A Spokane husband-wife team will represent the state in the Miller Genuine Draft Doubles National Finals bowling competition March 22-24 in Las Vegas.
Kevin and Jamie Nelson averaged 233.75 for eight games to win the Washington qualifier against 40 other couples last weekend at Westside Lanes in Olympia.
“We shot pretty good that day,” said Kevin Nelson. Both he and his wife carry 192 averages in league.
The Nelsons, bowling together for just two years, compiled an 1,870 with handicap to win the state finals by 31 pins. They won $500 and an expense-paid trip to Las Vegas, where first pays $20,000. Last (50th) pays $1,400.
Seven other Spokane teams were in Olympia. Richard and Bob Patshkowski were eighth (1,781) to earn $100.
Idaho had 17 athletes on the Academic All-Big Sky Conference golf and cross country teams for the fall:
Cross country: Frank Bruder, senior; Zach Saul, freshman; Bill Lish, Fr.; Anita Taruscio, sophomore; Brigitta Sera, Fr.; Sharry Olsen, junior; Andrea Jenkins, So.; Elizabeth Mahn, Jr.
Golf: J.T. Jones, Sr.; Neil Schnider, Fr.; Tyler Sullivan, So.; John Twining, Sr.; Mike Wiebe, Jr.; Marcia Bernhardt, Jr.; Elizabeth Carter, Fr.; Darcy Ritz, So.; Jennifer Tesch, Sr.
Whitworth juniors Scott Hansen and Jake Haley were named to the NAIA Academic All-American team this week. Hansen has a 3.97 GPA in history and Haley a 3.54 in math.
Also, sophomore Travis Torco was named to the Columbia Football Association’s Academic Team. He has a 3.63 in sociology.
Bridgeport Wrecking Crew of Spokane finished fifth in the American Flag Football Association national championships last weekend in Las Vegas.
The Spokane team, sponsored by The Fenceman and 5-Mile Heights Pizza, compiled a 5-1 record. After allowing just 13 points in winning its first five games, Bridgeport was ousted 19-13 by Northwest Airlines of Texas after losing all-tournament linebacker Craig Emerson to an injury. NWA wound up third.
Four other Bridgeport players also made the all-tournament team - Reggie Willis, linebacker; Tim Vigil, quarterback; Jared Anderson, wide receiver-safety; and Phil Tyler, running back.
Some of the legendary monster trucks - Bigfoot, Wild Thing and Moving Violation, among them - are slated to thunder into the Arena this weekend for three shows.
Show hours are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $15 VIP, $13, $10 and $8 for children 12 and under.
Jim Sweitzer of Colville won the $1,000 first prize in the annual Gold Rush Fun Run sponsored by the Colville Drifters on Jan. 13. The event at the Little Pend Oreille chain lakes drew 180 snowmobiles.