Area roundup: Elleby returning to WSU

Washington State forward CJ Elleby (2) drives in for a layup during a Pac-12 Conference game against Utah at Beasley Coliseum in Pullman.

Washington State men’s basketball player CJ Elleby, a 6-foot-6 small forward, will return to the Cougars after testing the NBA draft waters, Jon Rothstein of CBS sports reported on Twitter on Tuesday.

Players are able to maintain their collegiate eligibily as long they don’t hire an agent — and Elleby took full advantage of that, working out with several NBA teams. Elleby went through workouts with the Indiana Pacers, Atlanta Hawks, Milwaukee Bucks, Houston Rockets, Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics, the Spokesman Review reported.

Elleby, as a freshman this past year, started in 28 games, more than any other Cougar. He played in all 32 games and was second on the team with 14.7 points per game and 7.1 rebounds per game. Those marks ranked 11th and 10th, respectively, in the Pac-12. Elleby played for Seattle’s Cleveland High.

College soccer

SEC team to play in Moscow

University of Idaho soccer added a marquee matchup to its home schedule this year, with Mississippi State coming to the Kibbie Dome on Sept. 1, the Vandals announced Tuesday.

The game is tentatively slated to start at 3 p.m.

It will be the first time a Southeastern Conference opponent in any team sport plays the Vandals in a single-game situation in Moscow. In 2014, Missouri attended the Idaho Nike Invitational volleyball tournament in Memorial Gym.

It will also be the first time Idaho has faced an SEC opponent in soccer at any location.

Rowing

Elling Quaintance honored

Washington State rower Ivy Elling Quaintance was named to the All-Pac-12 Conference women’s rowing team, it was announced Tuesday.

Elling Quaintance, a junior from Sidney, British Columbia, has been a part of the Cougars’ varsity eight crew the last two seasons. She helped her crew to the Fawley Cup with a win over Gonzaga in the annual regatta.

COLLEGE TRACK

Cougs make academic team

Three members of the Washington State track and field program were named to the Google Cloud academic all-academic team as chosen by sports information directors, the Cougars announced.

They were Kyler Little, Stacia Bell and Grace Victor.

Legion baseball

Patriots 13, North Stars 3

SPOKANE — The Palouse Patriots opened their AAA American Legion season with a mercy-rule win over the Spokane North Stars.

The Patriots got two RBI apiece from five players — Carson Coulter, Konner Kinkade, Payton Kallaher, Jackson Horner and Mitchell Lavielle — and Kallaher led the team with four hits, three of them doubles.

On the mound, the Patriots’ Nate Akesson and Peter Smith combined for five strikeouts while ceding only three hits.

The Patriots will play host to the North Stars today at 5:30 p.m.

Patriots 431 05—13 16 1

North Stars 000 21—3 3 0

Nate Akesson, Peter Smith (4) and Konner Kinkade. Nathan Bouldin, Cole Davis (3) and Carl Oman.

Patriots hits — Carson Coulter 3 (2-2B), Kinkade 3 (2B), Payton Kallaher 4 (3-2B), Akesson, Jackson Horner 3 (2B), Mitchell Lavielle 2.

North Stars hits — Tayib Wilson, Zak Kubic (2B), Elan Krosz.

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