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Vale’s Jason Johnson named coach of the year

Vale girls varsity basketball coach Jason Johnson signals to his team during a game earlier this season. Johnson was named the Eastern Oregon League coach of the year recently. (The Enterprise/Pat Caldwell)

VALE – By early January the prospects for the Vale girls varsity basketball team appeared bleak.

A 50-28 non-league loss to Baker translated into a 2-6 record for the Lady Vikings and their opening league game – against perennial Eastern Oregon League powerhouse Burns – loomed a week away.

Then, Vale dominated Weiser 55-40 Jan. 14 in a non-league contest and started on an 11-game win streak – including a 36-32 victory over the Hilanders – on the way to the league title.

Coach Jason Johnson, the man who guided the Vikings through their spectacular win streak, said the victory run was . . .