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The Boys & Girls Club of Southwestern Oregon will host the Scotts MLB Pitch Hit & Run local competition this coming week.

The event is free and is for boys and girls who will be ages 7 to 14 on July 17.

Participants will compete in three different areas. Pitching includes throwing six balls at a target. Hitting includes hitting three balls off a tee for distance and accuracy. Running is a timed event running from second to third to home.

A score is tabulated for each event and the individual champions in each category and the overall champion for each division advance to the sectional competition.

Students who are 7 or 8 years old compete Monday, while those 9 or 10 compete Tuesday, 11 or 12 on Wednesday and 13 or 14 on Thursday. Any students who don’t get a chance to compete on their assigned day can compete Friday.

For more information, call the Boys & Girls Club at 541-267-3635.

Track & Field

The second track meet for the Boys & Girls Club was held last weekend at Southwestern Oregon Community College, with students from Coos Bay, North Bend and a combined Coquille, Myrtle Point and Bandon team competing in conditions that included some sun, a little rain and a lot of wind.

The Boys & Girls Club extended thanks to volunteers including Candi Runn, Justin Stewart, Ana Lemmons, Km Leberti, Lindsey Cross, Dusty Clarke, Ryan Wallack, Shane and Tracy Johnson, Tony Riccalarsen, BJ and Liz Wyatt, Cory Summers, Levi and Ashley Harris, Todd Kloster, Tom Crawford, McKenna Anderson, Julene Cox, Everett Evans, Craig and Kristy Blair, John Davidson, Angel Moreno, Holly Chandler, Julie Erwin, Max Murphy, Chris Rohde, Darin Nicholson, Russell Crochetiere, Josh Mullins, Anthony Collins and others whose names were missed.

The club also thanked Mike Herbert, Anthony Collins and Dan Neal for allowing the use of the SWOCC track facilities for the program, and team sponsors Ken Ware, J W White Painting and Johnson Rock, plus Boys & Girls Club staff member Jordyn Wicks.

Thanks also were extended to the families who braved the weather to support the athletes while they competed.


Youth tennis classes have resumed at the William J. Sweet Memorial Tennis Center, part of the Boys & Girls Club of Southwestern Oregon.

Classes for boys and girls ages 5-7 are Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:45 to 4:30 p.m., with a cost of $75 per month with a current club membership. Newcomers ages 8-10 have classes on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., with a $100 fee with a club membership. Students 11-14 have classes on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:30-6:30 p.m., with a cost of $100 with a membership.

The team tennis program, meanwhile, has practices on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. and is for players ages 12-18 who want to work on their tennis skills for high school or tournament play. The program is run on a monthly basis with a fee of $180 with a current membership.

For more information on the tennis programs, call the tennis office at 541-269-2475.