With the end of school-related sports last week, Othello sports junkies will still have plenty of options to see and even participate in some of the action. The big teams are the Desert Sox, Othello Barracudas and the 29 clubs in the Othello Soccer League that have been battling it out for some time every Sunday at Tagarres Field.
Softball Tournaments A big highlight of the summer will be the July 11 to 14 Babe Ruth Softball State Tournament. Othello Parks and Recreation Coordinator Molly Klippert said this should be a huge event for the community. She said last year's tournament was mostly based in Moses Lake, but crowds were so large organizers had to move into Ephrata and Othello, also. "Last year was the first year we had ... but it was such a big tournament they sent a group over here," she said. Klippert said her department would work with local businesses to drum up support and help them prepare for the added boost to tourism. City Council member Charles Garcia will be once again organizing the Latino State Softball Championships that will be taking place at Lions Park the weekend of Aug. 24. Garcia said this would be a big family-oriented event and pit more than 20 teams against each other for what he described are some of the best prize packages offered in the state. Due to national guidelines, the tournament is open to those of Latin descent or married to someone who is, but Garcia said exceptions could be made. Teams missing up to three players can field people from any nationality. "Nobody who ever really wants to play gets left out," Garcia said. "If somebody wants to play, there's always a team that has a spot ... and that's what the event's about." Entry fees for teams are $300, but spectators can come for free. The event will also offer music, a homerun derby Saturday night that can be entered for $10 and authentic Mexican food provided by the Little Huskies wrestling club. "It's a really good time," Garcia said. "It probably brings 1,000 people into that park." For more information to get a team entered, you can call Garcia at 989-0423 or email him at email@example.com.
Barracudas The Othello Community Pool will be hosting a number of swim meets Tuesday and Thursday nights, where the Barracudas look to find some success and improve on their sixth-place finish in the Mid-Valley League Championships.
Desert Sox The Desert Sox Junior Legion AA club will be coached by Larry Gonzalez and looks to finish better than last year's league standing of sixth place. Gonzalez said he hopes his summer club's athletes learn from a disappointing end to their high school season early in May. The Desert Sox will play Eastmont at home Saturday in a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. and then play at Eastmont the following day at 3 p.m.
Sports camps Another new opportunity presented by the Skyhawks sports camp company starts July 15 and will give 4 to 7 year olds an introduction to soccer, basketball and baseball over four days. They will offer another four-day camp for 6 to 12 year olds Aug. 5 covering the same sports. Both are at Lions Park. Klippert said Skyhawks also offers scholarships for the camps, which cost up to $135. Sign-ups for both camps already went out to elementary schools but can also be submitted online at skyhawks.com. The high school girls basketball team will also be hosting a camp starting June 11 and going through June 14 for third through sixth-grade boys and third through eighth-grade girls. The camp is led by Othello varsity coach Clyde Woods and will help kids learn about the fundamentals of basketball.
Posted: Thursday, June 20, 2013
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From what i hear the Parks and Rec department isn't really involved in the babe ruth softball state tournament coming to town. According to local residents, it is organized and ran by local volunteers and those who head the local league in town. I'm sure they are the ones that are bringing in people from throughout the state of washington.