The Bulldogs stiffle Sherwood's explosive offense and win 21-20 in overtime
Nov. 30, 2013 / By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal
HILLSBORO - After diving across the goal line for the tying score in the Class 5A final Saturday night, West Albany senior Jake LaCoste decided not to watch the extra point attempt - the kick that would propel him and fellow seniors into school lore.
"I didn't want to look," he said afterward, "so I just listened."
Senior Matt Wiest sent the kick through the uprights and the second-seeded Bulldogs beat top seed and defending champion Sherwood, 21-20, on a glorious fall evening.
LaCoste ran for 105 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries, and the team defense held Sherwood to its season-low in points on the way to the school's third title in seven years. For the seniors, though, it brought the program back to where it was prior to 2010, when the Bulldogs missed the state playoffs entirely.
Sherwood, which beat West Albany 48-0 in Week 2, lost in the final for the second time in three seasons - having lost to Mountain View of Bend 14-13 in 2011. The previous year, the Bowmen beat Marist 26-23 in overtime in the final. Sherwood beat Marist 46-20 in the final last season.
Both West Albany and Sherood finished 12-1, with the loss to the other school. Both programs will move to Class 6A next year.
Sherwood senior Keegan Lawrence ran for 162 yards and two touchdowns, and also caught a touchdown pass. But he lost a fumble inside the Bulldogs' 10 in the closing moments of the game, which then went to overtime tied at 14-all.
Sherwood scored first in overtime on a 15-yard run by Lawrence, but the extra-point attempt didn't get across the offensive line, which allowed West Albany to jump at the opportunity to end the game with a touchdown and extra point.
Both boys and girls win titles on Super Saturday in Hillsboro
Nov. 17, 2013 / By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal
HILLSBORO - The boys soccer team from Summit finally broke through to a state title Saturday, then watched as the school's girls team won its second straight title, which led the two teams to join together and chant "sweep."
The boys team beat Hood River Valley 2-0 in its final, then the girls beat Wilson 4-2 to highlight action from championship Saturday in Hillsboro.
"This is great for our program, to win both titles," said Summit's Cameron Ficher, one of two team captains for the boys team. "We knew we could win, it was just a matter of doing it."
Summit got two goals and an assist from Christina Edwards in its win, aided by a span when it scored three times in five minutes.
Wilson got a pair of goals from Kenna Meinhart, but couldn't close out its thrilling playoff run. The Trojans opened the season 0-6-2, but then rallied with seven straight wins, including three in the playoffs on the road, to reach the final from the 15th seed.
With Saturday's sweep, Summit has won four of the five Class 5A state championships awarded this fall, backing up the schools boys and girls team titles from cross country. Summit's football team lost in the first round of the playoffs.
The boys win came a year after the team lost in the semifinals to rival Mountain View, when the teams were seeded No. 1 and 2, respectively, in their half of the 16-team playoff bracket. This year, the Storm played into the second seed in the 16-team bracket and rolled through the playoffs without giving up a goal.
In Saturday's final, Alex Bowlin and Alex Fefferman each scored late in the first half and the Levi Davidson had four saves to preserve the win.
After a disappointment last year, the Bulldogs top North Bend, 52-22
Dec. 1, 2012 / By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal
HILLSBORO - Baker High got a stellar defensive performance Saturday and beat North Bend 52-22 in the Class 4A football state championship game at Hillsboro Stadium.
The Bulldogs intercepted five passes, and returned one for a touchdown on the way to winning the 4A title for the second time in three seasons.
Quarterback Braden Phillips threw three touchdown passes and ran for two more to spark Baker, which finished at 11-1 a year after a quarterfinal loss stopped the school's run of consecutive title game appearances at two. With Saturday's win, the Bulldogs are 12-2 in playoff games the past four seasons.
North Bend got a pair of scoring plays from Cameron Lucero, but lost in its first trip to a championship game.
Baker led just 27-15 after Lucero returned a punt 60 yards for a score with 1:06 left in the third quarter, but responded with a 66-yard touchdown drive capped by a 20-yard touchdown pass from Phillips to Dane Bachman with 9:51 left in the game.
Baker then intercepted passes on the following three drives to salt the game away.