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Youth Sports July 21, 2021

| July 21, 2021 1:00 AM


Several local youth athletes from the North Idaho Blaze Track and Field Club have qualified for the 2021 National Junior Olympic Track and Field Championships in Jacksonville, Fla.

Over the course of eight weeks of competition throughout the Pacific Northwest region, 10-year old Wyatt Matous posted qualifying marks for the 800 meters, 1,500 meters and long jump. Lola Baine, 12, will compete in the high jump and long jump. Events begin the week of July 26-Aug. 1.

Middle schoolers Maricela Nelson (100 and 200), Josh Yeager (800, 1,500, and 3,000), and Christian Young (100 and 200) also qualified in multiple events for their age groups. Also, three students from local high schools will compete against the best in the nation with Michael Bell running in both the 100 and 200, Will Callahan in the 1,500 and 3,000, and Terrance Edwards in the 200m and 400m.

Edwards, who ran for Lakeland High last spring, said in a news release from the club, “I like being a part of the club because it feels like family. I appreciate all of the hard work that coaches put into practices and meets. I feel so much stronger and faster. It’s truly been an awesome experience.”

Added Molly Baine, parent of Lola, “North Idaho Blaze has taken Lola’s love of track and field to the next level. It’s a true team environment where coaches and teammates support one another.”

The North Idaho Blaze Track and Field Club was founded in 2020 by three-time National Junior Olympic qualifier Maricela Nelson, as she established the club as a part of her Girl Scout Silver Award. This was the first competition season in the club’s history with 23 students competing in a variety of track and field events led by head coach Linda Lanker and assisted by Chris Patterson, Greg Owens, Christian Carvajal, Jay Matous, Lucas Pope, Darlene Shriner and McKenzie Fletcher.

Parent Therein Yeager said in the news release: “Our son started the season as a fairly average runner to qualifying for the national Junior Olympics. The amount of time that our coaches and teammates have put in has paid off. I think that we were the smallest club in the association, but we were definitely the loudest and proudest.”




July 13

At The Fields at Real Life


Game 1 Cake Batter v. Toasted Dragons

Team Cake Batter Hits – Samuel Archer, Connor Archer, Jered Belgarde, Hunter Branting, Evan Fay, Wyatt Kreiger, Grayson Sifford, Remington Swartzendruber, Adeline Wiedebush, Brooklyn

Team Toasted Dragons Hits – Elias Castro, Beau Cleave, Harper Fore, Micah Kacalek, Ezekiel Kacalek, Yeshua Lang, Kannon Olson, Wes Rigg, Abel Sapp, Charlee Short

Game 2 Blue Dragons v. Red Spiderman

Team Blue Dragons Hits – Leighton Brunner, Landon Link, Owen Lokken, Easton Moody, Keeley Moody, Jordan Ontiveros, Dylan Patterson, Logan Simmons, Brett Wise

Team Red Spiderman Hits – Brody Burnett, Vera Cannon, Gage Degel, Graydon Desautel, Aedan Genovese, Wesson Malmstadt, Luke Munhall, Adam Terry, Eli Waco

Game 3 Green Thunder v. Blue Shells

Team Green Thunder Hits – Finleigh Chathams, Isaac Clegg, Lazarus Edman, Grayson Faust, Deacon McBroome, Bennett McBroome, Brody O’Grady, Landrey Ralston, Royce Sanborn, Graham Thurston

Team Blue Shells Hits – Bodhi Blizzard, Brandon Bourassa, Mason Butler, Amaris Hawkins, Cole Rounds, Aaron Sarver, Owen Scaggs, Ryker Sheffield

Game 4 Blazin Cheetos v. White Tigers

Team Blazin Cheetos Hits – Waylon Chappell, Bradley Covey, Decklen Desrochers, Madison Forkner, Isaac Marquez, Beckett Murphy, Christian Poland, Bradley Sandin, Luke Squires

Team White Tigers Hits – Deacon Boone, Cash Boyd, Peyton Fuson, Scarlett Johnson, Benaiah Morency, Kessler Morse, Benjamin Mueller, Avan Vaughn, Paige Veitenheimer, Blake Veitenheimer

Coach Pitch

Game 1

Team Blue Water Monsters – 5

Hits – Ryker Archer, Zoey Dobson, Nicolas Edgar, Roy Gallus, Lanyon Marker, Julian Nelke, Callie O’Brien, Hudson Payne, Graham Wilson, Liam

Team Wild White Wolves – 3

Hits – Aure Brennan, Maverick Fisher, Joel Hampsch, Cadence Hillyard, Owen Krogovich, Daniel Rutherford, Ava Smotherman, Jora Tesky, Grant Hillyard

Game 2

Team Mighty Thunder Sharks – 9

Hits – Levi Anderson, Afton Arrotta, Treyton Crouch, Gabriel Edman, Fox Harty, Enoch Ruiz, Ebbett Vucinich, Kade Whiteman, Hudson Whiteman

