Community Sports

Jones third at Kettlebell World Championships

Brad Jones took third in the International Kettlebell Fitness Federation (IKFF) World Championships on Saturday, Nov. 1, in Detroit.

The 48-year-old Jones, who is from Bellingham, won the 82-kilogram weight class in the 10 minute long-cycle event. He completed 55 repetitions with a pair of 24-kilogram kettlebells, competing against a field of men who were mostly 20 to 30 years old.

In the long-cycle competition, competitors complete a repetition by swinging kettlebells between their legs, cleaning them into a rack position and jerking them overhead until a judge signals approval. Competitors cannot set down the kettlebells during the 10-minute event.

Multiple world champions attended the event, which drew 164 entries from 14 different countries and 26 different states.

Jones is the owner of Rolfing Bellingham and has competed in kettlebell competitions the past six years. He teaches and coaches local kettlebell lifters and is the strength coach for the Bellingham Bay Swim Team and the Bellingham Distance Project.

Try Hockey Day comes to the Sportsplex

Whatcom County Amateur Hockey Association invites boys and girls to the Try Hockey For Free clinic as part of Come Play Hockey Month on Saturday, Nov. 8, at the Bellingham Sportsplex. Starting at 11:30 a.m. girls and boys, ages 4 to 9, are encouraged to experience ice hockey for the first time and learn the basic skills in a fun, safe environment.

Equipment will be available to borrow for the event, made possible through donations by local businesses, on a first-come-first-served basis.

USA Hockey's Try Hockey For Free program, with the support of the NHL, is designed to provide youth hockey associations a national platform to introduce kids to the sport. USA Hockey has 500 locations offering this unique opportunity to kids nationwide.

To register for the event, please visit tryhockeyforfree.com

Lynden Winter Sports Bus

The Lynden School District will begin its Winter Ride Bus program to the Mt. Baker Ski Area on Saturdays starting Jan. 10.

An informational meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, at Isom Elementary in the library.

The program is open to Lynden School District students in grades 5-12 and consists of eight chaperoned bus rides to the Mt. Baker Ski Area. Representatives from Lynden’s program and the ski area will attend the meeting to answer questions about the program.

More information is available online, at lyndenwinterride.org.

Yeager’s softball team takes second at national tournament

Yeager’s 65-and-over men’s softball team took second place out of 68 teams in the Huntsman World Senior Games last month in St. George, Utah.

The team lost by one run in the championship game to Human Kinetics from Ormond Beach, Fla., 17-16, to take second. Yeager’s defeated Village Ford (Dearborn, Mich.), Jersey Masters (Bridgewater, New Jersey), San Luis Obispo Masters (San Luis Obispo, Calif.) and Hanapa, Hawaii, en route to the title game.

Yeager’s was led by Tom Brusca’s .923 batting average. Dale McLaughlin hit .786, Fred White had a .765 average and Jim Thomas hit .733.

Hole-in-one: Bryan Jones hit a hole-in-one on Wednesday, Oct. 29, at the Lake Padden Golf and Country Club. Jones used his 5-iron to ace the fourth hole from 146 yards. The shot was witnessed by Craig Johnson, Fred Johnson and Dale Griffen. Jones also hit a hole-in-one 10 days earlier, acing the 12th hole at Padden.

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