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North Marion 2019 4A Special District 2 League Champs!

| October 26,2019

North Marion 2019 4A Special District 2  League Champs!

How big was Friday night for The North Marion Huskies? Well let’s start with the first outright league Football title, in at least 60 years. 

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2018 Premature Playoff Predictions, Week 4

Jeff Drumm | September 28,2018

2018 Premature Playoff Predictions, Week 4

It's time for another season of Premature Playoff Predictions. Much has changed about Oregon high school football in the past year, but I got my spreadsheets adjusted, and (assuming I didn't make any typos) I'm ready to start guessing at what will happen.   Game predictions are based on the Freeman rankings...

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NM/Woodburn- It's Back!

| September 13,2018

NM/Woodburn- It's Back!

What is Football without a great rival? One of the best ever is back in Northern Marion County! Photo Brent DeLaPaz Woodburn Independent Fall 1986- Pictured Woodburns Kit Cummings, and North Marions Kevin Pearson. Two good friends, who simply wore different uniforms.    The Woodburn/ North Marion rivalry, is one that stretches...

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Most Small School League Champions To Get Guaranteed Home Game

OSAA Rankings Sub-Committee Recomends Change For 3A, 2A, & 1A


The seeding of OSAA playoffs continues to evolve, and if the OSAA Executive Board approves a recommendation by the Rankings Sub-Committee at their summer workshop on July 22-24, league champions in the 3A, 2A, & 1A classifications will be guaranteed a home game in most cases.


When the RPI came into use for seeding playoffs, it became possible for teams that won their conference, but had a relatively weak RPI, to sometimes still find themselves on the road in the first round of the playoffs. This was especially a concern for some 3A, 2A, & 1A schools, where in some cases, regional makeup of leagues produces some fairly drastic differences in scheduling options.


This past school year, 27 league champions in various sports in these classes opened on the road, raising concerns that winning a conference should carry some added weight. Yet the push for the use of the RPI was to prevent weak league champions, and especially second place finishers, from being excessively rewarded relative to schools from very deep leagues, particularly if those schools also pursued a highly challenging non-conference schedule.

Oregon State Board Of Education Bans Native American Mascots

Schools Have 5 Years To Re-Brand


On Thursday, the Oregon State Board of Education Oregon voted 5-1 to require schools to get rid of their Native American-themed mascots by 2017, or risk losing state funding. Which is the "stick" they can wield, not actually having the ability to require any change, except by financial implication. That, however, is an especially big stick, but one that puts some schools in a difficult position during difficult economic times.


The other primary argument against the move besides those of tradition (Why would programs built on tradition care about tradition?) and local control (Why would any community want to decide what they want to do when strangers from far away can tell them what they should believe?) is one of finances. Schools that can't afford to pay teachers and bus drivers can't afford to change everything from the paint on the floors and walls to their uniforms and all the way down to their forms and supplies, but they can't afford not to either.


Rep. Sherrie Sprenger, R-Scio, had proposed a waiver clause to allow school districts to use Indian mascots under agreements with local tribes, but that proposal was rejected by the board's research committee.


Schools using Native American themed mascots that receive state funding have until January to inform the Board of Education what their plan is, and until July, 2017, to fully implement that plan.


Programs are of course encouraged to transition early, and it will be interesting to see what strategies are adopted, as both funding and tradition issues will surely make for some lively local school board meetings to come.


West Salem, Summit Repeat as Band Champions

12musicWest Salem and Summit were the only repeat state champions across the 7 competitions conducted by the OSAA at the LaSells Stewart Center on the Oregon St. University campus.


The Titans actually 3-peated, having also won the 6A Band Championship in 2010. Enjoying the music might be the key.


"We focus on the music, and don't talk about competition," director Todd Zimbleman said. "I tell them 'Enjoy the moment. If the judges like it too, that's great.' "


South Salem reclaimed the Full Orchestra title they last held in 2010, and Crescent Valley claimed the String Orchestra championship.


Douglas, Corbett, and Vernonia also earned championships.

OSAA Makes Mid-Block Moves

Scio To Move Up; New Redmond School Impacts Central Oregon


At Monday's meeting of the OSAA Executive Board Meeting,several schools were moved to new classes, effective next fall. The start of the 2012-13 school year will be the mid-way point in the current 4 year block that districting and size classing is assigned for, but significant and sustained enrollment changes prompted several mid-block moves.


One of the most notable moves has Scio, a perrenial power in several sports, and a long time member of the 2A Tri-River Conference, moving up to the 3A PacWest Conference, while Waldport will move down from the PacWest into the Tri-River. Scio's latest ADM figures are 22 too high for 2A, while Waldport is 3 below the 3A lower limit.


The board also placed the new RIdgeview High School in Redmond into the 4A class. As a result of the new school opening, Redmond, long a 6A school, will move down to 5A. Both Ridgeview and Redmond will be in the Intermountain Conference 5A/4A Hybrid. This will resolve the debacle that has been figuring out what to do with Redmond, who spent 4 years in the Central Valley Conference, which required all 6 of the Salem-Keizer schools to make multiple trips across the Santiam pass, and complaing loudly about it. After that, the Panthers were lumped with the 2 6A members of the Portland Interscholastic League. This while their natural rivals 20 minutes away in Bend were a league apart.


The addition of the Ravens from RIdgeview will give Crook County an actual 4A opponent in the Hybrid, at least until Ridgeview grows into a 5A sized school.

