Elma boys basketball team honors its players

The Elma High School boys basketball team held its awards banquet recently at the Elma Commons, naming Trace Thompson and Avery Brown as co-Outstanding Offensive Players of the Year.

Brown, an Evergreen 1A all-league first team pick, and Thompson, an all-league second team pick, shared the honor, while Cody Volan, an all-league all-academic player, named Defensive Player of the Year.

Here is the full listing of the awards:

Offensive Players of the Year — Avery Brown and Trace Thompson. Defensive Player of the Year — Cody Vollan. Inspirational — Levi Spalding. Coaches — Sohtye Tep. Captains — AJ Brown and Trace Thompson.

Umpire field clinic set for Sunday

The Grays Harbor Baseball Umpires Association will host a field clinic at the Bishop Building at Pioneer Park at 10 a.m. Sunday.

All association members, plus anyone else, who are interested in umpiring high school baseball should attend.

For more information, contact Bill McClelland at 249-5497.

Fish &Wildlife sets razor clam dig starting Tuesday

OLYMPIA – Twin Harbors beach will be open Tuesday for a week of razor clam digging, during which Copalis and Mocrocks beaches will each be open for two of those days.

The Washington Department of Fish &Wildlife approved the opening on three ocean beaches after marine toxin tests confirmed the clams on those beaches are safe to eat.

Twin Harbors is among the beaches open for this dig although it wasn’t previously on the schedule, said Dan Ayres, Fish &Wildlife’s coastal shellfish manager. The department also added extra days for digging at Twin Harbors.

“Toxin levels at Twin Harbors are consistently meeting state public health standards, allowing us to add the beach to this dig,” Ayres said. “We’ll likely announce additional tentative dates for Twin Harbors in the near future.”

Unfortunately, Ayres noted, toxin levels increased again at Long Beach, which will remain closed for this dig.

Kalaloch beach also will be closed during this dig. The department was unable to collect enough clams for a toxin sample and has canceled the dig at Kalaloch. Fish &Wildlife plans to conduct an abundance survey at the next opportunity to determine whether there are sufficient clams at Kalaloch to proceed with digs tentatively scheduled later this month and in April, Ayres said.

“We’re not sure what’s happening with clams at Kalaloch,” Ayres said. “There were plenty of clams on the beach when we surveyed before the season began. However, we’ve seen a decline in clam numbers since then.”

The upcoming dig is approved on the following beaches, dates and evening low tides:

• Tuesday, 2:33 p.m.; 0.5 feet; Twin Harbors

• Wednesday, 3:35 p.m.; 0.1 feet; Twin Harbors

• Thursday, 4:28 p.m.; -0.1 feet; Mocrocks, Twin Harbors

• Friday, 5:13 p.m.; -0.3 feet; Copalis, Twin Harbors

• March 11, Saturday, 5:54 p.m.; -0.3 feet; Mocrocks, Twin Harbors

• March 12, Sunday, 7:31 p.m.; -0.1 feet; Copalis, Twin Harbors

• March 13, Monday, 8:06 p.m.; 0.3 feet; Twin Harbors

State shellfish managers recommend that diggers hit the beach an hour or two before low tide. Digging is not allowed on any beach before noon.

Razor clam diggers should be aware that Mocrocks and Copalis won’t be open on the same days, Ayres said. Shellfish managers have been alternating open dates between the two beaches to maximize the number of days available this season.

Fish &Wildlife has added new maps of Mocrocks and Copalis to help diggers distinguish between the two beaches. Those maps can be found on Fish &Wildlife’s razor clam webpage at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/current.html. Copalis beach includes Ocean Shores, Oyhut, Ocean City and Copalis areas while Mocrocks includes Iron Springs, Roosevelt Beach, Seabrook, Pacific Beach and Moclips.

Daily World staff reports