Coeur d’Alene teams won Idaho State Little League baseball championships in 11- and 12-year-old divisions last weekend in Eagle, Idaho.
The 11U team ended its season by sweeping a best-of-three series from Southwest Ada of Boise in two games, 12-2 and 7-3.
The 12U team is advancing to the Northwest Regional tournament Aug. 5-11 in San Bernardino, California, after taking two of three from West Valley of Eagle. CdA won the rubber game 9-3 thanks to a seven-run second inning after the teams split the first two games, CdA winning 6-5 and WV 12-2.
CdA had swept Hayden 3-2 and 7-2 in a best-of-three series for the District 1 championship.
In its first regional since 2013, Coeur d’Alene will face the Washington champion, which will be determined this weekend, on Aug. 5 in the opening round. Alaska, Montana, Oregon and Wyoming also will have teams in the tournament. The winner advances to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.
Spokane’s entry in the Washington 12U state tournament, Riverview from Spokane Valley, defeated Bainbridge Island 11-10 in its first game, but then lost 10-0 to Sammamish in the winners’ bracket and was eliminated 11-1 by Northeast Seattle.
Al K. Jackson Field at Shadle Park and Gonzaga Prep will be the sites as Spokane plays host to the State AA Legion championships today through Thursday.
Games in the double-elimination tournament begin at 9 a.m. at G-Prep and 10 a.m. at Jackson. The tournament runs daily with the championship game in the season-ending tournament for AA teams on Thursday at 2 p.m. at Jackson.
Five area teams are in the 16-team tournament – Mt. Spokane Wild, Gonzaga Prep Bullpups, North Central Indians, University Titans and Pullman Posse.
Eight area high school wrestlers returned last weekend from a 34-hour round trip drive to Fargo, North Dakota, for the U.S. Marine Corps Cadet & Junior Greco-Roman and Freestyle National Championships.
The group captured three gold medals for national championships; one silver medal for a second place; one bronze medal for a third place; and 10 All-America awards for top-eight finishes.
Ridge Lovett, who will be a senior at Post Falls, collected a third straight national Junior Greco championship, this one at 132 pounds, and added a silver at that weight in Junior Freestyle.
Braxton Mikesell, who will be a junior at Central Valley, won the Cadet Greco national championship at 220 and finished third at that weight in Cadet Freestyle, where he had earned an All-America honor in 2017.
Kenndyl Mobley, who will be a freshman at North Central, won the Cadet Greco national championship at 100.
Also in Cadet Greco, Chase Randall, who will be a junior at Mead, was third at 113 in the event in which he was an All-American in 2017, and Kaden Krouse, who’ll be a sophomore at Chewelah, was seventh at 170.
Rylan Rogers from Clarkston, who has received a scholarship to Blair Academy, a highly regarded college and wrestling prep school in New Jersey, was sixth at 152 in Cadet Freestyle.
In Junior Greco, John Knight of Colville was fourth at 182 and Chase Tebbetts of Mead was seventh at 126. Both will be seniors.
The Eastside kids helped Washington place second, producing 21 All-America honors, six national finalists and five national champions, its highest finish in the Cadet Greco and Junior Greco state team competition.
Isaiah Whitman of Mead cleared 13 feet, 6 inches for a 1-foot advantage over his nearest competitors in the men’s division of the first all-comers pole vault meet of the summer last week at Mead High School.
Evan Childers of Mead and Nate Pergl of Lakeside (Nine Mile Falls) both cleared 12-6. Jaden Bombino of Mead went 12-0 and Elliott Hammond of Mead 11-6.
In the women’s division, Liz Proudy of Eastern Washington went 12-0 to the 11-6 of Erin Clark of Eastern and Hana Hill of Lakeside.
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