Smokey Bear 10K and Fun Run will celebrate 25th year Sept. 22 at Bass Lake
Plans are underway for the 25th Annual Smokey Bear 10K and Fun Run to be held Saturday, Sept. 22 at Bass Lake.
Organizers are expecting more than 600 participants for this year's milestone event.
Eva Busto, event committee co-chairperson, said the event is designed for all levels of participants. There are a total of 76 age divisions in the Kids Run, Two Mile Walk, Two Mile Run and 10K.
The Smokey Bear 10K is one of 10 Central California races that earn points for participants for the Valley Runner of the Year.
Proceeds from the event will go to community groups and projects including Cal Fire, US For4est Service fire prevention programs, Madera County Search & Rescue, Madera County Sheriff's Explorer's post 104 and the Yosemite High School Cross Country team. Last year the event raised close to $10,000.
Sponsors include Sierra Telephone and Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino.
Details: smokeybearrun.com, Eva Busto, (559) 683-4611
Two basketball players attend camp in Oregon
Minarets High School varsity basketball players Bo Campbell and Albert Ellis attended a basketball camp at Oregon State University in Corvallis Aug. 1-4 under the direction of head coach Craig Robinson, older brother of First Lady Michelle Obama.
The camp focused on individual skill development.
Former Minarets basketball coach Beau Campbell, Bo's father, played at Oregon State in 1978 and 1979.
Robinson played at Princeton in the early 80s and coached at Brown University before coming to Oregon State. His team was 21-15 overall last year, 7-11 in the PAC 12.
There are plans by his coaching staff to travel to the Central Valley this upcoming season in search of new California high school recruits. Northern California and the Central Valley has historically produced some of the PAC 12's top players.
Oregon State will be hard pressed to replace last year's NBA first round draft selection Jarred Cunningham who went to the Dallas Mavericks.