Prep

High schools hit the road

Teams set travel plans for state tournaments
By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports.com

The end of the high school basketball season drew into clear view Saturday night for three of the six classifications across the state.

With the first and/or second round of games complete, the eight-team fields for the Class 3A, 2A and 1A state tournaments were set and hotel arrangements were busily being made for Coos Bay, Pendleton and Baker City.

Among the teams was Portland's De La Salle North Catholic, which beat Colton 73-29 at its home court located at the Salvation Army to reach the tournament for the sixth consecutive year. In three of those years, the Knights have reached the title game only to lose each time, including the past two seasons.

This year, coach James Broadous said after the win the team might try a different approach to the tournament.

"We're thinking about staying at a different hotel," Broadous said. "We've got one assistant coach who is a bit superstitious, and we have to raise the money to travel, too. So, that might be something that happens."

De La Salle is the top seed in the Class 3A tournament having improved to 24-1 overall with its only loss coming to Tualatin's Horizon Christian, which played its way in Saturday as well. Also in the tournament is Dayton, which beat De La Salle in last year's final.

The top four seeds in five of the six upcoming playoff brackets reached the final eight. Only third-seeded Damascus Christian lost in the Round of 16 in Class 1A boys, falling to visiting Joseph 55-43 Saturday. Joseph won two road games to advance to Baker City.  

Here are the quarterfinal match-ups.

CLASS 3A

At Marshfield HS/North Bend HS

BOYS, Thursday at Marshfield

Blanchet Catholic vs. Horizon Christian, 1:30 p.m.; De La Salle vs. Irrigon, 3:15 p.m.; Dayton vs. Oregon Episcopal, 6:30 p.m.; Cascade Christian vs. Santiam Christian, 8:15 p.m.

GIRLS, Thursday at North Bend

Salem Academy vs. Nyssa, 1:30 p.m.; Clatskanie vs. Blanchet Catholic, 3:15 p.m.; Creswell vs. Rainier, 6:30 p.m.; Coquille vs. Dayton, 8:15 p.m.

 

CLASS 2A

At Pendleton Convention Center/Pendleton HS

BOYS, Thursday at Pendleton Convention Center

Western Mennonite vs. Grant Union, 1:30 p.m.; Oakland vs. Toledo, 3:15 p.m.; Vernonia vs. Knappa, 6:30 p.m.; Kennedy vs. Columbia Christian, 8:15 p.m.

GIRLS, Thursday at Pendleton HS

Heppner vs. Kennedy, 1:30 p.m.; Faith Bible vs. Grant Union, 3:15 p.m.; St. Paul vs. Oakland, 6:30 p.m.; Monroe vs. Gold Beach, 8:15 p.m.

 

CLASS 1A

At Baker High School

BOYS, Thursday

Pacific vs. Hosanna Christian, 1:30 p.m.; Triad vs. Nixyaawii, 3:15 p.m.; Joseph vs. Jordan Valley, 6:30 p.m.; Prairie City vs. Sherman, 8:15 p.m.

GIRLS, Wednesday

Country Christian vs. Joseph, 1:30 p.m.; Jordan Valley vs. Days Creek, 3:15 p.m.; Powder Valley vs. Hosanna Christian, 6:30 p.m.; Damascus Christian vs. Nixyaawii, 8:15 p.m.

 

 

Coaching, playing and photography

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Capturing the moment easily gets lost in a career
By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports.com

This weekend I'll probably coach my son for the final time in a sporting event.

It's been quite a few seasons, and a lot of fun, mostly, anyway.

We started with his first throw of a small, plush football that was a perfect spiral at age 18 months. And, while we never got to the level of club teams for more than a season, playing a sport three seasons per school year has been a wonderful experience and forged a strong bond between us. Until the teenage years, at least.

As we draw to a close in the Portland Parks Goldenball basketball season, it's a time to look back and think upon what I taught my son and/or what I hoped he learned from all the seasons of soccer, basketball, baseball and one season of football and lacrosse.

I'm not sure I have a good answer, which is a bit disappointing.

In contemplating these two thoughts, though, I reinforced my belief that photography is something every parent should focus on more as it relates to their children. And, it should be taught as a basic requirement in the education system. People should know how to take good pictures, how to print them out and what their importance is in the world.

It's something that should be talked about at the start of every season for every team - "hey, make sure we capture some of these moments on film (they're going to be printed on paper).

For one thing, pictures don't lie, at least not without Photoshop.

And, they tell stories that don't need words - words being one of the great methods of ruining any situation in parenting.

A whole lot of teams, especially ones that play indoors, have a handle on the value of photos at the end of a season through "Senior Night." That's when seniors and their families get a moment to celebrate the close of their son or daughter's athletic career with public recognition and a family picture. It's a very strong moment for most of these families and captured with a photo.

Or course, you don't know when your athletic career might end, so getting a photo from every season is important.

