Ems Narrow Gap; H.O.F. Class Minus One; OSAA Initiates Sensitivity Training

Ems Narrow Gap

The Eugene Emeralds made up a full game last night as they defeated the league leading Vancouver Canadians 4-2.  The Ems were working on a shut-out at PK Park until the Canadian’s Miguel Hiraldo hit a solo shot to left-center field.  Landon Roupp gets the win for the Ems with 5 innings and allowed just one hit.

H.O.F. Class Minus One

This year’s Siuslaw Hall of Fame Celebration will once again be minus one.  Due to commitment with the Chinese National Basketball team, Honoree Ben Voogd will not be able to attend and has asked that he be deferred until next year so that he might attend the induction in person.  The HOF ceremony is set for September 10th at the Florence Events Center.

OSAA Initiates Sensitivity Training

Over the past school year at least four Oregon high schools have faced sanctions from the Oregon School Activities Association after investigations determined that visiting teams had to endure racial slurs from players or fans of the host schools.  The increase in threatening behavior directed towards game officials has also been on the rise.  That has prompted a new training course that aims to give coaches and officials methods they can use to highlight and safely stop bad behavior.  Siuslaw Athletics Director Chris Johnson is grateful there have never been any complaints in that regard in his 27 years at Siuslaw.  He and all Fall sports coaches will have completed the OSAA certification by the end of this week.  Fall and Spring coaches will also complete the training prior to being able to practice with their teams later in the year.   Fall sports practices officially begin Monday, August 15th.