NED HICKSON , SPORTS EDITOR ❘ 541-902-3523 ❘ SPORTS @ THESIUSLAWNEWS . COM SATURDAY EDITION ❘ NOVEMBER 17, 2018 ❘ SECTION B Siuslaw News Sports & Recreation S PORTS SHS volleyball standout joins Wolves Calendar Winter Sports Openers Nov. 28 • SHS girls BB at Mapleton 7 p.m. • MHS girls BB hosts Siuslaw 7 p.m. • SHS boys BB at Mapleton 7 p.m. • MHS boys BB hosts Siuslaw 7 p.m. B Y N ED H ICKSON Siuslaw News Come next fall, Siuslaw High School volleyball all-leaguer and senior Makenzie York will begin run- ning with the Wolves of Western Oregon University. After contemplat- ing offers from several different col- leges, York made it official during a special signing ceremony this past Wednesday in the presence of family and friends. York, a 6-foot-tall middle blocker who led the Lady Vikings in kills and blocks, received her fourth consecu- tive First-Team All-League honor this past season. Her performance got the attention of WOU coach Tommy Gott, who recruited York to join the Wolf Pack. Though Gott’s contract as head coach wasn't renewed at the end of last season, York’s mom, Wendy, said she still wanted to sign with the school because it offered a diverse list of educational opportunities. T IME O UT By Lloyd Little Retired teacher, coach and game offi cial With more than55 years as an athlete, coach, parent and spectator, Lloyd Little has gained some insights and perspectives regarding ath- letics. In this weekly column, he shares what he's learned about sports from his multiple points of view. COURTESY PHOTO This past Wednesday, Siuslaw senior Makenzie York signed with Western Oregon University, where she will play volleyball for the Wolves. “Western Oregon offers programs in graphic design and teaching, and she’s interested in both,” said Wendy. “Makenzie is still excited to play for WOU’s volleyball program and meet whoever the new coach is.” York’s explosive play offensively and defensively during her four years on the court for the Vikings inspired the chant “Mak Attack” from the See YORK 4B Nov. 30 • SHS wrestling at Harrisburg TBD Unwritten Rules (Part III) Our American pastime, baseball, is fi lled with un- written rules. Before I dwell into the many examples, I would mention many of these unwritten rules are being addressed through a change in baseball rules. Since many young players are unsure of what is or isn’t acceptable behavior, they are breaking the rules See LITTLE 4B On the Bite T IDE T ABLE Entrance Siuslaw River A WEEKLY High Tide FISHING REPORT FOR THE Low Tide LOCAL REGION Nov. 17 7:47am / 6.4 7:36pm / 5.5 www.dfw.state.or.us/RR 1:03am / 1.5 2:07pm / 2.8 Nov. 18 8:27am / 6.8 8:39pm / 5.7 1:55am / 1.7 2:56pm / 2.1 COURTESY PHOTO The tail of a migrating gray whale appears off the Oregon coast near Cape Perpetua last December. Nov. 19 9:02am / 7.2 9:34pm / 6.0 2:42am / 1.8 3:39pm / 1.3 C OUNTDOWN TO WINTER WHALE WATCHING BEGINS Training for winter whale watching volunteers is set for Dec. 1 in Newport. Nov. 20 9:37am / 7.6 10:24pm / 6.3 B Y N ED H ICKSON 3:25am / 1.9 4:19pm / 0.6 Nov. 21 10:11am / 8.0 4:06am / 2.0 11:11pm / 6.5 4:58pm / -0.1 Nov. 22 10:45am / 8.4 11:58pm / 6.7 4:46am / 2.2 5:37pm / -0.7 Nov. 23 11:22am / 8.5 5:26am / 2.4 6:19pm / -1.1 S IUSLAW N EWS 148 Maple St. Florence 541-997-3441 Siuslaw News J ust as this year’s holiday season will be drawing to a close in late December, whale watching on the Oregon coast will just be getting started. Winter Whale Watching Week will take place Dec. 27 through 31, during one of the best times of the year to spot gray whales off the stormy Oregon coastal shores. Leading up to that time, during the summer and fall, whales feed along the Oregon coast from June to mid-November, during which time between 5 and 15 whales are spotted each day. But come late December, approxi- mately 18,000 whales will travel 12,000 miles south to Mexico, where they will give birth to their calves. To help visitors make the most of the annual migration, there will be nearly 40 volunteers at prime viewing points along the Oregon Coast to help visitors spot the mighty mammals. “Whale Watching Spoken Here” signs will identify the volunteers, who will point out special behaviors, such as spy hopping, breaching and spout- ing, as well as discuss whale feeding, courtship and migration patterns. To prepare for the twice-annual event, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is seeking whale lovers to participate in See WHALES 5B FREE FISHING DAYS: Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving (Nov. 23 and 24) are Free Fishing Days in Oregon — days you don’t need a license or tag to fish, crab or clam any- where in the state open to fishing/crabbing/clamming. (Remember, all other rules and regulations apply.) MID COAST LAKES Stocking of mid coast lakes stopped in early June, but fishing for warm-water species can still be good in several area lakes, includ- ing Ollala Reservoir, Mercer Lake, Siltcoos Lake and Tahkenitch Lake. SIUSLAW RIVER: Cutthroat trout, fall Chinook See FISHING 5B T EST RESULTS PROMPTS DELAY OF COMMERCIAL D UNGENESS CRAB SEASON NEWPORT — The traditional Dec. 1 opening of the commercial Dungeness crab season will be delayed until at least Dec. 16 along the entire Oregon coast as testing shows crabs are too low in meat yield. The ocean commercial Dungeness crab season in Oregon is targeted to open Dec. 1, but can be delayed to ensure a high-quality product to con- sumers and avoid wastage of the resource. Crab quality testing in early November showed that the majority of test areas did not meet the criteria for a Dec. 1 opening. The delayed opening will allow for crab to fill with more meat. A second round of crab quality test- ing will occur in late November or early December, and the results will be NED HICKSON/SIUSLAW NEWS used to determine if the season should open Dec. 16, be further delayed, or be split into areas with different opening dates. Due to elevated levels of domoic acid, crab closures are currently in effect from Cape Blanco to the California border. This closure applies to both recreationally and commer- cially harvested crab from bays and estuaries, and on beaches, docks, piers and jetties. Recreational crab harvesting out- side of these areas remains open in bays and estuaries, and on beaches, docks, piers and jetties. In conjunction with the delayed ocean commercial season, commercial harvest of Dungeness crab in Oregon bays that are currently open will close at 12:01 a.m. Dec. 1, but may reopen if the ocean commercial fishery opens in December. Recreational harvest of Dungeness crab in the ocean off Oregon will open Dec. 1 as scheduled in areas where there are no Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) health advisories. Find the latest information on clo- sures by calling the ODA shellfish safety information hotline at 800-448- 2474 or by visiting the ODA shellfish closures web page at www.oregon.gov/ ODA/programs/FoodSafety/Shellfish/ Pages/ShellfishClosures.aspx Crab and shellfish products sold in retail markets and restaurants remain safe for consumers. The closure in the health advisory area ensures safety and the delay in the commercial ocean season promotes a high quality prod- uct. Commercial Dungeness crab is Oregon’s most valuable fishery. Last year’s season opening was also delayed but still brought in the highest ex-ves- sel value ever ($74 million) with 23.1 million pounds landed, about 31 per- cent above the 10-year average.