Sports news and notes around Polk County

Dallas' Teri Braun, 14, is ranked 30th in the state in the 50-yard freestyle.



Teri Braun, 14, of Dallas currently is ranked 30th of 286 female swimmers in Oregon, aged 13-14, in the 50-yard freestyle

. At a recent meet in North Bend, she dropped more than a second from her previous best time of 28.15, finishing first in 27.08 to earn a spot at the State 11-14 Age Group Championships in Corvallis Feb. 21-23. The state qualifying standard is 27.99, so Braun's personal record actually places her near the middle for a first-time qualifier in this event. Braun's next goal is to trim another .79 of a second off her time, which would qualify her for the Sectional Meet in Washington in March. Braun will also be swimming in the 200 medley and freestyle relay races with her teammates from the Albany Aquatics Association.

An Oregon Synchronized Swimming Association statewide meet will be held at the Dallas Aquatics Center from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. on Feb. 22

. Around 200 competitors are expected for the event.

LaCreole's eighth-grade girls basketball team finished second on Feb. 1-2 in the Lincoln City Tournament

. The Wildcats played three close games the first day of the even and won all three, beating Tillamook 39-36, Newberg 33-30 and Memorial of Albany 36-32. A drained LaCreole team last the following day 47-22 in the championship game against Sunset of Beaverton. Ashley Peterson averaged about 14 points per game during the tournament, and Wynter Yancey and Vanessa Kutzer averaged about four points apiece. "I think the first day kind of wore us out," coach John Tichenor said. "We had a good start against Sunset. We were up 10-4 about the midway point of the first half and were playing well. They got the momentum, and their press hurt us. They got a lot of opportunities off the press. Overall, it was a great year." The eighth-graders finished 22-4 overall and 12-2 in Tri-County League play. They played in three tournaments, winning one and twice taking second.

Central Youth Sports baseball and softball registration will be held on Wednesdays from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. in the CYS office starting on Feb. 19

. Those who register before March 2 will receive a $5 discount. The CYS office is located at 169 S. Broad St. in Monmouth. For more information, call 503-838-4013.

The season officially ended for the Dallas Mat Club with the State Collegiate Championships on Feb. 2

. But Bryce Landolt, Wyatt Passantino and J.J. Waddell decided to rise early one more Saturday and test their skills at the Northwest Championships held Feb. 8 at David Douglas High School in Portland. Landolt and Waddell wrestled hard but didn't make it through to the medal round. Each had three additional exhibition matches, winning two apiece. Passantino won four of his five preliminary bouts by falls and lost by a decision in the closing seconds of his one defeat. In the medal round he moved up two places from his finish at the State Championships by finishing 4th. Passantino came up just short in the third-fourth place match, which was tied 0-0 until the last few moments.

Linfield College is hosting a fastpitch softball clinic for girls ages 8-18 on Feb. 22 at the Linfield campus in McMinnville

. The focus will be on basic fundamentals such as hitting, bunting, base running and defensive play. The clinic will run from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. with a one-hour break for lunch. The cost is $35 per person and does not include lunch. The clinic is limited to the first 60 registrants. For more information, contact Linfield head coach Jackson Vaughan at 503-883-2413 or on-line at jvaughan@linfield.edu.

The next meeting for people interested in Dallas Kids, Inc. baseball for boys ages 5-12 will begin at 7 p.m. Feb. 18

. The meeting will be held in the Kids, Inc. office, 187 SW Court St. in Dallas. Anyone interested in coaching a team this season should attend this meeting. For more information, call the office at 503-623-6419 or John Strader at 503-623-0799.

Registration is underway for Monmouth-Independence YMCA preschool and school-age programs

. The YMCA, 495 I St. in Independence, has education and child care for ages 2-12. The hours are 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday. The staff is bilingual. For more information, call 503-838-3942.

The Polk County Ski Club is sponsoring a bus trip to Mountain Hood Meadows on Feb. 23

. Buses will leave the Dallas Safeway parking lot, 138 W. Ellendale Ave., at 6 a.m. and will return around 7:30 p.m. Check-in is at 5:45 a.m. Various packages (from $13-bus only, to $50-beginner's special) are available. The next trip is scheduled for Feb. 9. For more information, call Teresa Talley at 503-623-4868.

Western Oregon's baseball program will host an all-skills instructional camp to help prepare high school players for the coming 2003 season

. The camp will be held Feb. 8-9 at the WOU baseball field. If weather permits, the clinic will take place outside, otherwise it will be in WOU's indoor practice facility. Instruction will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, with registration on Feb. 8 beginning at 8 a.m. Special group rates available for any school that registers six or more players. Overnight accommodations can be arranged. Camp time will include instruction from WOU's coaching staff and other area college coaches. Video analysis and small group instruction will be featured. The clinic will be hosted by WOU coach Terry Baumgartner, in his ninth season of leading the Wolves program. The staff will include WOU assistant coaches Kevin Shafer, Ricky Ward, Billy Montgomery, Greg Crenshaw and Shaun Ryan. Other staffers will include Bill Baumgartner (former Sprague HS coach), Frank Baumholz (Crescent Valley HS), Gabe Sandy (Mt. Hood CC), John Doran (Chemeketa CC), Greg Hawk (Linn-Benton CC), Corky Franklin (Southwestern Oregon CC), Donnie Harrel (Lane CC) and Robin Robinson (Clackamas CC). For more information or to order a camp brochure, call Terry Baumgartner at 503-838-8448.

Registration dates have been set for Dallas Kids, Inc. baseball and softball

. They are Feb. 22 from 1 p.m.-4 p.m., Feb. 26 from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. and March 1 from 9 a.m.-noon. Registration will be at the Dallas Kids, Inc. office, 187 SW Court St. Previous balances must be paid in full before registration will be accepted. Kids Inc., now accepts American Express, Discover, Mastercard and VISA. Fees for baseball range from $40 (T-Ball and Rookie League) to $110 (Babe Ruth). Softball fees range from $40 (T-ball, 8-and-under) to $100 (competitive 12-and-under and 14-and-under teams). The registration cutoff dates are: competitive softball teams -- March 1; 12-and-under and 14-and-under softball -- March 7; T-ball and 8-and-under, 10-and-under softball -- April 1; T-ball and rookie baseball -- April 4; Majors, Minors and Babe Ruth baseball -- March 7. For more information, call Kids Inc. at 503-623-6419.

Central Youth Sports office hours are Wednesdays from 6 p.m.-8 p.m

. The CYS office is located at 169 S. Broad St. in Monmouth. The CYS phone number is 503-838-4013.

Kids, Inc. office hours are Mondays and Wednesdays from 2 p.m.-6 p.m. and Fridays from 9 a.m.-1 p.m

. Kids, Inc. is located at 187 SW Court St. The Kids Inc. phone number is 503-623-6419.

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