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THE DAILY ASTORIAN • TUESDAY, MARCH 24, 2015
Wind, rain and hail greet softball tourney
By GARY HENLEY
The Daily Astorian
SEASIDE — Six softball
teams battled wind, rain, cold
and hail all day Monday at
Broadway Field, where Sea-
side’s Spring Break Invitational
The two-day event opened
early Monday morning with
Estacada’s 14-3 win over War-
renton, and concluded Monday
night with Astoria’s 27-0 victory
In between, Scio won a pair
of games — 20-3 over Seaside
and 7-6 over Estacada; and As-
toria defeated Warrenton 7-3 in
the big local showdown.
The Lady Fish rallied from
Warrenton opened the game
with three straight singles to
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ethe, Bri Marsch and Allysa
Casteel, with Casteel’s hit scor-
Astoria got out of the inning
on an unassisted double play by
shortstop Mykka Abrahams.
And Astoria quickly tied the
as Rylee DeMander reached
ton errors, and scored on a two-
out base hit to left by Kelsey
Miethe had her second base
hit in the top of the third and
scored on an error to give the
Warriors a 2-1 lead, but Astoria
answered with three runs in the
bottom of the third.
Wullger led off with her sec-
ond hit, followed by a walk and
a hit batter to load the bases.
Sara Lertora drew a bases
loaded walk to force in one run,
and a Warrenton error allowed
two more base runners to score
for a 4-2 Astoria lead.
Abi Danen and Libby
DiBartolomeo added run-scor-
ing singles in the fourth, and
Abrahams gave the Lady Fish
JOSHUA BESSEX — The Daily Astorian
Warrenton’s Niqui Blodgett, No. 11, pitches during the
second inning of the softball game against Astoria at Sea-
side’s Broadway Field Monday.
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Astoria’s Caitlyn Hougham, No. 20, scores after a hit by Abi Danen in the fourth inning of
the softball game against Warrenton. See more photos online at www.dailyastorian.com
Baseball — Astoria at Glencoe Tournament, TBA
Softball — Knappa at Riverside, 10 a.m.; Nyssa
vs. Knappa, at Riverside, 3 p.m.; Seaside Tourna-
ment: Estacada vs. Seaside, 10 a.m.; Scio vs. Asto-
ria, 12:15 p.m.; Ilwaco vs. Seaside, 2:30 p.m.; Ilwaco
vs. Warrenton, 4:45 p.m.
Baseball — Astoria at Glencoe Tournament, TBA;
Marsch had a single and a
double for the Warriors, and
freshman Niqui Blodgett had a
run-scoring single in the top of
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DiBartolomeo went the dis-
tance on the mound for Astoria,
allowing six hits with six strike-
outs and three walks.
for the Lady Fish, then belted a
home run in the win over Ilwa-
Seaside vs. North Valley, at Madras Tournament,
11:30 a.m.; Naselle at Warrenton, 4 p.m.
Softball — Naselle at Warrenton, 4 p.m.; Knappa
at Heppner, 1:30 p.m.
Baseball — Seaside at Madras Tournament, TBA
Track — Pacific League meet, at Ilwaco, TBA
Baseball — Seaside at Madras Tournament, TBA;
Warrenton at Regis, 1 p.m.
Estacada 14, Warrenton 3
Estacada built a 6-1
through two innings, on its
way to a 14-3 win over the
Warriors in one of Monday’s
Warrenton’s Landree Mi-
ethe drew a leadoff walk, stole
second, advanced to third on
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Marsch and stole home on a de-
layed steal, giving the Warriors
an early lead.
two hits, by Niqui Blodgett and
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Scio 20, Seaside 3
Scio took advantage of some
early walks to score a 20-3 win
Jetta Ideue, Whitney Wester-
holm, Paige Ideue, Alisa Gonza-
lez and Katie Hotchkiss had hits
for the Gulls.
