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Prep Sports:

Six Klickitat County athletes received fall sports All-State recognition recently in balloting by a panel of sportswriters from around Washington.

Columbia High junior Katie Yarnell, the 2008 SWW 1A Trico Division's defensive player of the year in girls soccer, was named to the Class 1A/2B-1B All-State First Team, for the first time.

In volleyball, senior setter Kali Fargher of Klickitat earned a spot on the Class 1B First Team while Goldendale senior setter Kylee Bellamy garnered a place on the Class 1A First Team--Fargher for the first time (she was a Second Teamer in 2007), Bellamy for the second year in a row.

First-time All-State Second Team honors in 1A/2B-1B girls soccer went to Columbia High senior midfielder Whitney Reynier, the Trico Division's co-offensive player of the year in 2008.

In Class 1A volleyball, Klickitat sophomore hitter Samantha Brewer and Katelynn Clinton of Bickleton, a sophomore hitter, both received honorable mention for the first time.

Smelt Fishing:

The 2009 smelt season in southwest Washington began today and will run through March 31 on the Columbia and Cowlitz rivers, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife Region 5 office announced last week.

The Columbia smelt fishery will be open 24 hours per day, seven days a week, with a 25-pound daily limit.

On the Cowlitz, the fishery will be open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturdays, with a 10-pound daily limit.

"A Level 1 fishery was adopted in accordance with the Washington and Oregon Eulachon Management Plan," according to a spokesman for the department, who added, "Abundance and productivity indicators project a weak return of smelt in 2009."

Winter Recreation:

Cooper Spur Ski Area on Mt. Hood is operating on holiday hours through Jan. 4, according to the ski area's Web site.

Cooper Spur currently has a base of 21 inches of machine-groomed packed powder snow. It will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday-Thursday.

All-day lift tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for juniors (14 and under) and seniors (65 and older). Passes to the tubing hill are $10 for all.

Night skiing at Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort began last weekend. The cost of a night shift lift pass at Meadows is $25 ($15 on Sundays with a valid Safeway Club Card).

Night shift operations are 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursdays and Sundays, and 3-10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

Regular operating hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. seven days a week; regular adult ticket prices are $54 weekdays and $69 weekends.

Currently, Meadows has a snow base of 78 inches.

Middle School Basketball:

Wayne M. Henkle Middle School will hold its first boys basketball practice on Monday, Jan. 5. Players must have current medical clearances and proof of insurance information on file with the school office to be eligible to participate in workouts.

The Grizzlies will open their 10-game schedule on Tuesday, Jan. 20, at home against the Wind River Royals, and close it out on Tuesday, Feb. 19, with a rematch against Wind River in Carson.


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