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Racing in a winter wonderland

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Team BSR Outlaw Kart Racing's Sophia Bauer (foreground) and Ashleigh Strain completed successful winter seasons a the River Arena Speedway in Roseburg. Photo courtesy of HighLine Image and Design (www.highlineimage.com)

Sophia Bauer and Ashleigh Strain, who race karts for Bauer-Strain Outlaw Kart Racing (BSR) of Brookings, completed their winter season at Roseburg’s River Arena Speedway with stellar results.

Bauer, a 7-year-old who attends Kalmiopsis Elementary School, finished second overall in the Pee Wee Beginner Box Class in just her third year of competition. Bauer finished with 1,049 points — just 74 points behind season champion Jayden Trupp of Coos Bay. The mild-mannered grade-schooler won four main event races, four trophy dash races and six heat race wins as she has gained a reputation as one of the fiercest tykes on the track.

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Bruins force one-game playoff, Lady Bruins finish undefeated in FWL

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Bruins senior Alec Darger (second from right) is congratulated by his teammates while heading to the bench in the fourth quarter of Friday’s blowout win.

Both the Brookings-Harbor Bruins (8-16, 5-5) and Lady Bruins (18-4, 10-0) basketball teams played their most well-rounded, complete games of the season when they hosted the Douglas Trojans in the final Far West League contest of the season. 

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Lady Panthers advance, Panthers ousted in conference playoff

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Gold Beach guard Hailey Timues chases after a loose ball during Wednesday's game against Bandon.

The Gold Beach Panthers boys and girls basketball programs entered this week’s Sunset Conference Tournament knowing what they had to finish as one of the conference’s top two teams if they wanted to continue a run into the OSAA 2A State Championships.

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Anglers to get first look at salmon abundance

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John Vincent from Sacramento, California caught this steelhead on the Chetco River last week while side-drifting Puff Balls and roe with guide Dave Castellanos from Cast Guide Service.

Do I sense a tremble in the forest? Goosebumps in the gallery? Or perhaps the hairs on the back of your neck are standing on end? If you’re an ocean salmon fanatic and you’re wondering about what this year’s season is going to bring, there is a good reason for your unexplainable case of the willies.

This is the week when anglers will be getting their first view of the 2015 ocean salmon abundance forecast, and a meeting discussing these possible corpulent cornucopias will be held by the Ocean Salmon Industry Group this coming Thursday, Feb. 26, at the Hallmark Resort in Newport, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

It’s definitely my favorite part of the year.

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Lady Bruins crowned league champs

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Lady Bruins freshman Abby Farmer drives the ball past South Umpqua's Jenaka Black during Tuesday's game.

With two games left to play in the Far West League season, both the Bruins and Lady Bruins faced critical games in their respective league races when they faced the South Umpqua Lancers on Tuesday at Brookings-Harbor High School.

The Lady Bruins could clinch their first league title since 2011. The Bruins entered Tuesday tied with the Lancers for that all-important third place spot in the FWL, a spot that would earn them a play-in game.

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Panthers sweep Bobcats, head into league tourney

For Gold Beach High School’s boys and girls basketball programs, Tuesday’s season finales against the Myrtle Point Bobcats at Myrtle Point High School signified the culmination of a regular season that saw both teams punch their ticket into the Sunset Conference Tournament.

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Ross the Boss is headed to State Championships

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Isaiah Ross was honored at halftime of the BHHS/South Umpqua boys basketball game for qualifying for the OSAA State Wrestling Championships.

Brookings-Harbor High School sophomore wrestler Isaiah Ross finished in 4th place at last weekend’s OSAA 4A Special District 3 wrestling meet at Marshfield High School, qualifying him for the OSAA State Championship meet on Friday, Feb. 27 at Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum in Portland.

“I’m really happy because I’ve been working for this for a long time,” said Ross. 

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Sports Briefs Feb. 18, 2015

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Lady Bruins one win from league title

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Four of the Lady Bruins key contributors (left to right): Courtney Bay, Siena Worthey, Mishonne Marks and Iva Hart are part of a core that has BHHS one win from a league title.

Brookings-Harbor High School celebrated Cancer Awareness night during the intermission of Friday’s basketball games between BHHS and the Marshfield Pirates. Half of the gate fees were donated to Relay For Life and local cancer survivors were honored during the intermission. The players and several attendees wore purple and/or pink to symbolize their support in hopes of finding a cure.

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Pacific herring to arrive in Crescent City

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Jim Barbour from St. Helena, California, was fishing the Chetco River with Gary Early of Early Fishing on Thursday, the flow was upward toward 5,000 cfs when he caught this fresh, chrome-bright winter steelhead while side-drifting down to Social Security Bar.

They’re usually here by now, and people are catching them about as fast as they can get a line or a net in the water. That’s how fast and furious the herring action can be in the Crescent City Harbor.

Herring aficionados usually start looking for the first herring to enter the harbor from the end of January through the middle of February, where they come every year to spawn. And for a very brief period of time, fishermen like Captain Jim Bithell of Brookings and owner of Charthouse Sportfishing had a day or two when they could catch about 100 of the silvery-sided baitfish.

But a series of storms kept Crescent City’s harbor full of high, fresh and turbid water, which then drove the herring back out to sea. However, Loren Taylor of Englund Marine in Crescent City says that according to Mother Nature, they will be returning, and they should be returning soon.

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