Class 6A

Jesuit/LO meet again; Mac's night?

TUESDAY, JAN 8 The Crusaders and Lakers met in state and LSI Finals
Jan. 8, 2013

Lake Oswego and Jesuit are getting pretty familiar with themselves on a high school basketball court.

After meeting in the Class 6A boys state final in March, the teams met in the Les Schwab Invitational in December, with each team winning once. Jesuit won the bigger of the two games - it's fourth-straight state final, but LO showed it's more than capable of ending that run with a victory in the LSI, Dec. 29.

Tonight, they meet at Jesuit in a highlight event of the day, beginning at 7 p.m.

The Winterhawks look to extend their current win streak to 11 straight and get goaltender Mac Carruth his 106th victory for the team, which would establish a franchise record. The Hawks (33-5-1-0, 67 points) play Prince George (12-22-1-4, 29 points) at Memorial Coliseum at 7 p.m.

Early in the day, the Portland Timbers will introduce their new head coach, Caleb Porter, to the media today. Porter comes to the team from the University of Akron, where he coached team standout Darlington Nagbe.

And, Springfield and Willamette meet in Class 5A girls basketball in a rematch of the state title game last year, which the Millers won. The teams met at the Nike Interstate Shootout at Lake Oswego, with the Wolverines winning that game.



Club Volleyball gets underway with regional qualifiers


Lake Oswego beats Central Catholic in boys basketball



Sheldon finally gets over LO hurdle

Irish edge the Lakers 13-6 in defensive showdown for 6A football title
Dec. 8, 2012 / By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal

After two season of misery at the hands and feet of the Lake Oswego Lakers, the Sheldon Irish got some vengeance at the best possible time - with the state championship on the line.

With a pair of field goals by kicker Nathan Starnes providing the scoring difference, Sheldon avenged last season's loss in the title game with a 13-6 victory at Jeld-Wen Field Saturday afternoon.

Sheldon's defense stymied the Lake Oswego offense throughout the game other than a 12-yard scoring drive set-up by a fumble that gave the Lakers a 6-3 lead when the point-after was blocked. Sheldon responded with a 75-yard scoring drive of its own to take a 10-6 lead when Connor Strahm ran in from a yard out and Starnes hit the extra point.

Starnes added another kick just moments later and the Irish held on defense - ending the game with five turnovers - for the schools fourth title since 2002.

Sheldon finished 14-0, while Lake Oswego finished 13-1.

The Irish have lost just twice in the past to seasons - both to Lake Oswego in the playoffs.

"They ended our season im misery the last two seasons, so it's nice to get back at them this year," Sheldon junior Tanner Davis said. 

Both teams moved the ball offensively, but with only the one sustained drive for a touchdown. Starnes' field goals were from 27 and 26 yards, and he missed another short kick that would have made the score 16-6 late in the fourth quarter.

The Irish picked off Lake Oswego quarterback Justen Ruppe four times and held the team to 3 of 10 on third down, and only 1 of 3 on fourth downs.

Sheldon finished with 243 yards of offense on 59 plays, while Lake Oswego had 269 yards on 55 plays.

With only six penalties to slow the game, it lasted just two hours, 19 mninutes, which included stoppages for television breaks.


South Medford, Westview set to meet in girls final

Top-ranked Panthers storm into their first final against seasoned Wildcats
March 9, 2012 / By Cliff Pfenning,

South Medford continued on its mission to create a program legacy by reaching the Class 6A girls basketball state final for the first time Friday at the Rose Garden.

The top-ranked Panthers made 25 of 35 free-throw attempts and beat Central Catholic 62-45 in a battle of unbeatens.

Yaremi Mejia made just 1 of 9 field-goal attempts, but hit 12 of 13 from the free-throw line to score a game-high 15 points for South, which had never been to a semifinal before this season.

The Panthers will play Westview, which beat West Linn 63-48 behind 22 points from Toni Doroha and 14 points from Jaime Nared.

Westview won the title in 2000, three seasons after playing in the 1997 final.


CLASS 5A - All-Midwestern League Final

Eugene-area rivals Springfield and Willamette will play one another for the third time this season in the championship game Saturday at Matthew Knight Arena.

Springfield, the defending champion, won the first two games, which are part of its 24-game winning streak. The Millers beat Bend 53-23 in their semifinal, giving up their highest total since Feb. 18.

Willamette, which has lost only to Springfield this season, beat West Albany - last season's runner-up - 47-33.


CLASS 4A - Henley, Sutherlin battle into championship game

Top-seeded Sutherlin beat Banks and Henley survived an overtime battle with Philomath in semifinal games at Gill Coliseum.

The Bulldogs returned to the final for the second time in five years, having won the school's first title in 2008.

