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Former Lower Columbia College standout Nina Bailey has been a solid contributor with the Eastern Oregon University volleyball team.

Bailey, a junior with the NAIA 13th-ranked Mountaineers, has amassed 31 kills in 29 sets. She had three kills and four block assists in a 3-1 win over Northwest Christian, collected three kills in a 3-1 win over Northwest University, and had three kills in a 3-1 loss to 10th-ranked Southern Oregon.

At the Net

Woodland’s Haley Yoder, a junior middle hitter at Warner Pacific, had 13 kills in a 3-2 loss to Northwest University, and nine kills and five digs in a 3-2 loss to The Evergreen State College. Yoder is ranked first on her team in aces (14), block assists (26), solo blocks (9), and second in kills with 129. … Another Woodland player, Sierra Orr, is a junior libero/defensive specialist at Eastern Connecticut University. Orr had six digs in a 3-0 sweep of Husson University. … Kelso’s Katelyn Brandenburg, a freshman middle blocker at Concordia University, had nine kills and four block assists in a 3-0 loss to Central Washington, and had two kills, three solo blocks and six block assists in a 3-0 sweep of Northwest Nazarene. ... Another Kelso player, Kendall Broschat, is a sophomore middle blocker at Edmonds College. Broschat had six kills and four block assists in a 3-0 sweep of Shoreline, and had five kills and two block assists in a 3-0 win over Highline. … Ex-Lower Columbia College outside hitter Sydney Eli, now a sophomore at Everett College, is ranked first among the Trojans in solo blocks, and second in kills and block assists. She had six kills in a 3-0 loss to Skagit Valley, and five kills in 3-0 losses to Shoreline and Whatcom. ... Toutle Lake grads Evy Elting and Mayhala Kruse are playing volleyball at Centralia College. Elting, who has 11 kills and four block assists as a middle blocker, had five kills and three block assists in a 3-1 loss to Highline. Kruse, a freshman defensive specialist, had seven digs in the loss to Highline.

On the Gridiron

Kalama’s Hunter Esary, a redshirt sophomore defensive lineman at Humboldt State University, has six solo tackles, 13 tackle assists, a quarterback and a quarterback hurry. In a 37-21 loss to Azusa Pacific, Esary had three solo tackles and two tackle assists. … Skylen O’Brien, an R.A. Long graduate and a junior defensive lineman at Western Oregon University, has seven solo tackles, three tackle assists, two quarterback hurries, a quarterback sack, a fumble recovery and a pass breakup. In a 13-7 win over Texas A&M-Kingsville, O’Brien had two tackle assists and a tackle for loss. … Woodland’s Tristan Thomas, a sophomore linebacker at Pacific Lutheran University, has two solo tackles, five tackle assists, a quarterback sack and a tackle for loss this season. … Another Woodland grad, Zach Lacey, is a senior defensive lineman at Eastern Oregon University. Lacey has three solo tackles, nine tackle assists, three tackles for loss, two quarterback sacks and a blocked kick. In a recent 54-51 win over Montana Western, he had a solo tackle, two tackle assists, 1.5 tackles for loss, and a quarterback sack. … R.A. Long’s Gunnar Blix, a redshirt sophomore linebacker at Eastern Oregon, has five solo tackles, six tackle assists and a tackle for loss.

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Sports Reporter

Rick is a 29-year veteran of The Daily News, and the lead Lower Columbia College athletics reporter. In addition, he tracks former area prep athletes and assists several other beats. He is a Mark Morris grad with a business management degree from LCC.

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