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Oregon State ﬁ nds its coach
By RALPH D. RUSSO
returning to where he started.
Jonathan Smith has been
hired by Oregon State
to be the Beavers’ head
coach, the school
has been in the
market for a new
coach since Gary Andersen
surprisingly stepped down
in early October after a 1-5
start, with the victory coming
over lower-division Portland
Smith is a former Beavers
quarterback who has been
working as quarterbacks
coach for coach Chris
Petersen since 2012, starting
at Boise State and
following him to
Washington in 2014.
He also had stops
as an assistant at
Montana and Idaho.
He was a graduate assistant at
Oregon State from 2002-03.
“Oregon State University
is a special place and I have
many memories of being
a part of Beaver Nation,”
Smith said in a statement. “I
played for some of the best
coaches I have ever been
around and learned many of
the qualities I have utilized in
my coaching career.”
Smith was a walk-on in
Corvallis, playing for the
Beavers from 1998-2001.
He was on Oregon State’s
2000 team that went 11-1
and defeated Notre Dame in
the Fiesta Bowl under coach
A fan favorite during his
playing days, Smith ranks
third on Oregon State’s
career list with 55 touchdown
passes and 9,680 passing
yards. He holds the record
AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File
In this Nov. 7, 2015 ﬁ le photo, Washington offensive
coordinator and quarterbacks coach Jonathan Smith
looks on during warmups before a game against Utah
in Seattle. The AP reports that Smith has been hired as
Oregon State’s newest head football coach.
Buckaroos sluggish in opener
Staff photo by
Short-handed Buckaroos commit 29 turnovers in season-opening loss
By ERIC SINGER
PENDLETON — The 2017-18
prep basketball season ofﬁ cially
opened for business across Oregon
on Wednesday night as boys and
girls teams across the state got in
their ﬁ rst games of the season.
The Pendleton Buckaroo girls
team was one of those and their
season opener did not go the way
they had hoped. A short-handed
Buckaroo squad committed 29
turnovers and shot
Girls Basketball varsity squad so
just 30 percent
late that she did
from the ﬂ oor as
not even know her
the Bucks fell to
team’s plays. Senior
the Baker Bulldogs
56-47 at Warberg
junior forward Katie
“Can you tell it’s
Bradt and junior
early?” Pendleton coach Kevin guard Megan George were all out
Porter joked after the game.
with undisclosed injuries and are
Pendleton (0-1) played with all expected to be out for “a few
just nine healthy players, with one weeks,” Porter said.
of those being freshman Natalie
Coupling the injuries with
Neveau that was called up to the the fact that players such as Elli
Nirschl and Lauren Richards, two
big varsity contributors a year ago,
did not come out for the team this
year meant Pendleton was forced
to give big minutes to numerous
players without much varsity
experience on Wednesday night.
“We tried to scrap together as
best we could,” Porter said. “The
way we’re looking at it is we’re
going to get these kids minutes
and some experience so when
we get down into league play it’s
Prep All-League Teams
The Mac-Hi Pioneers landed
ﬁ ve players on the all-Greater
Oregon League teams that were
released this week, including three
on the ﬁ rst team.
Leading the way for Mac-Hi
were senior defensive lineman
Josh Torres and
earning ﬁ rst team
recognition. Wells also earned
second team honors at offensive
line and defensive line, and he
was joined by fellow defensive
lineman Brandon Chaney and
senior defensive back Allan
Mendoza on the second team.
Ontario, the GOL champion,
nearly swept the all-league
awards. Senior running back
Ethan Kameshige was voted
Offensive Player of the Year,
senior linebacker AJ Manzo was
named Co-Defensive Player of the
Year and Erik Johnson was named
Coach of the Year. La Grande’s
Isaac Chamberlain was the other
Co-Defensive Player of the Year.
The full teams are listed below.
4A GREATER OREGON LEAGUE
Offensive Player of the Year — Ethan Kameshige,
Defensive Player of the Year — AJ Manzo, Ontar-
io; Isaac Chamberlain, La Grande.
Coach of the Year — Erik Johnson, Ontario
QB — Mike Mejia, Ontario, sr.
RB — Alex Hammans, Baker, so.; Ethan
Kameshige, Ontario, sr.
WR — GT Blackman, La Grande, sr.; Cade Reed,
La Grande, sr.; Adam Hawker, Ontario, sr.; Andy
Sanchez, Ontario, sr.
TE — Noah Navarette, Ontario, sr.
