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Tuesday, February 27, 2007 - Page updated at 12:00 AM

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Northwest Briefs | Rigell out as PLU coach

Gil Rigell is out as Pacific Lutheran women's basketball coach, athletic director Laurie Turner announced.

Rigell's record was 196-69 in 10 seasons as Lutes coach. He had seven 20-win seasons, and five of his teams won or shared Northwest Conference titles.

The Lutes were 13-11 last season, one year after they were 24-4 and advanced to the NCAA Division III Sweet 16.

Players of the week

• Seattle Thunderbirds center Aaron Gagnon, Western Hockey League, six goals and seven points in three games. The T-birds have won eight straight.

• Seattle Pacific women's basketball player Jackie Hollands, Great Northwest Athletic Conference, had 41 points and shot 14 of 17 from the field.

• Seattle Pacific women's track-and-field athlete Jessica Pixler set GNAC indoor championships records in the 800 meters (2:11.52) and mile (4:54.53) and ran on the winning distance medley relay team.

• Seattle University men's basketball player Ryan Webb, GNAC, had 34 points and 16 assists in wins over Saint Martin's and Northwest Nazarene.

• Western Washington men's and women's track athletes Tyler Thornbrue and Kim Bascom, GNAC. Thornbrue set conference and school records as he cleared 16-5 in the pole vault. Bascom won both the long and triple jumps, breaking her school and GNAC records in the triple jump (37-10 ).

• Central Washington baseball players Justin Marshall and Tyler Levin, GNAC. Marshall batted .500 in four games and Levin won two games.


• Southern Oregon women's basketball player Jackie Speer from Centralia was named the Cascade Collegiate Conference freshman of the year. Chelsey Zimmerman from Monroe made the all-CCC team.

• The Northwest Conference champion Whitworth men's basketball team (23-3) will play DePauw from Greencastle, Ind., in the first round of the NCAA Division III tournament Friday at Washington University in St. Louis.

• The Puget Sound women's basketball team (21-6) will play McMurry University from Abilene, Texas, in the first round of the NCAA Division III tournament in Newberg, Ore.

• Washington State's Max Reinland, Austin Hurt and Chad Carlson shot 1-over-par 73s to share fifth place at the Inland Cup collegiate golf tournament in Clarkston, Wash. WSU's Jessica Black shot a 77.

• The Washington women's golf team completed the first two rounds of the Arizona Invitational in 14th place, finishing at 52-over 620 in Tucson, Ariz.

Compiled from sports-information reports and other sources.

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