Lamenting the loss
of former Cougar coach
To the editor:
We lost a real life American hero on Feb. 11.
Former Canby High School wrestling coach Larry Wright was a father figure to literally thousands of young men. Coaching wrestling was his life and many of us followed closely in his footsteps.
His example was more than double leg takedowns and fireman's carry moves. He was able to instill values of honesty and a desire to set very high goals and then to go achieve them. Where can we find men like Larry?
He taught us to like it tough. He taught us to be punctual and to respect others. Back in 1966 we sat on desks and tables in the biology room where he taught. It was early in the morning before school and we listened to his laughter and stories about wrestling heroes who came before us.
We heard him brag about Oregon State University and the great coach Dale Thomas who led the Beavers. Little did I know that I would earn a scholarship at his beloved OSU and follow him to All-American status.
And later, when I was coaching state champion wrestlers of my own, my thoughts wandered back to my days as a Canby Cougar. Where will young boys find men like that to admire and emulate?
I know I speak for many many Cougar wrestlers who mourn his loss and only hope to leave as much good in the world.
Herald podcast offers
quite a bit to like
To the editor:
I have to admit that I find your new podcast, "Canby Vibe" to be a good listen.
I enjoy some of the behind-the-scenes tidbits that the show offers, as well as a deeper dive into what it might mean to Canby and even to your panel of reporters.
And it's obvious your staff has a real nice rapport with each other and I find that to be really entertaining.
It's a unique podcast that has elements of information, analysis, critique and just plain old fun. I find it to be enjoyable and informative, which I appreciate.