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Positive changes for Cub Wrestling

NEWPORT — Entering his third season as head wrestling coach for the Newport Cubs, Enrique Hernandez has seen the program go through several changes. He’s seen the number of wrestlers nearly quadruple since his first year. He’s also seen the wrestling facility expand to hold four-full sized mats, an extra mat room and an in-house weight room. But a lot of the change he’s seen is in his own coaching style. With more than 20 years of coaching under his belt, Hernandez continues to adapt his coaching philosophy to build better wrestlers — many changes go against the grain on how he approached the sport, both as a competitor and a coach. “We are changing our coaching perspective to try and make it more exciting, more fun for the kids,” he said. “Rather than making it place that they have to go work and that they hate doing most of the time. Wrestling is perceived as a lot of work and no one wants to do it.”

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Clanton climbs the ladder to lead Tigers hoops

LINCOLN CITY — It was six years ago when Danielle Clanton wanted to start coaching basketball. Unsure of where to start, the former junior college basketball player began coaching fifth and sixth graders at the community center in Lincoln City. Clanton worked her way up the coaching ranks, and after coaching elementary hoopers, she moved up to coach junior high basketball before earning her first high-school coaching gig last season with the junior varsity squad at Taft. When the Taft girls basketball team tip-off the season, Clanton will begin her first year coaching the varsity teams. “Some of the challenges is being able to take the confidence that I have and just work with it,” Clanton said. “I know what I’m doing, but me being a first-time head coach you always question yourself. But I know basketball, and I know these girls.”

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New coach brings new philosophies to Taft

LINCOLN CITY — In 2017, Taft wrestling practices will have to start later in evening than in years past. It isn’t because there is a lack of space, or because it’s the only time that works for the wrestlers. Practices are starting late because first-year Head Coach Robb Ellis has to drive back from Tillamook, where he is a counselor at Tillamook High School. Ellis was also the assistant wrestling coach at Tillamook. But when his son Joseph took an interest in wrestling and began to have success, continuing to coach in Tillamook while following his son’s sudden interest in the sport became a balancing act. “I started focusing on his career, and then he suddenly became a little above average just out of nowhere,” Ellis said. “It was awesome to see his growth.”

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Itching to finally be back

Once March Madness had ended the first week of April, Newport’s head basketball coach started to get an itch that he just couldn’t scratch. Doug Sain starts itching to get back to coaching the Newport boys basketball team. He has had to wait nearly eight months for the basketball season to start back up, which is broken up with over 30 games during the summer and open gyms. “Basketball season can’t come soon enough,” the third-year head coach said.

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Butler has one goal left

Since his early days of wrestling for the Siletz Mat Club, Isaac Butler has been setting long-term goals for what he wanted to accomplish in wrestling — goals such as continuing his wrestling in college, competing for the U.S. National Team and winning a state title. Entering his final year of high school wrestling for the Warriors, the goals that he once set himself have become a reality. College across the country are expressing interest in the wrestler from Siletz. This past summer, Butler traveled to Fargo, N.D., and Tulsa, Okla. to wrestle for the U.S. national team. But one goal that has eluded Butler is standing at the top of the podium as a state champion. “My goal is to win state,” Butler said. “I’m currently ranked No. 1 so I have to live up to the expectations.”

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