Jesuit Crusaders

Jesuit primed to swim to more titles

Crusaders have dominated large-school races
By Cliff Pfenning

If this is the week of the state swim meet in Oregon, then the state must be getting ready to hear more about Jesuit High's team. That's how the recent past for Oregon has worked.

Southwest Portland's Jesuit Crusaders have owned the OSAA state meet the past five years on the boys side and will look to repeat as girls champions this year beginning Friday at the Tualatin Hills Aquatic Center in Beaverton.

Powered by the nearby Sunset Athletic Club and Multnomah Athletic Club, Jesuit has owned the boys meet since 2015, following a run of four titles by Sunset High. A team from outside Portland or Beaverton has not won the large-school title since Summit won its second straight in 2005. Either Jesuit or Sunset has finished second as well theee times in the past nine years.

Jesuit or Sunset has won the girls title nine times in the past 11 years or finished second five additional times during that stretch - including first or second the past three years.

Championship preliminaries for the three state meets: 5A, 6A and 4A, begin at 9 a.m. Friday, with the Class 5A finals starting the day's events at 8:15 a.m. Saturday. The Class 6A finals are set for 1:15 p.m. Saturday, and the Class 4A finals are scheduled to begin at 6:15 p.m.



Sheldon prevails in Big Game

The Irish block a last-minute field goal attept to beat Jesuit, 29-27
Sept. 12, 2014

PORTLAND - The high school heavyweight programs at Sheldon and Jesuit figured to put on a show Friday night, one that might give viewers around the state some insight on their abilities, and they didn't disappoint.

Jesuit drove the length of the field to set up a game-winning field-goal attempt, but the Irish managed to block it and preserve a 29-27 victory in a non-league game.

The Irish got three touchdown passes and another on the ground from junior quarterback Justin Herbert, and improved to 2-0. The Irish are rebounding from a quarterfinal loss, after two straight trips to the state championship game.

Jesuit got 123 yards and three touchdowns from senior Chase Morrison, who has 25 carries on the day.

The Crusaders have now lost three straight games dating back to the state title game last season, in which they lost to Central Catholic. Jesuit lost last week to the Rams, 24-17, on a last-minute touchdown pass.

In other Friday news, the PIL went 0-9 in games, and is now 1-17 on the season combined with only Lincoln's win over Glencoe standing out for the league.





Jesuit blasts into semifinals

Crusaders score non-stop in 62-33 win over Lakeridge
Nov. 22, 2013 / By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal

PORTLAND - The football machine at Jesuit High chewed up another opponent Friday night, and reached the semifinals of the OSAA Class 6A playoffs for the 16th time in front of a large, cold home crowd.

With Chase Morrison powering the ground game, Jesuit beat Lakeridge 62-33 in the playoff quarterfinals. The win advanced the program to the semifinals for the sixth straight year.

In the semis, the Crusaders will face the upstart Canby Cougars, who beat defending champion Sheldon in Eugene 24-17.

The loss ended a thriling season for the Pacers, who hadn't played into the quarterfinals since 1998, and hadn't reached the semifinals since 1994. The school won the state title in 1987.

In other 6A playoff games, Central Catholic beat Clackamas 42-7, and Tigard beat North Medford 42-0 to reach the semifinals for the second year in a row.



Central Catholic aims for redemption

The Rams are primed to unseat Jesuit as Class 6A state champions
Nov. 8, 2013 / By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal

The state's top volleyball programs are prepping for title runs beginning Friday with the quarterfinals of six state tournaments being held at three sites across the state.

None of the tournaments will have as much focus as the Class 6A event, which features top-seeded Central Catholic looking to regain its spot atop the state.

The Rams were heavy favorites to win last season, but were upset by upstart Roseburg in the semifinals, losing 15-13 in the fifth game.

Jesuit then defeated the Indians in the final, rallying from a 3-1 deficit to claim its first title in four years.

The defending champions in four of the other five tournaments return.

Here's a rundown with the finals being held Saturday night at Liberty High School for 6A/5A, Lane Community College for 4A/3A and Ridgeview High School for 2A/1A.

CLASS 6A - Central Catholic's tournament run begins with Sheldon Friday morning and is likely to run into Jesuit Friday night. The teams met in the final from 2009-11 with the Rams winning each time.
Lakeridge is the surprise at No. 2 with Three Rivers League rivals Clackamas and West Linn in its half of the bracket. The Pacers have not even reached a final in their history. Roseburg returns as a threat seeded third.

CLASS 5A - Defending champion West Albany played its way to the No. 1 seed during the season and is a heavy favorite to repeat. Churchill, which took the Bulldogs to four game in the final last year, is seeded second. St. Helens, which needed a 19-17 win in the fifth game against Mountain View Saturday, is seeded third with Bend fourth.

CLASS 4A - Is there any doubt Crook County will win its eighth-straight title Saturday night? Well, the Cowgirls are seeded second in the playoffs, so there's a hint of drama. Cascade, which has never played in a final and wasn't in the quarterfinals last season, is seeded first with Hidden Valley and Banks seeded third and fourth, respectively.

CLASS 3A - It's been 31 years since Vale won a title, but the Vikings are seeded first with defending champion Santiam Christian, which has won three titles in the last four seasons, seeded second.

CLASS 2A - Defending champion Culver is back as is finalist Days Creek, which won in 2011. But, the teams would meet in the semifinals leaving a finals spot open for a team such as top-seeded Weston-McEwen, which won in 2010.

CLASS 1A - Defending champion and perennial power Powder Valley, which had reached the final the past three years, didn't qualify for the playoffs leaving top-seeded Lowell as the favorite. A title would be the program's first. Dufur is seeded second.

