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Community notebook: Ridgefield youth earns spot at Mariners competition


A Ridgefield 12-year-old softball player will soon be standing on the green grass of Seattle’s T-Mobile Park.

Elizabeth Peery, a seventh grader at View Ridge Middle School, has advanced to the Seattle Mariners team championship of Major League Baseball’s Pitch, Hit & Run competition.

She won the all-around title in a local event hosted by Ridgefield Little League, then won the sectional competition in Hillsboro, Ore., to punch her ticket to Seattle.

The Seattle competition is June 23 with the top results advancing to the MLB All-Star Game in Cleveland.

Peery got her start in Ridgefield Little League and now plays for Shockwave, a traveling tournament softball team.

Trapper Running Camp set for July

The Trapper Distance Running Camp will take place July 22-26 at Fort Vancouver High School.

The camp for runners in grades 5-8 will be from 8 to 10 a.m. each day.

Cost is $10 a day or $30 for all five days.

Instructors are Fort Vancouver cross country coaches Owen Frasier and Kalley Sears. Student coaches will include Emily Phelps, Anna Harrison and drew Weber, all of which were state qualifiers while at Fort.

Anna (Aoki) Verschueren, a 1998 Pac-10 champion for Washington in the 10,000 meters and Fort record holder, is scheduled to be a guest speaker.

To register, send camper’s name, grade and school plus parent’s name, address and email address along with list of any allergies to Fort Vancouver High School Attn: Owen Frasier, 5700 E. 18th St., Vancouver, WA 98661. Make checks payable to Fort Vancouver High Schoool.

For more information, contact Frasier at 360-798-0791 or email

Whisper Running training begins

Summer training with Whisper Running for runners of all abilities going into grades 5-12 begins June 17 and lasts nine weeks to prepare for the 2019 cross country season.

Sprint/speed training takes place from 9-11 a.m. on Mondays and Fridays, and 9 a.m. to noon on Wednesdays. Distance practices are Monday through Friday.

Cost for the Summer Training Package is $415 for all nine weeks or $185 for eight training sessions.

For more information or to sign up visit

McChesney fastest again at David Douglas

Vancouver’s Jesse McChesney ran away from the pack for the second week in a row in winning the Clark County Running Club’s Summer Series race.

McChesney finished the second David Douglas 5K in 17 minutes, 19 seconds. He posted a 16:54 last week on the same course.

Branden Chou, 15, was second out of 81 runners with a time of 19:00. Bill Dolan, 38, of Washougal, was third in 19:07.

Roselynn Martin, 16, was the first female finisher. She was 11th overall in 20:13, which was 12 seconds better than her women’s top finishing time a week ago.

Second among the women was Michaela Bruns, 22, of Vancouver in 23:23, and third was Silvia Reyes, 45, of Vancouver in 23:31.

Next in the series is consecutive runs at Cottonwood Beach Park in Camas. The Washougal Dike 3- and 5-mile runs start at 7 p.m. on Wednesday and June 19.

More information online at

Community event at Vancouver Tennis Center

The Vancouver Tennis Center will be hosting a free Summer Kick-Off event from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, open to all tennis and non-tennis players.

All indoor and outdoors courts will be available for open play, drills and games led by the VTC pros.

There will also be music, hand-made popsicles from a local vendor, giveaways, and event promotions.

Victory come up short against PacNW

The Vancouver Victory are still looking for their first Evergreen Premier League soccer victory of the season as they lost to Pacific Northwest 3-2 on Saturday at Harmony Sports Complex.

All the scoring was in the second half. Austin Rios scored Vancouver’s first goal at the 60-minute mark, and Robert George had the second goal in the 89th minute.

The next home game for the Victory at Harmony is 5 p.m. June 30 against Washington Premier.

Admission is $6 adults and free for ages 12-under.

For more information about the Victory, visit their Facebook page at or their website at

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