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Jefferson Flies Past Franklin

Allan Classen | January 16,2016

Jefferson dispatched a possible rival to the PIL crown Jan. 15 with a convincing 72-42 drubbing of Franklin. Franklin had swept its first three league games, but a 71-53 loss at Wilson Jan. 14 and the defeat at Jefferson suggest the Quakers still aren’t ready for the top rung.   Franklin appeared poised to rise...

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Dragons Overcome Obstacles To Make Good Start

Allan Classen | December 22,2015

  The Dallas Dragons finished the first five games of the 2015-16 schedule with their heads (and winning percentage) above water, a better result than might have been expected.   Dallas graduated four starters—and virtually all of its height—from a 13-12 team. Coach Trent Schwartz could call on two 6-6 starters and another...

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North Marion Outdistances Elmira

Neil Forste | December 13,2015

North Marion Outdistances Elmira

The North Marion Huskies hosted The Elmira Falcons on Saturday night, with The Huskies pulling out the 56-44 win. The win moves The Huskies to 3-1 on the season, and gives The Falcons their first loss of 2015, also leaving them at 3-1.   1st Quarter- Elmira won the tip but it was...

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14basketballWelcome to OregonPrepSports.net's coverage of the 2014-15 Oregon High School Boys Basketball season!

2015 OSAA State Playoff Brackets

2015 OSAA State Playoff Qualification Procedures

Polls (with recent results): Coming Soon

Polls (by week): Coming Soon

Playoff bracket projections: Too early...

 


Jefferson Flies Past Franklin

Jefferson dispatched a possible rival to the PIL crown Jan. 15 with a convincing 72-42 drubbing of Franklin. Franklin had swept its first three league games, but a 71-53 loss at Wilson Jan. 14 and the defeat at Jefferson suggest the Quakers still aren’t ready for the top rung.
 
Franklin appeared poised to rise from years of mediocrity after starting three promising freshmen last year. Blending with the league’s best big man, 6-11 Joseph Smoyer, they seemed to have put all the pieces together. That’s how it played out in the opening minutes at Jefferson, as the Quakers jumped to 7-0 and 10-3 leads. But Jefferson closed the first period with a 15-3 run and never looked back.
 
Franklin had no answer for the Democrats’ running game, nor could they solve Jefferson’s zone defense, which put a quick end to Franklin’s early success. Smoyer had seven points in the first quarter, but after surrounding him with two or three defenders in the low post, he had only two more field goals in the game and finished with 15 points.
 
Meanwhile, Jefferson ran the Quakers out of the gym with transition layups in bunches. Ten players scored for Jefferson, let by Geno West with 18. Though short, the Demos have speed and ballhandling in surplus. They’re also young, with only one senior on the roster.
 
They will face a challenge in Grant, however. The Generals have a mostly new roster, reinforced with Nate Bradford, a high-scoring 6-3 transfer from Roosevelt, plus some promising underclassmen, led by versatile 6-7 sophomore Kelton Samore.

Dragons Overcome Obstacles To Make Good Start

 

The Dallas Dragons finished the first five games of the 2015-16 schedule with their heads (and winning percentage) above water, a better result than might have been expected.

 

Dallas graduated four starters—and virtually all of its height—from a 13-12 team. Coach Trent Schwartz could call on two 6-6 starters and another 6-6 player off the bench.

 

This year his center is 6-1, and no starter is taller than 6-2. Opposing postmen lit up the Dragons in their first two contests with 28-point games. Still, the team won one of those games and has made opponents work to score inside.

 

Mitch Laizure, is a 6-1 post and the team’s second leading scorer, and the other starting post, Jake Ronco, who is 6-0, is out with an injury. Both were football mainstays weighing more than 200 pounds.

 

“Our posts, though not lengthy, are physical and smart basketball players,” said Schwartz. “We realize that there will be nights where we give up size at the block, but we can compensate with good defensive help.”

 

Metro And State Split OACA Series

North Takes 4A/3A/2A Title

 

The format for the 43rd Annual Oregon Athletic Coaches Association All Star Basketball Series was to divide up some of the top graduating seniors from the state's 6A & 5A schools into the familiar Metro-State alignment, and the up-state and down-state hoops stars wound up splitting the series this past weekend.

 

The Metro team took Friday night's opener, played at Northwest Christian College in Eugene, by a 92-86 score. A 12-6 run in the final 5 minutes broke open an 80 all tie, with 9 of the points coming from Newberg's Jacoby Wolfe, who finished with 19.

 

Centenial's Dez Stoudamire had a game high 25 points for Metro, and Miles Brown from Sandy had a 13 point, 13 rebound double double.

 

Tanner Autencio from McMinnville led a balanced State attack, with 17 points, while Mason Green-Richards from South Eugene was right behind, with 16, and Bend's JJ Spitler added 15.

 

Yoda's 2015 Ultimate Elite 8 3A Coos Bay Girls & Boys Preview

IMG 8857-Edit[Editor Note: The following in-depth preview of the 3A girls and boys basketball quarterfinal round is provided courtesy of Benjie Hedgecock (Yoda) as a follow-up to his previous Sweet 16 preview. Please note the locations of Thursday's quarterfinal games. The 3A girls bracket is at Marshfield H.S. while the 3A boys games are at North Bend H.S. The venues remain mixed until Saturday, when all games will be played at Marshfield H.S.

Please join us inside with Yoda's take(and his vast observer’s network) on the 3A boys and for the first time ever the Girls opening round matchups. The OSAA and the 3A fans have enjoyed Coos Bay/North Bend as a venue very much over the first three years and this year should be even more fun as the local South Coast communities open their arms to players and fans alike to continue to make this the “Best State Tourney Location” in Oregon (No offense to Baker City or Pendleton which are also wonderful hosts).

