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Fan of both Gonzaga and Oregon State feels conflicted ahead of NCAA Tournament game

Dave Fehler is a Gonzaga fan because he was born and raised in Spokane. But he's also an Oregon State fan because he now lives in Salem.

CORVALLIS, Ore. — Those standing in line for the NCAA Tournament games in Corvallis will find fan Dave Fehler.

He’s a Gonzaga fan because he was born and raised in Spokane. He lived there from 1955 to 1981.

But Fehler also roots for Oregon State because he’s lived in Salem, Oregon from 1981 to present day.

“I’ve always followed the Gonzaga men’s and women’s team,” Fehler said. “Oregon State is where I worked for five years.”

The fan of both teams knew what he had to do when he saw the Zags were coming to Corvallis for a chance at the Sweet 16.

He bought tickets immediately. Fehler watched both teams play their first round games yesterday.

Now he’ll get to see his teams play each other for the first time.

The last time Gonzaga came to Corvallis for the 2015 NCAA Tournament, he couldn’t go because he had to umpire fast-pitch softball.

Fehler has had to dig deep to find out who he’ll cheer for and, after sorting through his emotions, he has decided who he wants to win.

“I think – because I’m friends with Katie McWilliams from Oregon State – I think I would root for Katie and OSU.”

But he says he still wants Gonzaga to do well.

“Go Zags,” Fehler said, “and Beavers.”

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