COQUILLE — Ean Smith was an all-star fullback and linebacker on a Coquille football team that won three straight league titles, but his dream for college always revolved around basketball.

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department has started opening parks on the South Coast, though many are open only with limited services and camping remains closed through at least June 8.

NORTH BEND — Though it hasn’t been able to practice during the COVID-19 pandemic, the North Bend High School boys bowling team is still on track to compete in the national high school tournament in Ohio.

BANDON — Bandon Dunes Golf Resort reopened with new safety measures in place on Monday, adjusting to the coronavirus pandemic while sharing the joy of golfers able to return to the renowned destination.

COOS BAY — Marshfield High School has a new wrestling coach with ties to the school’s past success in the sport and a pedigree that includes leading Reedsport to this year’s Class 2A-1A state title.

The North Bend band and Reedsport baseball teams both had aspirations of winning state titles this spring before in-school learning was stopped for the rest of the year and the Oregon School Activities Association canceled all spring championships.


BANDON — In light of the current COVID-19 crisis, the Southern Coos Health Foundation Board of Directors has decided to postpone its largest fundraiser for the Southern Coos Hospital & Health Center, the Golf for Health Classic.

COQUILLE —Just as McKenna Wilson was getting really excited about her future in track and field, her sophomore track season at Umpqua Community College ended almost before it began, like all other college sports around the country.

COOS BAY — Adam Inouye was off to a phenomenal start in this sophomore season for Southwestern Oregon Community College’s baseball team this spring when the coronavirus pandemic ended the season prematurely.

Coquille High School joined in the #BeTheLightOR campaign Monday, turning on its stadium lights in honor of this year’s senior class and other students who have not been allowed to finish the school year in the building.

South Coast schools again turned on their stadium lights on Friday night as they took part in the quickly growing #BeTheLightOR campaign to honor seniors who weren't able to return to the classrooms this spring amid the coronavirus pandemic. 

North Bend and Marshfield didn’t have any players selected to the all-state teams for basketball, but their leagues brought in some of the highest honors for Class 5A and Class 4A in voting of the state’s coaches.

This is the second week of the lights being turned on at high school stadiums throughout Oregon in honor of the seniors and other students who aren’t able to attend classes in their school buildings.

BANDON — After one of the most successful seasons in the history of the Bandon girls’ basketball program, the Tigers are sending two players to play basketball at the college ranks. Recently, senior Tralyn Arana committed to play at Chemeketa Community College in Salem while Ashley Strain is…

Marshfield and North Bend high schools will join others around the state in turning on their stadium lights Friday night as a way to honor their students at a time when they aren’t able to attend school on campus.

The spring sports season officially ended before it ever had a chance to begin Wednesday when Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced that schools would remain closed to in-person learning for the remainder of the school year.

COOS BAY — In mid-February the Marshfield dance team, the Upbeats, had a competition that seemed to put the team right on track. But instead of building off the momentum it was the last time the team would compete this season.

SOUTH COAST — Schools are closed and the high school sports season is, as of now, suspended until at least April 28. But while high school campuses appear to be empty the athletic fields are still being maintained.

Coquille’s Morgan Baird and Bandon’s Traylyn Arana both were named first-team all-state in Class 2A in a voting of the state’s basketball coaches.

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BANDON — For the first time since Bandon Dunes opened in 1999, the resort is closed to guests starting today and continuing through at least April 6.

No rakes in the bunkers. Cups turned upside down and flagsticks left in the holes. Buddies giving their friends those testy 3-footers.

COOS BAY — After a successful two seasons in the Southwestern Oregon Community College swim program, swimmer James Camp is headed to the next level. Camp, a native of Brisbane, Australia, will be swimming at the NAIA school Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa.

COOS BAY — The conclusion of the Southwestern Oregon Community College swim season has head coach Sandra Bullock eagerly anticipating the future for the Lakers.

While the impacts of the coronavirus are being felt throughout Oregon and the United States, Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, one of the South Coast’s biggest employers, remains open for business.

Leading the way, as she had all season, was Meghan Holloman. Southwestern Oregon Community College’s Holloman brought in postseason basketball awards as she was named to the Southern Region all-defensive team in addition to earning a spot on the NWAC’s Winter Sports Academic Excellence list.

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There had been rumors, there had been whispers but Travis Wittlake really knew that the NCAA Wrestling Tournament was in jeopardy when his coach did the unthinkable.

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The decision by every major conference to cancel the spring sports season in the wake of the COVID-19 virus epidemic has impacted a bunch of track athletes from the South Coast across all levels of college competition.

The Oregon School Activities Association has extended the suspension of all spring sports through April 28, in keeping with the school closure mandated by Governor Kate Brown, but kept alive the possibility of state championships in the various spring sports.

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