Community Sports notebook: Taylor claims trophies at handball nationals

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By winning five of the six matches he played, Jordan Taylor won one of the top trophies at the U.S. Handball Association National Junior 4-Wall Championships.

A senior at Columbia River High School, Taylor also placed second overall in the doubles tournament for his age group at the nationals, which concluded Dec. 30 near Chicago.

Playing in the 17-and-younger division, Taylor lost his open quarterfinal match, then won two consolation matches to claim the A-bracket title. He defeated Shane Walsh of Ireland for the Boys 17-A singles title by scores of 21-5, 21-20.

Taylor has been playing handball for five years. This was the fourth time he has competed at the junior nationals. He is sponsored by the Multnomah Athletic Club and trains at the Portland facility.

In the open doubles bracket, Taylor teamed with Anthony Collado of Georgia, who was the open runner-up in singles. They won the first game 21-14 before dropping the second game and the tie-breaker.

Salmon Creek Little League adds softball

Salmon Creek Little League is adding a girls softball program for the 2013 season.

Divisions will be available for girls ages 7-18, and games will be played at Luke Jensen Sports Park.

In previous years, girls from within the Salmon Creek Little League boundary played softball with the Glenwood Little League program. The new Luke Jensen Sports Park, which opened last year, gives Salmon Creek Little League field space to now offer its own softball leagues.

The softball divisions include an instructional league for ages 7-8, and divisions for ages 9-10, 11-12, 13-14, 15-16, and 17-18. The cost to play is $95.

nLittle League registration -- Area Little Leagues are signing up players for their 2013 season. Parents can register their players for most leagues either online or in person.

A list of registration opportunities is included in the Community Sports Scoreboard.

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