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Bruins believe now is their time

One of the various offensive schemes the Bruins will run this season is an option offense designed to utilize their speed and confuse opposing defenses.

Coming off a winless season, entering their third consecutive season with a different head coach, and having just six seniors on a 35 man roster it would be easy for the Brookings-Harbor High School Bruins football team to feel as though they were on the verge of another season in the doldrums of the Far West League.

However, that is not the case. As they prepare for their opening game on Sept. 5 at home against Phoenix High School, the Bruins are of the mindset that they have the talent and experience to compete with anybody in their league.


Slam’n Salmon Derby begins under perfect weather

10-year-old Dean Hoot James of Cave Junction was among the leaders on day one with a 25.4 pound catch.

The 11th Annual Slam’n Salmon Ocean Fishing Derby, the largest contest of it’s kind on the West Coast, began Friday in perfect weather conditions.

Approximately 480 contestants are signed up to compete in the tournament throughout the weekend. Tournament directors expect that upwards of 600 participants will be competing in the derby by the time the competition ends on Sunday.

Conditions were a cool 72-degrees with 62-percent humidity at the time the weigh-in horn was sounded. Clear skies and calm conditions made for great fishing.


Chetco opens early to bobber fishing

Soon Ae Phillips of Brookings holds one of the 30-pound plus albacore that she and her husband Bob caught while fishing out of the Port of Charleston last week.

Starting September 1, old familiar haunts on the Chetco River such as Morris Hole and Tide Rock that were closed to salmon fishing early in the season since 2009 will now become open again for fly fishing and bobber fishing, but with certain anti-snagging restrictions.

Fly angling gear must include a strike indicator, and bobber angling gear must include a bobber and a leader no longer than 36 inches in length. Any weight other than the bobber or strike indicator may be no more than 36 inches from the hook when suspended vertically. The leader below the bobber or strike indicator must remain suspended in the water column and not resting on the river bottom.


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.


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