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Page 8 Hells Canyon Journal April 9, 2008 | by Linda Berjeron Spartans Take Fifth in Weightlifling Event Five Pine Eagle High School students traveled to Nyssa on Saturday, March 15, along with head football and assistant wrestling coach Blake Dennis, to compete in the first annual Snake River Weightlifting Competition. Levi Chamberlin, Riley Harriman, Jeff Chamberlin, Scan Lynch and Brad Lind- say represented the Spartans at the inaugural event, which promises to the be the first of many lifting competitions at Nyssa. When the scores were added for each school, Pine Eagle finished fifth, trailing only Emmett, Homedale, Fruitland and Nyssa. "There weren't any buses available that day, or we could have taken more kids and we probably would have finished higher," commented Dennis. "The Idaho schools have been to a lot of these events, but this was the first time one of these weightlifting competi- tions has been held in east- ern Oregon." The event was divided into two age groups, with fresh- men and sophor res in one group and juniors and seniors in another. Six weight classes - 120, 135, 155, 175,200 and 200-plus - further catego- rized the competitors. Each participant was al- lowed three lifts in each of three events - the bench press, the squat and the power clean. The best suc- cessful lift in each event was recorded, and the Spartans came home with two first places, four second places, and three third places in the lifts. Levi Chamberlin led the way, taking first place in the 200-plus weight class of the upper division with lifts of 265 in the bench press and 405 in the squat. Levi took second in the power clean with a lift of 220 pounds. Riley Harriman, compet- ing at 155 pounds in the up- per division, took second in the squat (240 pounds), third in the bench press (190 pounds) and fifth in the power clean (155 pounds). Among the younger Spar- tans, Jeff Chamberlin (com- peting in the 200-pound weight class) took second place in the bench press (265 pounds), third in the squat (300 pounds) and third in the power clean (210 pounds). Scan Lynch, competing at 175 in the younger age group, placed second in the bench (230 pounds), fourth in the squat (300 pounds) and fourth in the power clean (175 pounds). Brad Lindsay, competing at 155 in the younger divi- sion, placed seventh in the bench (185 pounds). Team Results I. Emmett 420 2. Homedale 138 3. Fruitland 112 4. Nyssa 106 5. Pine Eagle 86 6. New Plymouth 39 7. Ontario 13 8. Union 10 9. Elgin 8 10. Bums 0 Varsity Softball Splits with Baker JV Pine Eagle's softball doubleheader with the Baker junior varsity was played as scheduled last Friday after- noon, despite chilly weather and a brief hailstorm. The Spartans dropped the opener 5-4 and rebounded to win the second game, 6-5. Lacey Peer pitched in the first game, going the distance while allowing just 2 earned runs. Kathrine Beam did her part offensively, hitting safely 3 times, but she was the only Spartan to get more than one base hits. "Lacey pitched well enough to win," commented coach Joe Sciarrino. "We had 10 total "We emphasized hitting in practice this week, and it looks like we had some suc- cess. We didn't strike out much and we had 22 hits on the day, which was pretty encouraging. Baker's junior varsity is a better team than we had seen so far. Being a bigger school, they'll put 9 pretty good players on their junior varsity. They're good competition for us- I wouldn't mind playing them again. An inch of fresh snow topped the Pine Eagle fields in Halfway Saturday morn- ing, and the Spartans' game with Adrian was moved to Baker at the last minute. The commented Sciarrino. "There is a lot of potential on the JV team, so the future is looking pretty good." The Spartans won the sec- ond game 11-4, behind the pitching of Jesse Baxter. Jesse scattered 5 Adrian hits through the innings and walked a total of 9 batters, "but for the most part she threw strikes," said Sciarrino. "I was really pleased with her effort. I think she won a job as full-time JV pitcher." Jesse also had 4 hits against Adrian. Rachael Bennett had 3 hits, including a double. Randi Tarter and Stephanie Kaesemeyer had 2 The First WalkAbout The Australian %valkabout' has been defined as "a brief, informal leave from work, taken by an Aborigine to wan- der the bush, visit relatives or return to native life." As we step back into the yard and garden in the begin- ning of spring, it's definitely akin to a walkabout, as we take a break from our respon- sibilities of usual employment and household callings, wan- der into the realm of what- ever wild habitat we have at hand and look in on our plant relatives and their associates, the birds, insects and subsoil communities of organisms. And we wouldn't be surprised to discover that by such an enterprise we find ourselves returning to some native self, where hands touching leaves and soil texture and thoughts focusing on the other living thing's existence, brings us deeply back to a natural awareness. A slow walk around the place gives us that first op- portunity to look things over. Here we might refresh our memory of what was left un- done in the