Sports Briefs

"Girls basketball coaches and sponsors neededCoaches and sponsors are needed to support the Oak Harbor Cats, fifth, sixth and seventh-grade girls basketball teams. The billets include anyone willing to help coach or become a head coach. Experience is preferred. Enthusiasm mandatory.Sponsors are needed to help these three new teams with the expense of uniforms and league costs. No amount is too little.For more information: Gary Brundidge 240-0578, or 257-2386. Pheasant season openPheasant hunting season opened Saturday for all hunters of all ages.There are thee release sites on Whidbey Island Naval Air Station property: The Outlying Field in Coupeville and the upper and lower game ranges located off Crescent Harbor Road.Hunting licenses and NAS Whidbey Island hunting permits are required.Permits are available at Building 220 on the Ault Field base.Questions: 257-3127ormer Wildcat now helping HokiesAmy Voorhees, a 1998 graduate of Oak Harbor High School, started her college fastpitch softball career with style Saturday, helping Virginia Tech to a 5 - 0 win over Hampton. Batting fourth, Amy went 3-for-3, smacking two doubles and a home run leading to 4 RBI's. Voorhees is in her first year at Virginia Tech, having transferred from Florida Community College at Jacksonville. While there, Voorhees earned First Team All Conference, as well as First Team All State for her ability as a fast-pitch softball catcher.Youth soccer challenge South Whidbey Park and Recreation is hosting a free youth soccer challenge beginning at 12:30 p.m. Oct. 7, at the South Whidbey Community Park.The event, held in conjunction with Kid's Appreciation Day, combines kicking skill and accuracy of kicks to determine South Whidbey's best. There are a variety of age divisions from 14-year-old and under. Local winners will go on to compete regionally.Registration starts at noon.For more information: (360) 221-5484Big brother, big sister walkBig Brothers/Big Sisters of Island County is hosting a 10-5 K Run and two-mile walk at 9 a.m. Oct. 7, at South Whidbey High School. Run is $20; walk is $15. For more details: (360) 279-0644Getting in hereInterested in announcing your sports news to the community? Just write a short notice about the event or news item and drop it off at the News-Times front desk, across from City Hall at 800 S.E. Barrington Drive in Oak Harbor. Be sure to include your phone number. You can also fax us at 675-2732, or - best of all - send e-mail to "

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