Prep notes: Hockinson driven to raise funds

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Hockinson High School and Ford are teaming up for a fundraiser Wednesday.

In a “Drive One 4UR school event,” seven Ford vehicles will be at the school from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. for test drives. For each test drive, Ford will donate $20 to the Hockinson athletics and activities budget.

Ford will donate $500 for each vehicle that is purchased.

Drivers must be 18.

“This event is very generous of Ford Motors,” said Beth Tugaw, Hockinson’s athletic director. “They are giving back to the community.”

In other Hockinson news, Friday’s home football game against Lakeside of Seattle has been moved to 6 p.m.

Chieftain commits

Grace Boyer-Quick of Columbia River volleyball said she intends to sign with Seattle University during the early signing period in November.

Coaches and athletic directors are encouraged to contact The Columbian when athletes make their decisions regarding college. E-mail us at sports@columbian.com.

Timberwolves hire baseball coach

Heritage baseball has new leading man.

Mitch Ratigan, who was an assistant baseball coach in Chandler, Ariz., last spring, has moved to Vancouver to take a teaching job and the head coaching position at Heritage.

“He’s great with kids,” said Leta Meyer, Heritage’s athletic director.

Ratigan takes over for Paul White who resigned due to a scheduling conflict. White is a teacher at another school that changed its release time, and he told Meyer it would have been unfair to the Heritage athletes to have to wait for him to get to practice every day.

“That was a hard thing, because Paul was doing a great job,” Meyer said.

Still, the schedule issue is no longer now that the new coach is a teacher in the building at Heritage.

“He’s a baseball guy,” Meyer said of Ratigan. “I’m very excited about the season.”