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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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What's in a Name? TRL, TRC, MVC, MWC, Huh?

Three Rivers, Tri-River, Tri-Valley, West Valley, Mountain Valley, Mountain View, Southwest, Northwest, Far West, PacWest, Big Sky, Sky-Em, Skyline, Greater Oregon, Old Oregon. From the Pacific Ocean to the Eastern Oregon high desert, from the Columbia River to the Southern Cascades, Oregon high schools compete in a maddening array of league and conference names across the six classifications. Almost all reflect the natural beauty of the state in which Oregon high school athletes participate.

100-0 Final Score - Oh, Mercy!!!

 

By now, you have probably read, watched or listened to media accounts about the recent high school girls basketball game in Texas in which The Covenant School defeated Dallas Academy, 100-0. Of course, that was not the first time a team had ever been shut out. And though rare, girls teams break the 100-point barrier every year. But there is something perversely perfect about the imbalance of 100-0 that a score of 105-5 or 98-2 just does not convey.

In the aftermath of that debacle, The Covenant School sought to forfeit the game. That in turn led to the dismissal of Micah Grimes, coach of the winning team - not for winning the game, but for refusing to apologize for it. Across the nation, including Oregon, internet posters launched into the predictable cycle of criticizing the winning team for running up the score, followed by apologists who argue that taking deliberate steps to keep the score down inevitably mocks the opponent and the game itself.

Meanwhile, the losing Dallas Academy Bulldogs became instant national celebrities. The Bulldogs' appeared or are scheduled to appear on ABC's World News, ABC's Good Morning America Weekend, CBS' Saturday Early Show and NBC's Today show. Mark Cuban, owner of the NBA's Dallas Mavericks, has invited the team to be his guests at a Mavericks game, while Oregon's own Nike Corporation has proposed sponsoring a team trip to the Feb. 15 NBA All-Star Game in Phoenix.

But who is the real villain and victim in this story, which is repeated across the country every year, though not with the mathematical precision of 100-0? The real victims were the schools, coaches and players from both schools. And the party responsible was the Texas association, which like Oregon, has chosen not to adopt an available tool designed to prevent 100-0 blowouts - the basketball mercy rule.

Improving Public/Private Competitiveness?

EDITORIAL NOTE - With the full support and encouragment of the owner of OregonPrepSports.Net, who does not fully agree with my opinion, I am republishing my blog essay from last week relating to the OSAA and private school ADM multiplier. My boss, nceagle, and I agreed that the topic is of public concern and my opinion should not be silenced because of the objections of a few people.

Outside my blog essays, I will continue to bring you my best efforts in reporting on boys and girls sports, particularly at the small school classification. I have made it my personal goal to never disparage an individual high school student athlete in anything I write. Our children deserve better than what they routinely read about themselves on another forum site.

You will not read anything below that speaks negatively about any teenage student athlete, though some of you will vigorously disagree with my opinion on the proposed polices by some adults which may affect those student athletes. For that, I do not apologize.