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2016 4A Senior Softball All-Star Series

| June 6,2016

2016 4A Senior Softball All-Star Series

Many of the best Seniors at the 4A level, were gathered to represent the name across the chest for one last time before hanging up their jerseys for the last time in their prep athletic career.  

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2016-17 State-Wide College Softball Commitments

| May 26,2016

Here at OPS, we would like to begin a log of all of our college bound players in celebration of our beloved sport of Softball. We are asking your help as we celebrate our Oregon athletes, who will now take their talents onto the next level. If you know of...

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2016 4A Softball All-League Selections

| May 27,2016

We would like to celebrate our state-wide All League selections from all classifications. Congrats to all selected but let's never forget, that although the awards are individual, it takes other great teammates and coaches to make it all possible. We not only celebrate these athletes, but the game itself. If...

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2012 Football Season Previews

Ready or not, the 2012 football season is here!  There are lots of preview articles from various sources across the state.  We'll compile whatever we find and organize it for you as a handy quick-reference guide.


This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. us any previews you find that we've missed so we can add them to the list!


STATE-WIDE articles/summaries:

Running Backs  - OregonLive

Quarterbacks - OregonLive

Wide Receivers - OregonLive

Offensive Line - OregonLive

Defensive Backs - OregonLive

Linebackers - OregonLive

Defensive Linemen - OregonLive

Training Camp tour - OregonLive

Want to win the state championship?  Here's how (Gold Beach featured on cover) American Football Monthly

Notable Portland-area coaching changes - OregonLive

Non-conference scheduling challenges - OregonLive

Oregon producing bumper-crop of linemen - OregonLive

Concussion concerns - OregonLive

Short run-up to season start poses problems for teams - OregonLive

Equipment issues important job for coaches - OregonLive 

Coaches find challenges while developing young players - Gazette-Times


The Black Hole Opens

New West Salem Turf Ready


There was uncertainty about whether West Salem would be able to play tonight's scheduled season opener against South Medford at home right up until this week. But as Bill Poehler reported in the Statesman-Journal, the "Black Hole" is ready to go.


West Salem, one of the first schools down state to have artificial turf when it opened, has replaced their old rug after 10 years of heavy use, which exceeds the normal lifespan of such surfaces. And its believed to be the only BLACK field in existance.


Football fans are familiar with the blue turf at Boise St., and some are also aware of the red turf at Eastern Washington. In some parts of the country, more and more high schools are opting for an alternate color to the various shades of green as well.


FieldTurf offered a price break if West Salem chose a unique color so the school is going with a black field at a cost of just under $300,000, a substantial savings from the original estimate of $437,000 to replace the green surface installed in 2002. But even at that price, fundraising left a very narrow window of time for installation, and right at the time when other projects are underway, with football and soccer seasons on the horizon.


The "FieldTurf" people has been fantastic on it," West Salem Athletic Director Bryan Sutherland said. "They've got two crews down on it. There's more guys here than you're going to see on any other field. That was all Steve Coury and Bill McNutt's doing."

2012 Pick-em Challenge and Fan Polls are Available!

The 2012 version of the Football Pick-em Challenge is now ready and open for ballots.  Make your picks here - just be sure to get your picks in before the deadline!


We've also opened up ballots for the 2012 Football fan poll.  The first preseason poll will conclude on Thursday night with results published on Friday.  After that, balloting will open up each week from Saturday through Monday.  Results will be published each Tuesday.  Submit your ballots here.


Good luck to all teams for the upcoming season!  Just a few more days until the first kickoffs...

6A Coaching Changes Interesting "Crossroad" Moves

A pair of 6A football coaching hires this week are interesting developments for all concerned.


Sprague high in Salem has been in the market for some time, after the retirement of Robin Hill, which was at once surprising, and also an indication of the standing of the Central Valley League in the 6A pecking order. Friday, Jay Minyard, once one of the hottest coaching prospects, but not so much lately, was announced as the new head coach of the Olympians.


Earlier in the week, and somewhat lost in the wild weather and March madness, was the announcement at West Linn that Mike Fanger will be stepping in for another recently retired long time fixture, Ron Chappell, who retired after 17 seasons as the leader of the Lions. This move too was not one everyone saw coming.


George Fox University to introduce Chris Casey as future coach

Coach who led Aloha HS to 6A title in 2010 will coach one last season at Aloha before starting George Fox program

NEWBERG, Ore. – Chris Casey, the coach who took over a struggling football program at Aloha High School and turned it into a state champion, was selected from a national pool of candidates to lead George Fox University’s newly revived program.

Casey, 53, officially announces his intention to coach at George Fox – an NCAA Division III school bringing football back in the fall of 2014 after a 45-year hiatus from the sport – at a press conference in the Multnomah Athletic Club’s Grand Ballroom at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28. The club is located at 1849 S.W. Salmon St., in Portland.

Casey guided Aloha to the high school Class 6A championship in 2010. Before he arrived at the school in 2004, the Warriors had won just 17 games in the previous 14 seasons, and their playoff appearance in 2009 ended a 22-year postseason drought. He was named Oregon 6A Coach of the Year.

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.