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Web site protests redistricting

With less than one month remaining before State Superintendent of Public Instruction Susan Castillo is expected to rule on the Eugene School District's appeal of the new six-classification system in high school sports, a Web site has been set up for people to sign a letter in support of the district's appeal.

South Eugene parent Steve Barnes drafted a letter that lists reasons why Castillo should not accept the new classification system that was approved by the Oregon School Activities Association's executive board last year. The plan, which puts South Eugene and Sheldon into a new 6A league with North Medford, South Medford, Roseburg and Grants Pass, is scheduled to begin in the fall.

The ESD appeal asks Castillo to grant its request that South Eugene and Sheldon remain in the same league with Thurston, Springfield, Willamette, Churchill and North Eugene. Specific concerns can be found on the Web site. Guests on the site are invited to sign a letter stating their opposition to the plan, and it will be submitted to the hearings officer later this week.

The hearings officer is scheduled to review the OSAA decision on March 6, then forward a decision to Castillo, who will make a final ruling.

Millers win cheerleading title

Springfield captured the state championship in coed cheerleading Saturday at Memorial Coliseum in Portland.

More than 900 participants representing 68 schools competed in the event.

The Millers are coached by Janet Fryback and her two daughters, Jenny and Jamie.

Team members are Kayla Anderson, Grace Brown, Kasondra Cowger, Terra Cummings, Mckenzie Edwards, Alicia Jackson, Kaelyn Lamb, Dimitri Martinez, Stephanie Oakes, Melanie Potter, Roosevelt Roby, Erinn Swartout, Lydia Torrescano, Kaylee Tryon, Carly Tuttle and Audrey Vejraska.

Thurston finished second in the coed division, while Churchill was third in the 4A small category.

Newport and Pleasant Hill placed 1-2 in the 3A large division, and South Umpqua took first and Marist fourth in the 3A small competition.

Yoncalla/North Douglas placed second in the 2A/1A division.

Yoncalla AD earns Idaho honor

Yoncalla athletic director Cheryl Simons will be inducted into the Idaho Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday during halftime of the 5A girls basketball state championship game at the Idaho Center in Nampa.

Simons was a starting wing on the 1979 Grangeville team that won the 2A state title.

The entire squad will be honored as `legends of the game.' Grangeville, a perennial power in Idaho girls basketball, finished 23-1 during Simons' senior season.

Simons has worked as a teacher, coach and administrator at Yoncalla for 19 years.

Western Oregon signs Walker

Elmira senior running back Johnny Walker has signed a letter of intent to play football at Western Oregon University.

Walker earned Sky-Em League offensive player of the year honors when he rushed for 2,020 yards and 24 touchdowns last season.
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Title Annotation:Sports; NEWS & NOTES
Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Feb 15, 2006
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