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Community notebook: FC Salmon Creek Nemesis set for U15 nationals

By , Columbian Soccer, hockey and Community Sports Reporter

The FC Salmon Creek Nemesis will kick off play at the U.S. Youth Soccer National Championships on Tuesday.

The Nemesis take on FC Pride Elite of Indianapolis in the first pool-play game in the girls under-15 tournament at Frisco, Texas. Kickoff is at 5:30 a.m. PDT. A live web stream of the match can be viewed at championships.usyouthsoccer.org/live.

The Nemesis is one of four regional champions at the national tournament. Four more teams qualified for the eight-team national tournament based on their finish in the U.S. Youth Soccer National League.

The Nemesis’ other group-play matches are scheduled for 9:30 a.m. PDT on Wednesday and 5:30 a.m. PDT Thursday.

The top two teams in each pool advance to the semifinals on Saturday. The national championship match is scheduled for Sunday morning.

This is the third consecutive summer that this team — coached by former U.S. Women’s National Team defender Tina Ellertson — has competed at a national tournament. In 2014 the Nemesis won the National Premier League national tournament. They finished second last summer at the NPL finals.

The Nemesis are the Oregon Youth Soccer state champions. This is believed to be the first time a Oregon girls team has advanced to this national tournament.

Softball team splits 6 games at national event

The Northwest Raptors girls softball team won three of the six games it played at the 16U Gold ASA/USA National Tournament in Broken Arrow, Okla.

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The Hockinson-based team won two of its three games in pool play and its first game in the 34-team double-elimination bracket. A 10-9 loss to the Oregon Titans DeMarini knocked the Raptors into the loser-out bracket. In that game, the Raptors trailed 10-4 in the bottom of the seventh, but their rally came up one run short. The Oregon team finished third in the tournament.

A 6-4 loss on Friday to Tulsa Elite NWA eliminated the Raptors.

Players for the Raptors were Lilly Casey, Haley Buck, Lorigan Steuben, Kaila Ward, Amber Griffith, Hailey Starnes, Danielle Joli, Hannah Starnes, Morgan Stradley, Paige Forsberg, Paige Stinson, Chloe Blehm and Alexis Morrison. Casey, Ward, Hailey Starnes and Stinson did not travel to nationals. Abby Runyon and Hailey Runyon were added to the roster for nationals. Aaron Buck was the head coach.

Local team places 17th at CrossFit Games

CrossFit Fort Vancouver finished 17th at the 2016 Reebok CrossFit Games.

Competing at CrossFit’s international championships for the eighth consecutive year, CrossFit Fort Vancouver got off to a good start with a fifth-place finish in the first event of the team competition. The team’s second best score was a 10th-place in the fifth of the 10 events. The top 10 teams through 10 events advanced to the team finals.

A total of 40 teams from around the world qualified for the competition, which concluded on Sunday at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif.

CrossFit Fort Vancouver qualified at a regional competition in Portland that involved teams from the Northwest and Western Canada.

In 2010, CrossFit Fort Vancouver finished first in the team competition at the CrossFit Games. This year, CrossFit Mayhem from Cookeville, Tenn., won the team championship.

Aloha 5K is Saturday

A 5-kilometer fun run and walk will take place at 8 a.m. Saturday at Esther Short Park. The Aloha 5K Fun Run is part of the Three Days of Aloha Hawaiian Festival which happens Friday through Sunday at the park.

Cost is $30 for those who register by Thursday, $40 on the day of the run. Ages 12 and younger can participate for free.

The run begins at 8:15 a.m., with race-day registration opening at 7 a.m.

Register or learn more at hawaiianfestivalpnw.com/#run.

117 run CCRC race

Sam Garvin won the Clark County Running Club’s 3-mile Round Lake Run on Wednesday.

Garvin, 18, finished in 17 minutes and 48 seconds.

Six of the top 10 finishers were teenagers. Victoria Kehler, 19, was the first female to record an official time. She was 13th overall in 21:35.

A total of 117 runners had official times recorded. Their results are in the Community Sports Scoreboard.

The CCRC summer series is back at Round Lake Park this Wednesday. The run starts at 7 p.m. with registration at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $2, free for club members.

COMMUNITY SPORTS NEWS is published each Tuesday. Submit items by sending email to paul.danzer@columbian.com or by calling 360-735-4521.

Columbian Soccer, hockey and Community Sports Reporter