Community notebook: VLC masters row to medals



Several members of Vancouver Lake Crew earned first-place medals during the Northwest Masters Regional Rowing Regatta, held Friday through Sunday on Vancouver Lake. The annual event staged by the Portland Vancouver Rowing Association attracted more than 1,100 rowers.

Cathy Golberg and Michelle Mand teamed up with rowers from Victoria, B.C., and Ashland, Ore., to take first place in the women’s C quad race by completing the 2,000-meter course in a time of 3 minutes, 38.39 seconds. Golberg and Mand also placed second in the women’s C Double final with a time of 4:05. Golberg and Kate Benson took third place in the women’s B Pair with a time of 4:17.

Bob Farentinos took first place in the men’s G Single with a time of 4:24:08, followed closely by second place with a time of 4:24:83.

Vancouver Lake Crew came in third place in a composite women’s lightweight D boat with a time of 3:55 that included VLC’s Becky Bittner.

The men’s B quad with Rick Gales, Steve Wu, Ted Schatz and Rob Klein sixth in the finals with a time of 3:35.

The women’s B four placed first in their heat to advance and took fifth in the final with a time of 3:59. In that boat were Bittner, Benson, Anne Rogge and Cathy Golberg.

Gales and Wu teamed up in the men’s D double, placing fifth with a time of 4:00. Bittner and Mand placed fifth in the women’s A-plus lightweight doubles with a time of 4:14. The mixed B quad with Bittner, Rogge, Wu and Gales took fifth with a time of 3:53.

Tom Harman, racing for the first time, took sixth in the men’s novice single with a time of 4:53. Rogge took fourth place in the women’s B single with a time of 4:27. Benson rowed the women’s A single, took third in her heat and fifth in the final with a time of 4:29. Gales and Mand rowed to third place in their mixed D double heat, taking 3rd with a time of 3:57.

More than 200 volunteers helped stage the regatta, which rotates around the region and was last held at Vancouver Lake two years ago.

Little League tourney time

Little League all-star tournament season has begun for teams around Clark County. The tournaments include all-star teams in various age divisions for baseball and softball from each league in the area competing for spots in state tournaments.

Little League’s most prominent age division is for ages 11-12, known as majors, where district-wide all-star tournaments are the first step toward the popular Little League World Series and Little League Softball World Series.

In Washington District 4, which serves much of Vancouver and east Clark County, the baseball majors district tournament runs July 5-18 at LaCamas Little League. In Washington District 6, which serves northern Clark County, the baseball majors tournament runs July 2-15 at H.B. Fuller Park.

The champions of those Little League baseball district tournaments advance to the Little League Baseball Washington State Tournament, which will be played July 23-31 at Fort Vancouver Little League.

Softball district tournaments for the 11-12 age division are this week. The District 4 softball majors district tournament began Monday at David Douglas Park and concludes at 2 p.m. Sunday. The District 6 softball majors tournament runs through Thursday at North Clark Little League.

The softball majors state tournament begins on July 9 in Woodinville.

District tournament brackets are available through the district websites:, or

Hundreds run for YWCA

A total of 236 runners and walkers reached the finish line of the fourth Summer Solstice Fun Run and Walk on Saturday in downtown Vancouver.

David Sanders from Amarillo, Texas, won the 6-mile race in 40 minutes and 30 seconds. Rerny Magure of Portland was the first woman finisher and was second overall in 43:11.

In the 3-mile race, Christian Hidden of Ridgefield finished first in 20 minutes and 33 seconds, 18 seconds in front of Bart Hansen.

Julia Wygant from Longview was third in the 3-mile race. The 14-year-old from Longview finished in 20:46.

A total of 164 were split between the 3- and 6-miile races. An additional 72 walked in the event, which was a fundraiser for the YWCA Clark County.

The courses started and finished near Northwest Personal Training in downtown Vancouver. Northwest Personal Training staged the event, which included a costume contest and post-race entertainment.

Complete results from the two runs are in the Community Sports Scoreboard. Walk results can be found at

Wrestler wins regional

Tommy Strassenberg of Camas won the freestyle competition and placed second in Greco-Roman at the USA Wrestling Western Regionals, held June 20-25 in Pocatello, Idaho.

Strassenberg, 12, competed at 98 pounds in the Schoolboy Division for grades 6-8. Entering seventh grade at Frontier Middle School, Strassenberg is at the young end of his age group.

Another Southwest Washington Wrestling Club member, Jake Rogers, took second place in the novice division at 85 pounds in both freestyle and Greco Roman in Pocatello.

Today and Wednesday, Strassenberg is in Farmington, Utah, for the Asics/USA Greco and Freestyle National Championships.

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