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Quick Links: Nate Yeskie In Line For A Big Raise and A Former OSU Gymnast Is A Ninja

Here are a few key notes from the past few days in Oregon State sports.

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  • Oregon State pitching coach Nate Yeskie has helped Pat Casey take the program to new heights over the last ten years. He’s developed countless fantastic pitchers, which as we know has helped Oregon State win quite a few baseball games and a national championship. Now, per Kendall Rogers of, Oregon State is now set to give Yeskie a huge payday, by baseball assistant coach standards, and make him one of the highest paid assistants in the college game.

  • Meanwhile, Australian olympian and former Oregon State gymnast Olivia Vivian is making headlines in her home country showing off her athletic prowess on television show Australian Ninja Warrior. If you’ve never seen the show, it’s a big obstacle course that only the fittest of the fit can make it through. On Sunday’s episode, Vivian became the show’s first female participant to make it through an obstacle called the Warped Wall. Watch it for yourself in the embedded tweet below. What badass the former Beav is!

  • Football season is getting closer and closer and closer. Not surprisingly, most of the national media is expecting Ohio State, Oregon State’s week one opponent to make a run at another appearance in the college football playoff. If you’re looking for some more reading material on the Buckeyes, SBN’s own Bill Connelly published his official Ohio State season preview yesterday. Give it a read here.

  • Also in football news, the Oregonian went through the entire history of Oregon State football and ranked the top 20 week OSU one games since 1950 if you want to take a walk down memory lane.

  • In sadder news, we lost one of the best Oregon State basketball players of all time in the last few days. Lonnie Shelton passed away at the age of 62 this past Sunday. Shelton had been having a mixture of health problems in the aftermath of suffering a heart attack back in May. He had reportedly been in a coma for the last month or so. Shelton played power forward at Oregon State from 1973-1976 playing in 80 games and averaged 16.2 points in his Beaver career. Shelton also played five years in the NBA and won a championship in 1979 with the Seattle Supersonics

The Seattle Times’ Bob Condotta wrote a retrospective of Shelton’s life and specifically his NBA days, if you’re feeling nostalgic. Rest in peace, Lonnie.