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West Wins 62nd East West Shrine Game After Hours of Delay

| August 2,2014

  Baker City - It took over 5 hours, but the West finally wore down the East, and claimed their 5th consecutive win in the annual East-West Shrine All-Star game, which showcases graduated senior players from the 4A, 3A, 2A, & 1A classes, aligned loosely in an East-West arrangement based on...

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IAAF World Junior Track & Field Championships

Andrew Millbrooke | July 20,2014

IAAF World Junior Track & Field Championships

  Eugene’s Maggie Schmaedick and Camas’ Alexa Efraimson headline local athletes competing at IAAF World Junior T&F meet     EUGENE – More than 1,750 athletes under the age of 20 from 177 different National Federations will compete at historic Hayward Field this week from July 22-27, as the 15th IAAF World Junior Track...

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USATF Junior Outdoor Championships

Andrew Millbrooke | July 6,2014

USATF Junior Outdoor Championships

Sprinters rule the day again at USATF Junior Championships   EUGENE – The second day of the USATF Junior Outdoor Championships went much like the first day, as the sprinters took center stage on another scorching hot day at Hayward Field. Trentavis Friday and Kaylin Whitney, fresh off setting All-Time National High...

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2014 Oregon High School Football season!

 We are missing the following schedules for 2014 as of 8/25:

2A: Neah-Kah-Nie (10/24), Regis (10/24), Irrigon (9/12), Enterprise (9/26,10/10), Perrydale (9/5,9/19,10/24)

1A: Joseph (9/12,10/3), Prairie City (9/5), Chiloquin (9/5), N Lake-Paisley (9/19), Triad (9/19), Camas Valley (9/5,9/19), Alsea (9/12), Siletz Valley (9/5,9/12), Triangle Lake (9/12), OSD


Bulldogs Chomp Spartans

Brody Cooper Joe Burchfiel DSC08726West Albany Holds Off Marist 17-7

Albany - Conventional wisdom and a lot of fans that showed up at Memorial Stadium for the season opener between traditional offensive powerhouses West Albany, ranked #4 in the pre-season poll, and visiting Marist, who was #3, expected something like a 45-41 shootout.

 

What they got was an endless onslaught of penalties, and some sloppy offense, but mostly a lot of defense. The teams combined for just over only 300 total yards.

And it was the Bulldogs that got the most out of theirs, though the Spartans had their moments as well, and were responsible for bottling up West Albany's star running back Jake LaCoste most of the night.

 

"(Marist coach) Frank (Geske) said the strength of their team would be their defense," West Albany coach Randy Nyquist said, "and he was right."

 

Marist's sophomore quarterback Brody Cooper, left, under pressure from West Albany's Joe Burchfiel, was hurried all night. Cooper completed only 11 of 29 passes, for 105 total yards, but also was picked off twice.

 

After a scoreless first quarter, the only touchdown of the first half came on a 73 yard pick-6 by Forrest Thomas, who snagged a ball that had caromed off the chest of a Spartan receiver flat on the ground out of the air, and set sail for the end zone, and a 7-0 Bulldog lead 3 minutes into the second period.

 

The only other points of the first half came on a chip shot 30 yard field goal by Matt Wiest, made possible by one of the numerous helmet to helmet contact penalties assessed over the course of the evening that kept the Bulldog drive alive.

 

The theme continued in the third quarter, when West Albany's Joey Roos snagged another interception of Marist sophomore quarterback Brody Cooper, setting up a short field, and a 42 yard drive that resulted in the Bulldog's only offensive touchdown of the night when LaCoste romped in from 23 yards out to open a 17-0 lead less than 4 minutes after half time.

Former Oregon prep football players fill in-state DI rosters

Oregon Ducks snag most impact players, while PSU loads up with most local talent

 

Thomas Tyner

While Oregon will never rival recruiting hotbeds like California, Texas and Florida, prep football programs in our state consistently produce many Division I caliber prospects.  In numbers that seem to be increasing every season, former Oregon prep players are filling up the rosters of Division I football programs in this state.   It was almost four years ago that then new Portland State head coach Nigel Burton made a commitment to recruit locally, and this season the Vikings roster is showing the results with a whopping 39 Oregon bred athletes. As of Friday, Aug. 23, the University of Oregon had 24 players from Oregon high schools on its roster and Oregon State had 21. That’s a total of 84 players playing DI football - just on in-state teams, Wow. Jesuit, Central Catholic and Lake Oswego are the most represented programs with at least six alums on in-state rosters.

