Sports in brief 5/24

Miller team regains national lead

Miller Junior High’s 800-meter boys medley relay track team reclaimed the nation’s best middle school time in that event during the district meet Wednesday in Hoquiam.

The foursome of Jeran Paris, Braden Castleberry-Taylor, Gordon Shaw and Kyle Hurd completed the two-lap race in 1:46.18. According to the online service, that is the nation’s fastest time for the 800 medley.

The Bobkittens had led the nation with a previous 1:47.10 time, but that mark had been surpassed last week.

Spring Challenge due at Raceway

The American Sprint Car Series-Northwest Region’s Spring Challenge is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday at Grays Harbor Raceway.

The Spring Challenge (formerly known as the Spring Showdown) will open the the ASCS Northwest series. It is the fourth time at Grays Harbor Raceway has hosted the season opener.

Many of the Northwest’s top sprint car drivers, such as Jason Solwold, Jayme Barnes, Roger Crockett and Brock Lemley, are among the expected entrants.

Competition is also scheduled in the modified and street stock divisions. Racing begins at 6:30 p.m. both days.

Women’s slowpitch league planned

The Aberdeen Parks & Recreation Department is hoping to revive an adult women’s slowpitch league next month.

A four-week program is scheduled to begin June 24. Each team would play eight games — four doubleheaders — on Monday nights.

The registration fee of $498.64, including tax, is due June 17 at the Parks & Recreation office. Further information may be obtained by phoning 537-3230 or by emailing Doug Farmer at

Bearcats idle this weekend

The Grays Harbor Bearcats will be idle this weekend before beginning a busy June home slate in the Pacific Football League.

No PFL games are scheduled during Memorial Day weekend. The Bearcats will be home three times in June, against the Southern Oregon Renegades on June 1, the Yakima Mavericks on June 15 and the Seattle Stallions on June 29.

Pro-Am champ wins state open

Four-time Grays Harbor Pro-Am champion Chris Griffin of Tacoma captured the Washington State Open golf tournament Wednesday at Meridian Valley Country Club in Kent.

Griffin finished with a 54-hole total of 208 for a two-stroke victory over amateur Erik Hanson, a former Seattle Mariners pitcher.

Raymond High School graduate Mitch Runge, now a pro in Tacoma, tied for 16th at 218 and earned $998.33.