MOSCOW — University of Idaho lineman Noah Johnson and kicker Cade Coffey were named to the HERO Sports 2019 Preseason All-America Team, the outlet announced Thursday.

Johnson was projected as a first-team selection on the offensive line, while Coffey was chosen as the second-team punter. Both picked up All-America recognition last season, as well as first-team All-Big Sky accolades.

Johnson, who was named to HERO Sports All-America Third Team in 2018, became the first Idaho offensive lineman to earn All-America recognition since Mike Iupati in 2009. Johnson has started 23 games in his Idaho career, including 20 consecutive, all at strong guard. Coffey has earned All-America accolades in his two seasons as a Vandal.

Lewis-Clark State athletics among Top-25 in Learfield IMG College Directors’ Cup

CLEVELAND — With the conclusion of all spring championships, the Warriors of Lewis-Clark State College finished No. 21 in the Learfield IMG Directors’ Cup standings. Institutions are awarded points in a pre-determined number of sports for men and women, and Lewis-Clark State collected 483.5 points throughout the 2018-19 campaign.

“I am very proud of our teams, coaches and athletes,” L-C athletic director Brooke Henze said. “They have done a great job representing our institution.”

Eight of L-C’s 12 varsity teams were represented on the national stage, with men’s basketball earning the best team finish with a trip to the Final Four.

Baldeck in contention at Lilac Invite

Michael Baldeck of Clarkston Country Club was tied for fourth place through Day 1 of competition at the 56th Annual Lilac City Invitational golf tournament held at the Fairways Men’s Club in Cheney, Wash.

Baldeck shot a 5-under 67, tied with three other golfers and two strokes behind leader Steve Tarkon of Nampa.

The United States Golf Association sanctioned event continues tomorrow through Sunday, with tee times as early as 8 a.m.

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