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Consultant says new sports complex would be successful, but county wants Spokane Valley to commit support

It felt like everyone wanted to play, but no one brought a ball or money for snacks after the game on Tuesday, as representatives from government, education and sports organizations listened to consultants discuss a study on the feasibility of a proposed multiuse sports complex at the HUB Sports Center and improvements to Plantes Ferry Park. Consultant Bill Krueger, a principal with Conventions, Sports and Leisure, told the group that there’s a documented need for the new and expanded sports facilities.

Capital campaign underway to keep HUB open for years to come

Phil Champlin calls it a hidden gem. If you’re driving along Interstate 90 near Barker Road in Liberty Lake, you have to crane your neck to see where the HUB Sports Center is located. The view of the building is mostly covered up by a recreational camper business on a road that fronts the freeway.

Bubble Ball at the HUB

The HUB Sports Center hosted a Bubble Ball Jam event, Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014, where people, encased in a blow- up clear plastic bubble, played a game of soccer while bouncing off each other. Fun was had by all.

Don’t Miss: Event emphasizes fun for fathers and sons

Dads and Dudes night Saturday at the HUB Sports Center is as simple as it sounds, said Phil Champlin, the center’s executive director. “It’s a fun night for fathers and sons to come and have a good time together and make some good memories,” he said.

Futsal helps soccer players stay sharp during the winter

You may not have heard of it, but kids in Spokane Valley are lining up to play it. Futsal has been around since the 1930s. Invented in Brazil and Uruguay as a solution for a lack of soccer fields, it’s becoming a way to train for soccer during the winter months for many kids.

HUB Sports Center creates corn maze

The HUB Sports Center is known for offering basketball, volleyball, soccer and exercise classes. This fall, they are offering a corn maze for the first time. Executive Director Phil Champlin said someone suggested the idea to him earlier this year.

Major table tennis tournament to Spokane

Don’t tell Lisa Hagel or her son Cody that table tennis isn’t a real sport. The hundreds of dollars they’ve invested in supplies, endless travel across the country and thousands of hours of training speak for themselves. Cody’s paddle alone cost more than $500 – there’s a science to the right combination of wooden core, rubber and glue, said Lisa Hagel, manager of Spokane Table Tennis.

HUB opens corn maze; one trail will be haunted

The HUB Sports Center Corn Maze in Liberty Lake is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 27. The maze is open Fridays from 5 to 8 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. In October, the maze will stay open until 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

A HUB for after-school fun

A group of middle-schoolers bounded through the doors of the HUB Sports Center after school Tuesday. They were laughing and joking and full of energy, but most of all, they were excited for their afternoon activities. “We love dodgeball,” said Landon Strawn, a sixth-grader. “Dodgeball is the best.”

HUB of activity again

Two years ago, the HUB Sports Center, 19619 E. Cataldo Road, almost closed its doors. The building was for sale and executive director Phil Champlin was booking activities on a month-to-month basis. Since then, the HUB has turned things around. Champlin said they are now operating in the black and have taken the building off the market.

HUB is humming now

A year ago, things weren’t looking good for the HUB Sports Center, 19619 E. Cataldo Ave., in Liberty Lake. Business had been slow for the nonprofit and the board of directors had voted to recommend to the building’s owners that they put it up for sale.