Sports Briefs

"Local kids can hit the slopesThe first day for sixth to12th-grade students from North Whidbey to sign up for the Oak Harbor Ski and Snowboardig School will be on Nov. 2. Registration will begin at 6:30 pm and end at 8 pm in the domed field house at Oak Harbor High School. The season will run from Dec. 9 through March 3, weather permitting.Bus transportation will be $140 and eight lessons is will be an additional $65. Lift tickets must be purchased for each trip to the mountain. An Adventure Pass can be purchased to cover the entire season. Lift tickets for one day are $23 for 7-12 year-olds and $34 for 13-18 year-olds. For more information: Jim Newberry 675-6372. Youth Basketball Tournament The Coupville High School Gymnasium will be the site of a 3-on-3 youth basketball tournament on Nov. 11 from 7-10:30 pm. Registration prior to the tournament is required for players and teams. Admission to the tournament will be two cans or two boxes of food. Boys and girls divisions will be available for sixth to ninth-grade students. Prizes and food will be available. The tounament is sponsored by the Central Whidbey Youth Coalition. For more information call Eric at 240-1322. Mt. Erie run set for SaturdayAnacortes Parks and Recreation's 26th Annual Mt. Erie Road and Trail Run will be held today (Saturday) starting at 10 a.m. The road course starts at Mt. Erie Elementary School, 41st & M Avenue in Anacortes, and follows paved roads for 3.6 miles to the top of Mt. Erie, with an elevation gain of 1,213 feet; the last 1.5 miles gaining 884 feet.The trail course is just over 2 1/2 miles long, and starts off of Heart Lake Road, just south of the Heart Lake parking lot. This route takes you up a windy, forested trail with several quick elevation gains, finishing at the top of Mt. Erie.Cost is $12 with a T-Shirt, $6 without, and those 14 and under run free (t-shirt included). Day-of-race registration will take place from 9 to 9:30 a.m. at the elementary school. Call (360) 293-1918, or e-mail State Cheerleading Competition Oak Harbor High School has been chosen to host the West Coast Open, a Cheerleading and Dance team competition, on Nov. 4. Teams from accross the state are invited to compete for a bid to the CANAM 2001 International Cheerleading and Dance Championships at Myrtle Beach, S.C. next March. Individual competitors can also compete for a bid to the 2001 International Cheer leader Championship and the 2001 International Partner Stunt Championship in conjuction with the 2001 ICDC. Teams will be scored by nationally-ceritfied judges in 27 divisions from Pee Wee (grades 1-4) through high school varsity and including all-stars.There is no entry fee for Cheerleading or Dance teams. To register, or for more information please call Cheer LTD., Inc. at 1-800-447-8868. You can reach sports editor Matt Phelps at or call 675-6611.Basketball coaches, sponsors neededCoaches and sponsors are needed to support the Oak Harbor Cats fifth, sixth and seventh-grade girls basketball teams. The positions needing to be filled 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.Skagit River opens for coho, chumA portion of the Skagit River is now opened seven days a week to recreational salmon fishing for two coho or chum salmon per day (chinook must be released). The opening runs from Oct. 13 through Dec. 31. This opening is on the mainstem Skagit River from the mouth of Gilligan Creek to the mouth of the river.In-season updates indicate the coho run on the Skagit River is returning at a higher-than-predicted numbers. Fishing is open daily, but only from one hour before official sunrise to one hour after official sunset. The non-buoyant lure restriction is in effect. Minimum size for salmon is 12 inches.Fishers must have a current Washington fishing license. Check the WDFW 2000 Fishing in Washington rules pamphlet or the fishing section of the WDFW Web page at for details on fishing seasons and regulations. Fishing regulations are subject to change. Check the WDFW Fishing hotline for the latest rule information at (360) 902-2500, press 2 for recreational rules. For the Shellfish Rule Change hotline call (360) 796-3215.Call Pete Castle, district biologist, La Conner District Office, 360-466-4345 ext. 230.Rugby game todayThe Whidbey Island Rugby Club will take on Bayside at 1pm today. The game will be held at North Whidbey Middle School. Getting 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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