Community notebook: Chiles excels at American Classic gymnastics meet

By Paul Danzer, Columbian Soccer, hockey and Community Sports Reporter



Jordan Chiles, gymnastics

Julia Haynes, tennis

Vancouver gymnast Jordan Chiles posted the high all-around score during her session of the American Classic meet on Sunday at the USA Gymnastics National Team Training Center in Huntsville, Texas.

A 12-year-old who trains at Naydenov Gymnastics in Vancouver, Chiles posted an all-around score of 54.750 that was the best in the first session of junior competition. Her all-around score was the third best among all junior competitors, and qualifies Chiles to compete in the 2013 USA Gymnastics national championship event.

The P&G Gymnastics Championships will take place Aug. 15-18 at Hartford, Conn. The American Classic is one of three elite meets scheduled prior to the national championships. Chiles also will compete at the U.S./Secret Classic on July 27 in Chicago and then attend a national training camp in Texas.

Chiles, who is entering seventh grade at Pleasant Valley Middle School, is eligible to compete in elite meets because she qualified in March as a USA Gymnastics Junior International Elite gymnast.

In her session at the American Classic, Chiles took first place on the vault with a score of 15.0. That was the second best vault score among all junior competitors.

In her session, she placed second on the balance beam (13.70), third on the uneven parallel bars (13.25) and tied for eighth place on floor exercise (12.80).

Vancouver girl wins tennis tournament

Julia Haynes of Vancouver won the singles title at a United States Tennis Association National Open tournament for girls age 12.

Haynes, who turned 12 in June, defeated second-seeded Amy Huang of San Diego 6-3, 6-2 on Friday in the championship match. The three-day tournament was held at Tualatin Hills Tennis Center in Beaverton.

In going 5-0, Haynes won all of her matches in two sets. She defeated top seed Agyeponmaa Mintah of Tacoma in the round of 16.

MMA show July 20

Fisticuffs Gym in Vancouver will host an amateur mixed martial arts show on July 20.

Chance Gabriel of Fisticuffs Gym challenges Stephen Wing of Redneck Militia in the main event, a 135-pound match.

Other featured fights include Casey Lasley of Midtown MMA against Kyle Farris of Valhalla Combat at 170 pounds, and a 160-pound boxing match between Eddie Yanez and Ivan Martinez.

The show also will feature fighters from Team Quest, Fisticuffs Gym, Midtown MMA, Valhalla Combat, Full Force MMA, Redneck Militia and more.

Tickets cost $25 in advance at Fisticuffs Gym, $30 at the door. Ages 6-12 get in for $10 for the all-ages show.

Fisticuffs Gym is at 7710 N.E. Fourth Plain Blvd.

5K series resumes

The Clark County Running Club’s series of 5-kilometer runs resumes Wednesday.

The race will start at 7 p.m., with registration at 6:30 p.m. at McKenzie Stadium, 2001 N.E. 138th Ave.

Participants will run the Evergreen High School cross country course. Cost is $2.

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