Idaho colleges roundup: C of I basketball hosts Cascade semifinal tonight

STATESMAN STAFFMarch 1, 2014 

CALDWELL — The third-ranked College of Idaho men’s team — 26-5 this season with a 13-game winning streak — faces Oregon Tech (17-14) in a Cascade Conference Tournament game that starts at 7 p.m. in the J.A. Albertson Activities Center. Tickets are $12 (reserved), $7 (general admission) and $2 (kids 5 and under). On the other side of the bracket, Northwest Christian travels to Northwest, with the winner meeting the C of I-Oregon Tech winner Tuesday night. Based on their regular season, the Coyotes already have qualified for the NAIA Division II national tournament in Missouri later this month.

C OF I WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: The Coyotes’ season ended with a 77-73 loss at No. 21 Oregon Tech in the Cascade Conference semifinals in Klamath Falls, Ore. The C of I finishes 16-12, while Oregon Tech will play Southern Oregon in the tournament final Monday.

C OF I BASEBALL: The Coyotes (7-7) were swept by Antelope Valley 4-3, 2-1 in Caldwell. The first game went 10 innings.

C OF I/NORTHWEST NAZARENE SOFTBALL: The Coyotes (7-4) swept their Canyon County rival, beating the Crusaders (5-10) 9-0 and 6-4 in Caldwell. The same two teams play a doubleheader at 11 a.m. Saturday in Nampa.

NNU BASEBALL: The Crusaders (5-10, 1-1) split a GNAC doubleheader with Saint Martin’s, winning 6-4 and losing 9-6 in Nampa.

IDAHO TRACK AND FIELD: The men won the WAC indoor championship Friday in a dramatic meet in the Kibbie Dome that came down to one point. Freshman triple jumper Arphaxad Carroll, competing in the last scoring event of the day, produced a career-best and winning jump of 49-2›, while junior Emmanuel Panchol placed third (48-4fl). Idaho finished with 173 points and Grand Canyon finished second (172). The Idaho women finished third with 127 points, behind winner Grand Canyon (166.5) and UMKC (144.5). The Vandals claimed four other individual championship on the final day: Matt Sullivan (pole vault, 16-6fl), Andrey Levkiv (shot put, 54-10), Ben Ayesu-Attah (400, 47.57) and Katelyn Peterson (women’s high jump, 5-6). Carroll won the Freshman of the Year award, and Idaho’s Wayne Phipps was voted Coach of the Year.

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