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Editorial: Roses & thorns

ROSE

Bulldogs in the hunt

Sutherlin High School’s girls basketball team is the last Douglas County prep team still playing.

The top-ranked Bulldogs have a chance to not only win a state championship, but also finish the season undefeated.

Sutherlin ran its record to 25-0 by beating Brookings, 62-41, on Wednesday in the quarterfinals of the Class 4A state tournament in Corvallis.

Sutherlin led by 32 points after three quarters.

The Bulldogs were set to play Seaside this afternoon in the semifinals. It promised to be a tough game. Seaside won its league championship and entered the game 23-2.

Another Douglas County high school basketball team distinguished itself.

Oakland High’s boys basketball team finished second Saturday in the Class 2A tournament in Pendleton.

The Oakers ran into a tough squad from Irrigon, which lost to Oakland last year in the state championship final. This time, Irrigon won 42-21. Oakland players graciously tipped their cap to the Knights, praising Irrigon’s tenacious defense.

THORN

Fifteen and foolish

One local teenager provided an excellent example last week for parents to say, “See what can happen when you do stupid things!”

A 15-year-old Myrtle Creek boy was taken to the Juvenile Detention Center and arrested on suspicion of eight charges after leading police on a 47-mile car chase in southern Douglas County.

He’s lucky he didn’t wreck and kill one or more of the three girls who were passengers in the pickup that he was driving.

The teen reached speeds of up to 80 mph on back country roads after fleeing from police in Myrtle Creek.

Only the spike strips deployed by police on Tiller Trail stopped the pickup — but not the boy. He ran away, leaving the three girls he may have been trying to impress to be taken into custody and cited for curfew violations.

Fortunately, police found him several hours later and took him into custody.

Let’s hope this was an isolated incident and the boy learned his lesson. We’re thankful no one was injured.

ROSE

Water wait over

Cowabunga!

That’s our response to the news that after three parched years, the Umpqua Community College swimming pool will be open for crawls and butterfly strokes. Crews this week were digging and welding to ready the pool for swimmers by the end of April. Classes are set to begin in May.

The 40-something pool was greatly missed during its dry spell. Concern for public safety caused UCC to drain the pool in 2011. The liner had separated from the structure, creating a potential for sharp edges that could gash the unwary.

Though the college initially considered a replacement with dandy accessories, the $1.7 million price tag put a damper on the project. Instead, trustees last year opted to spend about $500,000 on repairs. As it turns out, the job came in under budget at $385,000.

Community swims will have to be scheduled around classes, of course, but that still provides a diving-off point for summer family fun.

Anybody up for a game of Marco Polo?


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