July 7, 1996 in Sports

Former Mead Soccer Standout Doubles Pleasure At Regionals

From Staff Reports
 

Kim Stiles of Spokane is headed to the U.S. Soccer Festival and the National Amateur soccer championships, all because of her performance in the U.S. Amateur Soccer Association Western Regional Tournament in Salt Lake City.

Stiles, the former Mead High standout, who is a sophomore midfielder at the University of Portland, scored the winning goal for the Oregon state team in its 2-1 victory over Southern California in the Western Regional championship game.

That earned Oregon a spot in the National Amateur championships in December.

Stiles was one of 16 women from 12 western states selected for the West team that will compete in the U.S. Soccer Festival ‘96 in San Antonio, Texas, Aug. 4-10. Three other regional teams and a combination team comprised of U.S. National and U.S. Olympic pool players also will be in the Festival.

Awards

Former Coeur d’Alene High track and field coach Gary “Big Dad” Rasmussen will receive a Distinguished Service Award for District I from the Idaho High School Activities Association at a banquet in Boise Aug. 7.

Rasmussen retired from teaching last year.

Moscow’s Jennifer Barrett, American Falls’ Robert Brulotte and Boise’s Jerry Evans will be inducted into the IHSAA Hall of Fame.

Basketball

Kris Hampton of Wallace, who played last season at Community Colleges of Spokane, has signed a letter of intent to play at Concordia University in Portland.

Hampton, a 6-foot-7 forward, averaged 12 points and eight rebounds per game last season for the Sasquatch. He has a 3.0 grade-point average in business. He’ll join 1994 Ferris grad Chris Swallom on the Concordia team.

College scene

Jeff Rinck of Spokane (Mead) has been named Cornell College’s male freshman athlete of the year. He was also named the top rookie on the Mount Vernon, Iowa, school’s baseball team.

Rinck, a pitcher/outfielder, appeared in 24 games for the 9-17 Rams, leading the team in hits (27), RBIs (24) and triples (six) while batting .360. He tied for the doubles lead with three. His triples average of .25 per game was tops in the nation for NCAA Division III schools.

As a pitcher, his 2.30 ERA in 27 innings led the team. He had 19 strikeouts. Tendinitis limited his pitching.

In-line hockey

The newly formed Coeur d’Alene Roller Hockey Association’s summer leagues for youths and adults begin soon. Registration forms are at the Coeur d’Alene recreation office, Great Escape and Zero Gravity Sports.

Games will be played on Thursday nights and Saturday mornings at the city’s skate park.

Cost is $35 for youths 16 and under, and $40 for adults.

Info: (208) 667-1342 or (208) 762-9081.

Mountain biking

Schweitzer Mountain outside of Sandpoint will be the site of the 11th NORBA American Mountain Bike Challenge race in a 13-event western series Aug. 16-18.

Race organizers Gino Lisiecki and Wendy Zupan of Spokane expect between 800 and 1,000 riders from throughout the country, including possibly some from the National Championship Series.

The AMBC is a new series that complements NORBA’s NCS, designed to serve as a developmental circuit for beginner through expert mountain bike riders. Events include a downhill, dual slalom and cross country.

Info: (509) 533-9354.

Area riders can participate in the fifth annual Jimmie Heuga’s Toyota Mountain Bike Express fundraiser July 20 at Lookout Pass on the Idaho-Montana border.

Three-person teams, which must include at least one female, will compete in a 3-hour relay race on back-country roads and trails. Minimum entry fee is $300 per team. Winners will be determined by a combination of their time and funds raised. The winning team advances to the national finals in Vail, Colo., Sept. 26-29.

Info: Mary Deming, (208) 667-6226.

Triathlon

Entries are being accepted for the Coeur d’Alene Triathlon and Youth Triathlon. Both events are Aug. 11. Entries can be picked up at The Spokesman-Review office in Coeur d’Alene, and most area sporting goods stores, bike shops and athletic clubs.

The 13th annual triathlon begins at the North Idaho College beach with a 1.5-kilometer swim, followed by a 40K bike ride and concluding 10K run.

There’s a mandatory meeting at 4 p.m. Aug. 10 at the NIC Arboretum.

Info: (208) 667-3589.

The youth triathlon for ages 7-9 is a 100-yard swim, 4-mile bike and half-mile run. Competitors ages 10-14 swim 200 yards, bike 6 miles and run 1.5 miles.

Info: (208) 765-7128 or (208) 667-3046.

, DataTimes

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