Chandler Leniu was called the “heart and soul” of the defense of his Southern California high school team that finished 16-0 and was ranked No. 1 nationally. Leniu had signed with California but failed to meet an academic requirement there.
Rick Sloan will retire as Washington State’s track and field coach after the NCAA championships, which are this week in Eugene. Sloan, who competed in the decathlon in the 1968 Olympics, came to WSU in 1973 as an assistant and has been head coach since 1994.
Slaybaugh is a kinesiology major with a 4.0 grade-point average. The senior, who switched from catcher to outfielder in his final year of eligibility, was also a first-team Academic All-America selection in 2013. He started 51 of 52 games this year and was second on the team in batting average (.299