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No new info on Ajisawa arrests, relay fills streets, Columbia County sporting news

The Washington County Sheriff's Office has decided to withhold further information regarding the arrest of former St. Helens High School soccer coach Ryoma Ajisawa until his hearing on Aug. 25.

Ajisawa was most recently arrested on Aug. 7 and held in the Washington County Jail on $300,000 bail on child pornography charges.

There is no information to suggest what the nature of the charges Ajisawa is facing, or whether Ajisawa's charges date back to his time in St. Helens as the boys' soccer coach in 2012, or the girls' coach in 2010 and 2011.

Hood to Coast fills county roads

Around 19,000 participants will flood the main thoroughfare in Columbia County as the world's largest relay takes northwestern Oregon by storm.

The Hood to Coast relay, Portland to Coast walk and Portland to Coast High School Challenge make up one of the biggest and best attended spectacles in the state, drawing from 1,500 relay teams and raising as much as $500,000 for cancer research.

The relay route will remain the same, dodging through Scappoose along Highway 30 with exchange points at Scappoose and St. Helens high schools before veering toward the county fairgrounds and heading up toward Yankton.

While runners will still be active late Friday evening throughout Scappoose and St. Helens, HTC Director of Media Relations highlights two crowded hot spots: the start of the high school challenge under the Hawthorne Bridge in Portland, and the finish line in Seaside, where as many as 70,000 people will gather for music, a beer garden and fun in the sand.

Teams from both local high schools plan to participate.

Local soccer club wins again

FC Columbia County, the local soccer club, has continued to make strides in 2014, and after winning the U-14 division at the Cowlitz Kickoff Classic, the club has once again picked up another piece of hardware for their growing trophy cabinet.

Last weekend at the Mt. Hood Challenge, it was the U-13 girls bringing home the bronze division title, posting a 2-0-2 record and winning both games in the championship playoff round after drawing both matches during group play.

The U-14 girls found success as well, finishing 1-2-1 and battling back for a third place finish in their bracket after falling in the first round of the bracket championships.