Northwest Notes June 16, 2012

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Boise's Armstrong headed to London Olympics

BOISE - Olympic gold medalist Kristin Armstrong was named Friday to the U.S. women's cycling team time trial squad for the London Games, despite having suffered a broken collarbone just weeks ago.

USA Cycling selected Armstrong of Boise and Amber Neben of Lake Forest, Calif., as the team's picks to ride the 18-mile time trial on Aug. 1.

They'll also ride the women's road race on July 29, along with Evelyn Stevens of Boulder, Colo., and Shelley Olds of Groton, Mass.

Armstrong was undefeated in 2012 time trials until May 24, when a fall during the Exergy Tour stage race in Boise left her with a broken clavicle. Stevens won the Idaho race, with Neben placing second overall.

The fall, however inopportune, forced Armstrong to double down on her resolve not to take anything for granted, she said.

"Sometimes, as athletes, we become complacent in what we do," Armstrong told The Associated Press on Friday. "This breaking of the collarbone, I think what it's done is, it made me say, 'Hey, you can be in good form, and you won lots of time trials this year, but it's not going to come that easy to you.' It's pushed me to refocus."

USA Cycling also named the London-bound men's team.

Boulder-based Taylor Phinney, son of Olympic gold medalist Connie Carpenter Phinney and bronze medalist Davis Phinney, will ride the men's time trial.

Phinney will be joined in the road race by Timothy Duggan, also from Boulder; as well as two Washington state riders, Tylar Farrar of Wenatchee and Tejay Van Garderen of Tacoma; and Bend, Ore.-based pro Chris Horner.

WCC changes hoop tourney formats

The format for the West Coast Conference men's and women's basketball tournaments have been changed effective in 2013, conference officials decided during meetings last week in Coeur d'Alene.

Both tourneys will be 10-team events. The top six teams receive byes on the first night, where No. 7 plays No. 10 and No. 8 plays No. 9. The top six teams make their tourney debut in the quarterfinals.

In recent years, the top two seeds received byes all the way to the semifinals.

Lake City girls basketball camp coming up soon

COEUR d'ALENE - Applications are still being accepted for the Lady Wolves Basketball Camp, scheduled for June 25-28 at Lake City High School.

Girls entering grades 3-5 will meet from 9 a.m. to noon each day, and girls entering grades 6-8 will meet daily from 1 to 4 p.m.

Cost of the camp is $70, which includes a camp T-shirt. Family discounts are available.

Lake City High girls basketball coach Royce Johnston heads the instructional staff, which also includes current players.

Information: Royce Johnston, 691-3054,

Kellogg’s Pouttu ties for 10th at Idaho women’s amateur

KUNA — Kellogg High junior Kaceelyn Pouttu finished in a tie for 10th place at the 54-hole IGA Women’s Amateur golf championship, which concluded Friday at the Falcon Crest Golf Club.

Pouttu shot 80-79-82—241. Madeleine Shiels of Boise shot 76-73-74—223 to win by five strokes.

Amy Hasenoehrl of Lewiston shot 232 and finished sixth. Kati Greear of Moscow finished seventh, two strokes back.

Lakeland senior Chelsea Bayley shot 83-85-94—262.

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