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SPORTS
East Oregonian
Thursday, February 2, 2017
College Football
Oregon’s Taggart lures Florida recruits, Arizona flippers
By ANNE M. PETERSON
Associated Press
Oregon’s recruiting class
had such a Florida feel under
new coach Willie Taggart that
it had its own social media
hashtag: Floregon.
Oregon has been infused
with new energy since
Taggart was hired following
a disheartening 4-8 season.
He has been crisscrossing the
country since he was hired
away from South Florida.
It’s perhaps unsurprising
that he was able to bring
in a few recruits — seven,
actually — from
the Sunshine State.
Among them are
defensive
tackle
Jordon Scott from
Largo, running back
Darrian Felix of Fort Meyers,
athlete Bruce Judson of
Cocoa, safety Billy Gibson
of Miami, athlete Demetri
Burch of Apopka, receiver
Daewood Davis of Fort
Lauderdale and wide receiver
Darrian McNeal of Seffner.
“There are a lot of guys
down there that really,
really like Oregon, they just
haven’t been offered before,”
Taggart said in
announcing
the
class Wednesday.
Taggart was also
able to lure a group
of players who had
originally settled on Arizona,
including four-star quarter-
back Braxton Burmeister
and outside linebacker Cody
Shear of Eugene.
Other things to know:
Top 25 Class: Yes.
Best in class: Braxton
Burmeister, QB, La Jolla,
California. Although Oregon
has a young quarterback in
Justin Herbert, who will be
a sophomore next season,
the Ducks demonstrated the
need for developing talent
at the position after bringing
in graduate transfers for the
past two seasons. Burmeister
threw for 4,461 yards and 53
touchdowns while rushing
for 1,470 yards with 27
touchdowns his senior year at
La Jolla Country Day.
Best of the rest: College
of San Mateo transfer George
Moore, considered the top
JC offensive lineman in the
country. Among the team’s
four-star recruits were corner-
backs Thomas Graham and
Jaylon Redd, and linebacker
Isaac Slade-Matautia from
Honolulu.
Late addition: Four-star
athlete Deommodore Lenoir
of Los Angeles waited until the
afternoon to announce he had
signed with Oregon, posting
images of himself wearing
Oregon uniforms on Twitter.
Shear, who committed to
Arizona, changed his mind
on Wednesday morning
after Taggart offered him
a scholarship at 7:30 a.m.
He announced that he had
switched to the Ducks at
a signing day gathering at
Sheldon High School.
One that got away: Sacra-
mento’s Josh Falo, considered
one of the top tight ends in
the country, chose USC over
Oregon on Tuesday night.
How they’ll fit in:
Oregon’s biggest needs are
on defense, and the Ducks
looked like they addressed
that side of the ball. Scott has
already enrolled at Oregon, as
has defensive tackle Rutger
Reitmaier from Nashville,
Tennessee. Two more defen-
sive tackles from California,
Popo Aumavae and Austin
Faoliu, signed Wednesday.
Beavers focus on receivers, DBs MOUNTAINEERS:
By ANNE M. PETERSON
Asscoiated Press
A four-star junior college
defensive tackle expected to
contribute right away is among
the highlights of coach Gary
Andersen’s third recruiting
class at Oregon State.
Craig Evans, a 6-foot-3,
305-pound four-star prospect
out of Arizona Western
College also had offers from
Arkansas, Colorado, Ole Miss
and Kentucky but selected the
Beavers back in December.
He posted a video on Twitter
that
proclaimed
“Beaver
Nation! Stand up!”
Evans was recruited by
Andersen when he was coach of
Wisconsin, but academic issues
got in the way. Andersen stayed
in touch when Evans went to
Michigan State and then to
junior college.
“I think he won’t miss a
beat with the kids we have in
the program,” Oregon State
defensive line coach Chad
Kauha’aha’a
said.
T h e
Beavers
finished 4-8
last season, including a 34-24
victory over Oregon in the
final regular-season game that
snapped an eight-game losing
streak in the Civil War.
Other things to know:
Top 25 Class: No.
