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Locally: SSRA U16 members come through at Northwest Cup

Season-long leaders Elyse Burandt and Michael Estrella again led the showing by U16 members of the Spokane Ski Racing Association last weekend in the finals of the Northwest Cup, the premier series for the Pacific Northwest Ski Association division of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association, at Mt. Bachelor in Oregon.

Burandt claimed three bronze medals, with the most impressive a third overall behind a couple of U18 rivals in the ladies slalom. She also was third among U16s in the giant slalom (seventh overall) and third in the super G (11th overall).

Estrella had a couple of seconds among U16s, in the slalom and super G, finishing 10th overall in both, and had a seventh among U16s in the giant slalom (33rd overall).

Other SSRA skiers with top-10 or their best age-group finishes:

Men: Will Gottsch took the move-up award with a third for 1998 U16s in the giant slalom (13th among all U16s); sixth 1998 U16s, slalom; and ninth 1998 U16s, super G; Adrian Markewych, fourth 1998 U16s, giant slalom; fourth 1998 U16s, slalom; 10th 1998 U16s, super G; Kyle Luiten, 10th 1998 U16s, giant slalom; Connor Peck, third 1998 U16s, slalom.

Women: Berkeley Guenzel, eighth 1998 U16s, giant slalom; ninth U16s, super G; Rianne Ellingwood, 10th 1998 U16s, giant slalom; eighth 1998 U16s, slalom; sixth 1998 U16s, super G; and Briley Thompson, 12th 1998 U16s, both slalom and super G.

“It is pretty amazing to hear coaches talking about this U16 team,” SSRA head coach Chuck Holcomb said. “Elyse and Michael have been dominant all season long, along with  Nic Dixon, who is out with an injury. But the first-year U16s are really making an impact as well. Connor Peck … had all of the coaches asking about him.

“It seems like it is a different first-year U16 turning heads each race. This group will realize some incredible success of their own over the next few years,” Holcomb added.


Jan (Harriman) Schuerman of Mead, considered one of the pioneers in women’s track and field at Central Washington University, will be inducted into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame on May 18 in Nicholson Pavilion on the Ellensburg campus. 

Schuerman, from Omak, Wash., became the school’s first female pentathlete and the first to use the high-jump technique known as the “Fosbury Flop.” In addition, she competed in the hurdles, high jump and on Central’s Northwest Conference record-setting 4x100-yard relay team.

She qualified for the 1970 women’s national intercollegiate track and field meet at the University of Illinois when there was only one division and paid her own way, placing eighth in the high jump.

She remains involved in sports and founded the North Side Sports Association for girls in the Mead area.  

College scene

Jimmy Reed, a senior from Lewis and Clark, received the scholar-athlete award for baseball at the University of Central Florida’s annual Swords Awards celebration last week.

Reed, a left-handed relief pitcher, has no record in 30 appearances with 26 strikeouts in 26 2/3 innings in two season since transferring from Skagit Valley. He’s had 10 appearances for the 20-18 Knights this season.

Emily Stralser, a Western Washington junior from Cheney, climbed from sixth to finish third in the heptathlon with 3,191 points in the school’s multievents meet last weekend in Bellingham. She had the fastest 800 time of the two-day event, 2 minutes, 47.13 seconds.

• Two Whitworth Pirates received weekly student-athlete awards from the Northwest Conference for the week of April 8-14.

Emily Guthrie, a senior, was honored in women’s golf after shooting her lowest round of the year, a 2-under-par 70 at Indian Canyon, to earn medalist honors as Whitworth defeated Community Colleges of Spokane in a dual match.

Christina Anderson, a sophomore from Northwest Christian, was selected in women’s track after running 10K in 37 minutes, 48.58 seconds to finish second in the WAR VI meet at Spokane Falls, the third-best time in the event among Northwest Conference runners this season.

Carter Comito, a senior from Mead in track and field, and Jamie Brunner, a sophomore softball player from Chelan, Wash., were selected as the Whitworth men’s and women’s student-athletes of the month for March.

Comito was named the National Athlete of the Week on March 25 by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association following his record performance at the Buc Scoring Invite. Comito tied the Boppell Track record for the discus with a DIII-leading throw of 193 feet, 1 inch. In March, he won eight of nine events in outdoor competition, including defeating 12 Division I opponents at the Stanford Invitational.

Brunner, an infielder, finished March with a .408 batting average. She scored 21 runs, had 29 hits, including four home runs, 27 RBIs and went 4 for 4 in stolen bases. She received a Northwest Conference weekly honor on March 25 after driving in 10 runs against Lewis & Clark.

Letter of intent

Community Colleges of Spokane men’s soccer: Carson Lamphere, Cheney, senior captain who helped Blackhawks to second-place finish in State 2A as a junior.


Michael Bresson, 41, of Spokane, and Lori Burratto, 42, of Spokane Valley, were the top finishers among the roughly 45 with area ties who competed in the 117th running of the Boston Marathon on Monday.

Bresson was the 69th overall finisher, 12th in his age group, timing 2 hours, 28 minutes, 30 seconds. Burratto was 22nd in her age group and the 252nd female finisher in 3:06.37.

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