August 26, 2015 / By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal
With just a week left before the fall high school season begins, both Central Catholic of Portland and Summt of Bend enter as the dominant programs at their classifications.
Central Catholic won three Class 6A state titles last fall: football, boys soccer and boys cross country, and reached the volleyball finals. Summit won three Class 5A titles: girls soccer, boys and girls cross country; and boys water polo, which is a sport not affiliated with the OSAA.
Solid programs in all three sports for the Rams make them a contender for titles in the same four sports, while Summit is a clear favorite for both cross country titles as well as the remaining sports, which has many Class 5A schools pointing out the school is sixed for Class 6A play due to its enrollment. Both Summit and Bend, which played in the girls soccer final, have more than 1,300 students when the Class 5A cut-off for Class 6A is roughly 1,250 students.
At other classifications, Valley Catholic won a pair of 4A titles: girls soccer and boys cross country; Oregon Episcopal won both soccer titles at 3A, and Burns won the Class 2A football and volleyball titles, becoming the first school do win that pair of titles since the state moved to six classifications in 2007.
Among other state highlights, Hermiston won its first football title, St. Helens won its first volleyball title, and Hood River Valley won its first boys soccer title - all at Class 5A.
The most notable absence among state champions was Crook County, which had its run of state volleyball titles snapped at eight.
Summit enters the season with the longest run of championships at seven girls cross country titles. The Storm is the favorite to win this year and into the future as three of its top seven state finishers were freshman last year, and state champion Olivia Brooks won as a sophomore.
Central Catholic dominates Tigard 49-0 to capture state football title
Dec. 6, 2014 / By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal
HILLSBORO - Central Catholic completed another run to a state football title with a decisive 49-0 victory over Tigard Saturday afternoon.
Sean Dack ran for 133 yards and a score and passed for 154 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Rams, who finished with 596 yards of total offense.
Ronnie Rust ran for two scores and caught one of the Dack's touchdown passes as the Rams completed a seismic season in which they outscored playoff opponents 285-63.
Their lone loss the past two seasons was to St. John Bosco in Bellflower, California during the second week of the season.
"I knew we were prepared with our offense, and with our defense, but I don't think any of us expected 49-0," Rams coach Steve Pyne said afterward. "This was quite a close to the season.
"The run this team has had the past two seasons, I think we have to be in the conversation as the best team in the state's history."
Tigard finished with 24 yards rushing and 175 total for the game. The Tigers reached the Rams' 2 in the second quarter, but failed on fourth and goal and Central Catholic scored in two plays to break the game open.
With the win, the fall high school season came to a close with Central Catholic having won three team titles: boys cross country, boys soccer and football. The school’s volleyball team placed second.