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Roseville family rides for research on disease

By: Bill Poindexter/Roseville Press Tribune Sports Editor
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The Sea Otter Gran Fondo went so well that Brent Fink and son Austin are going to go cycling again.

“We signed up for the next ride Sept. 16,” Brent Fink said of a 75-mile event in Palo Alto.

It was the first cycling competition for Brent Fink, who found cycling therapeutic following the January 2011 death of daughter Brittany.

The Finks rode in the Charity of Choice portion of the Gran Fondo and, with wife and mom Andrea, raised $2,040 toward awareness and a cure for Gastroparesis and Intestinal Pseudo-Obstruction, which took the life of their daughter and sister, a 2009 graduate of Woodcreek High School.

“We would like to thank everyone for their support and donations,” Brent Fink said.

Austin Fink finished the 50-mile coastal route in 2 hours, 57 minutes, 15 seconds. He placed 15th out of 424 riders. Brent Fink finished 38th in 3:14:16 and said it took him 45 minutes to tackle the last five-mile climb. His goal was 3:30.

Brent Fink said his son would have finished in the top 10 but waited at a check station for 10 minutes “to make sure I was OK.”

Granite Bay’s Reeves will play in lacrosse national tourney

Granite Bay High School junior Katrina Reeves was one of 40 players selected to two sub-regional Pacific NorCal teams that will compete at the U.S. Lacrosse National Tournament over Memorial Day weekend in Stony Brook, N.Y.

Reeves, a goalkeeper, was chosen following tryouts Sunday in Woodside. She’s one of four juniors on the NorCal roster to make the team for the third year in a row, according to a news release.

This will be the 80th anniversary of the national tournament.