Road wins highlight weekend games; five championships on tap Saturday
Nov. 25, 2012
For a change, home teams didn't dominate one sports bracket Friday. In fact, the quarterfinals of the Class 6A playoffs were all won by road teams.
In an odd twist, Jesuit, Sheldon, Lake Oswego and Tigard all played and won on the road Friday to earn spots in the semifinals Saturday at Jeld-Wen Field.
The wins in Class 6A, though, were nothing compared to the upheaval that happened in Class 4A, where North Bend and Baker, who were seeded No. 3 and 4, respectively in their half of the 16-team playoff bracket, reached the title game - each after winning at least one road game, or in Baker's case, a three-overtime game. The teams, each at least four hours from Portland, will meet Saturday in the championship game at Hillsboro Stadium beginning at 1 p.m.
Saturday's games include five championship games and the two Class 6A semifinals, which involve traditional state contenders. Tigard and Lake Oswego, which won last year, play at noon, while Jesuit and Sheldon, which lost in the final a year ago, play at 4.
The Class 5A, 4A and 2A title games will be played at Hillsboro Stadium.
Following the Baker-North Bend final, Class 2A's Portland Christian and Oakland - both seeded third, will suit up for a 4:15 p.m. contest.
At 7:30 p.m. No. 1 Sherwood will take on second-seed Marist int he Class 5A final.
A pair of first-half goals boosts the Crusaders past Central Catholic
Nov. 10, 2012 / By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal
The Jesuit combination of offense and defense worked to perfection again Saturday, and the Crusaders beat arch-rival Central Catholic 2-1 in the quarterfinals of the OSAA Class 6A boys soccer playoffs at Cronin Field.
Juniors Tyler Street and Christo Michaelson scored in the first half and Jesuit improved to 15-1-1 with its 10th shutout of the season.
The win was the fifth shutout in the past six games, in which the Crusaders have outscored opponents 25-1.
Central Catholic had produced six consecutive shutouts entering the game, but failed to score for only the third time this season and finished at 12-1-3.
Jesuit will head to the semifinals Tuesday looking to advance to the championship match for the 16th time, and second time in three years after winning in 2010. The Crusaders lead all boys programs with 12 titles.
Nov. 2, 2012 / By Cliff Pfenning, oregonsports.com
The annual gathering of runners from high schools across Oregon is the start to the OSAA state championship season, and Central Catholic is poised to become the dominant program, at least in Fall.
Not only to the Rams have the defending Class 6A individual champion in junior Kyle Thompson, but the team is among the favorites to win in the final event of a day that begins with the Class 3A girls final at 10 a.m.
Thompson is one of five returning champions who'll battle the 5,000-meter course at Lane Community College. St. Mary's junior Paige Rice won the Class 6A girls title, Summit senior Travis Neuman won at Class 5A boys, Klamath Union senior Alisha Luna won at 4A girls, and Creswell sophomore Olivia Powell won at Class 3A girls.
Outside of the Class 4A race, which Siuslaw is an overwhelming favorite to win, most of the team races figure to be highly competitive as they were last year when Scappoose edged Klamath Union by just one point.
Rice won the most competitive individual title, edging South Eugene's Sara Tsai by one second.
District cross country meets open the OSAA playoff schedule
Oct. 22, 2012 / By Cliff Pfenning, oregonsports.com
A slew of district cross country meets wlll begin the drama of the OSAA championships event this week across Oregon.
Teams at four classifications will be whittled to two each in every district along with individual qualifiers along 5,000-meter courses.
Wednesday is the biggest day for the state when 11 district meets are scheduled to take place, including four of the Class 6A meets: the Mt. Hood Conference at Centennial High, Metro League at Tualatin Hills Parks and Rec., Central Valley at Salem's Push Park, and Three Rivers League at Clackamas Community College.
District meets will continue through Saturday.
Here is the schedule of district meets by classification.
