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Larsen bowls highest series in HR history

Everyone hates it when people say this, but “we told you so!” Last week, when Gail Larsen just missed an 800 series by five pins, we said he would shoot 800 one of these days. But we didn’t think he would do it the following week.

And he did it in a BIG way by blasting a huge 862 series in the Fraternal League last Wednesday. He now holds the record for the highest three-game series ever shot in Hood River!

To put this remarkable accomplishment into perspective, 862 is an average of 287 per game. It was only a couple years ago that the highest three-game series ever shot in the state of Oregon was 876. Last year, someone finally shot a perfect 900 series, in which the bowler tossed 36 strikes in a row. Incredible.

Wednesday onlookers report that Gail could have actually scored higher because every one of his 36 shots was perfect.

If you think that this is all the hot news, you’d better be sitting down, because Gail also shot another 300 game this week after shooting his first one of the season last week. Now, we’ve seen many bowlers shoot two 300 games in a year, but not too many do it two weeks in a row. And remember, these scores were shot in competition sanctioned by the American Bowling Congress, so they are real. This is quite a story.

In all our 40-plus years of bowling, we’ve never seen anything quite like this. We like to think it has something to do with the custom-drilled ball Gail purchased from Orchard Lanes three weeks ago. Since he picked up the ball, he’s averaging about 275. Needless to say, he really knows how to use it. He will receive two more lifetime achievement awards from the ABC for his incredible performance.

Pogue to compete at Mt. Bachelor

Mt. Bachelor Ski Resort in Bend will host the Chevy Truck U.S. Snowboard Grand Prix from Jan. 4-6, 2002. The event features both giant slalom and half-pipe competitions, as well as the Yahoo Sports Big Air and Style Competition. Anton Pogue of Hood River, and Lynn Ott of Bend, are both scheduled to compete in the event, and are aiming to qualify for the 2002 Olympic team. Competing against Pogue and Ott will be some of the world’s best snowboarders from Canada, Germany, Finland and Norway. All events are free and open to the public. For more information about Mt. Bachelor or the Grand Prix event, call (800) 829-2442 or visit www.mtbachelor.com.

Hood River Middle School eighth-grader Brisa Jessup traveled to Lincoln, Neb., Dec. 8 for the USA Track and Field Cross-Country Nationals, and placed 140th out of more than 200 13- and 14-year-old competitors.

Jessup was one of nine participants from Oregon and the only runner from Hood River to qualify for the 4K event after her 15th place finish at the regional competition Nov. 17 at Sandy High School.

“Overall, it was a great experience,” she said. “But I didn’t run my best because there was so much pressure and it was really hard to pass people.”

Jessup explained that her time of 17 minutes, 10 seconds was about 30 seconds slower than her time at regionals, but that she would be ready to compete at the next level next season when she joins the team at Hood River Valley High School.

“I really want to make varsity my first year,” she said. “My times compare to some of the other varsity runners and I’ve already been training with one girl (Caitlin Becker) to get ready.”

She will have her work cut out for her, as six of the top seven varsity runners — including state champion Christy Paul — will return to the course.

HRV also boasts a strong JV squad that should make the 2002 team one of the school’s best ever.

Other HRMS eighth-graders that will compete with Jessup next year for a spot on the team will be Jenna Fisher, Janne Lucas, Stephanie Judd and Jennifer Jefferies.

Windsurf/kiteboard industry training

Hood River Community Education will sponsor a six-hour training in the windsurfing/kiteboarding industry Jan. 29-30 from 6-9 p.m. at Hood River Valley High School. Jak Wilberscheid, one of 15 U.S. Sailing trainers in the country, will conduct the course and will provide partial accreditation toward certification as a windsurfing instructor. Retail clerks and assistants are also invited Fee is $35 and preregistration is required. To register, call Community Education at 386-2055, or send in your check to P.O. Box 920, Hood River, OR 97031.

Kitt joins team at Meadows

Mt. Hood Meadows announced Wednesday that four-time U.S. Olympic skier AJ Kitt has joined the team as its new Resort Embassador.

Kitt, whose best Olympic finish was ninth at the 1992 Olympics in Albertville, France, is the only male skier to represent the U.S. in four Olympic Games.

He also competed in downhill and Super G in 1988, 1994 and 1998, and won the bronze medal in the 1993 World Championships in Morioka, Japan.

Kitt currently resides in Hood River and has been training at Meadows for more than a decade. He is excited to take on this new public relations position in his own backyard.

“I am impressed with Meadows and look forward to joining the team,” he said. “The resort is well-run and I believe it will continue to improve.

“It’s a great venue for me to get more people excited about winter sports and outdoor recreation in general.”

Meadows general manager Dave Riley is equally enthusiastic, and believes Kitt’s background in skiing and personal relations will greatly benefit the resort.

“AJ is very committed to growing the sport and sharing his experiences with those seeking recreational enjoyment,” he said.

“He has a unique perspective and I believe he will help Meadows become a better resort for all our guests.”

Kitt won the U.S. National Downhill competition in 1992 and 1995, and the U.S. National Super G in 1991 and 1992. He also competed on the World Cup Tour from 1988-98, notching four first-place finishes.

Table tennis club begins Jan. 2

The First Baptist Church on Belmont will host a table tennis club beginning Wednesday, Jan. 2, from 7-9 p.m. The club is open to anyone and is free of charge. For more information, call Betty at 387-2678 or Oscar at 386-4923.

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