Cottage Grove

It's football championship week

Five title games are scheduled for Saturday
Nov. 25, 2013 / By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal

The annual close to the fall athletic season for high schools begins Saturday with five football state championship games set for Hillsboro Stadium and Summit High School in Bend.

Among the games, only one defending champion is involved, while three schools will be looking to win a title for the first time.

In Class 6A, both games will be played at Jeld-Wen Field in Portland, with the two winners returning for the final the following week.



Sherwood is playing for the title for the fourth consecutive year, and won two of the previous three games, including last year. The Bowmen have given up just 19 points in three playoff wins.

West Albany won 5A titles in 2007-08 and is the second seed this year. Game time is 5:30 p.m. at Hillsboro Stadium.


A new champion - with vastly different backgrounds - will be crowned when the teams play at Hillsboro Stadium at 11 a.m.

Cottage Grove entered this year having not won a playoff game since 2006, and had not reached the semifinals since 1945. Its quarterfinal and semifinal wins were by a combined seven points.

Ridgeview of Redmond has been a school for just two years, having split off from Redmond last year. Its three playoff wins have been by an average of 22 points.


Nyssa is back in the final for the first time since 2006, when it capped a two-year run as champion. This year's squad beat defending champion Dayton in the semifinals.

Cascade Christian of Medford is in the final for the second consecutive year, having played in from the No. 3 seed. The title game is set for Summit High at 2:30 p.m.


Regis and Grant Union are schedule to battle for another title each at 11 a.m. at Summit High.

Regis is fifth overall in the state in terms of program victories with 57. Grant Union will play for its third title, with the first coming in 1943. It also won in 2008.


Top-seeded Lowell has scored 56, 60 and 66 points in its three wins and enters the final looking for its first title when it meets Imbler at Hillsboro Stadium at 2:15 p.m.

The Red Devils reached the playoffs in 1949, but hadn't been to a semifinal before last year.

Since the expansion to six classes, Imbler is one of the most successful schools in the state with 15 wins, including the 2008 title.




Title turnover highlights state swim finals

Sunset, Jesuit repeat, but four other titles go to new teams
Feeb. 18, 2012 / By Cliff Pfenning,

The expected challenges both Sunset and Jesuit were ready to face didn't materialize and they each defended their state swim titles on a day of fresh faces at Mt. Hood Community College.

Sunset repeated as boys champion at Class 6A, while Jesuit won its fourth-straight girls title.

Summit won both boys and girls titles at Class 5A, while the Cottage Grove boys and Henley girls won at Class 4A.

For the girls teams at both Summit and Henley, the title was their first after numerous second-place finishes. Summit finished second twice the past five seasons, while Henley finished second four of the past five years.

Among the day's biggest winners were Lake Oswego sophomore Sarah Kaunitz and Sunset junior Cameron Stitt, who both won two events at the Class 6A meet. Kaunitz won the 100 breaststroke, the 200 individual medley and swam legs on the winning 200 and 400 freestyle relay teams, while Stitt won the 200 freestyle, the 500 freestyle and swam the anchor leg of the winning 200 medley relay and 400 freestyle relay.

Stitt missed establishing a all-time meet record in the 500 freestyle by .51 seconds. The 500 freestyle record is the oldest on the OSAA record books, set by Alex Stiles of Lincoln in 1984.

Among the other meet highlights, Cascade Christian sophomore Beanna Sapienza narrowly missed setting a meet record in the 100 butterfly, finishing in 54.63 seconds, just .11 off the record set by Roeburg's Kaylin Bing in 2008.

Cascade Christian senior Aaron Ghiglieri won the 100 butterfly in 49.52, less than a second off the all-time mark of 48.72 set by Aloha's Neil O'Halloran just last year.




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