Community sports in brief

Published Mar 18, 2013 at 05:00AM

NORDIC SKIING

Bend skiers dominate at Crescent Lake — Santi Ocariz led a top-10 sweep by Bend skiers at the 2013 Crescent Lake Challenge, a 22-kilometer freestyle nordic race held March 10 near the Crescent Lake Sno-park. Ocariz finished in a time of 51 minutes, 49 seconds, to win by a comfortable margin over runner-up Reitter Hodgett, whose time was 53:32. Marshall Greene finished third in 54:33. The first female finisher was Bend’s Mary Wellington, who placed eighth overall in 1:02:25. Another Bend skier, Alyce Pearce, was second among the women and 10th overall in 1:02:54. Fifty-three skiers finished the fourth annual Crescent Lake Challenge.

SPECIAL OLYMPICS

Local chapter seeks bocce partners — The High Desert chapter of Special Olympics Oregon (SOOR) is seeking volunteers to serve as partners with Special Olympics athletes in the sport of bocce, a ball sport that resembles lawn bowling. Volunteers will practice with their Special Olympics partners starting in mid-April on Thursdays from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at Juniper Elementary School in Bend. The teams (Special Olympians and their volunteer partners) will take part in regional competition in Eugene on June 22 and in state competition July 13-14 in Newberg. To volunteer, go to soor.org and click on “Get Involved,” then scroll down and click on “High Desert.” In the box on the right side labeled “Resources,” click on “Class A Application” and complete and submit the application. For more information, contact Angie at soor503@gmail.com.

SOFTBALL

Youth teams need coaches — Two volunteer coaches are needed for teams in the Bend Park & Recreation District’s girls fast-pitch softball program. Coaches are needed for teams in the 8-10 age group. The season runs April 1-June 3. Coaches volunteer four to five hours per week. Most games and practices are held on weekdays. Coaching experience is preferred, and a criminal background check will be conducted. Orientation meetings will be held before the season. Applications are available at the park district office, 799 S.W. Columbia St., or online at www.bendparksandrec.org. For more information, call 541-389-7275, ext. 124.

— Bulletin staff reports