With the Major League Baseball All-Star game having been played this week, and the fact that it was Derek Jeter’s last appearance in the Mid-Summer Classic, there has been way too much talk by the talking heads on ESPN and other networks about Jeter’s place in baseball history.

He was a very consistent, if not great player, and he deserves all the accolades he is and has been receiving. But the not-so-new question that so many talking heads, the so-called experts, are asking is if he deserves to be on the Mount Rushmore of New York Yankee history.

You know the question — if you had to pick the four greatest players to ever wear the colors of one team, which ones do you pick?

I could care less if Jeter makes that list.

As a lifelong Red Sox fan, I was in front of the TV in 1975 when Carlton Fisk hit the homer in game six and lost a girlfriend when the ball made its way through Bill Buckner’s legs in game six in 1986. I don ’t concern myself with what the Yankees do, as long as they lose.

But with this Mount Rushmore thing becoming an even hotter topic in sports, I thought it would be interesting to see if I could come up with a Mount Rushmore of Jefferson County sports.

Being that I am new to the area, I am asking for your expertise and knowledge on this subject. And this is what I have in mind.

I think everyone would agree that Jacoby Ellsbury would be one of the faces on this mountain, but who would the other three be? We can start this process by breaking this debate down to the three communities in the county.

If there was a Mount Madras, a Mount Culver and a Mount Warm Springs, whose faces would appear on the cliff sides? Who are the four greatest athletes or coaches to come out of the three communities that make up this county?

And out of those 12, could we then make a true Mount Jefferson? I think we can.

So, from now until Aug. 31, email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your vote on who should be on each facade and why. I will tally up the votes and on Sept. 3, I’ll reveal each community’s top four and then the county’s ultimate Mount Rushmore of sports figures.

Everyone in Culver already knows just how good the Bulldog wrestling program is, and has been. Now, the rest of the state and the country will have an opportunity to find out.

Bob Allen is in the process of writing a book about Oregon’s rich wrestling history, from the high school level and up. He is focusing the book on the state’s top individuals, teams and coaches.

When it comes out, sometime time next year I think, look for a certain someone in Culver and the program he has built, to not only be mentioned, but get significant play.

Yeah, I know, tough to keep it a secret, but J.D. Alley is pretty damn good at what he does. I’m not sure how much play Alley will get in the book, but Allen has asked the Pioneer for pictures of him in action.

Always nice to see the little guy get some recognition. Even if he most likely doesn’t want it.

So, many of you may know that I am a football guy. I’m from Texas, so how could I not be a football guy?

I went to the high school that was the subject of the book, and unfortunately, the movie, Friday Night Lights. Football, for better or worse, was in my blood before I was even born.

I was a witness to an incredible time in Texas high school sports and I’ll gladly share those stories with anyone that wants to hear them. I always look forward to the fall, because it is football season.

But I have to say that for the first time in my sports writing career, I am really looking forward to the fall for another reason.


Simply put, my experience covering volleyball has not been a good one.

For so many years, I was stuck with teams that not only struggled to win, they had trouble getting the ball over the net. You could see it on the faces of the kids, and the coaches, before a match started; they didn’t want to be there.

And neither did I.

The only thing worse than covering a bad team, is covering a team that doesn’t care if it’s bad.

That shouldn’t be an issue this year.

With two of the premier programs in the state right here in Jefferson County (Culver is one of the top programs in Class 2A and Madras has become a 4A power), my aversion to volleyball will most likely change.

And I welcome that. I really do.

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