Local figure figure skater earns USFS gold medal

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDFebruary 24, 2014 

Bellingham figure skater Abby Chase earned a gold medal in ice dance on Wednesday, Feb. 19, at a United States Figure Skating event in Everett.

Chase, a freshman at Bellingham High School, completed the 23 tests necessary to earn the USFS Ice Dance gold medal, a feat she has trained for for seven years.

Chase was able to move one step closer to competing internationally. She has previously competed in the USFS Junior National Championships in Juvenille Ice Dance and at the Sectional Championships in Novice Dance.

LOCAL MAN WINS KETTLEBELL COMPETITION

Brad Jones of Bellingham took first place in the 85-pound kilogram weight class of the 10-minute long cycle event at the California Open Kettlebell Championship on Saturday, Feb. 22, in Costa Mesa, Calif.

The 47-year-old completed 59 repetitions with a pair of 24-kilogram kettlebells, breaking his personal best by four repetitions. In a long-cycle event, participants swing kettlebells from between their legs to a rack position and then lift them overhead until they get the approval of a judge.

CHEER TEAM WINS SHOT AT NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

The Northwest SilverStars secured a first-place finish by 0.04 points at the Spirit cheer Best of the Northwest competition on Feb. 15-16.

The victory ensured the SilverStars, a cheer team for 12- to 18-year-old girls, a bid to the Summit National Championship, a privilege only given to the top 10 percent of teams in the U.S.

TICKETS ON SALE FOR BULL RIDING EVENT IN LYNDEN

Lynden's two-day Professional Bull Riders Touring Division event is set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 4, at the Northwest Washington Fair and Event Center. Tickets for the event go on sale Thursday, Feb. 27.

Tickets are available at the Northwest Washington Fair and Event Center office, online at nwwafair.com, and by calling 360-354-4111. Reserved tickets range from $33 to $48.

SKI TO SEA SEEKS VOLUNTEERS

Bellingham's Ski to Sea race is seeking 600 volunteers for the May 25 event. Volunteers are needed for every aspect of the race, including before and after the event.

Each volunteer receives a Ski to Sea T-shirt and free lunch. The first 100 volunteers to show up at the Volunteer Appreciation Barbecue the week before the race receive a free Ski to Sea 2014 beer glass.

To sign up, visit skitosea.com and click the Volunteer tab. Ski to Sea is using a new service, VolunteerSpot.com, to sign up volunteers this year. For more information contact Volunteer Coordinator Kellie Zulauf at volunteer@skitosea.com, or call 360-746-8861.

TRY HOCKEY FOR FREE

Boys and girls ages 4-9 can experience hockey firsthand for free at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 1, at the Bellingham Sportsplex.

The event, put on by Whatcom County Amateur Hockey Association and USA Hockey, provides skates, sticks and pucks. Children should bring appropriate clothing, winter gloves and their own helmet (bicycle helmets are OK).

Register to save a spot online at whatcomhockey.com/tryhockey. For more information email tryhockey@whatcomhockey.com or president@whatcomhockey.com.

SPRING BREAK BASKETBALL CAMP

Advantage Basketball Camps will hold basketball camps from March 31-April 1, and from March 31-April 3, at Shuksan Middle School in Bellingham. Both the two-day and four-day camps will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The camp is open to boys and girls ages 6-18 of all skill levels. The camp includes instruction on ball handling, shooting and defense. Camps will also be held again in July.

To register or for more information visit advantagebasketball.com, call 425-670-8877 or email info@advantagebasketball.com.

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