At the November City Council Meeting, the City recognized four individuals, Emersyn Walker, Delaney & Ian Brinkhaus, and Skip Ettinger, for their achievements in athletics.
Emersyn Walker is being honored this evening for her excellence junior golf. Emersyn is 16 years and currently attends Charles Wright Academy. As a freshman, she won the state title for golf, shooting 69-71 for a total of 4 under par, seven shots lower than her nearest competitor. Later in the season, Emersyn qualified for the Women’s USGA 4 Ball to be held in Naples, Florida. This field is made up of the top 144 amateur and collegiate players from throughout the country. She qualified for this championship as a freshman in high school. In addition to golf, Emersyn also plays varsity volleyball and basketball and sings with the Tacoma Youth Chorus.
The Brinkhaus twins are being honored this evening for their excellence in track and cross country.
Delaney Brinkhaus is a 6th grader at Pioneer Middle School. Delaney qualified in the 1500m and 3000m in 2017 for regionals and the 3000m for Nationals in Kansas. Delaney placed 26th in the nation that season. The following year, Delany qualified for regionals in the 1500m and 3000m and qualified for nationals in the 3000m held in North Carolina and placed 24th in the nation. As a 6th grader, Delaney broke the record mile time for girls at Pioneer Middle School with a time of 5:51.
In 2018, Ian Brinkhaus qualified in both the 1500m and 3000m to race at Regionals in Bend, Oregon. Last season Ian ran the 1500m and 3000m and 4x800m relay. Ian ran a personal record in both distance events, and his relay team qualified for regionals and nationals in the 4x800m relay held in Sacramento, California.
Both Ian and Delaney are scheduled to race for Junior Olympics in Cross Country mid-November and we wish them the best of luck!
Our very own Karate instructor, Skip Ettinger, was nominated into the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame.
Skip brings over 50 years of martial arts experience to our Park & Recreation program.
He began his martial arts career while stationed in Okinawa in 1963 with the U.S. Army 1st Special Forces Group. In 1966, he was assigned to Vietnam where he served five consecutive tours. There he was highly decorated. He returned to Okinawa in 1972 to continue his study of Karate. In 1977, he moved back to the states and began teaching Shorin-Ryu. He is well known for his superior ability in kata.
He’s placed in the top three winners at the U.S. Open International Karate Championships for four consecutive years. He also placed second in the Top Ten Nationals. He’s won state championships in 5 different states and has produced state, national and international champions.
We are so fortunate to have such a well experienced instructor.