VALDEZ WRESTLING TEAM TAKES 3RD PLACE AT STATE TOURNAMENT
The Valdez Wrestling team wrapped up there season with a third place finish at the 2013 State Tournament over the weekend reports the Valdez High School. In addition, the team and their coach were both honored with awards; the wrestling team coming home with the sportsmanship award and coach, Ken Deaton, receiving the coach of the year award. Other competition highlights include: Isaac Deaton taking first place at 160, Austin Rake placing first at 170, Brain Allan taking second place at 145, Keefe McInstosh securing third place at 138, Adam Downing placing third at 152, Cody Green placing fourth at 126 and Kalin McIntosh taking sixth place at 160.
Pictured above: The 2013 Valdez Wrestling Team and Austin Rake
VALDEZ SKI TEAM GIRLS STAND OUT AT LYNX LOPPET
According to Ski Team Coach Pete Toye, the Valdez team’s female skiers made an impact at this week’s Lynx Loppet in Kincaid Park. The Lynx Loppet is the largest ski race of the year for the Valdez team with over 700 skiers in attendance. Junior Stephanie Allen took 26th place overall in a competition against 84 other skiers. Additionally, freshman Rylee Norris placed 19th in the classic and 10th in skate earning her an overall standing at 15th place from a field of 155. CLICK HERE to read Coach Toye’s summary for more information on the team’s performance at the Lynx Loppet.
TEEN CENTER REOPENS WITH CHANGES TO OPERATIONS
The Teen Center reopens this Friday but operations will be anything but business as usual. A scheduled closure for maintenance on the HVAC heating system allowed the Parks and Recreation department to renovate the interior and overall programming according to Viola Amberg, the new Teen Center Coordinator. The inside of the Teen Center now features bright colors, bean bag chairs, gaming chairs and a sectional sofa. Teens will also see an updated menu that balances new healthier options with old favorites such as hamburgers. Some of the biggest changes to the facility include a new schedule and programming that aims to expand access and cater to new age groups. Amberg explains, “We are expanding the Teen Center’s access to Young Adults (ages 19-24). In addition to weekly activities and events, our goal is to have at least one weekend event (dance, party, game night, etc) reserved for each age group: Middle School, High School and Young Adults.” In order to meet the needs of these different age groups two advisory boards are being created: the Teen Advisory Board and a Young Adult advisory board. “We understand there’s a serious vacuum in this community regarding this age group; and we’re hoping to be able to fill this void by offering activities and events specifically for their demographic,” explains Amberg. Additional the Teen Center will now operate 7 days a week.