Spokane’s Terry, Arias to start for Northwest League All-Stars
Spokane’s Curtis Terry, one of the Northwest League’s top sluggers, and teammate Diosbel Arias are among the starters as top players from the Northwest League and Pioneer League square off tonight in an All-Star game at Suplizio Field in Grand Junction, Colo.
Terry — whose 36 RBIs, .618 slugging percentage and 89 total bases lead the Northwest League — will start at first base and his teammate Diosbel Arias will be across the diamond at third base.
Other Indians selected for the all-star team are pitchers Hans Crouse and Emmanuel Clase and catcher Francisco Ventura.
The Northwest League roster also features Salem-Keizer’s Joey Bart, one of the top prospects in the San Francisco organization.
After starting the year in the Arizona League, Bart joined Salem-Keizer on July 4, and the No. 2 overall pick has been scorching the ball ever since. He has reached base safely in 18 of his 20 games with the Volcanoes, while amassing 10 multi-hit efforts and a 10-game hitting streak at one point. The catcher is currently hitting .341 with 9 HRs and 27 RBIs.
Tri-City and Spokane lead the way with five representatives each, but the Dust Devils will have three starters. Right-hander Henry Henry takes the ball for the NWL squad after posting the best winning percentage of all hurlers in the circuit at .800 with Tri-City. The 19-year-old is 4-1 with a 2.95 ERA and his 1.22 WHIP ranks fourth in the league.
The game begins at 5:40 p.m. and will be streamed live on MiLB.com.
Former UI hoops standout Sanders signs with Belgium team
ANTWERP, Belgium — Recent University of Idaho standout Victor Sanders has signed with the Telenet Giants Antwerp of the Pro Basketball League in Belgium.
Sanders wrapped up his senior season five months ago, averaging 19 points per game as the Vandals finished second in the Big Sky Conference standings. He picked up Second Team All-Big Sky honors, as well as Second Team NABC All-District 6 recognition.
Sanders finished his career second on the all-time UI scoring list with 1,804 points. He also ended his four-year tenure in Moscow in second in made 3-pointers, with 272. He also made 440 free throws, the most ever by a Vandal.
After the season, Sanders was picked up by the Denver Nuggets to compete in the NBA MGM Summer League. He saw time in two games, including a start in the final game of the tournament. On that night, Sanders played 25 minutes, going 4-of-11 from the floor to finish with eight points, four rebounds, two assists and two blocks.
Antwerp plays in the top league in Belgium and advanced to the Belgian Championships last season for the first time since the format began in 2005. Antwerp holds the attendance record for a basketball game in Belgium, with 17,135 fans at a match in January of 2015. The team has featured a number of American athletes over the years, with players from UCLA, Georgetown and Arkansas, among others.