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Community Sports: Dan Riley earns Babe Ruth baseball honor

Vancouver Seahawks die-hard chosen NFL Fan of the Year

By Columbian staff, news services
Published: February 13, 2023, 9:51pm
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Dan Riley of Ridgefield was recently elected to the Pacific Northwest Babe Ruth Roll of Honor. (David J.
Dan Riley of Ridgefield was recently elected to the Pacific Northwest Babe Ruth Roll of Honor. (David J. Phillip/Associated Press) Photo Gallery

With all that Ridgefield’s Dan Riley has done for youth baseball in the area, it’s no wonder he was an easy choice to be honored.

Riley, who has been involved in youth baseball since 1980, was elected to the Pacific Northwest Babe Ruth Roll of Honor last month.

The Roll of Honor recognizes individuals, associations or groups that have made an outstanding contribution to the Babe Ruth program in the Pacific Northwest region that includes Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, and Canadian provinces of British Columbia and Alberta.

Potential honorees are nominated by Babe Ruth Leagues or those involved in the program.

In addition to coaching Little League teams, Riley has coached three 13-15 age group Babe Ruth leagues in Camas-Washougal, Mid-County and Hazel Dell Metro and two Senior Babe Ruth teams — Ryder Construction and Vancouver Storm.

He was vice president and then president of the Mid-County Babe Ruth League from 1993-95 and since 2000, Riley is still the Southwest Washington Senior Babe Ruth League president.

Riley was elected South Washington State Commissioner in 2013, and appointed North Washington Babe Ruth State Commissioner in 2021.

In 2004, he was elected to the South Washington Babe Ruth Hall of Fame. Other honors include the Larry Linville Special Services Award (2013) by the Washington State Baseball Coaches Association, and Northwest Baseball Coaches Merit Award (2014).

Past Clark County residents elected to the Roll of Honor include Jack Laub of Hazel Dell Metro in 2016, and Sam and Sue Ryder of Ryder Construction Senior Babe Ruth in 2017.

Vancouver’s Bevans named NFL’s Fan of Year

The Seattle Seahawks’ 2022 Fan of the Year — Vancouver’s Larry Bevans — was named as the NFL Fan of the Year at the NFL Honors awards show on Thursday at Phoenix.

According to the team’s website, Bevans has been a season-ticket holder since 2009 and is the head of the Southwest Washington Seattle SeaHawkers Booster Club.

Along with being a rabid fan, the team said Bevans earned the honor for charitable activities that include working with Bridge the Gap, an organization that helps foster children by “providing resources to enhance the stability, growth and success of children in foster and adoptive care,” and Open House Ministries, an organization that helps homeless families “by equipping them with tools necessary for resolving issues that lead to poverty and homelessness.”

Flyfishing school to be held in April

Clark Skamania Flyfishers is running an “Introduction to Fly Fishing School” on April 22.

It will be an all-day event and will include instruction on the mechanics of fly casting, hands-on casting lessons, entomology, knot tying lessons, safety, and other topics necessary to become a competent fly fisher.

The cost is $45 per person and will include lunch and refreshments.

Full details and registration information is available at https://clark-skamania-flyfishers.betterworld.org/events/csf-introduction-flyfishing.