Lincoln gets season rolling right

The Cardinals show off the PIL with shutout of Glencoe
Sept. 5, 2014

PORTLAND - The Lincoln Cardinals showed off they plan to be a factor in the Class 6A playoff race with a dominating performance Friday night in a 34-0 victory over visiting Glencoe.

The Cardinals held the Crimson Tide to negative yards on offense until midway through the second quarter and got a pair of touchdowns from senior John Duffy in the win.

Lincoln's win highlighted the Portland Interscholastic League's performances from Friday and Saturday.

With the district moving all its schools up to Class 6A, the Cardinals were the lone victors.

Grant, the other Class 6A school from last year, lost 49-16 to Tigard in its season opener.

In other PIL games, Jefferson highlighted the performances with a 14-7 loss at Lebanon.

In other games, Roosevelt and Benson both lost to Washington schools: Roosevelt to Lincoln, 48-6, and Benson to Roosevelt, 49-22.

Madison and Cleveland both lost at home: Madison 62-13 to Reynolds and Cleveland 41-6 to Aloha.

Wilson and Franklin lost on the road: the Trojans 27-0 at Silverton, and the Quakers 62-28 at Redmond.

This week's games involving PIL schools include:

Wilson is at Crescent Valley, Cleveland is at Century, Benson is at Scappoose, Roosevelt is at Clackamas, and Madison is at Hood River Valley. Franklin plays at home against Summit of Bend, and Grant is at home against Sherwood.

Lincoln gets its next test Friday when it travels to Southridge of Beaverton, which lost its opener to yearly state-title contender Lake Oswego, 21-14.




Wilson makes big move with PIL win

The Trojans surge to No. 10 in the Class 5A rankings with a 47-21 win over Roosevelt
Sept. 21, 2012

Wilson made a strong case for itself being the team to beat in the Portland Interscholastic League with a resounding 47-21 victory at Roosevelt in a prep football game Friday night.

Senior Cory Hincks scored three times in the first half and the Trojans ran through the Roughriders to remain atop the league standings with Madison.

Madison beat winless Benson 46-13 to improve to 3-1 overall, and 2-0 in PIL play, equal to Wilson's record.

Wilson and Madison meet October 19.

Winning the league title is crucial as the qualifications for playoff teams changed from last year. Only 24 teams, eight fewer than last year, will earn a spot in the play-in round or beyond, with at least the league champion included from each league. Last year, only Jefferson was higher than No. 24 at No. 21. The other five PIL teams occupied the bottom five spots in the rankings.

Friday's win did wonders for Wilson's ranking as the Trojans vaulted from No. 25 to No. 10, primarily because of Roosevelt's two non-league game opponents - Scappoose and Gladstone. Combined, those teams are 7-1, with the one loss being Roosevelt's win over Scappoose. Also, Wilson's opening-game opponent, Gresham, improved to 4-0 Friday and moved to No. 13 in Class 6A.

Roosevelt dropped from No. 7 to 8. Madison's win affected it dramatically as the Senators dropped from No. 21 to 29 because of Benson's record.

When Friday began, the average ranking for the seven PIL schools was No. 26 of 39 Class 5A schools. On Saturday, the average ranking had dropped to No. 28.


Week 2 heats up with Grant Bowl game

Neighborhood clash among the state's top games
Sept. 5, 2012

Two schools with perhaps the state's longest-running rivalry, will meet Friday in the annual home game Grant High plays on the city field just outside its doors.

Grant and Jefferson, located just 40 blocks apart, suit up for a 4 p.m. game as the state moves into the second week of action.

The rivalry between the Northeast Portland schools extends to 1924 when Grant opened its doors. Combined, the two schools have won or tied for nine state titles.

Both teams lost their openers Friday: Class 6A Grant at Centennial, 49-42, and Class 5A Jefferson at home to Woodburn, 21-14, in coach Aaron Gipson's first game as head coach.

In other highlight games, Central Catholic travels to Eugene to play Sheldon in a rematch of a Class 6A semifinal from December. Sheldon won 19-8 at Jeld-Wen Field, but lost the title game the following week to Lake Oswego.

In other Class 6A highlight games, Roseburg is at Sprague, Westview travels to South Medford, Lake Oswego visits Centennial and Tualatin plays at Southridge.

In Class 5A, Sherwood is at Marist in a Class 5A game among teams that reached the semifinals last fall. Marist fell to Mountain View in the semifinals, a week before Sherwood lost 14-13 to the Cougars in the title game.