Prep sports gears up for new year

Jesuit continues hold on role of state's top athletic program
Aug. 20, 2013 / By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal

The fall sports season began with workouts for high school athletes across the state Monday, and Jesuit's seniors have plenty of pressure on their shoulders without having stepped on a field.

For the past nine years, Jesuit has dominated the state's largest schools in terms of titles won, title games played in and overall results as deemed by the OSAA through the Oregonian Cup. The Cup measures athletic programs with a points system using individual and team results to determine the state's top program. Jesuit has won every year since 2004-05.

Las fall, the Crusaders opened the school year with titles in volleyball and boys and girls basketball.

West Albany, sparked by the school's first volleyball title, won at Class 5A, while La Salle of Milwaukie won at Class 4A.

Valley Catholic of Beaverton, Portland Christian and Triad School of Klamath Falls won at Class 3A, 2A and 1A, respectively.

Championship events begin with Cross Country, Nov. 2.


Jesuit returns to LSI title game

Crusaders beat Gonzaga Prep from Washington, D.C., will face Lake Oswego
Dec. 28, 2012

Jesuit kept playing itself into the role of undisputed favorite to win a fifth straight Class 6A boys basketball state title with a 61-57 victory over Gonzaga Prep from Washington, D.C., in the semifinals of the Les Schwab Invitational Friday night at Liberty High School.

The win comes one night after the Crusaders beat Archbishop Mitty of San Jose, Calif., in overtime, and sets up a rematch of the state title game from last year when they beat Lake Oswego for their fourth-straight title.

Lake Oswego beat Neumann-Goretti High of Philadelphia in its semifinal.



HILLSBORO - Khyan Rayner scored a game-high 32 points, including six consecutive free throws in overtime, as Jesuit beat Archbishop Mitty 76-72 in the feature game of the second day at the Les Schwab Invitational Thursday at Liberty High School.

Jesuit overcame the Monarchs and 6-foot-8 Aaron Gordon, who had 43 points in a opening-round win against Southridge, in part through free-throw shooting as Gordon went just 3 of 14 from the line.

Gordon, double-team throughout the game, finished with just 17 points. The Crusaders were able to keep him from scoring in the fourth quarter, which ended with the teams tied at 63.

In the tournament's other quarterfinals, Gonzaga Prep of Washington, D.C., beat Century 78-64, Lake Oswego beat Central Catholic 54-43 and Neumann-Goretti of Philadelphia beat West Linn 96-74.



Jesuit rallies to end title frustration

After three straight championship match losses, the Crusaders win one in five games
Nov. 10, 2012 / By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal

HILLSBORO - On the way to its fourth-straight loss in the championship match, Jesuit found its game and rallied to win the Class 6A volleyball championship with a five-game win over Roseburg Satuday night at Liberty High School.

The Crusaders trailed 24-12 in the third game, the Crusaders rallied for seven straight points before the Indians pulled out the game. But, that run, powered by five kills from sophomore Ariana Wiltjer, set up the team to win, and overcome the frustration of having lost to Central Catholic in the final the past three seasons.

Jesuit won 25-22, 23-25, 19-25, 25-19, 15-8, and finished at 28-5, having avenged one of its losses from earlier in the season.

Roseburg, which beat tournament favorite Central Catholic in a five-game final Friday, finished at 28-10. The Indians played their way in the final for the first time in the final match under Bruce Myers, who is retiring after 19 years at the school after eight years at neighboring Douglas High.


Jesuit again leads state field of champions

Crusaders recover from Fall with two titles
March 27, 2012 / By Cliff Pfenning,

After missing out on a state title in fall for the first time in 20 years, Jesuit High rallied with titles in boys basketball and girls swimming this winter in OSAA/U.S. Bank/Les Schwab Tires championship finals.

The basketball team went so far as to become the first team to score a four-peat at any level, beating upstart Lake Oswego in the Class 6A final at the Rose Garden.

In other highlights, South Medford, which had never played past the quarterfinals, won the 6A girls basketball title with an unbeaten season.

And, Dayton, a runner-up the past two years in 3A boys basketball, with several key players having lost the 3A football title on the final play, won the state title, beating Horizon Christian - its nemesis the past two years - in the final.

The winter included the stall-ball tactic used by Willamette in the 5A girls hoop final that got some afficianados calling for a shot clock.

Summit won both boys and girls team swim titles - the second sport the school has won both boys and girls team titles to go along with cross country in fall.

Here is a list of the winter sports champions:



6A: Jesuit 52, Lake Oswego 42

5A: Corvallis 63, Milwaukie 51

4A: Central 49, Phoenix 47

3A: Dayton 58, Horizon Christian (Tualatin) 35

2A: East Linn Christian 36, Western Mennonite 32

1A: Horizon Christian (Hood River) 58, McKenzie 46


6A:South Medford

5A: Springfield 16, Willamette 7

4A: Henley 41, Sutherlin 35

3A: Vale 43, Valley Catholic 29

2A: Regis 59, Scio 49

1A: McKenzie 44, St. Paul 33


6A: Roseburg

5A: Dallas

4A: Cascade

3A: Nyssa

2A: Culver


6A: Sunset

5A: Summit

4A: Cottage Grove


6A: Jesuit

5A: Summit

4A: Henley


6A/5A LARGE: Tualatin

6A SMALL: Westview

5A SMALL: Wilson

4A LARGE: Sweet Home

4A SMALL: North Marion

3A: North Douglas

COED: Springfield


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