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Sports Briefs

Golf scram, soccer camp, climb road work, downhill racers, possle club revival all outlined

Golfers will get an afternoon of fun -- and a chance to win $10,000 or a set of expensive irons -- at the first annual St. Mark's scramble on Sunday, July 15.

The nine-hole scramble, which features four-person teams of two women and two men, will be a the Hood River Golf Course, 1850 Country Club Rd., beginning at 1 p.m.

In a scramble, the team's best shot is determined after each member hits the ball, with the next round of shots hit from that location.

The scramble is sponsored by St. Mark's Episcopal Church, but it's open to the public. Cost to play is $12 per person; a two-person powered golf cart costs $12 for nine holes. The number of players will be limited to 40.

The $10,000 prize will be awarded for a hole in one on Hole No. 3. A hole in one on No. 7 will earn a set of TopFlite XL2000 irons. There also will be prizes awarded for winning teams closest to the pin and with the longest drive.

For more information, or to sign up, contact Hugh or Coleen Garrabrant at (541) 386-3364, or Larry or Sue Jenkins at 387-7665.

British soccer camp sets up

in White Salmon July 23-27

Challenger British Soccer Camps are returning to White Salmon for the fourth year July 23-27.

The weeklong camp offers 90-minute sessions for novice players, three-hour sessions for older, more experienced players and teams, and an advanced six-hour camp for competitive players and teams.

The camp will run Monday through Friday and each child will be coached by a member of the British staff flown to the U.S. to perform a series of summer coaching camps for the Kansas City, Mo.-based Challenger British Soccer Camps.

During the week of camp, the staff also will conduct a free coaching clinic at Columbia High School for parents and coaches. The clinic will begin at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 25. It will cover such areas as organization of practices, technical and tactical drills, and systems of play. For more information, contact Catherine Butler at 493-1089.

Work on South Climb Road

scheduled to begin July 16

Construction on the Mt. Adams South Climb Road 8040 is planned for July 16-27, the Mt. Adams Ranger District announced Monday.

The project will limit access to the Morrison Creek Campground, Cold Springs Campground and Mt. Adams South Climb Trailhead.

Road resurfacing and spot rocking will occur on the last mile of Road 8040 leading to Morrison Creek Campground and the entire three miles of Road 8040-500 between Morrison Creek and Cold Springs campgrounds.

Traffic delays of up to one hour can be expected. Daylong road closures may occur midweek and limit vehicle access to the South Climb Trailhead. No traffic delays are planned for the weekend of July 21-22, however.

The project is being funded partially by the fees paid to climb Mt. Adams. For more information, contact the Mt. Adams Ranger District office, (509) 395-3400.

Extreme downhill racers ride

Maryhill Loops this weekend

Extreme Downhill International will present the Maryhill Museum Downhill Challenge this weekend on the museum's historic Loops Road.

The event, set for July 14-15, will run from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. Admission and parking for spectators are free.

A qualifier for the NBC Gravity Games, the challenge will feature more than 70 of the top international athletes of alternative sports -- including Biker Sherlock and the world-renowned Dregs Racing Team. They will be competing for a shot at the most prestigious event in the history of downhill sports.

Skateboarders and luge competitors will race head-to-head from start to finish on a 1.2-mile course with 25 turns (eight of them hairpins), at speeds of up to 50 miles per hour. The challenge also will feature gravity bike and mountainboard races.

The Loops are located four miles east of the museum, and one mile from the State Route 14-U.S. 97 intersection. For more information, visit the www.downhillskateboarding.com website on the Internet.

Posse saddle club enjoying

revival; seeks new members

The West Klickitat Posse Saddle Club is coming to life once again.

Members have been busy working on the arena, clearing rocks and spreading sand to make the footing more horse-friendly. Activities have been planned and are happening.

The first activities were a success. A ride on May 6 around the Burdoin Mountain trails had a good showing. A Play Day on June 9 had just the right number of people to get back in the feel of old times: people flipping burgers, smelling of horses, seeing place ribbons in hand and hearing the laughter around the grounds.

Next up in a Play Day Buckle series. The rider who accumulates the most points at the end of the three-game series will earn a buckle donated by a local business. Gaming dates are July 14, Aug. 11 and Sept. 8. The first event starts at 10 a.m. on Posse Saddle Club grounds at 50 Snowden Rd., White Salmon.

New members are welcome. The club is for anyone interested in performance shows, gaming and Play Days, 4-H activities, trail rides, dances, barbecues and all-around good, clean fun.

For more information, call Heidi Steen, 493-3089, or Dan Charters, 493-2912.

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