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Page 10 glT, i r, - June 20, 2012 ,,00PORTS Jr. high track produces some good times, marks Sweet Home Junior High's track program experienced a surge of newcomers this year, which re- sulted in a very young team that showed a lot of promise, Head Coach Lela Danforth said. Eighth-grader Matt Davis ran 15.34 to break a long-standing 100 hurdles recordset by Brandon Gaskey, father of Davis' former teammate Kyler Gaskey, who was a high school freshman this year. She said others who show promise going into their freshman year include eighth-graders Patric -Dishaw, Josie Knight, Kayleen Keeney and Sierra Swanson. Knight led the 1-8-school Tri-County League in the 100, at 13.24, despite suffering injuries that severely curtailed her ability to compete most of the season. Swanson and Keeney were late- bloomers this season. Dishaw was a force in the discus (118-0), in which he posted the third-best mark in the league, and the shot put (40-7). Swanson high jumped 4-4 to finish sixth in the league fi- nal marks, and dropped her 800 time by 17 seconds (2:44.20) over the course of five meets, while Keeney tried a number of events, but showed great prom- ise as a thrower, Danforth said. "Sierra clicked this year and learned how to compete," she said. "Kayleen was new to track and was trying to find her events. She has a lot of promise in the throws." "We were a young, inexpe- rienced team this year," she said. "We had a lot of new kids and we were trying to fit the new kids into spots they were willing to try." Finding enough assistants to give the rookies the training they need at the jun!or high level is always a challenge and Danforth said that was again the case this year. The program can always use help. Plus, the wet weather made training in some events difficult. "We didn't get to practice a few things," she said. -- Despite the challenges, the Tigers had some newcomers who were outstanding. Sixth-grader Miya Claborn was the top thrower for all three grades for Sweet Home, throwing Team members include, in front, from left, Natasha Rasmussen, Elias Carter, Bethany Gingerich, Tucker Downs, Abby Stone, Zak Rivera, Tucker Porter, Mary Bursey, Gracie Olson, Nelson Rodgers, Kendyl Stutzman, Joseph Mattson and Jessilynn Thomas. In second row, from left, are Caylie Trewin, Grant Jared, Ramon Humphries, Janel Aiello, Dana Hiett, Melaney Wilson, Kayla Miller, Josie Knight, Dillon Stutzman, Ally Tow, Rose Wingo, Natasha Benson, Kelika Aiona, Kaylee Lewis, Shelby Dinsfriend and Lola Wingo. In third row, from left, are Coach Jake Comstock, Coach Jenny Hamn, Coach John Mithen, Dakota Garcia, Kristen Adams, Ryan Frause, Trey Read, Rebecca Wooley, Jackson Casteel, Nick Rietz, Keisha Goble, Kira Long, Trevor Miner, Jasmine Johnston, Coach Diane Rasmussen and Coach Martin Steinbock. In the rear, from left, are Heather Hamn, Co#on Kirkland, Nicholas Richard, Katelyn Glover, Keegan Downs, Adam Barber, Nicholas Rodgers, Tyler Funk, Patric Dishaw, Spencer Spenser, Kyle Thomas, Matt Davis, Kayleen Keeney, Joseph Rasmussen, Sierra Swanson and Mikaela Batchelor. Not pictured are Head Coach Lela Danforth, Coach Mariah Thomas, Coach Sarah Hawkins, Alec Rice, Miya Claborn, Justin Carpenter, Kyle Thornton, lsabell Morgan and Kaitlyn Pritchard. Josie Knight, center, leads teammates, from left, Rebecca Wooley, Dakota Garcia and Lola Wingo in the 100. 68-10 in the discus and 28-9 in the shot, finishing second among all sixth-graders in the league in both events. Sixth-graders Zach Rivera and Ally Tow posted the top marks in the league in the high jump, in which they equaled the best marks posted by anyone for Sweet Home, Rivera at 4-10 and Tow at 44 - both school records. Kelika Aiona was sixth in the league in the shot among sixth- graders (27-7) and Heather Hamn was fourth in the discus (65-11), with Kayla Miller fifth (64-6) in the final league standings. Among seventh-graders, Trey Reed posted the fastest time in the league in the boys 400 (58.66), while Tyler Funk was second in the 100 hurdles (17.34) Summer track runs through July Sign-ups for the Sweet Home Track and Running Club's summer program are on-going. Practices are held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., which allows parents to participate if they so desire. The program runs through the end of July and includes the option of co- peting in open meets in Eugene. Cost is $25, with discounts for multiple participants. For more information, contact Coach Lela Danforth at (541) 401- 3575. Matt Davis AYSO soccer signups under way America Youth Soccer Sign- ups will be held for ages 4-18 at the Lebanon Elks Lodge, 633 Park St. as follows: Friday, June 22, from 7-8:30 p.m.; Wednesday, June 27, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.; and Monday, July 9, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. AYSO Region 870 is a non- profit, all volunteer organization. For information about registration, contact the registrar at registrar@ albanyayso.org. Regular registration is $85 per player, or $215 for three or more in same family. Registration in- cludes uniform (shirt, shorts, and socks), and covers fall and spring play. Players registering for the first time will need to bring proof of age, such as a birth certificate, immunization record, or school transcript. Coach and referee train- ing is available and mandatory for coaches and refs. For more information, visit www.ayso870.org. Sierra Swanson