Nearly 450 young lady gymnasts are in Newport for a three day Pacific Edge Invitational to compete and enjoy the Newport area’s many amenities. Teams from throughout Oregon, along with some from Washington and California are competing for prizes, ribbons and bragging rights that are added to their gymnastic resumes. Newport Parks and Recreation helped to arrange the event which is bringing well over a thousand visitors to the Newport area. Here is just a brief look at some of the impressive performances these young ladies put on, which you can witness live if you stop by and take in some of the spectacle.
Brad Taylor of Oregon Coast Productions says the way to watch the Civil War game is to find anyone who has DISH Network (including sports bars). Also the game may be watched on cable in Otis, Depoe Bay and Siletz for those who subscribe to Wave Broadband. But you have to have the digital box that goes with it.
Registration deadlines are near for two fall sports offered by Lincoln City Parks and Recreation.
Middle School Cross Country
Middle school cross country is for students in grades 6 through 8. This team is for all running abilities and features a variety of running routes, both on and off road, to keep youth motivated. Cross country is also a great way to get into shape for winter sports.
Practices will be held after school from 3:45 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Thursday, Sept. 4 through Oct. 25, at the high school track. (Pre-season practices are taking place at 4 p.m. Aug. 27-30 at the Lincoln City Community Center.) Meet dates and times will be announced the first week of official practice. The cost is $35 per student, and includes a sweatshirt. Registration deadline is Friday, Aug. 31 at the Lincoln City Community Center. For more information, call the community center at 541-994-2131 or Coach Gail Kimberling at 541-557-1137.
Friday, Aug. 31 is the deadline to register for girls’ 7th/8th grade volleyball. This is a competitive league with games played on Mondays and Wednesdays throughout Lincoln County. Practice days will be determined by the coach once registrations are complete. Players and a parent/guardian must attend a pre-season meeting at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31 at the Lincoln City Community Center. The fee for this league is $50 and includes a volleyball jersey.
The registration deadline for the girls’ 5th/6th grade and 3rd/4th grade volleyball leagues is Saturday, Sept. 8. Practices will begin the week of Sept. 20 and continue for five to six weeks. Games will be held on Saturdays, with time and location to be announced. The fee for the 5th/6th and 3rd/4th grade leagues is $35 per student and includes a T-shirt. For more information call the Lincoln City Community Center at 541-994-2131 or Karl McShane, recreation supervisor, at 541-996-1233.
Story provided by Liam Hughes
August 4th brings the Olalla Lake Off-Road Triathlon to the large freshwater lake just east of Newport, where dozens and dozens of athletes compete and race along a course that includes swimming, running and biking. Put on by the Newport Parks and Recreation Department, organizer Liam Hughes said the course is hard to beat since his department improved the bike course.
“This race is characterized by gnarly hill climbs, both the bike and the run course feature some seriously fun and challenging hills, and if we could add one to the swim, we would!,” Hughes said. “The reservoir is a pristine lake surrounded by tree covered hills, and the view from the top of the bike course is nothing short of breathtaking.”
The swimming part of the course is 800 meters, the bike section is 12 km, and the running portion is 5 km.
The August 4 event starts at 9 a.m., but all athletes are required to attend the pre-race briefing at 8:30 a.m.
At this time of year lake surface water temperatures can reach into the low 70’s. However it is impossible to accurately predict the water conditions in advance because they can change dramatically with weather conditions. Wetsuits are not required but athletes are advised to bring one on race day, even if they think they will not need it.
Adult individual is $35 for pre-race registration; day of the race is $50
For an Adult Relay Team, preregistration is $80; day of the race is $95 .
Race T-shirts may still be available on the day of the race.
Olalla Lake is about eight miles east of Newport off Highway 20.
For information call Liam Hughes at (541) 574-5453. More info: Click here.
Claiming that using Native American symbols as American high school mascots demeans Native Americans, the Oregon State School Board is moving closer to banning their use altogether. Such schools as the Siletz Warriors and the Roseburg Indians may come under increasingly attack over the next few years. The story is in the Oregonian. Click here.
