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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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Russo and Rothenberger Selected as 2012 National Coaches of the Year

Neil Russo (Newberg wrestling) and Craig Rothenberger (Junction City boys basketball) are selected as national coaches of the year.  12 other Oregon coaches are selected as Section 8 coach of the year.


Two coaches from Oregon have been selected 2012 National Coaches of the Year by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Coaches Association. The NFHS annually selects 21 National Coaches of the Year.


The NFHS, which has been recognizing coaches through an awards program since 1982, honors coaches in the top 10 girls sports and top 10 boys sports (by participation numbers), and in one “other” category that is not included in these 20 categories. Winners of NFHS awards must be active coaches during the year in which they receive their award. This year’s awards recognize coaches for the 2011-12 school year. Recipients of the 2012 NFHS National Coaches of the Year from Oregon are Craig Rothenberger, Boys Basketball, Junction City High School and Neil Russo, Wrestling, Newberg High School.

MHC/TRL Crossover Cross Country Meet


St. Mary's girls and West Linn boys win team titles at MHC/TRL Crossover Cross Country Meet


Reynolds senior Ahmed Ibrahim and Grant senior Piper Donaghu win individual titles



Reynolds senior Ahmed Ibrahim (above) ran away from the field over the final mile to win the boys 5K race in 15:48.

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Grant senior Piper Donaghu, center in blue, ran to a 39 second victory in the girls varsity race, running the 5K course in 19:00.


(Fernhill Park) - Washington cross country runners have had a leg up on Oregon runners during the annual Nike BorderClash post-season all-star invitational for the past decade. That might be changing as former Kamiakan High School runner Ahmed Ibrahim has transferred to Portland’s Reynolds High School for his senior season.


Ibrahim took control midway through Tuesday’s MHC/TRL Crossover cross country invitational at Fernhill Park and then cruised to victory in the 5K race by 17 seconds in 15:48. Although Fernhill’s course is flat and fast, it was an impressive early season performance in the heat that stamped Ibrahim as a state title contender.


“I like the course. It is a fast course,” said Ibrahim. “My plan was for the last mile to add more and more by the time I hit the hill.”


Ibrahim finished 11th in the Washington 3A boys finals last year while running for Kamiakan High School in Kennewick. Individual state title favorite Kyle Thompson of Central Catholic sat out the race, but West Linn’s sophomore brother duo of Roman and Grayson Ollar set a fast early pace with a 4:56 first mile.


“It was a really good race,” said Ibrahim. “I like having guys run with me, they support me.” Ibrahim is ready to race the best the state of Oregon has to offer.


“Definitely I want to see the fastest guys, so I can chase them,” said Ibrahim.


For full story and results link...


OSAA Foundation receives $25,000 from the Safeway Foundation

WILSONVILLE (September 27, 2012) – The OSAA Foundation has received a $25,000 gift from the Safeway Foundation for its Student Assistance Program. The program focuses on students in member schools that need the most help to obtain equipment, clothing, shoes or gear to participate in a co-curricular activity throughout the year. The OSAA Foundation is proud to partner with the Safeway Foundation to help promote participation and a healthy active lifestyle.


"The Safeway Foundation is proud to support the OSAA, and we thank our customers and employees for making it possible. Our foundation supports education, health and human services, people with disabilities, and hunger relief, so supporting education and extracurricular activities through the OSAA is an excellent fit," said Dan Floyd, Director of Public Affairs and Government Relations.


This grant is one of the largest the OSAA Foundation has ever received. The donation will be spread statewide in an effort to affect as many schools as possible. A total of 250 students in more than 40 schools will benefit from this gift. Each student will receive approximately $100 of merchandise specifically purchased for them and focused upon the activities in which they participate. At the completion of the 2011-12 year, nearly 6,500 students have benefited from the Student Assistance Program since its inception in 2002.

Sweet Home AD/Boys Basketball Coach Arrested & Released

Kostanty Knurowski Placed On Leave


Sweet Home Athletic Director and Boys' Basketball coach Kostanty Knurowski, 33, was arrested on Wednesday afternoon on suspicion of five counts of third degree sexual abuse. He was taken to the Linn County Jail and booked. Knurowski posted bail and was released.


Police began investigating Knurowski on March 26, after the family of a former Sweet Home High School student contacted them about events 2 years ago. The charges allege a pattern of sexual contact between Knurowski and the female student which lasted about seven months during the 2009-2010 school year.


The Sweet Home school district has placed Knurowski on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.


"The district has taken steps to ensure that during this investigation Mr. Knurowski will not be around students at school," Sweet Home School District Superintendent Don Schrader said in a news release. "We absolutely want our students to feel safe at school. This kind of incident has an impact with our kids, with our staff, our staff were shocked about this whole thing, in all our schools. We don't want to see and have this kind of thing going on," Schrader said .


April Sports Shorts

An assortment of odd observations and opinions about high school sports in Oregon and  around the world.


“Watch Them While You Can”

Amazing Underclassmen”

“Just Plain Wow”


Thomas Tyner, Aloha HS junior sprinter, may go down as the top prep athlete ever in Oregon if he can stay healthy.  His 2010-11 school year is one of the greatest ever – becoming state record holder in 100 meters and leading Aloha to a new 4x100 relay record, while adding 6A offensive player of the year in football as a sophomore.

Tyner fought through hamstring injuries for another 1,000+ rushing yards last fall and is starting this track season slowly as he tries to regain top form.  Get out and watch the fastest prep sprinter in Oregon history and one of the nation's top football recruits while you have the chance, so that one day you can say, “I saw Thomas Tyner run the 100 meter dash in high school!”

