Shelly Bartlett of Spokane, senior captain of the University of Nebraska women’s gymnastics team, is headed for the Midwest Regionals next week in Salt Lake City as the Big 12 all-around champion.
The University High School graduate came up with season bests to win the balance beam and all-around and lead the Cornhuskers to the team title last weekend in Norman, Okla.
With Nebraska in a tight battle with Oklahoma in the team competition, the Cornhuskers finished on the balance beam. Bartlett’s winning score of 9.925 gave Nebraska the winning edge in that discipline and the Huskers, who also won the vault and uneven bars, edged the Sooners 196.200 to 196.075.
Bartlett’s winning all-around was 39.575. She scored 9.925 on bars, 9.875 on floor exercise and 9.85 in the vault.
The Tri-City Posse, two-time defending Northern Division champions of the Western Professional Baseball League, will hold a two-day tryout April 26-27 at the Posse park in Pasco, 6200 Burden Road. Cost is $50 before April 19, $75 after that.
Info: Jamie Nelson, manager, (509) 547-6773.
Paper Mill Printing, a Spokane County Parks and Recreation team, won last weekend’s Washington Recreation Federation Men’s B State Tournament at Edmonds Community College.
Paper Mill won the championship by forfeit over Martin Trucking when, said coach Jon Heimbigner, the Edmonds-based team used ineligible players.
Prior to that, Papermill defeated Golden Reflection of Lacey 96-94 and Winning Seasons from Tacoma 80-73.
“We found a way to win without our big guys,” said Heimbigner.
Five minutes into the tournament, 6-foot-8 Ben Widman, basketball coach at Deer Park, tore the patellar tendon above his knee.
Keith Humphrey led the team with 40 points in two games. His brother, Jay, University High coach, scored 37 and Glenn Williams, former coach at Lewis and Clark, scored 39. The team also got double-figure efforts from Doug Watson, girls coach at Deer Park, and former Shadle Park star Tom Yearout.
Rick Hoover, 15, a student at University High School, had success in BMX and mountain bike races in Arizona.
At the BMX Winter Nationals in Phoenix, he had two thirds and a fifth in the 15-novice races and was fifth in the open class race. At Chandler, Ariz., in the district BMX race, he finished first in the 15-novice class and third in open. He’ll be in the Lumberjack National in Sumner, Wash., May 1-4.
In the Cactus Cup Nationals mountain bike race in Scottsdale, Ariz., which is the Olympic training series, he took first in the time trial and third in cross country. Next up is the start of the Washington-Idaho-Montana series May 17.
Five University of Idaho women’s basketball players were selected to the Big West Conference winter All-Academic team - Sarah Blakley, sophomore, general studies major; Michelle Greenwood, senior, music/vocal; Kelli Johnson, junior, public communication; Melisa McDaniel, jr., physical education; and Ari Skorpik, sr., business/information systems.
Kurt Heimbigner, a Montana Tech junior from Spokane (University), was named to the Frontier Conference academic all-conference basketball team.
A 3-for-7 week boosted the batting average of Todd Kinley, a senior outfielder at Wheaton College from Spokane (Lewis and Clark), to .350. That’s second on the baseball team. He has one triple and one RBI for the 3-5 Crusaders from Wheaton, Ill.
Former North Idaho College wrestler Ted Hill, a senior at Montana State-Northern, has received NAIA All-America Scholar Athlete honors. Hill, a Missoula native, has a 3.71 grade-point average in social sciences.
Former Coeur d’Alene High star Johnna Evans, a junior gymnast at Boise State, was named to the academic All-Big West team. Evans is majoring in biology and environmental studies.
Jeff Hollenbach of Spokane (University), a freshman at the U.S. Naval Academy, won the shot put at 48 feet, 7-1/4 inches as the Midshipmen won a season-opening meet at San Diego.
Sundance Golf Course has announced that it is open for the season. All greens are permanent.
Six members of the Spokane Braves have been named to the Washington/ Alaska youth hockey team that will play in the Chicago Showcase Tournament April 17-20.
Selected were Craig Grote, Jonathan Braun and D.J. Brough, defensemen; Adrian Wong, center; Norm Lochten, left wing; and Patrick Heinz, right wing.
Tony Yaniro, a world-famous climber and route-setter from Bend, Ore., will set the routes for the second annual Vertical Festival Indoor Regional climbing competition Saturday at Wild Walls.
Yaniro, an active climber since 1971, has been setting routes for six years and is certified to set routes internationally.
Entry forms are available at Wild Walls, 202 W. Second. Registrations will be taken up to the morning of the competition. Info: (509) 455-9596.
Two Spokane youngsters turned in personal-best times to lead two local teams at the Speedo Junior National Championship West meet in College Station, Texas, last weekend.
Clay Miller, 16, a sophomore at Mead High School who swims for the Spokane Waves Aquatic Association, attained a 1997 national age-group top-16 time in the 200 butterfly time trial, 1:53.98. He also swam the 400 individual medley and was 32nd out of 55 swimmers in 4:07.20.
Emily Brandenburg, 17, also Mead, who swims for the Spokane Area Swim Team, made the bonus final in the 100 breaststroke and finished sixth in 1:06.24, making her 22nd overall in a field of 75.
Track and field
Spokane Falls Community College will once again be the site of a summer all-comers series June 5-July 17. Thursday meets are open to all ages and abilities. Field events begin at 5:30 p.m., running at 6. Cost is $2. Info: Larry Beatty, (509) 533-7349.
Bret Taylor, an assistant at College of Southern Idaho last season, is a new assistant on the Gonzaga University women’s volleyball team, head coach Eva Windlin-Jansen announced.
Taylor, who helped CSI to the national junior-college championship with a 60-0 record, coached at North Idaho College for 10 years prior to coaching for CSI.
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