Sister Madonna Buder of Spokane will take an unbeaten 1996 record into the Ironman Triathlon World Championship on Oct. 26 on the Big Island of Hawaii.
Most recently she won her age group (65-70) in world-championship events in Cleveland (a .9-mile swim, 25-mile bike ride and 6.2-mile run) and Muncie, Ind. The latter was the long-course championship that included a 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike and 13.1-mile run.
Sister Buder, who has engaged in 12 triathlons and three duathlons this year, holds two age-group records in the Ironman. She’s a four-time age-group champion there and has been ranked No. 1 in her age group by the U.S. triathlon association the last six years.
“Last year I beat all the men in my age group (in Hawaii) as well as in the age group I just graduated from,” she said. “I’ve become the woman men most like to beat.”
Whitworth College will have its annual fall alumni game Oct. 12. All former Pirates players are welcome. There will also be a home run contest and barbecue.
Info: Whitworth baseball office, 466-1000, ext. 4394.
The Spokane Heat, which will host the U.S. Amateur Baseball Association’s 17U World Series on Aug. 8-17, 1997, will stage a fund-raising auction and dinner Nov. 30 at the Ridpath Hotel grand ballroom.
Cost is $50, which includes dinner, some special amenities at the auction and a pass to the World Series games. There will be both silent and live auctions.
Info: Jacqueline Sandberg, (509) 328-2710.
There are two weekly skill-type programs for boys in the Spokane area beginning next month.
Morrie’s Basketball Workout for boys entering grades 5-12 runs Sundays from 2-5 p.m. at Mead High School. Cost is $8 per session or $25 per month. Info: John Morrison, (509) 468-4791.
The Greater Spokane School of Basketball, for boys in grades K-12, begins Oct. 6 and runs Sundays from 10:35 a.m.-6 p.m. at University High School. Cost is $35 a month for grades K-3 and $50 a month for 4-12. Program features area high school and college coaches. Info: (509) 927-3932.
Chris Peterson of Spokane (St. George’s), a sophomore on the Middlebury College women’s soccer team in Middlebury, Vt., scored her first collegiate goal in a 3-1 loss to Bates last week.
The University of Oregon men’s cross country team has a definite local look. Among the Ducks’ top runners are four Mead High School graduates - Matt and Micah Davis, Rob Abrey and Greg James. All, incidentally, are roommates.
Louisa Lakos of Spokane (Lewis and Clark), a junior first-year player at Oregon, not only has won herself a spot in the starting lineup for the Ducks’ women’s soccer team, but scored her first goal against Cal State Northridge. She’s a midfielder.
Michael Sisak saved the first hole-in-one of his amateur golf career until it mattered.
Sisak, a staff sergeant at Fairchild Air Force Base, knocked his 8-iron tee shot into the cup Wednesday on the 154-yard, par-3 13th hole at The Fairways Golf Course and won a new pickup truck for his efforts.
Sistak’s ace came during a Fairchildsponsored tournament honoring the 50th anniversary of the base’s existence. The hole-in-one prize, sponsored by Bonanza Ford, was a Ford Ranger pickup, valued at $10,800, according to a Fairchild spokesperson.
Steve Phillabaum of Spokane won the .22 and .45 competition at the Washington State Outdoor Pistol Championships last month in Tacoma, but was edged by Scott Lorenz of Lynnwood for the overall state title.
Other members of the Spokane Rifle Club and their placings: Dennis Schmauch, Spokane, first master class; Bill Campbell, Colville, third master class; Eric Schaffer, Spokane, third expert class; Charles Deilke, Spokane, second sharpshooter class; John Van Hersett, Spokane, fourth marksman class.
Campbell, Schmauch, Schaffer and Phillabaum shot the Spokane Rifle Club to team titles in .22 center fire and .45.
John Lucas, the world’s foremost historian on the modern Olympic Games, will speak at Whitworth College Monday at 11:15 a.m. in Cowles Auditorium. Lucas, who has written five books and more than 200 articles about the Olympics, is a retired Penn State professor. Whitworth athletic director Scott McQuilkin studied under Lucas at Penn State.
Info: Whitworth athletics, 466-3235.
Two members of the Spokane Rugby Team successfully completed coaching certification through the United States Rugby Football Union and Rugby Imports.
Stan Walthall, an eight-year veteran of Spokane rugby, earned Level II coaching certification during the 16-hour program in Tacoma. George Foster, a seven-year veteran, completed the Level I coaching clinic.
The Spokane Storm girls fastpitch team is reorganizing to compete at the 12U level in 1997. Tryouts will be held today and Oct. 6.
Info: Gary Blake, 328-1921.
The Washington State women’s team will begin its Little Spikers program Oct. 5 in Bohler Gym for children ages 5-10.
The Little Spikers is a series of 1-hour participation clinics from 10-11 a.m. on the five Saturdays the Cougars play at home - Oct. 5, 19 and 26 and Nov. 9 and 23. Cost is $20 and includes the five clinics, a T-shirt and admission to the WSU matches.
Info: WSU volleyball office, (509) 335-0277.
The public is invited to participate in three events to benefit Community Colleges of Spokane soccer coach Cor van der Meer and his wife, Sandy, who lost their home in the Aug. 11 West Plains wildfire. The events, hosted by Community Colleges of Spokane, include a hands-on work day today, a benefit auction and barbecue Oct. 1, and a five-a-side soccer tournament Nov. 2.
The barbecue will begin at 6 p.m with the auction to follow at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person.
The all-day soccer tournament will be at SFCC and will feature men’s and women’s over-30 and over-40 divisions. The cost is $105 per team.
Van der Meer has coached at the community college for nearly 12 years.
Info: For today’s work session, 533-3630. For auction and barbecue tickets, 533-7230 at SFCC or 533-3630. For soccer tournament, call Karen Mathews at 533-8641 or Diane Jones at 489-5539.
The Washington State Snowmobile Racing Association is holding Grass Drags today west of Highway 2, 15 miles north of Division at the Y. The admission fee is $5 and there are still openings available. Registration is from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. with racing starting at 10 a.m.
This is the fifth of a six-race circuit. The final race will be on Oct. 6, in Waterville, Wash.
Snowmobile Performance, Inc. from Spokane, is the only team from Eastern Washington competing in the circuit.
Classes are stock, improved stock, Pro stock, modified, ladies, juniors and Trail stock. Ages range from juniors (16-under) to adults. For more information call (509) 447-5419.