Sports in Brief 7/9

Softball hires new assistant coach

Weber State University announced last week the hiring of Kate Nygaard as an assistant softball coach. Nygaard will rejoin head coach Mary Kay Amicone, who also recently signed at WSU, after being an assistant coach under her for eight years at Salt Lake Community College. Nygaard worked with the pitching staff, as well as hitters and catchers, in her time with the Bruins. Nygaard played two years of softball at SLCC before transferring to the University of Utah to finish her playing career in 2005.

Volleyball signs defensive specialist to Letter of Intent

WSU announced last week that the volleyball team signed defensive specialist Kristi Storoschuk to a National Letter of Intent. The 5-foot 10-inch Storoschuk, who comes to WSU from Ontario, Canada, lettered all four years at Nelson High School. She also won two championships in the 18-and-Under National Club Championships in 2011 and 2013. Head coach Tom Peterson said he expects Storoschuk to contribute right away for the Wildcats.

57 WSU student-athletes make Spring Academic list

The Wildcats placed 57 student-athletes on the Big Sky Spring Academic list. The list was compiled of athletes from women’s golf, softball, men’s and women’s tennis, and men’s and women’s outdoor track and field. WSU ranked second in the conference in players making the list. To make the list, the athlete must participate in over half the team’s competitions and earn a 3.2 GPA. This brought the 2012-13 academic year total to 139 student athletes.

Dwight Howard to sign with the Houston Rockets

In NBA news, after hearing proposals from five NBA teams, Dwight Howard, the most sought-after free agent of 2013, has decided to sign with the Houston Rockets. The deal will most likely be a maximum four-year $88 million contract. Howard ultimately had to decide between the Rockets and the Los Angeles Lakers, who he played for this last season. The Lakers were prepared to offer Howard a five-year $118 million contract, but Howard ultimately decided his best chance to win a championship is with the Rockets. The deal is expected to be finalized tomorrow.