The Grays Harbor County Commissioners have ended their contract with Great Northwest Promotions for events at the Grays Harbor Raceway.
In a special meeting on Tuesday, the Commissioners said that the agency has a series of unpaid bills to the county, and that prompted the vote to separate.
According to the County, Great Northwest is behind in their payments going back to 2010, totaling over $7000, not only for the facility, but for the Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Office security at the raceway.
A breach of contract was cited, saying that , Great Northwest did not provide ticket sale information for World of Outlaws and ACS events, and did not pay the $1 per ticket fee that they agreed to.
Commissioner Cormier said that the decision has been a long time coming.
The contract termination is effective immediately. A letter has been sent to the company to discuss the change and have keys to the facility returned.
A delay in construction at Jack Rottle Field in Montesano will push the opening of the stadium back and keep it from opening for home games for the fall athletic teams which includes the defending state champion football team.
Montesano Superintendent Dan Winter says that the concrete risers that were made in Poulsbo and shipped to Montesano had bows in them. Winter says there were issues putting the risers into their steel brackets because they were not square as well as having other issues.
The risers were deemed not sufficient for use and will have to be remade. The stadium is now set to be finished sometime over the winter and Superintendent Winter says that is the most disappointing thing for the seniors because they will not be able to play on their home field.
Winter says the stadium should be done in time for spring sports.
This Saturday, Aberdeen resident Jeff Hatton will take a 7-3 professional MMA record to the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma to meet Spokane’s Josh Rettinghouse (8-2) in the semi-main event of CageSport XXVI. Both fighters are coming off of recent setbacks to their MMA careers.
Training with Bad Company MMA in Aberdeen, Hatton started his professional MMA career with a 6-0 record before being given the opportunity to fight for the vacant CageSport bantamweight title in April of 2012 against, Brandon Hempleman. Hatton lost the fight via first round TKO. Hatton would go on to have three more fights around the world in 2012, including a fight in Chile, but only came away with one victory.
Rettinghouse recently lost in a CageSport title fight against current bantamweight champion, Cory Vombaur.
Out of the combined 15 victories between the two fighters, 12 have come via submission. 10 of those 12 submission victories have all come in the first round.
Tickets for Halquist Productions’ CageSport XXVI, set for Saturday, August 24th are still available and can be purchased at the Emerald Queen Casino showroom and online through Ticketmaster. Prices start at $35.
The 2013 Grayland Open Amateur Freeride Nationals is set for August 10th and 11th in Grayland.
Organizers say that this is the top, and the only, jet ski surf competition in Washington. Event promoter, Dan Lindgren is expecting over 40 riders to be in Grayland competing for custom trophies and other prizes provided by sponsors.
The event runs from 11 am to 5 pm on Saturday the 10th and continues at 11 am on Sunday the 11th with the finals.
This event is free to the public.
Two Aberdeen Firefighters will be travelling to Ireland to compete in the World Police and Fire Games in August.
Aberdeen Firefighters Bill Mayne and Adam Catterlin will be traveling to Belfast, Ireland to compete in the games that take place every two years. The competition is expecting about 10 thousand competitors. This will be Catterlin’s first time competing and Mayne’s ninth time going to the games and Mayne has medaled in competitive pistol shooting events multiple years.
Catterlin will be competing in wrestling and Mayne will be in both individual and team pistol competitions.
If you would like more information on the World Police and Fire Games go to www.2013wpfg.com.
The Pacific Football League announced that the Grays Harbor Bearcats deserved extra recognition after this season.
In a release, the league said that this year’s commissioner’s recognition was difficult to make.
Joe Disney, Commissioner of the PFL, announced that the Bearcats were awarded the Sportsmanship Award for this season.
The Coach of the Year award was presented to Merrill Davis of the Seattle Stallions.
Recently, 6 Bearcats players were also chosen as 2013 All League selections
#7 Joe Winther – 2nd Team
#83 Chris Jackson – 1st Team
#76 Shane Dayton – 1st Team
#50 Don Orton – 1st Team
#9 Chris Cook – 1st Team
#44 Joel Brown – 1st Team
The Bearcats finished their season on Saturday with a loss to the Portland Monarchs.
They finished the season with a 5-6 record.
Montesano Little League All-Stars claimed the 9/10 District title in Montesano Friday night getting by Larch Mountain 6-5. They will move on to the State Tournament in Oak Harbor next weekend. The Montesano 10/11 All- Stars will play for the District Championship at noon today (Saturday) against Chehalis at Stan Hedwall Park in Chehalis. Aberdeen will play host to the 10/11 District tournament starting this evening (Saturday) at Failor Field in Pioneer Park. Centralia will play Chehalis at 5pm, Elma vs. Aberdeen at 7pm.
Montesano could be seeing new grand stands at their football field soon. The school district has released that the low bid was awarded to Rognlin’s Inc.
Montesano Superintendent Dan Winter says that construction on the stadium will start either Wednesday afternoon or first thing Thursday Morning. Winter says they will have to play most of there home games at other fields this upcoming season but they are hoping to have the stadium done in time for at least one home game. He says that it is a tight schedule but he believes Rognlin’s is capable of making it happen.
Montesano Mayor Ken Estes also confirmed that the building permit for the stadium was issued to the school district.
The grandstands that previously were at Jack Rottle Field burned down last year forcing the Montesano football game to play most of their games away from home. The team went on to win the Washington State 1A state championship.
Montesano could be seeing new grand stands at their football field soon. The school district has released that the low bid was awarded to Rognlin’s Inc. and said that they are looking forward to working with Rognlin’s during the construction.
The district will also be keeping the community informed on the construction process. Montesano Mayor Ken Estes also confirmed that the building permit for the stadium was issued to the school district from the city.
The grandstands that previously were at Jack Rottle Field burned down last year forcing the Montesano football team to play most of their games away from home. The team went on to win the Washington State 1A state championship.
Four student-athletes who excel in track and field have signed National Letters of Intent to attend and compete for Washington State University starting in the fall of 2013, Cougar Head Coach Rick Sloan announced Monday.
This includes Cole Smith, a high jumper from Hoquiam.
Smith is a senior at Hoquiam where he has earned nine varsity letters and earned numerous all-academic awards. Smith was an All-Evergreen League selection at tight end as the Grizzlies were 2012 undefeated league champions. He also earned all-league honors in basketball where he was second team as a junior and first team as a senior. During track season Smith was the state 1A high jump champion as a sophomore (6-4) and repeated with a gold medal as a junior when he jumped his PR height of 6-10. He also scored with a fifth-place javelin finish as Hoquiam won the boys’ state team title.
“Cole is someone identified early in the recruiting process for this year as a had-to-have prospect in order to continue our great tradition in men’s high jumping,” Jumps Coach Matt McGee said. “He is probably the most gifted in state high jumper since Trent Arrivey and I look forward to watching his progress this season. At nearly 6-7 tall and probably still growing as well as being long-limbed, Cole was blessed with an ideal physique for the high jumping. He was an all-league selection in football and basketball in addition to his great high jumping which is a testament to his overall athletic ability. I look forward to getting started with the Cole Smith high jump project in the fall.”
Coach Head Coach Rick Sloan commented on the newest Cougar signees saying ” Cole Smith is a high jumper who shows tremendous potential and has already jumped 6-10 as a junior. He has good size, looks like a high jumper and because of his basketball playing ability has good jumping ability and great hops. I think he will be a good addition to our jump corps and be a seven-footer for sure.”