Sports Briefs for Thursday, March 6


Elma grad plays on conference title team

Elma High School and Grays Harbor College graduate Nolan Wyatt is a member of the California Maritime Academic men’s basketball team that won the California Pacific Conference championship recently.

The 6-foot-4 Wyatt is a reserve forward for the Keelhaulers, who will compete in the NAIA Division II national tournament this week. They are ranked 16th nationally.

Logan wins Bobcat mat awards

Senior heavyweight Jordon Logan won nine awards at the Aberdeen High School wrestling awards dinner Wednesday night.

Logan received the boys Most Valuable Male Wrestler and BAGUBA (Brutally Aggressive Guy Uninhibited by Adversity) awards, was honored for recording the most wins, pins and team points, received state participation, school and state scholar-athlete honors (he was the Class 2A academic state champion for 285 pounds) and was one of the team’s co-captains.

Other team awards:

Most Valuable Female Wrestler — Alexis Miranda. Inspirational Award — Tavo Sanchez. Coaches Awards — Alexis Miranda, Payton Glanz, Erikk Machowek, Bobby Rowe, Jacob Jamieson. Most Improved — Erick Juarez and Blanca Aguila. Most Takedowns — Tavo Sanchez. Most Near-Falls — Kolby Shelton. Most Escapes and Reversals — Tavo Sanchez. Scholar-Athletes — Logan, Ali Morris, Tristen Jimenez, Alexis Miranda, Jacob Jamieson, Tayler Housden, Payton Glanz. State Scholar-Athletes — Logan and Miranda. State Participation — Logan and Tavo Sanchez. Captains — Logan, Erikk Machowek and Alexis Miranda. 2014-15 Captains — Magen Haggerty, Bobby Rowe, Erick Juarez.

Letterwinners: Tristen Jimenez, Jordon Logan, Erikk Machowek, Justin Baldwin, Grant Bowley, Tavo Sanchez, Alexis Miranda, Bobby Rowe, Drew Stocker, Ben Tupper, Blanca Aguila, Payton Glanz, Elizabeth Gomez, Magen Haggerty, Tayler Housden, Jacob Jamieson, Erick Juarez, Ali Morris, Kaylee Nguyen, Austin Pierce, Lisa Rounsivill, Kolby Shelton, Alex Wilson.

Aberdeen Babe Ruth meeting set

An Aberdeen Babe Ruth League meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Sunday in the upstairs portion of Top Foods Grocery.

The meeting is open to the public. Those interested in coaching or volunteering in the program are urged to attend.

League makeup, scheduling and tournaments will be discussed. Further information may be obtained by contacting Brady Turner at (360) 581-1813.

Hoquiam Youth Baseball tryouts due

Hoquiam Youth Baseball tryouts are scheduled for March 9 and 16 at the Hoquiam High School gym.

Tryout sessions are planned from 10 a.m. to noon both days. League registration will be accepted at both sessions.

North Beach banquets scheduled

The North Beach High School wrestling awards potluck is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Friday at the high school commons.

The school’s boys basketball awards dinner is slated for 6 p.m. March 13 at the same location.

Monte football boosters plan sale

The Montesano Football Boosters have scheduled a fundraising firewood sale for March 29-30.

The sale is scheduled from 9 a.m. until dusk behind the Monte Square Chevron station. The costs are $150 per cord if U-hauled, $180 per cord if delivered in Montesano and $200 per cord delivered outside Montesano.

Further information may be obtained by contacting Doug Truax at 580-5129.

Big runs of Chinook, coho highlight 2014 salmon forecasts

Salmon fishing in the ocean and the Columbia River this summer could be great thanks to an abundant run of hatchery coho and a potentially historic return of chinook, according to state fishery managers.

Opportunities for anglers also look good in Puget Sound, where another strong run of coho salmon is expected this year.

The forecasts — developed by the Washington Department of Fish &Wildlife and treaty Indian tribes — for Chinook, coho, sockeye and chum salmon were released at a public meeting in Olympia on Wednesday, marking the starting point for developing 2014 salmon-fishing seasons.

Ron Warren, fisheries policy lead for Fish &Wildlife, said protecting and restoring weak wild salmon populations will continue to be the top priority as fishery managers develop salmon seasons.

“It’s early in the process, but these forecasts point to an exciting summer of salmon fishing,” Warren said. “We look forward to working with our tribal co-managers and constituents to establish fishing opportunities on abundant runs of hatchery salmon while ensuring we meet our conservation goals for wild fish populations.”

This year’s forecasts include a return of more than 1.6 million Columbia River fall Chinook salmon - which would be the largest since record-keeping began in 1938. A return of nearly 1 million Columbia River coho salmon is expected back this summer as well.

“This certainly could be a banner year for summer salmon fisheries, particularly off the Washington coast and in the Columbia River,” Warren said.

Columbia River: Of the 1.6 million fall Chinook expected to return to the Columbia River this season, nearly 86 percent of those fish are “bright” stocks. Those fish, most of which are destined for areas above Bonneville Dam, are the foundation of the in-river recreational salmon fishery.

If that run comes in as forecast, the total number of brights would exceed last year’s entire Columbia River run of 1.2 million Chinook salmon. Additionally, the ocean abundance of Columbia River coho is forecast to be about 964,000 fish, three times as many fish as last year’s actual abundance.

Washington’s ocean waters: The strong return of Columbia River salmon should also boost fisheries in the ocean this year.

About 225,000 lower river hatchery Chinook are expected back this season, 35,000 more fish than last year’s return. Those salmon, known as “tules,” are the backbone of the recreational ocean Chinook fishery.

The abundant coho salmon return projected for the Columbia River will contribute to fisheries off the coast of Washington as well, said Doug Milward, ocean salmon fishery manager for Fish &Wildlife.

“This is the first time in more than a decade we have had exceptionally strong forecasts for chinook and coho in the same year,” Milward said. “That’s good news for anglers because those abundant runs could result in higher catch quotas for both species this summer in the ocean.”

State, tribal and federal fishery managers will meet March 8-13 in Sacramento with the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) to develop options for this year’s commercial and recreational ocean chinook and coho salmon fisheries. The PFMC establishes fishing seasons in ocean waters three to 200 miles off the Pacific coast.

Additional public meetings have been scheduled through March to discuss regional fishery issues. Input from these regional discussions will be considered as the season-setting process moves into the “North of Falcon” and PFMC meetings, which will determine the final 2014 salmon seasons.

The PFMC is expected to adopt final ocean fishing seasons and harvest levels at its April 5-10 meeting in Vancouver, Wash. The 2014 salmon fisheries package for Washington’s inside waters will be completed by the state and tribal co-managers during the PFMC’s April meeting.

A meeting schedule, salmon forecasts and information about the salmon season-setting process are available on Fish &Wildlife’s website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/northfalcon/

Daily World staff reports

 

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