Aug. 18, 2014 / By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal
What a fall it was last year for the Summit High Storm.
What a year.
Sparked by four team titles in fall, the Storm won eight Class 5A titles to lead the state in overall OSAA team titles at any classification.
The Storm swept the boys and girls titles in cross country, soccer and swimming, then won the girls track and field title and girls golf.
Only two other schools - Jesuit (boys soccer, boys track and field, boys tennis, girls tennis) and Valley Catholic (girls soccer, boys cross country, boys basketball, girls track and field) - won as many as four.
Among public schools, West Linn and Sunset led the list of schools that won two OSAA team titles. The Lions defended their title in boys basketball and also won in girls golf. Sunset won in girls cross country and boys swimming at the Class 6A level.
West Albany pulled off the sweep of football and volleyball in fall at the Class 5A level, as did Imbler at the Class 1A level. Crook County (Class 4A volleyball, wrestling), and Condon/Wheeler (Class 1A girls basketball, girls track and field) were the other schools to win two OSAA team titles.
Summit enters the year with a number of state title streaks, led by girls track and field. The Storm have won all Class 5A titles since the state expanded to six classifications in 2006-07. Only Crook County's volleyball program has a current string of eight titles.
In addition to girls track and field, Summit has current streaks in girls cross country (six), girls golf (six), boys and girls swimming (three each), boys cross country (three) and girls soccer (two).
Beyond that, the individual champions in cross country were both from Summit - and both return.
At eight straight, the Summit girls track and field team and Crook County volleyball team are still six titles away from matching the David Douglas girls swimming program's dominance with 14 consecutive titles between 1967 and ''81.
High school games begin Aug. 29 with football games.
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.
The Colts survive a shootout with Clackamas in 6A final
Nov. 17, 2012 / By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal
HILLSBORO - Thurston won its first state championship with a 2-0 victory over Clackamas in the Class 6A final at Hillsboro Stadium Saturday.
Aliyah Gallup scored in the 11th minute and Sarah Johnson added the clincher in the 77th minute to complete a perfect season for the Colts.
Thurston, which reached the state semifinals at Class 5A three years ago, finished 17-0-1, with 14 of the wins as shutouts. Goalkeeper Lindsey Mabinouri made 11 saves in Saturday's game, which featured 35 shots combined between the teams.
Clackamas, making its first championship game appearance, finished 11-5-2.
SUMMIT 3, SHERWOOD 0
Summit got a pair of goals from junior Hadlie Plummer and one from freshman standout Christina Edwards and won the Class 5A girls soccer championship 3-0 over Sherwood at Hillsboro Stadium.
Plummer scored both of her goals on penalty kicks after Plummer had given the team the lead in the 21st minute with an unassisted score.
Sherwood pressured Summit throughout the match and finished with a 7-1 edge in corner kicks, but finished with a 12-10 deficit in shots.
Summit finished at 15-0-2, while Sherwood, the defending champion, finished at 14-2-2.
GLADSTONE 1, MAZAMA 0
A 40-yard free kick from defender Taylor Plunkett found the back of the net and carried Gladstone to the Class 4A championship at Liberty High School.
Plunkett's strike capped a stallar season in which the Gladiators allowed only three goals and finished with 13 consecutive wins. on the way to a 16-1-1 record.
Mazama, in a championship for the first time, had been able to score 10 ore more goals three times during the season, but was able to muster only one shot on goal against Gladstone.
OREGON EPISCOPAL 2, VALLEY CATHOLIC 1
Hannah Huston's goal in the 43rd minute broke a 1-all tie and boosted the Aardvarks to the Class 3A title at Liberty High School.
Huston's goal followed the tying goal by Valley Catholic's Claire McLoughlin by just 20 seconds, and the teams battled to a stalemate for the remainder of the game.
OES finished the season at 14-1-2, while Valley Catholic, which had given up just nine goals all season, finished at 13-1-2.
Trojans score four runs in bottom of seventh for 7-6 win
June 2, 2012 / By Cliff Pfenning, oregonsports.com
KEIZER - A four-run rally in their final at-bat pushed the Wilson Trojans to a 7-6 win over Summit in the Class 5A baseball championship game Saturday at Volcanoes Stadium.
Trialing 6-3 and heading for the bottom half of their order, the Trojans, who had left the bases loaded in the sixth, tied the score on a double by John Venables, the team's No. 7 hitter, and won when Kevin Shimomaeda, pinch-running for Venables, scored on a throwing error setting off a frantic celebration.
Wilson, which got three hits out of catcher Jonah Harris, the team's No. 8 hitter, finished 23-8.
"We were pretty down after the sixth, but we just found a way to come through," designated hitter Chris Beard, the team's lead-off hitter, said. "This is the best way to win a title, with a play like that."
Summit, working to win the school's 11th team title during the 1011-12 school year, finished 25-6.
The Trojans overcame five errors in the game, although none of them led to a run.
Summit pitchers were charged with just three earned runs.