Lakers recover from early setback to cruise past South Medford
Nov. 16, 2012 / By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal
No. 2 Lake Oswego's answer to an early fumble return for a touchdown was to get one of their own against South Medford and that helped the Lakers roll to a 41-14 win in the second round of the Class 6A football state playoffs Friday.
South Medford led 7-0 after Adrian Garcia scooped up a fumble from Jack Anderson and ran 45 yards for a touchdown. The Panthers stopped the Lakers on their next two drives and had the ball early in the second quarter and had the ball at their 38 when a fumbled handoff turned into a 14-yard loss, then a botched punt gave the hosts the ball at the South 31. Lake Oswego scored in five plays.
Two plays later, Nick Underwood broke into the South backfield and took the ball away from Christian Bowley and ran for a 22-yard score. The Lakers scored agin with 3:10 left in the first half giving them 20 points in just five minutes.
Justen Ruppe threw a pair of touchdown passes and JB Holmes ran for two as well for the Lakers, who advance to the quarterfinals to play West Salem, which upset Aloha Friday.
Jesuit, Central Catholic and Southridge, the remaining No. 1 seeds, all advanced to the quarterfinals Friday.
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.
Depth propels both Grizzlies and Crusaders to favored spots in 6A meet
Feb. 17, 2012 / By Cliff Pfenning, oregonsports.com
McMinnville returned to the top of the state's swim programs with championship-caliber depth Friday after the preliminary heats at the OSAA state swimming championships.
With its three relays all set for finals - two of them having qualified first or second - and three finalists in the 100 butterfly, the Grizzlies are poised to win their first state title since 2002.
McMinnville's line-up, led by seniors Matthew Valentine and Blake Tillery, appears on the way to scoring more than 180 points, while defending champion Sunset is in the 160-point range. Grant, which won two years ago and placed second last year, is headed for a total of around 130.
In the girls race, Lake Oswego's strong challenge to Jesuit hit a major snag when its 200 medley relay team was disqualified. Sophomore Sarah Kauniz posted an All-America time in the 100 backstroke for the Lakers and also qualified first for the finals in another and senior Catherine Yee qualified second and fourth in two finals. Their other two relay teams qualified first and second.
Jesuit, the three-time defending champion, qualified all three of its relay teams either first or second.
The championships conclude Saturday at the Mt. Hood Community College Aquatics Center.
Hermanson's first-quarter burst leads to 63-44 win
Feb. 7 2012 / By Jordan Royer, oregonsports.com
Calvin Hermanson scored 13 first-quarter points and the Lake Oswego Lakers took a 20-9 lead on the way to a 63-44 victory over visiting Oregon City in Class 6A boys basketball action Tuesday night.
Hermason set the tone early with an alley-oop slam and the Lakers used a strong post game to earn the victory, which sends them to West Linn Friday just a game behind the Lions in the Three Rivers League title chase.
Coach Mark Shoff was happy with the way his team started. “I thought we started off really well … then we got, what I tell them, cute, and we paid the price for it at times.”
Lake Oswego's 20 point first quarter was followed up by a slow quarter offensively but its defense allowed just eight points in the quarter to keep the Pioneers from drawing close.
In the third it appeared the Lakers had figured things out offensively once again as they piled on 21 points to widen the margin, allowing them to put it on cruise control for the remainder of the game.
Their shooting from the outside, however, is a concern moving forward for coach Shoff. They shot just 25 percent from behind the arc Tuesday.
The 21 points from Hermanson led all scorers while teammates Alex Matthews and Jason Luhnow added 13 and 11 points, respectively.
Joey Baldwin scored 16 points in the loss for the Pioneers.
The win improves Lake Oswego to 14-5 and they are now winners of four straight. Their last loss came on January 18 at the hands of West Linn, 63-60 in overtime.
Oregon City is 4-15, 1-5.
Oregon City......9 8 14 13
Lake Oswego..20 10 21 12
Oregon City- Hole 3-0-6; Baldwin 5-3-16; Polk 2-0-4; Jones 1-1-3; Mayo 6-1-14; Nguyen 0-1-1
Lake Oswego- Anderson 0-2-2; Luhnow 3-2-11; Allen 0-1-1; Hermanson 10-1-21; Quarterman 2-0-4; Casliek 0-3-3; Matthews 5-3-13; Lomax 4-0-8
No. 2 Oregon City beats Lake Oswego three days before key TRL game
Feb. 7 2012 / By Jordan Royer, oregonsports.com
Second-ranked Oregon City girls basketball team rolled in and out of Lake Oswego Tuesday with a 76-41 tune-up in preparation of its game with No. 4 Clackamas Friday.
