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CHS hosts Stevenson for Friday the 13th football scrimmages

Football:

Columbia High and Stevenson varsity and junior varsity football teams will conclude their spring football practices on Friday, June 13, with full-contact scrimmages in CHS Stadium.

The junior varsity squads will kick off the action at 7 p.m., followed by the varsities an hour later. Admission to the scrimmages is $5 for adults, $3 for students or $15 for families.

The event will be hosted by Bruins Football Boosters as a fundraiser. Proceeds from the scrimmages will be used to help offset team camp expenses when the Bruins travel to Warrenton, Ore., in mid-July. (This year's summer camp will run July 13-17 at Camp Rilea, situated between Warrenton and Seaside, off U.S. Hwy 101.)

"More and more high schools around the state and nation are going toward something like this to promote their programs and to raise funds by charging a nominal admission fee," Bruins Coach Matt Whitmire said.

The scrimmages will follow a jamboree format: Each team will get 10 offensive snaps against the other's defense beginning on the opposing team's 40-yard line. The scrimmage will be officiated by members of the Mid-Columbia Football Officials Association.

The varsity scrimmage will mark the first time Whitmire will oppose Stevenson head coach Craig McKee, who is returning to the sidelines after a six-year break from the game.

"Once I heard that Coach McKee had been re-hired, I called him about the scrimmage and he immediately accepted," Whitmire noted. "We did something similar to this two years ago but are trying to make it larger in scale for upcoming years."

Conditioning:

A Speed-Agility-Quickness Camp will be offered next week, June 17-20, in Columbia High School's Miller Memorial Gym, under the direction of Larry McCutcheon.

"We will improve your speed, agility and quickness in one week," McCutcheon said. "The camp coaches are experts in this field and have many years of successful experience."

Sessions on June 17 and 20 will run from 8 a.m. to noon; on June 18-19, from 9 a.m. to noon. The camp is open to any student entering grades 4-9 next school year at a cost of $30 per student.

Moreover, parents are encouraged to attend the sessions so that the drills and learned skills can be practiced after completion of the camp.

For more information, call McCutcheon at 493-1970 during the day or at 493-3192 after 5 p.m.

Soccer:

The 2008 Mini Bruins Soccer Camp will run from June 23-27, not June 16-20 as previously reported. The kid-oriented camp for boys and girls ages 4-12 will be hosted by Columbia High School's girls soccer program.

The five-day camp will feature instruction from experienced high school players and coaches. Campers will be divided by age and skill, and participate in a variety of drills and games.

Camp registration forms are available in the Columbia High office. Cost of the camp is $40, with all proceeds going to the Bruins Soccer Program.

For more information, contact camp director Amy Kasenga by telephone at 493-1970 during school hours, or by e-mail at amy.kasenga@esd112.wednet.edu.

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