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WESTERN OREGON ROUNDUP: Wolves use second-half surge in win

Men’s basketball improves to 6-1 in conference play, remains in first place

MONMOUTH — A 9-0 run to open the second half helped Western Oregon’s men’s basketball team earn an 82-68 Great Northwest Athletic Conference win over Saint Martin’s on Saturday. Leading 34-29 at the half, the Wolves saw their lead extend to 43-29.

Athlete of the Week

Julian Nichols * Kaj Bansen

Hedrick to take part in showcase

BOISE, Idaho — Boise State quarterback Grant Hedrick has been selected to compete in the College Gridiron Showcase on Jan. 31.

COLLEGE NOTEBOOK: Omlid to miss rest of season

Central High graduate Tanner Omlid is watching the remainder of the 2014-15 basketball season from the bench after suffering a knee injury on Nov. 25. He was declared out for the season on Dec. 9. Omlid played in five games for Army’s basketball team before suffering a right knee injury. The 6-foot-3 sophomore averaged 6.6 points per game and had 11 steals. — Dallas High graduates Kaj Christensen (Class of 2014) and Jacob Rorem (Class of 2013) recently completed the 2014 football season on a successful note at College of the Redwoods in Eureka, Calif. Both players started every game at defensive tackle for the Corsairs. Christensen, a 6-foot, 260-pound freshman, finished the season with 36 tackles, 4½ sacks, 7½ tackles for a loss and one fumble recovery. He was named to the All-Pacific-7 Conference first team for his play. “The conference was loaded at the position from top to bottom, so it was great to see Kaj get in there,” College of the Redwoods coach Taylor Breitzman said. “He didn’t have stats that blew people away, but he was just so disruptive and difficult to block week in and week out that people took notice.” Rorem, a 6-1, 290-pound redshirt freshman, finished the season with 28 tackles, 1½ sacks and 5½ tackles for a loss. — Cody Jones of Dallas is a member of the 2014-15 wrestling team at Southern Oregon University in Ashland. Jones, a 2010 graduate of Dallas High School, is a redshirt junior for the Raiders. He has been competing at 174 pounds this season. Jones won three matches and reached the consolation semifinals at the Menlo College Invitational on Jan. 3 in Atherton, Calif., as the Raiders, who are ranked No. 2 nationally at the NAIA level, placed third at the tournament. — Central High graduate Grant Hedrick recently completed the 2014 football season at Boise State. Hedrick helped the Broncos to a 38-30 win over Arizona in the Fiesta Bowl on Dec. 31. Hedrick threw for 309 yards and a touchdown. He finished his career with a 70.2 completion percentage, a program record. He finished sixth in program history in completions (475), passing yards (5,656), attempts (677) and total offense (6,627 yards). — Information for College Notebook comes from college and university sports information departments. To submit an item or a tip for an upcoming College Notebook, send it via email to or contact Sports Editor Lukas Eggen at 503-623-2373 or

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WESTERN OREGON ROUNDUP: Wolves pass home tests

Men’s basketball now in first place in conference standings

MONMOUTH — Western Oregon’s men’s basketball team received a gut check against Northwest Nazarene and Central Washington last week.

WOU junior earns conference honor

MONMOUTH — Western Oregon redshirt junior Andy Avgi was named Great Northwest Athletic Conference men’s basketball Co-Player of the Week on Monday.

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Sophomore guard emerges as offensive threat for Wolves

MONMOUTH — When sophomore Jordan Mottershaw arrived at Western Oregon University last season, it wasn’t the speed of the game that was her biggest adjustment. Nor was it living on her own, or attending college classes for the first time.

WESTERN OREGON ROUNDUP: Wolves split games

MONMOUTH — For the first time in more than a month, Western Oregon’s men’s basketball team didn’t come out on top.

Athlete of the Week

Andy Avgi * Cheyenne Locke

Broncos set for Vizio Fiesta Bowl

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Central High graduate Grant Hedrick will lead Boise State against Arizona Wednesday (today) at 1 p.m. in the 2015 Vizio Fiesta Bowl.

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WESTERN OREGON ROUNDUP: Western Oregon dominates at home

Men’s basketball scores more than 100 points in back-to-back games, extend win streak to nine

*Western Oregon University men's and women's basketball teams

COLLEGE NOTEBOOK: Central grad earns multiple honors at Stanford



Men's basketball pulls away

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WESTERN OREGON ROUNDUP: Wolves extend streak

Men's basketball wins sixth in a row

MONMOUTH — Western Oregon’s men’s basketball team wanted to open its conference season with a statement.

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COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Senior finds new home

Thomas excelling during his final season with Wolves

MONMOUTH — There are times Western Oregon forward Lewis Thomas thinks about what he’d be doing if it weren’t for basketball.