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OSAA adopts football safety program; mandatory by 2016

OSAA became the first state high school activities association to require USA Football’s High School Heads Up Football program to advance player safety.

The Oregon Scholastic Activities Association (OSAA) also becomes the first state high school activities association in the United States to require coach enrollment into USA Football’s Heads Up Football® program for the benefit of its student-athletes, effective in 2016.

The OSAA recommends its 249 football-playing high schools enroll in High School Heads Up Football in 2015. Oregon high schools will be required to do so in 2016.

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OSAA 4A All-State baseball and softball selections

The OSAA has released their 4A All-State baseball and softball selections for the 2015 season.
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Rule change equals fewer campers

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The Gold Beach Panthers football team competes in a scrimmage on Tuesday during the Gold Beach Team Football Camp at Gold Beach High School. Photo by Mandy Pearson.

Gold Beach Team Football Camp (GBTFC) was in full swing this past week, albeit with a noticeably smaller camp than in years past. 

The reduction in participating teams, down by roughly half from last year’s camp of over 800 to 405, and from two or three sessions to only one, is due to the absence of the California school teams who historically have been regular attendees of the nationally renowned prep pigskin warm-up venue.

The impact is being felt around Gold Beach, where merchants that have relied on the football teams and their supporters, like motels, restaurants and grocery stores, are feeling the pinch.

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Fish deep waters for ocean coho and chinook

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Mary Ballman of Eugene, Oregon was fishing with her husband Bob and boat owners Mark and Kathy Watkins on Tuesday when they limited out on lingcod and rockfish while fishing out of the Port of Brookings Harbor.

On June 27, anglers north of the Oregon-California border may begin keeping up to two hatchery coho a day as part of their 2-salmon daily bag limit. As of late, Chinook salmon have been somewhat scarce (that’s going to change soon), so being able to keep a couple of coho is definitely a shot in the arm for salmon aficionados.

So where have all the salmon been exactly?  All I can tell you is that through my and other fishermen’s personal experiences, if you want to hook up with a salmon, learn to fish deep. Most of the salmon have been between 6 and 15 miles from shore, with the most successful anglers trolling deeper than usual.

But how deep is deep, exactly?

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Race: a winner for Brookings

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Runners make their way down Old County Road towards the finish line at Azalea Park.

Two-hundred and fourteen miles in just over a day, and at the end, you get to party in the park.

For the first time in its history, the Wild Rogue Relay ended at Azalea Park in Brookings — and the early returns are that the finale was a big success.

“It’s exactly what I expected,” said Brookings Mayor Ron Hedenskog. “I figured this town would really come together to host this right and I think they have.”

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Rosendahl wins state championship with near-perfect performance

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Buck Rosendahl and his Oregon state singles championship medal. Submitted photo.

Facing some of the toughest competition in the trap-shooting world, Gold Beach resident Buck Rosendahl shattered 199 of a potential 200 targets en route to an Oregon state singles championship at the Pacific International Trapshooting Association’s (PITA) Oregon State Championships June 18-21 in North Plains, Oregon.

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Two teams still alive in all-star tournaments

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The Brookings-Harbor Little League 9- and 10-year-old all-star team participates in pre-game ceremonies in Grants Pass last weekend. Photo courtesy of Wendi Workinger

Two of the three Brookings-Harbor Little League teams that travelled to Grants Pass to play in the District 8 Tournament are still alive — with one team advancing to the regional finals.

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Bottom and baitfish plentiful

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Ron Vogel (left) and Adam Bogner, both from Brookings found a good grade of black rockfish while fishing out of the Port of Brookings Harbor on Wednesday.

It’s one thing to have a good salmon prediction — it’s another to have baitfish around to keep them in the local area.  Although the switch on ocean Chinook has yet to be flipped, when they finally do arrive, there will be no problem with them taking up residency.

There is so much baitfish just a hundred yards off all the beaches near the Port of Brookings Harbor, it’s ridiculous. Everywhere you go, pelicans can be seen dive-bombing schools of baitfish, whether they are smelt, herring, shad or sardines.

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1,200 people expected at Azalea Park today for relay race festivities

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A runner gets a high-five at a checkpoint near the Bridgeview Winery in Cave Junction on Friday. Photo courtesy of Teri Smith

Approximately, 1,200 people, including 900 runners, are expected at Azalea Park on Saturday as the Wild Rogue Relay holds its closing festivities in Brookings for the first time in the race’s history.

“The City of Brookings was interested in having us and the location provided us with some growh potential,” said race director Jim Brendle, citing the city’s infrastructure and the size of Azalea Park as key factors in the move from the race’s previous finish line location, the Curry County Fairgrounds.

The move meant that logistically, Brendle and city parks and recreation director Tony Baron had much to do in order to get the city and park ready to accomodate the influx of runners.

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