17 schools at the Super San Diego Championship, shooting a final-round 320 for a 36-hole total of 644.
Leading the Vikings was freshman Audrey Orem, who shot a 7-over par 79 to tie for 13th at 157.
Seattle University put together its best round of the season, shooting a 5-under-par 283 to come from behind and win the Pat Hicks Thunderbird Invitational in St. George, hosted by Southern Utah University at the Sunbrook Golf Club.
The Redhawks’ second-round score of 283 was the best single-round score of the tournament among the 10-team field. Seattle U finished at 3-under 573, nine strokes better than second-place Dixie State. It is Seattle U’s first team stroke-play tournament victory since the golf program was reinstated in 2008.
David Torres shot a 4-under-par 68 to move up into a tie for eighth place at 3-under 141. Torres earned eight birdies over the two-day tournament and tied for the lead in par-five scoring at 5 under.
Washington junior Kylee Lahners was named USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Week after hitting . 400 with three three-run home runs and 13 RBI as the Huskies went 5-0 in the UNLV SportCo Kick-Off Classic.
From sports-information reports.