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Trower posts first Pick-It Line win

Mail Tribune sports editor Tim Trower earned victory in the Mail Tribune Pick-It Line for the first time.

Trower built a sizable, eight-game lead entering the final week, giving a him margin for error when he was the lone panelist to pick the school he attended, Oregon State, in the Civil War against Oregon. The Ducks won, 47-19.

As it turned out, Trower had the second-best record for the week at 11-6, giving him a season tally of 173-48.

The contest is a feature in the fall in Friday’s newspaper where MT staffers and one guest picker predict the outcomes of high school, college and pro football games. It ends annually with the Civil War week.

Sports reporter Frank Silow, a fixture near the top, was runner-up for the second straight year after winning in 2012. He was 164-57 overall and 10-7 last week.

Joe Zavala, sports editor of the Ashland Daily Tidings, vaulted into third place with a leading record of 12-5 last week. His overall mark was 159-62.

Sports reporters Kris Henry and Warren Blenkush tied for fourth (158-63), sports reporter Dan Jones was sixth (151-70) and the guest pickers combined for a record of 149-72, placing them seventh and last.

Also in the final week, Jones was 10-7, Blenkush was 9-8 and Henry and guest picker Al Workman were 8-9.