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WEEKEND, FEBRUARY 11-12, 2017
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‘Fired up’ Dawgs dominate Day 1
but has 15 alive
in semiﬁ nals;
By ERIC SINGER
The Hermiston Bulldogs road
to a ﬁ fth-straight wrestling state
championship began on Friday, as
they hosted the Class 5A District 4
wrestling tournament at the Dawg
After Day 1 of the tournament,
the Bulldogs ﬁ nd themselves in
second place with 147.0 points —
just one point behind Redmond at
148.0 points and ahead of Mountain
View at 127.0 points. Hermiston
coach Kyle Larson said he liked the
effort his team put forth on Friday.
“I think our guys are wrestling
real well,” he said. “We’ve got a
few upsets today ... it’s awesome
when you get wins like that because
it’ll get those guys ﬁ red up and that
snowballs into everybody else and
gets them ﬁ red up to wrestle above
Hermiston ﬁ nished the day with
19 of their 23 wrestlers still alive
in the bracket, 15 of which will
wrestle today in the semiﬁ nal round
which is the highest total in the
district. The Bulldogs are doubled
up at ﬁ ve weight classes in the
semiﬁ nals, including Alice Todryk
and Ruben Madrigal at 106, Adrian
Tuia and Wade Kirkpatrick at 145,
Valen Wyse and Julio Leiva at 170,
Corey Mason and Kenny Bevan at
220, and Beau Blake and Emilio
Landin at 285.
Larson said he was especially
ﬁ red up for Mason on Friday, as his
win by fall over Pendleton’s Jamal
Vann was redemption for Mason,
who lost to Vann in the Bulldogs
and Buckaroos’ dual match last
“That’s awesome to see when
Staff photos by E.J. Harris
ABOVE: Hermiston’s C.J. Hendon throws Ridgeview’s Rogan
Prescott during a 138 pound weight class Friday at the district
tournament in Hermiston.
RIGHT: Pendleton’s Jeff Kovach wrestles Hermiston’s Gavin Tarvin
in the 138 pound weight class Friday at the district tournament in
guys redeem themselves with wins
like that,” Larson said.
Hermiston senior CJ Hendon
was perhaps the most impressive
Bulldog on Friday, as he won
both of his matches by fall and in
lightning-quick fashion. He pinned
Pendleton’s John Swaggart in 33
seconds and then Ridgeview’s
Rogan Prescott in 36 seconds.
All in all, Hermiston won 17
matches by fall, which meant a lot
of bonus points in the standings for
“I think the reason we are where
we are right now is because our
guys are going out there and getting
pins and bonus points,” Larson
said, “not just going for decisions.
And when we’re not getting pins,
Offseason overhaul complete as
Mariners head to spring training
Last-second shot lifts Rockets
pay off big
By TIM BOOTH
SEATTLE — Seattle
manager Scott Servais will
need to use nametags for the
second straight year to kick
off spring training.
Another ﬂ urry of offseason
moves have left the Mariners
a signiﬁ cantly remodeled club
headed to Arizona, but more
in the manner of what Jerry
Dipoto envisioned when he
took over as Seattle’s general
manager in September 2015.
The stars are still there.
Robinson Cano, Nelson
Cruz, Kyle Seager and Felix
Hernandez remain the foun-
dation. It’s the pieces around
Pierce hits 3-pointer as
Pilot Rock beats Heppner
AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File
In this Oct. 1, 2016, ﬁ le photo, Seattle Mariners’ Rob-
inson Cano watches his two-run home run against the
Oakland Athletics during the ﬁ fth inning of a baseball
game, in Seattle. Another ﬂ urry of offseason moves have
left the Mariners a signiﬁ cantly remodeled club headed
them that have changed
signiﬁ cantly with the goal of
getting younger and becoming
There are only eight
players remaining from the
40-man roster that Dipoto
PILOT ROCK — With under 10
seconds left on the clock and the game
tied at 45-45, Pilot Rock’s Bryson Pierce
caught the ball off an inbounds play, found
an opening and then nailed a 3-pointer
with just one second remaining to give the
Rockets a 45-42 victory over the Heppner
Mustangs on Friday night.
