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Down the stretch Sunridge Middle School sprinter Marcus Aaron Luke, above, finished firstin four events April 22in a meet at Hermiston High School. He was firstin the 100-, 200-meter dashs, first at 400 meters, and anchored the team's4 by 100-meter relay team as well. Luke and Zach Wt'ggins from La Grande are duelingit out this spring. In the meet at Hermiston April 14, Luke ran the 200 meters in 25.71 seconds and the 100meters in 12.67 seconds. Below, Samatha Allen sprints down the track for Sunridge. Other tribal student-athletes for Sunridgeinclude Chauncy Sams, Stockton Hoffman and Anton Hughes, and Samantha Craig.

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aawii senior Lennox Lewis, who is averaging 103. Coach Heinrich said Lewis has some low 90s in his bag if he can stay in the game mentally. "Even if we don't make it as a team," Heinrich said, "Riley has a good shot at being district champ again and going to state as an individual." The fourth and fifth golfers were to be determined prior to district in a playoff between NCS sophomore Wilbur Oatman and three freshmen — Austin Anchetta and James Penney from Nixyaawii and Justin Wells from Pilot Rock. In tournaments, five golfers play but team scores are based on the top four individual scores. Nixyaawii has won th e Pendleton Country Club's small school invitational with a four-man score of 367. That' s when Hunter Melton was on a team. He decided to play basketball instead. The squad was second in their own Nixyaawii Invitational which featured fiveteams. Their score was 382. T hey won th e H e r m i ston Bul l d o g Invitational at Big River Golf Course in Umatilla with a score of 378. And the team was third with a fourg olfer score of 380 at the tough hi l l y Buffalo Peaks course in Union. At district, Vale is the frontrunner even though N i x yaawii beat them at Pendleton Country Club by 30 strokes

'If the boys make their shots like they are capable of then we should make state as a team.' NCS Coach Ryan Heinrich

earlier this year. Two caveats: Nixyaawii was missing Melton and Vale was missing one of its top golfers. After that, Coach Heinrich said, it looks like it's "us, Heppner and Echo" in the two, three and four spots. Nixyaawii beat Heppner for the first time by seven strokes at Buffalo Peaks, but have not yet beat Echo. The three Pilot Rock boys have a bit of a leg up on competitors because two days a week they practice at Pendleton Country Club, which features fairways surrounded by l arge trees and Birch Creek, which can prove menacing for golfers used to wide open spaces. Last year Nixyaawii won the district title and was in sixth place after the first day at state. But senior Tyapo Farrow became sick and had to withdraw on day two and NCS slipped far down on team leader board.

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Princesses second at The Dalles Happy Canyon PrincessesApollonia Saenz and Elena Van Pelttook second place April23 in the Cherry Festival Parade at The Dalles. The girls competed in the equestrian division of theparade. Van Pelt rode "Smokey" and Saenz was riding "Roanie". The girls received a red and yellow ribbon. The first place title was won by the Round-Up Court. The festival is a longtime favorite of locals, according to The Dalles Chamber website. It is set in the "spectacular" Columbia River Gorge and showcases The Dalles' "deep agricultural heritage and Western roots".

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A a line up of a tribal trio Three members of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation are stacked one, two, three at a gamein Athena between the Weston-McEwen TigerScots and the Pilot Rock Rockets. Brandon Dearingis on the mound and Shaw Broncheauisin center field for Weston-McEwen with Devon Barkley leading off at second base. Barkley attends Nixyaawii Community School but plays for the Pilot Rock through a co-op between the two schools.

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May 2016

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