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River running: A Chetco effect

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The Chetco Running Club poses for a photo in October. The club plans to expand in the future to compete in half-marathons, marathons and team events such as the Wild Rogue Relay and the Warrior Dash. Submitted photo.

I really need exercise.

An early-December Tuesday. Raining. It’s been raining — hard. I’ve been sedentary since Friday. Need to sweat outside.

Afternoon arrives. A rift in the clouds. A window?

I like windows.

And so, from Brookings, I drive up along the north bank of the River Chetco, flowing fast and fat, wide acres of murky brown embossed with wispy-white rapids and swirling eddies, poked with driftwood beneath a sky of polished lead.

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Bruins clean sweep Bobcats

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Brookings-Harbor's Russ Nickels, who had a game-high 16 points, buried two clutch free throws to secure a BHHS win over Myrtle Point. File photo.

Brookings-Harbor basketball teams made it a clean sweep over the Myrtle Point Bobcats — winning all varsity and junior varsity games on Tuesday at Myrtle Point High School.

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Panthers play in Winterlake Tournament

Both Gold Beach High School basketball teams headed to Coquille last weekend to play in the Winterlake Classic on Friday and Saturday at Coquille High School.

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Panther grapplers have solid start to season at Scio tournament

Si tceles Fry and Rocky Lilly won their weight classes as the Gold Beach High School wrestling team began their season with a respectable 5th-place finish at the Scio Holiday Tournament on Saturday at Scio High School.

Fry defeated Rogue River’s Jesus Gonzalez by fall at 34 seconds in the semifinals to advance to the 145-pound championship match against Scio’s Ethan Hiteshaw. 

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Trio of Bruins wrestle at Coastal Classic

A small contingent of Brookings-Harbor High School Wrestlers faced competitors from over 30 teams at the Army Strong Coastal Classic held on Saturday at North Bend High School.

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Brookings-Harbor Basketball: Stars shine in sweep

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Bruin point guard Brandon Curtis, right, drives past Bandon's Zane Olive during Brookings-Harbor's 44-39 win on Friday.

In their home-opening games, Brookings-Harbor got all-star performances from point guards Drew Farmer and Brandon Curtis as BHHS swept the Bandon Tigers on Friday.

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Gold Beach Basketball: Panthers split against Glide Wildcats

The Gold Beach Panthers and Lady Panthers basketball teams split their games against the Glide Wildcats on Thursday — with the Panthers winning, 59-42, and the Lady Panthers falling by a 44-38 margin.

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Rain hinders angling on Chetco, Smith Rivers

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A group of plunkers carefully watch their rods on the last fishable day on the Chetco River last Saturday when the river was 4,500 cfs.

One week ago today, under picture perfect water conditions, anglers plunked from the comfort of their own vehicles at Social Security Bar on the Chetco River. The river was flowing at 4,500 cubic feet per second and it had a beautiful tea-green hue. Two winter steelhead were caught that I know of on flame-chartreuse-colored Spin-N-Glos.  Most likely there was a fish or two caught after I left.

Then the rains came down with abandon and the river started rising sharply on Sunday and ran everybody off the river. The Chetco just kept on rising the rest of the week and it finally blew out, spewing chunks of brown mud and who knows what else.

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Local biking group clears, rides trails

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A bicyclist from the Wild Rivers Coast Mountain Bike Association enjoys one of the local trails during a group ride.

Many of the trails in Curry County are rocky, overgrown and seemingly impassable for recreation — but the Wild Rivers Coast Mountain Bike Association has been hard at work to change that. In just a few months, the club has grown from a handful of cycling enthusiasts to a group that meets regularly to ride their bikes and maintain trails on the Southern Oregon and Northern California coasts.

The group, which currently has about 45 members as well as a leadership team, meets monthly to discuss board business and membership. Club meetings are the first Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m., at Panther’s Den Pizza and Deli, located at 29513 Ellensburg Ave. in Gold Beach.

“So far, we have people in Gold Beach, Pistol River, Brookings and Crescent City,” said Shawna Martin, a member at large and the primary contact for the group.

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Bruins ‘Battle at the Border’

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Brookings-Harbor’s Isaiah Ross, right, grapples with Grants Pass’ Jacob Russell during their 170-pound quarterfinal match at the 33rd Annual Battle at the Border wrestling tournament on Saturday at Del Norte High School.

Jess Fitzhugh, Isaiah Ross and Alonzo Nalls all finished in the top-4 of their weight classes as the Bruins passed their first test of the season at the 33rd Annual Battle at the Border wrestling tournament on Saturday at Del Norte High School. 

Fitzhugh beat Fortuna’s Eduardo Ramirez and Hoopa’s Skylar McKnight by pinfall to reach the final match in the 160-pound weight class against Crater’s Logan Meek.

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