by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Dale Mason and Ross Edwards combined to medal at a pair of Special Olympics alternate shot golf tournaments last month. Estacada golfer Ross Edwards, 24, has had a big summer on the links, winning the silver medal at the Special Olympics state tournament at the Chehalem course in Newberg and taking the bronze at the Regionals at Quail Valley in Banks.

He played alongside coach Dale Mason of Clackamas, as the tournament plays by alternation shot rules where the player take turns sending the ball toward the cup.

“It’s a fun rewarding experience with some really nice people,” Mason said. “Just out having a good time playing golf.”

Edwards is best around the greens, pulling off his best shots with his putter.

“He’s improved on his longer hitting, but he does a great job with his chipping and putting,” Mason said.

“It’s a lot of fun to walk the course and watch them play,” Ross’s mother Kay said. “It gives these kids something special they get to do.”

Edwards is also active in bowling and basketball.

Junior American team picks up one win

The Estacada Junior American baseball team knocked off McMinnville in its first game at last week’s state tournament before back-to-back losses to Rex Putnam and South Salem knocked the Rangers out of contention.

Dallas defeated Wilson in the Senior American tournament hosted in Estacada.

Jones signs with Predators

Portland Winterhawks defenseman Seth Jones, the No. 4 pick in the NHL’s entry-level draft, has signed a three-year contract with the Nashville Predators. He had a plus-46 rating with the Winterhawks last season, helping Portland to the Western Hockey League title. Jones finished with 14 goals and 42 assists to lead all WHL blue-liners with 56 points.

“I’m excited to be one step closer to realizing the dream of playing in the NHL,” Jones said. “I’m certain this is the right spot and right organization for me.”

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