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Softballers drop two at state championships

The 2015 BHLL 10-11 softball All-Star team is presented on the field during opening ceremonies at state championships. From Left to Right: manager Cindy Badger, assistant coach Tony Martin; assistant coach Alisa Dodds. Players: Kendra Burgin, Lilly Stockton, Summer Wilmarth, Julia Howell, Avery Sandusky, Cerise Badger, Sara Martin, Stephenie Clay, Jessica Allen and Jordan Pryor. Submitted photo.

Win or lose — it was an experience they will never forget.

The Brookings-Harbor Little League 10-11 year-old girls softball team, a team comprised of all-stars from the past league season, dropped two games this past weekend at the state championship tournament in Gresham, losing 15-2 against Scappoose on Saturday and 22-7  to Hermiston on Sunday.

Regardless of the outcome, the experience of competing for a state championship was invaluable.


Special Olympians collect hardware at state games

A Curry County shot putter competes at the Oregon Special Olympics.

Curry County’s Special Olympians stood out by winning 20 medals at the Oregon Special Olympics Summer State Games on July 11-12 at Newberg High School in Newberg. 

“We had a great time this year,” said Curry County assistant coach and Gold Beach Police Chief Dixon Andrews. “We brought home a lot of state medals.”

The team had a strong presence at the event, bringing home five gold, seven silver and eight bronze medals. A complete list of participants is available below.


Bottomfishing using plastics

Mark Gasich of Brookings holds a large cabezon caught on a plastic/jighead combo before releasing it back into the ocean.

Shrimp flies or grubs?  Leadfish or anchovies?  Plastic worms or swimbaits?

All of the above-mentioned lures will catch their fair share of rockfish, cabezon and lingcod.

But when it comes to a 100-percent lure, that is, a lure that will catch the aforementioned fish 100 percent of the time, in 100 percent of ocean conditions and in 100 percent of deep- and shallow-water conditions, my vote definitely goes to the plastic lure.


Turning the program around

BHHS head coach Drew Carter facilitates a defensive backpedaling drill.

Ask anyone who has played and they will all tell you the same thing: Success in team sports is built in the offseason.

That’s exactly what the Brookings-Harbor High School Bruins football team is doing this summer under new head coach Drew Carter.


OHA issues health advisory for toxic coastal clams

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) is issuing a health advisory for the length of the Oregon Coast for soft-shell clams because they contain high levels of naturally occurring arsenic. 

The advisory is most important for people who dig their own clams and target the specific species Mya arenaria, since these clams are not commercially available in markets or restaurants. 


Co-ed Clash of the Titans

The Backstreet Bar defeated Alpha Omega (shown here), 14-8, in a battle of undefeated first-place teams on Thursday at Azalea Park.

The chatter amongst the players was that this game was a “Clash of the Titans.”

On Thursday the undefeated Backstreet Bar faced an undefeated Alpha Omega team in a battle for first place in the Brookings-Harbor Adult Softball League at Azalea Park.


Several rule changes made for prep spring sports

INDIANAPOLIS — Rules changes for the 2016 baseball, softball and track and field seasons were made at rules committee meetings last month in Indianapolis. Those changes were subsequently approved by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Board of Directors.


Stellar fishing in south Curry County

Debbie and Mark Hollinger proudly display a gigantic fall Chinook they caught last Wednesday while trolling a spinnerbait/anchovy setup in the Rogue Bay.

Last week, a choir of electric fillet knives could be heard singing daily at the Port of Brookings Harbor’s fillet station as anglers filleted rockfish after rockfish, and lingcod after lingcod. Suffice it to say, the rockfishing action has been stellar and fishermen have had no problem hauling in limits of the bottom-grabbers with regularity using anything and everything, including single and twin-tail plastics, shrimp flies, leadfish and baitfish such as herring and anchovies.

Because of glassy-flat ocean conditions, anglers were catching their bottomfish uphill toward House Rock, downhill toward Camel Rock, or just straight out from the north and south jetties.

In addition to bottomfish, the crabbing has suddenly picked up as well. Crabbers who have been setting their pots between 80- and 90-feet of water and soaking them overnight have also been raking in limits of Dungeness crab as well, and the dungies have been as-hard-as-a-rock, well-filled-out crustaceans.


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