Class 5A

State heads for football title games

Road wins highlight weekend games; five championships on tap Saturday
Nov. 25, 2012

For a change, home teams didn't dominate one sports bracket Friday. In fact, the quarterfinals of the Class 6A playoffs were all won by road teams.

In an odd twist, Jesuit, Sheldon, Lake Oswego and Tigard all played and won on the road Friday to earn spots in the semifinals Saturday at Jeld-Wen Field.

The wins in Class 6A, though, were nothing compared to the upheaval that happened in Class 4A, where North Bend and Baker, who were seeded No. 3 and 4, respectively in their half of the 16-team playoff bracket, reached the title game - each after winning at least one road game, or in Baker's case, a three-overtime game. The teams, each at least four hours from Portland, will meet Saturday in the championship game at Hillsboro Stadium beginning at 1 p.m.

Saturday's games include five championship games and the two Class 6A semifinals, which involve traditional state contenders. Tigard and Lake Oswego, which won last year, play at noon, while Jesuit and Sheldon, which lost in the final a year ago, play at 4.

The Class 5A, 4A and 2A title games will be played at Hillsboro Stadium.

Following the Baker-North Bend final, Class 2A's Portland Christian and Oakland - both seeded third, will suit up for a 4:15 p.m. contest.

At 7:30 p.m. No. 1 Sherwood will take on second-seed Marist int he Class 5A final.



Roosevelt returns to Portland

The Roughriders rejoin the PIL among classification shifts
By Cliff Pfenning,

It was just two years ago that the Roosevelt High football team struggled to score a touchdown and then the school suffered an athletic indignity when it's athletic program got dropped from Class 5A to 4A, where it no longer played in the Portland Interscholastic League as it had for the previous eight decades.

Monday, the Roughriders returned to the PIL beginning in fall of 2012.

In a move unseen just a month earlier, Roosevelt requested and received approval from the OSAA Executive Board to move back to Class 5A where it will rejoin Benson, Cleveland, Franklin, Jefferson, Madison and Wilson as part of the longest-lasting district in the state. Roosevelt's attendance average allows for it to be classified as a 4A school, but schools are allowed to "play up" one classification upon request. Jefferson could also be classified as 4A due to its attendance.

Grant and Lincoln are also members of the PIL, but play at Class 6A as part of a special district that includes numerous other schools - from Redmond to South Eugene -  depending on the sport.

The Roughriders will rejoin the PIL as a favorite to win the league in football after a 6-3 season and ranking of No. 20 in Class 4A. Of the six PIL schools in 5A, only Jefferson posted a winning record (6-5) and five of its wins were over PIL schools, who finished ranked in the bottom five spots in Class 5A. During the 2009 season, the Roughriders were winless and were shutout four times, including their opening three games.

Roosevelt's move was one of a number of classification shifts that inluded Scio, which has played in the past three Class 2A football title games, moving up from 2A to 3A.

Most of the classification movement was downward.

Waldport, Myrtle Point and Grant Union moved from 3A to 2A, while Crow and Yoncalla moved from 2A to 1A.

Thurston (6A) and Toledo (3A) requested a move down, but were denied. Marshfield is looking into moving from 5A to 4A and South Eugene has also hinted at a move from 6A to 5A. If both Thurston and South Eugene moved to 5A, it would leave only Sheldon as a Class 6A school in the Eugene area.

Among the other news from the Executive Board meeting, the upcoming split of Redmond's student population will move the school to 5A, while the newly created Ridgeview High will enter athletic play as a 4A school.


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