WENATCHEE — The Eastern Sectional and Washington Xcel gymnastics meets will be held April 5-7 at Wenatchee High School.
Both meets will be hosted by S.P.O.R.T. Gymnastics and Sport Development and Education.
“We have over 550 gymnasts coming in from all over the state,” said meet director Sue Harris.
The Eastern Sectional meet will include gymnasts from Spokane, the Tri-Cities, Yakima, Ellensburg and Wenatchee. The met will begin at 2 p.m. Friday and will continue at 8 a.m. Saturday.
The Xcel competition will begin at 4:30 p.m. Saturday.
“Xcel is a brand new division of USA Gymnastics and the fasting growing section of competitive gymnastics in the United States,” according to a press release issued by S.P.O.R.T. Gymnastics. “The Xcel Division has five different levels from very beginning to advanced. This program eliminates the compulsory portion of competitive gymnastics and is designed around optional skills. The kids have more fun in this division, and the idea is to keep gymnasts in the sport longer.”
S.P.O.R.T. Gymnastics’s Emily Brault, Aleah Bucknum and Alyssa Laney will compete in the platinum and diamond divisions, the highest divisions of Xcel.
The meet will continue at 8 a.m. Sunday.
Admission will cost $10 for adults and $8 for children 6 years and older. Children five years and younger will be admitted free. Tickets are available at S.P.O.R.T. Gymnastics (10 S. Columbia Street, Wenatchee) and CrosSport Performance (501 S. Wenatchee Ave., Wenatchee).
Ali Brandt and Ali Pierce qualified for the 2013 Region 2 championships, to be held at Shoreline Community College in Seattle on April 14, after competing at a Level 8 state competition in Bellevue last weekend.
Brandt won the Senior C state championship in the vault, and also place third in bars and fourth in the all-around.
Pierce, competing in the Senior A age group, placed eighth in the floor exercise and 11th in the all-around.
Former Seahawks fullback Strong to speak in Wenatchee
WENATCHEE — Former Seattle Seahawks fullback Mack Strong is scheduled to speak at the All Service Club Luncheon, to be held May 1 at the Wenatchee Convention Center Grand Ballroom.
Doors open at 11:30 a.m., and the program will begin at noon. Single tickets will cost $25, and a table of 10 will cost $225. Tickets are available at appleblossom.org or at the Apple Blossom Festival Office, 2 S. Chelan Ave., Wenatchee.
Strong, who played his entire 15-year NFL career with the Seahawks and retired in 2007, was a two-time Pro Bowler and named an all-pro in 2005. In 2008, he joined the Fox Sports Northwest network, and he can be heard on KJR regularly.
Strong has served on the Washington board of HOPE worldwide — a non-profit organization, which develops programs around the world for the most under-served and in need. He helped to begin Strong Alliance, a company that focuses on corporate team building and the development of youth education and leadership programs.
SET Coaching team member receives All-American status in triathlon, duathlon
WENATCHEE — Sarah Barkley of SET Coaching has received the designation of All-American by USA Triathlon.
Barkley achieved All-American status for two sports: triathlon and duathlon.
All-American status is awarded to the top five percent of athletes in the triathlon and duathlon each year. Barkley received the designations for the 2012 race season.
In addition to receiving the designations, Barkley was invited to race for USA Triathlon at the Ottawa ITU Duathlon World Championships in Ottawa, Ontario, in August.
“I’m honored to receive both designations for this past race season and to have the opportunity to race for Team USA again,” Barkley said in a press release. “I enjoy taking what I learn through racing at this level and applying it to the training and race programs of the athletes I coach.”
Wenatchee native records big numbers in junior hockey league
BREMERTON — Wenatchee native Kai Wilkins wrapped up the hockey season recently with a team-best 119 points (46 goals, 73 assists) for the Northern Pacific Hockey League’s West Sound Warriors, and recorded another 10 points (one goal, nine assists) in eight playoff games.
The 18-year-old’s point totals saw a big spike from his 2011-12 campaign, during which he recorded 53 points for the Junior Tier III team.
West Sound finished the regular season with a 31-8-1 record and a division title. It lost in the Cascade Cup final 3-2 in a best-of-five series against Bellingham.