By Boyd C. Allen

Pilot Staff Writer

Nine teams played in the Curry Community Health (CCH) kickball tournament in Brookings last Tuesday, according to CCH employee Beth Beasley. The games, held in Azalea Park, included divisions for players in grades 1–5 and 6–12, but all players had to be under age 17.

CCH employee Heather Serna said the day included free kickball, a raffle, a gift bag and free lunch.

Abby and Drew Farmer, Brookings-Harbor graduates and sisters who will be playing college basketball next year, spoke about making healthy choices and the positive results of those choices.

Abby Farmer is also a member of the local youth advisory council (YAC), a group sponsored by CCH dedicated to informing other youth about healthy choices and the dangers of underage drinking and drug use.

YAC member Mia Hoenke said, “It’s fun to raise awareness and help the community.”

Members Hoenke and Anna Serna helped with the activities.

According to CCH Corporate Information Officer Kristen Davis, the Health Prevention Team organized the Just Kick It – Kickball Tournament to provide a healthy, positive alternative for youth in Curry County.

She said more than 90 youth participated in the Brookings tournament, and similar events were held in Port Orford and Gold Beach.

The winning team for the Grade 1–5 bracket included: Grady Maylin, Carter Westbrook, Aiden Holmes, Spencer Maylin, Robert Hendrix, Sebastian Silver, Luke Kennedy, Jordan Escudero, Ruthie Evanow, Chance Pyke, Dakota Smithers, Hunter Williams and Bryan Dahl.

The winning team for the Grade 6–12 bracket included: Fabian Villa, Brian Valdovinos, Dylan Hodge, Uriel Cortez, Mitchell Ramirez, Josh Serna, and Juan Hernandez.

Reach Boyd C. Allen at ballen@currypilot.com

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