Our Team will be the Ridgefield Raptors

Southwest Washington’s newest sports team was unveiled Saturday as part of Experience Ridgefield, a large community event at the Ridgefield Outdoor Recreation Complex. That’s where the Raptors will begin playing next summer as part of the West Coast League, a collegiate wood bat baseball league.

The WCL, which now has 12 teams in Oregon, Washington and British Columbia, announced in June it would expand to Ridgefield.

Last month, team officials launched a “name the team” contest on its website. General Manager Gus Farah said more than 500 ideas were submitted. Many related to two of Ridgefield’s most popular features, the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge and the high school’s unique mascot, the Spudders.

Good Work!

The Pacific FC 00 Orange Girls Soccer Team completed both an undefeated season and playoff run Sunday by winning the 2018 Washington State Presidents Cup.

The team competed in the Oregon Timbers/Thorns League and proceeded to the State tournament winning the Girls U-18 Division 1 bracket.

The team is made up predominately of high school juniors and a handful of sophomores.  Three Ridgefield residents are represented on the team: Brianna Jenkins, Faith Livsey and Jolie Gullickson.  Fred Jenkins, a Ridgefield resident is the head coach.  Great job girls.

Spring Camps

Spring break is just around the corner, and Quick Start Sports has a few two day camps this year! They will offer basketball and baseball, and all camps will be run by Coach Jason who is a high school coach at multiple schools throughout the area. This is a fantastic opportunity to spend a couple of days having fun, being active and learn from one of the best! Register today, as space is limited. Register here:

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Ladies Soccer Team Heads to State

The Lady Spuds Varsity Softball team is headed to the state tournament tomorrow morning (Thursday) around 10 am. We are working on having the vans take a loop through town past city hall. It would be SO GREAT if we could have a Ridgefield Spudder Send Off!!!

Let’s make sure our ladies know we’re behind them – wouldn’t it be wonderful if we lined the streets of Ridgefield and cheered them on.

This is an exciting time for the ladies as softball has not made it to state in several years

#GOLADYSPUDS

#SeeYaInSelah!!

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Studball Tournament

This year’s studball competition is titled the SW WA Studball Tournament and has increased from four teams last year to seven teams this year. The teams present will be Woodland, Skyview, Columbia River, Kalama, Hockinson, La Center, and Ridgefield.

The event is taking place this Thursday at Ridgefield High School at 6:00pm, but people can start showing up around 5:30pm.

Like last year, this is a charity event, in which all of the proceeds will go to the charity chosen by the winning team. The team Ridgefield is playing for is our local Compassion 360 foundation.

There will be an admission price, but people are encouraged to donate additional money if they are inclined to do so.

Boosters will be present, meaning concessions will be open if people want to purchase any food or beverages for the game.

GO SPUDS!

Support our Spudder

Every week the Columbian runs a poll where readers can vote for one of six athletes to be Prep Athlete of the Week. This week Bella Gama, a Ridgefield volley ball player, is one of the nominees. Let’s show out team spirit by voting for Bella. Go to 360preps.com or www.columbian.com/polls and cast your vote before 8pm on Thursday.

We’re a small town, but we have spirit!

The Champs!

l to r: Faith Livsey, Ashtyn Gates, Haley Dewitz, Bir Jenkins, Jolie Gullichson

l to r: Faith Livsey, Ashtyn Gates, Haley Dewitz, Bri Jenkins, Jolie Gullickson

This past weekend the Girls Pacific FC G00 Orange team came home champions after they
won the U-17 bracket of The Bend Premier Cup Soccer tournament.

Five girls from this team are Ridgefield residents, play on the Ridgefield High School Girls Team and will be sophomores this fall.  The girls head coach is Ridgefield resident Fred Jenkins.  Great Job Girls!

QuickStart Sports Offers Summer Camps in Ridgefield

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QuickStart Sports has teamed up with Ridgefield Community Education to offer two different K-5th grade summer camps.  This year, we will host a flag football camp June 27t h– June 30th and a baseball camp August 15th-18th.  QuickStart Sports camps are about teaching our communities youth skills and fundamentals of the particular sport, all while incorporating our core values into the curriculum based programs.  Our goal and purpose is to mentor kids through the joy of sports!

QuickStart Sports also has a few toddler aged programs that are going to start in the next few weeks.  Our toddler programs are one-hour weekly sessions that are focused on teaching 3-6 year olds the basic skills and fundamentals of the particular sport being focused on.  This summer we will hold a weekly toddler soccer program at Fairgrounds Park on Mondays starting June 13th at 5:30 and another soccer program at Holly Park on Saturdays at 9:00 starting June 18th.  Additionally, we will hold a basketball class at Holly Park on Saturdays from 10:30 – 11:30.

