The Washington State Volleyball Coaches Association named Brewster's Brooklynne Boesel, a junior and outside hitter, to the 2B state first team in volleyball.

Bears teammate Karste Wright, junior, was an honorable mention at outside/right-side hitter.

Lake Roosevelt’s Addison Hansen, senior, was an honorable mention at middle blocker.

In 1A, Chelan’s Lexie Gleasman, senior, was named as an outside hitter to the first team.

Cascade’s Ashley Ross and Megan Evans along with Chelan’s Emma McLaren were honorable mention at outside/right-side hitters.

Leanna Garfoot and Xitlai Cruz of Chelan were honorable mention at setter.

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Omak High School cheerleader Kesla Fry, a senior, will celebrate the holidays on the other side of the pond by performing at the London New Year’s Day Parade.

She will be gone Dec. 26 through Jan. 2.

Fry is one of more than 800 high school cheerleaders from across the U.S. who will be representing varsity spirit in the world-famous parade. She will be part of an All-American program selected from Universal Cheerleaders Association and National Cheerleaders Association at summer camps across the country.

All-Americans are chosen based on superior athletic and leadership skills. Only the top 12 percent of athletes who attend camps earn the chance to perform in the holiday spectacular.

“The All-American program is celebrating its 31st year in 2018, and our talented cheerleaders, dancers and drum majors really enjoy the opportunity to show their skills to a very enthusiastic international audience,“ said Mike Fultz, international Event coordinator for Varsity Spirit.

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Winter, along with skiing, is fast approaching at the Loup Loup Ski Bowl.

The hill has moved from nine inches of snow to 14 inches as of Dec. 17 after getting four inches during the night.

The temperature was 35 degrees around lunch time.

Snowshoeing is open, the South Summit cross country trails were packed but thin and Bear Mountain luge was close to opening.

Fat tire biking and the ski hill were closed.

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Methow Trails officially opened for skiing, fat biking and snowshoeing on Dec. 13.

Currently about 50 percent of the trails are groomed and open, primarily in the Sun Mountain, Rendezvous and Mazama areas.

Preliminary grooming will continue in other areas with an anticipated opening of the rest of the system after the next storm.

Daily conditions, ticket information, trail recommendations and a live grooming report are available on the website (www.methowtrails.org) and the mobile app (search Methow Trails).

Methow Trails can be followed on Facebook and Instagram for photos and updates.

Methow Trails, once completely open, will maintain the largest cross-country ski area in North America with more than 120 miles of trails that includes Carlton, Twisp, Winthrop and Mazama.

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Nordic skiing and grooming opened Friday at the Echo Ridge Nordic Ski Area about 10 miles north of Chelan.

“Ski area personnel established a good snow base last week and grooming will continue this week as the area receives additional snowfall,” said Chelan Ranger District Recreation Program Manager Paul Willard on Dec. 13.

Skiers will encounter typical early season conditions with thin spots on some trail sections. All trailheads in the Echo Ridge Nordic Ski Area are plowed and open for parking. Roads in the Chelan district designated for snowmobile use are now closed to wheeled motorized vehicles due to increasing snow depths. However, snow depths are still insufficient for snowmobile trail grooming.

The trail system provides more than 24 miles (40K) of trails for skate and classic skiing and nine miles (15K) of snowshoe trails primarily along open ridge tops with commanding views of the Lake Chelan Valley and surrounding mountain ranges.

Once the ski area officially opens, passes for both ski and snowshoe trail use will be required.

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Buck Workman (8,270) edged Jim Serles (8,150) for high score at Tuesday’s pinochle night at the Eagles in Okanogan.

Those wishing to play or be a substitute can contact Buck Workman at 509-422-6920.

Play starts at 6 p.m. each Tuesday.

High scores: 8,270, Buck Workman. 8,150, Jim Serles. 7,560, Joe Feddersen. 7,190, Pat Byrd.

Partners with 300 pinochle: Vivian Olsick and Debbie Nuehring; Paul Steuermann and Debbie Nuehring; Tim Norman and Dee Tarnowski; Doug Ralston and Joe Feddersen; Doug Ralston and Gail Norman.

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Start off the new year with a First Day Hike at a Washington state park, with no Discover Pass needed Jan. 1.

Participating in Okanogan County are Alta Lake and Pearrygin Lake state parks.

The two-mile hike at Alta Lake includes Goat Mountain.

There will be a discussion at 1 p.m. on the geology the area’s glacially carved valley and the recent fire seasons with a ranger. Hot coffee, cocoa and snacks will be available.

At Pearrygin Lake starting at 10 a.m., people can try their hand at fat biking by bringing a bike or renting one in Winthrop.

Views overlooking the lake can be had on the Rexx Derr Trail.

A Sno-Park permit is required.

Al Camp is the sports editor at The Chronicle. Email him at sports@omakchronicle.com.

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