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The Front Row with MARK NELKE April 15, 2010

| April 15, 2010 9:00 PM

At least through Tuesday of this week, The Winter That Snow Forgot has turned into The Spring that Rain Remembered. Though teams actually got to play their regularly scheduled games early in the season, the recent soggy weather has been reminiscent of springs past.

At least through Tuesday of this week, The Winter That Snow Forgot has turned into The Spring that Rain Remembered.

Though teams actually got to play their regularly scheduled games early in the season, the recent soggy weather has been reminiscent of springs past.

Still, there's been enough dry weather for some impressive early showings.

Here's a couple:

Coeur d'Alene High senior thrower Shae Carson keeps breaking records, and now is moving up the national charts.

Carson broke her own school record in the discus in Tuesday's dual meet with visiting Lakeland. Her throw of 142 feet, 5 1/2 inches moves her, barring another big throw in the past couple days, into 15th place according to Dyestat.com's latest national list of high school girls discus throws this season.

Carson's previous school record was 135-10, which she set last Saturday at the Mooberry Relays at Gonzaga Prep in Spokane. That broke her previous school record of 132-8, set last year in winning at the state 5A track meet in Boise. Carson, who has signed with Portland State next year, won the discus at the Mooberrys, and was third in the shot put at 36-11 1/2. Strangely, due to a computer glitch, neither mark was listed among the meet results posted at www.athletic.net.

Carson also owns the school record in the shot put, having thrown 40 feet, 1/2 inch at a meet last month at Coeur d'Alene. The previous school record had stood since 1983.

Post Falls High senior pitcher Richelle Ashburn improved to 6-1 on Monday, beating Lake City 1-0 in a pitchers' duel with Timberwolves freshman Casey Stangel. Ashburn, who has signed with Seattle U, struck out 15 in a three-hitter. Stangel fanned six in a two-hitter.

Ashburn has yet to pitch an entire season of high school ball yet. Last year she pitched five games, striking out 19 in two of them - then didn't pitch again because of shoulder injury. Her first two seasons were cut short by a wrist injury.

In her second game this season, Ashburn struck out 13 - but lost 6-1 in eight innings to Lake City, which got 14 strikeouts from the left-handed Stangel. Just before spring break, she struck out 17 in a 4-0 no-hitter at West Valley.

For the season, she's struck out 92 batters in 49 innings. She's thrown three shutouts and teamed on a fourth.

There should be at least one more Ashburn-Stangel matchup this season on April 28, when Post Falls plays a doubleheader at Lake City. Post Falls has yet to face Coeur d'Alene, as both scheduled meetings have been rained out.

Mark Nelke is sports editor of The Press. He can be reached at 664-8176, Ext. 2019, or via e-mail at mnelke@cdapress.com.

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