Youth Soccer Roundup

JOHN DAY - The Grant County Youth Soccer League played its final matches of the 2002 season at the Seventh Street Athletic Complex on Saturday, Nov. 2.

In those matches, Gardner's topped Dr. Bob 6-1, Chester's Thriftway defeated the Snaffle Bit 8-1 and McDonald's was a 6-4 winner over Huffman's Market.

Megan Lane and Preslie Thompson were co-captains of the winning Gardner's squad, and the whole team was voted players of the game.

David Kodesh led Dr. Bob and every team member was named player of the game.

Tyler Hyde and Clayton Thomas headed up Chester's, and Nick Gehley, Jessica Hyde and Cole Hawkins were players of the game.

Tony Redden was captain for the Snaffle Bit and Colin Peterson was player of the game.

Tyler Ellis and Ethan Young were co-captains for McDonald's and Ian Averett and the rest of the team were players of the game.

Hannah Bass and Marshall Mecham led Huffman's, where Blake Purnell, Caitlyn Patton and Nick Gibson were players of the match.

Prairie City falls to Powder Valley to end season

NORTH POWDER - A 60-12 loss to undefeated North Powder High School ended the football season for the Prairie City Panthers.

"Overall, we had a great season," coach Chris Wood said. "The kids played hard, and they were fun to work with."

Prairie City traveled to North Powder Friday, Nov. 1, on the heels of pounding out a 52-30 victory over Spray-Wheeler in the first round of the District 4-1A football playoffs on Friday, Oct. 25. Prairie City finished the season 6-3 after losing in the second round of the playoffs.

The Panthers entered the playoffs as the No. 3 seed from the Old Oregon League.

Next year's squad will try to maintain the momentum of this year's winning team.

"We're definitely going to miss our four seniors. They were our leaders out there," Wood said, referring to Josh Moulton, Joshua Munyon, Tyler Waggoner and Ariel Winegar.

But Wood said the future looks bright with more than 20 players on the junior high team. Also, the line, one of the fixtures of this year's team, looks strong with a number of experienced returners.

High school rodeo team names elected officers

JOHN DAY - The Grant County High School Rodeo Team elected Tara Finley as president at its first meeting of the year on Wednesday, Oct. 30.

Other elected officials include vice-president Jessie Legg and secretary/treasurer Tasha Nodine.

Other members of the team are Chance Finley, R.J. Clingman and J.R. Moore.

The next meeting of the team will be at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 4, at the US Bank office in John Day.

If anyone is interested in becoming a member of the team, they should contact club advisor Chris Wenick at US Bank or any team member.

Snowballers announce driver safety course

SENECA - The Grant County Snowballers will host a snowmobile driver certification and safety class on Saturday, Nov. 9.

The class is mandatory for persons ages 8 to 16 who do not have a valid driver's license and want to operate a snow-mobile.

State law requires that everyone operating a snowmobile on public land must have a driver's license or a driver certification card indicating they have completed the required safety class.

The class is free and open to everyone.

For additional information, call Bill Long at 542-2202.

New boating rules require education

MEDFORD - Beginning Jan. 1, anyone between the age of 12-30 must have completed an approved boater education course if they plan to operate a motorboat with a 10-horsepower motor or larger.

"Officers on our waterways will begin enforcement efforts on this law starting Jan. 1, 2003, and we are giving people a free opportunity to begin the boater education process now," said Joe Pickett, director of the Code 4 Public Safety Education Association.

People can study free and take free tests from home, work or wherever they can sign onto the Internet by accessing The site helps people prepare ahead of time for a classroom course or practice for the testing process. These are the same facts they would study and similar tests to those administered in any of Oregon's approved boater education courses, Pickett said. A graduation certificate is available for $15 at the end of the free testing process.

For questions about the course, a toll-free help line is listed available by calling 1-800-622-9391.

The site is operated by Code 4 Public Safety Education Association, which is a 501c3 non-profit public safety education group. Proceeds from the course will be used to maintain the Web site and supplement the classroom courses also offered by Code 4.

Moored boats require current registration

JOHN DAY - The Oregon State Marine Board adopted a rule clarification during its Oct. 8 meeting that requires boats with expired decals moored in state waters to be ticketed beginning November. The clarification is to address the situation in some public moorages, where 20 percent or more of the boats have expired registrations. The rule clarification now defines "in use" to mean that a boat in the water must have current registration. This ruling applies to all boats with motors, and sailboats 12 feet and longer, which are in the water.

