Sunday, May 16, 2004

Sports

Sports Letters

Excited about visit by Olympians

For all of us who love the game of women's fastpitch, we have perhaps the opportunity of our softball life to experience our local outstanding female standouts competing against our USA Olympic softball team. The Olympians are preparing for the Athens Olympics.

Thanks to our Spokane ASA commissioner, Fuzzy Buckenburger, special arrangements were worked out for the Olympians to make a stop in Spokane on Ju
ne 12 at Franklin Park.

While our selection process ended up with an exceptional and very competitive team, we suffered a great loss when learning recently that Ashley Lynn, one of the most skilled and deserving of our selections, tore an ACL, rendering her unavailable to play in this most prestigious local event. I know her dad and long-time coach has good reason to be disappointed. George Lynn will be one of our local all-star coaches and would have had one more opportunity to coach his own daughter in such a great Spokane athletic event.

Good luck Ashley, and I pray for your successful recovery.

Ken Van Buskirk

Spokane

State wrestling suffers big loss

This is being written to express my deep concern that Central Washington University has terminated its wrestling program. With this decision, there are no collegiate wrestling programs offered in our state. This situation has slammed the door in the face of any wrestler who wants to continue the sport to the next level in this state.

This is not just too bad or unfortunate, it is outrageous.

We pride ourselves in the quality of our student athletes and are especially pleased when they choose to compete in our state. How can we justify forcing our wrestlers to leave Washington to pursue their dream of collegiate wrestling?

I urge our public universities to once again provide the opportunity for our wrestlers to compete in their own state.

Cash Stone

Spokane

Playfair site should be considered

(Vince Grippi) missed the point in his recent commentary regarding Albi Stadium. (“No reason to start anew on stadium,” May 13).

I too love the tradition of Albi, but neither (Grippi's) sentimentality nor his unfounded political charges against Mayor West are what are at issue here. Simply stated, Spokane will need new sports facilities in the coming 25 years and it is appropriate to question whether Albi, an aging, financially draining, oddly sized, and poorly located stadium should be the flagship facility for future sports facility development in the Spokane area. To consider the 60-acre Playfair property, centrally located three blocks from the confluence of the North-South couplet and I-90 is reasonable. To not consider such a property with its huge access and convenience advantages for all Spokane metro users, would be grossly irresponsible. Other options should obviously be considered as well.

Albi Stadium, Playfair, and other property locations for new facilities should stand on their individual merit. (The) battle cry of “Save Albi” is not only premature, but reminds one of the “Save the Coliseum” campaign many years ago. Suffice it to say, that merit and the Spokane Veterans Arena prevailed!

Bill Etter

Spokane


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