July, 2013

RHS and CHS Players and Cheerleader Head to East/West Shriner Game

RAINIER AND CLATSKANIE high school football players and one Rainier cheerleader have been chosen to be part of the 61st annual Oregon East-West Shrine All-Star Football Game taking place Saturday, Aug. 3, in Baker City.

Derek King of Rainier and Shaine Warren of Clatskanie were selected as players for the West team. Haileymay Walden will be a West team cheerleader from Rainier. Joel Kirkland  of Rainier was chosen as a West team alternate.

Proceeds from the annual fundraiser game support Shriners hospitals.

Photos of all four athletes may be found in the August 1, 2013 issue of The Clatskanie Chief.

Tigers Win One, Lose Two at State

The Clatskanie Tigers summer league baseball team fell 6-1 to 5A school Crescent Valley of Corvallis in the Oregon Junior State Tournament Thursday, July 25, but came back to defeat South Eugene 4-3 on Friday before losing 17-5 to North Salem on Saturday.

The Tigers gave up three runs in the second inning on several defensive miscues and were unable to recover. Clatskanie managed only three hits and scored their one run on a wild pitch that scored Colten Puzey.

In the consolation bracket of the tournament, the Tigers pulled off a come-from-behind 4-3 victory against South Eugene on Friday, July 26. The Tigers were down 3-0 after two innings and looked to be on their way to an early exit from the tournament, but the Tigers dug in behind the pitching of Mica Karber and timely hitting.

The Tigers scored their first two runs on a Trevor Berg infield single and a Micah McLeod run-batted-in (RBI) single.

Down 3-2 in the bottom of the sixth, Clatskanie tied the game on a Damien Strowger double that scored Nick Donaldson. Strowger then scored the go-ahead run on a Trevor Berg RBI single.

Karber pitched a complete game for the win, allowing four hits. Nick Donaldson and Trevor Berg each had a pair of hits.

The Tigers ended their summer season with a 17-5 loss to North Salem.

They gave up eight runs in the first four innings. The Tigers scored all five of their runs in the fourth to make it an 8-5 game. North Salem responded and took a commanding lead.

Donaldson and Karber each had a pair of hits in the loss.

This summer’s Tiger team included: Seth Makinson, Chase Berg, Andrew Hudson, German George, Mica Karber, Micah McLeod, Trevor Berg, Damien Strowger, Colten Puzey, Nick Donaldson, Griffin Haas, Thomas Shelby, Tanner Dykes and Alex McCallister.

Puzey Hits Hole-in-One

For many golfers, a hole-in-one is a once in a lifetime shot, but life-time Clatskanie resident and sports fan Ron Puzey hit his second of the year on Monday, July 29.

Puzey, who was an outstanding athlete for the Clatskanie High School Class of 1952, coached and educated generations of local youth. Monday’s 125-yard shot on hole four of the Mint Valley golf course was Puzey’s third ever. His second was in February 2013.

“It’s a good example that you don’t need a lot of skill to get one.” said Puzey in his typical self-deprecating humor. He had 86 for the round and explained that he “butchered” the backside of the course.

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