August 15, 2010 in Sports

Mead’s Rogers at Youth Olympics

 

Mead High School’s Jordan Rogers is one of four wrestlers representing the United States at the first Youth Olympic Games, which will continue through Aug. 26 in Singapore.

This is the first Youth Olympic Games, which will bring in young athletes from all over the world to compete in a variety of sports.

Rogers competes in men’s freestyle at 167.5 pounds on Tuesday.

Rogers was a 2010 Cadet Nationals champion in both freestyle and Greco-Roman. Rogers also claimed a 2010 FILA Cadet Nationals title in freestyle. He was a 2009 Cadet Nationals freestyle runner-up and won Schoolboy National titles in both styles in 2008.

Bike racing

After a five-year hiatus, downhill mountain bike racing is set to return to Schweitzer Mountain Resort on Saturday and Sunday.

Riders in the All Gravity Series will plunge down Schweitzer’s “Redemption,” a newly constructed pro downhill trail. The route has a 1,300-foot vertical drop trail featuring rock gardens, step downs, drops and natural jumps.

The All Gravity Series is a USA Cycling sanctioned race series including stops around Eastern Washington and northern Idaho. The race features a pro category, as well as divisions for intermediates and beginners, who will ride easier courses.

Baseball

The Washington State University baseball team will hold its annual alumni weekend Sept. 10-11.

The festivities include a golf tournament at Palouse Ridge Golf Club and a baseball scrimmage at 5 p.m.

For more information, contact Lindsay Weber at (509) 335-0368 or lindsay.weber@wsu.edu.

College scene

Several area athletes at Western Washington University have been named recipients of the 2009-10 Division II Athletics Directors Association Academic Achievement Awards.

Student-athletes must have a grade point average of 3.5 or higher, have completed a minimum of two years (six quarters) of college level work, and been active members of an intercollegiate team during their last academic year.

Leading the local contingent of Vikings is track and field athlete Anthony Zackery (Ferris, 3.93 GPA). Cross country runner Danielle Slaughter (Shadle Park, 3.71) and volleyball player Laurie Yearout (Lewis and Clark, 3.50) also made the list.

Soccer

The University of Idaho hired Niki Brooks as a women’s soccer assistant coach.

Brooks, who played four seasons at Portland State, comes to Idaho from Pacific University (Ore.), where she was an assistant coach for two seasons. Prior to that, she was an assistant at Linfield College for two years.

• The Eastern Washington University soccer team has been picked sixth in the 2010 Big Sky preseason coaches’ poll. Last year, the Eagles were selected eighth in the preseason rankings, but claimed runner-up honors in the regular season with a 4-2-1 conference record.

Northern Arizona, the 2009 BSC Tournament champion, was selected as the favorite for 2010. Sacramento State, Portland State and Weber State round out the top four. The Eagles return five All-BSC players from 2009, including the league’s second-leading goal scorer, Brittany Sparks.

Swimming

Larry Krauser of Spokane won two events at the XIII FINA Masters World Championships held in Göteborg, Sweden, July 29 through Aug. 7. More than 6,500 competitors from around the world took part in the World Championships, which are held every two years.

Krauser, 57, won his age-group 800-meter freestyle (10:02.79) and the 3K Open Water (38:50.7).

He finished second in the 100- (1:00.56) and 200-meter freestyle (2:15.81) and fourth in the 200-meter backstroke (2:43.68).

Cynthia Clutter, 50, of Coeur d’Alene finished 35th in the 100 free, 33rd in the 200 free, 19th in the 800 freestyle, 43rd in the 50 back, and 50th in the 100 breaststroke.

Volleyball

Brianne Brown, who has been a sprinter on the Washington State University track team for the past two seasons, has transferred to Lewis-Clark State College, where she will play for the Warrior volleyball program starting this fall.

Brown, a 5-foot-10 right-side hitter, was an outstanding volleyball and track athlete at Shadle Park High School in 2008. Brown then ran track for the Cougars, specializing in the 200 and 400 meters.

She was the volleyball team MVP her senior year at Shadle Park.


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