AREA SPORTS BRIEFS: Gillespie rows at Vashon Island contest

VASHON — Port Angeles rower Edward Gillespie, age 14, placed second in his class while representing Olympic Peninsula Rowing Association in the Burton Beach Invitational held on Quartermaster Harbor off Vashon Island.

Gillespie, one of 219 participants in the youth rowing program founded by the Burton Beach Rowing Club in 2018, rowed a single scull in the Novice Boys class.

OPRA was one of 11 participant clubs from western Washington and Oregon.

Now in his second season with OPRA, Gillespie is a home-schooled high school freshman and the son of Laurence and Tricia Gillespie.

OPRA was founded in 2007 by the late John Halberg to introduce Olympic Peninsula youth, grades 6-12, to rowing and the life skills and values associated with it.

The spring season is starting and youth and adults that want to try rowing can contact Sean Halberg at For more information, visit

Five-a-side soccer

PORT ANGELES — Registration is open for the Oliveira Classic 5-on-5 Soccer Tournament set for Peninsula College on June 10.

A maximum of eight players is allowed per team and the cost is $20 per player.

Divisions include K-second grade coed, and boys and girls divisions for third through fifth grade sixth through eighth, high school and adult coed.

Registration is due by May 14.

Email Sam Oliveira for more information at

Spring soccer clinic

CHIMACUM — A spring skills development clinic for soccer players ages 8-14 will be offered by Jefferson County Soccer Club with trainers from UK International Soccer.

The clinics will be held at HJ Carroll Park, 9884 Rhody Drive, every Thursday from April 6 through May 25.

Players ages 8-10 will train from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. while 11-14 will train from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Registration is open through April 6 and is $65 per player, with each additional sibling $50.

Scholarships are available.

To register, visit

For more information, email

BMX track stirring

PORT ANGELES — Save the date for season-opening action at the Lincoln Park BMX track in April.

Open practice sessions are set from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 13, 20 and 27 and cost $5 per rider.

The season-opening single point race will begin at 11 a.m. April 15. Registration will run from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and is $12 if preregistered and $15 in person. Racing also will be held at noon April 16 and again April 29-30.

For more information, visit

Martin back on track

PORTLAN, Ore. — Port Angeles High School alum Margarete Martin continues to compete in collegiete athletics for Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Ore., after a two-year hiatus from injuries.

The 2019 PAHS graduate finished 10th in the 800-meter run on March 4 at the Erik Anderson Memorial Icebreaker Invitational with a time of 2 minutes, 42.47 seconds. It was Martin’s first race since Oct. 15, 2021.

Martin followed up with a personal-best 2:40.42 this weekend in the 800 at a Lewis & Clark home meet.

She is double-majoring in German studies and art history.


Baseball: Forks at Coupeville, 1 p.m.; Port Angeles at Sehome, 1 p.m.

Softball: Port Angeles vs. Ellensburg, 9 a.m. and Port Angeles vs. East Valley (Yakima), 11 a.m. at Bellevue College; East Jefferson at Bremerton, 1 p.m.; Forks at Coupeville, 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.

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