After a one-year hiatus, the Mail Tribune brought back its popular Pick-It Line competition this fall and found a familiar champion in sports reporter Kris Henry, who also won in 2016 and owns the most victories overall in the football challenge.
Mail Tribune staffers, Daily Tidings sports editor Danny Penza and a guest picker choose winners in 17 high school, college and pro football contests each week during the fall season, with the picks published each Friday. It ends annually with the Civil War game between Oregon and Oregon State.
Henry correctly picked that contest, a Ducks victory, and went 10-7 to finish 162-59 overall after 13 weeks and 221 games.
Sports reporter Warren Blenkush made a late push at the championship by going 12-5 in the final week to finish one game back at 161-60 overall.
Placing third was sports editor Tim Trower, who trailed Henry for first place by two games entering the last week but couldn’t close the gap with a 9-8 effort. Trower went 159-62 overall.
Sports reporter Frank Silow also trailed Henry by two games but fell off after going 7-10 in the final week to finish fourth at 157-64, while sports reporter Joe Zavala was fifth (8-9 in the final week, 151-70 overall).
Penza placed sixth in his debut year in the Pick-It Line, going 9-8 in the final week and 148-73 overall to edge out the guest picker, which saw 13 volunteers combine to go 141-80 after a 12-5 final week.