The Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife has scheduled more than a dozen meetings around the state to discuss the salmon-season setting process, including a meeting in Sequim.
Hosted by the North Olympic Chapter of Puget Sound Anglers, the “Puget Sound Recreational Fisheries Discussion” is scheduled for 7-9 p.m. on Thursday, March 21, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 100 S. Blake Ave.
Pickleball champs named
Port Angeles hosted a three-day pickleball tournament at Roosevelt Elementary School in late February.
The top three finishers in Men’s, Women’s and Mixed Double in three skill brackets received medals.
Women’s gold medalists were Shanna Bo and Christiane Johnson of Sequim in Women’s 3.0; Becky Stuve and Mary Orme of Victoria, B.C. (Women’s 3.5); and Jane Rich and Barb Lawrie of Victoria, B.C. (Women’s 4.0).
Men’s gold medalists were: Jay Bogges and Bill Truckenmiller of Port Angeles (3.0); Robert Knapp and Mike Jeorsz of Sequim (3.5) and David Later and Johnathan Ferrar of Silverdale (4.0).
Mixed doubles champions were: Bill Averill and Mandy Rankin of Port Angeles (3.0); Vebol Bo and Shauna Bo of Sequim (3.5) and Andy Daniels and Barb Lawrie of Victoria, B.C. (4.0).
The event attracted pickleball players from around Western Washington and one team from South Africa.
Golf for Softball on Saturday
The 2019 Golf For Softball tournament kicks off with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 9, at SkyRidge Golf Course, 7015 Old Olympic Highway.
The four-person scramble costs $50 per team (additional $15 per cart), has a maximum field of 20 teams and includes a $250 prize for the first place team.
Funds raised go to pay for equipment, tournament fees and travel expenses for Sequim High’s softball teams. Call 360-683-3673 to register.
There are also sponsorship opportunities: $500 for a Business Sponsorship (includes fees for four-person team, up to two carts, two signs with business name on the course, two mulligans and lunch) and Sponsor A Hole ($100 each).
Call Bobbi Stringer at 360-477-5942, Tonya Opdyke at 360-797-4810 or Tina Sparks at 360-775-0810 to reserve a sponsorship.
Penniston-John signs on at Utah Valley State
Sterling Penniston-John, a two-time Northwest Athletic Conference All-Star at Peninsula College, signed a national letter of intent last week to continue his collegiate career at Division I Utah Valley State University.
A Las Vegas native, Penniston-John — o-captain defender helped the Pirates’ men’s soccer squad who helped the Pirates’ men to the playoffs in both of his years at Peninsula — will play for the Wolverines in the Western Athletic Conference under coach Greg Mass.
“Sterling is an example of hard work and dedication to his craft,” Pirate head coach Jake Hughes said. “I am proud of his achievements, and I am excited to see him continue his education and playing career at a high quality program such as Utah Valley State University.”
PC’s Watson to play at USF
Peninsula College center back Halle Watson signed a national letter of intent on Feb. 28 to play at the University of San Francisco, an NCAA Division I school.
Watson was named second team All-American by the United Soccer Coaches and was named to the Northwest Conference All-Star Team and All-Academic Team. The Las Vegas sophomore led a Pirate defense to three consecutive shutouts in the quarterfinal, semifinal and championship matches to help lift the Pirates to their fourth NWAC championship in November 2018.
The San Francisco Dons play in the West Coast Conference.
“We have been very fortunate with amazing players wearing the black and gold over the last nine years, but we have never had a player represent the program better than Halle Watson,” PC head coach Kanyon Anderson said.
“She is an All-American on the field, she is an honor student, and she is a fantastic teammate. I knew Halle was good when I recruited her but I had no idea how good she would become for us.”
State reduces daily catch limit
The Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife has reduced the daily limit for salmon to one fish in Marine Area 6 (east Juan de Fuca Strait). The rule change corrects an error in the 2018-19 Washington Sportfishing Rules pamphlet, which erroneously states anglers can keep two salmon daily.
The regulations were agreed to with co-managers during the annual North of Falcon salmon season-setting process. State fishery managers set the daily salmon limit at one fish to meet conservation objectives and increase the likelihood the winter fishery would remain open for the entire season, state officials said. Anglers are reminded to release wild coho and wild chinook.
for more information, call David Stormer, Puget Sound recreational salmon manager, at 360-902-0058, or Puget Sound salmon manager Mark Baltzell at 360-902-2807.
Multiple-season hunt tags deadline is March 31
Deer and elk hunters have until March 31 to enter their names into the drawing for a 2018 multiple-season tag, which can greatly increase the opportunity for success in the field.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife will hold the drawing in mid-April, randomly selecting names for 8,500 multiple-season deer tags and 1,000 multiple-season elk tags.
Winners of the drawing can purchase a special tag allowing them to participate in archery, muzzle loader and modern firearm general hunting seasons for deer or elk in 2019. Winners who purchase the multiple season elk tag can participate in general elk hunting seasons in both eastern and western Washington.
The deadline to purchase the multiple-season tag is July 31.
For more information, visit wdfw.wa.gov or call the Licensing Division at 360-902-2464.