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Ducks’ Herbert wants to see continued growth in last season
By ANNE M. PETERSON
EUGENE — When Justin Her-
bert looks at the arc of his career at
Oregon, he sees it through the lens
of the team as a whole.
The Ducks went 4-8 under
Mark Helfrich in Herbert’s fresh-
man year. Then there was Willie
Taggart’s lone season at the helm
before Mario Cristobal led a more
united Oregon to a 9-4 record last
That growth is one of the rea-
sons Herbert returned for his
“I came here and we weren’t a
great football team. We were kind
of a group of individuals that year,”
he said. “I think the past couple of
years we’ve done a really good job
of coming together and becoming
While Herbert has grown more
comfortable taking on a leadership
role and speaking to the media, he
has always shied away from dis-
cussing individual accomplish-
ments — preferring instead to
keep it about the team.
But those accomplishments
are considerable, and he’s among
the reasons Oregon was picked
to ﬁ nish atop the Pac-12 North in
the league’s preseason media poll.
The Ducks edged Washington by
Herbert, mentioned as a
Heisman candidate heading into
last season, threw for 3,153 yards
with 29 touchdowns. He has
thrown at least one touchdown in
28 straight games, the longest cur-
rent streak in the nation.
Over his 28 career starts, the
Ducks have averaged 38.3 points a
game. A local kid from Eugene’s
Sheldon High School, Herbert
has thrown for 7,070 yards and 63
touchdowns in his three years so
While there was speculation
See Ducks, Page A9
Larsen returns to defend
Manitoba cowboy Orin Larsen
is on his way to defending last
year’s bareback title
By BRETT KANE
and ANNIE FOWLER
ERMISTON — Try as they might, there was
no dethroning the defending bareback riding
Inglis, Manitoba, cowboy Orin Larsen
returned to the Farm-City Pro Rodeo on
Thursday in an effort to hold onto last year’s bare-
back riding title, which he did with a score of 85.5 on
the back of Uvid Bubbles.
Larsen beat out four other riders, and topped yes-
terday’s top contender Taylor Broussard, who turned
in an 83.
On Thursday, Sherwood, Alberta’s Kody Lamb
received an 84.5, Trenten Montero of Winnemucca,
Nevada, earned an 80, and Pascal Isabelle of Oko-
toks, Alberta scored a 76, but there was no defeating
Larsen, who currently sits at No. 3 in the Pro Rodeo
Cowboy Association World Standings.
“We all just give 110 percent every time we nod
our heads,” Larsen said. “Hopefully, we don’t break
our jaws, stay on the horse, and get a good score.”
Larsen will pack up and hit the road to Sexton,
Missouri, for his next showing, but won’t soon forget
his time at Farm-City, where he currently sits atop the
“There’s nothing like the rodeo,” Larsen said. “I
love the atmosphere and the camaraderie. I’ve been
very fortunate with the way things have turned out so
far this year. Hopefully I can keep it going. It’s going
to be a long time before I call it quits.”
Only two teams managed to rope their calves
during Thursday night’s event, and the top spot was
claimed by a margin of just 0.6 seconds.
In the end, Chace and Tyson Thompson, a pair of
Munday, Texas brothers, posted the best time at 5 sec-
onds ﬂ at, besting Shane Erickson of Terrebone, and
Brent Falon of Yakima, Washington, at 5.6.
“This summer’s been tough,” Chace said. “Hope-
fully this will turn it around. Every night, you’re fac-
ing some of the best guys in the world.”
Although the Thompsons are family, this year is
their ﬁ rst roping together professionally. Chace ropes
the head while Tyson takes care of the heeling.
“Tyson just ﬁ nished college, and I got some good
horses,” Chace said, “so we’ll see how it goes.”
The Thompson brothers were second on the bill,
and the following 10 teams failed to rope their calves.
“It’s all about getting a good start, and setting it up
for your heeler,” Chace said. “We drew a good steer.”
