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Swimmers from Prineville Swim Team crush it in John Day and win invitational in July 2007

CENTRAL OREGONIAN FILE PHOTO - Sports archives7/24/97

With Tuesday's games canceled, the baseball season came to a close this week for the Crook County American Legion team.

The Cowboys finished at 2-5 in district play, 4-20 overall. Three district games went unplayed, including the two games against LaPine that had been scheduled for Tuesday in Prineville.

The season concluded with Monday's 12-8 league loss to Grant Union and the darkness shortened a nonleague loss immediately afterward.


The Oregon Bicycle Ride, Oregon's oldest cross state ride, has planned its 16th ride for August. Crook County will be a part of it.

Even though the ride will begin and end in Bend, the ride will also include some of the Cascades and the west side of the mountains. The ride will begin in Bend country and will eventually go along the very scenic Crooked River into Prineville. The riders will then head west on back roads, visiting Smith Rock State Park to Sisters.

The tour will continue over McKenzie pass to Blue River, then down the Aufderheide Scenic Route to Oakridge.

There will be a layover on Aug. 11 with a ride day in Oakridge and will include a ride to Hill Creek Reservoir.


The end of the season is shaping up to be an excellent one for the Prineville Swim Team, which captured first place this weekend at the John Day Invitational.

Head Coach John Stewart said the team did "an awesome job" at John Day.

"They had some stiff competition, due to the fact that there were some teams that we are not used to swimming against, that are year-round teams," he said.

PST placed first, with 523.50 points. Other results were: La Grande Swim Club, second, 366 points; Hi Desert Swim Team, third, 286; John Day Swim Team, fourth, 247.50; Pendleton Swim Association, fifth, 243;

Stewart also thanked his three coaches, Raquel Parrot, Haley Hehn and Jessica Patterson, saying they "have been a super big help to me this season, making sure the kids make it to the blocks and making sure their strokes are legal."

"And I just want to thank them for all the help they've given," Stewart said. "I couldn't have done it without these coaches."

Although no PST members broke records in John Day, a number of youth had A and B times.

"We had very, very few disqualifications due to swimming strokes illegally at this meet."


Youth from throughout Central Oregon descended on Ochoco Creek Park last Saturday for the second annual Half-Fast Triathlon.

"I really believe that it was a tremendous success," "said event organizer Norm Smith. "I was really pleased." Intended to introduce youth to multi

sport events, the triathlon was open to youth ages 5-14. With the course length adjusted for each age group, every contestant who started was able to complete the event.

Waiting for the start, excited youth milled around, checking to make sure that their bicycle tires were inflated and all of their gear was ready for the transition from swimming to biking.

Kids who were not confident of their swimming ability brought swimming noodles or kick boards, and parents were allowed in the pool to provide even greater confidence.

Once the race started, children in the older groups waited nervously for their turn to compete, but they also cheered on the younger participants.

Then as runners crossed the finish line, participation medals were draped around their necks, before they received popsicles to enjoy while they recovered from the heat.

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