Knappa drops a pair
RIVERSIDE — The Knap-
pa softball team opened a six-
game road swing Monday with
two games in the Riverside
Pilot Rock edged the Log-
Astoria’s Abi Danen, No. 33, hits a one drive to score
a run in the fourth inning of the softball game against
gers 3-1 in the opener, and
Knappa 13-2 in Game 2.
Logger pitcher Kacie Cam-
eron struck out 13 batters in the
McKailyn Rogers had two of
Knappa’s four hits.
Alyson Olheiser went 2-for-3
in the loss to Weston-McEwen.
Loggers win; Fishermen fall
TOLEDO — A possible
state championship pre-
Only time will tell, but for
now the Knappa Loggers could
be the new team to beat in Class
2A baseball, as they knocked off
defending 2A state champion
Monroe, 11-5, Monday in To-
Knappa’s second game with
Toledo was postponed.
In Hillsboro, McMinnville
defeated Astoria 6-0 in the Glen-
coe Tournament, which contin-
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July 1, 2015), Gunner and many other
be trained to hit on that drug.
After he and Gregory spent two
months bonding and working with a
trainer from Washington County at
different sites, including City Hall and
the public works building, Gunner was
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Northwest Police Detection Dog Asso-
ciation March 3.
Gunner has been deployed on sev-
eral calls, though Gregory couldn’t
comment on them because the cases
“He’s such a good worker,” Gregory
said. “We really lucked out with him.”
In about six months, Gunner will
begin his search-and-rescue training
with Clatsop County Search and Res-
cue, Chief Jason Schermerhorn said.
It is “standard practice” to wait a
while before adding a new trick to a
don’t want to throw everything on
board at once because it can be confus-
ing for the dog.”
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down missing residents or hikers lost in
the city’s forest reserves. This, coupled
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Officer Josh Gregory gives some well-deserved love to Gunner, the
only narcotics dog in Clatsop County at the moment. Gunner was cer-
tified March 3.
his drug-detection skills, will make him a
“dual-purpose” dog, Schermerhorn said.
Gunner will also serve as a mascot
for the department, and Gregory plans
eventually to introduce Gunner to local
used to build relationships with stu-
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would not be back in school until April 2 at the earliest.
With state tests and spring break coming up, the timing
to make such a decision is not “perfect,” Tobin said. How-
ever, it could have been worse: exposure to pertussis could
Otherwise, Tobin says it is “business as usual for the
most part” at the high school.
To ask questions about this, call the health department
at 642-9343 or, if after hours, call the non-emergency dis-
patch line, 642-9397, and ask for the public health nurse
Last year, there were no reported cases of whooping cough
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of Health, but pertussis has been on the upswing in the state
At this time last year, DOH recorded 30 cases. The num-
ber is much higher this year.
“We’re at about 190 cases right now,” said Katie Wolt,
health educator with DOH.
“With people traveling, with spring break happening,
we’ve seen an uptick,” Wolt said. She added that after state
wrestling competitions they also will usually see an in-
crease in the number of diagnosed cases.
the importance of being productive cit-
ple, too,” Clatsop County Sheriff Tom
Before long, Gregory and Gunner
may start doing public demonstrations
of Gunner’s drug-detection skills at
different community events — for ex-
ample, the department’s “Coffee with a
Cop” outreach meetings.
ory and the Washington County trainer
spent about four weeks trying to train
a donated 2-year-old Belgian Malinois
named “Cash” on drug detection.
As reported in a Daily Astorian sto-
ry that went viral, however, Cash turned
out to be high-strung, afraid of heights,
barked at inappropriate moments and
ultimately failed to complete the train-
ing. He was returned to his original
owner, Tami Schultz, of Clatsop Coun-
ty Search and Rescue, in October.
Two months later, the department
purchased Gunner from Top Dog Po-
lice K-9 Training and Consulting,
a company in Modesto, Calif., for
$6,200, an amount that also paid for a
one-year warranty on Gunner’s health
that includes a total refund or replace-
ment should Gunner not work out.
