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Local sports events are worth a good look

Alumni Volleyball Tournament is Sunday while first home wrestling match is set for Jan. 3
There is a pair of local sports events coming up that you should definitely mark on your calendar.
   Although very different, both events will showcase top talent, and deserve recognition.
   This Sunday, the Rimrock Volleyball Club runs its annual alumni tournament. The tournament showcases past Rimrock Club players, many of whom are still playing in college. COCC also has a team in the tournament. In addition, several current Rimrock teams are scheduled to play including the Rimrock Nationals squad, which placed 37th at the national tournament this past summer.
   The tournament, which is free to the public, puts the top volleyball talent in Central Oregon on display.
   Last year, one of the alumni teams defeated the Rimrock Nationals squad in a hotly-contested match to win the championship. From all reports, this year’s entries will include several teams that should be competitive.
   The tournament is a true volleyball all-star event with several college players that were all-league, or even All-American, scheduled to play as well as a number of current all-state high school players. Even though the teams will have limited practice together, the talent that will be assembled in one place is incredible.
   The tournament is expected to run from 8:30 a.m. to approximately 4:30 in the afternoon, so drop in and check it out.
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   If you haven’t had a chance to see the Crook?County High School wrestling team yet this year, now is your chance. Thursday, Jan. 3, the team will finally have their first home match of the season.
   The Cowboys have looked impressive so far and are now ranked No. 1 in Class 4A. Crook County finished 6-0 at the Weisbrodt invitational last week, with all six wins coming over ranked opponents.
   However, that doesn’t mean that Thursday will be a run-away victory. The match pits possibly the two best teams in Central Oregon against each other.
   The Cowboys will host a Mountain View Cougar team that is much improved from past years. The Cougars are currently ranked fifth in Class 5A and looked strong in the Adrian Irwin Tournament a couple of weeks ago.
   The Cowboys have greater depth, so they should eventually come out on top. Nonetheless, the wrestling should be outstanding as the teams are clearly two of the best in Oregon.
   Action starts with JV wrestling at 5:30 p.m. Varsity wrestling follows approximately 20 minutes following the conclusion of the JV?match.