Team Green Hornets – 14

Hits – Jameson Beierle, Landen Carhart, Jesse Dolan, Dustin Dolan, Cole Luzzo, Jaxsen Ontiveros, Jase Parke, Jonathan Reinhardt, Parker Sandin, Avery Terry

Game 3

Team Viper Wolves – 3

Hits – Tobin Bethke, Grant Boyd, Tommy Cooper, Benjamin Ferguson, Ezra Kenney, David Morency, Kylar Nelson, Scot Short, Brittaney Stapley

Team Banana Robbers – 2

Hits – Ethan Denisyuk, Titus Kacalek, Ryan Kacalek, Cole Martin, Gus Rigg, Jack Schroeder, Jacob Sylvain, Ady Waco, Jaxon Waco, James

Game 4

Team Fire Dragons – 12

Hits – Anna Carr, Kase Cathams, Micah Creighton, Parker DeGraff, Cooper Faust, Reno Greco, Kaden Hammer, Elijah Lute, Kase Ralston, Norah Raskell, Cohen Tacheny

Team Green Eggs and Ham – 8

Hits – Charlotte Bateman, Marie Brodin, Jerzey Duarte, Travis Lettau, Ryan Lettau, Jace Moser, Jaden Perry, Lex Sheffler, Isaiah Stone, Landon Thurston

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Information: 664-8176, Ext. 2019


Courtesy photo Three local 14-year-old athletes qualified for the National Junior Olympic Championships in track and field. Max Cervi-Skinner, left, will compete with his brother Zack, right, in the 1,500- and 3,000-meter events, and Kyle Rohlinger, middle, will run in the 800-meter race. All three boys were coached for the national championships by Emry Carr, the head coach of North Idaho Cross Country, and several other local coaches contributed. The USATF events will be held July 26-Aug. 1 at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Fla.


Courtesy photo The Coeur d'Alene 11U all-stars won the Idaho Little League District 1 baseball tournament last weekend at Canfield Sports Complex in Coeur d'Alene, defeating the Hayden all-stars two games to one in a best-of-3 series. Coeur d'Alene advances to the best-of-3 state playoffs against the District 2 champion in the Boise area starting Friday. In the front row from left are Grant Heinrichs, Noah Childress, Judah Waldram, Monroe Osborne, Olin Elgee, Luke Schuler, Hunter Stach and Mason Munoz; second row from left, Andy Irgens, Westin LaVella, Wyatt Knott, Ryland Spencer and Brennan Jensen; and back row from left, manager Derek Osborne, coach Kevin Winter and coach Jim Allison.


Courtesy photo The Coeur d'Alene 10U all-stars won the Idaho Little League District 1 baseball championship last weekend at Canfield Middle School in Coeur d'Alene, defeating the Post Falls all-stars two games to one in a best-of-3 series. Coeur d'Alene advances to the state best-of-3 playoffs against the District 2 champion in the Boise area, starting Friday. In the front row from left are Nash Russell, Brett Martin, JJ Larson, Jayce Johnstun, Anthony Robinson, Kyle Everson, Bryce Petrella, Koa Fenter, Blake Anderson, Caleb Brumbach, Clay Larwin, Kovak Dolan and Jack Kreis; and back row from left, coaches Matt Johnstun, John Larson and Jeff Kreis, and manager Dave Everson.


Photo courtesy Bob Schmidt The Lake City Thunder 16U team of Coeur d’Alene went 5-0 last weekend to win the Best of the West softball tournament in Pasco, Wash., beating the Washington Angels 6-3 in the championship game. The Thunder opened on Saturday with a 12-0 victory over the Wildcats TC, as Kristine Schmidt and Matea Dorame combined on a no-hitter. Kailey Cramer hit a two-run homer, and Addie Brannen went 3 for 3 and stole three bases. The Thunder then edged the Liberty Lake Lightning 8-5. Layla Gugino, Megan Highfill and Brooklyn Wullenwaber each homered for the winners. The Thunder then beat the NCW Sun Devils 11-1, as Cramer drove in four runs and Highfill went 3 for 3. The Thunder then beat the Oregon Titans 15-5 on Sunday, as Catherine Bakken went 4 for 4 with a homer and two doubles. Dorame also homered. In the finals, the Thunder defeated the other undefeated team, the Washington Angels, with Schmidt getting the win in the circle. Bakken homered for the Thunder, Katie Berg singled in two runs, and Bakken and Brannen each finished with two hits. In the front row from left are Katie Berg, coach Mike Dorame and Layla Gugino; and back row from left, coach Morgan Gugino, Kailey Cramer, Delaney Gosch, Matea Dorame, Kristine Schmidt, Brooklyn Wullenwaber, Addie Branen, coach Levi Wullenwaber (in back), Megan Highfill and Catherine Bakken. Not pictured is Kate Boyer.