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BMX draws record number

Tribune Staff Report

Bringing in a record number of riders, the South Lake Tahoe BMX Track hosted Race for Life on June 29 as part of a nationwide effort by the American Bicycle Association to help find a cure for cancer.

More than 100 riders competed last Saturday at the track behind Al Tahoe Elementary School.

Half of the $10 entry fee per rider was donated to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, amounting to more than $1,500. All riders received certificates for their participation.

Race for Life began in 1981 following the diagnosis of leukemia in Todd Kingsbury, an 11-year-old BMX racer from Michigan.

Medical personnel determined the 11-year-old had leukemia after he received care for an arm injury sustained while riding on his local track.

After learning about the situation, ABA began the Race for Life that year and made Kingsbury the race director.

He passed away later that year.

More than 200 tracks around the nation participate in Race for the Cure. It is now one of the top five fund-raisers for the LLS.

For complete results, see Page B4.

McLaughlin goes national

Shawn McLaughlin will be one of Diablo Valley club volleyball team’s key components when the USA Volleyball’s boys national championships start today in Louisville, Ky.

McLaughlin, who just finished his sophomore year at South Tahoe High School, will be one of Diablo Valley’s two featured outside hitters. He practiced with the team during the school year, traveling to Walnut Creek, Calif., three times per week, and every day since school ended two weeks ago.

The 30-team championships continue through Saturday.

Ridge run on Saturday

The South Tahoe Track Club will host the 28th annual Ponderosa Ridge Run on Saturday, July 6 at 10 a.m.

The 9.5-mile single-track race starts at Spooner Summit Maintenance Station on Highway 50 and traverses the Tahoe Rim Trail. The race concludes at Kingsbury Grade at the end of North Benjamin.

Parking is available at the Tahoe Rim Trailhead at the finish.

Race organizers ask for only a $2 donation.

For more information, contact Austin Angle at the South Tahoe Track Club at (530) 541-5224.

Lawmen to host tourney

Lawmen with the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office will trade in their billy clubs for bats on July 19-21 for the the El Dorado Lawmen Softball Club’s 22nd annual Summer Classic softball tournament.

The annual tournament will host 36 teams from as far away as Arizona, Los Angeles and Mount Shasta.

In addition to the three-day tournament, the teams are invited to a home run contest, barbecue and – yes, even policemen can have fun — a family-style party.

Hotdogs, sausages, bratwurst, beer and soft drinks will be available as well as softball equipment from a mobile retail store.

At 4 p.m. on June 19 the contest will begin at Zephyr Cove Park with a pitching contest, followed by a base-hit contest where contestants have to hit through crime scene tape strategically placed on the field.

The home run contest, the final event, will take place using “souped-up” balls that go a little farther than the average softball.

“Balls will be getting out of the park in a hurry,” said Jeff Leikauf, a deputy with the sheriff’s department and Lawmen team manager. “It’s going to be a really good show. All these guys are extremely good athletes … A lot of these guys are pretty big and can hit the ball a long ways.”

Tournament play begins on June 20. The A bracket championship will take place at Zephyr Cove Park and the B bracket championship will take place at South Tahoe Middle School. Both games are at 4 p.m. on Sunday.

WATCH CALIFORNIA’S BEST IN BEACH VOLLEYBALL

The eighth annual Club Nero/Caesars Tahoe Men’s 3A Lake Tahoe Beach Volleyball Tournament returns to Zephyr Cove Resort on July 13-14. Many professional beach volleyball players from Southern California are making the annual trip to the tournament to win $1,500 minimum in prize money.

Registration is limited to 32 teams. Contact Philip Orr at (530) 542-9218 ext. 4 or E-mail philorr@bigfoot.com or see http://www.laketahoebeachvolleyball.com for more information.

WRESTLING AT SQUAW

Takedowns, leg wrestling and pinning techniques are all part of the training as Vaughan Hitchcock, a former US Olympic wrestling coach and NCAA National Wrestling Hall of Famer, brings his nationally recognized Wrestling Camps of America to Squaw Valley, USA, starting July 13.

These camps teach fundamental wrestling, conditioning and special techniques to season the young and challenge the experienced wrestler. The emphasis is on high school style, yet free style and Greco-Roman techniques are also presented. Each wrestler participates in more than six hours of championship wrestling daily. Hitchcock’s camps offer the lowest staff-to-camper ratio in the nation and the camp is open to all wrestlers, male and female.

For more information, contact Vaughan Hitchcock Wrestling Camp at (866) 361-8492 or (530) 581-2785 after July 16. You can also visit http://www.hitchcockwrestling.com.


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