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South Medford student to put on concussion seminar

South Medford senior Garrett Watson will present a seminar on concussions at 7 p.m. Friday at the Smullin Health Education Center, 2825 E. Barnett Road.

Watson, a senior at South Medford High, is doing the presentation as part of his senior project.

He'll speak about the dangers of overlooking signs of concussions and the long-term effects such injuries. The seminar will include discussion of Second Impact Syndrome, Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy and subdural hematomas. He'll also demonstrate how a football helmet should feel and illustrate what happens if they don't fit properly.

Watson was a defensive lineman and fullback for South Medford. He said he's had three documented concussions and five others that he kept quiet about.

The project targets parents of children in the sixth grade and higher. Watson stressed it is not intended to dissuade participation in contact sports.

The cost is $1 at the door.

Mount Ashland's annual "Ski & Snowboard Against Hunger" day is April 7.

Skiers and snowboarders who bring five cans of food gain access to the mountain for a full day.

All food donated goes to the ACCESS Food Share Pantry Network.

To receive a free lift ticket, take food to the ACCESS service truck in the parking lot near the lodge. Foods rich in protein are needed, including peanut butter, canned tuna, canned meat, canned vegetables, fruits and beans. Donations of non-perishables such as rice, pasta, cold and hot cereals, soup, chili, stew, macaroni and cheese, flour and oats are also welcome.

Lift tickets are good from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Daniel Ibarra of McLoughlin placed second and Justin Faas of Hedrick placed third in the middle school wrestling state championships Saturday at Woodburn High.

Heavyweight Ibarra, an eighth-grader, had a bye and two victories leading the final, where lost to Osiris Tapia of Nyssa.

Faas, an eighth-grader competing at 140 pounds, avenged his only loss of the tournament in the consolation finals.

Others competing for McLoughlin were seventh-graders Cole Schumack, Samuel Rohrs and Christian Roberts.