Community notebook: Youth wrestler representing Washington at national meet
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Tommy Strassenberg has been ranked at the top of his division, and has wrestled for national titles.
This week the Frontier Middle School sixth grader will represent Washington state at the USA Wrestling Schoolboy Duals in Indianapolis.
Strassenberg, 12, was selected to the Washington team for middle school age boys based on his success during the past year. Washington is one of 35 states sending teams to compete in both freestyle and collegiate-style tournaments, which take place Thursday through Sunday.
Strassenberg started wrestling at age 4 and trains primarily with Southwest Washington Wrestling Club. Among his recent accomplishments was a national freestyle championship in 2010, a championship at the Reno Worlds, regional championships in freestyle and collegiate tournaments, and state titles in folkstyle and Greco-Roman disciplines.
At 12, Strassenberg is at the young end of the schoolboy age division. Schoolboy is the USA Wrestling division for wrestlers in grades 6-8.
Area golfers place in OGA event
Tim O’Neal of Vancouver finished tied for fifth place in the 67th Oregon Golf Association Tournament of Champions, which was played Saturday and Sunday in Woodburn, Ore.
O’Neal shot a 74-72 to finish 2-over par for 72 holes at The OGA Course. Damian Telles from The Dalles won a three-hole playoff with Pat O’Donnell of Happy Valley, Ore., to claim the championship after both finished at even par.
Other top finishers from Clark County in the men’s tournament included Jeff Gustafson from Vancouver who tied for 10th place at 5-over 149, and Casey Thompson from Vancouver who tied for 15th at 7-over 151.
Brie Stone of Vaneta, Ore., won the women’s tournament at 1-over 145. Katy Wright from Camas placed eighth at 165, 21 over par.
One of 30 championship tournaments for adults staged each year by the OGA, the Tournament of Champions is limited to club champions from the past two summers, plus winners of certain OGA sanctioned events.
Multi-event success for locals
La Center senior Katrina Chamberlain placed fourth and Woodland senior Charity Arn placed sixth at the 40th Washington State High School Combined Events Championship, held June 3-4 at Lake Stevens High School.
Woodland senior William Davis placed fourth in the boys decathlon.
Woodland had the second best combined score based on the top boy and the top girl from the school.
La Center’s Chamberlain scored 4,161 points. She placed first in the shot put with a mark of 38 feet, 5 inches. Her other marks were 16.09 seconds in the 100-meter high hurdles, 5 feet, 1¾ inches in the high jump, 28.86 in the 200 meters, 15-9¾ in the long jump, 104-8 in the javelin, and 2:44.2 in the 800 meters.
Woodland’s Davis posted the third best decathlon total ever at the event by a Woodland High boy, according to coach Bruce Flanagan. Boys used college-weighted implements for the decathlon.
Davis had the top mark in the pole vault (13-3½) and the second fastest time in the 110 hurdles (16.21). His other marks were 12.02 in the 100 meters, 18-7 in the long jump, 33-6 in the shot put, 5-7¼ in the high jump, 55.08 in the 400, 77-4 in the discus, 132-6 in the javelin and 5:21.36 in the 1,500.
Arn posted a Woodland High record 4,129 points to finish sixth in the girls heptathlon. Her marks were 15.74 seconds in the 100 hurdles, 5-1¾ in the high jump, 28-7½ in the shot put, 28.84 in the 200 meters, 15-10¼ in the long jump, 102-6 in the javelin, and 2:32.98 in the 800 meters.
Weekend results posted
• Porter wins Hockinson run — Matt Porter of Washougal won the Hockinson Fun Days 5-kilometer race on Sunday.
A Hockinson High graduate, Porter, 20, was the only one of the 97 finishers to complete the course in fewer than 18 minutes. His winning time was 16 minutes and 46 seconds.
For complete results from this race, and from the Clark County Running Club’s weekly Wednesday 5-K race, see the Community Sports Scoreboard.
• The Vancouver Tennis Center hosted its French Open Doubles tournament on Saturday and Sunday. Results are posted in the Community Sports Scoreboard.
The VTC hosts four singles and four doubles tournaments each year in a series that mirrors the Grand Slam tournaments.
• Car racing results — Rick Rehanek from Vancouver posted the fast time during street stock time trials on Saturday during racing at River City Speedway in St. Helens, Ore.
Several drivers from Southwest Washington compete in the summer racing series at the track, a quarter-mile clay oval at the Columbia County Event Center. The next race date is June 18.
See the Community Sports Scoreboard for results from the June 4 racing.
Also listed in the Community Sports Scoreboard are results from Saturday’s racing at Grays Harbor Raceway in Elma.
Summer activities celebrated
• National Get Outdoors Day — Vancouver-Clark Parks and Recreation is hosting a family event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday at the Water Resources Education Center, 4600 S.E. Columbia Way.
In addition to providing information about being safe while enjoying outdoor activities, the event will include the opportunity to paddle canoes and kayaks, shoot a bow, and play disc golf.
For more information about this free event, call 360-487-7111.
• Vancouver-Clark Parks and Recreation are offering a three-month pass for the Marshall and Firstenburg community centers for special summer rates.
The rates are $49 for ages 4-18, $89 for adults, or $129 per family. For details, visit wither community center or www.vanclarkparks-rec.org.
Wrestling camp announced
The Clark County Coach-A-Roo Wrestling Camp will be held July 25-29 at Skyridge Middle School in Camas.
Instructors will include three former high school state champions from Vancouver, Ben Vom Baur, and Kyle Bounds.
Wrestlers entering grades 7-12 will have a morning session from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Those entering kindergarten through sixth grade will meet from 1:30 to 3 p.m. each day.
Cost is $40 for the younger group, $80 for those entering grades 7-12. Those in the older group who stay to coach the younger group can attend for $40. Champions from the 2011 Clark County high school tournament may attend for free.
Participants can register on the first day of camp by arriving 30 minutes early, or sign up in advance through Camas Community Education at www.camas.wednet.edu.
To learn more, contact camp director Brody Faler at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit leaguelineup.com/clarkcountycoacharoowrestlingcamp.
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