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Hermiston’s Neal leads all-district team
Bulldog wideout one of
seven ﬁ rst team selections
Hermiston senior Dayshawn Neal
was voted as Co-Offensive Player of
the Year in 5A Special District 1 by
the league’s coaches, adding to what
has become a stellar career for the
Neal built on a breakout junior
season with an even better senior year,
grabbing 70 receptions for 1,118 yards
and 17 touchdowns as Hermiston’s
go-to receiver. In league play alone,
he caught 31 passes for 589 yards and
10 scores. Overall, he accounted for 47
percent of Hermiston’s receiving yards,
48 percent of the pass completions and
58 percent of the touchdown receptions.
He shares the honor with Mountain
View running back Jonas Larson,
the workhorse running back that ran
through every opposing defense at
will this season. Mountain View’s
Rylee Ettinger was voted the district’s
defensive top player and his head coach
Brian Crum was voted the top coach.
The Cougars, who won the district’s
regular season crown with a perfect 7-0
record, placed 14 players in 20 total
positions on the three all-district teams.
Pendleton had the most players selected
with 16, followed by Mountain View,
Bend (12), Summit (11) and Hermiston
(10) in double digits.
Hermiston, who ﬁ nished second
in the district, had seven ﬁ rst team
Staff photo by
Class 2A Volleyball
Faaeteete leaving his mark
Staff photo by E.J. Harris
Hermiston coach David Faaeteete watches his players warm up before the start of the second half of the Bulldogs’ 38-35 win
against Churchill at the 5A state championship game on Saturday in Hillsboro.
Hermiston coach has program leaving OSAA trending in right direction
By ALEXIS MANSANAREZ
After the player and fan celebra-
tions in the middle of the Hillsboro
Stadium ﬁ eld began to settle down
on Saturday evening, Hermiston
football coach David Faaeteete
was able to catch his breath.
His Bulldogs had just claimed
their second Oregon state title
after defeating the No. 4 Chur-
chill Lancers 38-25. But he is no
stranger to a big win or to these
types of celebrations.
Faaeteete was the assistant
coach in 2014 when then-head
coach Mark Hodges led Hermiston
to its ﬁ rst ever state championship.
He had previously played for
Hodges at North Medford as one
of his star defensive linemen, and
continued his football career at the
University of Oregon from 2005-
The win then in many ways
prepared him for Saturday’s
victory. He was better able to
take in the moment, making sure
he would remember each smiling
face and every hug from players,
friends and family.
But perhaps the most telling
• 2015: 4-6 overall, 3-0 CRC;
lost in 5A ﬁ rst round
• 2016: 5-5 overall, 5-2 SD1;
lost in 5A ﬁ rst round
• 2017: 11-2 overall, 6-1 SD1;
won 5A championship
Staff photo by E.J. Harris
Hermiston coach David Faaeteete celebrates on the sidelines af-
ter a Dayshawn Neal touchdown in the second half of the Bull-
dogs’ 38-35 win against Churchill at the 5A state championship
game on Saturday in Hillsboro.
moment in all of this was the ﬁ rst
words Faaeteete spoke to the media
after Hermiston’s triumphant rise.
“Shout out to Churchill and
their staff,” he said. “Those kids
played hard and they didn’t give
up. Big ups to them. Those guys
played hard. Those guys played
tremendous in the second half,
answered and made us really have
to earn this one.”
His quick praise of the efforts
for the team that tried to take the
title for themselves before that of
the players on his own 50-man
roster helps explain how the Bull-
dogs have been so level-headed
throughout their OSAA Farewell
Faaeteete, just like any coach,
recognizes every opponent at one
moment or another after a game,
but as he spoke highly of Churchill
before mentioning Hermiston’s
dual-threat quarterback Andrew
James or star wide receiver
Dayshawn Neal, it wasn’t hard to
see where the rest of the team gets
their winning attitude from.
When Faaeteete took over in
2015, he led the Bulldogs to their
third consecutive league champi-
onship — fourth in program history
— but it came with a losing record.
Hermiston ﬁ nished the season 4-6
after losing to Wilsonville 49-14 in
Round 1 of the playoffs.
