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A life of bowling

TOLEDO — At the age of about 14, Martin Marquart Sr. picked up a 16-pound bowling ball and fell in love with the sport of bowling. Even as a kid he worked at a bowling alley in Seaside. Now, over half a century later he’s still using a 16-pound ball and is one of the top bowlers in all of Oregon. On Tuesday, Dec. 11 at Muggly’s Bowling, Marquart received a plaque and bowling shirt from the Oregon State USB for winning the Open Championship in Salem this summer. It’s a tournament that takes eight weekends to complete.

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Beasley at Large: Explore the past at Mike Miller Park

NEWPORT — Through a break in the dense scrub at a fork in the trail I spotted as unlikely an image as your apt to stumble on in the woods: a massive, 40-foot sand dune rising from the forest floor. It was just one of the astonishing surprises that invite closer inspection at Mike Miller Park, a one-mile trail and day-use area tucked off Highway 101 south of the Yaquina Bay Bridge on Southeast 50th Street.

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Warriors take down Eagles

The Eddyville Charter boys basketball team held a double-digit lead over its inter-county rival Siletz Valley. But once the Warriors of Siletz got rolling and trimmed the first-half lead down to two on a buzzer beater by junior Anthony Simmons. The momentum carried over into the second half where the Eagles just couldn’t keep pace with the Warriors, falling 62-55. It’s the Warrior’s fourth straight win over the Eagles — three of the four games have been decided by seven or fewer points. “It’s been very competitive each time,” said Eddyville head coach Mike Ulstad. “But we are trying to get over the hump.” Willie Worman, head coach for the Warriors believes that his team had underestimated the speed that the Eddyville players played with to jump out to an early double-digit lead.

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Column: Bulldogs give Cubs a needed gut check

Perhaps no basketball team in the county has a higher ceiling than Newport’s. But by the same token, the floor could be just as low. When Newport hosted the undefeated 5A North Bend Bulldogs the cathedral-like ceilings as well as the depth of the basement were on full display. A neck-and-neck game turned into a 69-55 win for the Bulldogs at Spangler Court on Friday, Dec. 7. With Newport’s losses from last year’s squad, would the Cubs be able to find a formula to carry them to another deep playoff run in 2019? The formula that the Cubs found successful a season ago was fairly simple: Kye Blaser being Kye Blaser and then having two or three — whether it was Justin Plechaty, Bryan Tapia, Jose Ponciano — or any number of players step in to carry the scoring load. It was a formula that took Newport to within a game of the state title game and ultimately a third-place finish at the tournament.

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Newport returns to basics in win

Nine of the 10 Cubs players that saw action scored, led by 19 points from senior Megan Wagner, helping Newport secure the 65-30 win over the Rangers. “It was a lot of fun tonight,” Wagner said. “We were definitely playing for each other. Everyone had their own moments. It was awesome to see everyone excel in their role; everyone just played really well in their role and we had a lot of fun with it.” It was definitely a good bounce back after Friday’s game,” added junior Hannah Trommlitz. “We played together as a team, it was nice.”

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Marchant is at it again

The Toledo boy’s basketball team keeps winning and Conner Marchant keeps scoring. In the Boomers 83-75 over Creswell, Marchant was able to keep his scoring average above 40 points with a 41-point effort to keep Toledo undefeated through three games.

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Beasley at Large: God’s Thumb trail under scrutiny

LINCOLN CITY — The trail to God’s Thumb is as hard to fathom as an Old Testament riddle, leaving first-time hikers to read the signs — or lack of them — to find their way to one of the most divine views at the Oregon coast. “It’s not a designated trail system,” explained District Ranger Debbie Wilkins of the Siuslaw National Forest, which is dealing with the exploding popularity of a route once considered a local secret. “It’s not even a developed trail, but a combination of what elk and human beings have been doing for centuries.” The lure of The Thumb — Wilkins dislikes the religious handle, bestowed by a reporter that has since gone viral — is partly owed to that undeveloped and wild nature. The trail is tortured by washouts and giant, serpentine roots, fallen trees and drop-offs that would make a billy goat twitch. Those attractive features, however, can prove risky. To date, four expensive and hazardous rescue operations have been mounted to save injured or trapped hikers.

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Newport 2018 State Track and Field

The Newport track and field competed in the 4A state track and field event at Hayward Field in Eugene on Friday, May 11 and Saturday, May 12. The Cubs boys team finished seventh while the girl's team finished 21st.