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Spokane Storm Pop Warner football team had eye-opening experience at first Super Bowl

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It wasn’t the experience they expected. It was, however, a valuable learning experience.

Riding a 32-game winning streak over 2½ seasons and with a third straight Pacific Northwest Regional Division II championship trophy in hand, the Spokane North Storm junior midget football team headed to Orlando, Florida, with high hopes.

In front of the 10-, 11- and 12-year-olds was the 58th Pop Warner Super Bowl at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Disney World, a week-long tournament that began Dec. 6.

Those hopes were dashed early. A 37-8 loss to Loveland, Colorado, sent them into the consolation round of the eight-team division A 39-0 loss to Northeast Arizona ended the dream.

It was, as Storm coach Bryce Kerr acknowledged, an eye-opener.

“It’s a whole other level,” said Kerr, in his sixth year coaching the Storm, of the competition. “With all due respect, we’d never been challenged. We’d been blowing out teams and when we were faced with that, we didn’t know how to react. The kids we faced will be in (college) Division I programs.”

Kerr praised his players, many of whom have been playing together since they were 6 years old, and coaches for “the good old-fashioned hard work” it took to get to the national championships for the first time. “It was an absolute team effort,” he said.

“We expect a lot from our kids, and they expect a lot from themselves,” he said, adding, “Storm football is about building character. The kids are expected to be gentlemen all the time, off the field, in the classroom, on the field. They are not just awesome football players, they are awesome kids as well.”

Loveland finished second, losing the division final 20-16 to Port St. Lucie, Florida.

The Storm players: Austin Reed, Cayden Kerr, Tyson Rogalette, Ethan Dittmer, Chase Becker, Kaz Melzer, Connor Halonen, Landon Haws, Matthew Carney, Luke Orr, James Barber.

Also, Hunter Marler, Zane Melzer, Cameron Crawford, Isaiah Oliver, Thomas Cooper, Kyle Burnett, Chase Jensen, Carter Delp, Jeremiah Smith and Parker Swanson.

The coaches: Kerr, Randy Marler, Rod Melzer, Brian Carney and Lane Lattin. Stacie Dittmer is team manager.

College scene

Micheal Ramos and Matt Bray, a pair of Whitworth seniors and former All-Greater Spokane League standouts, have been named NCAA Division III All-Americans by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

Ramos, a forward from University High, became the first Whitworth men’s soccer player named to the first team. He transferred to Whitworth from Seattle University for his senior season and scored 14 goals with 12 assists in leading the Pirates to a 17-2-3 record and into the third round of the D-III tournament. He was the Northwest Conference Offensive Player of the Year.

Bray, a defender from Ferris and team captain who helped the Pirates produce nine shutouts and a 0.92 goals-allowed average, was named to the second team. He was the NWC Defensive Player of the Year.

They bring to eight the number of Pirates to earn NSCAA All-America honors.

Matt James, a two-way All-State lineman from Coeur d’Alene High School who redshirted his freshman season at Washington, was the first recipient of the “Ultimate Greenhorn Award” at the Huskies’ annual football banquet.

Inaugurated by first-year coach Chris Petersen and his staff the award recognizes work in the weight room by redshirting players. Points are earned during the year-long competition and James finished on top at season’s end.

Cross country

Barry Britt, a former Idaho distance runner, was named to Canada’s IAAF World Cross Country Championships roster for the 41st World Championships in Guiyang, China, March 28, 2015, and the North America, Central America and Caribbean Cross Country Championships in Barranquilla, Colombia, Feb. 21-22.

 Britt ran for Canada in the same meets in 2011.

Letters of intent

Gonzaga volleyball – Tiyana Hallums, Honolulu, Hawaii; Faith Smith, San Diego, California.

Idaho volleyball – DeVonne Ryter, Sedona, Arizona; Natalie Jensen, Bellarmine Prep (Tacoma); Paige Rupiper, Phoenix, Arizona; Laine Waters, Tucson, Arizona.

Montana track and field – Olivia Ellis, Lewis and Clark.


Members of the Spokane Junior Rifle Team collected a first, two seconds, a third and a sixth at the 2014 Washington State Indoor International Rifle Championships last month.

In the smallbore (0.22) portion of the shoot, Daniel Enger, 16, of Walla Walla, was first in the C class with a score of 1,122 out of a possible 1,200 and Maliya Hillman, 16, of Lewis and Clark, was third with a 1,097. In D class, Cassidy Wilson, 14, who is home schooled, was sixth with a 1,079. There were 65 smallbore shooters.

In air rifle, Enger was second in A class with a 569 out of 600 and Katie Loudin, 16, of Post Falls, was second in D class with a 560. There were 70 air rifle shooters.

Other from SJRT who shot both smallbore and air rifle: Mike Cooper, 17, Mt. Spokane; David Wright, 16, home school; Aidan Maddox, 15, Riverpoint Academy; Mary Maystrovich, 15, Northwest Christian; Mason Maystrovich, 13, NWC; Taylor Christian, 12, Horizon Middle School; Katie McAdam, 13, home school; Nathan Sanders, 15, Shadle Park; and Hannah Freund, 12, Glover Middle School.

Madison Clark, 17, Genesis Prep of Post Falls, shot air rifle.


Four members of the Spokane Area Volleyball Referees Association were selected to work the NCAA Division I Championships, two of them, Margie Ray and Dale Goodwin, are among 64 referees in the national rotation, and Ben Goodwin and Juli Jones are among 64 line judges.

All worked first-round matches last weekend in Seattle and Dale Goodwin and Jones also worked the second round. Because of an NCAA rule that prevents family members from working the same match, Ben Goodwin, a Ferris graduate and the youngest line judge in the D-I tournament, was unable to work the match with his dad the referee.

Ben Goodwin and Jones (a former Eastern Washington volleyball star as Juli Argotow), two of 16 line judges still in the tournament, worked Friday’s third-round matches and Saturday’s regional final.

Officials for the NCAA semifinals and final next weekend in Oklahoma City will be selected from the officials working at the four regional sites.

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