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Posted: Thursday, October 18, 2007 12:51 am | Updated: 5:50 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Alma Jo (Cobb) Hulse, communications manager for Rogers’ Advanced Circuit Materials Division in Chandler, has been inducted into the Army Sports Hall of Fame.

Hulse, a three-time All-American, was recognized for her outstanding contributions to athletics at the U.S. Military Academy.

“I don’t play organized sports now,” said Hulse, who has lived in Chandler for nine years. “I run and work out frequently (three to five times a week) to stay in shape and to control my weight as I love to eat. I will participate in a 5K now and then if my knees cooperate.”

Hulse, a 1984 West Point Academy graduate, was a three-year letter winner for the West Point basketball team, a two-time team captain and a member of the 25-3 squad that reached the NCAA Division II tournament quarterfinals.

Hulse was also a national champion in track, where she won All-American distinction for shot put, discus and heptathlon both years she participated on the team. She held the women’s discus record for 20 years until it was broken in 2002.

Hulse was one of seven athletes honored at a Sept. 28 induction banquet.

The inductees were also recognized during a parade and halftime ceremony the next day when Army football hosted Temple.

INTERNATIONAL FLAIR

The Italians are coming! So are the Canadians. And quite a few other folks from around the country when Bocce Arizona and the Arizona American Italian Club sponsor the second International Bocce Ball tournament Saturday and Sunday.

Bocce Arizona was founded by Pasquale D’Aliesio, a national champion bocce ball player, and Vincenzo D’Aliesio, a Scottsdale and Mesa businessman who was a member of Arizona State’s 1996 Pac-10 champion football coaching staff.

In the inaugural tournament held January in Glendale, 33 teams from across the United States and Italy participated.

Opening ceremonies begin at 8:45 a.m. with play beginning at 9 a.m. on both days at the Arizona American Italian Club, 7509 N. 12th St., Phoenix.

Bocce is similar to lawn bowling and involves throwing a ball as close as possible to the pallino, a small white ball that is thrown first to start the game.

For tournament information, contact Pasquale D’Aliesio at (602) 569-9149, e-mail bocce@boccearizona.net or visit www.boccearizona.net.

RUNNING DOWN UNDER

Recent Chandler Basha High graduate Courtney Wood spent part of her summer in Gold Coast, Australia.

But Wood wasn’t there to see the koalas or kangaroos.

The Mesa Community College freshman was running track as a participant in the International Sports Specialists’ Down Under International Games.

And she brought back souvenirs — a silver medal in the 400-meter hurdles and a gold in the 400 relay.

“It was an amazing trip and my first time abroad,” the 19-year-old said of her seven-day trip to participate in the two-day event. The games included competition in volleyball, golf, cross country, track and field, free-style wrestling and swimming.

There are also separate football and basketball competitions.

Athletes must be nominated by their high school coach in order to participate in the events, whose alumni include Jake Plummer and Ahman Green.

Wood and her teammates, who only had two days together to practice before the competition, competed in the 18-19-year-old division and won their relay in 53.08 seconds. She then picked up her silver with a time of 68.69.

It was a familiar finish for Wood.

“I missed winning state (last spring in the 400 hurdles) by half a second.”

She is on the Thunderbirds track team and plans to finish her education at Northern Arizona, completing her studies to become a physical therapist.

Training session

Free clinic: Bob Davis, founder of Strength of America, will host a free youth strength and conditioning seminar for parents and coaches from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at First United Methodist Church, 15 East First Ave., Mesa. Topics include: myths regarding strength training, nutrition advice, injury prevention and speed and agility training without fancy equipment. Call (480) 219-0868 or e-mail strengthofamerica@cox.net to reserve space. Visit www.strengthofamerica.us for more information.

Best bet

Olympic aspirations: The Fifth Element Pole Vault Club has invited “Fear Factor” champion and Mesa Mountain View graduate April Steiner (right) to return to the school’s campus for a special event. Steiner, who is trying to vault her way onto the USA Track and Field team and a spot in the Beijing Olympics, will be doing a pole vaulting demonstration at 11 a.m. on Nov. 2, near the flagpole located at the center of the campus. The club starts training Nov. 13 after school from 4 to 6 p.m., with a parents’ sign-up meeting scheduled for 6 p.m. Nov. 7 at the Mountain View track. Call coach Joe Sullivan at (480) 472-7106 or e-mail jmsulliv@mpsaz.org.

Diamond defense

Professional help: Seven-year MLB veteran and current Arizona State assistant coach Andy Stankiewicz will host a two-day defensive specialty camp for youth ages 11-18 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Packard Stadium. This defense-only camp is designed to cover various infield and outfield drills and techniques. The emphasis is to teach and refine defensive fundamentals as well as help improve fielding mechanics and defensive aptitude. Cost is $375. To register, or for more information, please call (480) 965-1510 or visit www.asubaseballcamps.com.

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