Briefs: Local Sports December 17, 2008

Gymnastics

• KidzPlex places 6th at state championships

KidzPlex placed sixth overall and won 23 individual medals in the USAG Level 4 State Championships last weekend at the University of Denver.
The KidzPlex Junior A team took second, led by Megan King with a seventh place in all-around (37.325) and Brooke Brunder second on beam (9.65) and 14th all-around (37.0). Samantha Gearhart placed 12th all-around (37.075) in Junior B and Carly Setterberg was third on beam (9.675) in the senior division.
The Children’s B team placed third, led by Charlotte Svaldi with a gold medal on bars (9.575) and 12th all-around (36.975). Reese Norton took third on bars (9.45) and fifth all-around (37.325). Cassidy Pratt placed third on floor (9.4).

College Football

• JoePa agrees to extension at through 2011

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Penn State coach Joe Paterno has a new three-year contract extension to go along with his new hip.
The Hall of Famer and winningest coach in major college football history has agreed to a new deal with the university, the athletic department announced Tuesday in a statement.

Skiing

• Bloom added to ’09 US freestyle ski team

PARK CITY, Utah — Jeremy Bloom’s comeback remained on track Tuesday when he earned a spot on the 2009 U.S. freestyle skiing team.
Bloom, who announced he was returning to freestyle skiing after spending two years trying to catch on as a receiver in the NFL, was one of 39 athletes added to the team Tuesday. If he stays with the comeback, he’ll be trying to make his third Olympics.
The team includes a number of Olympians, including Jeret “Speedy” Petersen, Shannon Bahrke, Hannah Kearney and Emily Cook, who overcame devastating foot injuries to compete in the 2006 Games.
The 2010 Olympics in Vancouver will feature the debut of ski cross — downhill racing over jumps and other terrain. Among those on the U.S. ski cross team is Daron Rahlves, a three-time Olympic downhiller who moved over to freestyle and won the X Games last year.
Freestyle season starts Thursday with a moguls competition in Meribel, France. The opener for aerials is Friday at Adventure Mountain, China, and the first ski cross event is Jan. 5 in Austria.


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