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Columbia High closed out its season last Friday with 16-0 and 19-2 SWW 1A Trico Division losses at Kalama.

The Bruins (3-9 in Trico, 5-14 overall) lost the first game in three innings and the second in five. Their pitchers surrendered 22 hits to the Chinooks, who had previously qualified for the SWW District playoffs.

In double-header action at Rochester on May 1, Columbia lost by counts of 11-7 and 17-14.

On April 27, the Bruins dropped a pair of games at home to Castle Rock, 10-0 and 11-2.


The first Carson to Stevenson Ridge Trail Run/Walk will be held this Saturday morning.

The roughly 12-kilometer event--open to walkers and runners--will begin in Carson near the American Legion Hall on Wind River Road and finish at Stevenson City Hall on Loop Road.

Walk participants are invited to start at 7:30 a.m.; the running race will begin at 8. The course features a 1,400-foot elevation gain and will cover public roads and streets, as well as paved and unpaved private and public roads designed primarly for off-road vehicular and fire access traffic.

Registration fee is $10 and includes a comemmorative first run T-shirt (with pre-registration only).

Participants can pre-register with the Skamania County Community Events and Recreation department at Rock Creek Center, 710 SW Rock Creek Dr., in Stevenson, or by picking up a registration form at local businesses.

Shuttle service on race day will be provided from Stevenson City Hall, with pick-up times of 7 and 7:30 a.m. for the start and on demand for those finishing the race.

For more information, contact Skamania County Community Events and Recreation at (509) 427-3980, or


Klickitat Trail Conservancy's ninth hike in a series of 11 spring hikes is scheduled for Saturday, May 19. Hikers, to be led by group member Jim Minick, will revisit the 31-mile trail's last 13 miles through Swale Creek Canyon, from Wahkiacus to Warwick.

Notes the conservancy on its website: "If you missed the April hike, here's your second chance to hike beautiful and remote Swale Canyon before it is closed for fire season (usually around June 15)."

The hike will last about 6@FN(1)@FD(2) hours.

Hikers are asked to meet at the Lyle Trailhead (near the SR 14-142 junction) at 8:30 a.m. on May 19. Transportation to the trailhead at Wahkiacus and from the Warwick terminus will be by car shuttle.

"Remember: there is no way out except the beginning and the end, so be in shape and come prepared; heavy rail balast in sections, so wear sturdy shoes and bring plenty of water," the website advises.

KTC's next hike will take place on June 2, National Trails Day, and will cover the scenic, lower 8-mile section between Fisher Hill and Pitt.

Youth Baseball:

American Legion tryouts will be held Sunday, May 20, at Hecomovich Field in White Salmon, starting at 2 p.m.

Players ages 16-17 from the Columbia Gorge area are eligible to try out for the team. All participants must bring a birth certificate and come dressed for practice.

Prep Sports:

This year's WIAA/Dairy Farmers of Washington h1igh school track and field championships are being spread around the state.

The Class 1A meet will be held May 25-26 in conjunction with the 2A meet at first-time venue Mt. Tahoma High School in Maple Valley, which is near Tacoma.

The Class 1B/2B meet will be staged May 25-26 at Eastern Washington University in Cheney.

Finals of 1A baseball will be played May 25-26 at Paul Thomas Field on the campus of Wenatchee Valley Community College.

Also of May 25-26, Class 1A boys soccer finals are scheduled for Sunset Chevrolet Stadium in Sumner; the 1A/2B/1B girls tennis tournament is set for the Yakima Tennis Center, and the 1A fastpitch tournament takes place at the Paul Lauzier Complex in Moses Lake.


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