September 9, 2012 in Sports

Messer of Team St. Luke’s sets record at Paralympics

From Local And Wire Reports

Kristen Messer, one of four members of Team St. Luke’s from Spokane competing in the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, set a world record in a 100-meter event last week.

Messer, 25, set her mark in the T34 classification during a combined race with a time of 21.59 seconds. She placed sixth.

“It means so much,” Messer told US Paralympics. “Even though they combine classes and I might not make it on the medal stand, to me this (world record) is a medal because I’m the best in my class.”

Austin Pruitt, who celebrated his 18th birthday in London, was fifth in the T34 men’s 200 final in 30.55.

Amberlynn Weber, 18, competed in what were described as “extremely competitive” heats in the T54 400 (1:02.28) and 800 (2:07.99) but did not advance to the finals.

Classes 31-38 are for athletes with cerebral palsy, with 31-34 using a wheelchair for track events. Classes 51-58 cover wheelchair racers.


A.J. Proszek from Chewelah, who played two years at Spokane Falls Community College, has returned to his alma mater as pitching coach, Community Colleges of Spokane announced.

Proszek went on to pitch two years at Gonzaga University, followed by three seasons in the San Francisco Giants’ minor league system after being a 38th-round selection.


Rosetta Adzasu, who played two years at Washington State, leading the Cougars women in assists each of the last two seasons, has signed a professional contract with the Kerava Energia in Finland.

In 62 games at WSU, the 5-foot-5 guard had 382 points, 171 rebounds, 194 assists and 125 steals.


The second annual Big Bike Adventure this weekend will raise money for the Boys & Girls Club of Kootenai County and attempt to set a Guinness World Record for distance covered in a 24-hour period over a paved course.

Officials said 10 riders will attempt to complete 625 miles on the ¼-mile oval at State Line Speedway that starts at 9 a.m. Friday.

Last year, four cyclists raised $52,000, riding 500 miles in four days from Coeur d’Alene to Jasper National Park.

College scene

Tanner Robb (Central Valley), a senior at Lander University in Greenwood, S.C., has been selected captain of the men’s golf team.

During his junior season, Robb was selected a Division II Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar and made the Peach Belt Conference Presidential Honor Roll as a Gold Scholar with a GPA of 3.75 to 4.0.

Josh Straughan (Colton), a freshman quarterback on the Stillman College football team in Dayton, Ohio, made an impressive debut last weekend.

Straughan entered the game during the fourth quarter with Stillman trailing Central State 20-7 and directed three scoring drives, passing for 143 yards and two touchdowns as Stillman won 28-27. Straughan was named a top-10 national player of the week.


The Spokane Shadow boys 00-A team won the 2012 Les Schwab Northwest Cup last month, outscoring four opponents 33-1.

The players:   Sam Fix, Noah Dreves, Cameron Weller, Jaymon Manzi, Noah Schorzman, Sterling Eaglin, Eli ArmstrongBack:  Camden VerStrate, Tyler Timperman, Nick Drynan, Zach Mattson, Jacob Dolezel, Noah Drynan, Caden Martin, Drew Ewert, Isaiah Hutton, Andreas Wilson. The coach is Niko Varlamos.


Two Coeur d’Alene teams, Snap Fitness and The Rock, had the best records among seven area teams in the Amateur Softball Association Men’s Western C Slowpitch Championships Labor Day weekend at the Merkel Sports Complex. Both had 2-2 records.

Doghouse and Wapiti Aerial Services, both of Spokane, and O’Shay’s of Coeur d’Alene each went 1-2. Garden Lounge of Moscow, Idaho, and Souvenirs of Spokane were each 0-2.

Classic Glass from Sacramento, Calif., won the 19-team event.


Scott Cameron, a volunteer assistant at Michigan last year, has been named an assistant coach at Idaho, head coach Mark Sowa announced. Cameron coached 21 athletes who competed at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials and several Olympians.

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