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Saturday games will start earlier

The Hillsboro Hops announced this week that their Saturday home baseball games during the 2014 season will be moved up almost two hours to start at 5:03 p.m.

“We know that families make up a large percentage of our fan base and we wanted to change our Saturday start times to make it more convenient for kids to attend our games,” said Hops vice president and general manager K.L. Wombacher.

First pitch for Sunday home games will be 1:35 or 4:05 p.m. with the opportunity for kids 14 and under to run the bases at Hillsboro Ballpark following the game.

In an effort to make the ballpark even more family friendly, the Hops will be launching a new “Kids Zone” located beyond the left field fence. This area will be free to kids and will include activities for all ages.

To view the complete schedule for the 2014 season for the Hillsboro Hops, go to www.hillsborohops.com.

Tide alum helps set school record

Glencoe graduate Melissa Baller ran a leg on the University of Portland 4x100-meter relay team that broke a school record Saturday at the Mt. Hood Track & Field Festival in Gresham.

Baller, a Pilots junior, teamed with Hannah Souders, Katherine Maus and Madison Leek to post a winning time of 47.80 seconds. UP’s listed school record is a time of 49.11 from 2004.

At the same meet, Baller ran a time of 12.63 in the 100, which bumped her up to seventh all-time at Portland.

Another Crimson Tide alumna and current Pilot, Kaylie Van Loo, threw the javelin 147 feet, 3 inches at the same meet. That mark was just two inches short of the school standard set by Teri Hines in 1990. Van Loo was a two-time state champion in the javelin and an eight-time state meet placer in the throws for Glencoe before she graduated in 2012.

‘Bike Run Bike set for Saturday

More than 100 youth comprised of Unified Special Olympics athletes and partners from around the Portland metro area will once again descend upon Forest Grove High School on Saturday for ‘Bike Run Bike,’ a Unified adventure course and duathlon.

Returning to Forest Grove for the fourth year, ‘Bike Run Bike’ is one of a kind, paring up students with and without special needs to compete in two events. The adventure course is for students ages 8-12 and will include 10 different events for partners to complete before they receive a finisher ribbon. ‘Bike Run Bike’ participants ages 12 and older compete in a 2-mile bike course, ½-mile run and another 2-mile bike course before a stadium finish at the Forest Grove High School track.

The adventure course begins at 9:30 a.m. followed by ‘Bike Run Bike’ at 11.

Forest Grove Unified Special Olympics organizes the event in partnership with Adventures Without Limits, KERR Bikes, Shriners Hospital and Special Olympics Oregon. This event takes place each May. The Forest Grove School District donates its facilities for the event. The community comes together to provide all of the volunteers for the event.

Special Olympics Unified Sports bring people of all abilities together to play on the same sports team and much more. ‘Bike Run Bike’ started in 2010 and provides an opportunity for students of all abilities to have an event they can be a part of, practice healthy exercise habits and build friendships.

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