For links and on how to register for the summer camps, or to register directly for the toddler programs, please visit: www.QuickStartSportsLLC.com.  Please also like my Facebook page at Facebook.com/QuickStartSportsLLC and share this information with any friends or family who may also be interested.

Opening Day in Ridgefield

Saturday was Ridgefield’s Little League Opening Day at Abrams Park. There were hundreds of excited kids and parents that participated in the event. The City Manager threw out the first pitch and there was a Hit-A-Thon fund raising event in addition to food and fun for all.

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Thanks to Dave Holcomb for providing the photos.

Conceptual Plan for Proposed Outdoor Rec Center

Conceptual plan for outdoor rec center

Here’s a first look at a conceptual plan for a new Outdoor Recreation Center and School Complex that was presented at a recent Capital Facilities Advisory Committee (CFAC) meeting. To learn more and provide input, come to the CFAC Community Forum this Thursday, March 17th 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm in the Ridgefield High School Commons.

QuickStart Sports 10 Week Toddler Basketball Program

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QuickStart Sports will host an introductory basketball program for toddlers ages 3-6 years old. This class is an opportunity for your son or daughter to get a jump start on learning the basic skills, fundamentals, rules, positions, and more of basketball. QuickStart Sports has a mission, goal and focus of mentoring and impacting kids in a positive way by relating to them through the joy of sports. In addition to the sports training, we also incorporate our 8 core values which will be discussed and emphasized during each week of our program.

The program will be held at Ridgefield Church of the Nazarene, 747 Pioneer St. in Ridgefield. Classes begin Thursday, March 24th, and will run for 10 consecutive Thursdays from 9:30-10:30. Cost is just $99.99 + tax and includes an official QuickStart Sports basketball and t-shirt for the participant to keep.

If interested, please register as soon as possible to ensure that we have enough to run the program. To do so, click here.

Zumba Classes at Community Ed

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Mariana Love will teach Zumba® classes at the high school auxiliary gym from 6-7pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays from February 25 through March 31.

The Zumba® program fuses hypnotic Latin rhythms and easy-to-follow moves to create a one-of-a-kind fitness program that will blow you away. It is for everyone!! All exercisers from beginner to advanced will enjoy the benefits of a Zumba® class. Every class feels like a party! Marianna is eager to share her love for Latin music and dance. Come join us and you’ll see what I mean. You don’t even have to know how to dance. Just move your body. It’s easy! It’s fun!! FREE Kick-off Class: Tues, Feb 23rd, 6-7pm at the Ridgefield High School Auxiliary Gym. It’s a great opportunity to give Zumba® a try!

Cost is $50 for 11 classes, or $7 drop in fee.

A note from the instructor: Hello, I am Marianna Love and I recently moved back to Ridgefield after living in Central America for 13 years. I have been sharing Zumba® for 5 years (in 5 different countries) and I absolutely love it!! I look forward to sharing my passion for the Latin culture. I believe a big part of my life journey is to inspire others to be the best version of themselves. Please join me!

Questions, or to register: Call Terri at Ridgefield Community Ed, 619-1303

Register Kids for Little League

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Ridgefield Little League is now taking registrations for the 2016 season. There are spaces for youth ages 5 through 14, starting with T-ball, through Pee Wees, Minors, Majors, Intermediates, and Juniors. Home games are played at Abrams Park.

Register at www.RidgefieldLittleLeague.com. Questions? rllwashington@gmail.com.

Coaches are needed for all ages.

QuickStart Sports Toddler Basketball Program

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QuickStart Sports will host an introductory basketball program for toddlers, ages 3-6 years.  This class is an opportunity for your son or daughter to get a jump start on learning the basic skills, fundamentals, rules, positions, and more of basketball.  Additionally, we will incorporate our 8 core values which will be discussed and emphasized during our program.

The program will be held at Ridgefield Church of the Nazarene located at 747 Pioneer St. Classes begin Thursday January 21st and will run for 8 consecutive Thursdays from 9:30-10:30.  Cost is just $80.00 + tax and includes an official QuickStart Sports basketball and t-shirt for the participant to keep.

If interested, please register as soon as possible to ensure that we have enough to run the program.  To do so, please go to www.QuickStartSportsLLC.com.  Then go to the “registration and payments tab”, fill out the registration form, and select “Ridgefield Toddler Basketball Class” from the payment drop down menu.