State American Legion baseball tournaments will be held in Idaho and Washington this week.
The Spokane Blue Devils and Spokane Bandits open at the Washington state AAA tourney in Selah today. The Bandits face the Twin City Titans at 9 a.m. The Blue Devils take on the Hanford Flames at 4 p.m.
The Blue Devils and Bandits are on the same side of the bracket. Pacific Tech of Longview is the defending champ.
• In Idaho, the Coeur d’Alene Lumbermen (39-19) and the Prairie Cardinals (24-23) qualified for state, which begins Wednesday in Twin Falls.
Coeur d’Alene defeated Prairie 15-1 in the district championship game Sunday in Trail, British Columbia. Grant Curtis threw a four hitter. Colin Comack, Jason Pattis, Joe Roletto and Pete Hoffman each had two hits.
Prairie, which is made up of players from Post Falls, Lakeland and Timberlake high schools, is making its first trip to state since 2003.
CdA takes on Pocatello and Prairie meets Treasure Valley in openers.
• The Club Spokane Cougars won the 13-Under Pony state championship recently in Kirkland.
The Cougars went 4-0. They will represent Washington in the Pony West Zone Region tournament in Fullerton, Calif.
Cal Webb and Jordan Summers both went 9 for 15 at state. Dylan Steen was the winning pitcher in the final. Other team members are: Aaron Beaulaurier, Alex Berman, Jermaine Ducham, Taylor Eskridge, Alec Jacob, Tanner Parker, JP Phipps, James Rodriguez and Johnny Sage. They’re coached by Steve Webb, Joe Sage and Preston Ashe.
Summer girls hoops
The Northwest Blazers Orange finished runner-up in one of the top AAU tournaments in the nation Monday.
The Blazers Orange fell 63-48 to the Cal Swish Black of Los Angeles in the elite division final at the Music City Madness in Nashville, Tenn. Cal Swish has lost once this summer and that was to the Blazers Orange in the semifinals at the End of the Trail tournament in Oregon City, Ore.
“They played very well,” Blazers Orange coach Steve Klees said. “We didn’t play particularly well in the finals, but they’re very good. They play everybody across the nation.”
The Blazers Orange defeated Wolfpack Black from North Carolina 69-35, Texas Furry 68-27, Memphis Elite 51-41, Oregon City Black 65-42, CBC Black from Colorado 46-38 and Mission Rec Rebels of San Francisco 56-46 before losing to Cal Swish.
The Blazers Orange have been in the finals of all six tourneys they’ve played in this summer.
The Northwest Blazers Black took sixth in the elite division. The Northwest Blazers White took third in the All-Star division.
• The Spokane Stars Blue and the Spokane Sandpipers 15-Under won the Elite and All-Star championships in the inaugural Spokane Stars Summer Heat tournament over the weekend at the Warehouse.
The Stars Blue defeated the Spokane Sandpipers 60-34 in the Elite final.
“It’s the best game they’ve played all year, spring or summer,” Spokane Stars Blue coach Ron Adams said.
Brooke Gallaway led the Stars with 12 points and Erin Legel and Aleisha Hathaway each had 10. Delaney Junkermier led the Sandpipers with 12.
The Sandpipers 15-U defeated the Spokane Stars Navy 59-55 in the All-Star final. Otiona Gildon led the Sandpipers with 16 points and Maddie Hovern led the Stars Navy with 22.
West Valley graduate Leah Peterson has signed to play at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Ore.
Peterson was an all-Great Northern League pick and Scholar Athlete as an outside hitter for WV, which took third at the 2A state tournament last fall.
Angelica Lengyel, 14, of Spokane qualified to compete for the Gold Medal at the 2011 Grand National & World Championship Morgan Horse Show in Oklahoma City, Okla., Oct. 8-15.
Lengyel was awarded with the AMHA Hunter Seat on the Flat Silver Medal Award for her outstanding performance at the Far West Regional Morgan Horse Show June 22-25 in Redmond, Ore.
The Spokane Mercury track club qualified 40 athletes to the 2011 USATF National Junior Olympic championships that begin today at Wichita State University in Wichita, Kan.
The qualifiers are: James Greiner, Maya Jackson, William Greiner, Madeleine Rodenberger, Kendall Omlin, Cole Omlin, Emily Hutchinson, Jordynn Hutchinson, Courtney Hutchinson, Karlyn Kelly, Aaron Bruce, Nathan Perreiah, Ethan Perreiah, Mackenzie Allen, Katie Rhodes, Xavier Guillory, Elizabeth Mcmullen, Cade Gering, Zion Jackson, Eric Floyd, Megan Floyd, Katherine Thronson, Karsten Gering, Michael Ervin, Braxton Vandinter, Justin Jeske, Grace Ford, Micaela Kostecka, Kathryn Tohm, Andrew Vandine, Gaige Felix, Spencer Howard, Collin Overbay, Zachary Schneider , Cole Jensen, Dominic Cranshaw, Bradley Bothun, Camden Stoddard, Daniel Riley and Anna Dunlap.
The 14-Under B Western National will be held Aug. 1-7 at the Dwight Merkel Sports Complex.
About 45 teams will participate including about a dozen from Spokane and North Idaho.
• Carli Riordan of Central Valley pitched for the Washington Hustle, a Seattle-based team which captured the championship in the ASA 16-U Regional tournament in Pasco.
Riordan pitched the title game, striking out nine. The team advances to the national tourney, July 30-Aug. 7 at Chattanooga, Tenn.