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Lite Up the Nite, Men's Club, Hall of Fame

Men's Club slates annual meeting

The St. Helens Men's Golf Club will hold their annual membership meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 21 at the St. Helens Elks Lodge.

The club holds team competition from late April into September on Monday and Tuesday nights at the Wildwood Golf Course, south of Scappoose.

Persons or teams interested in joining the club can attended the meeting or contact President Lee Engle, 503-410-9814, Secretary Randy May, 503-396-0200 or Treasurer Monte Gustafson, 503-396-1660.

Local athletic teams achieve

academic honors

Several St. Helens and Scappoose High School winter sports athletic teams were among the best in the state when it came to cumulative grade point averages.

The Dairy Farmers of Oregon presents the Academic All-State awards each season to high school athletic teams leading their sports. Overall winners for each school year win the Oregon Cup in each classification.

The St. Helens boys' basketball team led the 5A classification with a 3.67, just ahead of Marist. The Scappoose boys were second in the 4A classification with a 3.66, just a tenth behind North Marion.

The Scappoose girls were second in basketball with a 3.79, just behind Central 3.85. St. Helens girls were fifth with a 3.71, just .01 behind Hermiston and less than a tenth behind two others.

In girls' swimming, St. Helens was second with a 3.87, second behind Marist's 3.94. Scappoose was 18th with a 3.45.

St. Helens boys tied with Springfield for seventh, while Scappoose tied with North Bend for 13th just a .01 behind Sweet Home and Gladstone.

The St. Helens Dance team was fourth with a 3.50 and Scappoose was seventh with a 3.26.

Neither Scappoose nor St. Helens wrestlers made the academic all-state list.

Hall of Fame nominations requested

The St. Helens High School Hall of Fame is seeking nomination for 2012.

Nominations may be made up until March 30 in four categories: modern athletes, old-timers, supporters and sponsors, and teams.

Athletes must have placed first or second at an Oregon School Activities Association-sponsored state championship in swimming, cross country, track and field, wrestling or golf. Also eligible are those on a first or second state team in football, soccer, volleyball, basketball, baseball or softball. Athletes picked to play in any all-state or post-season games also qualify to be nominated.

The old-timer category is for individuals from St. Helens High that graduated more than 15 years ago and have been recognized for their athletic accomplishments.

Teams that have won state championships or excelled are also eligible.

Those who have supported or sponsored high school athletic programs may also be nominated.

The annual Hall of Fame banquet and induction ceremony will be held on Saturday, June 23 at the St. Helens Elks Lodge.

Lite Up the Night Auction slate April 28

The 13th annual Lite Up the Night auction will be held by the St. Helens Sports Boosters at the Columbia County Fairgrounds pavilion on Saturday, April 28.

The evening begins at 5 p.m. with a silent auction, and continues with an oral auction of items like paintings, a weekend at the beach, a weekend in Bend, and many more prizes. Music will be provided by Music Unlimited.

Tables are sponsored and there is a prize for the best decorated table. Sandwiches will be available and attendees are welcome to bring their own snacks and munchies. Decorations must be completed by 4 p.m. Tickets for the event are $20 apiece. There is also a special 'Dessert Dash' with instructions at each table.

The annual affair supports sports programs and facilities at St. Helens High School. Projects have included a covered grandstand, concession stand, bathroom facility, weight room, baseball/softball dugout, utility vehicle, and items like uniforms, bats, and balls. The Boosters have also helped sponsor students unable to pay athletic fees.

Youth baseball camp slated

The St. Helens High varsity coaches and players will host a baseball camp over spring break, March 26-30.

The camp will run from 9 a.m. to noon each day on the high school fields. Cost is $35 per family. The camp will cover pitching, catching, fielding and hitting.

To sign up for the camp, contact the St. Helens High School Athletic Department at 503-366-7447.

Sturgeon derby winners noted

Dennis Allenbacher won the top prize in the 12th annual Johnny's Bar and Grill Sturgeon Derby in February.

Allenbacher entered a 53½-inch sturgeon, just a half-inch shorter than the legal limit. John Norris was second with a 48½-inch fish and Dan McCarthy third with a 46¼ -inch fish.

There were 150 fishermen that participated for $1,500 in prizes. The winner has his name placed on the Sam Hernandez Award Plaque, named for a longtime Johnny's patron and fisherman.

Johnny's will host a salmon derby this fall.

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