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Isabelle Richard, 8, and Kaila Graham, 13, travel to Virginia Beach, Va., this week for the Rhythmic Gymnastics National Championships. The pair recently qualified in regional competition at Arlington, Wash. Richard, a second-grade student at Eugene's Buena Vista Spanish Immersion School, has trained for one year and will compete in level 4 floor, ball and rope routines. Graham, a seventh-grader at Kennedy Middle School, has trained for a year and a half and will compete in level 5 floor, ball, rope and hoop routines. They train through the city of Eugene's Prima Rhythmics program at Sheldon Community Center, and are coached by former Bulgarian Olympian Ekaterina Ivanova.


Accomplishment Rowing winners: Last week at the Brentwood International Regatta at Mill Bay, British Columbia, near Victoria, the one local Oregon Association of Rowers Juniors' victory came in the final event of the meet as the Junior A Novice Four+ boat rowed by Stella Mosher, Hannah Austin, Ellen Free, Jenna Rosenfeld and Michelle McRae (cox) won its race. The local high school team also claimed one runner-up finish and several fourth- and fifth-place finishes against the Pacific Coast's strongest competition.

Camps and Instruction YMCA sports camps: The Eugene Family YMCA will offer four summer sports camps, one at Roosevelt Middle School and three at Northwest Christian College. The day camp at Roosevelt is for boys and girls entering second and third grades and will feature a different sport each week, including soccer, flag football, baseball/softball and basketball. This camp is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Sport-specific camps at NCC include a June 26-29 volleyball camp with separate sessions for grades 3-6 and 7-9. The fee is $80. The girls basketball camp is July 17-20 and has four sessions for grades K-2, 3-4, 5-8 and 9-12. The fee varies by age. The boys basketball camp is July 24-27 and details are similar to the girls camp.

Registration for all camps may be made at the YMCA. Scholarships are available by application. For more information, call 686-9622, or go online to

Summer soccer: FC Willamette Junior Academy for boys and girls ages 8-11 offers individual skill development while providing youth with the opportunity to play in tournaments throughout the state. Separate academies are held in Eugene/Springfield and Corvallis. Registration deadline is June 10. Contacts: Dave King, (541) 753-4902, or visit

George Walcott's All Sport Speed & Conditioning Camp is June 19-22 for grades 5-8 and June 26-29 for grades 9-12 at the Churchill High School track. Contact Walcott at 688-7903 or 517-4270.

Youth golf camp: The First Tee of Willamette Valley is offering a summer golf camp for boys and girls ages 8-17. The camp includes 10 one-hour meetings in a choice of two sessions - June 19-July 22 or July 24-Aug. 26 - and a choice of five Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday time slots. The camp takes place at The Nines course at RiverRidge Golf Complex. Registration is $85 per golfer and scholarships are available. Registration and information are available at the Eugene Family YMCA front desk or by calling 686-9622.

Advantage Basketball Camps will hold a ball-handling camp for all ages July 10-14 at Cedar Park Middle School in Portland. Tuition is $235 for the 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. sessions. Contacts: (800) 670-0013 or

Jim Boutin's Basketball Camp is Aug. 7-11 in Pleasant Hill. The coed camp for ages 8-18 groups players by age with no more than eight per coach. Sessions are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 9 a.m. to noon on Friday. The $220 cost includes a camp T-shirt, lunch and four games each day. Call the former LCC men's coach at (503) 371-7306 for a brochure.

Dribble Drive Basketball Camp is Aug. 7-10 at the Morse Event Center at Northwest Christian College. The program includes traditional sessions for boys and girls entering grades 1-8 and advanced skills sessions for grades 4-8. Costs range from $40 to $100 per player. E-mail for registration information.

Events Kidsports baseball/softball practice for grades K-4 may begin this week. Families who have registered but haven't received a call from a coach should call 683-2374 for practice time and location information.

Middle school track and field athletes will assemble at Hayward Field Thursday afternoon for Eugene School District 4J's annual district championship meet. Participants qualified in two sub-district meets last week and admission is free. Field events begin after 1 p.m. and running events start two hours later.

Pitch, Hit & Run, the national, Pepsi-sponsored baseball skills competition, will hold its local competition Saturday at 10 a.m. at Graham Field, 2190 Polk Street. Registration is free and open to boys and girls in 7-8, 9-10, 11-12 and 13-14 age groups. Local winners have the opportunity to advance through four levels. Parents must fill out a registration/waiver form at the start of the event. Contact: Dave Clark,, or 683-2374, ext. 112.

Churchill's lacrosse team will hold a garage sale fundraiser Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the high school. For more information or to donate items for sale, call 683-4150.

3-on-3 basketball: The ninth annual Warsaw 3-on-3 basketball tournament is Saturday at McArthur Court. The all-day event tips off at 9:30 a.m. and seeks to raise $15,000 for the Stephen Dember Memorial Scholarship Fund. Three- or four-member teams age 15 and older are invited to register at $40 per team. Online registration is available at More than 60 teams are expected to play, earning food and other prizes from event sponsors.

Teams Forming U10 girls basketball: Fireballs basketball has openings for two or three players currently in third or fourth grade. The team will play a summer league plus AAU tournaments within Oregon. For details, contact Terry Duke at 285-5756 or 689-0720.

U14 girls soccer: The Blue Crush will hold tryouts Tuesday and Thursday, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., on the Sheldon High School turf field for players interested in summer tournaments and preparation for high school. Contact: Deb Weinman, 485-8937.

Help Wanted Kidsports umpires needed: Anyone interested in officiating Kidsports baseball and softball games this summer may attend an organizational meeting Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Cesar Chavez School cafeteria, 1510 West 14th Avenue. No experience is necessary. Training is provided and pay is $16-26 per game. Show up at the meeting, or if you have questions, contact Hal Williams at or call 683-2374, ext. 110.
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Date:May 15, 2006
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