COBO teams starting to form

Jefferson County Youth Basketball, in conjunction with the Central Oregon Basketball Organization, will hold sign-ups for its select basketball teams at 5 p.m., Nov. 7, in the Madras High School lobby.

There are teams for grades 5-8, and the organization is still looking for a fifth-grade coach.

To ensure a spot on a team, players will be required to pay a $100 deposit at the time of sign-ups, and other costs will be contingent upon the number of players on each team and any donations the program might receive.

The total fee will be due by the first game of the season, which is set for Dec. 15.

Practices wil begin Nov. 11, and teams will play 12 games in high schools around Central Oregon. There will be a year-end league tournament for each age level Feb. 22-23.

The teams can pull players from their high school district boundaries.

For more information on the sign-ups, contact JCYB director Allen Hair at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at 541-475-7265 ext. 334.

Warner Pacific to add wrestling

Warner Pacific College, located in Southeast Portland, will add men’s and women’s wrestling to its athletic program, beginning in the 2014-15 academic year.

Warner Pacific Athletic Director Jamie Joss announced the news Monday, and said the search for a head coach and recruiting will begin immediately.

The Knights’ men’s wrestling team will compete in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, like all of its other athletic programs, and will join Southern Oregon University as the second NAIA-affiliated team in Oregon.

Other men’s wrestling programs in Oregon include Oregon State University at the NCAA Divisioon I level, Pacific University at NCAA Division III, Southwestern Oregon Community College in Coos Bay and Clackmas Community College, along with SOU.

Warner Pacific previously fielded a men’s wrestling team from 1968-1975.

The women’s team will compete in the Women’s College Wrestling Association, which is the governing body for all college women’s wrestling teams, regardless of NAIA, NCAA or NJCAA affiliations.

The WCWA holds its national tournament every January.

The women’s team is the 15th team within the NAIA, which allows the sport to become nationally recognized by the governing body. The program is the third in Oregon, joining SWOCC and Pacific.

"We're thrilled to offer a robust athletics program that serves the needs of a wide variety of students," Warner Pacific President Andrea Cook said. "I believe men's and women's wrestling will provide many students new avenues in which to pursue their higher education goals, while strengthening their character through the principles inherent in Knights Athletics."

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