Two players with power five experience and a senior FCS quarterback will join the University of Idaho, Vandals Head Football Coach, for the 2022 season Jason Eck announced.
linebacker Paul Moala from Notre Dame, Edge Rusher Juliano Falaniko from Southern California and Quarterback J’Bore Gibbs from the state of South Dakota have agreed to join the vandals, Eck said.
Eligible to play for two years, Moala has played 23 games in four seasons at Notre Dame. He had a total of 22 tackles, including one for loss. In the 2019–20 season, he intercepted and returned a pitch against Navy for a touchdown.
Moala was a high school All-State player from South Bend, Indiana. He was a 2017 InstyStar Mr. Football defensive back in 2017 and a Northern Indiana Conference defensive MVP.
American Samoa’s Falaniko, who will be eligible for a year, played in 37 games for USC and had 22 career tackles, including 1.5 for losses, a half sack and a forced fumble. He was a two-time All-American Samoa first-teamer and All-Poly Camp MVP.
Gibbs, eligible to play for two years, is returning to Eck, who was his offensive coordinator at South Dakota State. Gibbs played in 10 games for the Jackrabbits, six in 2019 and four in spring 2021, before suffering two season-ending injuries. He may have a third-year appeal over a redshirt injury.
As a freshman, he led South Dakota State in a close game against Minnesota, rushing for a touchdown and fitting for another in a 28-21 loss. In six games this season, he rushed for 1,058 yards and 10 TDs while rushing for four more before injuring himself against North Dakota State at the end of the season.
Eck said he and Vandal’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Luke Schleusner “Have a lot of intimacy with him. He was our starting quarterback at the start of 2019…(and) played very well in the narrow loss to Minnesota in a really tough environment for someone’s first college start.
Of the injuries after impressive performances, Eck said Gibbs “unfortunately tore his ACL against North Dakota State. The next year he tore his other ACL and COVID did not help his rehab. He’s a guy who’s faced adversity in his football career and just grew up in downtown Chicago, so he knows how to handle sticky situations.
“He’s really looking forward to a fresh start and being able to come in and compete with (returning sophomores). Gevani (McCoy) and CJ (Jordan) for the starting quarterback position.”
Mitch Jacobson made an All-America recovery to lead the Washington State men’s show at the 2022 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships June 8-11 in Eugene, Oregon.
After suffering from a height loss during his second outdoor career in 2021, the graduate student recovered to set a personal best of 7ft, 3in in the men’s high jump, finished fifth and earned the premier U.S. track and field team title and Cross Country Association All-America awards.
graduate student Colton Johnsen earned his second straight second-team All-America award for his 11th place in the Steeplechase and as a senior pole vaulter Jacob Engler honorable mention for a 17th place finish in the pole vault.
student in the first year Valentina Barrios Bornacelli earned the Cougars women a first-team All-America award in the javelin throw (8th, 177-3), and they had two honorable mentions All-Americans, junior high jumper Aislin Overby (19th, 5-9¾) and redshirt rookie Micaela de Mello (17th, 100 hurdles).
Idaho sophomore Lorenz Herrmann was second team for a 10th place finish in the men’s 800; Gonzaga Jr James Mwaura received a second consecutive second-team award for 15th place in the men’s 10,000; and Pennsylvania Sr Mayyi Mahama von Pullman received her second career honorable mention for 23rd place in the Frauenhammer.
• Eastern Washington has named the defensive end MitchellJohnsonwide receiver Freddie Robersondefensive back AntonySmith and quarterbacks Gunner Talkton Co-captains for the 2022 football season. All will be serving in the role for the first time. Johnson, Smith and Talkington are redshirt seniors, Roberson is a redshirt junior.
Local golfers were the big winners at last week’s Pelzer Golf Oregon Open Invitational 2022 at the Sunriver Resort Crosswater Golf Course in Sunriver, Oregon.
PGA professional Jeff Gove of the Idaho Club at Sandpoint won a one-hole playoff against Pro Shane Prante (The Home Course, Dupont, Wash.) to win the tournament after the two golfers finished 54 holes in a tie of 9 under par 207.
Andreas von Losow from Manito Golf & Country Club was a low amateur with 7 Under and finished third overall.
Reid Hatley (Hayden Lake Country Club) was No. 2 amateur and finished 4th ninth overall. North Idaho College coach Russell Grove was the second-leading area professional with 1 over in a four-way tie for 17th place.
Coach of the Spokane Chiefs RyanSmith is one of 12 assistants selected to work alongside three head coaches to lead Canada’s national U17 program for the 2022-23 season.
Smith, who was also an assistant to Team Canada West in the World Junior A Challenge in 2012 and 2013, has support from potential Chiefs Berkley Cattona striker and defender Will McIsaac at an U17 development camp July 10-16 in Calgary, Alberta.
• Defender Saige WeinsteinThe Chiefs Rookie of the Year for the 2021-22 Western Hockey League season, is one of 88 players invited to the Hockey Canada Summer Men’s Under-18 National Team Selection Camp July 23-27 in Calgary.
The 6-footer from Edmonton, one of 10 skaters in the Chiefs’ 2021-22 freshman year, had one goal and 13 assists. He will compete for a spot on the Canadian team for the 2022 Hlinka Gretzky Cup from July 31 to August 8. 6 in Deer, Alberta.
• Lukas ToporowskiA left winger who has spent most of the Western Hockey League’s last five seasons with the Spokane Chiefs has signed a two-year contract with the American Hockey League through the 2023-24 season with Providence, Rhode Island, the Bruins announced.
The Bettendorf, Iowa native played 223 games for the Chiefs before being traded to the Kamloops Blazers in January for the remainder of the 2021-22 season. Overall, he had 96 goals and 103 assists in the WHL, 165 of his 199 total points for Spokane (76G-89A).
• The Chiefs announced they will play the other four teams from the US Division of the WHL in two preseason tournaments. They meet Everett on September 9th and Seattle on September 10th in Everett, Portland on September 16th and Tri-City on September 18th in Kennewick.
• The Edmonton Oil Kings defeated the Seattle Thunderbirds 2-0 on June 13 to win the best-of-7 WHL championship in six games and advance to the 2022 Memorial Cup, held this week in Saint John, New Brunswick , begins.