Central Valley - Wednesday at Salem, Bush Park
Metro League - Wednesday at Tualatin Hills Rec. Center
Mt. Hood Conference -Wednesday at Centennial High
Pacific Conferenece - Thursday at Clackamas Comm. College
Southwest - Thursday at Central Point, TouVelle State Park
Three Rivers League - Wednesday at Clackamas Comm. College
PIL - Wednesday at Lents Park
Northwest Oregon - Wednesday at Gresham, Blue Lake Park
Midwestern - Wednesday at Eugene, Alton Baker Park
Mid-Willamette -Wednesday at Woodburn, Mission Bottom Park
Columbia River - Saturday at Hood River High
Intermountain - Friday at Bend High
Tri-Valley - Wednesday at Estacada, McIver State Park
Cowapa - Thursday at Warrenton, Camp Rilea
Sky-Em - Thursday at Lane Comm. College
Oregon West - Saturday at Cascade High
Far West - Thursday at North Bend, Tugman State Park
Skyline - Wednesday at Henley High
Greater Oregon - Saturday at LaGrande High
District 1 -Thursday at Beaverton, Tualatin Hills Rec. Center
District 2 - Thursday at Salem, Bush Park
District 3 - Thursday at Salem, Bush Park
District 4 - Saturday at Crow, Polyrock Ranch
District 5 - Friday at Pendleton, McKay Park
District 6 - Thursday at Rogue River, Valley of the Rogue Park
Games at Southridge, Wilsonville and Scio put rankings to a test
Oct. 12, 2012
Sherwood scored another victory and moved into the top spot among Class 5A football teams Friday with a 35-14 victory at Wilsonville in a Northwest Oregon Conference game.
The Bowmen have lost just once in the past three seasons - the state championship game last year - and improved to 33-1 during that span. They also moved up from No. 3 to No. 1 in the OSAA Power Rankings. Despite the loss, Wilsonville, which held Sherwood to its lowest point total of the season, also moved up - from No. 5 to No. 4.
With neither team likely to lose in the next two weeks, they'll both have the week of No. 2 off as the state playoffs begin with Play-In games involving the teams ranked No. 9 through 24.
In other big games Friday, Southridge scored a huge upset at home against Jesuit, 26-21, which only put more drama into the final two weeks of the season with No. 3 Aloha playing both Jesuit and Southridge in those weeks.
Aloha survived a determined effort from Grant with a 24-16 win. The Warriors play at Jesuit this week.
In Class 3A, Scio scored a 24-21 victory over defending champion Santiam Christian and remained at No. 3 behind Cascade Christian at No. 2 and Dayton at No. 1.
SHERWOOD READIES FOR A LEAGUE TEST
Oct. 10, 2012
One of the state's best football rivalries, the start of a two-game playoff preparation series for Jesuit and another test for a small-school power highlight this weekend's high school games, which contain mostly routine games - or opportunities for big upsets - Thursday night.
No. 3 Sherwood plays at No. 4 Wilsonville for the top spot in the Class 5A Northwest Oregon Conference, a key position in terms of state playoff seeding and home field advantage, Friday at 7 p.m.
Sherwood enters the game at 6-0 and has outscored opponents by a whopping 309-74, and handed No. 9 Marist its lone loss, 34-20. The Bowmen played in the last two state title games, winning in 2010 before losing last year's final 14-13 to Mountain View.
Wilsonville (5-1) has outscored its opponents 288-88 in its five wins, and has lost only to Sprague of Salem, which is ranked No. 5 at Class 6A. The Wildcats, who were state champions at Class 3A in 2004, have been as far as the semifinals only once since the OSAA moved to six classifications in 2006.
In Class 6A, No. 3 Aloha (6-0) gets to host a rematch with Grant, which handed it a loss last season at Grant Park. The Generals are ranked only 30th and are 3-3 overall, but lost just 42-28 to Sunset and 36-33 two weeks ago at Sprague and to No. 13 Sunset.
No. 4 Jesuit plays at No. 8 Southridge Friday as well, a week before a home game with Aloha. Jesuit has lost just to No. 2 Central Catholic, while Southridge is 3-3 with its three losses by 10 or fewer points. The Skyhawks play Aloha in two weeks.
