Dedication pays off for Harper’s Morgan Butler

Morgan Butler throws a discus during the 1A track and field state championships held last week at Western Oregon University in Monmouth. (Photo by Steve Talbot)

HARPER – Dedicated, passionate and coachable – those are just a few of the words community members use to describe Harper High School senior Morgan Butler.  

Growing up on his family’s ranch in Juntura, Butler has learned the value of hard work and perseverance. 

Friendly and affable, he’s also known at school as a friend to all.

In athletics, he’s been a force to be reckoned with despite significant injuries that dogged him through high school.

This season in track and field, he dominated in discus, long jump, and the 200- and 400-meter dashes. At last week’s state meet in Monmouth, Butler finished first in discus . . .