A student at Linn-Benton Community College, Cody Gotchall is a passionate community volunteer who has worked with nonprofit organizations such as the Heartland Humane Society and Habitat for Humanity. Cody Gotchall is a former Oregon State University (OSU) student and enjoys following the school’s baseball team.
For the second consecutive year, the OSU Beavers have had five players selected in the annual Major League Baseball (MLB) Amateur Draft. One player, Jake Thompson, a 6-foot-1, 200-pound right-handed pitcher, was selected in the fourth round by the Boston Red Sox. A native of Florence, Oregon, Thompson spent four seasons at OSU, where he compiled a career win-loss record of 20-7 to go along with an earned run average (ERA) of 3.14. He allowed only 181 hits and struck out 199 batters through 232 innings. He had a career-best season in 2017 when he won 14 of his 19 starts and recorded an impressive ERA of 1.96.
On July 7 Thompson agreed to a professional contract worth $350,000, which is roughly $45,000 below the slot value for where he was selected. Upon signing with the Red Sox he was sent to the Lowell Spinners, the team’s minor-league affiliate in the New York-Pennsylvania League.
A graduate of Crescent Valley High School, Cody Gotchall was a member of the school’s robotics team and earned National Honor Society recognition. Upon graduating in 2014, Cody Gotchall took courses at Oregon State University (OSU), where he enjoyed watching the school’s baseball team.
Despite missing most of the past two seasons due to recovering from Tommy John surgery, Drew Rasmussen was the first of five OSU players selected in the 2017 Major League Baseball (MLB) Amateur Draft. The right-handed pitcher was selected 31st overall by the Tampa Bay Rays following a college career in which he posted a 14-5 record to go along with a 2.68 earned run average (ERA). He was dominant in his six appearances upon return from injury in 2017 as he posted a 0.83 ERA and 22 strikeouts in 21.2 innings.
However, all signs point to Rasmussen returning to OSU next season after he was unable to come to a contract agreement with the Rays. The hard-throwing pitcher was previously selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 2014 MLB Draft, but opted to join OSU instead. After failing to reach an agreement with the Rays, Rasmussen sought free agent status, but was denied by MLB. He has two more years of college eligibility.
American Red Cross
A student at Linn-Benton Community College iLearn, Cody Gotchall has spent the past several years volunteering with numerous organizations. Over the years, Cody Gotchall has helped such groups as Habitat for Humanity and SAGE Garden. He also has donated blood to the American Red Cross since 2012.
In addition to providing disaster relief and training services, the American Red Cross takes and distributes blood donations. Because of blood shortages, the American Red Cross issued an emergency call for blood donations in early July 2017.
During the two months leading up to July, the American Red Cross was sending platelet and blood donations to hospitals faster than it was receiving donations. There was roughly 61,000 fewer donations than what the organization needed to meet the demand of hospitals. The organization believed this shortage resulted from fewer blood drives. Many drive sponsors had their vacation time during the summer, especially around Independence Day, and this resulted in close to 700 fewer blood drives organized during the week of July 4.
To address this shortage, the American Red Cross called for emergency donations. The organization reminds individuals that donating blood and platelets is a relatively simple process and that most individuals above the age of 17 are eligible to give.
A college student based in Corvallis, Oregon, Cody Gotchall plans to pursue a career in the field of mathematics. Outside of his other pursuits, Cody Gotchall spends his free time reading, listening to music, and playing cribbage.
Derived from an earlier card game called noddy, cribbage was invented in the 17th century by Sir John Suckling, a wealthy English poet, soldier, and noted card player. The popularity of cribbage spread to North America, thanks to English colonists who brought the game to the shores of New England. Cribbage was especially popular among fishermen and sailors, who needed a way to pass the time while at sea.
The game’s popularity with sailors really took off during World War II. Considered the unofficial game of Navy submariners, cribbage was played throughout the US sub fleet. Cribbage is still part of Navy tradition. A “lucky” cribbage board used on the famous USS Wahoo is kept in the Navy’s oldest active submarine. Once the sub is decommissioned, the board is passed along to the next oldest vessel in the fleet.
Although cribbage isn’t as popular as other card games, it is still enjoyed worldwide. In the United States, the American Cribbage Congress sponsors hundreds of sanctioned tournaments across the country. The organization was instrumental in making John Suckling’s birthday, February 10, the official National Cribbage Day.