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PHOTOS BY BOB WILLIAMS

Brennan Murphy: Throwing down, flying high

By Ron Hartman / [email protected]

COTTAGE GROVE – With a 5-4 record, the Cottage Grove Lions aren’t exactly a high-flying bunch.

It was refreshing, though, for the Lions and their fans to see senior star Brennan Murphy earn his wings again. Murphy scored a career-high 30 points on the first day of the Cottage Grove Holiday Tournament, lifting the Lions to a thrilling 72-69 victory over South Umpqua. 

Stayton won the two-day tournament, topping Cottage Grove 54-45 in the championship game on Thursday, Dec. 22. 

“So far, they’re the tallest team we’ve faced, hopefully that’s the tallest team we see this year,” Murphy said after the tournament. “They were 6-6 and 6-7 up front. I’m 6-4.”

In case you missed it…

Oregon steelhead production remains consistent

BY FRANK ARMENDARIZ

Reports of winter steelhead finding their way home to Oregon’s coastal rivers have been modest although somewhat persistent throughout the length of the far western part of our state.

In part one of a two-part series I will give you a general overview of all the winter steelhead possibilities on the top steelhead rivers from the lower Columbia River south to the Siuslaw River.

In part two, I’ll break down the rivers south to the California Border. Sandwiched in between, in my next column for The Chronicle, I will bring you an exclusive interview with Jeff Ziller, the managing biologist for the southern Willamette district of the Oregon Department of Wildlife.

On the expectation that the EWEB Board of Directors will soon vote to make charges to the Leaburg hydroelectric project – including  completely removing Leaburg Dam. Concerns that the operation of Leaburg Hatchery could be suspended, that hatchery salmon and steelhead would no longer be released in the McKenzie, that the

McKenzie will become a wild fish, catch and release river only … and other rumors have circulated in the fishing and guide communities, and with Ziller’s help, I will do my best to separate fact from fiction. That comes up in two weeks.

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