Sports briefs

The boys basketball team from Evergreen Lutheran, a Class B private school located in Des Moines, opens the first round of the state tournament today at the Spokane Arena.

Evergreen Lutheran (22-4) plays Curlew (22-4) at 3:30 p.m. today.

Coached by Dave Habeck, Evergreen Lutheran finished with a 9-1 record in the SeaTac B League.

Junior forward Kaleb Kurbis is averaging 12.5 points and 11 rebounds per game. Senior Aaron Carr is averaging 14.7 points and 11 rebounds a game. Senior Walter Juergens is averaging 15.8 and 12 rebounds a game.

“Those our my big three,” Habeck said. “We’ll see what happens this week. Hopefully we’ll win and continue our season.”

Aquatic center a finalist for award

The Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center’s VII FINA Junior World Synchronized Swimming Championships was selected as a finalist in the category of Best Sports Event, with a budget of $25,000 to $125,000, for the Seventh Annual King County Event Producers Award.

KEPA judges viewed more than 90 entries and deemed the championships to be one of the three finalists. While all of the entries contained an abundance of creativity and effort, the aquatic center’s event was found to be outstanding.

The aquatic center will be recognized at the KEPA Dinner and Awards Presentation on March 6 at the Elliott Grand Hyatt in Seattle.

Chursky makes it official

Alex Chursky, a senior at Decatur, signed a national letter of intent to play men’s soccer at Seattle University.

“We are very excited to bring Alex to Seattle University,” said head coach Peter Fewing. “He is going to be an impact player for us. But at the same time, he is going to have to earn his spot on the team and he knows that.”

Chursky was named the South Puget Sound League Most Valuable Player and to the Federal Way Mirror’s All-City team after breaking the school’s single-season scoring record with 29 goals in 21 games and leading the Gators to the Class 4A state championship.

“Alex gives us a very talented forward that understands how to put himself into positions to score goals,” Fewing said. “He is a hard working, blue-collar athlete — our type of player. He wants to win.”

Chursky also received offers from the University of Washington and 2001 national semi-finalist St. John’s University.

Alex will be reunited with brother Ian Chursky, who will be a senior at Seattle U. next season.

“They will complement each other well,” Fewing said. “Aside from the fact that they are brothers and read each other well, they will also make a great scoring tandem up front. Alex is a great post-up player and is tremendous in the air, and Ian is a guy that likes to make runs in open spaces.

“Humble is a great word to describe both Alex and Ian. They are very coachable, good team players. I expect a lot of good things out of Alex.”

Umpires needed

Umpires for youth baseball, fastpitch and slowpitch are needed in south King County. Call South King County umpires/Players Choice Sports at (253) 931-8185.

Kick-start soccer

The Federal Way Norman Center YMCA is now accepting registration for Kick-Start Soccer, a pre-season soccer clinic for grades K-3.

Sessions will be Monday and Wednesday evenings, March 11 to April 4. Cost of the program is $30 plus annual YMCA membership. The clinic will focus on the basics of dribbling, passing, shooting and positioning. For more information, call the Norman Center YMCA at (253) 838-4708.

Elementary baseball

The Federal Way Boys & Girls Club is now registering for Elementary Baseball. The program is for boys and girls in grades one through six. Teams are formed from local elementary schools and school areas. The grades are separated into three leagues: First- and second-graders play in a coach-pitch league, third- and fourth-graders play in a coach/child pitch league and fifth- and sixth-graders play in a child-pitch league. The registration period runs until March 21. Registration must be done in person at the club, 30815 Eighth Ave. S. Call Jeff Betz or Kyle Templeton at (253) 941-2722.

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