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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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2A Mountain View Conference Preview

Bill Shaw couldn’t begin to express just how relieved he feels about being a part of the newly-formed 2A Mountain View Conference.
“I can’t begin to say how nice this is going to be,” the Yoncalla High football coach said. “We’ll get to play schools that are a lot closer which are a lot closer to our size. I’ll tell ya, I’m not going to miss that six-hour trip to Gold Beach.”
The reclassification of Oregon’s high schools formed the new league, which consists of schools which were in the old Big Fir (Oakland, Yoncalla and North Douglas), Tri-Co (Monroe, Oakridge and Central Linn) and Southern Cascade (Glendale and Riddle) leagues last season. It took plenty of travel time off for most schools, matching each of them up with other schools of similar size.
And from what most coaches are saying, that includes similar abilities, too.
“We were fortunate enough to get out of that league,” Glendale Athletic Director and football coach Steve Prock said of being in the old SCL. “And if you’re fortunate enough to get out of this league, you’ve got as good a shot as any to be a state champion.”
Monroe could be considered an odds-on favorite headed into the 2006 season, which begins with endowment games on Sept. 2. Monroe, after all, won the Tri-Co League title nine of its last 10 years in the league.
And despite a roster which will play a different set of teams, have just six seniors and a slew of underclassmen, expectations haven’t changed much for the Dragons.
“We never change that much,” said Max Wall, whose team went 8-2 a year ago but lost in the first round of the 2A state playoffs. “No matter who it is that’s in the league, we still expect to contend for a league title.”
Glendale hasn’t reached the postseason since 2001 when it won the last of its six consecutive Big Fir League championships. But after a 1-8 campaign in 2002, the Pirates have been just a win away from reaching the playoffs the past three seasons.
“I really don’t see any reason why we shouldn’t be in the mix at the end of the season,” said Prock, whose team finished 6-3 a year ago.
Three teams from the league will reach the 2A state playoffs, scheduled to begin Nov. 10.
Both the Oaktowns in the league — Oakland and Oakridge — bring run-and-shoot type offenses into the league and have proven capable of some high-scoring outputs.
In northern Douglas County, traditional rivals Yoncalla and North Douglas, which combined for a co-op the past two seasons under the Yoncalla flag, have split into separate programs. Still, the Eagles went 0-9 last year and have won just one game in the past three seasons.
Riddle will have its third new coach in four years in Russell Hobson, who has been an assistant coach the past four seasons. He takes over a program which snapped a 22-game losing streak with a victory over St. Mary’s last October.
The Central Linn Cobras, who like the Irish are coming off a 1-8 campaign and have a new coach. But their new coach, Jim Keizur, has run the programs at Pleasant Hill (14 years), Harrisburg (six years), Elmira (three years) and McKenzie (one year).

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