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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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You are here: Home More Blogs MWL/SWC Blog A Jumbled Mess of Random Thoughts

MWL/SWC Blog

A Jumbled Mess of Random Thoughts

Some rapid, frantic thoughts on a big week in high school athletics: state championships in football, and the start of basketball season.

 

 

1. West Albany has been on both sides of the two biggest upsets in 5A history: in 2006, they rolled Corvallis 31-8 in the regular season, then lost to that same Corvallis team 17-14 in three overtimes in the state championship. On Saturday, they avenged a 48-0 regular season loss to Sherwood with a 21-20 overtime win.

 

2. Not every year is a classic, but 5A has had their fair share of championship thrillers. The aforementioned ’06 and ’13 games weren’t the only championships to end in OT: Sherwood beat Marist 26-23 in 2010. West Albany jumped out to a 28-7 lead over Thurston in 2008, only to see the Colts roar back and tie the game (WA won 35-28 in the final minutes).  Mountain View upset heavily favored Sherwood 14-13 in a beautiful defensive slugfest in 2011. 6A can’t say their championship games bring the same kind of mustard.

 

3. That said, Sheldon’s 50-43 win over Jesuit to win the 2009 title is still probably the best high school game in Oregon of the 2000s.

 

4. Tigard, we hardly knew ye: a popular pick to take the whole thing, Tigard is going to have to settle for the trophy-less title of being the best public school in the state of Oregon this year. They were drubbed by Central Catholic 83-49 in the semifinals. Yep, 83 points. CC had a pair of 300+ yard rushers.

 

5. 2013 will see a Holy War rematch between CC and Jesuit for all the marbles. CC won 45-31 in the regular season, but as bullet point #1 indicated, that doesn’t necessarily mean anything.

 

6. That said, I think it means something. CC has been my odds-on favorite the moment they tripped to Sheldon and beat up on the Irish. Then again, Sherwood was everyone’s odd-on favorite Saturday morning…

 

7. If CC wins, it will be their first title since going back-to-back in 1952 and 1953. If Jesuit wins, it will be their 4th championship since 2000. That would tie them with Sheldon for most titles this century, and they would trail the Irish 6-5 in championship game appearances this century. It would be their sixth title overall (’67, ’68, ’00, ’05, ’06).

 

8. If CC wins, I think they’re on the shortlist with Sheldon ’02 and Jesuit ’06 for best team of the 2000s. They’ve been nothing short of dominant this year.

 

9. Enough pigskin, it’s basketball season!

 

10. Churchill is my pick to win the MWL. The Lancers lost a heartbreaker to Jefferson in the 5A title game to end last year, but return MWL co-MVP David Shedrick. Fellow seniors Malik Morgan and Andrew Smith are also back, and despite losing some legitimate talent off last year’s state runner-up the Lancers do return an impressive, and loaded, senior class.

 

11. Sheldon has edged Churchill for the MWL title the last two years (for those new to this blog, I do not recognize separate 5A/6A league champions; it’s hogwash). But the Irish were dealt a tough hand when dynamic senior leader Yadie Dunmore broke his foot near the end of the football season. Was it a small break? Is he out for the year? I don’t know. But I suspect he’ll miss a good portion of the season, at any rate. Sheldon was deep on the perimeter, though; we’ll see if seniors Jordan Alexander and Logan Davis can pick up the slack. I think they’ll miss Connor Strahm quite a bit. Kid was an unparallelled winner.

 

12. South Eugene returns junior Eli Lininger (the other co-MVP of the league last year), the 6’6 forward who has already committed to play D-1 ball at Yale upon graduation. He’s been a stalwart for two years already for the Axemen, and will team once more with fellow junior Mason Green-Richards to form a stout inside/outside combo.

 

13. Thurston hasn’t made a ton of noise since winning the 2011 league title, but they have finished in the upper division both years since. They’ve been lurking, and this year have a pair of experienced, talented 6’4 wings in Brendan Quinn and Carson Cook back from last year’s squad. They actually return their entire frontcourt, with 6’5 Sahen Garcia back as well. Both of Coach Piquette’s MWL championship teams (2002/2011) have been built on excellent frontcourts and guard play able to exploit the open looks they get when teams try to bear down on the post. Can Thurston find the shooters to compliment their big guys? Outside of Caleb Wilson, the Colts haven’t really had a dynamic perimeter player since their 5A days.

 

14. Can Springfield finally find a post player to compliment their assortment of talented kids under 6 foot? Can North finally move past a rotating coaching carousel? Can Willamette find a running mate for Chaney Wyatt? 

 

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