Strikers winWARRENTON - The LCYSA Strikers - the Boys U19 Classic soccer team representing the Lower Columbia Youth Soccer Association - scored a 5-1 win over Thurston of Springfield last weekend, to run their 2005 Winter League record to 3-0 on the season.

The Strikers picked up first-half goals from Kyle McMullen and Jose Cruz, then added three goals in the second half, two from Micah Schauermann and another from Denis Larion.

Coached by Dave Rouse, the Strikers play at 2 p.m. Saturday in Beaverton against undefeated Tualatin Hills and Sunday at noon at the LCYSA complex against the Hillsboro Thunder.

The Strikers - consisting of players from Astoria and Seaside - have already scored wins over the RVSC Keltics (2-1) and the Cascade FC Orange (10-0).

Sign-ups for Knappa hardballKnappa Summer Recreation is holding sign-ups for the 2005 Little League hardball season.

Players age 8 to 12 can sign-up for the league from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 28 at Hilda Lahti School.

Tryouts held for Lewis & Clak hardballTryouts for Lewis and Clark Cal Ripken Hardball will take place from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the Astoria Middle School gymnasium.

Fees will also be due Saturday, with registration from noon to 1 p.m. in the AMS gym. A copy of your child's birth certificate is required for those who do not already have their Babe Ruth Official Birth Document Card.

Players eligible for Lewis and Clark Cal Ripken baseball must reside south of Youngs Bay (Youngs River, Lewis and Clark, Jeffers Garden, Fort Clatsop, Alternate U.S. Highway 101), and/or east of the Astoria city limits.

If your child played previously for Lewis and Clark Cal Ripken, but you have moved out of the Lewis and Clark boundaries, your child is still eligible to play in the Lewis and Clark program.

Registration fee is $35 per child or $45 for a family.

Children eligible for Cal Ripken baseball are ages 8 to 12. To be eligible, your child must turn 8 years old prior to Aug. 1, and must not turn 13 prior to Aug. 1.

For more information, contact league president Rod Litton at 338-2974.

Alumni tourney setThe seventh annual Astoria Alumni Basketball Tournament is set for March 19 at Astoria High School.

Anyone who went to school at Astoria is eligible to play. Games begin at 9 a.m. and conclude with the championship game that evening.

Participants, family and friends are invited to a no-host social at the Astoria Elks Lodge immediately following the championship game.

Tournament fee is $25 and includes at least two games and a reversible alumni shirt ($10 if you have a shirt from a previous year).

Registration forms are available at Link's Sporting Goods and Commercial Adjustment Co., or call 325-0511 for information.

Make checks payable to: Astoria Youth Basketball, c/o Alum Tourney, 230 Eighth St. (P.O. Box 57), Astoria.

Downs in the Hall of FameNeah-Kah-Nie wrestling coach Ray Downs was recently inducted into the Oregon Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, and will be honored at an awards banquet April 23.

Also inducted was Wayne Van Burger, who helped start the wrestling program at Seaside High School in 1971.

Every year, the National Wrestling Hall of Fame inducts four or five longtime Oregon wrestling coaches for a lifetime of service to young people through wrestling.

Downs and Van Burger will join fellow 2005 inductees Pat Ball (coached at Hermiston, Henley and Banks for 23 years); Mike Jones (former Oregon State wrestler who coached at St. Helens High School and Simon Fraser University, where he has coached since 1976); and Mel Schuldt (coached at Enterprise from 1962-93).

Van Burger coached the Gulls from 1971 until 1974. He then moved on to Marshfield High School, where he served as an assistant coach until 1984, and has been the head coach from 1984 to present.

Downs' high school coaching career spans 37 years. Before completing his 26th year at Neah-Kah-Nie, Downs coached at La Harpe, Ill., Bradford, Ill., and Warrenton High School.

He coached the Warriors from 1969-70 to 1972-73, leading Warrenton to a district title in his final season.

Downs' teams have won district four times and placed at state four times. He has coached 11 state champions.

The 2005 Honors Banquet will be held at 6:30 p.m.April 23 at the Holiday Inn Portland South, 25425 S.W. 95th Ave. in Wilsonville.

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