Sports news and notes of interest in Polk Co.

The Dallas Blue Dolphins swimming team is hosting its annual Swim-A-Thon at 4 p.m. March 15 at the Dallas Aquatic Center

. Swimmers will swim up to 200 lengths, earning a specified amount of money per length. Of the money raised, 95% will benefit the Blue Dolphins, and 5% will go to USA Swimming. The Dolphins have 42 swimmers, ages 6 to 14, from all over Polk County. Persons interested in sponsoring a swimmer can call Vickie Edmonds at 503-831-0561 or Debbie Braun at 503-623-7010.

The Polk County Ski Club is sponsoring trips to Mt. Hood Meadows every other Saturday, with the next trip scheduled for March 10

. The bus leaves the Safeway parking lot, 138 W. Ellendale, at noon and returns at approximately 1 a.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.

The Second Annual Dallas Dragon Golf Team Scramble is scheduled for March 17 at Dallas Golf Club

. Play in the four-man scramble will begin with an 8 a.m. shotgun start. The $40 per-person entry fee includes green fee, range balls, on-course beverages and lunch. The registration deadline is March 12. Entry forms are available at Dallas High School, 1250 SE Holman. Proceeds will benefit the Dallas High School boys golf team. For more information, contact coach Kevin Moen at 503-623-8336 or 503-623-6174.

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.

Registration is underway for Central Youth Sports baseball

. Registration is at the CYS office from 6 p.m.-7 p.m. on March 10, or from 9 a.m.-noon on Saturdays. Tryouts are scheduled for March 17. A mini-camp for T-Ball and Rookie League players is set for 2 p.m.-4 p.m. on March 17. Contact the CYS office at 503-838-4013 for more information.

Registration for Kids, Inc.,/LaCreole Middle School seventh and eighth grade baseball is underway

. The registration fee is $100 per player. Practices begin April 2 with tryouts planned for mid-April. The number of players is limited. This is not the summer league. For more information, call Kids, Inc., at 503-623-6419 from 2 p.m.-6 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays or from 9 a.m.-noon Fridays.

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.

Central girls basketball players Kyla Lyons, Katie Fine, Maisie Walters, Christie Bermudez, Jenny Hukill and Katy Swanson have been named Gatorade Will to Win Athletes

. The Will to Win program recognizes athletes who are truly committed to their sport and to giving their all.

Registration is underway for the Dynamites girls softball team

. The Dynamites have competitive under-14 and under-16 teams. Tryouts for the team have been postponed indefinitely. For more information, contact Kids, Inc. at 503-623-6419 or Jolene at 503-623-2212.

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.

Registration is underway for the Dallas Wrestling Fan Club

. For a $10 fee, you will receive a handbook with pictures of the wrestlers from Dallas High School and LaCreole Middle School. Members also will receive schedules with directions to the various meets and a Wrestling Newsletter during the season. To sign up, mail a check made out to Dallas Mat Club to Terry Morrison, 583 SE Uglow, Dallas, Or., 97338. For more information, call Morrison at 503-623-9096.

Panthers Kids Wrestling is looking for wrestlers between the ages of 6 and 14

. The team practices two or three days a week at Central High School and participates in tournaments around the state. Wrestlers are required to have a USA membership card. The team also is looking for sponsors to help with the costs of equipment and entry fees. For more information, contact Francisco Quintero at 503-316-2609 or Arnold Garcia at 503-838-6862.

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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