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2012 Les Schwab Bowl Rosters Announced

The rosters for the 2012 Les Schwab Bowl, which will be held on Saturday, June 23rd at Hillsboro Stadium at 6 PM, have annonced.


Head coaches for this year are Steve Coury of Lake Oswego, who won the 6A State Championship, for the North, and Steve Turner, who won the 5A State Championship with Mt. View.



Lake Oswego's Steven Long will lead the North in the 2012 Les Schwab Bowl. 


Mt. View Promotes QB Coach

Crum Takes Over 5A Champion Cougars


Former Assistant Coach Brian Crum has been hired to take over for Steve Turner as the 5th Head Football Coach in Mt. View High School (Bend) history.


Athletic Director Dave Hood made the announcement this afternoon that Crum (37), who has been at Mt. View for last 4 years serving as Varsity Quarterbacks Coach & Passing game coordinator, and JV Head Coach /Offensive Coordinator will take over for ...Steve Turner who resigned following the 2011 State Title to become HC at Cascade High School.


Crum, graduated High School from Alturas, California and later earned his Bachelor and Masters Degrees at Pepperdine University.


He spent 11-years as an assistant in soutern California at Oak Park High School where he helped lead them to 3 straight CIF Southern Section playoffs, including a Quarterfinal showing. His teams compiled a 22-10-1 record.


Crum was the Co-Head Varsity Football Coach his last 3 seasons at Oak Park.


Hear his interview with ESPN Radio 940 at 5P today and archived at www.jayreesesports.com

North Medford Names Mitchell

New Black Tornado Football Coach Has Local Ties


The North Medford Black Tornado is expected to formally announce shortly the hiring of Mike Mitchell, who is currently at Sandpoint High in Idaho, as their new head football coach.


Mike Mitchell


The once-storied Black Tornado program has suffered 6 straight non-winning seasons, and Mitchell becomes their 5th. head coach since 2003.


Mitchell attended OSU (1965-67), and earned his Masters Degree at Idaho State, and his Doctorate of Athletic Administration at Pacific Western University.


Mitchell is in his 5th year at Sandpoint, and served as Vice Principal as well as football coach.


The Bulldogs have been to the State Playoffs in 4 of last 5 years. Sandpoint played for the State Championship last fall, losing to Blackfoot, 29-23. Mitchell has won 4 League Titles at Sandpoint, and also won a college conference title at DeAnza College.


Mitchell was at Humboldt St. in mid 90's, as the Lumberjacks' Offensive Coordiantor.


Mitchell began his coaching career in 1972 at South Albany High, and has included runs at three other Oregon high schools, Grants Pass, Hidden Valley, where his 1978 team was the AA state runner-up, and Oregon City, and three colleges, including Montana Tech, as well as Humboldt State, DeAnza College.


Congratulations to Tornado!!

2012 Football Signings

National Letter of Intent signing day is Wednesday, Feb. 1st., and again this year, a number of Oregon athletes are going to continue their careers on the gridiron as well as in the classroom. Oregonprepsports.net has compiled a list of those who have committed, and will update the list as additional commitments are made.

Turner Returns To Cascade

5A Coach Of The Year's Career Comes Full Circle


If you haven't been around Oregon high school football for 35 or more years, "Cougar who was a Cougar becomes a Cougar again as Turner returns to Turner"  might sound like some sort of riddle. But while possibly surprised, those of us with more Friday nights under the lights than we can count can understand the rhyme immediately.


Steve Turner, the 5A Coach of the Year, who led Mt. View past Marist and Sherwood to the 2011 OSAA 5A State Championship, is returning to where his career started, assuming the head coaching job at 4A Cascade, located in Turner.


The opportunity developed when Karl Elliott, who hired Turner for his first coaching job as an assistant at Cascade, re-retired. Elliott, who had originally retired from Cascade, only to come out of retirement 4 differnet times, including 3 years ago back with the Cougars, will leave a program in the hands of a former player or assistant for the third time.


5A Title Run Earns Mt. View Players and Coach of Year

Cougars Clean Up Top Honors


Mt. View's run to the 5A OSAA State Championship also earned Cougars recognition as the 5A Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year, the Coach of the Year, and one of only two players to be named to the first team on both offense and defense.


Steve Turner (above) earned his first ‘Coach of they Year’ state honors for leading Mt. View (13-1) to the OSAA Class 5A State Championship in his 4th season.