 

From 5-foot 9-inch, 150 pound kicker Ryan Cope (Jesuit HS) to 6’1, 335 pound offensive lineman Austin Johnson (Sunset HS), players from Oregon high schools come in all shapes and sizes. Here is a position-by-position breakdown of the 84 DI players playing at Oregon, OSU and PSU:  19 Offensive Linemen, 18 Wide Receivers, 9 Linebackers, 6 Tight Ends and 6 D-Linemen, 5 Safeties and 5 Defensive Ends, 4 Running Backs and 4 Defensive Backs, 3 Quarterbacks, 3 Kickers and 2 Punters. As you can see, an Oregon bred squad of in-state DI players could field a team, but it would be a little light on the defensive line, in the defensive backfield and at running back. Although, with a nice supply of offensive linemen and receiving targets, an Oregon bred team would just need to find the right quarterback to be an explosive offense.

 

While it remains to be seen if 5-star tailback Thomas Tyner of Aloha High School (above, in photo by Kirk Mays from the 2010 6A State Championship Game) will be a factor for the Ducks this fall, there are numerous former Oregon preps that will be a major part of the No. 3 ranked Ducks success this season. Two former prep standouts are juniors who will start on offense; Colt Lyerla (6’5, 250), a tight end from Hillsboro and Keanon Lowe (5’9, 185),a wide receiver from Jesuit. On defense, senior Taylor Hart (6’6, 283) from Tualatin is a 3-year starter on the defensive line, poised to become the team leader of a fast and hard hitting defense.  Tyson Coleman (6’1, 223) is a rangy athlete from Lake Oswego who is fighting for time at linebacker. Other players who could be a factor this season, include: Ben Butterfield (6’0, 190), a senior defensive back from Sherwood and Alex Balducci (6’4, 297), a sophomore defensive lineman from Central Catholic.

 

Keith Kostol

The only former Oregon prep set to start for the Beavers this year is Keith Kostol (6’4, 199), a junior punter from Tigard (Pictured at left, punting). Other players in the hunt for playing time this season include: Isaac Seumola (6’3, 305), a sophomore center from Corvallis; Micah Hatfield (6’1, 181), a senior wide receiver from Lake Oswego; Mitch Singler (6’3, 206), a senior wide receiver from South Medford; Joel Skotte (6’2, 240), a sophomore linebacker from Mountain View High School in Bend; and Hayden Craig (6’3, 259), a sophomore tight end from Dayton.

 

While Portland State loaded up on the most overall Oregon talent, 30 of their Oregon players are either a freshman or sophomore, making most a year or two out from making a major impact. It looks like we might have to wait to see some of the more exciting players in the prep ranks the past few seasons. Some of the players on this list include: Steven Long (5'7, 175, Fr., Lake Oswego); Xavier Coleman (5'11, 190, Fr., Jesuit); Paris Penn (6'1, 210, RS-Fr., Grant) and Austin Baird (5'11, 180, Fr., Marist).

 

Some of the players that played last year and who will be looking for more time on the defensive side of the ball include: Zach Walen (6’3, 200), a sophomore linebacker from Lake Oswego; Nick Rothstein (5’11, 205), a sophomore safety from Jesuit; and Zack Ka’ahanui (6’1, 265), a senior defensive tackle from Central Catholic. On offense, look for contributions from Oregon bred players catching the football, as five guys are in the mix for playing time at wide receiver: Josh Milhollin (6’4, 200, Jr., South Medford); Kasey Closs (6’3, 200, Jr., Lake Oswego); Alex Toureen (6’, 180, Jr., Cottage Grove); Darnell Adams (6’2, 195, So., Newberg); Jamarr Graves (6’3, 195, RS-Fr., Grant).