At Class 3A, defending state champion and fifth-ranked Santiam Christian plays host to No. 3 Scio in a PacWest Conference battle. Scio played in the last three Class 2A state chammpionship games - winning in 2009 and '10, before the school moved up due to its attendance figures. Scio (5-1) has scored 54 points or more in four of its five wins and lost only to top-ranked Dayton (5-0), which lost in the state title game last season. Santiam Christian (5-1) has scored 41 points or more in all of its wins and lost only to No. 2 Cascade Christian (6-0) in its season opener.
Jones, Wiltjer earn title as Wildcats dump Kansas in season finale
April 2, 2012
The Kentucky Wildcats won the NCAA Men's Basketball title Monday night, and two Portland communities celebrated intimately with the school.
Terrence Jones, who won three state titles while at Jefferson High, scored 9 points and had 7 rebounds for the Wildcats, while Kyle Wiltjer, who was part of three state title teams at Jesuit High, played as a reserve in a 67-59 win over Kansas at the Superdome in New Orleans.
The win gave Kentucky its eighth national title, but its first with an Oregonian on the roster.
Jones and Wiltjer replace South Medford grad Kyle Singler as the most recent Oregonians to have won a national title - Singler having won with Duke in 2009 - when he was selected Final Four MVP as well.
Jones, Wiltjer help Kentucky into National Title game Monday night
March 31, 2012
With recent memory of their play in the Portland area having not yet faced, Terrence Jones and Kyle Wiltjer will take the Rose City's reputation as a basketball resource to the highest stage in college basketball Monday - the National Championship Game.
Jones, who won three state titles while at Jefferson High, had 6 points and 7 rebounds, and Wiltjer, who won three state titles while at Jesuit, came off the bench and scored 5 points in 7 minutes as Kentucky fought off Louisville 69-61 in the semifinals at the New Orleands Superdome Saturday.
Kentucky, ranked No. 1 for most of the season, will play Kansas Monday night in the title game seeking its first title since 1998.
Wildcats' coach John Calipari, who recruited both Jones and Wiltjer to Lexington, will be looking for his first national championship. The Wildcats lost to eventual champion Connecticut in the Final Four last year.
Kansas beat Ohio State 64-62 in the other semifinal Saturday, rallying from a 13-point deficit to win.
Fans on espn.com have made Kentucky a significant favorite, running 70 to 30 percent nationally with only Kansas voters picking the Jayhawks to win.
Kentuky shot 57 percent from the field for the game - just missing the record for a Final Four appearance (61 percent by UNLV in 1990), but was tied 49-all midway through the second half as Louisville, which entered the Big East Conference tournament having lost four straight games, rallied from a 13-point second-half deficit with offensive rebounding and plain willpower.
The Wildcats were able to outshoot them and never trailed in the game.
Crusaders create first boys 4Peat with win over Lake Oswego
March 10, 2012 / By Cliff Pfenning, oregonsports.com
A year after establishing a win at one level, the Jesuit Crusaders established one for all levels with a 52-42 win over Lake Oswego in the Class 6A boys basketball final at the Rose Garden Saturday.
Last year, the Crusaders became the first school to win three-straight titles at the large-school classification, and matched three-peats by several other schools at lower classifications, including Jefferson's run at Class 5A (2008-10).
No school in Oregon had ever won four straight titles until Saturday.
With speedy guards Khyan Rayner and Xavier Coleman combining for 30 points, and suffocating defense holding LO's star junior Calvin Hermanson to a respectable 20 points, the Crusaders capped off another memorable season and won the school's sixth title since 1999 - all of them under coach Gene Potter.
CLASS 5A - Corvallis repeats
A night after title rematch in the semifinals, Corvallis defended its 2011 title with a 63-51 win over stubborn Milwaukie at Matthew Knight Arena.
Henry Parker and Jake Ehlers both scored 19 points to lead the Spartans, who finished at 24-4.
Milwaukie trailed just 34-32 midway through the third quarter, but couldn't sustain the momentum that had carried it through upsets the previous two days.