Nearly a month after the ﬁ nal
championship games ended, the
volleyball playoff coaches in Class
2A compiled the list of their three
all-state teams and released it on
Two Umatilla and Morrow
County schools were represented
on the list, with Weston-McEw-
S y d n e y
Ti g e r S c o t s ’
honors as both
on the ﬁ rst
McCellan on ﬁ rst team and juniors
Kaylee Wright and Hailey Wright
on second team. Moulton also
earned Player of the Year and
Grant Union’s Shae Speth was
voted as Coach of the Year.
The full all-state teams are
2A ALL-STATE VOLLEYBALL
Player of the Year — Mariah Moulton, Grant Union
Coach of the Year — Shae Speth, Grant Union
Mariah Moulton, Grant Union, sr.; Margie Beel-
er, Culver, sr.; Makenna Northern, Central Linn,
sr.; Logan Robinson, St. Paul, sr.; Irma Retano,
Culver, jr.; Hailie Sprauer, Kennedy, jr.; Whitney
McCellan, Grant Union, sr.
Kaylee Wright, Grant Union, jr.; Maddie O’Hare,
Monroe, sr.; Charity Hall, Gaston, sr.; Ellie Clark,
Union, sr.; Alyssa Finifrock, Weston-McEwen,
sr.; Hailie Wright, Grant Union, jr.; Hailey Arritola,
Sophia Carley, Kennedy, so.; Sydney Northern,
Central Linn, so.; Gabby Clark, Reedsport, sr.; Mor-
gan Correa, Heppner, sr.; Katelyn Stirewalt, Imbler,
sr.; Kenadee Dirk, Bonanza, sr.; Sydney Wilson,
Eli Manning benched by Giants
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — The
New York Giants are changing quarterbacks for
ﬁ rst time in more than 13 years.
Yes, Eli Manning is not going to start.
The Giants announced on Tuesday that Geno
Smith will start in place of Manning
when the Giants (2-9) face the
Raiders in Oakland on Sunday.
Rookie Davis Webb will also
play, if not this week, then sometime
before the end of the season.
“Over the last ﬁ ve games, we
will take a look at Geno, and we
will also give Davis an opportunity,”
coach Ben McAdoo said.
Manning has started 210 consecutive regu-
lar-season games, the second-longest streak by a
quarterback in NFL history, behind Brett Favre’s
297. He has started every Giants game since Nov.
21, 2004, when he took over for Kurt Warner in
the 10th game of his rookie season.
“I got fouled all the way
up the court, from the time
that I stripped him, all the
way until I got to the rim.
I said what I had to say
and then I moved on, but
he decided I should get
[ejected]. It is what it is.
We got the win, and that’s
what’s most important.”
— LeBron James
Cleveland Cavaliers forward
after being ejected from a game
for the ﬁ rst time in his 15-year
career during his team’s 108-97
win over Miami on Tuesday.
Gildon, Satou lead No. 10
Oregon women over Hampton
EUGENE (AP) — Oti Gildon had career
highs of 20 points and 12 rebounds, and Satou
Sabally added 18 points to help No. 10 Oregon
roll to an 87-45 victory over
Hampton on Tuesday night.
Gildon, a junior making her
ﬁ rst start in 74 games, replaced
Ruthy Hebard in the lineup
for the Ducks (6-1). Hebard,
Oregon’s second-leading scorer, sat out the
game with a protective boot on her right foot.
Sabrina Ionescu also had a double-double
with 13 points and 10 rebounds, and Lexi
Bandon had 11 points.
Allina Starr led the Pirates (2-4) with 12
points and Mikayla Sayle had 10.
The Ducks ﬁ nished the second quarter on a
15-1 run to lead 43-18 at the break as the Pirates
missed their last 10 shots before the half.
Oregon next hosts Weber State on Saturday.
THIS DATE IN SPORTS
1890 — Navy beats Army
24-0 in the ﬁ rst matchup of this
1987 — The Edmonton
Eskimos defeat the Toronto
Argonauts 38-36 to win the
75th CFL Grey Cup.
2003 — LeBron James,
18, becomes youngest player
in NBA history to score 30 or
more points in a game with his
33-point effort in the Cavaliers’
122-115 double-overtime loss
2015 — Andy Murray
gives Britain its ﬁ rst David
Cup title in 79 years when he
beats Belgium’s David Gofﬁ n
6-3, 7-5, 6-3 in the ﬁ rst reverse
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