 

Keith Kostol (Above, #48) is a junior punter from Tigard. (Photo by Andy Wooldridge)

 

Click on link below for a full list of the 84 former Oregon prep football players that are on rosters for the Ducks, Beavers or Vikings this season. (Note – some players listed may be redshirting)

 

 

CalPreps Top Ten Pre-season 4-A Rankings

1-Scappoose       24.2

2-Baker                 23.2

3-North Bend       21.3

4-Gladstone         20.1

5-Cottage Grove  18.3

6-Philomath         15.9

7-Douglas            11.1

8-Cascade            9.4

9-Central               8.1

10-LaSalle            6.8

Garcia Grabs Opportunity To Win 61st Shrine Game For West

West Evens Series With 33-23 Win

 

Forrest Garcia Punt Return DSC08626BakerCity – The West has found a formula for winning East-West Shrine games; get to the 4th quarter, and then get the Dayton kid in position to pull out the come-back victory.

 

It worked last year when A.J. Hedgecock hit the game winning field goal, and though he had to do a bit more, come the last half of the 4th quarter of this year’s game, Forrest Garcia delivered as well.

 

A 49 yard punt return, left, sparked the drive Garcia capped with an 8 yard run for the go-ahead touchdown, and another 31 yard touchdown sprint put the the West up 33-23 less than a minute later, as the West rallied for their 4th consecutive win in the annual showcase of graduating talent from the state’s schools from the 4A, 3A, 2A, & 1A classifications.

 

“I was definitely waiting for my chance, and took it when I could,” Garcia said. “It worked out, thank God.”

 

It also made for a better memory than the rare occurrence of having fumbled twice on the same play that befell Garcia earlier, and sparked an East rally that eventually led to a 16 point run that erased the 19 points in a row the West had run up in the 1st quarter.

 

It's A Long Road From Regis High In Stayton To The NFL, Or The CFL

Travis LulayOur associate and good friend Jay "Byrdman" Reese has been busy this summer, moving the "Biggest Little Sports Talk SHow In Oregon" over to FM 100.1 in Bend. And he and his associates are also getting TableRock Sports, which covers the action down in the Rogue Valley, geared up to stream high school football video this fall. You can check out their coverage of Pacific Football League games to get a taste of what's in store this fall.

 

In the meantime, Jay also recently caught up with Regis High grad Travis Lulay, left, for an interesting interview.

 

Long time fans of Oregon high school football recall the long run of Regis teams that made a habit of winning state championships, and recognize the name Lulay, as the family provided as many members of those Ram teams as any across multiple generations. Travis went on to play for Montana St., and after several stopovers in the NFL, has settled in as the quarterback of the British Columbia Lions of the Canadian Football League, and was even the face of the CFL advertising last year, after leading the Lions to the CFL title in 2011.

 

Here's Jay's story on the Stayton star.

 

North Claims Les Schwab Bowl With Strong 4th Quarter

South Held At Bay At End

 

Hillsboro - The North came from behind in the relatively action packed 4th quarter, and then thwarted multiple South threats down the stretch to claim the 66th Annual Les Schwab Bowl 21-14 Saturday night at Hillsboro Stadium.

 

This year's edition of the showdown of graduating Oregon high school All-Stars from the state's big school, known variably since 1948 as the City-State, Metro-State, North-South Shrine All-Star Game, and in recent years, the Les Schwab Bowl, presented by Express Employment Professionals this season, culminated a week of activities for the participants.

 

Tanner Shipley DSC08353

 

The North used a 42 yard return of the game's opening kickoff and a 13 yard reception by Wilsonville's Tanner Shipley to set up a 32 yard field goal by Central Catholic's Mitchell Seeley less than 4 1/2 minutes into the game.

 

It was only 3 points, but it was already more points than were scored in last year's first half, and more than was scored all game by the North in last year's 21-0 South victory. It was also the only points scored until midway in the second quarter in what shaped up initially as another defensive battle.

 

66th Les Schwab Bowl Saturday

Les Schwab Bowl LogoSaturday evening at 6 PM the 66th Les Schwab Bowl presented this year by Express Employment Professionals kicks off at Hillsboro Stadium, and the South will be looking to repeat last year's 21-0 win, and even the all time series at 31 wins apiece, with 4 ties, including the early days when it was the Metro-State All Star Game. Doors open at 3 PM for the Rick's Custom Fencing & Decking's FAN FEST.

