Sports: Outdoor wrestling

July 2016 Posted in School, Sports

James DayBy James Day

The Silverton High wrestling program is holding a summer camp July 18-21. But it’s a camp with a twist.

The Foxes are planning to close the proceedings with an outdoor dual meet under the lights on the tennis courts. The festivities will include music and a barbecue.

Here is a look at the basics for the camp:

The camp runs from noon to 3 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday.

The camp is open to athletes ages 6-18 and costs just $5 per participant. The Foxes’ coaching staff will do the heavy lifting, with assistance on Thursday from a member of the coaching staff of Oregon State, which has won five consecutive Pac-12 Conference championships.

Families are welcome to attend the outdoor dual, which starts at 7 p.m. Thursday. There will be free hotdogs for the wrestlers, and families can bring their own meat to throw on the barbecue.

For more information contact Coach Keegan Davis at

Turf project: The project to install artificial turf as part of the remodeling of McGinnis Field is humming along nicely. Foxes Athletic Director Greg Kaatz told Our Town the FieldTurf surface should be installed by the end of the month.

Crews currently are working with the gravel and rock subsurface and doing a final grading, Then they will roll it to prepare for the turf, which will take approximately two weeks to install.

“Things are going really good,” Kaatz said.

Kaatz noted that the project still is looking for donors to assist with pole vault standards ($2,000), creating a new location for the shot put ($5,000) and soccer goals and corner flags ($5,000). Those interested should contact Kaatz at

Homer race: The McGinnis Field remodel will force the Homer’s Classic fun runs to relocate the starting point, but 90 percent of the course remains the same.

The 8-kilometer event and 2-mile run/walk will start at 9 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 7 from the parking lot of the Pine Street high school campus. The races usually start and finish on the track at McGinnis Field.

Both courses are flat and fast and the 8K route travels through the Gallon House Bridge. Proceeds benefit youth running programs in Silverton and Mount Angel.

Race fees are $28 with a technical T-shirt and $15 without a shirt. Day of the race registration (7:30 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.) is $20 per race, with $15 more for a shirt if they remain available.

Trophies will be awarded to the top male and female finishers, with ribbons going to the top 3 in each age group. There will be a drawing for prizes will during the awards ceremony.

You can register at Contact Kennedy High track and field and cross country coach Steve Ritchie if you need more information at or 503-559-4346.

Students in the Silver Falls School District who need to get a sports physical can attend a Sports Physical Clinic 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 21 at Silverton High School, 1456 Pine St. The clinic is open to all students in the SFSD who are participating in school-sponsored sports. To print out a physical form, visit There is a suggested $25 donation to Silver Fox Foundation.

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