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Sports...Briefly

Notes about prep girls soccer, volleyball officiating, skateboard contests, youth football and the upcoming Labor Day swim

Prep Girls Soccer:

Columbia High's girls soccer team will hold two-a-day workouts, from 8-9 a.m. and from 3:30-5:30 p.m., beginning Monday, Aug. 20.

On Monday, Aug. 27, the team will start practicing at its regular time of 3:30-5:30 p.m.

Incoming freshmen players must have had a medical examination and provide proof of insurance before they will be allowed to participate in practices. Moreover, returning players who haven't had a physical in two years must get updates before they can practice.

Volleyball:

The Columbia Gorge Volleyball Officials Association is seeking to add to its ranks before the start of the 2007 high school and junior high volleyball seasons in Klickitat and Skamania counties.

The association, which currently has 12 members, provides volleyball officials for schools in an area that stretches from Stevenson to Bickleton. In particular, the association would like to enlist officials to cover matches on the west end of its service area.

"In the 17 years I've been involved, most of our people have come from the Goldendale area," said Bill Daniels, the association's assigning secretary. "But it would be great if we could recruit and retain some people in the White Salmon area. To cover matches at Henkle (Middle School) that start at 3 in the afternoon with officials coming from Goldendale is tough."

Experience playing volleyball or officiating another sport can be helpful but is not a prerequisite, according to Daniels, who noted the local association will provide incoming officials with the training they need to become certified by the parent Washington Officials Association.

Anyone interested in becoming a volleyball official can contact Daniels at (509) 773-3980 for more information; or attend an upcoming meeting on Monday, Aug. 20, or Monday, Aug. 27, at 7 p.m., at Riverview Community Bank, 412 S. Columbus Ave., in Goldendale.

Skateboarding:

Doug's Sports of Hood River will hold its third annual skateboard contest as a fundraiser for the Hood River Skate Park. This year's "Spam Jam" will be held on Saturday, Aug. 18, beginning at noon, at the skate park.

Skaters can pre-register at Doug's Underground, 101 Oak St., for the price of $12 or wait to sign up until 10 a.m. on Aug. 18 and pay $15. All registrants will receive a T-shirt and goody bag on the day of the event.

Contests will be held in four age divisions: 10 and under, 11-14, 15-17, and 18 and over. Prizes will be awarded in each division, including prizes for best overall run and best trick.

Each rider will receive two rides at two minutes each. Helmets are required in all age groups. For more information, also stop by Doug's.

Youth Football:

The Gorge Youth Football League will kick off its 2007 season at 11 a.m. this Saturday, Aug. 18, with a jamboree at the Wahtonka field in The Dalles, Ore.

The daylong affair will feature 17 eight-minute scrimmages between league teams, as well as concessions, sack races, a dunk tank, an inflatable water slide and a bouncing pen.

"It'll be a real carnival atmosphere, so bring the whole family and make a day of it," a spokesman for the league said.

Swimming:

Applications for the 65th annual Roy Webster Columbia River Cross Channel Swim on Labor Day, Sept. 3, are available online at the Hood River County Chamber of Commerce website, www.hoodriver.org.

The field for the 1.1-mile swim will be limited to the first 550 swimmers to register. The non-refundable entry fee for this year's swim is $50. (Swimmers under 15 years of age must be accompanied by an adult swimmer.)

For more information or to request an application form by mail, contact the Hood River County Chamber of Commerce at (541) 386-2000 or by e-mail at hrccc@hoodriver.org.

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