Last month’s London Olympics helped local businesses get a boost.
Kami Softich from Mid-Columbia Gymnastics & Cheer attributes a rise in numbers to the success of the U.S. women’s team winning the gold medal.
“Many of our students’ parents recorded the Olympics because gymnastics didn’t start until late and let the kids watch it during the day,” Softich said.
She said that while her business lost 200 students over the summer, she expected that and many more to come back after the Olympics.
There’s hope that maybe at least one youngster might make it to a future Olympics.
WSU to induct next Hall of Fame class
Washington State University will induct eight people and two teams into its WSU Athletic Hall of Fame on Sept. 21-22.
They are: men’s basketball player Isaac Fontaine, track and field star Samson Kimombwa, women’s soccer player Kim Lynass, football player Steve Ostermann, women’s basketball star Jenni Ruff and track star Gabriel Tiacoh.
Two pioneers are being added -- Jack Fanning, a football and track standout from 1955-60; and football and baseball star Bud Roffler.
The two teams are the 1950 baseball squad that reached the NCAA title game and the 1977 indoor track team that won the NCAA title.
Southridge graduate Heather Johnson had three shots on goal and an assist to help lead Gonzaga over South Dakota 3-1 on Aug. 17. Then she scored her first collegiate goal Aug. 26, six minutes into the second half in what would prove to be the game-winner for the Bulldogs in a 2-1 victory over visiting Boise State.
“Before the game, we [coaching staff] were asking if this was going to be Heather’s breakout day, and I think it was,” Gonzaga coach Amy Edwards said of the forward/midfielder. “I think she is feeling more comfortable in what we are asking her to do and her teammates are asking of her.”
Walla Walla Community College grad Margo Hickman had a goal and two assists, while ex-WWCCer Justine Jones added a goal as West-minster beat Avila 6-0 to open the season Aug. 24.
Pasco High grad Shawna Anderson assisted on a goal in Seattle University’s 3-0 win over Eastern Washington on Aug. 26.
Richland High grad Jamie Arthurs had five saves, but Western Washington’s women lost to No. 4-ranked Chico State 1-0 on Aug. 30 in the Vikings’ opener.
Hanford grad Ryan Craig had four tackles, including a quarterback sack, in Montana State-Northern’s 31-6 loss to Carroll on Aug. 24. Teammate Kyle Wagar, also from Hanford, also had a sack.
West Coast League baseball
Arturo Reyes, who pitched at Columbia Basin College last spring, was named to the West Coast League’s first-team All-Star unit as a pitcher for the Walla Walla Sweets.
Former Kamiakin standout Shawn O’Brien, who competes collegiately at Saint Mary’s, was an honorable mention pick for the Bend Elks. So was Brett Jacobs, a Richland High grad who plays at WSU and spent the summer with the Sweets.
Othello graduate Allison Walker -- now married and going by the name Allison Baker -- was named to the all-tournament team at the Idaho Volleyball Invitational on Aug. 25. Baker had three double-doubles of kills and digs during the tournament, including 28 kills and 14 digs in a five-set victory over WSU. Baker was selected to the Western Athletic Conference preseason team by the conference’s coaches.
With Washington beating Seattle University 3-0 in a nonleague match Sept. 6, the Huskies’ Jim McLaughlin picked up his 500th career coaching victory.
Kennewick High grad Meghan McIntyre picked up where she left off last season for the Lions. McIntire had 11 kills for visiting Blue Mountain Community College on Sept. 5 in a 3-0 win over Yakima Valley CC.
Kamiakin grad Marcy Hjellum had a career-high 19 kills, and Central Washington University rallied to beat Western New Mexico 9-25, 25-20, 25-18, 20-25, 19-17 on Aug. 31.