fall, see how an over-wintering project fared, view the status of the bud- ding fruit trees, observe that the old wooden fence- or gate- post gave in this year and has fallen over. Be forewarned that any walkabout will gain momen- tum - likely requiring one to run indoors for paper and pencil, to place an additional order for forgotten seeds, or to root around in the shed for a certain hand-tool- but hap- pily so, since this is a "walk- ing to" occasion and a wander that has probably been longed for. As you lift up slabs of straw, observe the fat worms dart- ing back into the damp, cool soil. You may want to remem- ber to relocate them to the compost pile if you don't or- der red worms. Take a mo- ment under that straw and around dry, hidden places to check and see if there are egg sacks; if there are more than normal you just might con- sider bringing more benefi- cial insects into the garden this year. Did the fall-planted garlic bulbs get soggy and rot as some of mine did? Are the strawberries thick, green and raring to go under mulch - and do you dare uncover them to the sun and the cold, quite yet? How did the cole crops survive? Were they mulched enough? Was the shallow, raised bed really good enough? Are the green on- ions up and where you can reach them to use? Were the bagged autumn leaves left in a good location, with the plas- tic bag intact enough that you'll be able to crumple up the dry goods inside with a few stomps? Did the low stone wall you made settle into it- self and the neighboring ter- rain, attracting a little moss and other rooted things? How about that apple tree that was hard-pruned last year - how does it look now, well-budded and ready? The places where you added sand or crushed egg shells, or double-dug - are they look- ing different than they did this time last spring? Are the potted perennials that still didn't find a home in the ground looking stressed or doing just fine? There may only be patches which you can actually turn over in the on-again, off-again springtime weather, but the rake will extend your reach to the soil very well, letting you feel generally useful, loosening up the dead thatch, clearing out broken stems, gathering the debris of a season's dormancy, pre- paring a place for the new things and the renewal of the old. Whether you capture your walkabout observations in a journal, on a rough layout chart or simply in the mind's eye, catch it quick. On some afternoon the combination of sun and air and fragrance will turn your head and you'll know you've stepped into the spring garden world that you will frequent often. The first tread into it will clear the path. OHSU Researchers Discover Alcohol-Brain Link Researchers at Oregon Health & Science University have discovered a new region of the brain involved in chronic alcohol consumption. This research may be used to develop new or improved drugs and therapies aimed at combating alcoholism. The finding also presents a more "This research is the first to tie this region of the brain to alcohol abuse," said Andrey Ryabinin, Ph.D., an assistant professor of behavioral neu- roscience in the OHSU School of Medicine and senior au- thor of the paper. "It is also the first time urocortin levels have been tied to alcohol con- alcohol. The scientists also tracked communications be- tween cells containing urocortin and a region of the forebrain involved in regu- lating alcohol consumption and brain reward mecha- nisms. "While there is much more re rch to be done, we think hits. We just couldn't put them together well enough to score more than 4 runs." Story Miller went the dis- tance on the mound in the second game, and produced a game-winning single in the seventh inning, which drove in Nikki Simpson and Lacey Peer for the tying and win- ning runs. The Spartans rapped out 12 hits in the game, with Nikki hitting safely three times, while Amy Tarter, Rachel Bennett and Britney Gulick had 2 hits each. weather was chilly there, too, and big, fluffy flakes were falling during game two, but the games with Adrian went ahead. Playing a mostly junior varsity line-up, and utilizing Lacey Peer on the mound, Pine Eagle won the first game 4-3. Lacey struck out 12, while walking only one batter in seven innings. Jesse Baxter and Randi Tarter had 3 hits each. "We played all the young- sters and filled in with a couple of varsity players," h/ts each, with Stephanie's ' complete picture ofthe brain's hits driving in 3 runs. important role in alcohol "That was a pretty well played game," said the coach. "Adrian is a good match for our JV. We're evenly matched, but our pitching is better." Sciarrino also commented on the steady play of JV catcher Megan Peer, who has been called on to fill in on the varsity when Story Miller pitches. "She's been doing a good job - showing a lot of effort." abuse. The research, which is printed in the March 25 edi- tion of the Journal of Neuro- science, centers on a peptide called urocortin. The peptide is connected to alcohol crav- ing. Scientists at OHSU and collaborators at Indiana Uni- versity tracked urocortin to a group of brain cells located in the midbrain. The group of cells is called the Edinger- Westphal (EW) nucleus. sumption." To