Notebook: Middle school sports coaches needed

August 10, 2011

It's getting dark a little earlier and the notebook is back. This can only mean one thing: Fall sports must be right around the corner.

We are now less than a month before the first high school fall sports contests, with Hood River Valley kicking off the football season by traveling to Sandy Sept. 2.

Speaking of the rapidly approaching fall sports season, the middle school sports programs need coaches. More precisely, they need coaches yesterday.

With only a few weeks until the season starts, coaches are needed for all of its sports programs (football, volleyball, cross-country/track and boys and girls basketball) but coaches are especially needed for football and volleyball as soon as possible.

Football practices begin this week and will play in a league with eastern Oregon teams.

Volleyball will play in the Mt. Hood League with teams in Multnomah and Clackamas counties.

To sign up: Contact John Rust, Community Education director, at 541-387-5030 or john.rust@hoodriver.k12.or.us.

Additional questions can be answered by middle school sport coordinator Phil Hukari at philhuk@embarqmail.com.

While we wait for high school sports to get under way, HRV grad Matthew Dallman and the Sportfreunde Siegen just opened their season in the German Oberliga this week.

After suffering an injury in training camp, Dallman was ready to go for the season opener, in which Siegen played to a 2-2 draw with Rot Weiss Ahlen.

In American football Adam Coerper is entering his junior season at Washington State, and according to the Cougars pre-season roster, is third on the depth chart at left defensive end and will battle two other juniors for playing time.

His age (29) may be against him as he tries to get to the major leagues, but Andy Baldwin is still toiling away for the Rochester Red Wings in AAA. He currently leads the team in innings pitched and is second in strikeouts.

Finally for your trivia: Which goalkeeper is the all-time MLS leader in saves?

A: Kevin Hartman, a 15-year MLS veteran currently with FC Dallas who has 1,352 saves. That is reason No. 73 to be glad I am your local sports reporter.

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