Sports news and notes around Polk County

The Polk County Ski Club is sponsoring day trips on April 7 and April 21.

The Polk County Ski Club is sponsoring day trips to Mt. Hood Meadows April 7 and April 21

. The bus leaves the Safeway parking lot, 138 W. Ellendale, at 6 a.m. and will return at approximately 7 p.m. Reservations are encouraged. Various packages are available for juniors, adults and beginners. For more information or to make reservations, call (evenings only) Teresa Talley at 503-623-4868 or Judy Garus at 503-623-6298.

Central Youth Sports softball tryouts are scheduled for April 7 at Talmadge Gym

. The schedule is as follows: 11-12 year olds at 9 a.m., 9-10 year olds at 10 a.m., 8 year olds at 11 a.m. and first-second graders at noon. Ages are determined as of Jan. 1, 2001. Tryouts are held to try to make the teams even. All players trying out will be put on a team. Interested persons are encouraged to register before trying out at the CYS office April 4 from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. or at Electric Beach. For more information, call Cindy at 503-838-4171.

♦ The Annual Les Schwab/Blazer Alumni Basketball Game is set for April 14 at Western Oregon University. Former Blazers scheduled to attend include Larry Steel, Darnell Valentine and Michael Harper. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children, and proceeds will benefit Partnerships in Community Living, Inc. An assortment of Blazers memorabilia will be auctioned at halftime. For more information, call 503-838-2403, ext. 340.

Burton's Portable Seed Cleaning women's softball team (formerly Valley Community Hospital) is looking for two new players to join the team

. This is a long-established team that plays Wednesday evenings at Wallace Marine Park. Both personality and skill will be considered. Interested persons can call either Petra Cole at 503-623-6307 or Gail Burton at 503-623-6027 and plan to attend at least two practices on a trial basis.

The annual meeting of the Dallas mat club is at 6:30 p.m. April 17 at Whitworth Elementary, 1151 SE Miller Ave.

Items on the agenda include electing a board of directors for the coming year and presenting awards to wrestlers. For more information, call Terry Morrison at 503-623-9096.

The Northwest Magic Track and Field Camp will be held June 27-July 1 at Western Oregon

. The camp is open to all high schoolers who will be freshmen, sophomores, juniors or seniors in fall 2001. Camp leaders will be WOU track coach John Knight and veteran track coach Mike Johnson. There will be multiple training sessions each day, including strength training, classroom sessions, elementary and advanced drills and video analysis. Both live-in and commuter packages are available. Discount prices are being offered until June 4. For more information, call 503-838-8483 or 1-800-451-5767.

Oregon Amateur Basketball is sponsoring a F.A.S.T. regional qualifier May 4-6 in the Eugene/Springfield area

. The top three finishers qualify for the F.A.S.T. national tournament July 29-Aug. 5 in Kissimmee, Fla. The entry fee is $250 per team, and there is a five-game guarantee. For more information, call Oregon Amateur Basketball at 541-517-4160.

Central Youth Sports is seeking individuals interested in volunteering their time to help with evening and Saturday baseball games

. Umpires and other volunteers are needed. The season begins in April and ends mid-June. Please leave your name and phone number at the CYS office by calling 503-838-4013.

Central softball coach Larry Buehler is planning hitting clinics that will be held in the school's new batting cages

. The clinics will be held Wednesday and Sunday afternoons, and the charge is $10 per half-hour of instruction. Proceeds will be used to help buy new nets for the hitting cages, which are covered and lighted. For more information or to make reservations, call Buehler at 503-838-2257.

Registration is underway for Central Youth Sports baseball

. Registration is from 9 a.m.-noon on Saturdays. Contact the CYS office at 503-838-4013 for more information.

Brooke Bennett, a two-time gold medalist in the 2000 Summer Olympics, is scheduled to take part in the Western Oregon Youth Swim Camp June 17-21

. The camp is open to ages 9 to 16 and will focus on all four competitive strokes: freestyle, butterfly, breaststroke and backstroke. Campers may stay over night or commute. Bennett will work with the campers June 21 and present them with certificates at the closing ceremony. Also included on the coaching staff are Jeff Welechuk, Suha Tokman, Jennifer Alden and Elke Asleson. The registration deadline is May 17. Space is limited, and a deposit is required. For more information, call WOU at 503-838-8483.

Youngsters interested in swimming are invited to join the Dallas Blue Dolphins Swim Team

. The team has begun working out at the new Dallas Aquatic Center. For more information, call Kids, Inc. at 503-623-6419, Vickie Edmonds at 503-831-0561 or Debbie Braun at 503-623-7010.

Season ticket packages for the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes now are on sale

. Cost of the packages range from $35 (five games) to $342 (38 games). The Volcanoes, a Class A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants, begin their fifth Northwest league campaign June 19 at home against the Boise Hawks. For more information, call 503-390-2225, extension 3007.


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