Rams look to get title back

Central Catholic is the favorite to win its first championship in three years
Nov. 6, 2014 / By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal
Central Catholic players react to Lakeridge celebrating the 2013 volleyball title.
File photo.

HILLSBORO - It was after a grueling victory over long-time rival Jesuit that the Central Catholic volleyball team ran into problems last year in the form of Lakeridge High.

A team with a historic resume that was basically that season long, stunned the Rams in the final - the first time the school had played in a final - and kept the Rams from the state title for a second consecutive year.

Entering the 2014 Class 6A tournament, the Rams are back to a No. 2 ranking and look to get the state title back in-house as they prepare for a quarterfinal match with Southridge.

In the Rams' way is a likely title match with Jesuit, something that happened in 2009-11 - all of which the Rams won. Jesuit is seeded first.

Jesuit's path to the final could include a match with West Albany, which won the past two Class 5A titles before moving up to 6A this year. Th teams have met twice this season with Jesuit winning each time.

The Class 6A tournament is one of six that will play out today and Saturday as the OSAA season comes to a close.

In the Class 5A tournament - also played at Liberty HS, Lebanon, which has never reached a final, is the top seed, while Marist is No 2.

Crook County entered the Class 4A tournament as the sixth seed, but is the favorite to extend its title run to nine straight as the event plays out at Lane Community College. Banks, which lost to the Cowgirls in the 2009 final, is the top seed, though. Valley Catholic, the Class 3A runner-up from last year, moved up to 4A and is among the quarterfinalists.

At Class 3A, two-time defending champion Santiam Christian returns, although as the No. 6 seed. Creswell, another school that has not reached a final, is seeded No. 1, with Cascade Christian seeded second. The tournament is also played at Lane CC.

In the Class 2A tourney played at Ridgeview High in Redmond, Kennedy and Culver are the top teams looking to replace Days Creek, which moved to Class 1A, as champion.

Country Christian, which beat Days Creek in the Round of 16, and North Douglas are the top contenders for the Class 1A title, which will also be decided at Ridgeview.



1:15 p.m.
McNary vs. Jesuit
Sunset vs. West Albany
3:15 p.m.
Clackamas vs. Willamette
Southridge vs. Central Catholic

8 a.m.
Corvallis vs. Lebanon
St. Helens vs. Summit
10 a.m.
Crater vs. La Salle
Marist vs. Bend


1:15 p.m.
Madras vs. Banks
Valley Catholic vs. Marshfield
3:15 p.m.
Crook County vs. Hidden Valley
Cascade vs. Sisters

8 a.m.
Coquille vs. Creswell
Rainier vs. Vale
10 a.m.
Oregon Episcopal vs. Santiam Christian
Salem Academy vs. Cascade Christian


115 p.m.
Bonanza vs. Kennedy
Grant Union vs. Myrtle Point
3:15 p.m.
Union vs. Burns
Faith Bible vs. Culver

8 a.m.
Hosanna Christian vs. Country Christian
Camas Valley vs. Lowell
10 a.m.
Trinity Lutheran vs. Dufur
Crane vs. North Douglas