Prairie City ties for third in OOL

PRAIRIE CITY - The Prairie City volleyball team finished the Old Oregon League regular season in an impressive way on Saturday, Oct. 26, defeating Crane in three games, 25-18, 25-17 and 25-13.

The victory ties the Panthers with Powder Valley for third place in the OOL with 5-5 records.

Prairie City coach Eva Saul said a coin flip will determine the No. 3 and No. 4 seeds at the district playoffs set for Grant Union High School on Saturday, Nov. 2.

Lindy Black led Prairie City in the Crane match with 10 points and eight kills.

Cherise Ricco scored nine points and five kills, and Brittany Reid added nine points and four kills.

Amanda Rockhill also had a good match at the net for Prairie City recording six kills.

"We had a balanced scoring attack and were 95 percent as a team on our serve/receive," Saul commented.

Eve Denton set the ball at 98 percent and was 100 percent in serving with 16 assists and six points.

The District 4-1A tournament is set to begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2.

Mount Bachelor Job Fair touts ski openings Nov. 2-3

BEND - Residents can find out about all seasonal jobs at the Mt. Bachelor Job Fair 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 2 and 3 at the West Village Lodge.

Positions available are in lift operations, cashier pool, Learning Center, lodge services, rental shops, food and beverage, and ski and board shops.

Free shuttle buses to the job fair will depart from the Park & Ride lot on the corner of Simpson and Columbia at 8:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and noon. Buses will return from the mountain at 10:30 a.m., noon, 2:30 p.m. and 4:15 p.m.

For more information or to apply online please visit www.mtbachelor.com.

ODFW advises hunters: Be safe in the woods

PORTLAND - State game officials remind hunters of the many actions they can take to protect themselves and other hunters.

Wear blaze orange to increase your visibility to other hunters. Between 1980 and 2000, there were 58 accidents in Oregon in which hunters shot individuals they mistook for game, according to Tony Burtt, ODFW hunter education coordinator. The victim wore blaze orange in only 10 of the 58 incidents. Of the 48 incidents in which no blaze orange attire was worn, 17 were fatalities. Blaze orange laws are required in 44 states and provinces, and all jurisdictions report substantial declines in vision-related hunting incidents caused by the deliberate discharge of a firearm.

Mark all downed game with colorful flagging, an article of clothing or material.

Clearly identify the target and what's beyond: Know exactly what you are shooting and where the bullet can land. If any doubt or safety risks exist, do not take a shot.

Point the muzzle in a safe direction: Always point the muzzle of a rifle or a shotgun away from people and toward the ground or the air.

Treat every gun as if it is loaded: Keep the action open and the firearm unloaded until it is required for use.

Elks foundation scholarship applications available at area schools

JOHN DAY - The Elks National Foundation's annual Most Valuable Student scholarship is now open to application with forms available at Grant County schools.

Five hundred four-year awards will be given to graduating 2003 seniors - boys and girls - in nationwide competition through the Elks foundation.

Applicants must graduate from high school or the equivalent in 2003, be U. S. citizens and residents within the jurisdiction of John Day Elks Lodge 1824.

Criteria is based on financial need, leadership and scholarship. Overall, monetary awards at the local, district, state and national levels exceed $2 million.

For more information, call chairperson Carol Rudishauser at 820-3586.

Piniella leaves Seattle Mariners

TAMPA, Fla. - Former Seattle Mariners manager Lou Piniella signed a four-year, $13 million contract to become the new manager of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

The contract makes Piniella the second-highest paid manager in major league baseball.

Tampa Bay, which lost 104 games last season, hopes the former Seattle skipper will be able to turn things around and being the Devil Rays back into respectability.

In compensation for signing Piniella, who had one year remaining on his contract, Seattle obtained all-star outfielder Randy Winn who is expected to be the Mariners' starting left fielder next season.

Candidates to replace Piniella include former San Diego Padres and Chicago Cubs manager Jim Riggleman, Seattle bench coach John McLaren, pitching coach Bryan Price and former Cubs and Phillies manager Lee Elia, who has spent the past two seasons as a Mariners consultant and part-time coach.

Also mentioned as a candidate is New York Yankees' first base coach Willie Randolph.

In other managerial changes, former Oakland skipper Art Howe has been signed to a four-year contract worth $9.4 million as the new manager of the New York Mets succeeding Bobby Valentine.

Football Contest

JOHN DAY - The Anaheim Angels won the World Series by forcing a game seven and holding on 4-1 against the San Francisco Giants.

Garret Gardner of John Day won the Football Contest by forcing a tie-breaker and coming closest to the point total. Gardner and Scott McDonald of Mt. Vernon both finished 10-5 after a weekend of rough upsets. The Football Contest contained an incorrect game listing on No. 13 (Seattle at Kansas City should have been Seattle at Dallas), so everybody received that game free. In the tie-breaker, Gardner guessed a final score between the Bears and the Vikings of 30-7. Actual score was 25-7. McDonald overshot the total with a guess of 27-26. Thanks to all 39 of you for playing.

Guest picker Dallas Masonheimer made the Football Contest writer eat crow. Last week the writer (aka editor David Carkhuff) asked with a sneer: "The Seahawks over Dallas, Dallas?" Dallas was right. Or, at least Seattle was right. Or ... anyway, Seattle won 17-14. This game, while not counted in the real contest, remained valid for the Benchwarmers, who are only playing for fun, anyway. Two more weeks, folks!

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