Mary Ann Bosky of Spokane placed first in the women’s 70-74 age division at the Portland Marathon last Sunday.
Bosky, 70, running the Portland Marathon for the 11th time, timed 5 hours, 38 minutes, 57 seconds.
Torsten Lippoldt of Spokane Valley had the top overall finish for a large contingent of area runners in the 40th annual event, placing 90th overall and 21st in the men’s 30-34 division with a time of 2:59:58.
Other area runners with top-50 finishes in their age divisions (Spokane unless otherwise noted):
Men – Joe Marek, 22nd 25-29, 3:03:25; Garth Merrill, Coeur d’Alene, eighth 45-49, 3:06:49; James Proctor, 12th 45-49, 3:11:19; Rick Dreher, Spokane Valley, 36th 40-44, 3:11:52; Alan Prentiss, 23rd 50-54; Stephen Lewis, 25th 50-54, 3:28:42.
Women – Ashley Garza, Moses Lake, 10th 25-29, 3:16:58; Gretchen Rose Wolf, fourth 35-39, 3:18:54; Jessica Toillion, 23rd 30-34, 3:31:49; Angela Hayes, 23rd, 40-44, 3:33:48; Marcy Wheeler, Ephrata, 12th 45-49, 3:35:51, Jodi McKenzie, 13th 45-49, 3:38:43; Kristen Schlegel, 38th 40-44, 3:42:08; Jennifer Nicholas, Clarkston, 39th 40-44, 3:42:17; Danielle Hess, Pullman, 44th 40-44, 3:44:19; Hannah Joseph, 44th 20-24, 3:51:44; Stacey Mainer, eighth 55-59, 3:54:58.
• Victoria Russell of Spokane led the showing by area runners in the Chicago Marathon last Sunday, placing 25th among the women and fourth in her 35-39 age division with a time of 2:47:30.
Russell’s personal-best time is just a minute and a half off the 2 hours, 46 minutes needed to qualify for the U.S. Olympic Team trials. The family reported her next attempt at meeting the qualifying standard likely will come in Sacramento, Calif., in December.
Other area runners with top-50 age-level finishes (Spokane unless otherwise noted):
Evan Sims, Spokane Valley, 28th men’s 30-34, 2:33:09; Rachel Jaten, eighth women’s 35-39, 2:51:15; Heather Le Friec, 27th women’s 35-39, 3:03:50; Jackie Van Allen, 17th, women’s 45-49, 3:25:42.
The Spokane-based Northwest Blazers Orange girls team won the 30-team elite division of the MSMN NCAA Show Tournament last weekend in Seattle.
It wrapped up the 2011 season for the Blazers, who made it to the finals in all eight tournaments in which they competed, noted coach Steve Klees.
Blazers players in Seattle: Jade Redmon, Brooke Reilly, Kelsey Moos, Karlee Wilson, Dylan Gonzalez, Dakota Gonzalez, Jordan McPhee, Brittany McPhee, Brooke Pahukoa and Brittney Pahukoa.
Blazers teams also finished first, third and fourth in the all-star division.
• A Spokane-area team won the gold medal in the 60+ division at the 25th Huntsman’s World Senior Games in St. George, Utah, which ended Friday.
The team defeated Utah 59-56 in the final and finished the tournament with 52 3-pointers.
Team members: Jack Soliday, Reardan; Tedd Nealey, LaCrosse; Jim McClinton, Spokane; Steve Jones, Oakesdale; Mike Bourn, Oroville; Dan Steward, Chehalis; Dale Soden, Spokane; and Durand Splater, Seattle.
Jesse Covington caught Ryan Gately at the right time to win the Junior Bowers Tour stop at Zeppoz in Pullman last Sunday.
After rolling four straight 200 games, the last three to climb from the No. 4 qualifying spot to the championship game, Gately cooled off while Covington maintained a hot hand to win 234-162. Covington had vaulted from seventh into the top position in the final round of qualifying.
Bry Tillett, who rolled the two highest games of the day, including a 258, finished fifth; Taylor Gamble was fourth; and Colby Savage third.
Charstie Saville had high game for the girls, a 234.
The next JBT is Oct. 23 at River City Lanes in Post Falls.
Bret Kellogg, an Eastern Washington senior from Spokane, was named the British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League Player of the Week after a six-point performance in the Eagles’ opening weekend in their new league.
Kellogg, who formerly played for the Spokane Braves, had four assists and the winning goal in a 6-2 triumph over Thompson Rivers University in the season opener. He added a goal in a 4-3 win over Thompson Rivers the next night.
The fourth-year center is coming off a 28-point campaign during EWU’s final season in the American Collegiate Hockey Association. His career totals heading into the current season include 36 goals and 83 points in 101 games.
• Kaitlen Parsons of University High, a sophomore at Northern Arizona, received the Big Sky Conference Female Golfer of the Week award for a second straight week after shooting 76-72-72 for a 4-over 220 to finish second at the Wyoming Cowgirl Desert Invitatonal. It’s the third weekly honor of her career.
• A couple of sophomore team captains were selected Community Colleges of Spokane Scholar- Athletes of the month for September.
Aaron Gleason from University High, considered a key player and team leader on the soccer team, was the male choice. He has a 3.85 grade-point average.
Coach Kenny Krestian said Gleason “not only brings leadership and passion for the game … he brings the team together.”
Brigitte Lowe from Moscow, Idaho, a leader on and off the court in volleyball, was the female choice. She’s among the Sasquatch leaders in kills and digs and has a 3.66 GPA.
Lowe “has the highest volleyball IQ and is always learning,” coach Jenni Rosselli-Hull said. “I don’t know anyone who hates to lose more than Bridgette.”
With a 4-0-2 record in pool play, the Spokane Shadow girls ’97 U-14 Navy team advanced to the final four in the Northwest Champions League playoffs Dec. 3-4 at Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila, Wash.
The Shadow outscored their opponents 8-1, registering five shutouts, including two in scoreless draws. Their overall record including summer tournaments, Regional Club League and Northwest Champions League is 21-1-3.
Team members: Alea Acosta, Maia Angell, Briegan Bester, Natalie Cabiad, Erica Casey, Alexandra Chambers, Kailey Crawford, Morgan Crosby, Payton Douglass, Tayler Drynan, Holly Hamer, Jaden Howerton, Megan Nilsson, Larkin Russell, Clancine Smith, Melissa Symmes and Kelsey Turnbow. Kara Sharpe is the coach. Tara Chambers is the manager.