Newswire: All-Stars, tix sales, Pan Am dreams

MOST OF THE country has been dealing with scorching temperatures of late but with the opening of Washington State's fall camp but 21 days away, WSU's ticket sales are heating up as well. An incoming linebacker adds yet another All-Star performance for the incoming class, plus on the heels of WSU's two week barnstorm Down Under, a pair of Cougs are vying for roster spots on the USA Pan-Am team.

Ticket sales for the Washington State vs. SDSU tilt, the Cougar Gridiron Classic at Qwest Stadium in Seattle, is picking up steam. As of yesterday afternoon, sales were outpacing last year's Baylor game sales by 7 percent.

For tickets for WSU's Cougar Gridiron Classic and season tickets, call 1-800-GO-COUGS or go online at Prices range from $7 to $50 for the Sept. 8 game at Qwest.

Washington State has also sold out their allotment of tickets for the opener at Wisconsin. Dan Meyer, Director of Ticket Sales at Washington State, said the ticket office sold out quicker than they did for last year's away opener at Auburn.

Washington State's paid season tickets, despite, Meyer said, less games and with the Apple Cup in Seattle this year, are at 99.5 percent of the 2006 numbers at the same point as last year.

INCOMING COUGAR Marshall Pirtz was named the Defensive MVP of the Idaho All-State all-star game held this past weekend.

The 6-0, 220-pound linebacker helped Team Treasure Valley best Team Idaho in a defensive battle, 17-13.

You can watch Pirtz' complete performance and the game in his entirety, online, here.

Pirtz is the second incoming WSU rookie in the 2007 Cougar class to nab All-Star MVP honors this summer. Offensive lineman Steven Ayers was named offensive MVP in the Earl Barden Classic All-State game last month. Both Pirtz and Ayers also each captured a state wrestling title this winter -- Pirtz's second -- and Ayers added Class the class 2A shot put (64-07 ½) and discus (171-00) state titles to boot.

ON THE HARDCOURT, Derrick Low and Kyle Weaver are among 32 hopefuls looking to land a roster spot at the USA Basketball Men's Pan American Games Team Trials held at Haverford College in Philadelphia.

The two Wazzu seniors-to-be are among 32 of the nation's top collegiate basketball players competing for the 12 roster spots. Tryouts are today and tomorrow in Philadelphia. The basketball portion of the Pan-Am Games will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from July 25-29.

It's been a busy summer for WSU's two All-Pac-10 performers. The Cougars earlier traveled to New Zealand and Australia for a two-week tour, going 4-2 against competition Down Under.

Low, a Honolulu native, started every game for the Cougars last season, averaging 34.4 minutes and a team-leading 13.7 points per game. He had a career-high 37 points in an overtime loss to Oregon.

Weaver, from Beloit, Wisc., has been one of the most widely productive players in the Pac-10 the last two seasons. This past year he averaged 11.2 points per game and led the Cougars in rebounding, assists and steals -- and he was second on the team in blocked shots. And, against Stanford, notched the only triple-double in WSU history.

Cougar coach Tony Bennett, who picked up every National Coach of the Year honor in sight this past season, played in the 1991 Pan American Games.

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