Also Friday, Mountain View takes on visiting Century of the Class 6A Pacific Conference. Sept. 14, Mountain View plays host to Class 6A Sprague.

North Portland's Roosevelt High will show off its refurbished track Friday when it plays host to Gladstone of Class 4A.

At Class 4A, defending champion LaSalle of Milwaukie is at Douglas, while Klamath Union travels to Ridgeview of Redmond, which will be playing its first game against an Oregon team after dispatching Medicine Hat, Alberta, 53-6 Friday. Also, LaGrande, which lost its opener 58-14 to Class 3A Nyssa, is set to play in Sacramento, Calif., on Saturday against the Hiram Johnson Warriors.

In Class 3A, Cascade Christian of Medford, which beat defending state champion Santiam Christian handily in its opener, plays at Class 4A Henley, which lost its opener in overtime to Class 5A Crook County. Also, Rainier is host to Horizon Christian of Tualatin.

At Class 2A, defending champion Gold Beach plays host to Regis in a rematch of a quarterfinal from last year. Also, Weston-McEwen, a semifinalist from last year, is one of three schools at the class set to play teams from Washington.

And, at Class 1A, defending champion Perrydale, which lost to Camas Valley last week in a rematch of the 2011 final, plays host Friday to Siletz Valley, which won its opener 80-20. Camas Valley plays host to Butte Falls on Saturday.


Wilson rallies for state title

Trojans score four runs in bottom of seventh for 7-6 win
June 2, 2012 / By Cliff Pfenning, oregonsports.com

KEIZER - A four-run rally in their final at-bat pushed the Wilson Trojans to a 7-6 win over Summit in the Class 5A baseball championship game Saturday at Volcanoes Stadium.

Trialing 6-3 and heading for the bottom half of their order, the Trojans, who had left the bases loaded in the sixth, tied the score on a double by John Venables, the team's No. 7 hitter, and won when Kevin Shimomaeda, pinch-running for Venables, scored on a throwing error setting off a frantic celebration.

Wilson, which got three hits out of catcher Jonah Harris, the team's No. 8 hitter, finished 23-8.

"We were pretty down after the sixth, but we just found a way to come through," designated hitter Chris Beard, the team's lead-off hitter, said. "This is the best way to win a title, with a play like that."

Summit, working to win the school's 11th team title during the 1011-12 school year, finished 25-6.

The Trojans overcame five errors in the game, although none of them led to a run.

Summit pitchers were charged with just three earned runs.



The key to more money is getting more from the money you already have

Mon, 04/16/2012 - 11:08am
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In 2007, the Parkrose School Board looked several years into the future toward a bond measure it knew it would send to voters in 2011 and came up with a plan to help lobby the public: fix the football team.

For nearly two decades, Parkrose High had struggled to win on the field, especially in conference games. Headed for its second year in Class 5A, the Broncos hadn't won a conference game in 15 years.

That's right, no conference wins for 15 years.

The streak was easily explained by the school (around 1,100) being smaller in size to other schools within the Mount Hood Conference, but other schools the same size across the state were competitive on an annual basis. Ashland, roughly 1,100 students, had won the state title three times in the previous three decades.

So, school board members decided to devote energy to fixing the team. And, it had no trouble talking about a future bond measure being a motivator.

"Football is what gets press," School Board Chair James Woods said after Parkrose had lost its 81st straight district game dating to 1992. "We've got a great dance team, great drama, a great girls water polo team, but they never show up in the paper.

"Football is where the action is and we have to do a better job on the field to get people's attention because we've got things we need here. Our schools are bursting at the seams and if we're going to get a bond measure passed in the near future, we've got to be able to show that we can make things work, like the football team."

Four years later, the plan worked. The board and high school administrators had worked to revitalize the football program, which finally won a league game and then even qualified for the state playoffs, and voters passed a $63 million bond, which included money for a new middle school.

The bond passed by just six votes, but it passed.

In the neighboring Portland Public Schools district, a much larger bond measure - $548 million - failed. It failed, by one account, by just 601 of more than 120,000 votes, but it failed.
Football success likely had no impact on voting as most people had no reason to focus on football teams winning or losing. But, that can change.

As district leaders in Portland attempt to figure out how to organize another bond measure and then get it accepted by Portland voters, the Parkrose plan provides a good, and much needed, example for success: fix the football team.

