Sports in Brief

Elma kids mat program set

The Elma Kids Wrestling Program will begin next week in the Elma High School wrestling room.

The program is open to 5-year-olds through sixth-grade students. Registration is scheduled for Jan. 15, with the first practice to follow. Other practices are planned for Jan. 17, 22, 25, 28 and 30, with a dual tournament scheduled for Feb. 5.

Pre-schoolers through second-grade students will meet from 6 to 7 p.m. each day, while instruction for older students is planned from 7:15 to 8:15 each night.

The registration fee is $25 per student or $40 per family. Checks should be made payable to the Elma Wrestling Club.

Elma High School coach Jason Dick and members of his team and staff will conduct the program. Further information may be obtained by contacting Dick at (360) 470-4762.

Aberdeen softball registration set to begin Jan. 19

The Aberdeen Girls Softball Assocation has scheduled registration from 9 a.m. to noon Jan. 19 at the main entrance of Aberdeen High School.

The recreational program is open to girls in the 5-14 age group in Grays Harbor and Pacific counties. Additional registration sessions are planned from 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 2 and from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 20 at the same location.

Players are asked to provide a copy of their birth certificates.

The registration fee is $25 for the T-Ball program, $35 in the 8-U age group and $60 for players in the 10-U, 12-U and 14-U age groups. A refundable uniform deposit of $25 is required for the three oldest age groups.

Online registration will also be accepted at the organization’s website,

Commission to consider changes in Columbia River fishing policies

The Washington Fish & Wildlife Commission will consider adopting broad-based changes in policies governing salmon and sturgeon fisheries on the lower Columbia River at a public meeting Jan. 11-12 in Olympia.

The commission, which sets policy for the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife, will meet both days starting at 8:30 a.m. in the Columbia Room of the state Legislative Building, Sid Snyder Ave. N.W.

The new draft policy would establish a new management framework that includes a higher allocation of salmon to the sport fishery, a gradual shift of commercial gillnets to enhanced off-channel areas and development of new selective gears for commercial fisheries on the mainstem Columbia River.

In other business, the commission will consider approving the sale of the Colville Fish Hatchery to Stevens County, and receive a briefing on sportfishing rules proposed for 2013-14. A separate briefing is also scheduled on management options for giant Pacific octopuses in Puget Sound.

An agenda for the meeting is available at .

Johnson wins T of C golf

Dustin Johnson ended a windy week with a wild ride Tuesday that carried him to the first win of the PGA tour season.

Johnson closed with a five-under-par 68 for a four-stroke victory in the storm-delayed Hyundai Tournament of Champions golf tournament at Kapalua, Hawaii.

He finished with a 54-hole total of 16-under-par 203. Steve Stricker finished second. Brandt Snedeker was alone in third, six strokes back.

After a double-bogey on the 13th hole reduced his margin over Stricker to one stroke, Johnson pitched in from 50 feet for an eagle 2 on the 14th hole. That increased his lead to three strokes and he was never challenged again.

Griffin undergoes reconstructive knee surgery

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III underwent total reconstructive surgery of his right knee today to repair torn anterior cruciate and lateral collateral ligaments, but he is expected to be ready for the opener of the 2013 NFL regular season, according to team sources familiar with the determination made by orthopedic specialist Dr. James Andrews.

The torn ACL was diagnosed late Tuesday as a complete tear of the patella graft that was used to repair Griffin’s torn ACL suffered at Baylor in 2009. A team source said Andrews likely will use a patella graft from Griffin’s left knee to repair the most recent tear.

Griffin’s recovery is projected at six to eight months, barring any setbacks, sources said.

Daily World staff and wire reports