This past week I did the play-by-play for a webcast of the Grant at Jefferson boys basketball game, which was a great experience especially as the color guy ended up being Portland Community College coach Tony Broadous. We had a great time and the webcast showcased that, but I missed having someone take a photo of us, which would have multiplied the value of the experience. Thursday, I sang the national anthem at a high school basketball game ... with a parent as a duet, but missed getting a photo, which would have made my Facebook page go wild.

It's not something just for athletics either. How many parents are able to get a photo of their son or daughter studying? Some of the great photos from American history are of people just thinking - President John Kennedy and his brother Bobby during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

The skill of photography that might be taught is how to isolate specific photos. Everyone has a camera now via their cell phone, and can take thousands of pictures. They forward many of those photos to social media, and that's where the photos end. Getting a physical copy of photos is a tremendous loss in our society.

I think I have enough good pictures of my son, and daughter's athletic career, too, that I feel good about how he'll look back upon all those practices and games in two, five, 10 years and beyond. How we will look back upon them as we grow older.

 

 

Roseburg leads repeat champions

indians take fifth title along with Culver at wrestling finals
By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports.com

PORTLAND - The state rankings might have had Roseburg's wrestling program ranked third going into the state tournament this weekend, but with 22 qualifiers the Indians largely just needed to perform to their individual seedings and they would likely win their fifth consecutive Class 6A title. And, they did.

Roseburg outdueled Newberg, Sprague and David Douglas to win its fifth consecutive title before the annual cheering crowd that shows up for the state's five divisions and the newly introduced girls tournament. Roseburg finished with 252 points to Newberg's 223.5, with Sprague coming in at 192 and David Douglas at 161. The Indians have won 10 titles in the past 12 years.

Culver matched Roseburg's five consecutive titles with a decisive win at the Class 2A level, nearly doubling second-place Central Linn's results, 201.5-104.

In the other three classes, last year's runner-ups all improved and won team titles: Dallas at 5A, Crook County at 4A and Willamina/Falls City at 3A.

The title for Willamina/Falls City was the program's first, while Dallas won it's second having won previously in 2012.

Crook County has won five of the past six 4A titles.

 

Big surprise highlights swim finals

North Bend gets a late win, Newport breaks through among repeats
By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports.com

GRESHAM - In the lull between the final two events at the Class 4A state swim finals at Mt. Hood Community College Saturday, North Bend coach Sasha Trichler tracked down her nearby swimmers and showed the a key result - Catlin Gabel had been disqualified from the final relay event. And, that bumped the Bulldogs into first.

It was an unexpected state championship and the girls reacted accordingly.

On the boys side of the same meet, Newport won its first title, although without the drama as it dominated the meet.

In the Class 6A meet there was plenty of drama in scoring for the girls, and Sunset edged Jesuit by 1.5 points, which in the overall aspects of the meet boiled down to a few tenths of seconds in numerous races. Jesuit's boys won their fourth straight title.

Bend won the boys and girls 5A titles for the second consecutive year.

 

Newberg keeps Cheer streak alive

Tigers win sixth straight, Westview, South Albany repeat
By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports.com

PORTLAND - Newberg, Westview and South Albany all retained state titles at the Oregon Cheerleading state finals Saturday on what was a record-setting day at Memorial Coliseum.

Three of the six divisions were decided by less that two points, and two were by less than one point, a record for most divisions being decided by such close margins.

Tualatin edged Thurston in the Coed Large division 181.80 to 181.50, earning the school its first title since 2012, and first in the coed division.

At 4A, Henley edged Newport by just 0.90 points to win only its second title, and keep the Cubs from winning their first.

Central Linn won its first title by scoring an upset of two-time champion Delphian, 161.50-160.20.

Newberg had the high score of the day at 202.40, and retained the small coed title it won last year after winning the 6A Small division for four consecutive years.

Westview had the high score for a non-coed team at 194.50 with a nearly flawless routine.

South Albany won its third-straight title at Class 5A.

Overall, a record 27 schools competed in the coed divisions.

WESTVIEW TITLE VIDEO

SOUTH ALBANY TITLE VIDEO

HENLEY TITLE VIDEO

CENTRAL LINN TITLE VIDEO

TUALATIN TITLE VIDEO - check back

NEWBERG TITLE VIDEO

PHIL DUNPHY BIG AIR AWARD (Tualatin) - check back

PHIL DUNPHY SPIRIT AWARD VIDEO (Hiram Luis, Gladstone) - check back

OSAA CHEERLEADING CHAMPIONSHIPS

COED LARGE

Tualatin 181.80, Thurston 181.50, Lebanon 164.10, McMinnville 161.70, North Medford 141.30.

COED SMALL

Newberg 202.40, David Douglas 191.40, West Albany 178.60, Gladstone 172.70, Sherwood 162.60.

