Locally: Idaho football wins three impact transfers, including South Dakota State quarterback J’Bore Gibbs

Two players with Power Five experience and a top FCS quarterback will transfer to the University of Idaho for the 2022 season, the Vandals head coach said. jason eck announcement.

linebacker Paul Moala of Notre Dame, edge rusher Juliano Falaniko from Southern California and quarterback J’Bore Gibbs from South Dakota State have agreed to join the Vandals, Eck said.

Moala, who will have two years of eligibility, played 23 games in four seasons at Notre Dame. He had 22 total tackles, including one for loss. During the 2019-20 season, he intercepted a pitch against Navy and returned it for a touchdown.

He was an all-state high school player from South Bend, Indiana, who was the 2017 InstyStar Mr. Football Defensive Back in 2017 and the Indiana Northern Conference Defensive MVP.

Falaniko, of American Samoa who will have a year of eligibility, played 37 games for USC and had 22 career tackles, including 1.5 for loss, a half sack and a forced fumble. He was a two-time All-American Samoa first-team player and All-Poly Camp MVP.

Gibbs, who has two years of eligibility, joins Eck, who was his offensive coordinator at South Dakota State. Gibbs played 10 games with the Jackrabbits, six in 2019 and four in the spring of 2021, before suffering two season-ending injuries. He can potentially call up for a third year due to an injured redshirt.

As a freshman, he led South Dakota State in a tight game against Minnesota, rushing for a touchdown and passing for another, in a 28-21 loss. In six games that season, he passed for 1,058 yards and 10 touchdowns while rushing for four more before suffering the season-ending injury against North Dakota State.

Eck said Vandals offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Luke Schleusner “and I have a lot of familiarity with him. He was our starting quarterback to start the year in 2019…(and) played very well in the tight loss to Minnesota in a very difficult environment for someone’s first college start.

Among injuries after impressive performances, Eck said Gibbs “unfortunately tore his ACL against North Dakota State. He tore his other ACL the following year and COVID did not help his rehabilitation. He’s a guy who fought through adversity in his football career and just grew up in downtown Chicago, so he knows how to handle a tough situation.

“He’s really excited to have a fresh start and can come in and compete with (the sophomores) Gevani (McCoy) and JC (Jordan) for the starting quarterback position.

College scene

Mitch Jacobson made an All-America payback to lead the Washington State men’s display at the 2022 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships June 8-11 in Eugene, Oregon.

After suffering from a lack of height at his second career outdoor championship in 2021, the graduate student bounced back to clear a personal best 7-foot-3 in the men’s high jump, finish fifth and receive the first team U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Association All-America honors.

Graduate student Colton Johnsen won a second straight second-team All-America award for 11th-place finish in the steeplechase and senior pole vaulter Jacob Englar received an honorable mention for a 17th place finish in the pole vault.

First-year student Valentina Barrios Bornacelli earned the Cougars women a first-team All-America award in javelin (8th, 177-3) and they had two honorable mention All-Americans, junior high jumper Aislinn Overby (19th, 5-9¾) and redshirt freshman Micaela De Mello (17th, 100 hurdles).

Idaho sophomore Lorenz Hermann was the second team for a 10th-place finish in the men’s 800m; Junior Gonzaga James Mwaura won a second straight second-team award for placing 15th in the men’s 10,000m; and senior from Pennsylvania Mayyi Mahama de Pullman earned her second career honorable mention for placing 23rd in the women’s hammer.

• Eastern Washington named the defensive end Michael Johnsonwide receiver Freddie Robersondefensive back Anthony Smith and quarterback Gunner Talkington co-captains for the 2022 football season. All will serve in the role for the first time. Johnson, Smith and Talkington are redshirt seniors, Roberson is a redshirt junior.


Area golfers were the big winners in the 2022 Pelzer Golf Oregon Open Invitational last week at Sunriver, Oregon’s Sunriver Resort Crosswater Golf Course.

PGA Professional Jeff Gove of the Idaho Club at Sandpoint won a one-hole playoff against the pro Shane Prante (The Home Course, Dupont, Washington) after finishing 54 holes tied at 9 under par 207.

Andrew VonLossow of Manito Golf & Country Club was weak amateur at 7 under 209 and tied for third.

Reid Hatley (Hayden Lake Country Club) was No. 2 amateur and tied for ninth at 4 under 212. North Idaho College Coach Russell Grove was the second pro in the region at 1 of 217 in a four-way tie for 17th place.


Spokane Chiefs Coach Ryan Smith is one of 12 assistants selected to work with three head coaches to guide Canada’s national U17 program for the 2022-23 season.

Smith, also a Team Canada West assistant at the World Junior A Challenge in 2012 and 2013, who won silver and bronze respectively, will be joined by Chiefs prospects Berkley Cattonan attacker and a defender Will McIsaac during an U17 development camp July 10-16 in Calgary, Alberta.

• Defender Saige Weinsteinthe Chiefs’ rookie of the year in the 2021-22 Western Hockey League season, is one of 88 players invited to Hockey Canada’s National Men’s Summer U18 Team selection camp from July 23-27 in Calgary.

The 6-foot Edmonton skater, one of 10 freshman skaters for the 2021-22 Chiefs, had one goal and 13 assists. He will be vying for a spot on Canada’s team for the 2022 Hlinka Gretzky Cup from July 31 to August 31. 6 in Red Deer, Alberta.

Luc Toporowskia left-winger who has spent most of the past five Western Hockey League seasons with the Spokane Chiefs, signed a two-year American Hockey League contract with Providence, Rhode Island, until the 2023-24 season, the Bruins announced.

The Bettendorf, Iowa native played 223 games for the Chiefs before being traded to the Kamloops Blazers in January for the remainder of the 2021-22 season. Overall, he had 96 goals and 103 assists in the WHL, 165 of his 199 total points for Spokane (76G-89A).

• The Chiefs have announced that they will face the other four teams from the American Division of the WHL in two exhibition tournaments. They will face Everett on September 9 and Seattle on September 10 in Everett, and Portland on September 16 and host Tri-City on September 18 in Kennewick.

• The Edmonton Oil Kings beat the Seattle Thunderbirds 2-0 on June 13 to seal the WHL best-of-7 championship in six games and qualify for the 2022 Memorial Cup which begins this week in Saint John, Utah. New Brunswick.

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