Jr. Tennis Hoping To Grow
Entering its second season in Spokane, the National Junior Tennis League is seeking to expand.
“Numbers-wise we had 80 kids,” said spokeswoman Ellen Nessen, who is helping Mary Ryerse coordinate the league. “We’re aiming for 125.”
Kickoff party for the program is at 7 p.m. June 15 at Mission Park.
“We will take registrations at that time,” Nessen said. “Registration forms are in area schools.”
Participants can also register through the Spokane Parks and Recreation Department, Fourth Floor, City Hall, 808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd., Spokane 99201-3317.
The league play will be at Mission Park Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from June 20 through July 20. At a cost of $26, youngsters ages 8-12 will play from 9-10 a.m., and for $39 youngsters ages 13-17 will play from 10-11:30 a.m.
To keep fees low, the league is partially subsidized by the Spokane chapter of the NJTL.
Included in the cost will be a T-shirt, and use of a racquet for those who don’t have one.
Sponsored by the U.S. Tennis Association and founded by the late Arthur Ashe, the NJTL has a purpose: to introduce youngsters to the lifetime aspects of the sport.
“Each day will utilize a different approach to improve a student’s game while having fun,” said Nessen.
Tuesdays will focus on basic skills, and Wednesdays will offer strategy instruction in competitive situations. Thursdays will complete the week with interteam play matching players of similar ability.
For information call the Parks Department at 625-6200.
Panthers keep improving
Just when you think they can’t get any better, Mead’s distance runners do.
The duo of Micah Davis and Skiy DeTray combined for sizzling times and 36 points last weekend at Star Track XIII in Tacoma.
And the Panthers scored points in a variety of events to win their second straight state championship.
Running times that surpassed what a Mead quartet, including Davis and DeTray, did last year, the pair split state championships while finishing one-two in the 1,600 and 3,200 runs.
DeTray’s times were a sizzling 4:08.51 (first) and 8:58.35 (second) to Davis’s 4:09.15 and 8:58.34.
It was the first time in state history that two runners from the same school dipped under 9 minutes for 3,200 meters.
The Panthers scored in nine events to compile 60 points and give true meaning to the term “team title.”
Curt Bergheim high-jumped 6 feet, 8 inches for third place. Sophomore Beau Chandler threw 184-1 for fourth in the javelin, and the 400 relay team also was fourth in 42.78.
Matt Sturm placed eighth and sixth in the 100 and 200, and Brian Buchanan was seventh in both the shot put and discus.
North Side placers included Shadle’s Oliver Cook, who was seventh in the javelin, and Rogers’ Anthony Gardner, eighth in the triple jump.
Mead’s girls team finished third for its first team track trophy. And the Panthers came with a tenth of a second in the 400 relay of placing second overall.
They finished second behind University in the 400 relay 48.48 to 48.57. Coupled with a second place to Wenatchee in the 1,600 relay, a team they beat in regionals the week before, the Panthers finished with 37 points to U-Hi’s 38.
Panther Allison Beatty threw a personal record 152-7 to win the javelin. Autumn Wood was second in the 300 hurdles at 45.32.
And 3,200 runner Emily Thompson finished sixth in 11:14.8.
Rogers’ Fawn Gray finished sixth in the discus at 119-10 and eighth in the shot put at 38-3 3/4.
In 34 combined boys and girls events, eastern regional state qualifiers won nine championships, finished second or third 22 other times and recorded a total of 77 top-eight places at Star Track XIII.
Seconds for Riverside’s Yonker
A pair of second places by senior hurdler David Yonker highlighted Riverside’s eighth-place finish at the State A Meet in Yakima.
He ran 14.99 and 29.40 to finish behind Cashmere’s Dusty Lane in both races.
Riverside also had third- and fourth-place finishes in the 1,600 relay (3:27.75) and 400 relay (44.10).
Lakeside’s Jason Quimby finished sixth at 51.35 in the open 400 meters.
In the girls meet, Riverside’s Sadie Heilman was fifth in the 100 meter hurdles at 16.35 and teammate Ramona Peterson took eighth at 108-11 in the discus.
The Ram 400 relay team was seventh in 51.51 and Lakeside’s Lindsey McElroy placed sxith at 11:46.65 in the 3,200.
Golfers finish second at state
North Central junior Kyle Kelly and Mead’s boys golf team finished second in the State AAA meet at the Creek at Qualchan.
The golf tournament opened Springfest with all AAA events except track in Spokane.
Kelly rallied for a two-day total of 151, three strokes off the lead. Mead was a distant second, 156-54 behind Bellarmine Prep.
Mead’s girls, led by Britney Holt’s fourth-place finish, placed third.
Lakeside’s Mike O’Leary finished third at 151 in the State A-B event.