Locals shine at state meet — Emily Brockman highlighted a strong performance by Bend Swim Club swimmers at the 2013 Oregon Swimming Short Course 11-14 Age Group Championships, held Feb. 21-24 at Osborn Aquatic Center in Corvallis. Swimming in the 12-year-old girls division, Brockman set a new age-group state record in the 200-yard breaststroke with her winning time of 2 minutes, 25.30 seconds. She placed first in a total of five events and second in another on her way to winning the high-point award in her class. Other event winners for BSC were Emma Brady, Audrie Stephens, Teresa Cobb, Hannah Peterson and Ben Brockman. BSC finished second in the team scoring behind Tualatin Hills. For complete BSC results, see Community Sports Scoreboard (below).
Special Olympians to compete in Bend — Four athletes representing High Desert Special Olympics will take part in a powerlifting meet this Saturday in Bend. The competition will take place from 10 a.m. until noon at Bend Barbell, 2625 N.E. Butler Market Road. The roster of lifters includes three men — Alan Hubbell, Troy Richards and Richard Robertson — all of whom will perform in squat, bench press and dead lift. A female lifter, Dareth Steffey, is expected to perform the bench press and dead lift. Brian McLaughlin serves as coach of the local Special Olympics lifters, assisted by Scott Edmondson, Rob Carlson and Shawn Vial. Spectators are welcome at Saturday’s event; admission is free.
Sponsorships available for local race — Central Oregon Pediatric Associates has announced a partnership with Healthy Beginnings to pay registration fees for 100 families to participate in the 2013 Grin & Bear It Run this Saturday in Bend. Any family wishing to receive the COPA sponsorship in the 1-mile family fun run portion of the race can sign up online at Healthy Beginnings, www.MYHB.org, and use the promo code “COPAkids” when checking out at the end of the registration process. The sponsorship applies only to the family fun run fees. The annual Grin & Bear It Run also includes 10- and 5-kilometer races and is a benefit for Central Oregon’s Healthy Beginnings 12-Point Kid Inspections Program. For more information on the race, visit myhb.org/events/grin-bear-it-run.
Locals qualify for nordic Jr. Nationals — Three cross-country skiers with the Bend Endurance Academy have qualified to compete for the Pacific Northwest Ski Association in the 2013 Junior National Championships, to be held March 11-16 in Fairbanks, Alaska. Vivian Hawkinson (Female J1), Teddy Widmer (Male J1) and Ryan St. Clair (Male OJ) secured their trips to Alaska with their performances Feb. 23-24 in a Junior National Qualifier event at Mount Spokane, Wash. Hawkinson placed first in the 10K classic and second in the 10K skate. Widmer finished fifth in the 10K classic race. And St. Clair placed first in both the 10K classic and skate races.
OSU-Cascades club skiers to nationals — Two members of the Oregon State University-Cascades Campus club sports program have qualified to compete in the United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association national championships this week in Sun Valley, Idaho. Sierra Foster, a freshman cross-country skier, won the 5- and 10-kilometer nordic events in the collegiate division in the Sunnyside Qualifier at Mt. Bachelor ski area in January. Christian Schuster, a freshman alpine skier, qualified at the regional competition held last month in Red Lodge, Mont. The national championships get under way today and run through Saturday.
Youth program seeks coaches — Volunteer coaches are needed for the Bend Park & Recreation District’s upcoming Spring Youth Lacrosse League. The program is for boys and girls in grades 1-8. Coaches typically devote about five hours per week during the 10-week season, which begins April 1 and runs through May 31. Teams will meet twice a week and play an eight-game schedule. Coaches can select their own practice days and times. Applicants will be screened for criminal history and must have some knowledge of lacrosse. For more information, call Rich at the park district office, 541-706-6126.
— Bulletin staff reports