conduct this research, Ryabinin and his colleagues studied mice bred to crave alcohol compared with nor- mal mice that will drink alco- hol served with a sugar solu- tion. Researchers found that levels ofurecortin in the brain corresponded with each animal's desire to drink alco- hol. Animals with high urocortin levels consumed large quantities of alcohol. Conversely, animals with low urocortin levels craved less Baseball Team's Bats Remain Quiet in Early Season Doubleheaders The Spartan baseball team struggled through two doubleheaders last weekend. The team never got rolling offensively, but their oppo- nents did. At home against Baker's junior varsity on Fri- day, the Spartans dropped a pair of games, 26-1 and 22-0. "We tried to get all our pitchers into these games since it was preseason," said coach Kent Hills. "Some of the results were fairly ugly." Chance Marks started on the mound for Pine Eagle and gave up 10 runs in the first inning. Bryton Hills came on in relief in innings two and three and held the junior Bulldogs to a single run in those frames. Nic Melchior pitched the final two innings and gave up 8 runs. Ben Becktold pitched the first two innings of game two for the Spartans, giving up 4 runs. Corby Wickham fol- lowed Becktold to the mound and also held Baker to 4 runs in two innings. John Jennings and Riley Harriman finished the pitch- ing chores for PEHS, giving up 9 and 5 runs respectively. "We didn't get a base hit in that game," said Hills of the second game with Baker. "We went from hitting pretty well against Council to not hitting the ball at all this week. We had worked real hard in prac- tice on nothing but hitting, but just didn't get the stick on the ball. We videotaped the games and will review the tapes to see if we can pick up what we were doing wrong. We made contact with the baseball, but everything was straight up in the air or right at somebody." Saturday's league opener with Grant Union was switched from Halfway to John Day on Saturday morn- ing due to a light snowfall in Halfway that rendered the local field unplayable. Things didn't improve much for Pine Eagle in the games with Grant Union. The Spartans dropped the opener 26-2 and lost in the second game 14-0. Nic Melchior started on the mound for Pine Eagle and pitched two innings, giving up 15 runs. Corby Wickham came on in the third and fin- ished the game, giving up 11 more runs. Pine Eagle's runs came when Chance Marks walked and two batters later, Nic Melchior blasted a home run down the third base line which cleared a 16-foot tall fence 310 feet from home plate. Bryton Hills started game two, and slowed the Prospec- tors' offensive attack, giving up 2 runs in the first inning. But Hills developed a blister and was relieved by Chance Marks in the second inning. Grant Union added 10 runs to its score in the second, and Marks finished the game, al- lowing only two more runs. Despite the scores, the Spartans' defense was not bad in the games at Grant Union. Ine Eagle committed only 5 errors in the first game and 3 in the second. With the Spartans games in John Day ending early, the team stopped on the way home to watch Elgin's games at Prairie City. "After seeing them play, we're pretty positive we'll pick up some wins there," observed Hills. "We're working on get- ting into the three or four spot in the league. The kids have been working hard. We21 work on getting our bats back online this week. When we get everything working at the same time, it will be a real good game." This Friday, the Spartans host Joseph, a team they could battle with for the third and fourth league spots. OFF seniors & Kids 6-16 (Kids under 6 FREE) $13's All-You-Care-to-Eat Buffet PG13 O Historic Baker City 1-84 to Exit 304 4-7374 Family SizeMaximum Income Monthly I $1,677 2 2,260 3 2,844 4 3,427 5 4,010 . Breast and Cervical Cancer Early detection and screening ff you are 40 to 65,call to check your eligibility for a women's health check and mammogram at NO charge. Women's health check with CHD Public Health or private p ic n. For more information, call 962-8823 or our new toll-free number, 1-877.962-8823. Center for Human Development, Inc. Public; Health Services I I00 K Avenue La OR 97850 that either this small group of neurons or the peptide urocortin may be good tar- gets for drugs or therapies for treating those with alcohol addiction in the future," ex- plained Ryabinin. "For in- stance, it is worth testing whether reducing urocortin levels may reduce alcohol craving." The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcohol- ism, a component of the Na- tional Institutes of Health, funded this research. Early Planting Makes Big Onion Bulbs The earlier you get your onions in the ground in the spring, the better chance they have to grow big bulbs, ac- cording to Oregon Sta e Uni- versity. Onions can be grown three ways: from bulbs (alsb known as sets), from smaller transplants (young non- bulbing onion starts) or from seed. March through April are good times to plant onions for best growth and size. Onion sets were expected to be available from mer- chants in the Panhandle this week. 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