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Sports Briefs Dec. 3, 2014


Keeping the streak alive

Members of the Gold Beach High School wrestling team perform strength conditioning exercises during Wednesday's practice.

With success comes expectations. It’s the reason why just making the playoffs isn’t acceptable for powerhouse franchises such as the New York Yankees or Los Angeles Lakers. Consistently competing for, and winning, championships creates an expectation among the athletes, coaches and fans where anything short of a title is a letdown.

In their own way, the Gold Beach High School wrestling team has created similar expectations. The Panthers are currently on a 13-season streak of crowning a state champion. 

First year Gold Beach head coach Beau Hanson, the 2006 215 pound Washington state champion from W.F. West High School who has been an assistant coach under former head coach John Karl the past two seasons, understands he is taking over the most successful sports program at Gold Beach High School, and he plans to continue one of the most impressive championship streaks in Curry County history.


Panthers to turn up the tempo under Ross

Gold Beach's Justin Jacobs makes a layup during Wednesday's practice. C.J. Belanio and head coach Jerry Ross look on.

Gold Beach High School boys basketball coach Jerry Ross wants to turn on the jets against his team’s opponents this season.

Ross, who is beginning his second coaching stint with the Panthers, wants his players to turn every game into a track meet — pushing the ball upcourt to get easy buckets and open shots on offense while pressing and trapping and playing in-your-face pressure defense. Ross believes that formula, combined with a wealth of returning talent, will turn the team around from last season’s 8-14 record.


Ocean crabbing starts Monday — ID your buoys

Kirk Seward from Idaho caught his limit of Chinook while pulling plugs on the Chetco on Wednesday with guide Gary Farley.

On Monday, December 1, Brookings-area sport fishermen are going to get a rare opportunity to catch Dungeness crab since the ocean season closed 47 days ago on October 16. While it is not rare for sporties to catch crab on opening day, it is rare that they will be sharing it on the exact same opening day as the commercial crabbers, because rarely does the commercial fleet ever settle on a price before the December 1 opener.

If you saw lights flickering on the ocean Friday night, you were probably observing the commercial crabbing flotilla, because the commercials are allowed to set out their pots three days before opening day.

That means that there are going to be hundreds, if not thousands of crab pots out there, so sport fishermen should make darned sure that they are hauling in the correct pots.


A young team on the rise

Bruins wrestling assistant coach Bret Curtis works on techniques with BHHS wrestlers during Monday’s practice. Curtis believes each of the five Bruin wrestlers can earn a spot on the podium at every tournament this season.

It’s not often in high school athletics that you look towards underclassmen to lead a team. 

In the case of the Brookings-Harbor High School wrestling team, their experience lies with a junior and two sophomores who return from last season’s squad. Though they are young, the five member BHHS squad looks to perch atop the medal stand at each tournament they compete in this season.


Mat Club keeps winning, and growing

Thunder Lewis trains with his brother Wyatt Lewis (left) during a Monday’s practice. Both are nationally ranked in the top-15 percent in their respective age/weight divisions according to trackwrestling.com.

I’ve seen the future of wrestling in Brookings-Harbor, and the future shines bright.

The Brookings-Harbor Mat Club, a wrestling team that began a few years ago with just six youth athletes, has blossomed into a team of 25 wrestlers that compete in tournaments across the western United States.

On Nov. 22 at the Rumble at the Rock meet in Redmond, brothers Wyatt and Thunder Lewis won first place by dispatching their opponents en route to the meet title. Each won a meet championship wrestling singlet for their efforts.


Sports Briefs Nov. 26, 2014


Stuff a salmon for turkey day

Deborah Shafer from Trail, Oregon fished with guide Mike O’Connor on the Chetco River when the flow was 850 cfs to nab this 30-pound-plus November hawg Chinook.

Stuff a turkey for Thanksgiving? Bah poultry-bug! This is the Pacific Northwest by golly, and it’s time to start a new tradition. With all these huge November hawgs that are being caught on the Chetco, Elk and Sixes Rivers, and with a few steelhead already starting to show up on the Chetco, it’s time to stuff it — a salmonid of course — be it salmon, trout or steelhead.

There are hundreds of recipes out there on the Internet. Just Google “stuffed salmon and steelhead” and you’ll come up with about 2 million hits.

And with Thanksgiving just around the corner, there will be plenty of opportunity to catch any of the aforementioned fish, weather permitting, of course.


Young talent to fill key roles

Brookings-Harbor High School basketball players prepare for a rebounding drill during Wednesday's practice.

Player turnover is a trait that all high school coaches must deal with. Every season, some players move on while others step in to roles vacated by graduating players.

For Brookings-Harbor High School boys basketball head coach Buell Gonzales Jr., the 2014-2015 season may be the most challenging yet. 


Core returns as BHHS retools

The Lady Bruins work on team defense during Wednesday's practice.

To say the Lady Bruins are loaded would be an understatement.

Coming off a 23-4 season (10-2 league) and a trip to the 4A state championships at Gil Colisuem in Corvallis, the Lady Bruins enter the 2014-2015 season with plenty of talent despite losing four key seniors.


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