NEWPORT — Chris Emmett, aquarium management award-winning student, and academic star Marita Nash are wrapping up their time at Oregon Coast Community College and looking to the future. Emmet, who came to OCCC with a bachelor’s degree, has spent the last year at the college’s unique aquarium program.
NEWPORT — The vacation rental ad hoc committee tasked with coming up with rules to regulate short-term rentals is potentially adding more meetings to it’s schedule as it wraps up a plan to eventually present to the public. “We may add another meeting or two, we may have to adjust it a little bit,” said Derrick Tokos, Newport’s community development developer, adding that he thinks there’s room to add a few more meetings without throwing the entire meeting schedule off-kilter.
DEPOE BAY — Two unidentified “Good Samaritans” were among the vessels and aircraft that raced to rescue 11 passengers and two crewmembers aboard a charter vessel that began to sink 26 miles to sea on Saturday, May 26. Officials with U.S. Coast Guard Station Depoe Bay described the extraordinary scene this week, saying the civilian boats arrived just as the distressed vessel’s skipper ordered passengers to abandon ship for a life raft. The “mayday” distress call was issued at 9:21 a.m.
LINCOLN CITY — The first-ever free concert in a newly-built amphitheater at Regatta Park will feature a Canadian bluegrass band, courtesy of a real estate broker who loves music. The Toronto-based ‘Slocan Ramblers’ will perform Thursday, June 21, from 6 to 8 p.m. The event, billed as a “client appreciation concert” by realtor Cami Arlit, is open to the public.
Newport dominates the water The Newport boys swimming won the 4A/3A/2A/1A state championship and it wasn’t even that close. With a team score of 74, the next closest team scored 35 fewer points than Newport. The pool at Mt. Hood Community College was full of Cubs, in the 11 total evens there were 14 Newport swimmers racing in the finals, only two events didn’t feature a swimmer from Newport. In swimming the relays count for double the points and the Cubs took finished first in two of the three. The 400-yard freestyle relay — Lucas Ellingson-Cosenza, Luke Bachart, Caden Shanks and Sean O’Meara — and the 200 medley relay — Shanks, O’Meara, Nick Topar and Kai Daniels — gave Newport 28 of its points. Ellingson-Cosenza won the Cubs lone individual title winning the 500-yard freestyle in thrilling fashion. With the swimming title, Newport added its second state title of the 2017-18 school year. A fine year of ball The 2017-18 basketball season was in Lincoln County was a basketball junkie’s dream. Championship teams, talented players, budding rivalries made for a fun winter of basketball. The Waldport boys had its best season in five years, finishing with 12 wins including a 5-0 start. While the Waldport girls finished with six wins this year, it was more wins that they had in the previous four years combined. The Newport girls, Toledo girls and the Siletz Valley boys and girls teams each finished the year with winning seasons and advanced to the first round of the playoffs. Toledo’s Kaycie Otis was named the Sunset Conference Player of the Year and Tana’ya Barnhart was named the defensive player of the year.
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After nine innings, the final score may have read 10-1, Mid-Coast Dungies over the Newport Cubs. But it was a game where mistakes were made, players were playing different positions and pitchers were constantly rotating. It’s what the Dungies had anticipated at their first practice on Monday. “Pretty sloppy but that’s to be expected the first game of the season,” said head coach Taylor Plesha. “There is a list of things that we need to get tightened up before we go on the road this weekend. You get that in games like this when you throw a lot of pitchers and play guys at a lot of different positions, that kinda happens.” It took a couple of innings before the Dungie offense started to click at the plate. Part of the early struggle was due to facing Jacob Dobmeier, the ace of the Newport staff this spring. But Plesha felt his hitters were pressing at the plate.
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WALDPORT — The grind of summer-league basketball continues for the Waldport Irish, who are playing in multiple games per day most days of the week. Playing against 4A Siuslaw for the third time this summer, the Vikings surprised the Irish with a man-to-man defense that was heavy on the ball pressure after playing a zone in the first two matchups that the teams split. Despite the four-point loss, the Irish have a player that has the program buzzing — incoming freshman Zach Holsey, son of incoming principal Amy McNeil, who began playing with Waldport last week. “He definitely is a point guard,” said head coach Peter Ellingsen. “He loves that moment, he wants to be the main guy. For him to come in and start to build a chemistry, it’s going to take a few games, but each game we’ve had him he’s gotten better. He’s still young and inexperienced, but the more time he gets I think he can be a potential stud here at Waldport.”
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LINCOLN COUNTY —nThe 2017-18 school year comes to an end this week. Seniors are already out the door and a new crop of freshmen will make the jump from middle school to high school. New athletes, new coaches and new teams will try and leave their stamp on the Lincoln County sports map starting in August. But before the 2017-18 season becomes a distant memory, here are five moments to remember from the fall.
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The Dungies are back. In its third year of existence, the AAA Legion Post 116 Mid-Coast Dungies, comprised of high school baseball players up and down the coast, opens its season play on Wednesday, June 13. “It’s really good to be back on the field and getting to know the guys,” said Dylan Crowell, a graduating senior from Newport. “I really like this group and I feel like we are going to have a lot of fun. I think Wednesday we will be more than ready, I feel like we are going to have a lot of fun — win, lose or draw, it’s gonna be a lot of fun, no doubt.” The previous two years, the Dungies have seen a small improvement from eight wins in 2016 to 10 in 2017, however, both years ended with losing records and missing the postseason. But this summer, the roster may be as strong as it’s been in that span. “All the good players on the central coast are wanting to play for the Dungies now,” said head coach Taylor Plesha.
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Around 2,000 people came together for the Fleet of Flowers ceremony in Depoe Bay on Monday, May 28. Boats bedecked in wreaths commemorated lives lost at sea.