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CK's Hall second in YMCA gymnastics nationals
"Amanda Hall, a senior at Central Kitsap High School competing for Lakewood's Grace Gymnastics Center, took second place all-around in the YMCA national championships July 6-7 at Toledo, Ohio.Hall helped Grace to the team championship in the event by finishing first in the vault and floor exercise, fourth on the uneven bars and 13th on the balance beam.Hall said she was more than satisfied with her showing in the huge all-around field, which numbered more than 120.It was kind of scary, actually, she said. There were so many girls, we were split up into sessions, so you didn't even get to see all of your competition.Hall, who is being courted by a number of the nation's top Div. I college programs, had an even better result in an elite-level invitational meet in late May at San Juan, Puerto Rico. Competing as a member of the Pacific All-Stars team, she won the all-around competition, taking the championships in three of the four disciplines.That came right after (USA Gymnastics) nationals (at Eugene, Ore.), she said. We got home, had about two workouts and I left for San Juan. It was a fun meet, and I think there probably wasn't as much pressure as some of the other meets.Hall is spending the summer working as a gymnastics clinician at the Grace Center and fielding recruiting inquiries from universities including Pittsburgh, Missouri, Iowa and WashingtonDon't play Hudson for cash on July 15If you're playing a 125-yard par-3 with Mallori Hudson on July 15, just concede her the hole in one and move to the next tee.Hudson, 18, scored the second ace of her career earlier this month playing in a tournament at Ocean Shores, nailing her tee shot on the 15th hole. It came three years to the day - July 15 - after her first hole in one, which came on the No. 8 hole at Gold Mountain's Cascade Course. Eerily, the length was an identical 125 yards.The one at the ocean was a 9-iron, and the first one was an 8-iron, said Hudson, a 2001 Central Kitsap High School graduate headed to Olympic College to play volleyball for the Rangers.Hudson, who described herself as a sometime golfer, said she wasn't even planning on playing in the tournament.I was just going down with my dad, who was helping run the tournament, she said, and somebody dropped out. I was just going for a little mini-vacation. But I figured, as long as I'm going anyway ...'Hudson and her father, Joe Hudson, finished fourth in the two-person scramble.Beals, Walker lend talents to West winNatasha Beals scored eight points and Bekah Walker seven to help the Class B West team to an 82-63 victory over the East in an all-state girls basketball game at Brougham Pavilion in Seattle.The two former King's West High School teammates also combined for 19 rebounds and seven assists in the game, which featured the top graduating senior players from the state's Class B schools.Walker, who will study at the University of Washington beginning this fall, had 13 rebounds and four assists as the West broke open a 35-all halftime tie by outscoring the East 47-28 in the second half. Beals, who will attend Washington State University and intends to walk on with the Cougar women's basketball team, had six boards, three assists and two steals.The day's second game saw a combined Class 2A-4A team beat the 1A-3A squad 84-80. North Kitsap's Mari McKinstry, who is bound for Big Bend Community College, was on the 4A roster, but played only two minutes before suffering a knee injury.Ambush captures Narrows Cup titleNorth Kitsap Ambush, a girls under-11 soccer team that includes players from Bainbridge, Bremerton and Central Kitsap, won its division of the Narrows Cup Championship earlier this month at Tacoma.Ambush went 4-0 in the tournament, beating the Maple Valley Marauders 5-2, then winning 6-0 against South Kitsap and 3-0 against the Nortac Fire to get to the championship game. There, the Kitsap-based team was matched again against the Marauders, where Ambush won 3-2 in a penalty-kick tiebreaker.Ambush players are Erica Bratlien, Siara Byers, Rachelle Chavez, Jerika Ferguson, Sarah Hankey, Elizabeth Johnson, Kacey Loyd, Erin Nicol, Ashley Swanson, Kiana Valentine, Krista Vestman, Brianna Wells, Alyssa Wilder, Samantha Zwicker. Coaches are Darryl Wilder and Rhonda Byers. "