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Northwest Notes Aug. 27, 2020

| August 27, 2020 1:05 AM

Mabile named assistant

for Whitworth swimming

Christine Mabile, a coach with experience at all levels of collegiate swimming, will join the Whitworth staff as an assistant for the 2020-21 season.

Mabile was the head coach at Boise State since 2018 before the Broncos' program was eliminated this summer.

Mabile, who attended Coeur d'Alene Charter Academy and swam for Post Falls High, competed two years at NAIA College of Idaho in Caldwell before transferring to Boise State.

"Christine Mabile brings fantastic experience at the highest levels of our sport and she has a tremendous amount to offer our program," Whitworth swimming coach Steve Schadt said. "Christine has a heart for Christ and for student-athletes.

There is no doubt that she will be a great leader and mentor-coach to all of our swimmers."

Prior to her two seasons as the head coach at Boise State, Mabile was an assistant coach at the University of Missouri for two seasons. Before moving to Columbia, Mo., Mabile developed the College of Idaho into a top NAIA program in four seasons (2012-2016). Mabile took over a Coyote program that had dwindled to less than ten swimmers (men and women) prior to her arrival.

"I'm incredibly excited to join Whitworth and Coach Schadt," Mabile said. "In an uncertain time I hope to bring joy and hope to our athletes. And when it's time to race again, to win championships for years to come."

Mabile was the head coach of Streamline Aquatics, a USA Swimming program in Boise, for one year (2010-11).

Mabile graduated from Boise State in 2010. She is a former competitive swimmer and a five-time Ironman Triathlon finisher.

Hayden's McGuffin wins title

in men's doubles at pickleball tourney

Tyson McGuffin of Hayden captured gold in the Men’s Pro Doubles division as the Professional Pickleball Association recently hosted a “fanless” showcase event in Newport Beach, Calif.

McGuffin, a four-time national champion and former pickleball instructor at Peak Health and Wellness, teamed with his new partner Riley Newman of Phoenix, Ariz., a college basketball official turned pickleball pro.

The next national tournament on the PPA schedule is the Georgia Open at Life Time - Grand Slam Qualifier, scheduled for Sept. 17-20 in Peachtree Corners, Ga.

Former Zags star Laura Stockton

signs pro contract in Germany

Former Gonzaga women’s basketball player Laura Stockton will continue her basketball career overseas as she has signed a professional contract for the 2020-21 season.

Stockton will play for Herner TC out of the Damen Basketball Bundesliga, the premier women’s basketball league in Germany. Located in Herne, Germany, Herner TC finished third in the league standings for the 2019-20 season. This will be Stockton’s first pro contract after sitting out the 2019-20 season following a season-ending injury at the West Coast Conference Championships in 2019.

Stockton concluded her four-year career with Gonzaga in 2019. The Spokane native finished her career with 459 assists to rank third all-time in career assists, and she also set a school record for single season free throw percentage at 89.2 percent (2018-19). Stockton led the Zags in assists each of her final three seasons and helped Gonzaga to three-straight NCAA Tournament appearances, along with collecting three WCC Regular-Season titles and two WCC Tournament titles.

Five BigSky football teams

ranked in Stats Perform FCS top 25

FARMINGTON, Utah — The Big Sky Conference placed five teams in the Stats Perform FCS Top 25 that was released by the organization.

With the fall football schedule postponed to the spring for many FCS conferences, including the Big Sky, voters were asked to envision what the preseason media poll would’ve looked like in 2020.

Weber State was voted No. 4, Montana State was selected No. 6, Montana earned the No. 7 spot, Sacramento State was voted No. 12, Eastern Washington No. 18.

Defending champion North Dakota State was selected as a unanimous No. 1 after a record eighth FCS national title during the 2019 season.