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Hops host special baseball clinic

In the same spirit as Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred’s recently announced “Play Ball” youth baseball initiative, the Hillsboro Hops are hosting a special baseball immersion clinic at Ron Tonkin Field on Saturday.

Partnering with Centro Cultural de Washington County, Intel Corporation volunteers and the Old Timers Baseball Association of Portland, the Hops staff will conduct a clinic for 70 to 80 elementary school children from the Cornelius community from 10 a.m. until noon.

With volunteers staffing a number of stations around the field, kids will get to hit off batting tees, catch fly balls, take infield practice and test their throwing and baserunning abilities.

“The objective of the clinic is to introduce young children to our great game in an enjoyable and non-intimidating atmosphere. After all, the objective of playing baseball is to have fun,” Hops president Mike McMurray said.

Jose Salame, an Old Time Baseball Association member and Intel volunteer, initiated the collaborative effort.

“Those of us who love our national pastime are concerned that kids do not get the chance to learn about baseball at a young age,” Salame said. “Hopefully this is just the start of a grassroots effort to get more children involved in our game.”

Off Road Weekend at Hagg Lake

The XTERRA PDX Epic Off Road Weekend will return to Hagg Lake again this summer, with this year’s event scheduled for Aug. 7-9.

The weekend begins with packet pickup at Hagg Lake Boat Ramp C on Friday, Aug. 7, followed by a mountain bike poker ride from 4-7 p.m. that gives participants an early look at the course.

On Saturday, there will be three off-road events: a triathlon, sprint triathlon and duathlon. Registration and packet pick-up will be open from 6:30-8:30 a.m. with the triathlon and duathlon starting at 9, followed by the sprint triathlon at 9:30.

On Sunday, there will be a half marathon, 10K and 5K off-road races around Hagg Lake. The half marathon and 10K will start at 8 a.m., and the 5K begins at 8:30.

All finishers will get an XTERRA PDX stainless steel pint glass that can be used in the beer garden, and there will also be raffles and prizes for top finishers.

For more information, visit xterrapdx.com.

Wrestling camp on the horizon

The Forest Grove wrestling program will be hosting a camp for athletes in grades 3-12 next month.

The camp will run from Aug. 3-5 and will cost $100 per camper, with a $10 discount for registering a sibling. Teams that bring 10 or more wrestlers can register for $80 per athlete.

There will be a youth technique session (grades 3-6) from 8-10 a.m. each day, followed by a middle and high school session (grades 7-12) that will run from 10:15 to 12:15 p.m. Additionally, there will be personalized technique sessions available from 12:30-2 p.m. each day. Those sessions will cost an extra $75 per camper and will feature one-on-one instruction from a member of the camp staff.

The camp will feature instruction from Forest Grove wrestling coach Chad Beatty, Oregon State rising sophomore wrestler Jack Hathaway, plus 2010 NCAA champion and former Northwestern University assistant coach Jay Borschel.

For more information or to register, contact Beatty at fghswrestling@gmail.com or 563-299-6453.

Hagg Lake will host swim series

An open water swim series is set for Tuesdays in August at Hagg Lake.

The NW Open Water Swim Series: August is scheduled for Aug. 4, 11, 18 and 25. Two distances will be offered; a 750-meter swim will start at 6 p.m. each day of the series, followed by a 1,500-meter swim at 6:30.

All races will be based out of Boat Ramp C, where parking passes will be available for $5. Swimmers in the shorter race will do one loop of the course, while the 1,500 racers will do two loops.

Registration for any single race is $30. Participants may purchase an $80 series pass for the 750 distance, $100 for the 1,500 distance or $140 for both distances. Prices increase after Aug. 2.

To register, go to athletepath.com. For more information, email nwepicracing@gmail.com or call 503-572-9447.

Volleyball camps coming up soon

Both Hillsboro and Glencoe high schools will be hosting volleyball camps next month.

Hilhi’s camp is for girls in grades 7-12 and will run from Aug. 11-13; Glencoe’s camp is for girls in grades 3-9 and will run Aug. 10-13.

The Hillsboro camp will run from noon to 3 p.m. each day and is designed to develop the skills of experienced players to prepare them for volleyball at the high school level. It will cost $50 and is being run by Hilhi varsity coach Caitlin O’Connor.

For more information, contact O’Connor at 503-997-3217 or gustinc@hsd.k12.or.us.

The Glencoe camp will run from 9-11:30 a.m. each day and will cost $55. It is for beginners through advanced players and will focus on individual skills such as hitting, blocking, serving, digging and setting. The camp is being run by former Glencoe coach Whitney Sahlfeld.

For more information, contact Sahlfeld at 503-844-1900.

Hops host charity golf tournament

The first-ever Hillsboro Hops Fund Charity Golf Tournament is scheduled for Monday, Aug. 31, in North Plains.

The event will take place on the Ghost Creek course at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club and is a benefit for the Hillsboro Hops Fund at the Hillsboro Community Foundation.

Registration is $150 per individual player, $500 for a foursome, or $650 for a fivesome, which will included four registered players and a Hops player, coach or other personnel member. Registration fee includes a boxed lunch for each golfer.

On-site registration will begin at 11:30 a.m., and contests, raffles and a meet-and-greet with Hops players will take place before the tournament begins. A post-event awards ceremony featuring Hops manager Shelley Duncan will include hors d’oeuvres and drinks.

For more information or to register, contact Preston Toulon at 503-640-0887 or at prestont@hillsborohops.com.