Best in class: WR Isaiah
Hodgins from Walnut Creek,
California. Hodgins, who
selected the Beavers over
Oregon and Nebraska, is already
enrolled. Hodgins originally
committed to Washington State,
but a visit to Corvallis changed
his mind. His dad, James, played
under Oregon State assistant
Dave Baldwin at San Jose State.
Best of the rest: The Beavers
were able to nab two running
backs out of Texas, BJ Baylor
out of Wharton and Calvin Tyler
out of Beaumont. Recalling
Oregon State history, the
Beavers have had luck before
with a running back from Texas:
Jacquizz Rodgers. Oregon State
also got three local in-state
recruits: defensive tackle Josh
Bowcut and safety David Morris
from Sherwood, and outside
linebacker Travis Mackay of
Portland’s Central Catholic.
Late addition: Three-star line-
backer Kesi Ah-Hoy, who had
previously committed to Hawaii.
Andersen and his coaches got
help landing Ah-Hoy from a
fellow recruit from Hawaii,
safety Charles Watson.
One that got away: Safety
Juliano Falaniko of American
Samoa signed with USC.
How they’ll fit in: Andersen
said there were two major
targets in the class, defensive
backs and wide receivers. The
Beavers signed three corner-
backs and four safeties. In addi-
tion to Hodgins, Oregon State
also brought in Tino Allen from
Belle Glade, Florida, Champ
Flemings from Altadena, Cali-
fornia, and Kolby Taylor from
Chandler, Arizona.
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all the family support, they kept pushing
me every day,” he said. “I have to say
thanks to my coach, Mark Sokoloski for
always putting in the time to help with
whatever I needed.”
Corona is the only player EOU
recruited as a specialist, with all other
falling into the skill, combo or big
categories used by Camp. Players range
from six states with 11 from Oregon and
10 from Idaho.
“We had good success (on the
field) last year and that led right into
recruiting,” said Camp. “Our coaches
did a fantastic job. They’ve evaluated
(the recruits) really well and found
out what guys can help our program
continue to get better. Overall this
recruiting class fits what we needed.”
Other Eastern Oregon products to
sign with the Mountaineers were Zack
Jacobs (La Grande), Zac Jacobs (Vale),
Brandon McGilvray (Imbler), Tanner
Owen (Elgin), Sage Delong (Vale), and
Alec Cranford (La Grande).
ENA SIGNS WITH WOLVES:
Hermiston senior Vaemu Ena was
announced as a member of the Western
Oregon University signing class on
Wednesday and will hold a signing
party at Hermiston High School today
at 3:30 p.m.
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EOU Football 2017 signing class
Skill
Zack Jacobs, La Grande HS (La Grande, Ore.)
Brycen Kelly, Southridge HS (Kennewick, Wash.)
Bryson Comstock, Gooding HS (Gooding, Idaho)
Quincy Backes, Eisenhower HS (Yakima, Wash.)
Kody Arrellano, Glenns Ferry HS (Glenns Ferry, Idaho)
Zac Jacobs, Western Oregon University (Vale, Ore.)
Brandon McGilvray, Imbler HS (Imbler, Ore.)
Tanner Owen, Elgin HS (Elgin, Ore.)
Ashonte Williams, Lathrop HS (Fairbanks, Alaska)
Jerred Monnier, Vallivue HS (Caldwell, Idaho)
Tanner Zenke, Sheldon HS (Eugene, Ore.)
Tommy Cefalu, South Tahoe, HS (South Lake Tahoe, Calif.)
Josh Finley, Weber State University (Gooding, Idaho)
Big
Parker Smith, Meridian HS (Meridian, Idaho)
Dillon Holliday, Sandy HS (Sandy, Ore.)
Cade Knaphus, Corner Canyon HS (Draper, Utah)
Marc Anthony Oriboi, Emmett HS (Emmett, Idaho)
Ethan Gallant, Central Catholic HS (Portland, Ore.)
Wyatt Dorsey, Homedale HS (Homedale, Idaho)
Justin Hutton, Notus HS (Caldwell, Idaho)
Auston Downs, Moses Lake HS (Moses Lake, Wash.)