CLASS 4A - Central earns another title
Tanner Omlid scored on a lay-up with five seconds left to propel Central to a 49-47 win over defending champion Phoenix at Gill Coliseum.
Omlid, who led all scorers with 17 points, took a pass from Brendan Cutsforth on the way to the basket as the Panthers won for the second time in three years.
Crusaders' defense sparks 47-31 win, Lake Oswego beats rival West Linn
March 9, 2012 / By Cliff Pfenning, oregonsports.com
Top-ranked Jesuit played its way into the Class 6A boys basketball state final for the fourth straight year with a 47-31 win over North Medford Friday at the Rose Garden.
There, they'll face Lake Oswego, which will play in the final for the first time since the Kevin Love era ended in 2007.
Lake Oswego, which won the state football title in fall, beat Three Rivers League rival West Linn in its semifinal.
Saturday's final is a rematch of the 2005 final that featured Love as a sophomore. Jesuit won.
In its semifinal, Jesuit The Crusaders forced 22 turnovers and held the Black Tornado to just 11 points in the first half on the way to the win.
Khyan Rayner scored 22 points for Jesuit, which has won the title the past three seasons.
North Medford will play for third place Saturday for the second straight year in a rematch of a quarterfinal game from last season, when it beat the Lions.
Lake Oswego scored the first seven points of its game and led much of the game by double digits behind a stellar performance from junior forward Calvin Hermanson, who scored 32 points on 11-of-16 shooting from the field. He made all four of this three-point attempts.
CLASS 5A - Corvallis, Milwaukie return
Corvallis broke free of a tight game in the fourth quarter, outscoring Benson 32-18 for a 59-45 win in a finals rematch from last season.
The Spartans, who beat Benson in double overtime last year, made 32 of 42 free-throw attempts in the game, including all eight from forward Nolan Hansen.
Corvallis will play Milwaukie, which played into its first final in nearly 60 years with a 59-41 upset of Wilsonville, in the final at Matthew Knight Arena.
The Mustangs, who won the state title in 1954, got 23 points and nine rebounds from forward Keynan Middleton and made an incredible 60 percent of its shots - 24 of 39 - from the field. The hot shooting overcame a 17-3 edge in offensive rebounds for Wilsonville, which managed to shoot only 30 percent - 17 of 56 - from the floor.
CLASS 4A - Phoenix, Central meet again
Defending champion Phoenix and Central, which won the title two years ago, will face off in the championship game Saturday at Gill Coliseum.
Phoenix beat Sisters 74-55, while Central beat Seaside 40-26.
March 8, 2012 / By Cliff Pfenning, oregonsports.com
Jesuit's run to a fourth-straight Class 6A boys basketball state title got off to a rocky, yet confident start Thursday at the Rose Garden.
The Crusaders got 14 points from sixth-man Werner Nistler, 11 points and seven rebounds from Collin Spickerman and hit 12 straight free throws to close out a 54-45 win over David Douglas in the quarterfinals.
Jesuit, which improved to 23-2, led just 42-41 with 57 seconds remaining when Nistler hit the first of the free throws to start the run. The Crusaders were just 6 of 15 at the line prior to that shot and finished 18 of 27 (67 percent).
David Douglas got 22 points and 11 rebounds from forward Jeremiah Harris, but couldn't finish out its upset bid, less than a week after knocking preseason state title contender Westview from the playoffs.
Jesuit, which outscored the Scots 22-0 off the bench, will play North Medford in the semifinals Friday.
The Black Tornado, one of the four No. 1 seeds to reach the quarterfinals, beat rival South Medford 59-48.
MILWAUKIE PULLS HUGE UPSET
Unheralded Milwaukie upset top-ranked Mountain View 69-63 in the quarterfinals, powered by a huge game from center Keynan Middleton.
Middleton scored 34 points, including the final six in the closing 57 seconds after Mountain View had closed a 62-57 deficit to 63-61.
Milwaukie trailed 36-35 heading in to the fourth quarter.