Rodriguez brings ‘thunder’ to the soccer field

Thunder Rodriguez (third from left) hangs with some friends recently after a game of soccer. (The Enterprise/Kristine de Leon).

ONTARIO – Thunder Rodriguez exudes equal parts defiance and desire when he’s playing soccer.

“He’s an outgoing kind of guy with high spirits,” said Daniel Dominguez, the junior varsity boys soccer coach at Ontario High School. “He motivates his team.”

On the field, the 16-year-old today looks nothing like the troubled teenager who appeared before the Malheur County Juvenile Court judge three years ago.

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