OL — Jacob Rodriguez, Ontario, jr.; AJ Manzo,
Ontario, sr.; Wes Howard, La Grande, jr.; Joe Fleen-
er, Ontario, jr.; Drew Osbron, Baker, sr.
K — Alex Gastelum, Ontario, sr.
DL — Drew Story, Baker, sr.; Noah Navarette,
Ontario, sr.; Michael Breeding, Mac-Hi, sr.; Andrew
Dunn, Baker, sr.
LB — Isaac Chamberlain, La Grande, sr.; AJ
Manzo, Ontario, sr.; Ethan Kameshige, Ontario, sr.;
Josh Torres, Mac-Hi, sr.
DB — GT Blackman, La Grande, sr.; Adam Hawk-
er, Ontario, sr.; Andy Sanchez, Ontario, sr.; Cade
Reed, La Grande, sr.
P — Spencer Wells, Mac-Hi, sr.
QB — Parker Robinson, La Grande, so.
RB — Isaac Chamberlain, La Grande, sr.; Nathan
Reed, La Grande, so.
TE — Drew Story, Baker, sr.
OL — Derik Williams, La Grande, sr.; Spencer
Wells, Mac-Hi, sr.; Elizar Ramirez, Ontario, so.;
G’ovanni Quezada, Baker, sr.; Joseph Lopez,
K — Isaac Chamberlain, La Grande, sr.
DL — Wes Howard, La Grande, sr.; Antonio
Sanders, Ontario, sr.; Spencer Wells, Mac-Hi, sr.;
Brandon Chaney, Mac-Hi, sr.
LB — Nathan Reed, La Grande, so.; Wacey Porte-
nier, Ontario, sr.; Dallon Hauter, Ontario, jr.; Isaiah
Beck, La Grande, sr.
DB — Allan Mendoza, Mac-Hi, sr.; Javier Rodri-
guez, Ontario, sr.; Parker Robinson, La Grande, so.;
Alex Gastelum, Ontario, sr.
P — Isaac Chamberlain, La Grande, sr.
MLS picks expansion ﬁ nalists
NEW YORK (AP) — Four cities are in the
running to join Major League Soccer.
MLS announced Wednesday that Cincinnati;
Detroit; Nashville, Tennessee; and Sacramento,
California, are ﬁ nalists for two
Owners and ofﬁ cials repre-
senting the expansion markets
will make presentations to MLS
Commissioner Don Garber
and the league’s expansion
committee on Dec. 6 in New York.
The next two MLS expansion teams will be
selected before the end of the year. Two more
expansion teams will be picked later.
In 2015, MLS announced plans to expand
to 28 teams. Los Angeles Football Club begins
play in 2018, becoming the league’s 23rd team.
Discussions continue for a MLS expansion
team in Miami.
“I honestly thought it was
pathetic. He’s been out
there 210 straight games
-- with no telling how many
bumps and bruises and
injuries -- for his team.
He won two Super Bowl
MVPs ... if they are in fact
deciding to go another
direction -- he’s earned the
opportunity to ﬁ nish it off
these last ﬁ ve weeks.“
— Phillip Rivers
Los Angeles Chargers QB when
asked about Eli Manning being
benched by the New York Giants
in favor of backups Geno Smith
and rookie Davis Webb.
Hermiston hosting community
celebration on Thursday
HERMISTON — The Hermiston High
football team captured the state championship
on Saturday and celebrated
on the ﬁ eld with the hundreds
of fans that made the trip to
On Thursday evening,
Bulldog fans that couldn’t
make the trip will get their turn
to celebrate with the team.
The community is welcome to ﬁ ll up the
gymnasium at Hermiston High at 7:15 p.m.
There, people can meet the coaching staff and
players, take photos with members of the team,
get autographs and watch a highlight video of
the 2017 championship season.
Light refreshments will be provided
THIS DATE IN SPORTS
1991 — San Diego State’s
Marshall Faulk becomes the
ﬁ rst freshman to capture the
national rushing and scoring
titles after gaining 154 yards
on 27 carries in a 39-12 loss
to top-ranked Miami. Faulk
ﬁ nishes the season with 1,429
yards in nine games for a
158.7-yard rushing average.
2012 — NBA Commis-
sioner David Stern ﬁ nes
the San Antonio Spurs
$250,000 for “a disservice
to the league and our fans”
when they don’t bring Tim
Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu
Ginobili or Danny Green to
Miami for the ﬁ nal game of a
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