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Valley baseball records a win

With spirits high and a shine to the uniforms that only a slide in to a

base would remove, the boys of the Valley Baseball Association took on their

first opponent of the regular season, the Federal Way Hornets, and

soundly defeated them 11-6.

Two batters up and two outs into the game, Luca Bunce hit a single

to shallow center field. Anthony Sanelli then singled to right field behind

first base to set the stage for Chris Brouillette who roped a ball to

left field for a double, scoring two and getting the offensive efforts of

the team underway.

Cody Vermeulen pitched four innings, struck out nine, and only

gave up three runs. Sanelli and Brouillette closed out the game.

Team manager Matt Sanelli was pleased with his team's

performance due to the aggressiveness of his players' hitting.

Progress of the team can be found on their Web site at

www.etamz.com/vba. Their home field is in

Carnation with 16 league home games planned. Dates, times and places for game

play are posted on the Web site. The team asks fans to come out and cheer

them on.

Commissioner wins gold

North Bend parks commissioner William Johnson took home

another gold medal from the British Columbia Indoor Archery

Championships held in Parkville, Canada, over the Easter weekend. It was a repeat

for Johnson who won the gold at the same event in 1997.

"This was the most challenging match so far for the 2000

season" Johnson said.

It took sheer determination to win though as Canada's Michelle

Apollon pulled within eight points. The final score in the 120-arrow match

was Johnson 1068, Apollon, 1060.

Next on Johnson's schedule will be a trip to New Jersey to compete

in the "Gold Cup," a nationally ranked tournament, followed by a return

to Canada for the "Canada Cup."

Johnson is currently working with a small team of people to bring

archery to North Bend. Watch for the opening of the North Bend Outdoor

Archery Range behind Alpine Fitness in late May.

Ben Jones Classic slated

The swank and exciting second annual Ben Jones golf tournament

will be held again this year at the Mount Si Golf Course in Snoqualmie on

July 14, with a shotgun start planned for 8 a.m.

For a $50 registration fee, golfers can have a chance to win a new

Buick or other great prizes. The fee includes lunch, a golf cart and promises a

great time. The proceeds will benefit the Sno-Valley Senior Center in

Carnation.

Individual golfers and foursomes can sign up by calling Isabel Jones

at (425) 333-4436. Businesses can also help out by sponsoring a hole for

$200 each. If interested, call Jones.

Colt team set to start league play

The Snoqualmie Valley Pony Baseball's Colt team is set to

start league play on Saturday, May 6, at Mount Si High. The first game

is against Kirkland #3 and is scheduled for a 1:30 p.m. start.

The Colt team consists of 15- and 16-year-old boys from the

Valley. Many of these players were on last year's team that placed third in

district before being ousted in the state play-offs. With a lot of

experience from last year's returners and several strong 15-year-old players moving

up from last year's pony team, coaches Frank Faoro and Keith Schwope

are looking forward to an exciting season of baseball.

This team consists of several players from the junior varsity and

C-teams at Mount Si High. The team will be anchored by Brandon Bumpus,

Dan Baldwin and Garrett Parsons, fresh off a good J.V. season. The team

should have both power and pitching similar to the 1998 pony team, which

consisted largely of this group of boys.

In 1998 the pony team placed first in district and second in state.

Only the Federal Way Magic kept the `98 pony team from earning a chance

to go to the Zone play-offs in California. Keep an eye on this group of

players; they will be attempting to collect some trophies this season.

Rifle club promotes real gun safety through `KidSafe'

Volunteer instructors with the Snoqualmie Valley Rifle Club

(SVRC) are joining their colleagues in at least eight states in a national event

called "Project KidSafe" on Saturday,

May 13.

Project KidSafe is designed to provide home firearm safety training

and child gun safety advice. The SVRC effort will begin at 9 a.m., said

Dave Workman, club president.

According to "Project KidSafe" founder Joe Waldron, the effort is

being sponsored by WeCARE, a coalition representing several gun

safety organizations. Instructors certified by the National Rifle Association

will offer Home Firearms Safety programs and the award-winning Eddie

Eagle Gun Safety programs at various locations.

"While some groups continue demanding more gun control

disguised as `gun safety' efforts, WeCARE has organized a national effort to

promote real gun safety, as taught by the experts," Waldron said. "Education

and training are the solutions to gun accidents, not more gun control laws."

Nationally, firearms-related deaths of youngsters age 15 and under are

at an all-time low. Supporters of "Project KidSafe" give much credit for this

to firearms safety courses, including hunter education, which have

provided training to millions of Americans over the past 25 years.

An instructor involved in coordinating the multi-state event,

Wendell Joost of Redmond, noted, "There will be a chief instructor for each class

conducted at each site. We will conduct the four-hour long NRA Home

Firearms Safety course, which teaches safe gun handling skills, and how to

safely handle, unload and securely store rifles, pistols and shotguns."

The Eddie Eagle program will be offered where possible. NRA

guidelines require that the Eddie Eagle course for children be offered only

in "neutral" environments, and not on gun ranges.

Project KidSafe events are scheduled in Washington, Idaho,

Indiana, Michigan, Colorado, California, Texas and Virginia.

Pirates pitch past Rainiers

Wednesday, April 26, the Bothell Pirates visited the Valley and

came away with a 10-5 victory over the Sno-Valley Rainiers. Bothell, last

year's regular season champs, threw some strong pitching and then held off

a rally by the Rainiers to notch the victory. Errors once again were the

demise for the Sno-Valley team.

"You just can't keep giving your opponent extra outs and expect

to come away with the victory. It just doesn't happen that way,

especially against a team like the Pirates,"

said coach Warren Sheldon.

Alex Van Oeveran provided the Rainiers with a strong pitching

effort getting the Pirates to hit routine grounders and pop-flies, but the

team just couldn't make the outs necessary to win.

The team's pitching will be tested dearly as they play four games in

five days. The coaching staff of Al Landdeck and Sheldon are hoping

that the team can put together seven innings of error-free baseball.

After dropping last week's game with the Mountlake Terrace Indians,

the Rainiers are 2 and 4.

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