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Curry Youth football season opens Sept. 7

Curry Youth football players practice at BHHS last Wednesday.

Curry Youth football players practice at BHHS for the upcoming season.  Both single-A and double-A teams face Redwood beginning at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 7, at BHHS. 

4-H Campers experience the Wild Rivers Coast at surfing stewardship

Members of the Curry County 4-H Surfing Outdoor Stewardship program pose for a group photo at “the Rock” on Pistol River Beach.

Nineteen teens from across the state, and an exchange student from Japan, were the first to enjoy the newly renovated oceanside accommodations at the Curry County Fairgrounds during Curry County 4-H’s inaugural Surfing Outdoor Stewardship (S.O.S) marine science and ocean adventure camp. 

Grants from Wild Rivers Community Foundation and Hobie assisted in funding a portion of the camp.


Blue and Gold

The BHHS football team sings the school fight song after Friday's Blue and Gold game.

The Brookings-Harbor High School football team hosted their annual Blue and Gold game last Friday as a kickoff to the upcoming 2014 high school football season. With new co-head coaches Buell Gonzalez and Dan O’Brien at the helm, the Bruins have a fresh outlook and new direction for the program. The Bruins open the season at the North Valley Jamboree on Friday, Aug. 29. Look for the Bruins football preview in this Saturday’s edition of the Curry Coastal Pilot. Football is just around the corner.

Panthers gear up for first season under new head coach

First year Panther head coach Justin Storns talks with his team during the Gold Beach Team football camp in June.

   It’s true. Everything changes. 

At Gold Beach Union High School — where football is king, and the trophy case is bulging at the seams with more than 15 league championships and three state championship honors, Panther football supremacy is a given.

All of that GBHS swag will be on the line this year, with a shake up from the top down, leaving Panther fans to wonder how their team will perform with the departure of the winningest head coach in the school’s history, 16-year veteran Kevin Swift. The legendary coach will stay on as athletic director and Gold Beach Football Team camp director but will be in the stands this year.

One of his former players, Justin Storns, is taking the reigns of one of the most prolific football powers in the state. In fact, Max Preps, a national high school ranking watchdog ranked the Curry County black cats as 11th most dominant football program in Oregon over the past 10 years.


Lady Bruins’ goals: win league, then state

Junior fullback Drew Farmer returns to a Lady Bruins defense that head coach Fernando Villa dubs

Coming off the greatest season in school history, it would be easy for the Brookings-Harbor High School girls soccer team to rest on their laurels.

Last season the team finished an impressive 11-2-2, good enough for second place in the Far West League and a playoff birth. After a road win at Henley in the first round of the playoffs the dream season ended with a bitter 2-0 loss at La Grande in the quarterfinals, when the Lady Bruins had to travel 15 hours across the state to play.

That scenario provided clarity as to what the team’s goals were entering this season.


Slam’n Salmon derby set to cast off this week

Fishing enthusiasts from around the globe will be competing at the 11th Annual Slam’n Salmon Ocean Fishing Derby this week at the Port of Brookings-Harbor.

The derby, which has attracted participants from as far away as Switzerland and Austrailia in previous years, is considered the largest fishing derby on the West Coast, with an estimated 600 contestants vying for $16,000 in cash prizes, and the coveted derby ring, which is awarded to the derby winner and is designed and donated by Harbrook Jewlers.


Fresh faces bring new hope

The Lady Bruins work through several drills while practicing Wednesday at BHHS. Head coach Samantha Greenlee hopes a new attitude will help change Lady Bruin fortunes.

Rebuilding a program is never an easy task. One often hears of professional teams rebuilding through a draft or free agency or a college program through recruiting. It can be argued that it is much more difficult to rebuild a program at a public high school, where there is no draft or recruiting from which to pluck top-tier talent. 

That’s exactly the situation in which the Brookings-Harbor High School volleyball team finds themselves. Having won just one Far West League game in the past two seasons combined, and having lost eight seniors from last year’s squad, the Lady Bruins are young and poised to move past previous setbacks.


Crop of talented youngsters attend camp

Athletes of the camp were taught various skills by top level coaches as well as current BHHS volleyball players during three days of practice at Azalea Middle School.

Twenty-four aspiring volleyball stars took to the Azalea Middle School courts Aug. 18-20 to learn from some of the best volleyball coaching minds the Brookings-Harbor area has to offer at the 17th Annual Bruin Volleyball Camp.

“It’s really fun and you learn a lot about volleyball,” said Phoebe Eldridge, a seventh grader at Azalea Middle School who has been attending the camp for the past three years. “The first time I came to the camp I didn’t really know anything about volleyball, but after playing I really like volleyball now.”


Rockfish and lingcod fishing phenomenal

Mary and Bob Ballman from Vancouver, Washington, (left) joined Mark and Cathy Watkins from Eugene for several days last week and caught limits of rockfish (shown) and lingcod plus a few nice Chinook as well.

Salmon anglers, be aware that the ocean coho season south of Humbug Mountain to the Oregon/California border is now closed, so be sure you know the difference between a Chinook and a coho, because some of the coho that are being hooked are now approaching strapping Chinook sizes.

Chinook salmon between 18 and 25 pounds were being caught on a 270-degree heading from the whistle buoy, with anglers dragging their baits close to the bottom in depths ranging from 90 to 120 feet.


Fall Sports Preview: Soccer team eyes third straight title

BHHS playmaker Alex Anaya (center) makes a pass during soccer practice on Tuesday afternoon.

When your team is the top dog in a league, you have a figurative target painted on your back.

Every team is out to beat you and plays their best game against you. A team is not awarded such reverence overnight; it comes from winning and often dominating a league, season after season. 

It’s bred from accomplishment.


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