Mountain View Finds Sweet Revenge in 14-13 5A State Title

IMG_3222_copyCougars Come From Behind To End Bowmen's Run

While most other Oregon state football title games were high scoring affairs, Mountain View and top-ranked Sherwood decided they'd emulate the SEC with a LSU-Alabama style game with tough defense. In the second half, the Cougars capitalized on the 'little things' and repaid Sherwood the favor from a 41-18 loss the Bowmen handed them in September. In the end, the only loss the two teams tasted, was to each other as both teams finished the season 12-1.  Sherwood's loss was easily the more bitter of the two. Its been a long wait for this Central Oregon community to even make it to the Championship as the last time a Bend school made it to a state final was 1940 when Bend beat Medford 20-7.

#2 La Salle Earns Berth in 4A Title Game vs. #1 Siuslaw


IMG_1675_copyHILLSBORO – The only thing certain about Saturday’s semifinal between #2 La Salle and #3 Elmira was that the Falcons were sure to win – and lose. After spotting Elmira a 21-14 lead, the Falcons of La Salle ran off 33 unanswered points to beat their namesake counterparts, 47-29. With the win, La Salle Prep of Milwaukie improves to 13-0 and advances to the state championship game, both firsts for the school. The Falcons’ opponent next Saturday night at Hillsboro Stadium is no stranger to playoff success. #1 Siuslaw of Florence will seek its second 4A title in six years after the Vikings beat Central 38-21 in the other 4A semifinal. Siuslaw made 13 playoff appearances under the old AA classification. As a 3A program, the Vikings made the playoffs eight times from 1994 through 2005. After being moved up to 4A in 2006 all the Vikings did was win the state title their first year in the new classification. La Salle knows it will have its hands full as the OSAA rankings once again produce a #1 vs. #2 championship game.

La Salle’s JJ Fisher had a huge game, rushing for 254 net yards on 25 carries and four TD’s. His counterpart next week, Siulaw’s Sonny Tupua, rushed for 275 yards on 27 carries and also scored four times. Needless to say, Saturday’s 4A title game will feature plenty of offensive firepower and a pair of very good defenses that get lost in the noise of offensive stats.

#1 Scio and #2 Gold Beach in Rematch for 2A Title


IMG_1127_copyHILLSBORO – Top-ranked and two-time defending champ Scio continued its playoff dominance with its third straight OSAA playoff victory that triggered the 45-point running clock rule. Despite its 11-0 record and impressive defensive stats, #5 Weston-McEwen proved to be yet another speed bump in the #1 Loggers’ quest for a 2A three-peat as Scio dominated the Tiger-Scots, 46-8. Until Weston-McEwen scored a late TD with 1:37 to play, Scio had outscored its three playoff opponents by a combined score of 164-0.

Next up for Scio (12-1) is a rematch of last year's title game with #2 Gold Beach (12-0) at 4:30 pm at Cottage Grove H.S. The Panthers earned another shot at the Loggers with an impressive 50-6 rout over #4 Oakland. But Gold Beach knows that to reverse or at least avoid last year’s 46-8 loss to Scio, the Panthers have to stop and outscore the Loggers – something only an undefeated 3A Dayton team has managed to accomplish in three years of trying.

Dayton Defense Throttles the Diesel in 52-20 Rout


IMG_0674_copyHILLSBORO – Defending 3A champ Rainier brought its vaunted Diesel package to Hillsboro Stadium, only to learn the contest wasn’t a tractor pull, but a drag race. Dayton’s overall team speed on both sides of the ball led the undefeated #2 Pirates to a convincing 52-20 rout over the #3 Columbians in the first of three OSAA semifinals Saturday. Dayton’s A.J. Hedgecock rushed for three TD’s and passed for one, quarterback Nate Bernards threw for three more, while the Pirate defense picked off two passes and held Rainier (11-2) to just 3 of 10 on third down conversions.

With the win, Dayton (12-0) reaches the championship game for the first time in the post-Dewey Sullivan era. The Pirates will face #1 Santiam Christian (12-1) next Saturday at 11:00 am in a rekindling of an old former 2A West Valley League rivalry. The Eagles, whose only loss was to Rainier in September, defeated #4 Cascade Christian, 56-36 in the other semifinal. For those thinking they have seen this movie before, the 2011 semifinals paired the exact same four teams as in 2010, with the only difference being Dayton replaces Rainier in the championship game.