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Lady Bruins unable to capitalize on winning streak

After winning their final games at last week’s Brookings-Harbor Invitational, the Brookings-Harbor Bruins and Lady Bruins basketball teams aim to get back on a winning track despite suffering recent losses.


On the water: Steelhead abound in local rivers

When Salem resident Larry Washburn had a hankering to catch a nice hatchery steelhead on Wednesday, he knew right where to go ó the Chetco River.

Last week fishing local area rivers was as easy as tossing a coin in the air. Heads — you went to the Chetco; tails — you fished the Smith.

“I’m out here weathering the storm looking for another silver-sided chrome dome,” said guide Mick Thomas, owner-operator of Lunker Fish Trips while fishing the Smith on Thursday. 


Spirit of Sports


Not all photos are created equal. Some are far more powerful than others. 

While on an assignment, Pilot reporters take hundreds of photos during an event — hoping that out of all those pictures, there are a few gems.

With just one or two photos making it to print, most  pictures never see the pages of the Curry Coastal Pilot.

We wanted to take this opportunity to share some of the sports photos taken in 2015 that show the wide-ranging emotions of competition. 

The photos below are likely to stir up feelings similar, if not identical, to those felt by the athletes and coaches themselves. These photos truly do the old cliche´, “a picture is worth a thousand words,” justice. 

Anglers slay local steelhead

Wyatt Lewis from Smith River caught a steelhead that was half as big as he is while side-drifting Puff Balls and roe on the Chetco River with his family on Monday.

A dropping river and textbook aqua-marine coloration, combined with a few schools of fish allowed anglers to slay the fatted steelhead on the Chetco River last week. This is the most action I have seen on this river in several years.  I think it’s safe to say that the drought is over.

Most anglers fished from the bank last week plunking No. 4 or 6 Flame Chartreuse-colored Spin-N-Glos, with the majority of boaters side-drifting Puff Balls and roe.

“It was pretty high for drifting on Saturday,” said guide Val Early of Early Fishing. “The plunkers did really, really good on Saturday and Sunday when the water was more in their favor, then the river kind of turned more in favor of boats.”


Brookings-Harbor Invitational: Lady Bruins claim tourney title

Phoenix's Kaylene Ritter, left, collides with Lady Bruin Abby Farmer during Brookings-Harbor's 67-34 tournament-clinching win on Tuesday.

Of all the close games at this week’s Brookings-Harbor Invitational basketball tournament — none of them involved the Lady Bruins.

BHHS put to rest any notion that they would not repeat as champions of their home tournament as they routed their opponents on the way to the title.


Brookings-Harbor Invitational: North Valley wins final, Bruins take consolation

Brookings-Harbor's Buell Gonzales III, right, defends Phoenix's James Turnbull during Tuesday's 41-33 Bruins victory.

Parker Dubawski scored all of his 17 points in the second half to lead his North Valley Knights to a 59-45 victory over the Rogue River Cheiftans in Tuesday’s BHHS Invitational Tournament finale.


Sports Briefs Dec. 30, 2015


What a year: Top-5 prep stories of 2015

The Lady Bruins pose with their 2nd-place trophy after competing in Novemberís OSAA 4A State Championship game at Liberty High School in Hillsboro.

It was another great year for Curry County prep sports. Presenting the Pilot’s top-5 prep sports stories of 2015. 


Brookings-Harbor Invitational starts Monday

The Brookings-Harbor Invitational basketball tournament tips off this Monday.


Chetco sets itself up for plunking

Here is the authorís favorite plunking setup for winter steelhead for fishing the Rogue River, Chetco River or Smith River.

Last week, the Chetco River’s high flows set the river up for picture perfect plunking conditions.  Last Monday, the Chetco rose to 18,800 cubic feet per second. This coming weekend, the river has been predicted to drop to 4,600 cfs.  And if the river keeps dropping and clearing, it should be in perfect condition for anglers to launch their drift boats and either side-drift Puff Balls and roe or pull plugs like Mag Lip 3.5 and 3.0 later this week.

But for this weekend, it is looking like plunking conditions, so what better picture to use than of a perfectly-rigged Spin-N-Glo setup. It’s a relatively inexpensive rig to tie up.  Here’s how to rig it up and price it out.


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