Tesseract opens season

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDSeptember 4, 2013 

The Whatcom Tesseract opened their 2013 cross country season with four team and one individual course record on Saturday.

The Prep Girls, running in the 16-18 division, broke the seven-year-old course record by 3 minutes, 42 seconds while running 1:04.28.

Leading off the team, Rayn Joy Norton set the record for high school girls at Lake Padden with a blistering 14:46. Backing Norton up on the team were Ruby Watson, Lainey Lesh and Mackenzie Roque.

Finishing not too far behind the 16-18 team was the Youth Girls team with another record-breaking time of 1:06:13. The team of Petra Armstrong, Zanna Sullivan, Kristen Garcia, and Quincy Gale broke the 2011 Tesseract record by 86 seconds. A couple minutes later, Rosie Kirker anchored her Tesseract Midget team to a near six minute lowering of the previous record, held by a 2010 Tesseract team, with a 1:09:15. Preceding Kirker were Serena Tyran, Emmie Sullivan and Maria Salomon.

A final record came from a team of the club's parents, breaking the men's 40-49 record with a time of 58:33. Jon Kirker, Alain Salomon, Mike Holz and Peter Oviatt banded together to take down last year's record by 41 seconds.

Tesseract now sets its sights on the long march towards USATF Junior Olympic Nationals in San Antonio, Texas. Last year the 13-14 girls placed fourth in the country and this year the club hopes to send a strong team in that age group as well as a handful of other age groups that have vastly improved in the last year.

YEAGER'S SOFTBALL TEAM HITTING ITS STRIDE

After a slow start, the Yeager's over 65 men's softball team has taken first, second and third place in their last three tournaments.

At the Washington State Senior Games, Yeager's won their first four games only to lose to Ruth Realty (Seattle) in the championship game. Yeager's was awarded second place in the top division.

At the Senior Softball USA Western Nationals in Sacramento, Calif., Yeager's took third place in the Major Division. Yeager's defeated Ruth Realty Ponchos (Ariz.) and the Mustangs (Calif.).

All Stars for Yeager's were Tom Shaw, Bud Turner, and Dave Hare. Turner (pitcher) was also selected to the all-tournament team.

At the Classic Rock at the RAC in Lacey, Yeager's won all five games to take first place in the 65 division. Yeager All Stars were Ralph Knudson, Skip Baebler, and Tom Shaw.

Yeager's 6th Annual Softball Tournament will be at Conoco Fields in Ferndale on Sept. 7-8. Games start at 8 a.m. Some of the top teams from Washington State and British Columbia will be competing in this tournament.

RANGERS WIN SKAGIT TOURNAMENT

The WFC Rangers U-15 boys' soccer team won its fifth tournament of the season, taking first place at the Skagit Labor Day KICK.

The team also made it to the semifinals in three other tournament.

WALSTON ACES HOLE AT RRGC

Bellingham resident Bob Walston had his second ever hole-in-one on Aug. 19 on the 180 yard, No. 9 hole at Raspberry Ridge Golf Course. Walston used a 7-wood.

Witnesses were Rob Walston, Jeff Gunderson and Craig Comfort.

2013 Men's Club Championship

1st Low Gross Champion: Tim Pickard, Score 144

1st Low Net Champion: Dan Whittaker, Score 129

Div. I

1. Tanner Olson

2. Joe Franson

3. Dave Berggren

4. Bob Lundstrom

Div. II

1. Gregg Kooy

2. George Jones

3. Bob O'Donnel

4. Dave Vanderyacht

Div. III

1. Bryan Rath

2. Dan Cushman

3. Marlin Arneson

4. Lew Denney

Div. IV

1. Mike Bownen

2. Brian Atchinson

3. Kevin Eschliman

4. Vince Atchinson

Div. V

1. Shaun Salstrom

2. Dave Clark

3. Dan Gibboney

4. Ted Bell

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