Jeff Emmerson of White Salmon has been playing tournament tennis for only a year, but since he took up the sport competitively, he has become one of the dominant players at his level.
He recently added three new links to his chain of successes by winning his first state title at the 103rd Oregon State Junior A Tennis Championships June 28 at the Tualatin Hills Tennis Center.
That win was the 12-year-old's second in two weeks. He followed them up with a first-place finish at the Skagit Tournament on July 3. The three summer tournament victories were especially important in that they elevated Emmerson into a new classification, the Champ Division.
Champ is the highest level of junior tennis, according to Kevin Beeson, tennis professional at the Hood River Sports Club, where Emmerson and eight other junior players train. As a Champ, Emmerson now is eligible to compete for national standings and in tournaments in other parts of the country.
For more information about junior tennis, contact Beeson at (541) 386-3230.
HR girls majors softballers
sweep through district play
Hood River Little League's girls majors softball team won four in a row to sweep its way to the Oregon District 5 Tournament title in Pendleton earlier this month.
The team of 11- and 12-year-olds outscored its four opponents 55-14. Hood River started its title run with a 14-2 opening-round victory over Crook County.
In its second game, Hood River turned in a flawless performance against a competitive Columbia (Boardman) team, according to Manager Ken Goe.
After one-hitting Crook County in the first round, Hood River no-hit and shut out Columbia. Hood River capped the 10-0 win with a double play in the final inning.
Hermiston, Hood River's third-game opponent, didn't fare any better as the local all-stars allowed two hits in pounding out a 17-6 decision.
Hood River drew Columbia as its opponent in the championship round. Columbia jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the rematch but couldn't hold off Hood River, which erupted for seven runs in the second inning en route to a 14-6 victory.
"Hood River's undefeated performance was made possible by their outstanding pitching and explosive bats and aggressive base running," Goe said.
White Salmon is represented on the all-star team by Kara Woosley and her father/coach, Tim.
Soccer camp offers training
for players of all abilities
Challenger British Soccer Camps, which return to White Salmon July 23, provide players of all abilities an opportunity to learn more about playing the world's most popular sport.
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 July 23-27 (Monday-Friday) and each child will receive daily instruction from a member of the British instructional staff.
In addition, camp staff will put on a free clinic at 7 p.m. on July 25, at Columbia High School. The clinic is for parents, coaches and anyone interested in learning more about the game inside the game.
For registration and other information, contact Catherine Butler at (509) 493-1089.
Maritime softball team sets
fundraisers for Hawaii trip
Proceeds from this weekend's two fundraisers will help the Maritime Services 18-and-under softball team cover the cost of playing in a tournament in Hawaii July 29-Aug. 6.
The first fundraiser, on Friday, July 20, is a summertime dance for the 20-and-under set, from 9 p.m. to midnight at the Hood River Armory.
The second, on Saturday, July 21, is a combination car wash/bake sale. There will be one site at Optimist Printers in The Dalles, and another at Les Schwab in Hood River. Both events will run from noon to 4 p.m.
In addition, the team -- comprising girls from White Salmon, Hood River and The Dalles -- is running an ongoing pop can drive. Donations of cans can be dropped off at Your Rental Center in Hood River or Barry Rents in The Dalles.
For more information, contact Maritime manager Chuck Johnisee at (541) 386-6870 or 386-2062; or Christy Holtman, 493-2116.