Locally: Bunker shoots for the top in Archery
For someone who has had a bow and arrow in his hands for roughly just a year, Logan Bunker of Spokane has shot his way into the spotlight.
Bunker, 13, an eighth-grader at Chase Middle School, collected a first and second in USA Archery national indoor championships that wound up earlier this month. USA Archery holds its competitions at 11 sites around the country with the results mailed in and compiled.
Bunker, who shot in Lynnwood, Wash., was first in Cub Compound, in which he was at the top of the age bracket, and second in Junior Olympic Archery Development (JOAD), in which he was among the younger shooters.
A couple of weeks before the USAA competitions, and after only about three weeks practicing indoors, Bunker placed eighth in the National Field Archery Association’s “Vegas-style 3-spot” event in Las Vegas against older shooters.
In the last year, Bunker has won the Northwest Triple Crown and Montana state championships in 3-D shooting and placed 15th in the International Bow Hunters World Championships in Pennsylvania after only shooting a bow for about five months.
• Wesley Wilhelm of Spokane placed 18th in Male Masters 50-plus Recurve at the USA Archery national indoor championships.
It looks like Robbie Winchell saved his best for last.
In his last year of competing on the Junior Bowlers Tour, Winchell collected his first victory last Sunday at Deer Park Lanes in the final tournament of the season, defeating Taylor Gamble 246-178 in the championship match. Winchell averaged 226 for the five-game second round of qualifying to vault from ninth after the first round into second for the five-person finals. Gamble took the top spot, jumping from sixth, by having a 5-0 record in match play in the second qualifying block while averaging 239.
Steven Talbot finished third, Cody Hurley was fourth and Ryan Gately, who started the day averaging 231 for a 1,158 five-game series, was fifth.
Hurley had high game for the boys, a 279, while Shelby Snyder was high for the girls with a 254. Bry Tillett averaged 221 for the day and Turner Robins 220.
The JBT fun tournament is April 7 at Valley Bowl.
Carly Noyes, a Washington State senior from Pullman, received second-team honors on the Pac-12 Conference All-Academic team for women’s basketball. It was the second conference academic honor for Noyes, who has a 3.49 grade-point average in elementary education.
• Kate Nelson, a sophomore from Moscow, Idaho, is the coxswain in the Western Washington varsity four A-boat that helped the Vikings sweep San Diego in a dual meet regatta on Friday on Lake Samish in Bellingham.
Bob Christiansen of Post Falls and Doug Potter of Coeur d’Alene will represent the Washington State Golf Association’s senior men in the eighth PNGA Cup, to be held at Crane Creek Country Club in Boise May 1-3.
Potter was runner-up at the 2012 Golfweek Senior Amateur and qualified for the USGA Senior Amateur, where he made it to the round of 64.
The PNGA Cup is a Ryder Cup-style competition between allied associations belonging to the Pacific Northwest Golf Association (PNGA), including British Columbia Golf, Idaho Golf Association, Oregon Golf Association and Washington State Golf Association.
The Oregon Golf Association successfully defended its PNGA Cup title last season with the win at Gorge Vale Golf Club in Victoria, B.C.
Elyse Burandt of the Spokane Ski Race Association qualified as first alternate for the U16 National Championship Project as a result of her finishes in the Western Region U16 Championships March 20-25 at Alyeska, Alaska.
Burandt took the bronze medal in the women’s super G No. 2 after placing 10th in super G No. 1 and fifth in women’s slalom.
SSRA’s Michael Estrella was second among Pacific Northwest Ski Association competitors and sixth overall in the men’s giant slalom and 12th in men’s super G. SSRA’s Nik Dixon was 25th in giant slalom before suffering an arm injury in super G.
Matthew Duchow from Schweitzer Alpine Racing School was 39th in men’s super G.
• Spokane Ski Racing Association captured the Emerald Empire Youth Ski League team title for the fourth time in six years for competitors U8 through U14. The season-long competition wound up last weekend at Bluewood.
Schweitzer Alpine Racing League was second, followed by 49 Degrees North, Bluewood, Lookout, Team Independents and Silver Mounain.
The top three teams each had individual champions and dominated the top-three finishes.
The top three in each age group:
U8 girls: Alyssa French, 49; Audrey Dale, SSRA; Coryn French, 49.
U8 boys: Nick DeMarco, SARS; Charlie Schafer, SSRA; Philip Du, SARS.
U10 girls: Elizabeth Quesinberry, SSRA; Maya Peck, SSRA; Kinsey Koenig, SARS.
U10 boys: Koy Fruci, SARS; Demitri Panos, SARS; JD Layman, SARS.
U12 girls: Morgan Wohilaib, SARS; Isabell Simpson, SSRA; Amy Farly, SSRA.
U12 boys: Jacob Shurtleff, SSRA; Reilley Anderson, SSRA; Jake Mamola, SSRA.
U14 girls: Chloe Lavelle, SARS; Farli Boden, SARS; Bailey Swoboda, SARS.
U14 boys: Cole McClellan, SSRA; Korbyn Edmondson, SSRA; Hunter Scheidt, SSRA.
Paul Meehan, for the past three seasons the head men’s soccer coach at Corban University in Salem has been hired as an assistant coach at Gonzaga University, men’s coach Einar Thorarinsson announced.
In addition to coaching, Thorarinsson said Meehan will oversee scheduling and recruiting.
Prior to his arrival at Corban, Meehan spent three seasons (2006-08) as Oregon State’s lead assistant. Meehan has also had coaching stints at NCAA Division I members Marshall (1997-98, 2003-06) and Fresno State (1998-99). He grew up in Seattle and played at Western Washington, which was then an NAIA school, from 1980-82. He began his collegiate coaching career at Bellevue Community College.