OSAA Considering Summer Football Changes

Contact Could Be Curtailed


Updated 9/13


The OSAA Executive Board on Tuesday tabled a decision on the proposal to limit summer football practices until their Dec. 5 meeting. The delay was primarily intended to allow for clarification, refinement, and review of language, but it isn't likely that substantial change is in the works.


“It certainly wasn’t voted down,” OSAA assistant executive director Peter Weber said of the decision. “I think the board is in favor of it, they just want to make sure they get it right.”


Origonal Story


Next week, on Sept. 12, the OSAA Executive Board meets for a work session on Sunday, and an open meeting on Monday, at OSAA Headquarters in Wilsonville. Most of the items on the agenda amount to administrative housekeeping. But there is an item that could impact the way your team conducts its off-season football preparation.


The Medical Aspects of Spots Committee is sending before the Executive Board a proposal that will define in fairly narrow terms how teams can conduct contact drills during the approximately 2 month long period from Memorial Day until the start of moratorium week, around the start of August.


If adopted, schools would be allowed only 8 days of practice, and more contraining, those days would have to be conducted in a 10 day window. Which means about 50 days can't be used for such activities.


Title IX Trouble Spreads Statewide

Nearly 100 Schools In 60 Districts Cited For Non-Compliance


The story blowing up all over the state this week actually stems from a rash of complaints filed back on April 27 by the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights' Seattle office, which charges 60 Oregon public school districts with violating Title IX in nearly 100 high schools, where the percentage of enrolled girls participating in sports is significantly lower that the percentage of the boy's population.


Title IX, you may recall, is that piece of legislation from 1972 more frequently seen in discussion at the collegiate level, which provides for equal opportunity for both women and men, adjusted for relative population size, at any institution receiving any federal funding.


It applies equally to high schools too, though.


And it's not a small school issue, where local resource and interest limitations might be the cause. Districts involved include Salem-Keizer, Beaverton, Portland Public Schools, Eugene, Medford, Lake Oswego, Klamath Falls, McMinnville, and Hillsboro.


Not that it is any less of an issue in Toledo, Oakridge, or Burns.


You can browse all the complaints here, and search for your school.


And it's not just an Oregon issue; over 125 complaints filed against schools in Washington state has a similar effort underway up north.


OSAA RPI Revisions Recommended

Committee Suggests Not Counting Play-in Playoff Games

The OSAA Rankings Sub-committee has recommended some changes to the OSAA RPI process that is used to seed the playoffs in all team sports. The proposed changes will be considered by the OSAA Executive Board for a vote at their summer board workshop, to be held July 24‐26, 2011, at Eagle Crest Resort in Redmond.


Most notable is a recommendation to freeze teams' RPI before the Play-in round(s) in the 4A, 5A, and 6A classes, preventing the sometimes significant altering of a teams' relative seeding due to what is primarily a geographically structured mandated playoff tier. At the same time, the suggestion to set a substantially earlier cutoff date for schedule changes and additions was rejected.


That idea was intended to curb teams adding games late in the year to improve their RPI by playing a team, sometimes from another classification, once it is known who will have a good record, and who won't. A substantial concern with the early freezing of schedules is the impact on softball and baseball, who have long scheduled late non-conference games anyway, especially in wet years, where many games may have been lost due to weather.


OSAA Band Championships

West Salem Defends 6A Title


The 2011 OSAA Band Championships concluded Saturday, with the 6A competition, and Director Todd Zimbleman's Titans defended their 2010 title, posting a score of 336 points, which easily outdistanced the field of 20 bands.


While West Salem was leaving the competition far behind, David Douglas, directed by Jennifer Brooks-Muller, won what was a very tight battle for the rest of the 6A trophys, taking second place, with 317 points. Reynolds, Directed by Ben Brooks, was only one point back, in third place with 316 points.

South Salem, Directed by Mary Lou Boderman, was only 2 points further back, claiming fourth place with a score ot 314 points. Director Kevan Egan's West Linn band rounded out the top five, with a score of 311 points.


Thurston, Newberg, McNary, North Salem, Hilsboro, Gresham, Southridge, Roseburg, Redmond, Grants Pass, Grant, Lake Oswego, Sprague, Century, and Barlow also competed Saturday, and McKay and Westview also posted state qualifying scores this season.


(Updated Thursday, May 12, Saturday May 14)


South Eugene Students Swept Off Rocks

Two South Eugene students, 18 year old Connor Ausland, a member of the Axemen varsity basketball team, and 17 year old Jack Harnsongkram, were swept off the rocks by a large wave and drowned early Saturday afternoon at Smelt Sands State Park, near Yachats, OR.


The two were part of the Mr. Axeman charity fundraising pageant from the school. the program raises money each year for the Children’s Miracle Network. They were walking with four other boys from South Eugene when an unexpectedly large wave came up and swept them off the rocks. The other four reportedly saw and heard them, and attempted to rescue them, creating a makeshift lifeline rope made of articles of clothing. But they were unable to reach the two.


(Updated 2/8, 2/10)


Oregon Sports Awards Handed Out

Sunday night at the Stanford Theatre on the Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, the Oregon Sports Awards were handed out. The ceremony, emceed by former University of Oregon Star Ahmad Rashad, included the four "Johnny Carpenter" Prep Athlete Awards, along with a number of college and professional honors.