Northwest Hillsboro becomes the epicenter of the Oregon high school soccer world on Saturday, when all of the OSAA state championship games will be staged at Hillsboro Stadium and Liberty High School.
No Hillsboro school made it to a title game, though Pacific Conference foe Tualatin advanced to the finals in the 6A girls bracket.
The schedule at Hillsboro Stadium:
5A boys: Hood River Valley vs. Summit, 10:30 a.m.
5A girls: Wilson vs. Summit, 1 p.m.
6A boys: Jesuit vs. Central Catholic, 3:30 p.m.
6A girls: Sunset vs. Tualatin, 6 p.m.
The schedule at Liberty High School:
3A/2A/1A girls: Oregon Episcopal vs. Valley Catholic, 10:30 a.m.
3A/2A/1A boys: St. Marys (Medford) vs. Oregon Episcopal, 1 p.m.
4A boys: Sisters vs. Henley, 3:30 p.m.
4A girls: Scappoose vs. La Grande, 6 p.m.
Tickets are $8 adults, $5 students, and may be purchased at the event sites. Parking is $4 per vehicle at Hillsboro Stadium. There is no charge to park at Liberty High School.
For more information, go to osaa.org.
Hillsboro Hops collecting gifts for children in holiday drive
The Hillsboro Hops minor-league baseball team is taking park in the HomePlate Holiday Gift Drive by serving as a drop-off site for gift donations.
Gifts may be dropped off at the Hops organizations office, 4460 N.W. 229th Ave., through Dec. 13. Gifts are being collected for kids ages 6 to 12 and young adults ages 13-24.
Some suggestions for donations for the younger age group include action figures, books, craft kits and games. Suggestions for the older age group include Hops hats and jerseys and other sports apparel, movie tickets, prepaid phone cards/cell phone minutes, and jackets, sweatshirts and pajamas.
Gift cards in amounts of $5, $10 or $20 to retailers such as Target, Regal Movies, Fred Meyer, iTunes and Netflix will also be accepted for both age groups.
HomePlate Youth Services offers services to young people dealing with homelessness or housing stability through means such as education and access to services. The organization provides drop-in centers that offer meals and resources, and HomePlate staff and volunteers also travel throughout Washington County to meet with and offer assistance to youths.
For more information about HomePlate Youth Services, go to homeplateyouth.org. For more gift and gift card retailer suggestions, go to hillsborohops.com.
Kids turkey trot running event on tap this month
The 18th Annual Youth Turkey Trot is slated for Tuesday, Nov. 26, in Hillsboro.
The event, open to kids in grade eight and younger, will be staged at the Elden Keller Track at Hare Field, 1151 NE Grant St. The first race will start at 3:30 p.m. and the rest of the races will begin on a rolling start.
Kids run distances based on age in this free event. Divisions (with distances) are prekindergarten, 200 meters; kindergarten, 300 meters; first grade, 400 meters; second grade, 600 meters; third grade, 800 meters, fourth grade, 1,000 meters; fifth grade, 1,200 meters; sixth grade, 1,400 meters; seventh and eighth grades, 1,600 meters.
Division winners will be awarded turkeys to take home. Runners-up and third-place finishers also will receive prizes. Advance registration is not necessary, and the event will take place no matter the weather conditions.