Going home to visit parents

Rachael Kraske of Omak helped her George Fox University women’s track team both on and off the field.

The Bruins women’s and men’s track team recently were named 2013 NCAA Division III All-Academic Teams by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

The women’s team finished with a 3.655 grade-point average, the second-highest grade-point average in the nation. Pomona-Pitzer Colleges took the top honor with a 3.686 GPA.

Sprinter Kraske and jumper Emily Wyatt each earned All-Academic Women’s Team honors.

Kraske has a 3.42 GPA after two years while working toward a double major in English and Spanish.

She competed in the NCAA Outdoor National Championships, finishing 19th in the 400-meter hurdles.

Entering nationals, she was 13th in the 400 hurdles after running a 1:01.96 in the Saint Martin’s University Last Chance meet, a time that led the Northwest Conference and is No. 3 all-time at George Fox.

Kraske earned four All-NWC honors at the conference championships, winning the 200- and 400-meter dashes and finishing second in the 100-meter hurdles and with the 4x400 meter relay team.

The George Fox women, who won their third straight conference outdoor championship and finished 14th in the NCAA Nationals (their highest place ever as an NCAA member), were one of 148 teams according All-Academic Team honors.

Okanogan County sent five soccer players to the National Premier League Champions Cup earlier this month in Denver, Colo.

The player, who competed for the U14 Wenatchee Fire representing Washington State, included Nico Avena and Shjon Balauro, who will be freshmen at Omak High School this fall, Victor Chacon and Felix Nava of Brewster and Charlie Thornton-White of Winthrop.

Wenatchee went 0-3 in flight C, but did score against elite teams from big cities.

St. Louis Scott Gallagher from the metro area of Illinois doused the Fire, 4-0, in the opener July 18.

St. Louis would win the tournament title.

“The first thing out of other teams’ mouths was, ‘Where the heck is Wenatchee?’” Steph Avena said. “Of all the teams, we were obviously from the smallest town. It sounds a little funny, Wenatchee versus Metro St. Louis.”

Chicago Fire Juniors from Mississippi knocked the Fire, 5-2, on July 19 and Pro Soccer Academy FC from Maryland edged the Fire, 3-2, on July 20.

“The boys really grew in confidence as the tournament went on and played the last team, Maryland, well before losing by one goal,” Avena said.

Balauro played in goal against Mississippi and earned a penalty kick against Maryland, which was converted by another Fire player.

The new football coach at Brewster is no stranger to this region.

Jake Johanson, 25, attended school in Pateros until the 10th grade then moved to East Wenatchee, where he graduated from Eastmont High School.

“I went on to play for the (minor league football team) Wenatchee Valley Rams for three years as a linebacker,” Johanson said. “I coached two years as an eighth-grade assistant at Eastmont and then one year as a high school assistant at Eastmont. I have been an assistant for two years at Brewster.”

Johanson, who graduated from Central Washington University, is a special education teacher for the junior and senior high schools at Brewster.

He replaces Mike Don, who returned to western Washington to be the head coach at class 3A Meadowdale.

Don was the coach at Lynnwood 2010-2011 before coaching a year at Brewster.

Professional Jet Ski racer Kevin Redinger is expected to be released from the hospital later this week after undergoing surgery for injuries he sustained in a high-speed crash July 21.

Redinger, 45, of Yakima, was racing in the Apple Pie Jamboree in Pateros when his ski bobbled and he fell into the path of racer Aaron Newport of Benton City. Newport’s Kawasaki SXR hit Redinger at upwards of 55 mph at the checkered flag.

Initially, Redinger was taken to Three Rivers Hospital. Doctors had him transferred to Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee, where he underwent a surgery that included removal of part of his intestines and colon.

Professional bullrider Shane Proctor, formerly of Grand Coulee, scored 84 points last Wednesday to finish tied for third overall in the Days of ’47 Rodeo in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Riding Purple People Eater, the 28-year-old Proctor had the highest score of the night.

Proctor competed in both saddle bronc and bullriding and is currently ranked 12th in the world on bulls.

Wesley Silcox of Santaquin, Utah, won the overall bullriding title with 89 points. Hutch Haslam of Morgan, Utah, was second with 86 points and Matt Pojanowski tied Proctor.

Fishing continues to do well at the Conconully lakes.

“Fishing has been so great that I’m afraid we may run out of fish,” Gene Bussell of Liar’s Cove Resort said.

“There have been so many carryover rainbows caught between 15 to 18 inches long and a pound and a half to two pounds.”

Anglers have been using lots of garlic, he said.

That includes garlic Power Bait, garlic Power Eggs and garlic Lunker Lotion.

“Most of the fish have been caught along the lower dam and about 45-feet deep,” Bussell said.

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