Five athletes to watch

Bailie Hartford

Central cross-country

The sophomore runner had an impressive freshman season for the Panthers. Hartford was one of two Central runners to qualify for the Class 5A state meet, along with Abby McBeth. Hartford finished the race 19th overall in 19 minutes, 57 seconds, one spot behind McBeth. Hartford looks to make a return trip to state and figures to be one of the Panthers’ and the conference’s fastest runners.

Marlon Tuipulotu

Central football

The junior defensive lineman established himself as the Panthers’ defensive leader in 2014. He earned second team all-Mid-Willamette Conference honors after leading the team in total tackles, sacks and tackles-for-loss. He may be set for an even bigger season in 2015. He’s already attracted attention from numerous Division I universities, and Tuipulotu said he’s improved his technique. The Panthers will lean on their defense early in the season as players get settled into key new roles on offense. Tuipulotu will be the one leading the charge.

Cambria Blair

Dallas volleyball

Blair, a senior outside hitter, stepped up in a big way for the Dragons in 2014. She recorded 80 kills and 151 digs during Mid-Willamette Conference play, helping the Dragons to a 13-8 record overall and a trip to the first round of the Class 5A state playoffs. Blair will be one of Dallas’ leaders this fall. Her ability to play a variety of positions makes her one of the Dragons’ most versatile players. She’ll be called upon to help lead an inexperienced roster.

Paul Revis

Western Oregon


Revis burst onto the scene for the Wolves, earning the title of Great No-rthwest Athletic Conference Co-Freshman of the Year in 2014. The receiver/return specialist finished seventh in Division II in all-purpose yards per game (184.5) and led the conference in receiving touchdowns (11) and receiving yards per game (104.5). Revis will play an even bigger role on offense as the Wolves’ top receiver and return man this fall. If the Wolves find success on offense, Revis will likely be a major reason why. Revis was named to the Preseason All-America first team.

Makana Pundyke

Western Oregon


The senior midfielder/forward should be one of the Wolves’ top goal-scoring threats in 2015 after leading the squad in goals scored (four) in 2014 and earning all-Great Northwest Athletic Conference honorable mention for her efforts. Pundyke’s ability to score and create opportunities for the Wolves will be key if WOU wants to earn a spot in the GNAC championship.

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