Sage Delong, Southern Oregon University (Vale, Ore.)
Alec Cranford, La Grande HS (La Grande, Ore.)
Colten Mallette, Delta CC (Stockton, Calif.)
Combo
Joey Lenker, Jerome HS (Jerome, Idaho)
Bailey Bunkner, Battle Ground HS (Battle Ground, Wash.)
Kendell Freelove, Homedale HS (Homedale, Idaho)
Alec Yangos, Delta CC (Stockton, Calif.)
Specialist
Sebaztion Corona, Pendleton HS (Pendleton, Ore.)
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Contact Matt at mentrup@eastorego-
nian.com or 541-966-0838.
ROCKETS: Fitzpatrick is second Nixyaawii athlete to sign with college program
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it feels weird to actually be
here now. A lot of people
sometimes think that 2A
schools because they’re so
small we can’t do anything
big but we did it.”
Roe chose Mt. Hood over
several other opportunities at
the community college and
Division III level, but said
with aspirations of playing
at the higher collegiate levels
one day she felt that going to
a highly successful Mt. Hood
program — one that has
averaged 38 wins over the
past four seasons — was her
best choice.
“The
coaches
are
awesome already and I’ve
only met them a few times,”
Roe said. “I enjoy the Port-
land area and I have family
over there. I also want to
study psychology and they
have a good program and
they’ve been good at softball
for a while now.”
Roe, the defending Class
2A/1A Player of the Year,
tore through her junior
season with a .593 batting
average and 21 extra base
hits to help the Rockets earn
the state title. Her season also
earned her a MaxPreps Small
School All-American selec-
tion, which she said gave her
some confidence as she was
knee-deep in the recruting
process.
“I always knew I was
athletic and good at softball,
but I never thought I’d be an
Oregon Player of the Year or
an All-American,” she said,
“so it was a real eye-opener
to tell me that ‘I can do this.’”
Ostrom also boosted her
college reputation with a
tremendous junior campaign
last season, earning a perfect
Staff photo by Eric Singer
Nixyaawii senior Stacy Fitzpatrick signs her National
Letter of Intent to play softball at Blue Mountain Com-
munity College at a ceremony prior to a girls’ basket-
ball game in Mission on Saturday, Jan. 28.
12-0 record with a 1.01 ERA
and 84 strikeouts in 75.2
innings pitched, earing first
team all-district and all-state
along the way. The pitcher
said she was originally all set
on going away from home to
play college ball, considering
WRESTLING: Bulldogs also blank The Dalles
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The Dalles that saw numerous forfeits
and only five weight classes actually
compete.
“I think we got out there and imposed
our will,” Larson said. “I think we pushed
the pace, scored a lot of points in all
positions, top bottom and on our feet, so I
think they did a good job.”
Pendleton coach Fred Phillips said
he hopes his younger wrestlers were
taking notes, because Hermiston’s 10
state titles can’t be attributed to good
genetics or luck.
“We had some kids look really good
out there tonight but we’re still a young
team and it showed. The difference is that
our kids hopefully understand, their kids in
most of the matches they won were more
physical,” he said. “You could just tell they
looked bigger, more physical, stronger
kids. And I think that cost us and that’s
something our kids have to take a grasp on
and take advantage of their (training and
conditioning) classes because we need to
get bigger and stronger if we’re going to
run with the big dogs.”
Hermiston’s bonus points started accu-
mulating in the first match when sopho-
more Alice Todryk beat Caleb Tremper
16-5 in the 106-pound weight class. She
scored her first take-down 36 seconds into
the match, but wasn’t able to gain much
of an edge on the scoreboard until the
third period when used leg holds to turn
Tremper into a pair of near-falls. Tremper
scored a reversal to make the score 11-5
with less than a minute left, but Todryk got
the major decision with a reversal that led
to a near-fall as the match ended.
“I was trying for the cradle, that’s my
go-to move on top, and I couldn’t get it,”
she said. “So I tried a few other moves,
mostly once I figured out that I couldn’t
get him pinned I chose to try and score
as many points as I could. I heard the
coaches saying, ‘Get the extra points, get
the extra points.’
