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Spokane Lifter Top American Finisher In Her Weight Class

Linda Harding of Spokane was the top U.S. finisher in her weight class, claiming 11th in the World Masters Power Lifting Championships last weekend in Denmark.

“I was happy,” said Harding, 45, who had won regional and national titles in the 114-148-pound weight division to qualify for the world event. “It was fun and a good experience. I learned a lot over there.”

Harding had a lift total of 325 kilos from her 303-pound dead lift, 160-pound bench press and 255-pound squat.

She said the 22-hour trip, 8-hour time difference and pressure of the competition resulted “in a lot of stress. I don’t think I ever did acclimate.”

A second Spokane lifter, Nancy Strehlau, 47, failed to complete any of her three lifts in the bench press and was disqualified.


The University of Idaho will put on a men’s basketball coaching clinic Saturday at Memorial Gym. Vandals coach Joe Cravens and his staff, Washington State coach Kevin Eastman and North Idaho College coach Rollie Williams will be the clinicians.

The day starts with registration at 7 a.m. Eastman kicks off the clinic at 8. After lunch, the Vandals men’s team will practice.

Cost is $35 before Wednesday, $40 at the door. Special lodging rates are available at the University Inn Best Western in Moscow. Info: Jay McMillin, (208) 885-0262.

College scene

Colin Charbonneau of Spokane (St. George’s) is a sophomore midfielder on the Franklin & Marshall men’s soccer team in Lancaster, Pa.


Basketball and wrestling officials begin training for their winter seasons Monday. Here’s the lineup:

Inland Empire Basketball Officials Association, 6 p.m., North Central High School cafeteria. IEBOA works area junior high and high school boys leagues and rec leagues. Info: Al Robinson, 448-3919.

Girls basketball officials association, 6:30 p.m., Lewis and Clark High School. Also meets Oct. 23, 5:45, at LC. Group works area junior high and high school girls leagues. Info: Dan Mencke, 747-6289.

Mandatory rules interpretation clinic and registration for wrestling officials, 7 p.m., Central Valley High School. Coaches also invited. Info: Mike Sullivan, 467-6497 (officials); Jay Rydell, 922-6750 (coaches).

Paul Gibbons, a hard-working first-year umpire, received the Presidential Pride award when the Spokane Softball Umpires Association passed out awards.

Other winners: Rookies of the year, Michelle Easterly (adult), Shawn Ramsey, (youth); most improved, Ron Snyder (adult), Ed Azevedo (youth); umpires of the year, Kathleen Burns (adult), Tom Henderson (youth); Bruce Campbell Award for longevity and service to umpiring, Rich Hobson (1995), Jim Wyer (1994).


A public workshop to discuss proposals for the 1996 Pacific halibut fishery will be Wednesday at 7 p.m. in room 172 of the Natural Resources Building in Olympia.

The Pacific Fishery Management Council is to make final decisions on the fishery Oct. 25 at the Holiday Inn near the Portland airport.

Interested persons may make comment at either meeting or by writing the management council at 2130 SW Fifth Ave., Suite 224, Portland, OR 97201.

Proposed changes include: Puget Sound - Manage open halibut fishing days more flexibly based on fish availability. West Port area - Reserve 1,000 pounds of the halibut allocation to the area for fishers who take halibut while targeting other marine fish species. Columbia River - Slightly reduce the halibut allocation to recreational fishers from Washington and Oregon.

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