The Western Washington University men's club rugby team won the Northwest Collegiate Championship 38-14 over Eastern Washington on Saturday, April 13, at Magnuson Park in Seattle.
EWU led early but WWU took over, leading at halftime 14-7. The Vikings then had a 4-1 trys advantage in the second half.
WWU team captain Matt Jensen, Matt Tiscornia, Kevin Kinloch, Nathan Muir, Gio Trujillo, Jon Kaimmer and Hayden Malan all had trys for the Vikings. Quinton Williams kicked four conversions on six attempts.
The victory qualifies WWU for the United States Collegiate Sweet 16s, which will be April 27-28 in Austin, Texas.
"The players have exceeded all expectations this season," said Paul Horne, Western's director of rugby, in a press release. "Reaching the Sweet 16 is very exciting and the team is deserving and worthy of qualifying for this national tournament."
The team is now trying to figure out how to raise funds for the trip to Texas, estimating that it could cost around $18,000 to attend. Donations can be made at www.wwurugby.org/donate.
For more information on the team contact Horne at firstname.lastname@example.org.
LARSEN RECOGNIZES WWU HOCKEY FOR TITLE
U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen, D., recognized the Western Washington University club hockey team's defense of their national title Tuesday, April 17, at a Washington House Of Representatives session.
WWU (23-8) defeated Le Moyne College 2-1 in overtime in the National Association of Intercollegiate Hockey Championship on March 17.
"Under the leadership of Head Coach John Dougan, the Vikings had a regular season record of 23 wins, four ties, four losses and a four-and-one record in the tournament," Larsen said. "Western showed great heart and perseverance. After losing the first game of the tournament, they fought their way to the national championship."
COMMUNITY BOATING CENTER RE-OPENS
The Community Boating Center will re-open for the 2013 boating season on Saturday, May 4. The CBC is at 555 Harris Ave., adjacent to the Port of Bellingham's Fairhaven boat launch.
The Center offers public rentals of sea kayaks, sit-on-top kayaks, stand-up paddleboards and small sailboats.
The Center will be open for rentals on weekends from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. until mid-June when operations will expand to include weekdays. Season passes are available.
The Community Boating Center is a local, nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization that provides cold-water safety education, boating instruction and summer youth camps. Fees from boat rentals support the CBC's public service mission. Information about classes, camps, rentals and storage is available at www.boatingcenter.org.
TRIATHLON HITS SAN JUAN ISLAND IN JUNE
The Three Lakes Triathlon is set for Saturday, June 22, at Lakedale Resort in Friday Harbor on San Juan Island.
The race offers three options for participants:
? Triathlon- Olympic: .93 miles swim, 25 mile bike and 10K (6.2 mile) run
? Triathlon-Olympic-Relay Team: .93 miles swim, 25 mile bike and 10K (6.2 mile) run Triathlon Sprint- .5 mile swim, 12 mile bike and 5K (3.1 mile) run
? Triathlon-Sprint-Relay Team: 5 mile swim, 12 mile bike and 5K (3.1 mile) run
The Schedule for June 22 is as follows:
? 8 a.m.: Mandatory pre-race meeting and packet pick-up
? 9 a.m.: Race starts
? 1:30 p.m.: Awards announcement
? 4-6 p.m.: Post race BBQ
For more information, go to http://www.lakedale.com/three-lakes-triathlon.php.
MAZUR ACES HOLE AT RASPBERRY RIDGE
Ray Mazur of Bellingham had his first hole in one on the 135 yard, No. 3 hole at Rasperry Ridge Golf Course.
Mazur, who has been golfing for 15 years, used an 8 iron on the shot. John Juker witnessed the shot.