“I felt that I had a little bit more
pressure because I was the first one going,
trying to set the motion going, but other
than that I thought it carried well into the
rest of the dual.”
Larson said he knew Todryk, who was
starting in place of an ill Ruben Madrigal,
would set the right tone.
“Alice is very mentally tough,” he
said. “We know she’s going to fight
and do her best and try hard, and she
did tonight.”
The Bulldogs pushed their lead to 19-0
before Pendleton would get its first win of
the night at 132 pounds, but Pendleton’s
Alex Rendon was plenty physical while
earning a quick pin.
When Hermiston’s Silas Smith
moved in for lock-up, Rendon force-
fully slapped his arms away and went
right into a hard single shot for the
take-down. Before Smith could react he
was looking at the rafters and Rendon
earned the pin after just 10 seconds for
the night’s quickest win.
Jeff Kovach earned a second-round
pin for the Bucks in the next bout to
make it 19-12, but that was as close as the
Bucks would get.
The most action-packed match
came at 152 pounds as Hermiston’s C.J.
Hendon moved up a weight class to face
Pendleton’s Scott Chambers.
Using a reactive style of wrestling
called scrambling, both grapplers tumbled
around the mat while trying to find a
weakness to exploit.
The second round ended just before
Chambers could score a take-down, but
Hendon in the lead 3-2.
But Hendon ended it 14 seconds into
the third period when he caught Cham-
bers in a cradle and turned him for a pin.
Phillips said he and the coaches tried
to warn Chambers.
“We knew it, we talked to him, ‘C.J.’s
a great cradler, you cannot get cradled,’”
he said. “You know, and it happened. Hats
off to C.J., he’s a tough kid.”
“When he gets on top he’s got a lot of
confidence,” Larson said, “and he tends to
get what he wants and put the guy on their
back kind of like he did with that cradle.”
Hendon said he knows opponents are
expecting him to use the move, but he’s
taken measures to make sure they’re not
ready for it.
“There’s a lot of positions where I
can hit it that most people aren’t used
to it coming from, so that’s where it’s
more effective than just your basic
cradle,” he said.
The next four matches ended via first-
round pin with three of those going to
the Bulldogs. Joey Gutierrez secured the
mathematical victory at 182 pounds when
he used a half nelson to turn and pin Josh
Mendoza in 1:10.
The dual closed out the league portion
of the schedule for both teams, which will
be at a tournament in Oregon City this
weekend before returning to the Dawg
House for the Special District 4 tourna-
ment on Feb. 10-11.
Larson said he’s hoping for an even
better showing from the Bulldogs there.
“There was a couple weights in there
that we didn’t win (Wednesday) and
we’ll get back in the wrestling room and
do what we have to do before the district
tournament here in a couple weeks.”
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HERMISTON 53, PENDLETON 21
106 — A. Todryk (HHS) def. C. Tremper, MD 16-5 (4-0)
113 — A. Blackhurst (HHS) wins by forfeit (10-0)
120 — G. Shipley (HHS) def. C. Chambers, 7-4 (13-0)
126 — J. Rodriguez (HHS) pins B. Davis, 3:42 (19-0)
132 — A. Rendon (PHS) pins S. Smith, :10 (19-6)
138 — J. Kovach (PHS) pins O. Lopez, 2:57 (19-12)
145 — A. Tuia (HHS) def. S. Yeager, MD 10-2 (23-12)
152 — C. Hendon (HHS) pins S. Chambers, 4:16 (29-12)
160 — M. Holcomb (PHS) pins Z. Kirkpatrick, :42 (29-18)
170 — V. Wyse (HHS) pins J. Whaley, 1:06 (35-18)
182 — J. Gutierrez (HHS) pins J. Mendoza, 1:10 (41-18)
195 — K. Bevan (HHS) pins G. Lee, 2:00 (47-18)
220 — J. Vann (PHS) def. C. Mason, 4-3 (47-21)
285 — B. Blake (HHS) pins T. Ulicni, 1:02 (53-21)
HERMISTON 84, THE DALLES 0
106 — A. Todryk win by forfeit (6-0)
113 — A. Blackhurst win by forfeit (12-0)
120 — G. Shipley win by forfeit (18-0)
126 — J. Rodriguez pins S. Preston, 1:44 (24-0)
132 — S. Smith wins by forfeit (30-0)
138 — O. Lopez pins A. Richman, 5:36 (36-0)
145 — W. Kirkpatrick pins M. Cope, 1:32 (42-0)
152 — D. Parker pins O. Silapath, 1:57 (48-0)
160 — Z. Kirkpatrick pins M. Carrera, 1:57 (54-0)
170 — V. Wyse wins by forfeit (60-0)
182 — J. Gutierrez wins by forfeit (66-0)
195 — K. Bevan wins by forfeit (72-0)
220 — C. Mason wins by forfeit (78-0)
285 — B. Blake wins by forfeit (84-0)
offers to Mt. Hood CC, Trea-
sure Valley CC, Columbia
Basin College among others.