Final Score, #4 ranked Seaside 53, #7 ranked Newport 42.
Full details in the Oregonian. Click here.
Newport swim team swimmer breaks 30 year old state record.
Bobo-Shisler (8) medaled in all six of her individual events at the meet with three State Championships in individual events, two second place finishes and one third place finish, all by at the same time breaking three team records and one state record unbroken since 1982. Bobo-Shisler won the girls 8 and under 50 yard Freestyle (31.45), 25 yard Freestyle (14.80), and 25 yard Backstroke (16.78). Team Records in both the 50 Yard Freestyle and 25 Yard Backstroke. The 25 Yard Backstroke time of 16.78 would also be fast enough to break thirty-two year old Oregon swimming record of 16.91 held in 1982 by Amy Ward of the Bend Swim Team. Bobo-Shisler would have strong second place finishes in the Girls 8 and under 50 yard backstroke (36.75) and 100 yard Freestyle (1:09.98), with the 100 yard freestyle being in Team Record time.
Information provided by Lincoln County School District
Die-hard Beaver fans in Lincoln County may take a second look at the University of Oregon football progam next year… when Newport High School grad Oshay Dunmore takes to the field, possibly as a safety on the defensive line.
On Feb. 1, Dunmore signed a letter of intent to play with the Ducks after his graduation from Newport High this spring, making him Newport’s first major college football recruit in 20 years.
He also has just been named to the 2012 Parade All-America High School Football Team as an “all-purpose” player. Dunmore was a first team all-state selection as a defensive back and second-team all-state quarterback in 2011.
In addition to prowess on the gridiron, Dunmore is a gifted track decathlete. He was the highest individual scorer at the 2011 OSAA Track and Field State Championships, finishing first in the triple jump and second in pole vault, long jump and discus.
Lauren Bobo-Shisler may only be 8 years old, but she’s racking up swimming trophies like some elk hunters rack up horns. Lauren recently received recognition from Oregon Swimming, Inc. for finishing the season with a top 5 time in the state for the 8 & under 50 LCM backstroke, a time she swam as a 7 year old. She’s ranked in the top 10 in the state this year for events in the backstroke, freestyle and butterfly.
Lauren’s parents, Julie and Scott were both young swimmers. Julie explains that “water” was baby Lauren’s first experience. During her underwater birth, the mid-wife turned away for a moment, and out came Lauren, swimming into the world!
Julie says Lauren began swim training with Susan Fox at the ripe old age of four, and has been happily competing ever since. Lauren’s goals for this year are to break a few Newport Seahorse Team records and to win 1st place at the State Meet in the 25 free-style, just like her mother did when she was 8. To accomplish these goals, Lauren swims 90 minutes, four days a week, at the Newport Pool under head coach Chris Lamma. She even swims some weekends to receive valuable coaching from her mentor and lifelong Coach Susan Fox.
Lauren and the other Newport Swim Team members have 4 meets over the next few months, culminating in the state championships this February in Springfield, OR.
As NewsLincolnCounty.com reported to you earlier today, work has begun on sports fields at Waldport, Toledo and Newport High Schools, all getting new artificial turf that should last for years and not require much maintenance. But another side-benefit is that Newport Prep School, immediately west of Newport High is getting it’s rear multi-sport playing field dramatically upgraded as well, with emphasis on the “up.” Dirt removed from Newport High is being taken to Newport Prep, just a block away and dumped there. All that dirt is being added to raise the level of the field to enlarge it’s playing room. For years, rhe field has had a nine foot slope at the west end which made for less than an even playing field for youth sports programs. The new dirt will raise the west end of the field by at least six feet, maybe slightly more, giving it a larger play area not only for Newport High football practice, but also baseball for young children, along with soccer.
It’s all being coordinated by the Newport Booster Club, a group of volunteers which supports youth sports for Newport schools. A booster parent told us that the new “Prep Field” could be leveled, graded and ready for play in a couple of months.