 

The game culminates a weeklong series of events for the players and coaches. Teams practiced twice a day at Pacific University during the day, with a variety of activities following in the evening. This year teams attended a Hillsboro Hops baseball game on Tuesday, battle in the annual "North vs. South Wing Eating Contest" at Buffalo Wild Wings Wednesday night, and will participate in the LES SCHWAB BOWLing competition at Big Al's in Beaverton on Thursday.

 

Additionally, both the North and South teams will visit the Providence Hospital Center for Medically Fragile Children cleaning equipment and interacting with patients. The Center for Medically Fragile Children is the only pediatric skilled nursing facility in the Pacific Northwest, providing 24-hour long-term, short-term, respite and end-of-life care to medically fragile children and young people ranging in age from infancy to 21 years.

 

The Les Schwab Bowl players will also serve as coaches to youth football players at Anthony Newman's Sports Camp on Saturday prior to the game.

 

Oregon's 2013 College Football Signings

National Letter of Intent signing day is today, Wednesday, Feb. 6th., 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.

 

Jay Talks With Dave Wilcox

NFL Hall of Famer Dave Wilcox is a name known to Oregon high football fans, first as an instate multisport player whose' place in history was made when he went on to play for the University of Oregon, never mind the San Francisco 49ers. Having his sons play at a high level in state in high school and then for the Ducks only added to the family name familiarity.

This week, Jay Reese had the opportunity to chat with the legendary linebacker:

 

dave wilcox HOF

 

I’ve had many great experiences in my lifetime of growing up in Sports in Medford, Oregon, and I’ve met alot of very good people in my travels of sportscasting, and basketball officiating, but today was the pinnacle.

Lake Oswego vs. Sheldon, And The Beat Goes On

Irish Pick Off 13-6 State Championship Win

 

IMG 0411 copyIt took until there was only a minute and a half left, and it took 4 interceptions, all of them critical to the game outcome, but Sheldon eventually picked up the program's 4th OSAA 6A State Championship Saturday afternoon at Jeld-Wen field in Portland, downing defending state champion Lake Oswego.

 

It was the 6th. year in a row, and 9th. time in 11 seasons, that Lake Oswego and Sheldon have met in the playoffs. The last 2 years, its been in the finals, with both teams undefeated coming in, and 7 of the last 12 title game appearrances have been by the Lakers and the Irish. Last year, Lake O broke open a 14-14 tie late in the second quarter with 33 unanswered points, resulting in the 47-14 win that resulted in head coach Steve Coury's first state title, in his 20th. year as the Lakers' head coach.

 

"It's the 4th for the staff, and the program," Johnson felt. "To win it (as the head coach) is great, but I'm just the head guy right now. There are a lot of kids, and others, that are and have been in this program that built this."

 

The game swung on turnovers, a stat in which the Irish held a +4 advantage, due to the interceptions, but Sheldon's single controversial fumble ironically cost them the lead late in the third quarter, and forced the Irish to rally for 10 4th quarter points.

 

Defense ultimately carried the day though, as the Irish secondary's ability to save points and change field position earned the win.

 

"We have had a lot of great offenses, but we said 16 years ago when we came (to Sheldon) that if we were going to win championships, we would do it with defense," Johnson said. "We didn't play great defense last year, and we didn't win. We knew we would have to today if we wanted to change the outcome. I didn't think we would hold them to 6 points, but that's what we had to do, because they are a tremendous defensive team too."

 

Lake Oswego would outgain Sheldon by 26 yards, largely due to rushing for 195 yards, 100 by JB Holmes, who was the Lakers' Player of the Game. And as a result, even after running off the last minute and a half on 4 kneel downs that followed the win-sealing interception by Talty Liam, Sheldon was still almost 6 minutes behind in time of possession.

 

"Coming in, we knew they were a great defense, and it would be hard to get things going," Sheldon quarterback Taylor Alie said. "But we knew it would eventually come. Last year's loss drove us every day. It's not really about revenge, or anything against them; its just the desire to do better."