Fund-Raiser To Feature Five Title Fights At Franklin Park Field

There’ll be a rumble in Franklin Park on Sept. 28. But not to worry. It’ll be orchestrated. Kind of.

Kickboxing, Muay Thai and Pankranton will be featured on a program they’re calling “Rumble in the Park.” Five championship fights are on the card that will number 10 to 12 bouts and be held at the main softball stadium, Bud Adams Field, beginning at 7 p.m.

Featured fighters will include unbeaten Johnny Munson, fighting for the Pacific Northwest light-heavyweight kickboxing title; Brian Kelly defending his Canadian Pacific Northwest cruiserweight Muay Thai championship; and Chris Bohrnsen trying for the Washington state cruiserweight kickboxing title.

Also, Sarah Schmedding, 19, a Central Valley graduate, will fight for the Pacific Northwest super lightweight women’s kickboxing title.

Spokane Karate Center and Rodeway Inn City Center are co-sponsors. Advance tickets are $12 general admission and $25 ringside. General admission at the gate will be $15. Tickets are available through G&B; Select-a-Seat (325-SEAT), Top Hat (6412 N. Division), Albertini’s (13524 E. Sprague) and Spokane Karate Center (1818 E. Sprague).

Proceeds will benefit Crosswalk and the Spokane Metro Softball Association.

Info: (509) 536-2025 or (509) 534-9633.


Three Spokane area athletes helped the Washington Wranglers compile an 8-1-1 record during a 10-day trip to France and Holland this month.

Ronny Henderson, who’ll be a freshman at Rogers High School, had a 1-1 record as a pitcher with a 2.34 ERA and batted .667 with two home runs and 10 RBIs on the trip.

He slugged both his homers and drove in four runs to help the Wranglers rally from an 8-3 deficit in the championship game of the Apeldoorn (Holland) Youth Tournament for 13-to-16-year-olds. But Kinheim of Haarlem, Holland, came up with a run in the bottom of the seventh to pull out a 9-8 win and earn the title.

Chad Krebs, who’ll also be a freshman at Rogers, batted .300 with two homers and three RBIs, and John Nelson, a sophomore at Priest River, hit .455 with three doubles, one triple, six RBIs and 22 stolen bases.

The team was coached by Pullman grad Scott Knight, former Rosalia coach, now at Stanwood, Wash.

College scene

Ethan Wynecoop of Colbert (Mead High School), a junior at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa, was a first-team All-Midwest Conference pitcher for the South Division this past spring.

In 10 starts, Wynecoop had a 5-4 record with a 3.94 ERA. His 39 strikeouts and 58-2/3 innings led the team, which went 9-17, 4-9 in league play.

Seniors James Noble of Kettle Falls and Mia Caviezel of Spokane (Ferris) are among those counted on as leaders on the University of Montana cross country team.

The Griz men also include juniors Kevin Kneeshaw of Colfax and Brendan Shanahan of Cheney. Besides Caviezel, the women’s team includes freshman Katie Kneeshaw of Colfax.

The Walla Walla Community College football team has 11 players from the Spokane area.

The sophomores: offensive linemen Gunder Gregerson, Central Valley, and Keith Cosseboom, Rogers, and defensive tackle Aaron Vandyken, Lewis and Clark.

The freshmen: quarterback Lance Hattemer, Cheney; free safeties Riley Allen, West Valley, and Sam Holden, Cheney; tailback James Eklund, West Valley; fullback Jason Schumacher, Inchelium; and offensive linemen Bryant Hemphill, Rogers; Andy Hoenike, Gonzaga Prep; and Josh Bingham, Newport.


Dan Koesters, former assistant golf coach at Washington State and currently head men’s coach at the University of Idaho, has been named new head coach for both the men’s and women’s programs at WSU.

Koesters, a 1984 graduate of New Mexico State, replaces Christine Burkhart, who resigned in May. He served three years as an assistant under Burkhart beginning in 1991, then took over the Idaho men’s program in 1994. His Vandals were third in the Big Sky Conference tournament this spring and he was named the league’s coach of the year.

Rock climbing

Cindy Woodbury, 15, of Spokane stole the show, winning the women’s overall title at the Junior Flash Festival and open climb earlier this month at Wild Walls. She came within a few feet of the top.

Matt Stevens, who owns Stoneworks Rock Gym in Beaverton, Ore., climbed all the way to the top to defeat Lief Palmer-Burns, who had been the top overall youth qualifier, in the men’s final.

The event drew 58 climbers, 41 in the Flash Festival.


Bud Gunderson, who has a vast background in the sport in southern California, is the new coach of the Spokane Rugby Club, which is in its 23rd season.

“This is the first time the Spokane Rugby Club will have a full-time coach,” said Dan Whetzel, club president. “We are pleased to have a coach of Gunderson’s experience.”

Gunderson, who has played nearly every position and is a former captain of the L.A. Rugby Club, said, “I love the French style of rugby, which involves a fluid running and kicking game.”

The team practices Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6 p.m. at Underhill Park. Newcomers are welcome.


With work under way on the new six-diamond complex in the Northpointe area, officials of the Spokane Metro Softball Association are calling on area players and fans to leave their mark on the project.

Actually, they want your name - and your financial support.

Personally inscribed bricks, which will be used to form the Founder’s Walk, are for sale through the SMSA office, 1727 E. Francis, Spokane, WA. 99207. Bricks cost $50 and $75. Info: (509) 489-2442.

Leveling of the fields on the 33-acre site at Holland Road and Dakota Street is 60-percent complete. Washington Water Power will soon begin installing the lights, and financing is needed to complete the irrigation system, seeding and fences. Target date is 1997.

Synchronized swimming

The Spokane Silver Mermaids will hold tryouts for girls aged 8-12 on Sept. 9 at 6:15 p.m. at the Shadle Park pool.

Candidates must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the four basic swimming strokes, be able to float, dive and swim under water.

Info: Ann Murphy, coach, (509) 838-4549 (evenings).


Three women from Spokane and four from Seattle combined to earn a spot in the U.S. Tennis Association senior women’s 50-and-over 4.5 national championship tournament next month in Palm Springs, Calif.

The team that includes Nancy Slaughter, Rita Doran and Bert Miller of Spokane compiled a 2-1 record during qualifying at Sunriver, Ore.

The Spokane 4.0 senior women’s team also went 2-1 and missed by one match earning a spot in the nationals.

Spokane’s 5.0 men’s team lost to Tri-Cities in the finals of its qualifier in Portland.


Spokane Youth Sports Association, in conjunction with the Washington Council for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect, is sponsoring a coaches effectiveness training workshop Sept. 12 at 6:30 p.m. at the SYSA Bingo Hall, 2230 E. Sprague.

Dr. Frank Smoll, from the University of Washington, is the featured clinician. It’s open to coaches of all levels and all sports and costs $4.

Coaches will learn everything from motivating athletes, to combating the fear of failure, to dealing with parental pressure to maintaining order and discipline.

Info: Von Graf, (509) 536-1800.

, DataTimes

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