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Paralympian McClammer competes in England

Team St. Luke’s athlete and 2008 Paralympian Chelsea McClammer of Benton City, Wash., is in Manchester, England, to compete in the Paralympic World Cup that runs through Monday.

McClammer was one of 17 women on the U.S. Paralympic team who competed in Beijing, and at 14 was the youngest female team member. She is one of only nine athletes from the United States chosen for the World Cup.

McClammer was paralyzed after suffering a spinal cord injury in a head-on collision almost eight years ago.

“She pushed herself, and went from getting beat by her teammates to being able to compete with the boys because she was so quick,” said Team St. Luke’s coach Teresa Skinner, one of two U.S. coaching staff members, who accompanied McClammer to England.

College scene

Community Colleges of Spokane had six women and three men named to Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges all-league teams in golf based on their performances during the four league tournaments during the season.

Kelsey Harting (Chewelah), Chelsea Kenner (Post Falls), Darby Moberg (Freeman) and Katie Sorenson (Central Valley) were named to the six-person women’s first team with Alyssa Osterback (Mt. Spokane) and Katie Nelson (Battle Ground, Wash.) on the second.

Kyler Gable (Coeur d’Alene) was on the men’s first team with Taylor Porter (CdA) and Jason Molner (Longview, Wash.) on the second.

Nico Riego de Dios, a men’s tennis player, and Bonnie Berscheid, a women’s track and field athlete, are the Eastern Washington athletics department scholar-athletes for April.

Riego de Dios, who came within one of the school record for singles wins with 17 and helped set a doubles record with 18, has a 3.33 grade-point average.

Berscheid, who won the Big Sky discus title the last two years but missed this year’s championships because of a shoulder injury, has a 3.89 GPA.

Lillian Bourret, who played on the Eastern Washington women’s soccer team and is finishing up her senior year, has been commuting to the West Side since late March to play for the Seattle Synergy, a new team in the Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL).

A midfielder, Bourret will have an especially busy day June 13. She will participate in graduation ceremonies that morning then head to Seattle to play in an afternoon game.

Bourret plans to move to Seattle, her hometown, to complete the season before deciding on long-range plans.


Mikey Ramos of University High has signed a letter of intent with Walla Walla Community College, Warriors assistant coach Max Weber announced.

Ramos led the Greater Spokane League in assists during his junior and senior seasons and was a first-team All-GSL selection as a junior after being named to the second team as a sophomore.


Brittney Page, an All-Big Sky Conference player at Eastern Washington from 2003-06, has been named to the Canadian National Team, Volleyball Canada announced.

She is among 30 players who will train and play in exhibitions and tournaments for Team Canada leading to the NORCECA Championships, Sept. 20-28 in Bayamon, Puerto Rico.

Page, who played for Canada’s junior national team when she was 18, spent the last several years playing professionally in Europe.


Nick Popplewell, a native of Buhl, Idaho, who earned his undergraduate degree from Idaho, has joined the Vandals’ athletic department as its director of marketing, athletics director Rob Spear announced.

Popplewell, who will complete his master’s work at the University of Washington in June, had a significant impact as the department’s interim marketing director the past year, Spear noted.

“We are very fortunate and excited to have Nick join our department on a full-time basis,” Spear said. “His passion, energy and work ethic will create efficiencies and propel our marketing program forward.”

Compiled from staff, wire and news service reports.
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