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LO finds a new star in win over Rams

Without Calvin Hermanson, Connor Griffin steps up in 59-45 victory
Jan. 4, 2012 / By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal

LAKE OSWEGO - Playing without star senior Calvin Hermanson, Lake Oswego gave up the first nine points to Central Catholic Friday night before showing off it's more than just a one-player boys basketball team.

The top-ranked Lakers, still feeling the good vibes of having beaten rival Jesuit in the final of the Les Schwab Invitational six days earlier, suffered a blow Thursday when Hermanson, the Gatorade State Player of the Year as a junior, rolled his right ankle in practice Thursday. With Hermanson on the bench as a precaution, the Lakers rallied behind senior Connor Griffin and beat the fifth-ranked Rams 59-45 to improve to 13-0 on the season.

The win comes four days before a rematch with Jesuit at Jesuit. The Crusaders were represented by coach Gene Potter at Friday's game, which he recorded.

"This game definitely shows our team has depth," said Griffin, a 6-foot-5 post who scored a game-high 16 points. "Add it to our toughness and we feel pretty good about ourselves."

Senior point guard Christian McDonald added 12 points for the Lakers, who shot 21 free throws, making 16.

The Rams, who lost to LO 54-43 in the LSI, opened the game with considerably more energy than the Lakers on the way to their 9-0 lead, but Griffin scored six straight points for the Lakers as they cut the lead to 13-8 by the end of the quarter. In the second quarter, Lake Oswego ran its scoring run to 21-7 and they maintained control of the game thereafter.

Tuesday's game features the top teams in Class 6A, who met for the state title in March, which Jesuit won to run its string of consecutive state titles to four despite Hermanson averaging 28 points per game in the tournament. He has since signed to play at St. Mary's of the West Coast Conference.

Central Catholic dropped to 8-3, and plays host to Jesuit on Friday. The Rams got 12 points from Mitch Franz and 11 from Deonte Strickland.



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.


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