The battle for the top several spots in the team standings at the state wresting championships later this month is going to be interesting. The odds-on favorite to win the title is Hermiston, which has ranked wrestlers practically all the way through its lineup. But right behind the Bulldogs is a whole cluster of teams which could take second.
Several of those were in action in Hood River over the weekend, with Churchill, Lebanon, Pendleton and HRV all having a shot at the second spot. Any of those teams are capable of beating each other on any given day, as they have already shown several times this year, and it will be a fun battle to watch Feb. 25-26 at the Memorial Coliseum.
• Speaking of wrestling, Sean Baker has won his first two matches of the new year for the Yakima Valley Community College wrestling team. After getting a forfeit win in the team's first meet of the year, he helped YVCC beat Pacific University 31-9 earlier this month with a win by fall at 157 pounds.
• The weather outside in the past week has been starting to look a little spring-like, but it's actually still winter out there, so track and field is still being played indoors:
• At the Husky Invitational in Seattle, Rachel Perry kicked off her Oregon Ducks career in solid fashion. The freshman plans to throw the javelin in the spring, but is throwing shot put in the indoor season.
She placed 16th out of 29 competitors in Seattle, hitting a mark of 13.03 meters in her second throw.
• Pole-vaulter Joel Miller was in action for the Oral Roberts Golden Eagles over the weekend at the National Pole Vault Summit in Reno, Nev. Miller took 10th in the collegiate class in the event, clearing a height of 4.45 meters.
• Lauren Lloyd continued to show why she is so strong in the 800 meters. The freshman took seventh in the event for Cornell while running at Boston University's Terrier Classic over the weekend. She ran a 2:13.11. The time qualified her for the East Coast Athletic Conference championship in the event.
• Competing in his final home meet for the Tufts University swimming team, Zed Debbaut helped the school's "B" team in the 400 medley relay knock of the "A" team with a time of 3:39.36.
In the 400 freestyle relay, Peter Debbaut and his junior class relay team won the event, which the Tufts staff turned into a competition between the classes.
• Finally, for your trivia: Which school holds the Division 1 record for most women's track and field team titles?
A: LSU, with 10. That is reason No. 28 to be glad I am your local spor