Sports briefs — May 4, 2022

Locals to compete in Future Stars Bowl

A large concentration of the best football talent on the Olympic Peninsula has been selected to play in the Dream All-American Future Stars Bowl in Dallas on June 12.

A total of 22 players were selected from Forks, Neah Bay, Port Angeles and Sequim. They will be joining the rest of the nation’s best football talent to compete in this three-day-long event at AT&T Stadium, the home of the Dallas Cowboys.

Locally recruited players have had this unique opportunity as a youth. Port Angeles High School assistant football coach and former college player Sambreezie Salanoa is also the state director for Dream Sports and a recruiter for the All Dream American Games.

“These players have been putting in a tremendous amount of extra work every week,” said Troy Free, Port Angeles Future Riders president. “Seeing this kind of work ethic is incredible in such young athletes. The future of Olympic Peninsula football looks bright.”

Klahhane gymnasts advance to Western Nationals

Connor DeWolf and Liam DeWolf of Klahhane Gymnastics competed in Region 2 Men’s Gymnastics Championships held April 8-10 at the Mountain View Event Center in Pocatello.

The event included gymnasts representing clubs from Washington state, Alaska, Idaho, Montana and Oregon.

Liam DeWolf, competing in Level 8, finished third all-around in the 13-year-old age group and ninth overall, scored 68.700 over six events using international FIG Rules. He won two event medals, the gold medal on high bar with a score of 12.050 and silver on pommel horse with a score of 11.900.

Connor DeWolf, competing in Level 9, finished eighth in the 14-year-old age group and 27th overall with a score of 63.700. He also took a silver medal on the pommel horse with a score of 10.500.

Both boys advanced by allocation to the USAG Developmental Western National Championships (April 29-May 1).

Deser is first PC player to earn esports playoff berth

Peninsula Colleges’ Tim Deser became the first Pirate esports player to reach the National Junior College Athletic Association Esports playoffs and he won his quarterfinal match on April 18.

Deser, of Obing, Germany, defeated Christian Castillo of Bismarck State College in North Dakota in a best-of-three FIFA match, winning game one 2-0 and then recording another shutout in game two, 3-0.

Deser fell to Emilio Jose-Torres of Westchester Community College (NY) in the semifinals on April 23.

Deser went undefeated through three exhibition season matches and nine league matches for a perfect 12-0 record this spring, allowing just two goals the entire way.