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Youth sports notebook: CV’s Wardsworth wins hammer title

Central Valley senior Katie Wardsworth won the girls state championship in the hammer at the 13th annual event held recently at Eastern Washington University.

Wardsworth flung the hammer 144 feet, 10 inches. Hannah Frost, a junior from Springdale, was second (134-4) and Siniva Areta from Ferris was third (120-9).

Wardsworth signed a letter of intent Thursday to throw at the University of Idaho.

Andrew Miller from Capital in Olympia won the boys state title with a throw of 197-11. Brock Eager of Tahoma was second (197-7) and Damon Unland of Ferris took third (171-9).

• The Washington State Heptathlon championships were held recently at Lake Stevens High School near Everett.

Ashlee Pedersen of Mt. Spokane took fifth in a field of 36, scoring 4,122 points. She broke a 14-year-old record in the 800 meters, finishing in a time of 2 minutes, 17.65 seconds.

Other local girls who competed included Kendra Hamm (University), Kaitlyn McGlothlen (West Valley) and Hannah Reimann (Central Valley).

In the boys, Cole Jensen of Shadle Park finished seventh. Other local boys who competed included Andrew Morgan (U-Hi) and from Medical Lake Tellas Johnson, Zeb Klemke and Micah Dingfield.

Headed to nationals

Courtney Hutchinson of Mead has accepted an invitation to throw the shot put at the U.S. Junior Nationals on June 20 in Des Moines, Iowa.

Hutchinson, who is headed to throw at Iowa State, qualified for Junior Nationals based on her body of work this spring. If she finishes in the top two, she’ll qualify for the U.S. team to compete in the Pan Am Junior Games in Lima, Peru, later this summer.


Tyler Gallaway, a junior at University, has earned a spot on the Washington National High School rodeo team.

He will compete at the 65th annual National High School Finals Rodeo in team roping July 14-20 in Rock Springs, Wyo.

Gallaway won the Washington state championship in Ellensburg on Memorial Day weekend.


A handful of area youth golfers placed at the 2013 Pacific Northwest Junior PGA championships held recently in Tumwater.

In the boys 16-18 division, Eric Ansett of Spokane took second with rounds of 69 and 72. Derek Bayley of Rathdrum was sixth (76-71) and Tanner Comes of Spokane was 14th (74-76).

In girls 16-18 age group, Sierra Kersten of Spokane finished sixth (75-73). Kelly Hooper of Spokane finished 14th (80-79).

In the girls 13-15 division, Allison Duffin of Hayden, Idaho, tied for fifth (81-81).

• Two days after the Idaho high school state tournament, Bayley flew to Wasilla, Alaska, where he participated in a U.S. Open local qualifier.

Bayley shot 3-over-par 75 and placed second. Only the winner advanced to sectional qualifying.


By winning the recent U.S. Youth Washington state championships, the Spokane Club Shadow U-16 girls team has qualified for the U.S. Youth Region IV (West) championships June 17-23 in Honolulu.