Community notebook: Pop Warner team headed to regionals

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The Vancouver Warrior Eagles Pop Warner football team are headed to the regionals this weekend in Santa Clara, Calif.

The Eagles won the Mid Valley Classic at Reser Stadium in Corvallis on Nov. 5. Up next is the Los Gatos Panthers, with a berth to the Pop Warner Championships in Florida at stake.

“No one expected them to make it this far,” said assistant coach William Smoot. “However, these kids have been amazing and have truly become a family as well as a team.”

The team is trying to raise money to cover travel expenses. Donations can be sent to:

Vancouver Pop Warner

P.O. Box 2594

Vancouver, WA 98668

Local runners reach regionals

Middle-school age runners from the Vancouver-based Whisper Running cross country club competed on Saturday at the USATF Junior Olympic meet Saturday in Seattle.

Several advanced to regionals, to be held next Saturday at Woodland Park in Seattle.

Sara Cordova finished fourth among 11-12 year-old girls in a 3,000 meter race. Michael McCoy finished ninth among 9-10 year-old boys. Josh McKinstry was 15th among 11-12 year-old boys.

Among 13-14 year-old girls running 4,000 meters, Abby Wall (9th), Kira Mahaffy (11th), Katelyn Flolo (16th), Ashley McKinstry (23th), Kiley O’Brien (25th), Emily Rosenkranz (28th) Callie Ulin and Candi Owen all advanced to regionals. Jude Helmes (28th) advanced among 13-14 year-old boys.

“I couldn’t be more happy for everyone who ran today, especially for the kids who have another opportunity to run again next weekend” said coach David Caldwell.

Bottelberghe named swimmer of the year

Josh Bottelberghe, 17, a senior at Columbia River High School, was named Oregon Swimming’s male swimmer of the year on Sunday at the organization’s Top 5 Awards Ceremony held at Canby, Ore.

Bottelberghe, who recently committed to Notre Dame, swims for the Portland Aquatic Club.