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Lady Panthers season ends against Central Linn

The Gold Beach Lady Panthers shake hands with the Gaston Greyhounds after Gold Beach's 6-4 win on Wednesday.

The fantastic season for the Gold Beach Lady Panthers softball team came to an end on Friday after an 8-1 loss to the Central Linn Cobras in the quarterfinal round of the OSAA 2A/1A State Championship playoffs.

The Cobras scored two runs in the first, six in the second, and out hit Gold Beach 11-4.


Former NFL QB with local ties helps Bruins

Former pastor Mitch Lomax (left) and his brother, former NFL quarterback Neil Lomax, talk to students during their brother Terry’s fourth period study hall class at BHHS on Friday.

Former NFL quarterback Neil Lomax spent 10 seasons under center as the St. Louis/Arizona Cardinals playcaller. Before Lomax played at the highest level of professional football, he was a record-setting quarterback at the University of Portland.

Last week, the two-time Pro Bowler  used his vast knowledge of the game and life experiences to inspire students at Brookings-Harbor High School -— in the classroom and on the field.


Non-stop rockfish and lingcod action

Scales don’t exaggerate. Richard French from Brookings hoists a 7-pound canary rockfish he caught on Monday while fishing out of the Port of Brookings Harbor.

It is now the end of the month and the most-asked question people were asking at the local fish-cleaning stations in Brookings and Crescent City has been, “Were there any salmon caught today?”

According to Jeff at Englund Marine in Crescent City, the action hasn’t been hot yet, but a possible upcoming salmon scenario is looking very promising.

“We’ve had reports of three or four salmon caught a day,” said Jeff on Thursday. “The water temperature has been steady between 52 and 53 degrees, and although the salmon aren’t here quite yet, the ocean is setting itself up. They could be here any day now.”

Mark Gasich of Brookings, who frequents both ports of Brookings Harbor and Crescent City told me of a bite where five salmon were landed two days in a row in the Crescent City area.

“That’s more fish than the port samplers have checked in at the Brookings boat ramp for the entire season,” said Gasich on Thursday. “If we get a few days where we get an east or a south wind, those salmon could get here really soon.”


Impressive state finish for Bruins' Graham

Bruins hurdler Shaine Graham wears medals he earned at the OSAA 4A State Championships.

Brookings-Harbor High School senior hurdler Shaine Graham ended his impressive prep track and field career in familiar territory — on the medal stand at the state championships.


Lincoln, Paris Newdall earn state medals

Gold Beach track and field athletes Lincoln Newdall, Kaitlin Armstrong, Avi Gaston and Paris Newdall pose for a photo after the OSAA 2A State Championship Meet on Saturday in Eugene. Photo by Will Newdal

Lincoln and Paris Newdall each medaled twice as the Gold Beach High School track and field team earned five medals at the OSAA 2A State Championships track and field meet at the University of Oregon’s Hayward Field on Thursday and Friday.


Lady Panthers set for title run


Gold Beach’s Savanna Rucker slides in safely at second base during the Lady Panthers win over Reedsport on Saturday. The win gave the Lady Panthers a home playoff game against Gaston at starting 4 p.m. today (May 27).

The Gold Beach Lady Panthers have reached their goals to this point — they’ve won a regular season league title, a conference playoff, and earned a home game as they open the OSAA 2A/1A State Championship playoffs against Gaston at 4 p.m. today (May 27) at Buffington Park.


Fish Report: Ocean salmon on the way

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Salmon anglers fishing out of the Port of Brookings Harbor trolled anywhere and everywhere from the red can buoy out to 8 miles off of House Rock (also called the shrimp beds), but most fishermen came back with zero salmon to their nets.

However, six Chinook salmon were caught last week, according to port samplers and this eye-witness reporter, who saw one approximate 10-pound king meeting the sharpened end of a fillet knife at the port’s fish-cleaning station.  I also talked to one individual who recently caught two Chinook.


Youthful Panthers take four titles at Sunset Conference District Championships

Gold Beach's Lincoln Newdall competes in the men's shot put during last weekend's Sunset Conference District Championship meet at Toledo High School.

Gold Beach High School freshman thrower Paris Newdall had only seen limited action for the past five weeks due to a right knee injury.

Newdall pushed aside any discomfort to throw personal bests in both the shot put and discus to win league titles at the Sunset Conference District Championships last weekend at Toledo High School.

“She didn’t say a word to me about it,” said Dana Newdall, Paris’ mother and Gold Beach head coach. 


Graham, Stubna, relay team earn state berth

The Bruins 4x400-meter relay team of (left to right) Bailey Stamm, Shaine Graham, Juan Cortez and Cody Enos finished second to qualify for next weekend's state meet.

Five Brookings-Harbor High School track and field athletes will be heading to the state championship meet after qualifying at last weekend’s Far West League District Championships at BHHS.

Bruins hurdler Shaine Graham claimed his spot as one of the greatest Bruins hurdlers in school history. Graham won his third consecutive district title in the 300-meter hurdles with a personal best 40.26, earning the senior his fourth straight trip to the state final meet. Graham also qualified in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 15.34.


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