osaa playoffs

State playoffs gear up

Championship finals begin Saturday
By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports.com

The high school state playoffs began this past weekend in several sports, but the big events - the state finals - begin Saturday.

The annual cross country finals are set to begin at 10 a.m. on the 5,000 meter course at Lane Community College Saturday, with individual and team titles being awarded in four classifications.

Titles in boys and girls soccer, volleyball and football will also be awarded by the Oregon School Activities Association during the next five weeks.

Championship tournaments for boys and girls water polo are set for the Osborn Aquatic Center on the campus of Oregon State University Thursday through Saturday at Class 5A, and Nov. 10-11 for Class 6A. Water polo is organized outside the OSAA.

Newberg has a three-year win streak going at the Class 6A boys tournament, while Mountain View has won the past two Class 5A boys titles in water polo.

Central Catholic enters the cross country championships as the favorite to not only win the Class 6A boys title, but continue its four-year win streak long into the future. The Rams won the Mount Hood Conference title Wednesday scoring the minimum 15 points - and with the top eight finishers. None of Central Catholic's top eight finishers were seniors. The Rams have won 10 titles since winning their first in 2003.

Summit will look to return to ownership of the Class 6A boys level after having its five-year win streak snapped by Crater last year. The Storm will run into Central Catholic next year, though, as the school moves up to the Class 6A level.

Volleyball championships will play out this weekend as well, with eight-team tournaments set to begin Friday at three courts across the state. Liberty High School in Hillsboro will host the Class 6A and 5A tournaments, with title matches set for Saturday night. Forest Grove High School will play host to the Class 4A and 3A tournaments, while Ridgeview High School in Redmond will play host to the Class 2A and 1A tournaments.

Country Christian of Molalla has the lone volleyball title win streak having won the past three titles at Class 1A.

Sisters and Crook Country, schools that played for the Class 4A title last year, met in the quarterfinals Friday morning with the defending-champion Outlaws winning in three sets.

Boys and girls soccer state title matches in all six classifications will be played Nov. 11 at Liberty High and Hillsboro Stadium. Oregon Episcopal has the lone soccer win streak having won the past three Class 3A girls titles. Of the eight championship matches from last year, three were decided by penalty kicks and only one was decided by more than one goal - Catlin Gabel's 3-1 win over Portland Adventist in the Class 3A boys final.

The state football championship games are scheduled for Nov. 25th and Dec. 2.

Clackamas and West Salem enter the Class 6A playoffs as two of the more interesting teams stemming from their histories: neither has been to a championship game. Clackamas has gone undefeated this season, averaging 53 points per game and earning the second seed in the 32-team tournament. West Salem enters with one loss and the fourth seed. A team from the Salem area has not played for the title since McNary won in 2001.

Since 2008, no team has won the Class 6A title with more than one loss on their schedule. There are seven teams this year with one or no losses heading into Friday.

Only Dufur has a title win-streak going having won the past two Class 1A championships.



Aloha survives Glencoe's upset bid, 38-35

Tyner runs for 440 yards, but stings the Crimson Tide with his receiving
Nov. 9, 2012 / By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal

Glencoe almost humbled the Aloha football team despite giving up 440 yards and four touchdowns on the ground to the state's best running back, senior Thomas Tyner.

Then, the Warriors showed off Tyner's pass-catching abilities and survived to play the next round of the OSAA Class 6A state playoffs with a 38-35 victory at home Friday night in the first round of the 32-team playoff bracket.

Tyner caught a 28-yard touchdown pass from junior Nick Krautscheid with 2:13 left to cap a 16-play, 85-yard drive, and junior Maurice McSwain came up with an interception on Glencoe's ensuing possession to seal the victory.

With the win, the Warriors, 8-2, advanced to the second round and will play at home Friday against West Salem, which beat Grant 13-12.

Glencoe got four touchdown runs by senior Ryan Spaulding and held Tyner, who is headed for the University of Oregon, to just 80 yards on 20 carries for most of the second half, but couldn't overcome the deficit that the Warriors created with a 34-yard field goal by senior CJ Eytel with four seconds left in the first half. The Crimson Tide finished at 6-5 on the season.

Tyner rolled up 360 yards on just 17 carries when he rambled 67 yards for a score early in the third quarter to put Aloha up 31-21.

Glencoe trailed 17-14 at the half, but scored on just four plays for a 21-17 lead when senior Ryan England ran 20 yards to complete the drive. Tyner answered with a 65-yard scoring run on one play. After a Glencoe punt, scored again on one play for the 31-21 lead.

Glencoe answered with a kickoff return to the Aloha 15, which set up Spaulding for a score on the next play to bring the score to 31-28 with 8:03 left in the third quarter.

The Crimson Tide captured the lead on a 7-yard run by Spaulding with 10:40 left in the game. Aloha botched the kickoff and started at its 15. The Warriors continually reached third down on the drive, but managed to survied each time and eventually scored the winning points on a third down.

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