The Cannon Beach Police Depart-
ment had spent much of 2014 raising
funds and lining up community dona-
So far, the department has raised al-
most $30,000, according to Schermer-
horn. In addition, Dogs Allowed Can-
non Beach has pledged to supply free
dog food for the life of the program,
and Dr. Robert Remensnyder, a veteri-
narian at Seaside Pet Clinic, said he will
administer Gunner’s routine check-ups
“Cash” and costs
free of charge.
Gunner may have passed his narcot-
Soon, the department may launch
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program will keep incurring, Schermer-
Last September and October, Greg- horn said.
Gunner, whose radio call sign is
709, is the only narcotics dog in Clatsop
County. Other local law enforcement
agencies, including the Clatsop County
Interagency Narcotics Team, may use
during highway vehicle stops and in
last narcotics dog, a female Border Col-
lie mix named “Dixie,” when her han-
to the Bend Police Department in late
2013, according to Alan Palmrose, a pa-
dog, a Belgian Malinois named “Pax,”
but may soon start gathering funds to
restart its narcotics dog program, Ber-
“It’s terrible that we even have to go
down this road, but, unfortunately, there’s
a lot of drugs in our community,” he said.
Jeff Roberts, assistant principal of
Seaside High School, said his school re-
lied on Dixie to locate drugs in students’
that role. A narcotics dog, he said, is a
“tremendous resource” that can “help
keep our kids safe.”
Here is a question-and-answer format brief-
ing on the disease from the Washington State
Department of Health:
What is whooping cough (also known as
Whooping cough spreads easily and is
caused by bacteria. It spreads by coughing
and sneezing and mainly affects the respira-
tory system (the organs that help you breathe).
How serious is whooping cough?
Whooping cough is very serious, especially
for babies and young kids. Whooping cough
can cause pneumonia, seizures, brain dam-
age, and death. About half of babies younger
than one year of age who get whooping cough
What are the symptoms of whooping
The symptoms differ depending on your
age. Babies and young kids can have severe
coughing spells that make it hard to eat, drink,
breathe, or sleep. Some babies may turn blue
because they can’t catch their breath. Older
kids and adults may have a bad cough, a run-
ny nose, and a fever.
How soon do symptoms appear?
Symptoms usually start 5 to 21 days after
exposure to whooping cough (average is 7 to
10 days after exposure).
How is whooping cough treated?
Whooping cough is generally treated with
antibiotics. It’s important to start treatment as
soon as possible to slow the spread of the
disease. Early treatment may also make the
symptoms less severe.
How is whooping cough prevented?
Getting vaccinated is the best way to prevent
whooping cough. Using good health manners
also helps slow the spread of whooping cough
and many other diseases—wash your hands,
cover your cough, and stay home when you’re
Are some people at higher risk from
People at greatest risk from whooping
• Infants under one year old.
• Pregnant women (especially in the third
• People with asthma could potentially have
more serious symptoms if they get whooping
Can I spread whooping cough even if I
don’t have a bad cough?
Yes. You can have whooping cough without
realizing it and infect others. That’s why it’s
important to get vaccinated. It’s especially im-
portant if you know you’ll be around babies or
What if I was exposed to someone who
has whooping cough?
Call your doctor, nurse, or clinic as soon as
possible. You may be given antibiotics that can
stop you from getting the disease. Try to stay
away from other people until treated (or until
another diagnosis for the cough proves it’s not
What should I do if I think someone in my
family has whooping cough?
If you think you or one of your family mem-
bers has whooping cough, call your doctor,
nurse, or clinic. Try to stay away from other
people until the illness is treated (or another
diagnosis for the cough proves it’s not conta-
How should employers handle em-
ployees returning to work who have had
Employers should talk with their Human Re-
sources Office to understand their company
policies, procedures, and labor agreements.
Employers should not share individual em-
ployee health information with others.
What’s the best cleaning method to pre-
vent spreading whooping cough?
While pertussis bacteria can live on a sur-
face or object for several days, most people
don’t get whooping cough from contact with
surfaces or objects. They get it from close con-
tact with people who have whooping cough.