Community notebook: Hampton tops 16Us at sectional junior tennis tournament



Samantha Hampton of Vancouver won singles and doubles titles in the girls 16-and-younger division during the USA Tennis Pacific Northwest Sectional Junior Championship tournament.

Hampton was one of three players from Clark County to reach the championship match in singles play during the annual tournament, which was played Aug. 18-22 at the Tualatin Hills Tennis Center. Skyview High School senior Kent Andreasen reached the finals for boys 18 and younger, and 13-year-old Andrew Newell reached the singles finals for boys 14 and younger.

The top seed in the 16-and-younger girls singles draw, Hampton lost only one set in defeating five opponents. She defeated second-seed Michelle Lui 6-4, 5-7, 6-1 in the final match. She teamed with Nora Tan of Mercer Island to win the girls 16s doubles title.

Andreasen, seeded fourth out of 64 players, won his first five matches in straight sets to reach the boys under-18 singles final. In the championship match, top seed Michael Chamerski of Mill Creek defeated Andreason 6-4, 6-4.

In the boys under-14 draw, Newell won five matches to reach the finals. Ty Gentry from Olympia defeated Newell 6-4, 6-0 for the title.

National tennis event in Vancouver

The U.S. Tennis Association National Women’s 70, 80, and 90 Indoor Championships will begin on Wednesday and continue through Sept. 20 at Club Green Meadows in Vancouver.

Players ages 70 and older from around the country are registered to compete, including several from Vancouver. The tournament includes divisions for ages 70-79, 80-89, and 90 and older. Most players enter both singles and doubles play.

Spectators are welcome.

Among the 46 registered players are three from Vancouver: Sylvia Badolato, Rosemary Buker, Jean Bush, and Martha Frederick.

Adult sports leagues forming for fall

Registration is open for the fall season of Breakaway Social Sports in Vancouver. Leagues are for ages 18 and older.

Basketball, flag football, and coed dodgeball leagues are planned for the season that begin in the final week of September.

Cost for most leagues is $65 per season. To register, or to learn more, visit

Half marathon is sold out

For the fifth consecutive year the Girlfriends Half Marathon is sold out.

On Oct. 16, a field of 3,200 women will run or walk the 13.1-mile course in Vancouver. The event benefits the Susan G. Komen for the Cure non-profit.

The race is staged by Northwest Personal Training, and starts and ends near its studio at 1011 Broadway in downtown Vancouver. Race organizers are still seeking volunteers. Visit for details. To volunteer, send an email to

Basketball coaches needed

The Prairie High School girls basketball program is seeking coaches for youth teams. Coaches are needed for teams for grade levels 5-8.

Teams practice two or three times each week from November through February and play in several weekend tournaments each month.

To learn more, or to apply for a coaching position, contact Prairie coach Al Aldridge at 360-253-8690.

Fundraising events slated

Motocross Race for a Cure — The second Motocross Race for a Cure is Thursday at Portland International Raceway.

About 280 motocross racers, including 15 professionals, are expected to participate. Thursday Night Motocross at PIR is open to any licensed rider. Racing begins at 6 p.m. At least 24 races are scheduled. Riders and spectators are encouraged to wear pink.

Tickets cost $10, $5 for kids. Proceeds from this event will be donated to the Susan G. Komen Foundation Oregon Affiliate.

To learn more, visit and

Vancouver Tennis Center Foundation — Courts and Cocktails, a fundraising event for the Vancouver Tennis Center Foundation, will be held on Sept. 24.

Tickets cost $50 to the event at the home of Dick Hannah. The event will include entertainment by the King Brothers Band and food from Beaches Restaurant.

The Vancouver Tennis Center Foundations provides financial assistance for young players as well has contributing to facility improvements at the tennis center.

Concert aids curling club — A concert on Saturday by a Van Halen tribute band will assist efforts by the Evergreen Curling Club to build its own facility.

Drop Dead Legs will play at Back Alley Bar and Grill in Vancouver. The cover charge is $10.

For more information about the club or this event, send an e-mail to Joe Petsche at

Prairie girls basketball golf tournament — On Sept. 24, the Prairie Girls Basketball Golf Tournament to help fund travel, tournaments and camps for high school girls basketball at Prairie High School will be held at Lakeview Par-3 Golf Course, 2425 N.W. 69th St.

Tee times are at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. for the best-ball tournament. Cost is $50 to play. For an additional donation, Prairie girls basketball players will serve as caddies in costume.

To learn more or to sign up, call Al Aldridge at 360-253-8690.

Dickau academy golf tournament — A golf tournament to raise scholarship money for the Dan Dickau Basketball Academy will be held on Oct. 1 at Lakeview Par-3 Golf Course.

Golfers can tee off at 9 a.m. or 11 a.m. The $50 entry fee includes a post-round barbecue lunch.

Prizes will be awarded for the individual low score, team best-ball champion, and other accomplishments. There will be contests at each hole that participants can buy into.

Money raised will be used to help players participate in Dickau Academy programs. To learn more, visit or call 360-904-6088.

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