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Local teams shine at Nero tourney

It has already been a great summer for Hillsboro’s American Legion baseball teams, and it got even better this weekend with several impressive performances at the John Nero Invitational Tournament.

Hillsboro, Glencoe and Liberty each went 2-1 during pool play, advancing to the championship bracket. Hilhi and Glencoe earned No. 2 seeds out of their pools, while Liberty earned the No. 1 seed from its pool.

In bracket play, Hillsboro picked up a 7-4 win over the Portland Barbers behind a strong pitching effort from Chase Kaplan, but the tournament run ended for the Spartans with a 5-0 loss to Bellevue (Wash.).

Liberty lost its opener in bracket play to the Portland Barbers, with brothers Zach and Zane Chitwood squaring off in a pitcher’s duel. Zach Chitwood, a 2013 Liberty graduate, started for the Barbers, while Zane Chitwood, a rising junior at Liberty, started for the Falcons. Liberty capped the tournament with a 3-0 victory over Glencoe, getting a complete game shutout from rising sophomore Renner Stecki.

The tournament championship was played on Tuesday, but results were not available at press time. Bellevue faced the Portland Barbers in an elimination game, and the winner was set to face the Perth Heat, a team from Australia.

All-comers track meets scheduled

Summertime is here, and that means it’s time for the Hillsboro Parks and Recreation series of all-comers track meets.

The meets, which are free and open to all, will be staged at the Elden Kellar Track in Hillsboro on the next three Wednesdays, July 10, 17 and 24. Registration will take place at 5:30 p.m. each day, and the meets will begin at 6. Age groups are 6 and younger, 7-8, 9-10, 11-13, and high school/open.

The following running events will take place at each meet: 100-meter hurdles (age 11 and younger), 50-meter hurdles (10 and younger), 50-meter dash (6 and younger), 200 and 800. The July 17 meet will include the 400, 3,000 and 4x100 relay races. The July 10 and July 24 meets will include the 100, 1,500 and 4x400 relay events.

Field events are the turbo javelin (softball throw for little ones), shot put, long jump and discus. Participants may take two attempts in these events. The high jump will also be offered on July 10 and July 24. Field event competitors may report for their attempts at any time during the 20-minute time slot for their age group.

For more information, contact Hillsboro Parks & Recreation at 503-681-6120 or at ci.hillsboro.or.us/ParksRec.

Viking Vengeance registration info

Registration is open for the Viking Vengeance Twilight Run/Walk, which is scheduled for Thursday, July 25. Now in its sixth year, the event is a fundraiser for the Forest Grove High School cross country team, as well as the Forest Grove Youth Running Club for children in grades five through eight.

The event, which will be chip-timed, includes a 5-kilometer race, a kids run, and a 10K distance, which is new this year. Advance registration is $25 for participants age 14 and older and $15 for those 13 and younger. Registration increases by $5 on race day. The kids race is free. T-shirts are available for an additional $10 and must be ordered by July 12.

To print a registration form or to register online, go to forestgrovexc.com.

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