By Mathew Brock

Soaring to a state title

After taking second in districts and fighting through an unidentifiable and possibly season-ending foot injury, Brookings-Harbor senior Abbey Schreiber beat the odds and took first place in girls pole vaulting at the Oregon School Activities Association 4A State Championships. Schreiber ended at at 11 feet 9 inches, both a personal best and new all-time record at Brookings-Harbor High School.

Schreiber’s victory was the result of a risky play. After clearing the 9-foot starting height, she decided to skip the intermittent 9-foot-6 inches and go straight to the 10 foot mark to preserve the strength of her injured foot. Though nerve-wracking, Schreiber credited her victory to the move.

Local golfer Fernando Lira to play collegiately

Fernando Lira never really saw himself as a committed golfer while growing up but now he’s a Division III NCAA athlete swinging for Pacific University. After focusing on soccer for most of his high school athletic career, he began casually golfing with a classmate during his freshman year.

As time went on, his passion for soccer waned while his interest in golf turned into an obsession. He began practicing nearly three hours a day after school, which paid off when he took several top-five finishes in Oregon Junior Golf Association competitions and recognized by the Ford Foundation scholarship program.

Bruins claim bevy of All Far West League soccer honors

The Bruins Boys soccer team had one of their best years in recent memory, going undefeated in their regular season and handily securing the Far West league title. The Bruins ended the season at 13-1-2 overall and 9-0-1 in the Far West League, finishing at rank No. 1 in the OSAA 4A rankings.

The Bruins defeated the Madras White Buffaloes in the quarterfinals, who had knocked them out of the playoffs in the previous year, before being defeated in the semi-finals by the Newport Cubs, the reigning 4A state champions.

The Bruins received many honors this year. Sam Broberg was named Player of the Year while first-year head coach Jess Beaman took home Coach of the Year honors.

Luke Beaman and Izaiha Bruce earned first-team honors alongside Broberg, while Roman Worthey and Zachary Carlson were named second team. Several other members earned honorable mentions.

Collins shines at 2017 Down Under Sports Championships

Brookings Harbor graduate Kia Collins had never been out of state but suddenly found herself on a plane headed for Australia.

Collins was invited to the 2017 Down Under Sports track and field championships at Griffith University on the eastearn most side of Australia. Collins, a Brookings-Harbor graduate, competed in discus, javelin and shot put, bringing home a bronze medal for a 112-foot javelin throw.

Collins, went on to attend Southwestern Oregon Community College, earning a welding certificate, and has been invited to return to the tournament this year.

New life for Salmon Run course

Salmon Run Golf Course has had a rough few years after the previous management team wracked up more than $208,000 in repair costs and overdue bills. The course and all its equipment was repossessed by the city in 2016, leaving its fate in question after weather delays thwarted the city’s attempts to restore it.

Enter Gary and Val Early, two Brookings residents who the city has put in charge of the course for the past year. They continue to struggle with outdated equipment, encroaching wildlife and community members reluctant to return to the course, the Early’s have had their work cut out for them.