And speaking of prep track and field in Oregon, you must mention the precocious multi-event star Haley Crouser of Gresham who smashed the National High School record in the javelin (held by fellow Oregonian, Newberg HS and U of O gradutate, Rachel Yurkovich) by throwing 181-feet 2-inches in a meet early this season.  Crouser is a junior. She joins her brother Sam (Javelin, 244-2, in 2010 for Gresham) and cousin Ryan (Discus, 237-6, in 2011 for Barlow) as National Record holders.

This budding heptathlete also has the leading mark in the state in the shot put this year and placed in four events at the state meet as a sophomore last year. The record throw, qualified the 6-foot Crouser for the Olympic Trials this summer, earning a chance to compete against the rest of the nations best javelin throwers for a spot on the 2012 Olympic team that will compete in London later this summer.

Did I mention that she is just a junior, in high school?

OADA Announces Athletic Directors of the Year

The Oregon Athletic Directors Association has selected six athletic directors for recognition as Classification Athletic Director of the Year. These six individuals will be honored at the annual OADA state conference on April 16, 2012 at Sunriver Resort, in Sunriver, Oregon.

Those being honored include:

1A Classification -- Ron Molony, Mohawk High School

2A Classification -- Greg Grant, Heppner High School

3A Classification -- Jerry Buczynski, Willamina High School

4A Classification -- Andy Jones, North Marion High School

5A Classification -- Daniel Barendse, Rex Putnam High School

6A Classification -- Tim Burke, Newberg High School

The annual State Athletic Directors of the Year for 1A-2A-3A & 4A-5A-6A will be announced at the conference banquet.

The annual conference banquet will be held in the Homestead Room at Sunriver Resort beginning at 6:30 P.M. Tickets for the event may be purchased at: www.oadaonline.org, click on the state conference link. Cost is $40.

Winter 2011-12 Dairy Farmers Academic All-State Program Winners Announced

Wilsonville, OR – The OSAA and the Dairy Farmers of Oregon have teamed up for the 15th year to sponsor the Dairy Farmers of Oregon Academic All-State Award.  This award recognizes excellence in the classroom throughout the state.

“As an organization we are very proud of this award because it shows all the hard work and commitment student athletes demonstrate in the classroom,” said Tom Welter, OSAA Executive Director.

“This awards program continues our tradition of celebrating Oregon’s student athletes,” said Pete Kent, executive director of the Oregon Dairy Products Commission. “Their efforts are impressive and we’re proud of their recognition.”

The eight teams listed below earned the highest team GPA in the entire state for their activity, regardless of classification.  The winning team in each Winter sport will be presented a plaque in honor of outstanding scholastic achievement and team members will receive a “got milk?” sweatshirt and a certificate.  Additionally, the Dairy Farmers of Oregon help recognize the achievement of all Top 10 teams in each classification by providing each student a lapel pin.  More than 4,500 lapel pins will be distributed to Winter sports teams throughout the state in the coming weeks.

Two Oregon Coaches Named 2011 National Coaches of the Year

Roseburg's Thurman Bell (football) and Forest Grove's Rich Taylor (boys tennis) headline list of award recipients


Two coaches from Oregon have been selected 2011 National Coaches of the Year by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Coaches Association. The NFHS annually selects 21 National Coaches of the Year.


The NFHS, which has been recognizing coaches through an awards program since 1982, honors coaches in the top 10 girls sports and top 10 boys sports (by participation numbers), and in one “other” category that is not included in these 20 categories. Winners of NFHS awards must be active coaches during the year in which they receive their award. This year’s awards recognize coaches for the 2001- 11 school year. Recipients of the 2011 NFHS National Coaches of the Year from Oregon are Thurman Bell, Football, Roseburg High School and Rich Taylor, Boys Tennis, Forest Grove High School.

Central massacres Newport and Roosevelt wants respect....

What everyone thought to be the top contender in the state for a state championship, Newport proved to buckle and unravel under the more dominant pressure of Central on Friday night. In Newport, Central got down and dirty on defense and forced Newport into bad shot selection, constant turnovers, almost zero rebounding and, what those around me pointed out, was a complete unraveling of the Newport team. Central was suffocating on defense and forced Newport to do exactly what it wanted, not score (0 in 4th qtr). Then on offense it maticulously chunked away a bigger and bigger lead until they left the City of Newport with a jaw-dropping 37 point win. You read it right 37 points. Yes, 59-22. Newport failed to score in the 4th quarter. What to say other than I was wrong with Newport after what I saw last night? They fell apart when the adversity of Central and their daunting defense went into their gym and gave them all they could handle. Tanner Omlid was prolific and everyone on Newport shrinked back into his shadow.

Off-Season Training: Building a Routine

Off-season training is the mold for a successful season. The term ‘practice makes perfect’ is tossed around to young athletes and Olympic gold medalists alike as motivational and instructive criticism. This is true, but modifying the over-used phrase just slightly transforms it to gold; perfect practice makes perfect.  Many crucial pieces of training must be put together to complete the long and tedious jig-saw puzzle of success. An advantageous first stepping stone is building a routine.

“Creating a game plan and being as clear as possible is the best way to go for results, motivation, and tracking,” says Scott White, certified personal trainer and nutritionist, “if you don't have a game plan that has the basics: assessment, program design, tracking, and making adjustments along the way. You are basically shooting darts in the dark.” An Optimal Performance Exercise Kinesiologist, White graduated from Arizona State with a BS in Kinesiology and International Sports Science Association certification and began his career in 1998 as a speed training specialist.