“BMCC was actually the
last place I thought I’d end
up,” Ostrom said, “but I just
decided that I wanted to stay
home and keep that support
from my family.”
The proximity to home
was also the key selling point
for Fitzpatrick, who said that
she chose BMCC over a few
other offers so that she could
stay near her parents and her
family. Fitzpatrick tallied
a .333 batting average with
four doubles, 19 RBI, and 11
runs scored for the Rockets
last season, and by signing
on Saturday became just the
second athlete in Nixyaawii
Community School to
sign on to play collegiate
athletics.
“It feels so amazing,”
Fitzpatrick said on Saturday.
“I never thought that I
would’ve made it this far.
Softball has always been the
sport since I was 10.”
Both Ostrom and Fitzpat-
rick join a Blue Mountain
program that has had its
share of struggles, though, as
the team is 33-111 in NWAC
East play over the past five
seasons and has earned a
.236 winning percentage
overall in that time frame.
But neither player seems to
mind.
“I think that being able
to help BMCC start having
a better outlook is exciting,”
Ostrom said. “I don’t care
where I go, as long as I’m
playing the sport that I love
and getting my education.”
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Contact Eric at esinger@
eastoregonian.com or (541)
966-0839. Follow him on
Twitter @ByEricSinger.
SCOREBOARD
Local Slate
BOYS BASKETBALL
Today
Nixyaawii at Echo, 7:30 p.m.
Friday
Culver at Stanfield, 6 p.m.
Umatilla at Nyssa, 6:30 p.m.
The Dalles at Hermiston, 7 p.m.
Pendleton at Hood River, 7 p.m.
Riverside at Irrigon, 7:30 p.m.
Weston-McEwen at Heppner, 7:30 p.m.
Horizon Christian at Arlington, 7:30 p.m.
Ione at Dufur, 7:30 p.m.
Condon/Wheeler at Mitchell/Spray
(Spray), 7:30 p.m.
Powder Valley at Helix, 7:30 p.m.
Mac-Hi at Baker, 8:15 p.m.
GIRLS BASKETBALL
Today
Nixyaawii at Echo, 6 p.m.
Friday
Culver at Stanfield, 4:30 p.m.
Umatilla at Nyssa, 5 p.m.
Riverside at Irrigon, 6 p.m.
Weston-McEwen at Heppner, 6 p.m.
Horizon Christian at Arlington, 6 p.m.
Ione at Dufur, 6 p.m.
Condon/Wheeler at Mitchell/Spray
(Spray), 6 p.m.
Powder Valley at Helix, 6 p.m.
Mac-Hi at Baker, 6:30 p.m.
Hood River at Pendleton, 7 p.m.
Hermiston at The Dalles, 7 p.m.
PREP WRESTLING
Friday
Irrigon, Riverside at Echo/Stanfield, 5 p.m.
Mac-Hi at La Grande, 6 p.m.
Saturday
Hermiston, Pendleton at Oregon City
Tournament, 10 a.m.