Jenae Paine and Catelyn Preston set the tone early for the Pioneers as they combined to score 19 first-quarter points and help their squad to a 25-12 advantage entering the second quarter. They didn't let up there as Marcie Lugar helped add to the Oregon City lead. Paine finished the contest with 16 points while Preston and Lugar each tallied 14.
“Everyone is working hard in the right way and it gives everyone a chance to score … tonight was my night, I guess,” Lugar said.
Oregon City, now winners of seven straight, have averaged over 80 points since its loss to top-ranked and unbeaten South Medford. The Pioneers improved to 17-2 overall, 6-0 in Three Rivers League play.
Lindsay Shallman scored 10 points for Lake Oswego, but finished with 12. Marlee Chovich added eight points for the Lakers, who dropped to 10-9, 1-5.
Oregon City coach Kurt Guelsdorf said his team is playing to its game plan as it gets farther removed from the 69-50 loss to South Medford in the title game of the Nike Interstate Shootout, Dec. 30.
“If we can make the easy ones then we can get into our press," Guelsdorf said. "It all starts with pressure.
“I like how we are playing, I like our chemistry."
Oregon City beat Clackamas 64-58 when the teams met at Clackamas, Jan. 17. Clackamas enters Friday's game at Oregon City at 15-4, 4-2 with its other TRL loss coming to West Linn.
Oregon City plays host to West Linn Tuesday.
Oregon City......25 15 16 20
Lake Oswego...12 11 7 11
Oregon City- Walters 2-0-6; Gertz 1-0-3; Lugar 5-4-14; Goff 1-0-2; Fifield 2-0-5; Jer. Paine 1-2-4; Jo. Paine 3-2-8; Bradford 1-0-2; Johnson 1-0-2; Jen. Paine 5-2-16; Preston 7-0-14
Steven Long's 4 touchdowns carries LO to a 47-14 win in Class 6A final
By Cliff Pfenning, oregonsports.com
The long awaited state championship Lake Oswego athletes, coaches, parents, alumni and residents have sought in football finally arrived Saturday at Jeld-Wen Field.
Behind a dominating offensive line, slick-footed Steven Long ran for 322 yards and four touchdowns and the Lakers held Sheldon scoreless in the second half on the way to a 47-14 win in the OSAA/U.S. Bank/Les Schwab Tires Class 6A state championship game before a raucous crowd of more than 6,000 fans.
Lake Oswego broke a 14-all tie with a 35-yard field goal with 12 seconds left in the first half and overwhelmed the Irish in the second half, 30-0, for the school's first title in its 61-year history.
No other school across the state had won as many playoff games - 40 - without winning a title. Saturday, the Lakers passed that statistic off to Canby and its 36 wins.
"I'm so proud of these kids and what we've been able to do this year," said coach Steve Coury, who's guided the program for 20 years. "I'm so happy that we're finally able to bring a title home to Lake Oswego and our great fans."
"This is an amazing feeling because of all the people who support us and we get to share this with them," Long said. "There's been so many great people who've been part of this program and now we all finally have a championship."
The Lakers, who finished 14-0, ground out 349 yards on the ground on 63 carries - 42 by Long - and amassed 490 total yards.
Sheldon, which finished 13-1, got a pair of scoring runs from Conor Strahm, but couldn't match the Lakers' energy on offense or defense. The Irish suffered only their second defeat in three seasons, both to Lake Oswego.
Saturday's game was the eighth time the teams have met in the playoffs in the past 10 seasons. Lake Oswego had won four of the previous seven but hadn't won a title, while Sheldon won the state championship three times.
The teams traded scores in the first half and were tied at 14 after Strahm scored on a 1-yard plunge with 2:26 left in the second quarter. A short kick-off gave the Lakers the ball at their 37 and they marched to the Sheldon 10 in just four plays, aided by a pair of personal foul penalties at the end of the first play, a 9-yard run by Long in which he was tackle by his face mask and then hit out of bounds. Sheldon's defense held, but the 35-yard field goal by Harrison Greenberg gave the team the lead and they received the opening kick of the second half.
Long scored on the third play of the second half with a dazzling 51-yard run and the Lakers followed that up with an interception by Jordan Horak and a 48-yard scoring drive capped by a 2-yard run from quarterback Alex Matthews to take a 31-14 lead.
"At haltime we knew were going to get the ball and that first possession was huge for us," Matthews said. "When we scored, we knew we just had to keep playing like we were and finish and we'd win."