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PHS baseball: Brooks Stearns

Philomath senior Brooks Stearns claps after hitting a triple against Stayton Thursday.

Every once in a while, coverage will overlap on my schedule and it can create a stressful situation. With a school board meeting to cover tonight, I figured I might be a few minutes late because of Philomath High's baseball game against Stayton. I hadn't covered the team yet this week, so it was important for me to get out and watch the Warriors in an important conference contest.

Naturally, the game went into extra innings. (Philomath won, 9-8, in eight). After interviewing a player and the coach, I zipped over to the school board meeting (but yes, I'll admit, I made a side trip to Human Bean on the way because I needed an injection of caffeine). I walked in about 30 minutes into the meeting just as the administrative leadership team was wrapping up their report.

I missed an important part of the meeting with a student speaking about an issue during the public comment period, but she stayed until the end and I could go ask her what she talked about. One of the school board members referred to her comments later on and it seemed to be the most newsworthy part of the evening's meeting.

Another event that went on at the same time Thursday evening in Philomath was a "Family Sock Hop" for "World Down Syndrome Day" but I just couldn't make it over there. It sounds like it could've been a great event to bring awareness to Down Syndrome and I bet there was a lot of fun going on.

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