Mac-Hi, Irrigon, Riverside, Echo/Stanfield,
Heppner at BEO Invite (Heppner), 10 a.m.
PREP SWIMMING
Saturday
Pendleton, Hermiston at Baker, Noon
COLLEGE MEN’S BASKETBALL
Friday
Eastern Oregon at Multnomah, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday
Big Bend at Blue Mountain, 4 p.m.
Eastern Oregon at Warner Pacific, 7:30
p.m.
COLLEGE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
Friday
Eastern Oregon at Multnomah, 5:30 p.m.
Saturday
Big Bend at Blue Mountain, 2 p.m.
Eastern Oregon at Warner Pacific, 5:30
p.m.
COLLEGE WRESTLING
Saturday
Eastern Oregon at Southern Oregon, TBA
Football
NFL
Super Bowl
Sunday, Feb. 5
At Houston
Atlanta vs. New England, 3:30 p.m. (FOX)
Basketball
NBA
Wednesday’s Games
Cleveland 125, Minnesota 97
Indiana 98, Orlando 88
Boston 109, Toronto 104
Detroit 118, New Orleans 98
Miami 116, Atlanta 93
New York 95, Brooklyn 90
Dallas 113, Philadelphia 95
L.A. Clippers 124, Phoenix 114
Memphis 119, Denver 99
Utah 104, Milwaukee 88
Chicago 128, Oklahoma City 100
Golden State 126, Charlotte 111
Today’s Games
L.A. Lakers at Washington, 4 p.m.
Atlanta at Houston, 5 p.m.
Philadelphia at San Antonio, 5:30 p.m.
Golden State at L.A. Clippers, 7:30 p.m.
College Men
NCAA AP Top 25
Wednesday’s Games
No. 3 Kansas 73, No. 2 Baylor 68
No. 4 Villanova 66, Providence 57
No. 9 Virginia 71, Virginia Tech 48
No. 11 UCLA 95, Washington State 79
No. 14 Cincinnati 57, Tulsa 55
No. 15 Florida State 75, Miami 57
No. 19 South Carolina 88, LSU 63
No. 23 Purdue 80, No. 25 Northwestern
59
Today’s Games
No. 1 Gonzaga at BYU, 8 p.m.
No. 5 Arizona at Oregon State, 6 p.m.
No. 13 Oregon vs. Arizona State, 8 p.m.
No. 18 Saint Mary’s at Pacific, 8 p.m.
No. 24 Florida vs. Missouri, 4 p.m.
College Women
NCAA AP Top 25
Wednesday’s Games
No. 1 UConn 97, Temple 69
No. 2 Baylor 83, Iowa State 52
No. 12 Texas 85, Oklahoma State 71
No. 14 Ohio State 87, Penn State 72
No. 18 Oklahoma 89, Kansas 52
No. 20 South Florida 72, Cincinnati 52
Today’s Games
No. 3 Maryland at Purdue, 5 p.m.
No. 4 South Carolina at No. 25 Kentucky,
4 p.m.
No. 5 Mississippi State at Auburn, 6 p.m.
No. 6 Florida State at Boston College,
4 p.m.
No. 7 Notre Dame at Virginia Tech, 4 p.m.
No. 9 Louisville vs. No. 19 N.C. State,
4 p.m.
No. 15 Duke vs. Clemson, 4 p.m.
No. 16 Miami at Wake Forest, 4 p.m.
No. 21 Green Bay at Oakland, 4 p.m.
No. 24 Syracuse vs. Pittsburgh, 4 p.m.
Hockey
NHL
Wednesday’s Games
Washington 5, Boston 3
Calgary 5, Minnesota 1
Los Angeles 5, Colorado 0
Today’s Games
Montreal at Philadelphia, 4 p.m.
N.Y. Rangers at Buffalo, 4:30 p.m.
Ottawa at Tampa Bay, 4:30 p.m.
Edmonton at Nashville, 5 p.m.
Winnipeg at Dallas, 5:30 p.m.
Chicago at Arizona, 6 p.m.
Toronto at St. Louis, 6 p.m.
San Jose at Vancouver, 7 p.m.