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Team St. Luke’s athletes travel to White House

It was a short turnaround for the four Team St. Luke’s athletes from Spokane who competed in track events and the marathon at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London that ended last Sunday.

Kristen Messer, Austin Pruitt, Susannah Scaroni and Amberlynn Weber arrived home early Tuesday morning and left again Thursday to join other U.S. Paralympic team members at the White House, where a meeting with President Obama was on the agenda.

Scaroni, 21, placed eighth in the marathon on the last day of the Games, her only event, with a time of 1 hour, 58 minutes, 37 seconds.

Messer, 25, did not qualify for the finals in the T34 200-meter race after placing sixth in the 100 with a world record of 21.59 seconds for a class 33 athlete.

Pruitt, 18, did not qualify for the final round in the 100 T34 race after placing fifth in the 200.

Weber, 18, faced stiff competition in her three T54 races – the 100 (18:45), 400 (1:02.28) and 800 (2:07.99) – and didn’t advance to any finals, missing the 100 final by .08 seconds.

But that didn’t deter her.

“Better watch out Rio,” she posted on her Facebook page, alluding to the 2016 Paralympic Games. “I’m coming for ya!”

• Chris Hammer , a former graduate student and assistant cross country/distance coach at Eastern Washington, competed in three events at the Paralympic Games, running nearly 30 miles in the process.

Born without a left hand, Hammer competes in the T46 classification. He placed ninth in the 1,500, timing 4 minutes, 1.76 seconds, after finishing sixth in his qualifying heat. Prior to the Games, Hammer’s time of 3:58.45 was second in the world in his classification.

He finished 10th in the marathon, running a season-best 2 hours, 50 minutes, 30 seconds. He didn’t qualify for the 800 finals, placing ninth in his heat.

College scene

Sam Hill’s first collegiate volleyball season ended just after it started.

The 6-foot-3 All-Greater Spokane League middle hitter from North Central played in the first two matches of the season for Baylor late last month, starting three of the four sets in which she played, but seriously injured a knee in the second match that will require surgery.

She is one of seven freshmen who earned Baylor recognition from as having the 16th-best incoming freshman class in the nation.

In those two matches, both Baylor wins, Hill had three kills in nine attempts with no errors for a .333 hitting percentage.


Aidan Schmidt, 11, and Kannon Katzer, 10, who play for the North Spokane Pop Warner Pee Wee Cougars, have been invited to participate in the seventh annual Offense-Defense Football Camp Bowl Week festivities in Houston in December after being named All-Americans at the organization’s football camp during the summer.

Schmidt, a defensive end/tight end, and Katzer, a running back, will play in the Youth All-American Bowl.


Entry deadline is Monday for the sixth annual North Idaho College Rolly Williams Classic, a four-person scramble that takes place Friday beginning with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. at Avondale Golf Club in Hayden Lake.

Cost is $75 per person, $300 per team and $50 per hole for a sponsorship. Entry includes golf, lunch and an NIC shirt.

Proceeds from the event that honors the former longtime NIC men’s basketball coach benefit the NIC golf program.

Info: (208) 769-3348.


Debi Davis from Nine Mile Falls, who worked her first National Finals Rodeo last year, is a finalist for Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Secretary of the Year.

 “It’s pretty exciting to be in the top five with all the great secretaries out there,” Davis said of the award voted on by her peers, the contestants and rodeo committees. “It’s a great honor.”

 Voting is open until Oct. 15 with the winner announced at the NFR in Las Vegas in December.

 The only other Washington resident up for a year-end award is Randy Corley, from Silverdale, the reigning and 11-time Announcer of the Year.


There will be a meeting for interested new wrestling officials on Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the Round Table Pizza, 1908 W. Francis Ave. in the Five Mile Shopping Center. Food will be provided. 

Anyone interested who cannot make the meeting should contact assigning secretary Rich Tschirgi at spokanewrestling

Preseason training sessions start in October at West Valley High School. The season starts in early November.

Cross country

The 1971 Oregon cross country team, which included Pat Tyson (current Gonzaga coach) and Randy James (North Central teacher) will be inducted into the Oregon Hall of Fame on Friday.

Oregon’s first NCAA champion cross country team included No. 1 runner Steve Prefontaine. James was the No. 2 runner and Tyson, a walk-on, was No. 3.

Oregon lost to WSU in the Pac-8 meet, but came back to win the national title in Knoxville, Tenn., with WSU taking second.