Sports Briefs

"Annual chinook derby set for todayThe Oak Harbor Puget Sound Anglers are ready to run the annual Blackmouth Derby today. A sendoff fisherman's breakfast will be served from 6 to 8 a.m. at the Oak Harbor Yacht Club, and scales to weigh the big fish open at 1 p.m. and close at 3 p.m.Prizes in this year's derby are $750 for first place, $500 for second and $250 for third. An average fish wins a G Loomis rod courtesy of Ace Hardware. There's also a $250 prize for the biggest fish caught by a Puget Sound Angler. Tickets for the event are $15, and are available at Ace Hardware in Oak Harbor and Holiday Market in Burlington. Tickets will also be sold on the day of the event at the Yacht Club until 8 a.m. For more information call the Oak Harbor Marina at 679-2628.Boating and safety members neededThe Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is seeking nominations for its Boating and Safety Advisory Council. The council assists and advises the commission on administration of its boating safety program. Appointments will be made Dec. 15. The Commission manages a diverse system of 125 parks and several recreation programs, including boating, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling. Appointments include: Anglers and Hunters, one member; Educators, one member; Northwest Boating Council, one member; Sailing Foundation, one member; Association of Washington Cities, one member; Washington Water Trails Association, one member; River Kayaking, one member. To obtain applications, call James E. Horan at (360) 902-8580 or email The deadline for submitting nominations is Nov. 9. Youth basketball tournament setThe Coupeville High School Gymnasium will be the site of a 3-on-3 youth basketball tournament on Nov. 11 from 7-10:30 p.m. 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 tournament is sponsored by the Central Whidbey Youth Coalition. For more information call Eric at 240-1322. State cheer event to be held todayOak Harbor High School has been chosen to host the West Coast Open, a cheerleading and dance team competition, held today. Teams from across 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. Teams will be scored by nationally-certified 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. CWSA annual turkey shoot slatedThe general public is invited to Central Whidbey Sportsmen's Association annual Turkey Shoot Nov. 18 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The next meeting for CWSA will be held Nov. 13 at 7:30 p.m. Both meetings and events are held at the club house and range on Safari road. Those interested in the club are welcome to attend a meeting or to participate in public events. Annual dues for a family are $30. The club facilities consist of a trap range, 75 yard covered pistol-range, bowling pin pistol range with four stations, 100 and 200 meter rifle range and a club house complete with kitchen. Call 678-0960. Get geared up for the ski seasonThis year South Whidbey Parks and Recreation is offering an Adult Ski Bus and Youth Snowrider Bus. An information and registration night for the programs will be held at the South Whidbey Intermediate school's gymnasium on Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. The Adult Bus offers a package of either six Tuesdays for $140 or eight for $189. The season will run from Jan. 9th to Feb. 27 to Stevens Pass and Mt. Baker ski areas. The Youth Snowrider Bus runs from Jan 6 to Feb 24. Prices for the programs range from $210-375, depending on the type of lessons. This price does not include lift tickets. The Adventure Pass will be available for those students taking lessons. Registration forms for Adventure Pass can be picked up at SWPR office. Stevens Pass and Olympic Ski School also have first-timer packages. Olympic Ski School will have a representative available to discuss their Ski School and Snowboard Programs. Students may choose from a variety of classes from beginning lessons to the challenging Explore the Mountain classes. Mt. Pilchuck Ski and Sport will be offering discounts to participants and will be available to discuss rental options and equipment needs. A ski swap will also be held during the registration night. South Whidbey Parks & Recreation will not be responsible for any equipment bought, sold or traded at the ski swap. For more information on these programs or to get a brochure call Kim Andrews at South Whidbey Park and Recreation, 221-5484 or Boys masters basketball scheduledThe Skagit County Parks & Recreation Department is now accepting registrations for the Boys Masters Basketball League for high school boys that are not on a high school basketball team. Games will be played Sunday afternoons at Skagit Valley College starting Dec. 10. Separate divisions of play are offered for 9-10th graders and 11-12th graders. The team entry fee is $350 and is due by Dec. 1. Each team is required to have an adult coach, 21 years or older for each game. For more information and how to register, call the Skagit County Parks and Recreation office at (360) 336-9414 or contact by e-mail: tonyt@co.skagit.wa.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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