With Brookings-Harbor High School moving from 4A classification to 3A this year, the Bruins springs sports teams find themselves in a new league as they begin their seasons.
The Bruins will be facing a lot of familiar faces this year despite the move down in classification. Douglas and South Umpqua were in the Bruins league last year and moved down to the 3A with them, remaining in the same league this year.
The Bruin’s newest league rivals are Sutherland, Cascade Christian and St Mary’s. Sutherland also moved from 4A to 3A this year, while Cascade Christian and St. Mary’s are both private schools who have been at the 3A level for a long time.
Keith Wallin will be the Bruins head baseball coach again this year and will be assisted by Dustin Russell, Dustin Wesel, Jeffery Rubright, Jesus Zamora, Mark McCollum, Mike Worthy.
The Bruins have a large returning roster this year, with seniors Mason McCurdy, Jon Kleespies, Brig Schofield and Roman Worthey entering their final season.
The Bruins travel to Rogue River today to play the Chieftans at 4:30 p.m. and then head to Reedsport on Friday to play the Brave at 5 p.m.
Tony Baron is the Bruin’s softball team’s head coach this year and will be assisted by Cindy Badger.
The softball team played their first game of the year on Monday when they traveled north to Gold Beach to play the Panthers. Brookings took the win at 24-4. Their next game will be this Friday when they travel to Pleasant Hill to play at 4:30 p.m.
Track and Field
Terry Axel continues on as the head coach of the Bruins track and field team, who will debut in their new 3A league with a bang as they host their first three meets of the season at Brookings-Harbor High School. The first meet will the BHHS Ice Breaker next Tuesday starting at 4 p.m. The following month, the Bruins will host two more meets on April 6 and April 10.
Coach Gary Early will head the Bruins boys and girls golf team this year while assisted by Jim Barnes and Val Early.
The Bruins traveled to Bandon Crossing on Monday for their ice breaker tournament. The Bruins came in second out of nine schools with Bandon High School taking first. Their score was 365 overall to Brandon’s 354. The Bruins play again on Thursday when they travel to Grants Pass to play a two-man scramble at Dutcher Creek.