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viking boys prep for alumni game, pacific will host baseball clinics, winter preview

viking boys prep for alumni game

The Forest Grove boys basketball team will have one unusual opponent on its schedule this season -

a squad of former Vikings.

Started this year by head coach Greg Evers, the Forest Grove boys will kick off each season by playing an alumni team of former Viking basketball stars. This year's game will be held on Saturday, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m.

Instead of picking an all-star cast to represent the alums, however, the opponent will be determined at Forest Grove's annual alumni basketball tournament, which is held each summer.

'This is the first annual (game) and it has never been done as far as I know around here,' Evers said. 'We are playing the champions from the previous year's alumni tournament. This will give that tournament a little incentive to win, I hope. I think it will be a lot of fun, but most importantly, I want to start making a connection with the alumni.'

Evers said he is also planning future events for Viking home games that will honor some of the more successful players and teams in Forest Grove history.

'There isn't a ton of success in boys basketball history, but I would like to honor those who have been successful,' he said.

pacific will host baseball clinics

Pacific University will be hosting a pair of baseball clinics in December. There will be a camp for high school players from Dec. 17-18 and a youth camp from Dec. 19-20.

The high school camp (recommended for players ages 14-18) will be directed by Pacific head coach Greg Bradley and will have sessions for hitting, pitching and defense. The hitting and pitching sessions will cost $65 each, the defensive session will cost $35 and all three sessions will cost $140.

Each prospect will be coached by a member of the Pacific staff. Prospects will receive a thorough skills and scouting evaluation with specific points of emphasis. No better opportunity exists to get an in-depth look at Pacific baseball and its coaching staff.

The youth camp (recommended for players ages 6-14) will cost $125 and campers have the option of purchasing a BBQ lunch for $10 on the first day.

Participants will be coached in several baseball skills, fundamentals and team concepts. Members of the camp will receive instruction in a variety of areas including hitting, infield play, outfield play, pitching, catching, rundowns, double plays and base running. In the afternoon, players will use instruction received during the morning session and put skills to use in game situations in the newly-renovated Stoller Indoor Facility.

For more information or to register online, visit www.collegebaseballcamps.com/boxers or call Greg Bradley at 503-352-2142.

winter preview

The News-Times will publish its annual Winter Sports Preview next week, featuring schedules and team previews for the upcoming 2011-12 season.

The issue will cover Forest Grove, Banks and Gaston High Schools, plus Pacific University. Coaches are encouraged to contact sports editor Zack Palmer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .