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THE WALSH COUNTY PRESS WEDNESDAY, MAY 6, 2018 Page 9 ' By Kevin Skavhaug Hooked on Fishing If you venture out to the Homme Dam today you will notice it's a bit busier than usual. It's the annual "Hooked on Fishing, Not Drugs" fotirth grade fishing extravaganza. All the 4th graders and a guardian took the day offto go fishing. It's part of the Park River School's anti- drug campaign and although that message is talked about, what the day is also about is a chance for a child and an adult to spend a little time together doing one of mankind's oldest activities; fishing. Former elementary Prin- cipal Richard Holland began the program back in the earl 3 1990s and it's been a part of each*fourth graders experience ever since. There were a couple years wher6 the event had to be short- ened or in one case even canceled due to bad weath- er but a substitute activity was tossed in at the last moment to cover that. This year the weather should be great. While catching fish is a big part of the day, it does- n't make or break it. There have been years when the fishing was slow but usual- ly there are quite a few fish caught. Unofficially, the largest fish caught in the 25 plus years was the 15 pound Northern that Jenna Markusen hauled in. Perch, Bullheads, or Suckers have been the primary hook eaters hauled in. I don't recall more than one or two Wall- eye being reported. But the premise is to take up an activity in your life that can substitute for using chemicals. There is an in- teresting commercial on TV right now that says 1 in 7 people become addicted to alcohol or drugs and none of them, at age 10, probably set out to do that. So, can fishing help? In a way it can but the message is to tell the kids that there are dangerous roads ahead, and they need to be careful. So, Hooked on Fishing Day, what a great idea. I'm thinking there should be a few more built in to the school year. Maybe one in the winter, now that would be a blast. Contact The Press: (7oz) 84-6555 wcpress @po[arcomm,com I By Kevin Skavhaug of The Press PARK RIVER, N.D. -- The marquee match up in state baseball played out Tuesday in Park River as the Aggies hosted Thompson in a game of the state's top two baseball teams. PRFL would win the first game 6-2 and Thompson would hang on in game two for a 7-6 win. Moving forward, the Aggies hit the ball hard against the Spoilers winning game one 17-0. The big hit of the game came in the fourth in- ning when Adam Zavalney cracked a grand slam home run. Zavalney had five RBIs on the day. Nick Thompson went the dis- tance on the mound for the Aggies. In game two Grafton doubled up the Aggies 10-5, but the game was not a region standings game. With the earlier win the Aggies won their second straight region baseball title and will host the regional tour- nament beginning next Monday. Top Right: Aggies Will Gaarder gets caught in a rundown between third and home. The Tommiss third base- catcher who made the tag. Bottom ) Jackson Nelson tums dout p ay as Slx, t.a l alot oldrt sltir second. Bottom Right: Park Riv- er/Fordvile-Lankin, gies third base- man Wll M nuson makes a running catch of a foul ball against the fence aganst Grain. The/ g s downed the Spoilers 17-0 in Grafton. Photos: Larry Bid Photos: Larry Bid .Lelt: Spoilers shortstop Taylor Stegman tags out lhe Tommie runr r stealing second. Back- ing the play is Taylor's sister Kasey Stegman. Right: Grafton Spoilers senior pitcher Brandi Niemann pitd well except for one inning where she gave up five rum in the Spoil- er 8-4 loss to the Thompson Tommies Saturday in Grafton.