Gretchen Hoekstre: Aiming to win

It’s one of the great mysteries on the north Oregon coast.

How do the local high school track teams produce so many great throwers? As in discus tossers, shot putters and javelin throwers.

Year after year, athletes from Astoria, Seaside, Warrenton and Knappa win district and state championships, setting records and moving on to the college level.

Of course, Astoria has throws coach Bob Ellsberg, who turns out great athletes by the numbers. And Seaside has that whole strength and conditioning thing, with the husband-wife coaching team of Dan and Margie Leary.

Some of the great local throwers from the recent past include Astoria’s more at

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