“It was another great win for us,” Pilot
Rock coach Mike Weinke said. “The boys
are playing really well right now and we
needed this ... I’m just so proud of the
The win was crucial for Pilot Rock
(11-8, 4-3 CBC), who could not afford
to lose either of its ﬁ nal two games as
it hopes to lock in a district tournament
berth. Heppner (11-6, 3-4) began the day
in a three-way tie with Pilot Rock and
Weston-McEwen for second, but after
the Mustangs and TigerScots both lost,
Heppner must win at Culver on Monday
to get into the district tournament.
Pierce led all scorers in the game with
16 points for the Rockets, while Tracker
Denny and Levi Thieme each had 10.
Logan Grieb led Heppner with 12 points
and Jake Lindsay had nine.
Pilot Rock ﬁ nishes the regular season
today at home against Stanﬁ eld at 4
p.m., while Heppner travels to Culver on
15 10 11
6 — 42
11 9 12 13 — 45
HEPPNER — L. Grieb 12, J. Lindsay 9, K. Murray 7, C.
Hedman 6, K. Smith 6, W. Steagall 2.
PILOT ROCK — B. Pierce 16, T. Denny 10, L. Thieme 10, B.
Postma 4, C. Weinke 3, D. Hasher 2.
3-pointers — HHS 3, PR 3. Free throws — HHS 7-14, PR
4-5. Fouls — HHS 12, PR 19. Fouled out — C. Weinke (PR).
IRRIGON 59, NYSSA 53 — At
Irrigon, the Knights needed a win to
preserve its district standing and they
were able to do just that, as the Knights
attacked Nyssa’s strength and came out
on top on Friday.
Hayden White led all scores with 22
points, and Irrigon coach Davy Salas said
he was the key piece as the Knights won
the battle in the paint against Bulldogs big
man Boston Thompson.
“White set the tone,” Salas said. “I told
(the team), ‘We’ve got to keep attacking
the big guy. He’s going to get his blocks,
but we’ve got to keep driving and keep
Spieth makes putts, beats fog
in Pebble Beach Pro-Am
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Jordan
Spieth made the putts and beat the fog at
Spyglass Hill, posting a 7-under 65 on Friday in
the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.
Spieth was at 10-under 133. He
was tied for the lead with Derek
Fathauer, who also was 10 under
with the ninth hole to play at
Jason Day, the world’s No. 1
player, was 7 under for the day
through 12 at Spyglass and was
one shot behind.
The second round was suspended when fog
rolled into the Monterey Peninsula, making it
difﬁ cult to see more than 120 yards. Play will
resume Saturday morning.
Rain has soaked all three courses and kept
the ﬁ rst round from being completed until
“I think it’s good for the
game for them to get
rocked a little bit.“
— Dawn Staley
Head coach of No. 6 South
Carolina women’s basketball team
on No. 1 Connecticut. The teams
meet on Monday night with
UConn looking for its100th
straight victory, which would be a
new record in NCAA basketball
The Huskies go for No. 99 on
Saturday against SMU, which
they beat by 40 points last month.
Kushner brother leading
bidder to buy Miami Marlins
MIAMI (AP) — A person with direct
knowledge of the negotiations says Joshua
Kushner, whose older brother is an adviser to
President Trump, has a prelimi-
nary agreement to buy the Miami
Marlins for about $1.6 billion.
The person spoke on condition
of anonymity Friday because the
Marlins and owner Jeffrey Loria
have not commented publicly on negotiations.
The preliminary agreement preceded due
diligence by Kushner, the person said, adding
the ﬁ nal offer could be much lower than $1.6
billion. Other parties are also interested in
buying the Marlins, and Loria might reopen
negotiations with them.
Kushner is a New York City businessman and
investor and part of the real estate family that
also includes Jared Kushner, Donald Trump’s
son-in-law and an adviser to the president.
THIS DATE IN SPORTS
1957 — The NHL Players
Association is formed, with
Ted Lindsay of the Detroit Red
Wings elected president.
1990 — Mike Tyson loses
for the ﬁ rst time when James
“Buster” Douglas knocks
him out in the 10th round
and captures the heavyweight
championship in the biggest
upset in boxing history.
2011 — The Cleveland
Cavaliers stopped their
NBA-record losing streak at
26 games with a 126-119 win
in OT against the Los Angeles
Clippers. Antawn Jamison
scores 35 points and makes a
3-pointer with 22 seconds left
in OT for the Cavs.
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