 

Here’s How the final 8 were ranked by the various Ranking Services…

Boys

Final Yoda Observers Ranking Estimated Final Coach Poll OSAA Final Rankings Oregonprepsport.net
(of the teams that remain) (of the teams that remain)   Combined BCS Style
1) Dayton 1) Dayton 1) Dayton 1) Dayton
2) HC 1) HC 2) HC 2) HC
3) Creswell 3) De La Salle 3) De La Salle 3) De La Salle
4) De La Salle 4) Creswell 4) Creswell 4) Creswell
5) Amity 5) Blanchet 7) Amity 5) Salem Academy
6) Blanchet 6) Amity 9) Blanchet 7) Blanchet
7) Salem Academy 7) Salem Academy 10) Salem Academy 8) Amity
8) Nyssa 8) Nyssa 12) Nyssa 10) Nyssa

Girls

Final Yoda Observers Ranking Estimated Final Coach Poll OSAA Final Rankings Oregonprepsport.net
(of the teams that remain) (of the teams that remain)   Combined BCS Style
1) Vale 1) Vale 2) Vale 1) Dayton
2) Dayton 2) Salem Academy 3) Dayton 2) Vale
3) Amity 3) Dayton 4) Salem Academy 3) Salem Academy
4) Salem Academy 4) Amity 5) Amity 5) Amity
5) PC 5) PC 9) PC 6) PC
5) PAA 6) PAA 13) PAA 7) St. Mary’s
7) Rainier 7) Rainier 14) St. Mary’s 8) PAA
8) St. Mary’s 8) St. Mary’s 18) Rainier 9) Rainier

 

Yoda Breaks Down All 8 3A Playoff First Round Games

Friday and Saturday (Portland Adventist Academy vs. Blanchet) nights will determine which 8 teams head to the south coast for the OSAA 3A State Tournament at Marshfield and North Bend High Schools, with 8 first round playoff games.

 

Yoda breaks down all of them:

 

Yoda’s Top Secret...shhhh...Ultimate 3A Sweet 16 Preview

 

By Yoda(with input from 38 Yoda Observers from all corners of Oregon)

 

Featuring

 

YODA ALL HUSTLE TEAM

(They don’t get the recognition, they just get it DONE, some people call them dirty, some call them hardosed, Mostly just their mom’s love em and maybe John Madden)

 

Co-Captains, Jeff and Casey Tripp, Rainier, Jeff on the inside and Casey on the outside. Truly tough competitors that play bigger than their size. They will offer to guard anyone and play harder than anyone on the floor. They instinctively do what it takes to put their team in a position to win whether it be diving on the floor or getting physical with the other team’s best guy. They lead by example.

 

Trent Gianella, Blanchet, Ty Villers, SC, Ryan Bates & Sean Kounovsky, Creswell, Keon Blanco, Dayton, Malik Knott, Colton, Donicio Glenn, Delasalle, Austin Forrester, HC, Dylan Gaus, Catlin Gable, Griffin Haas & Mr. George, Clatskanie(He looks 30 years old plays hard from start to finish), Bryce Kuschell, Harrisburg, Ryan Bates, Creswell, Danny Ayala, Umatilla, Thomas Trattner, Sheridan, Charles Weigart & Colby Graham, Amity, Zach Breikrietz, Coquille, Mr. Graham, PAA, Mitchell Lira, Chemawa, Jake Booker, CC, Elijah Conway, St. Marys, Rio Lopez, Rogue River, Jack Graham, Lakeview, Nick Worley, Illinois Valley and All members of the Taft Basketball team who worked their tails off and hustled and played great defense led by the “Mask”.

 

Dallas win fifth straight as defense rises

Dallas moved into a two-way tie for second place in the Mid Willamette Conference withits fifth consecutive win, a 49-41 victory at Crescent Valley on Feb. 20. Dallas is now 8-4 in conference and Crescent Valley 7-5 with two games remaining.

 

The Dragons’ resurgence, following a 3-4 record in the first round of league games, has been keyed on defense. The streak includes a 43-19 win over Central representing the lowest point total by any boys 5A or 6A game this season. The other points-allowed totalsin the streak were 27, 45, 44 and 41. Dallas surrenders 44 points per game, the third lowest figure in 5A ball.

 

Crescent Valley shot only 23 percent from the field, and intimidation may have been a factor—10 of their shots were blocked.Coach Trent Schwartz, in his third season as head coach of the Dragons, said, “I think thedefense jelling of late is a by-product of a combination of factors including:

 

1. Experience: We have a lot of seniors who have played significant minutes since their sophomore year and our younger kids are high on intellect, which enables us to run a few different looks at offensives.

 

2. Communication: The kids have done a great job of communicating defensive changes and on screens within a particular defense.

 

3. Length and athleticism: We have size and speed to be able to be good at several different styles of defense. 

 

4. They’ve bought in to the fact that, even on nights when you’re not shooting a high percentage from the field, you will always be in games with good defense. They pride themselves in keeping another team's offense under wraps. It is easier to have a solid defensive effort game in and game out than offensively.”

6A Projected 2015 Boys Basketball Tournament

Here are the projected 2015 Boys Basketball Tournament brackets for class 6A based on current standings.  These projections will be updated every few days, so check back often.  Please send any updates/corrections to playoff formats or tiebreakers to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

5A Projected 2015 Boys Basketball Tournament

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4A Projected 2015 Boys Basketball Tournament

Here are the projected 2015 Boys Basketball Tournament brackets for class 4A based on current standings.  These projections will be updated every few days, so check back often.  Please send any updates/corrections to playoff formats or tiebreakers to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..