The cost to register is $15-$30 or more every two years. Fees are used to provide law enforcement and build and maintain floats, ramps, restrooms and other public boating facilities.

At the October meeting the board eliminated thrust limits for electric motors on the following small lakes: Walton Lake, Crook County; Ben Irving Reservoir, Douglas County; Agate Reservoir, Jackson County; Goose and Mission lakes, Marion County; and Lake Penland and Willow Creek Reservoir, Morrow County. It was explained that regulations on these "electric motor only" waterbodies limited thrust to 25 or 30 pounds. None of Oregon's other 30-plus waterbodies with the "electric motor only" rule have thrust limits. The change in regulations reduces confusion for boaters and law enforcement.

Funding also was approved to install 140 feet of boarding floats at Ochoco Reservoir near Prineville and for improvements at the M. James Gleason Ramp in Portland.

Hermiston beats Bucks to make school history

HERMISTON - Dean Peters' career-long 40-yard field goal with 10 seconds left in the game gave the Hermiston High School Bulldogs a perfect regular season and a victory over Pendleton 20-17 in Hermiston for the first time in school history Friday, Nov. 1.

Hermiston's football team claimed the Intermountain Conference championship and finished with the best regular season record (7-0 IMC, 9-0 overall) in school history.

Lakers beat Blazers in OT

LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Portland Trail Blazers in overtime 98-95 Sunday, Nov. 3, as the Lakers' Kobe Bryant finished with his second straight triple-double.

Bryant led a fourth-quarter comeback and totaled 33 points, 14 rebounds and 12 assists for his fifth career triple-double. He helped the Lakers erase an eight-point deficit in the fourth quarter as he scored 15 points, most of them against Ruben Patterson.

Facing Patterson's hounding defense, Bryant had a jumper, two free throws, a tip-in and two more foul shots in the final four minutes of regulation, giving Los Angeles an 85-83 lead with 4.5 seconds remaining.

Derek Anderson's jumper at the buzzer forced overtime, and he kept Portland close in the extra session. His three-point play made it 94-93 with 1:48 to go. But on the next possession, Bryant spun away from Patterson, hung in the air, took a bump from forward Dale Davis and banked in a shot with 1:27 left.

Bryant is the first Laker with consecutive triple-doubles since Magic Johnson on March 25-29, 1991.

Anderson scored 24 points and Rasheed Wallace and Damon Stoudamire added 16 apiece for the Trail Blazers, who have lost three in a row since beating the Lakers on Wednesday. Last season, Portland got off to a 13-18 start. Patterson scored nine of his 15 points in the fourth quarter as he dueled Bryant. The Blazers shot 45.5 percent (35-of-77) and held the Lakers to 42 percent (36-of-85) but were outrebounded, 44-36.

Football Contest

JOHN DAY - Here it is! The finale of the Football Contest has arrived. The last weekend finds an assortment of tough college and NFL games confronting contestants. Oregon at Washington State. Oregon State at Washington. Atlanta at Pittsburgh. Good luck!

Andy Vidourek of Canyon City seized his opportunity and won the Football Contest last weekend with a 13-2 record. It came down to a four-way tie. Don Jones of Canyon City and Melvin Jones of John Day both went 13-2 but incorrectly picked the Indianapolis Colts to beat the Tennessee Titans in the tie-breaker. The Titans won 23-15. Adam Barrett of John Day went 13-2 and guessed the Titans to win by a score of 29-17. Vidourek was closer on the tie-breaker. He guessed a final score of 24-14. Uncanny!

The Benchwarmers enjoyed the prognostications of Treila Smith of Monument. She finished 11-4. Way to go, Treila! This week, Grant Union High School principal Mark Witty takes a stab.

The rest of the pack on the bench squeezed together. Diane Reimers finished 10-5 to cling to a one-game lead over sports editor Tim Adams and editor David Carkhuff. Adams finished an impressive 14-1 to climb the ladder. Carkhuff (here's where the Football Contest writer must practice a little modesty) went a perfect 15-0 to regain his footing. It's going down to the wire. In the words of the Ramones, "Hey, ho, let's go!"

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