Local climbers rock
Brothers Kyle and Sam Struthers of St. Anthony Park recently competed in the National Youth Championships rock climbing competition in Colorado Springs, Colo. Kyle, a freshman at Central High School, and Sam, a seventh-grader at Highland Junior High School, competed in bouldering, a type of climbing without ropes. The boys each earned one of the 35 invitations in their respective age categories by qualifying in regional and divisional competitions held in St. Louis and Indianapolis earlier in the year. Kyle finished 15th in the competition, and Sam finished 16th. The brothers both train at Vertical Endeavors climbing gym, which sent 14 climbers to Nationals. The team a fifth-place finish out of 35 teams.