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Coeur d'Alene team earns honors at cystinosis ski fundraiser

| March 29, 2014 9:00 PM

SANDPOINT - For the third year in a row, Team Hank E Panky of Coeur d'Alene earned honors at the 24 Hours of Schweitzer fundraiser last weekend.

They placed first in the four-person team category in the new Challenge division, and also were recognized as the second-highest fundraising team.

In the Challenge division, where points were awarded based on total minutes skied and hourly challenges completed, Team Hank E Panky of completed all 24 challenges and raised $9,600.

Team members include Rick Knott, Jeremy Deming, Mark Hammon and Wade Jacklin of Coeur d'Alene.

The top fundraising team was Team All For Hank, which raised a record $14,607. Team members included Matt Gillis, Eric Jensen, Eric Frickle and Cody Lile of Sandpoint.

24 Hours of Schweitzer raised more than $100,000 at one of the largest cystinosis fundraisers in the country, bringing the 24 Hours for Hank Foundation's fundraising total to more than $725,000 in six years.

The annual fundraiser was held in honor of seven-year-old Hank Sturgis of Sandpoint, who has the rare, fatal disease cystinosis that affects only 500 people nationwide. All money raised benefits 24 Hours for Hank, a Sandpoint foundation established to raise money for cystinosis research and treatment.

More than 110 skiers and snowboarders ages 5 to 73 from Sandpoint, Coeur d'Alene, Spokane, Moscow, the Tri-Cities and around the region, and as far away as Washington, D.C., Arkansas, Iowa, California, Oregon and Colorado took to the slopes for the round-the-clock relay.

Information: www.24hoursforhank.org

First Idaho spring football

practice postponed by rain

MOSCOW - With the Kibbie Dome in use for another function, rain on Friday canceled the first day of spring practice for the University of Idaho football team.

The first practice of spring now is Sunday at 3 p.m. on the SprinTurf field east of the Dome.

Circling Raven Golf Club

set to open Tuesday

WORLEY - Circling Raven Golf Club has announced the course plans to open for the season on Tuesday.