Henley is back in a final for the first time since 1991, when it won its second title.



Large schools get to business

Class 6A, 5A, 4A teams play into state tournaments
March 3, 2012 / By Cliff Pfenning,

It's down to crunch time for the large schools in prep basketball.

And, almost all of the top teams will be involved - all of them but Westview.

Only one team seeded No. 1 in the Class 6A, 5A and 4A playoffs lost Friday, while only one home team lost in boys baskteball Saturday in the way to the eight-team tournaments. The biggest upset, although it wasn't technically an upset, happened at David Douglas, where the second-seeded Scots beat third seed Westview Saturday, 54-53. Westview, which features Kansas-bound Landen Lucas, reached the boys final the past two seasons.

Girls quarterfinal action begins Wednesday at three sites in the Willamette Valley, while boys quarterfinals begin Thursday.

State finals are set for Saturday night for Class 6A teams at the Rose Garden, Matthew Knight Arena for Class 5A and Gill Coliseum for Class 4A schools.

Among the top stories is South Medford, which has never played past the quarterfinals, ranked No. 1 at Class 6A, and coming off a 98-54 win over Tualatin Friday - the highest score of any boys or girls team in the playoffs. Defending champion Jesuit was an upset victim Friday, 66-48 at St. Mary's.

Jesuit's boys team, which has won the last three 6A tournaments, returns. The tournament features both North and South Medford, who will play each others Thursday at 3:15 p.m. at the Rose Garden in the quarterfinals.

At 5A, Benson, which lost in the boys final in double-overtime last season, used a 17-0 first-quarter run to ease past Liberty, 75-52, and is aiming for the tournament's other No. 1 seed, Mountain View, in the final. Those teams met in the quarterfinals last year with Benson winning.

Defending champion Corvallis returns.

Springfield, the defending champion, and Willamette are the top seeds in the girls 5A tournament. 

At Class 4A, defending girls champion Cascade won on the road Friday to reach the quarterfinals.

And Phoenix, the defending 4A boys champion, returns as a second seed.


Central Catholic survives at David Douglas, 57-54

Second-ranked Rams rally from 9 points down in the second half
Jan. 20, 2012 / By Cliff Pfenning,

Eighth-ranked David Douglas nearly pulled off a significant upset Friday night at home against No. 2 Central Catholic by using an energetic start to the second half to forge a 35-26 lead that had the Rams on the brink of losing for just the fourth time this season.

That's when senior Danny Brakebush calmly sank 3-point shots on back-to-back possessions to spark the Rams on what would become a 15-4 run and efficient free-throw shooting turned into a 57-54 win in a Mount Hood Conference boys basketball game.

Brakebush finished with a game-high 21 points, while junior forward Austin Dyer had 13 and senior guard Lucas Hunter added 12 for the Rams, who improved to 13-3, 2-0 in conference games.

"We know we've got a target on our backs and it's good to win close games like this," said Hunter, one of five new starters. "Us and Jesuit. There's a lot of good teams in the state, but we know we're one that everyone wants to beat."

David Douglas got 17 points from senior post Jeremiah Harris, 13 points from senior guard Taye Baker and 12 points from senior Kevin  Hurley, but had a three-game win streak snapped and dropped to 8-7, 1-1.

The Scots used the power game of Harris, who is 6-foot-5, and scrappy defense to roll off a 6-0 run to start the second half. Then, after Brakebush hit a couple free throws, they rolled off another 6-0 run that ended when the Rams quickly inbounded, found Brakebush and he nailed a three.

After David Douglas failed to score on a fastbreak, the Rams calmly found Brakebush open again and he hit the second three that started their scoring again.

"Those shots definitely kept us in the game," Hunter said. "Without those, the game probably would have been over."

"It's fun to get to take big shots like that," said Brakebush, one of the new starters. "I've been waiting a long time to get a lot of minutes; we all have. We've got five new starters, a new coach (Dan Munson) and we just want to go as far as we can this season."

After building the big lead, the Scots had trouble getting the ball to Harris and Central ramped up its defense, creating two turnovers in the final minute. The Rams also got an offensive rebound after a missed free throw and turned that into a basket for a 52-49 lead with 36 seconds left.

Central went just 4 of 7 from the free-throw line in the final minute, but hit its first nine to finish at 13 of 16. The Scots made 9 of 16.

"This is a tough loss, but we fought them hard and we know we can beat them," Hurley said. "Our goal is to win the state tournament and we think we're one of the teams that can do it. We get to play Central again at their place. We'll just keep working to get better an beat them when we see them next."

Despite the loss, the Scots actually moved up in the Class 6A rankings to No. 7 due to the complex ranking system that rewards teams for playing quality opponents such as one ranked No. 2.

The teams play at Central Catholic Feb. 10.


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