 

Jeff still owns Portland

No. 1 Democrats survive No. 2 Grant again, 72-68
By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports.com

PORTLAND - Jefferson's K'lum Strickland grabbed a key turnover and made two free throws with 7.5 seconds left to secure a 72-68 victory over Grant Friday night in a battle between the state's top Class 6A teams that was everything it was everything fans had hoped for.

And, there were a lot of fans as school officials cut off ticket sales 30 minutes before the game started at 7:15 p.m.

Jefferson led 67-58 before the Generals fought back to tie the game at 68 with one minute left. But, the Demos got a basket and then Strickland's two free throws to score the third win this year, and eighth consecutive overall, against their neighborhood rivals. Grant has not beaten Jefferson since the Democrats moved back to 6A from 5A three years ago.

The Democrats beat Grant earlier this season 79-74 at the Les Schwab Invitational, 81-80 in early January befor a packed house at Marshall High, then Friday. They also beat the Generals in the quarterfinals of the state playoffs last season.

 

 

Wrestlers hit big stage

Five classes move toward state titles
By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports.com

PORTLAND - It's always one of the most exciting days of the year for high school sports in Oregon - the first day of the state wrestling meet.

Memorial Coliseum gets filled with 10 mats and hundreds of wrestlers from across the state head out for two, sometimes three matches as the 12-hour session takes place.

As the day works its way along, team scores begin to showcase which squads have been best prepared to stand atop the team podium and the Indians of Roseburg were working their way back to that spot in Class 6A having qualified a tournament-best 22 wrestlers.

Roseburg had plenty of competition, though, from Sprague, Newberg and David Douglas with the big points set for Saturday's semifinals and finals.

At 5A, Dallas and Crater, which finished second and first, respectively last year, had separated themselves.

At 4A, Crook County led Sweet Home and Tillamook.

At 3A, Harrisburg led through most of the day with its goal of winning a title for the first time.

And at 2A, four-time champion Culver, which has won 10 times in the past 11 years, already had a dominant lead.

 

Jesuit takes command of state swim finals

Friday prelims lead to Saturday finals in Gresham
By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports.com

GRESHAM - Defending champion Jesuit had the top time in two of the three relays Friday and set itself up for another boys Class 6A state title in the Oregon Swimming Championships at the Mt. Hood Community College Aquatics Center.

The Crusaders stood first in the 200 Medley Relay and 400 Freestyle Relay and got the top time for the 500 freestyle out of junior Trent Martinez.

The girls team race looked much more competitive with the defending champion Crusaders getting stiff competition from Sunset, which topped the 200 and 400 Freestyle Relays and had the top time in the 100 Freestyle from senior Alayna Connor, 200 Medley from sophomore Tia Lindsay and 200 Freestyle from senior Angie Lindsay.

The finals begin Saturday at 9 a.m. for Class 6A teams with Class 5A and 4A finals following throughout the day.

 

 

Jefferson, Grant on collision course

Grant plays at Jefferson with national attention online
Staff report

The top ranking in the state for boys basketball has fluctuated between Jefferson and Sprague for the last month, but it's finally where most of the passionate fans think it should be - with the defending Class 6A champion Democrats, who have yet to lose to an Oregon team this season.

But, Jefferson gets another solid test Friday when it plays host to No. 2 Grant in North Portland, with the game being webcast on Oregonsports.com.

Viewers in Texas are lining up to catch a glimpse of Jefferson's Kamaka Hepa, who has signed with the Longhorns. The Demos Robert Akil signed with Western Oregon two weeks ago, although as a football player.

Grant will be looking to beat the Democrats for the first time in more than three years having lost twice this season by a combined six points.

The Demos beat the Generals three times last year, including the quarterfinals of the state playoffs.

Friday's game was once scheduled by the district to be played at the Chiles Center at the University of Portland, but Jefferson coach Pat Strickland lobbied to have the game played at Jefferson to maintain homecourt advantage. The UP game would have included the Grant vs. Benson girls game.

Coverage of the game begins live at 7 p.m. on Oregonsports.com

 

 

Swimmers head for finals

Jesuit, Sunset programs head to Gresham as favorites
Staff report

Jesuit High and neighborhood rival Sunset head to Gresham this week as the favorites to win yet another state championship in boys and girls swimming.

Jesuit has won the past three boys titles after Sunset had a run of four straight, while the two schools won the past two girls titles.

Last year, Jesuit topped Sunset in the boys final, while Sunset topped Jesuit in the girls.

The preliminary rounds are Friday at Mt. Hood Community College for the 6A, 5A and 4A meets, with the finals beginning Saturday morning for 6A schools.

Hillsboro and Sweet Home are the defending boys champions at 5A and 4A, respectively.

Bend and Sweet Home are the defending girls champions at 5A and 4A, respectively.

A team hasn't repeated at the 4A boys meet since Summit in 2015, and Sweet Home in 2010 for the 4A meet.

In the girls finals, Summit last repeated in 2014, while Sweet Home is the two-time champion at 4A.

 

 

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