• Ben Shorey, a graduate of Ellsworth High, won the USA Track and Field 50-kilometer racewalk national championship Jan. 23 in Tustin, Calif.

Shorey, 27, finished in 4 hours, 16 minutes, 1 second, more than nine minutes ahead of the runner-up, two-time Olympian Tim Seaman (4:25:18).

 

• The tandems of Bert Dube and Don Saucier and Izzy Koceika and Jayne Britton were the men’s and women’s champions at the Maine State Candlepin Bowling Association senior doubles tournament, held Jan. 11 at the Saco Valley Sports Center in Fryeburg.

Each bowler rolled five strings, and scores were adjusted according to each bowler’s handicap. Dube and Saucier finished with a score of 1,432, four pins better than Ron Thompson and Jim Layne. The team of Bob Alward and Leon Adjutant placed third.

Koceika and Britton had a score of 1,405. They were followed by Lucy Rea and Dianne Oakes (1,398), and Bev Tarantino and Cindy Adams (1,397).

 

• Isabel Dawson and Henry Westphal of Portland and Stephan Gikas of Scarborough were among the age-group winners at the Maine Elks Association State Hoop Shoot competition, held Sunday at Brunswick High School.

Dawson placed first among 8- and 9-year-old girls, Westphal won the boys’ 8-9 division, and Gikas won the boys’ 12-13 division.

Other division winners were: Girls’ 10-11, Ciara LeClair, representing Waterville Lodge #905; Boys’ 10-11, Colby Esty, Skowhegan-Madison; and Girls’ 12-13, Caitlin Paradis, Presque Isle.

Dawson received the Allan W. Richard Outstanding Shooter Award as the top girls’ shooter, and Westphal received the Amos A. McCallum Outstanding Shooter Award as the top boy. Westphal made 23 of 25 shots.

The six state champions advance to the regional competition March 25-27 in South Portland.

 

Maine’s longest-running continuous three-on-three benefit basketball tournament, the Dr. Noel Paradise Memorial Swish-Out Childhood Cancer Challenge, will be held Sunday, Feb. 13, at the University of Southern Maine in Gorham.

The main divisions of the co-ed, double-elimination tournament are open to adults 19 or older. The entry fee is $100 per team, and all proceeds go to the Maine Children’s Cancer Program. Teams are divided into two divisions – a 28-team “Just For Fun” division, and an Elite 8 Division that’s by invitation only after teams have registered.

The event also includes a new Junior Swish-Out division for students in grades 6-8, with a $75 entry fee and a limit of 12 teams.

For an entry form, sponsorship information or more information, contact Jon Paradise at 773-5671 ext. 273 or [email protected], or visit www.mainecul.org.