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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

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NM/Woodburn- It's Back!

| September 13,2018

NM/Woodburn- It's Back!

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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.


The Oregon Athletic Coaches Association (OACA) selects and contacts the potential state award recipients to complete a coach profile form that requests information regarding the coach’s record, membership in and affiliation with coaching and other professional organizations, involvement with other school and community activities and programs, and coaching philosophy. To be approved as an award recipient and considered for sectional and national coach of the year consideration, this profile form must be completed by the coach or designee and then approved by the executive director (or designee) of the state athletic/activities association.


The next award level after state coach of the year is Sectional Coach of the Year. The NFHS is divided into eight geographical sections. They are as follows: Section 1 – Northeast (CT, ME, MA, NH, NJ, NY, RI, VT); Section 2 – Mideast (DE, DC, KY, MD, OH, PA, VA, WV); Section 3 – South (AL, FL, GA, LA, MS, NC, SC, TN); Section 4 – Central (IL, IN, IA, MI, WI); Section 5 – Midwest (KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD); Section 6 – Southwest (AR, CO, NM, OK, TX); Section 7 – West (AZ, CA, HI, NV, UT); and Section 8 – Northwest (AK, ID, MT, OR, WA, WY).


2012 Section 8 Coaches of the Year from Oregon are Craig Walker, Football, Bend High School; Dave Turnbull, Boys Track & Field, Summit High School; Tom Campbell, Baseball, Tigard High School; Mike Crawford, Boys Golf, Enterprise High School; Craig Ellingson, Girls Basketball, Crescent Valley High School; Bruce Myers, Volleyball, Roseburg High School; Chris Arnold, Softball, Crater High School; Dick Bertelsen  Girls Soccer, Centennial High School; Steve Sheehy, Girls Cross Country, Union High School, Kirsten Ruchaber, Girls Tennis, Jesuit High School, Portland; Donna Collins, Girls Swimmin, Pendleton High School and Tim Sam, Girls Golf, North Medford High School.


State Coach of the Year Award winners from Oregon were Don Stearns, Boys Cross Country, Mountain View High School, Bend; Ward Lewis, Boys Tennis, West Linn High School; Jason Hafner, Boys Swimming, McMinnville High School and Gary Fischer, Girls Track & Field, Molalla High School.


All of Oregon’s NFHS Coach of the Year Award Winners will be honored on May 25th at the annual OACA Awards Banquet.


The NFHS Coaches Association has an advisory board, composed of a chair and eight sectional representatives, which considers the state award recipients from the states in their respective sections and selects the best candidates for the sectional award in each sport category. The advisory board forwards those recommendations to the NFHS national office in Indianapolis, Indiana.


The NFHS Coaches Association advisory committee considers the sectional candidates in each sport, ranks them according to a point system, and determines a national winner for each of the 20 sport categories, plus one “other” category.


For more information, contact Rob Younger, Oregon Athletic Coaches Association:

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