BOARDMAN — After graduating over the weekend, Masie Hancock made the decision to continue her athletic career with Yakima Valley Community College.
Hancock will join the Yaks as a defensive specialists and/or libero, and will quickly settle in to her new school at the end of July. Yakima Valley is about two hours away from Boardman, and Hancock will not only be attending to further her volleyball career but also focus on academics.
Hancock graduated with a 3.8 GPA and as a member of the honor society. She is also coming off a club volleyball season where her team, Eastern Heat, took first place at the CEVA Regional Championships in May. Hancock has been named Defensive Player of the Year for the last two seasons and is a two-time Second-Team All-League setter.
She will leave with high esteem from her coaches and teammates.
“Masie excels in the back row,” Eastern Heat head coach Jacob Wallis of Pendleton said. “I could always count on her leadership and fiery upbeat personality to tip the scales in our favor.”
Blake Knowles of Heppner leads locals at 2018 Sisters Rodeo
SISTERS — Blake Knowles took the top spot and $1,596.65 after clocking 3.9 seconds in the second go-round of steer wrestling over the weekend at the 2018 Sisters Rodeo.
Joining him were local cowboys Michael Pederson, Preston Pederson and Jake Stanley of Hermiston, Stanfield’s Travis Taruscio and cowgirls Jami Erwert and Jade Crossley of Hermiston.
Preston Pederson rounded out the field of competitors in tie-down roping aggregate, finishing eighth in 22.9 seconds. His efforts earned him $211.50. Michael Pederson finished tied for fifth/sixth after the first go-round in the same event. Both he and Jake Hannum of Plain City, Utah, finished the event in 9.7 seconds, good for $669.75 each.
Competing alongside Knowles was Taruscio, who also finished tied for fourth/fifth place with Dirk Tavenner of Rigby, Idaho. Taruscio ended up competing Sunday where he matched Tavenner’s time of 4.7 seconds. Both took home $633.15 each.
Stanley competed in team roping with Bucky Campbell of Benton City, Washington. The duo finished ninth (7.0 seconds) and ended up taking home $567.45 each.
In barrel racing, Erwert finished in a tie for fifth/sixth with Arlington’s Samantha Lane. The two both finished in 17.77 seconds and earned $1,324.22. Crossley came in eighth place in the same event with a time of 17.85 seconds and $851.28 in her pocket.