Sports briefs

Bowling lessons at Orchard Lanes

Enjoy the fun and exercise of bowling by learning correct techniques from one of Hood River’s best. Pat Olson will be teaching beginner and intermediate lessons at Orchard Lanes this Sunday at 7 p.m. Classes are two hours long and are limited to 30 participants. Cost is $15 and includes lane fees, shoes and ball rental. Call 386-1326 to register.

Orchard Lanes will also begin teaching youth lessons on Monday, Feb. 18, and Feb. 25 from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Classes are limited to 20 kids ages 6-12 and cost is $10.

3-on-3 men’s basketball update

Snowden retained the top spot in the Hood River 3-on-3 men’s basketball league with its second straight 3-0 week. DA and Lizards are tied for second at 4-2, while the league’s two new teams, Morgan Paint Co. and Crooks, are tied for third at 2-1.

Soapbox racecar clinic March 2

Hood River Community Education will sponsor an all-day soapbox racing clinic Saturday, March 2 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Westside Elementary School cafeteria. Approximately 20 cars will be assembled — including 10 “rental cars” donated by the Hood River Lions Club — for the annual derby, which will be held in April. To register, call 386-2055 right away.

Youth baseball coaching clinic

Improve your coaching skills and develop better baseball players who have more fun by enrolling in a five-hour youth coaching clinic Sunday, March 3 at David Douglas High School in Portland. The instructional seminar is designed for coaches and parents from T-ball to little league to Babe Ruth levels. Cost is $25 per participant. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and sessions begin promptly at 9 a.m. Preregistration is also available. Call Mike Fitz at 503-261-8325 or Barry Cook at 503-349-5335 for more information.

Youth hoop tourney in Portland

North American Youth Sports still has openings for its annual spring youth basketball tournament, March 22-24 at Forest Grove High School in Portland. Tournament brackets include 5th/6th grade boys and girls, 7th grade boys and girls, 8th grade boys and girls, 9th/10th grade boys and girls, 11th/12th grade boys and girls. Entry fee for the tournament is $90 and guarantees two games. Entry deadline is March 1. For more info, call toll free 1-888-629-2275, or 503-359-0708.

Ten-Star All-Star basketball camp

Applications are now being evaluated for the Ten Star All-Star Summer Basketball Camp (by invitation only). Boys and girls 10-19 are eligible to apply. The nearest camp will be held in Olympia, Wash. Call 704-568-6801 for a free brochure.

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Lawnmower torches Arbor Vitae on Portland Drive

The riding lawn mower driven by Norma Cannon overheated and made contact with dry arbor vitae owned by Lee and Norma Curtis, sending more than a dozen of the tightly-packed trees up in flames. The mower, visible at far right, was totaled. No one was injured; neighbors first kept the fire at bay with garden hoses and Westside and Hood River Fire Departments responded and doused the fire before it reached any structures. Westside Fire chief Jim Trammell, in blue shirt, directs firefighters. The video was taken by Capt. Dave Smith of Hood River Fire Department. Enlarge

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