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Prep sports alternatives abound next weekend

Sierra Scoop
By: Todd Mordhorst Journal Sports Editor
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In the middle of an intriguing prep football season, there are several events next weekend for those of us who may not lace them up on Friday nights anymore, but still have some competitive juices flowing. The popular Miss October softball tournament will celebrate its 20th year in Auburn. Held at Beggs Field Oct 10-12, the women’s softball tournament features plenty of home runs and some of the best teams in the region competing for the coveted trophy. On the other side of Auburn, ARD’s Regional Gym will host the inaugural Gold Country Open Table Tennis Tournament. On Saturday, some of Northern California’s top players will be in Auburn for the USATT tournament. Sunday, the recreational tournament will be held. The Auburn Table Tennis Club has worked relentlessly to make the Gold Country Open a reality and the organizers have attracted some of the top talent in the area. Registration is closed for the tournament, but get out the paddles this week and tune up in your garage, then head out to Regional Gym to see how you stack up. You will be amazed at the talent level. Regional Park is always teeming with disc golfers and next weekend will be no different. But the level of play will be at an all-time high as Auburn’s course hosts one round of the NorCal Series Championship. The top Northern California professional disc golfers will tee off at 9 a.m. Oct. 11. They will play Auburn and Orangevale’s courses on Saturday before the final 27-hole championship round in Rocklin on Sunday. The top NorCal amateurs will play their second of three rounds in Auburn on Saturday afternoon. For more information and the complete schedule of NorCal championship events, visit www.norcalseries.com. ... How important is football in the foothills? When the Placer Junior Hillmen found out late last week that rain — and the ensuing damage to the Le Febvre Stadium field by dozens of cleated football players — might wipe out Saturday’s games, they took matters into their own hands. Jr. Hillmen president Todd Peek and a group of parents and volunteers covered the Le Febvre Stadium turf with a giant roll of plastic Friday to protect the pitch from Auburn’s first rain in seven months. Saturday’s rains kept the little guys off the field, but the efforts of the Jr. Hillmen organizers were not in vain. The games against Natomas have been rescheduled for today. If the dry weather holds, the Mighty Mites will take the field at 9 a.m. with games continuing all day, concluding with the Midgets’ game at 5 p.m.