What better way to show voters the district can put its energy to an issue and create results?

There's a lot of teams to fix, too.

In 2011, the district's six Class 5A schools struggled to win in alarming fashion. In the OSAA rankings that determine state playoff seeding, Jefferson ranked No. 21 among the 5A schools and won the Portland Interscholastic League title. The other five PIL schools? Dead last.

Among the 37 Class 5A school, the bottom five were from Portland: Franklin, Wilson, Benson, Cleveland and Madison.

At Class 6A, both PPS schools: Grant and Lincoln; won playoff games, and Roosevelt qualified for the Class 4A playoffs. But, at Class 5A, only Jefferson reached the playoffs, and the Democrats, who played for the state title two years earlier, lost 54-0 to eventual state champion Mountain View in the first round.

In non-league games, the six PIL teams went 2-26.

It's easy to argue that winning in football has nothing to do with academic success or why people vote for or against a bond measure, but the Parkrose plan offers at least a theory for how to get a bond passed - tell your constituency you're going to do something and then make it happen.

Football is the sport with the greatest chance to show off as there's simple ways to keep track of success - wins and losses, especially if the improved wins and losses were achieved without the need for more money. Some self-analysis might be all that's needed.

At Parkrose, administrators studied another school district and developed the varsity football program into the programs at younger grades. It hasn't turned the varsity team into a consistent winner, but the team does win and is competitive in most of its games. Kids register to play at a young age and keep playing so that numbers are not the problem they were before the board vaulted into fixing the team. The school board energy "fixed" the program by redeveloping how the teams got onto the field.

Getting the football team to be competitive might have only affected a few dozen, or even just a handful of voters, but it was something the district could promote as a success story in an extremely intense election year. The Parkrose bond was replacing a bond measure that was expiring, so it wouldn't raise property taxes. The Portland bond measure was being created, so property taxes were slated to increase, and Parkrose administrators had to battle to explain the difference to its voters.

With every little bit of success likely needed to get any future bond measure passed, especially in the current economic climate, success on a football field can be a significant factor for Portland Public Schools if the district can utilize that success appropriately.

It doesn't need to even involve winning, it just needs to involve success.

As it turned out, Portland's two non-league wins were both over the same team - Parkrose. Wilson beat Parkrose during the regular season, and Jefferson beat Parkrose during the play-in round that qualified the 16 teams for the state playoffs.

That was on the field, though. Off the field, Parkrose had already beaten Portland 601-6, and was making plans to construct a new middle school.

Tomorrow, the PIL's football history.

Benson runs over Jefferson, 70-52

Top-ranked Tech holds Demos to 15 points in second half
Feb. 7, 2012 / By Cliff Pfenning, oregonsports.com

Top-ranked Benson's drive to win its first state title at Class 5A nearly hit a season-ending snag with 4:05 left in a 70-52 win over Jefferson Tuesday.

Senior forward Bryce White, who's scoring and brash talk have led the Techmen to the top of the state rankings, collapsed to the ground clutching his right knee after battling for an offensive rebound with teammates.

The crowd at Benson went silent, as fans of the home team looked for a sign of White's condition. Coach Troy Berry walked over, talked to White for five seconds, then returned to the Benson bench, which reassured the crowd the injury was merely a cramp.

"I've never a cramp before," White said after quietly scoring 16 points. "I thought my calf broke. I know your calf can't break, but that's how much pain I was in."

"I was hoping his leg wasn't broke," Franklin said, "because he's a big factor on this team. We need him."

Benson remained in full control of the Portland Interscholastic League race with its 14th straight win, inmproving to 15-2 overall and 10-0 in league contests. Jefferson, ranked 14th, remained in second at 10-8, 7-3.

Norman Franklin scored a game-high 20 points to lead Benson.

Victor Sanders, a junior, led the Democrats with 17 points.

Benson scored relatively easily throughout the first half, with Franklin making several off-balance shots. But, Jefferson, a team with no seniors, scapped its way into a 37-all tie before the Techmen took the lead for good with six seconds left in the half.

Berry re-directed his team's focus at halftime.

"The first half we were just lazy," Franklin said. "Coach told us we needed to pick up our intensity and we got together and that's what we did."

Benson, aided by several foul calls that went its way, outscored Jefferson 21-8 in the third quarter and 10-7 in the fourth.

"This is a big win for us because it showed that we're the best team in the PIL," White said, "and also we're the best in the state."


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