UFA, Russia- Following a loss in the semifinals of the 2021 UWW Junior World Championships, USAFA sophomore Wyatt Hendrickson still had the opportunity to take home the bronze medal at the event, where he was matched up against Russia’s Andrei Bestaev in his final match of the 125 kg. freestyle tournament. 

After Hendrickson jumped out to an initial 3-0 lead, Bestaev scored seven unanswered points in the second session of the bout, defeating the Kansan 7-3. Bestaev was awarded the bronze medal, while Hendrickson claimed fifth overall. Air Force Academy head wrestling coach Sam Barber, who traveled to Russia with his pupil and coached in his corner, could not have had stronger words of praise in regards to his wrestler.

“I’m proud of the way Wyatt competed with pride, poise, fight, and grit,” said Barber. “He represented our Academy with distinction and honor. There are no moral victories, however he wrestled the best in the world and out-fought them. The experience of wrestling the best athletes on the planet, being a part of an outstanding team with great athletes and coaches, while experiencing the passion the Russians have for their national sport will provide dividends of personal and athletic growth in his future.”

The match started out with both wrestlers feeling each other out and hand fighting for the first minute and a half, before Hendrickson forced Bestaev out of the circle at the 4:11 mark to score the first point. Another minute passed before Hendrickson shot for a leg and created a takedown to extend his lead to 3-0, as the score remained the same at the 30-second intermission. Bestaev however, was much more aggressive coming out of the timeout, forcing Hendrickson out of the circle with 2:31 remaining. Hendrickson’s 3-1 lead disappeared 40 seconds later, as the cadet shot for a takedown and was beautifully countered by the Russian, who converted the reversal of position into a four-point takedown. 

Trailing 5-3, Hendrickson remained aggressive. With roughly 25 seconds left on the clock, he attempted to create a takedown, though Bestaev’s strong defense withstood the attack, as the Russian sprawled and leveraged himself on top of Hendrickson to score a two-point takedown. Bestaev then controlled Hendrickson from top position as the clock hit zeroes. 

Hendrickson became only the second active Academy wrestler to partake in the vastly-unique Junior World Championships, as both he and the other, 2019 USAFA graduate Alex Mossing, were coached by Barber. The Academy’s head coach was humbled by the privilege to travel to Russia with his wrestler.

“We are both grateful for the opportunity afforded to us and would like to say thank you to USA Wrestling, General Richard Clark, Mr. Nathan Pine, and Mrs. Jen Block for their support in allowing us to be here. And thank you to our Air Force wrestling fans for the kind words of encouragement and support.”

Team USA eventually placed third overall (129 points), with Russia taking second (142 points) and

BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) — Natasha Visnack of Bend, a 17-year old junior cyclocross competitor, has been accepted into the USA Cycling Olympic Development Academy for cyclocross. The ODA is the best, most comprehensive cyclocross development program in North America for junior and U-23 athletes.

The program, run by world championship level coaches and program directors, comprises of individualized coaching and support, and the opportunities to train and compete in top-level events in the USA.

Natasha is a junior and straight-A student at Summit High School and has been cyclocross and mountain bike racing for the past five years.

Visnack has had much success competing in the junior, Cat 1 Women, Elite Women, and Pro Open Women categories. She has raced in four national championship competitions, won numerous series titles, and completed in the 2021 USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Championships in Winter Park, Colorado, placing third in the Junior Women High School category.

Visnack is slated to compete at the Cyclocross National Championships later this year in Chicago, IL.

“I am so excited to participate in the ODA, it is really a dream come true,” says Visnack. “I always want to challenge myself, and this is a great opportunity to learn from some of the best coaches in the nation.”

In addition to racing, Visnack is passionate about the sport of cycling and loves to share this passion with others. She has volunteered with the Bend Endurance Academy and Girls All-Ride programs, is the Chair of the Oregon Bicycle Racing Association Junior Committee, and is the founder of the Summit High School Mountain Bike Club.

“Over the past few years, I have dedicated myself to improving access to cycling for juniors, especially junior girls, and helping to create a welcoming environment for riders regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation,” Visnack continues. “That was my main goal in creating the Mountain Bike Club at Summit High School. I want to help remove barriers for people, and share my passion for cycling and the outdoors. Through the ODA, I will be able to learn from the best on how to become a better athlete and will bring what I learn home to share with others.”

The Visnack family hopes to raise $9,000 for tuition and travel expenses for the program. Tuition includes coaching, housing, and support at races across the country this fall.  Donations to assist for this program can be made https://gofund.me/8c0d9056 .

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MALDEN, MA — The Malden Police Department is bringing back its Junior Police Academy now that COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted.

To ensure proper social distancing and the safety of kids, the department will hold two separate academy weeks. Academies will take place July 12-16 and July 19-23, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily.

The academy will feature a variety of training situations in which all cadets will be required to participate. The program is open to students entering the fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth grade this fall.

Programs include, but are not limited to, classroom instruction, hands-on police tactics training, physical training, travel days to special events and more. Cadets must be able to attend each session and will be removed from the academy if he or she fails to cooperate with classmates or staff.

Applications may be found on the Malden Police Department website. Questions should be directed to Det. Renee Kelley at 781-397-7171 x 1203 or [email protected]

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Last Saturday, the Youth Academy’s very own Ximena Zamarron earned her spot on Mexico’s Junior National Team. Zamarron spent her week celebrating as the newest member of Team Mexico, an accomplishment reserved for softball’s top athletes.

Zamarron was first introduced to the sport at just four years old. Her parents noticed her interest in softball when she insisted on joining her older sister during practice. She began playing baseball and eventually transitioned into a stand-out softball player.

“I remember the first time I got to see Ximena play was right here on the Adrian Beltre indoor field,” said Juan Leonel Gárciga, Director of Youth Baseball & Academy Programs. “I could hear something that was different from the other kids and when I looked, I saw a young girl in the cage hitting baseballs. I immediately went over to get a better look, and at just 13 years old she had a swing that was as good as any of the other girls at the facility, regardless of age.”

Zamarron credits the Rangers Youth Academy for presenting her with new opportunities and helping her realize goals like joining Mexico’s Junior National Team. “I’ve been going to the youth academy for four years now, and they honestly opened up a whole new softball world for me,” said Zamarron. Some of her Academy highlights include attending the All-Star game, representing the Rangers at numerous travel opportunities, often as the youngest player on the team, and the chance to get noticed as an elite athlete.

Zamarron made the journey to Anaheim, Calif. for the Mexico Junior National Team tryouts in early April. She participated in a series of intense infield drills with some of the strongest competition in the sport. “When I first got there, I was a little nervous because I knew I’d be going against the toughest competition, the best of the best girls,” said Zamarron. “I was thinking, I don’t know if I belong here, I don’t know if I’m good enough, but I just had to tell myself that I’m here for a reason, I’ve come this far for a reason.”

Zamarron recalled the support of her family and friends, pushed out thoughts of doubt and played her game. After the tryout, Ximena Zamarron was a member of Mexico’s Junior National Team. Her skill, determination and competitive attitude set her apart from the competition; she earned that spot.

“I’m so excited,” she said. “Making the team is a once in a lifetime opportunity that I get to experience. It means the most to me knowing that I get to represent my great grandparents, grandparents and my Mexican heritage.”

Beyond the meaningful opportunity to represent her ancestors, Zamarron is excited about the variety of new experiences she will encounter as a player on Mexico’s Junior National Team. “I’m looking to win against other countries, get to know the girls better and see how they play,” she said. “The only way to get better is playing with the best girls and better