Staﬀ photo by Kathy Aney
Canadian bareback rider Orin Larsen bursts out of the chute Thursday at the Farm-City Pro Rodeo in Hermiston.
Larsen won the round with a score of 85.5.
FCPR, scored an 80.5 on the back of Zealous Depar-
ture to move into a tie for the lead in the event with
“I saw my uncle Spencer (Wright) get on him in
Houston in March,” Wright said of have a scouting
report on his horse. “That horse felt way awesome.
I have nothing to complain about. I love coming to
Hermiston. The fans are great and they have good
Though he shares the lead, and 80.5 is a good
score, Wright knows there are good horses and cow-
boys coming up the next two days.
“Hopefully, it sits well to place,” he said. “You
Wright, 23, pocketed $100,000 in Calgary and sits
eighth in the world standings, behind his younger
brother Ryder, who has earned a record $190,777 this
A 7.5-second time was the mark to beat during
Thursday’s tie-down roping competition, and although
not a single cowboy could do it, Jake Pratt’s 8.2 second
ﬁ nish was good enough to put him in a three-way tie at
the top of the leaderboard.
“This morning was a little slow for me,” said the
cowboy from Ellnsburg, Washington, “but this was a
good draw. No matter what, you just gotta do your job.”
Pratt’s time surpassed a slew of Northwest repre-
sentation, including Hermiston’s Brad Goodrich (8.7),
Echo’s Jeff Coelho (12.4), and Stanﬁ eld’s Seth Hopper,
who received no time.
“I love this rodeo,” Pratt said. “Northwest rodeos
are the best in the world.”
Staﬀ photo by Kathy Aney
Rusty Wright, of Milford, Utah, rides to victory in sad-
dle bronc on day two of the Farm-City Pro Rodeo in
Saddle bronc riding
The Wright family from Milford, Utah, has made a
name for itself in the event, and third generation cow-
boy Rusty Wright is carrying on the family tradition.
Wright, who won the saddle bronc at the 2014
Canadian cowboy Scott Guenthner is ranked
No. 2 in the world standings and he’s headed to his
third NFR, but if there still is money to be earned,
he’s going to be on the road.
Guenthner turfed his steer in 4.3 seconds Thurs-
day night, edging Stetson Jorgensen by two-tenths of
a second to earn go money and the $100 bonus.
“Right now is the time where every dollar and
every penny counts,” he said. “If you can’t place in
the overall, go money is good. I had a good steer. I
saw him earlier and knew he would be good.”
See Rodeo, Page A9
White Sox, Yankees to play at ‘Field of Dreams’ in 2020
By LUKE MEREDITH
DYERSVILLE, Iowa — Major
League Baseball is going to build
it — and the White Sox and Yan-
kees are coming to Iowa.
The Chicago White Sox will
play the New York Yankees
next summer at the site in east-
ern Iowa where the movie “Field
of Dreams” was ﬁ lmed, MLB
announced Thursday. The game
is set for Aug. 13 in Dyersville,
which is about 200 miles west of
A temporary 8,000-seat sta-
dium will be built on the site to
accommodate the ﬁ rst major
league game played in Iowa.
“As a sport that is proud of its
history linking generations, Major
League Baseball is excited to bring
a regular-season game to the site of
‘Field of Dreams,’” Commissioner
Rob Manfred said. “We look for-
ward to celebrating the movie’s
enduring message of how baseball
brings people together at this spe-
cial cornﬁ eld in Iowa.”
A video tweeted by MLB
shows Yankees star Aaron Judge
asking Ray Kinsella, Kevin Cost-
ner’s character in the 1989 movie,
if he was in heaven. Costner replies
with one of the movie’s iconic lines
— “No, it’s Iowa” — and Judge
nods before trotting back into the
corn beyond the outﬁ eld.
AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File
In this undated ﬁ le photo, people portraying ghost players emerge
from a cornﬁ eld as they reenact a scene from the movie “Field of
Dreams” at the movie site in Dyersville, Iowa.