Sports Briefs for Saturday, March 16

Elma Auto Racing Hall of Fame ceremony tonight

The fifth annual Elma Auto Racing Hall of Fame induction ceremony is set for 6:30 tonight at the Elma Eagles (404 W. Young St, Elma). Admission is free.

A silent auction starts the festivities before the EARHoF Class of 2013 will be introduced and inducted — Grays Harbor drivers Dan West Sr., Rick Leighty and Ken Stearns, Olympia racers Tom Neff and Dick Morlan Sr. and Shelton’s Tom Williams.

The class will be honored for their multiple accomplishments and actions that influenced auto racing at Elma’s Grays Harbor Raceway.

Also on the agenda will be the recognition of Del Fry and Bob Valencia for the Larry Spoon Distinguished Service Award and the Fast Freddie Brownfield Exemplary Contribution Award, respectively.

A fundraising raffle will also be held, plus photos, racing DVDs and other memorabilia from the early days of auto racing at Grays Harbor will be on display.

Hoquiam Ruth signups today

Hoquiam Babe Ruth and Senior Babe Ruth registration is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at Mr. T’s Batting Cage adjacent to Olympic Stadium.

The Babe Ruth program is open to players in the 13-15 age group. Senior Babe Ruth registration will also be accepted.

Vance Creek pond partially open on spring break

Vance Creek Pond No. 1 in Elma will be open to certain age groups for trout fishing during spring break for local school districts, the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife reported.

The pond (also known as Bowers Lake) will be open March 30-April 7 to juveniles, senior citizens over the age of 70 and anglers with disabilities. Individuals in the latter group must possess a designate harvester companion card.

Fish & Wildlife officials said the opening will allow additional fishing opportunities for juveniles, seniors and anglers with disabilities while school is not in session. The pond will close April 8 until the opening of the lowland lake season on April 27.

Vance Creek Pond No. 2 (Lake Inez), located west of Pond No. 1, will remain closed until the lowland lake opener.

Pond No. 1 is one of three area waterways that will be stocked with rainbow trout in March. Some 1,000 trout will be planted at Vance Creek, about 1,500 in Montesano’s Lake Sylvia and approximately 1,100 at Duck Lake in Ocean Shores.

Raymond athletes honored

Raymond High School athletes in basketball and wrestling were honored during the school’s winter sports banquet recentlu. Major awards:

Girls Basketball: MVP — Abby Maneman. Coaches Award — Macy Karlsvik. Defensive Award — Hailee Williams. Most Improved — Amanda Koski.

Boys Basketball: Coaches Award — Darol Ratsavongsy. Defensive Award — Alex Sida. Most Improved — James Hamilton. Captain — Carte Bisbee.

Wrestling: Coaches Award — Grant Camenzind. Inspirational — Matthew Boyes. Captain — Josh Camenzind.