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Originally published Monday, January 8, 2007 at 12:00 AM

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NW Briefs | Ex-Cougar Utley wins Camp honor

Mike Utley, the former Washington State and Detroit Lions offensive lineman, is the recipient of the 2006 Walter Camp "Man of the Year"...

Mike Utley, the former Washington State and Detroit Lions offensive lineman, is the recipient of the 2006 Walter Camp "Man of the Year" Award.

After suffering a career-ending spinal injury during a game in 1991, Utley became a symbol of courage through his own rehabilitation and his commitment to help others with similar injuries. The Mike Utley Foundation has been dedicated to finding a cure for spinal-cord injuries and providing motivational and emotional support for individuals who have been disabled by such injuries.

The award honors an individual who has been closely associated with the game of football as a player, coach or close attendant to the game, and who has also contributed to public service for the benefit of his community.

Previous winners include Roger Staubach (Navy), Gale Sayers (Kansas), Jim Kelly (Miami) and Anthony Munoz (USC).

Skiing

Whitman's Ben Chaddock made his first college race a good one, placing 13th in the men's slalom Sunday at the Montana State Invitational in Big Sky, Mont.

Chaddock, a freshman from Richmond, B.C., placed second on his second run and finished 13th overall in 1 minute, 29.79 seconds.

In the women's event, Emily Baker placed 32nd and Rachel Walker 33rd for the Missionaries.

In combined men's and women's team scoring Sunday, Colorado took first with 153 points. Whitman was ninth with 44.

Notes

• Team Larway (Jason Larway, Colin Hufman, Joel Larway, Steven Demlow) defeated Team Clark (Brady Clark, Greg Romaniuk, Derek Surka, Bill Rugen) 9-4 on Saturday at the Granite Curling Club to win the Western Regional Playdown and an automatic berth into the 2007 U.S. men's curling championships.

The Feb. 17-24 tournament in Utica, N.Y., will mark the 13th appearance at nationals for Jason Larway and the 12th alongside his brother Joel.

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Compiled from sports-information reports and other sources.

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