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Pendleton’s Sweek, Camp earn top honors at EOU football camp
sweek will attend
academy camp this
By BRETT KANE
AP Photo/Ted S. Warren
Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Mike
Leake throws against the Texas Rang-
ers during the first inning of a base-
ball game on Wednesday in Seattle.
PENdlETON — Football
season still is few weeks away,
but several Pendleton Buckaroos
already are hitting the field.
Tanner sweek and Walker
Camp, both incoming seniors,
attended Eastern Oregon univer-
sity’s football camp, which ran
from June 15-18, and received
top honors at the camp’s end.
sweek was named the camp’s
outstanding quarterback, while
Camp was recognized as the out-
Blake swanson, Cooper rob-
erts and Travis McGee also rep-
resented Pendleton at the camp,
which hosted more than 450 foot-
ball players from Oregon, Wash-
ington, Idaho and Nevada.
“That’s not what I was there
for,” sweek, 17, said of the rec-
ognition. “All five of us got
to improve. That’s what we
were there for. It was a great
Over the course of the week-
end, players received individ-
ual instruction on offensive and
defensive strategies, all under
the guidance of Mountaineers
football coach Tim Camp. Each
evening, teams would challenge
each other in 7-on-7 scrim-
mages, which were all played
Pendleton’s varsity football
team already had attended West-
ern Oregon university’s camp
earlier in the summer, but the
five Bucks decided they wanted
the extra work in order to gear up
for their upcoming season.
The Bucks lost 17 seniors off
their roster after this year’s grad-
uation. sweek was a quarterback
on the junior varsity team, but
got some reps in on the varsity
field as the season progressed.
See Camp, Page A9
JENNINGS TO COMPETE IN USATF
JUNIOR OLYMPIC CHAMPIONSHIPS
By TIM BOOTH
sEaTTlE — For most of the season
seattle’s Mike leake has felt he’s audi-
tioning for others.
He’ll find out over the next week
whether that feeling was correct, and
coming off two of his best performances
of the season.
“I think I may have been all year in
a way just because they were trying to
maybe trade me in the offseason a lit-
tle bit. But definitely I think I’m on the
radar,” leake said.
leake outpitched Mike Minor in
what could be the final start for each
before the upcoming trade deadline,
daniel Vogelbach hit a pair of solo home
runs, and the seattle Mariners beat the
Texas rangers 5-3 on Wednesday.
leake and Minor have both been the
subject of trade rumors — Minor more
than leake — leading up to next week’s
trade deadline. But it was leake with
the better outing in his first start since
taking a perfect game into the ninth
inning last Friday against the angels.
“unfortunately and fortunately I’ve
been traded and moved around for the
last few years, but it has given me the
wherewithal to kind of know what to do
in circumstances like this,” leake said.
leake (9-8) threw seven innings, his
only mistake giving up a two-out, two-
strike home run to roughned Odor in
the sixth inning. leake struck out seven,
walked none and threw first-pitch
strikes to 22 of 29 batters.
leake’s streak of 14 consecutive
scoreless innings ended thanks to Odor.
after a pair of two-out singles, leake
left an 0-2 pitch to Odor elevated and
the Texas second baseman didn’t miss,
hitting his 18th home run of the season
and fourth of the series. Odor homered
in the series opener on Monday and hit a
pair of long balls on Tuesday night.
anthony Bass worked a perfect
eighth in relief of leake and roenis
Elias pitched the ninth for his 13th save.
The rangers lost for the ninth time
in 10 games.
Minor (8-6) has acknowledged all
the trade discussions have been a dis-
traction, especially with the rangers’
slide after the all-star break that has
seen them fall from wild-card con-
tenders into likely sellers over the next
week. Minor seemed fine for the first
four innings before running into trouble
in the fifth.
Minor was lifted after the sixth, giv-
ing up eight hits and four earned runs.
See Baseball, Page A9
Staff photo by Ben Lonergan
Casey Severe (left) talks with Sam Jennings in the line for a car wash to support Jennings’ trip to the USATF Hershey National
Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships this weekend in Sacramento, Calif.
Phs sophomore held a car
wash fundraiser in support
of his trip to sacramento
By BRETT KANE
PENdlETON — For Pendleton high
school’s sam Jennings, the track and
field season doesn’t end with the Bucks.
On Tuesday evening the incom-
ing Pendleton sophomore, along with
friends, family and teammates, could be
seen washing cars to raise money for his
upcoming trip to sacramento, Califor-
nia, to compete in the usaTF hershey
National Junior Olympic Track & Field
Championships on sunday. he’ll throw
the javelin — an event in which he’s
ranked fourth in the nation.
“I’m expecting high results,” said Jen-
nings, 15. “I’ve been working my butt off
at practice. It should pan out.”
so far, the practice has paid off. For
his freshman year on the varsity track
and field team, Jennings placed fourth
in the javelin at the 5a state Champion-
ships in May. he threw 181 feet, 7 inches
— just over 5 feet short of the 186-10
school record, which was set by Geoff
herd back in 2009.
“sam is super focused in his event,”
Staff photo by Ben Lonergan
Nick Jennings sprays down cars during a car wash to support his brother’s trip
to the USATF Hershey National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships this
weekend in Sacramento, Calif.
said Pendleton hurdling instructor and
rising Phoenix Track Club coach Ben
Bradley. “For his age, he’s great. he stud-
ies, and is always asking questions to per-
fect his technique.”
Jennings is so dedicated to his craft
that he braved the 95-degree summer
heat to wash any car that came his way
in order to meet his $500 goal for the trip.
The money would help cover gas for the
13-hour drive down to sacramento, as
well as hotel expenses.
Jennings’ path to the finals began after
he made the top eight at the usa Track
See Javelin, Page A9
Pac-12 to move football title game to Las Vegas in 2020
By GREG BEACHAM
lOs aNGElEs — The Pac-12 will move its
football championship game to las Vegas in 2020
Commissioner larry scott announced the deci-
sion Wednesday at the start of Pac-12 media day in
The league title game has been played at levi’s
stadium in suburban santa Clara, California, since
2014. The event has struggled for solid attendance in
the past half-decade, including a noticeably empty
stadium for Washington’s win over utah last year.
after the upcoming season, the game will move
to party-friendly las Vegas and the raiders’ new
stadium, which is still under construction just west
of the strip.
The Pac-12 men’s basketball tournament has
been played in las Vegas since 2013, and con-
ference leaders have credited the move with
Scott speaks during
the Pac-12 Confer-
ence NCAA college
football Media Day
on Wednesday in
AP Photo/Marcio Jose