Prep

Southridge title defense continues

Skyhawks move to Chiles Center, Jefferson gets bad news
By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports.com

Top-ranked Southridge will show off its full roster today when it takes on Clackamas at the Chiles Center at 1:30 p.m. in the opening game of the Class 6A girls basketball state tournament.

That is, if star guard Cameron Brink is able to play after missing most of the team's playoff win over Canby Saturday with an ankle injury.

Southridge lost only a tournament game in December with her in the line-up, and won all 25 of its games by at least 15 points.

The eight-team bracket features eight of the top-nine ranked teams in the state.

Three other quarterfinal games follow the Southridge-Clackamas contest: No. 5 North Medford plays No. 4 West Linn at 3, No. 6 Sheldon plays No. 3 Beaverton at 6:15, and No. 7 Benson plays No. 2 Tigard at 8:15.

CLASS 5A

The girls portion of the tournament opened Tuesday at Gill Coliseum with a pair of slight upsets: No. 6 Bend beat No. 3 Central, 26-23, and No. 5 Silverton beat last year's runner-up Springfield, seeded fourth this year, 40-37. But, Marist and defending champion La Salle both won and advanced to the semifinals set for Thursday. Marist topped Crescent Valley, 53-43, and La Salle beat Crater 52-43.

The boys quarterfinals begin today with top-seeded Silverton opening against Churchill at 1:30 p.m.

In other boys games, Springfield plays Wilsonville at 3, Mountain View plays Thurston at 6:30 and South Albany plays Crater at 8:15.

CLASS 6A

The defending champion Jefferson, announced stunning news Tuesday - junior Marcus Tsohonis will not play in the tournament after breaking a finger in Saturday's win over Grants Pass. Tshonis played a key role for the Democrats in getting them to 24-3 on the season, having lost only to out-of-state teams in December.

Jefferson plays eighth-seeded Jesuit at 1:30 p.m. in the quarterfinals Thursday.

CLASS 4A

Banks appears as a key story with both the boys and girls teams in the title hunt - the boys are seeded No. 1 and girls return most of the crew that reached the final last year.

Defending boys champion Seaside is seeded second, and has a win over the Cowapa-League rival Braves. Valley Catholic of the Cowapa League is also in the tournament giving the league three of the eight qualifiers for the second straight year.

Marshfield is seede No. 1 in the girls bracket and looking to create a legacy having not played into a final in its program history. 

Defending girls champion Sutherlin did not reach the playoffs.

 

 

First-time champs highlight weekend

De La Salle and Pacific boys among six champions
Staff report

De La Salle finally ended its title headache, and Pacific ended its title drought with championships in their respective basketball tournaments to highlight results from Saturday night.

The Knights, who lost their previous four title games including last year to Dayton, beat the Pirates this year, 68-55, at Marshfield High School.

Pacific played into its first boys title game and beat Prairie City, 73-50, at Baker High School.

CLASS 3A

DAYTON 35, SALEM ACADEMY 26

Kalina Rojas scored 12 point, Jaden Moore added 10 and Chloe Cisneros had 11 rebounds to carry the Pirates to their second-straight girls title.

Second-seeded Dayton trailed 6-4 after the first quarter, but jumped to a 16-11 lead at the half, and held the lead for the remainder of the game on the way to finishing the season 29-1.

DE LA SALLE 68, DAYTON 55

The top-seeded Knights got just six points from standout senior Emmanual Reilley, but he grabbed seven rebounds, had three steals and Kadeem Nelson and Kadren Addy picked up the scoring slack with 19 points each to lead the team to its first title.

De La Salle finished 27-1 and with a 24-game winning streak.

Dayton reached the title game along with the school's girls team for the second consecutive year.

 

CLASS 2A

KENNEDY 53, MONROE 40

Kaylin Cantu scored 12 points and Sophia Carley added 11 points and 10 rebounds to lead top-seed Kennedy to its second girls title in three years with the win over No. 2 Monroe.

Peyton Greene and Madison Ballard scored 12 points each to lead Monroe, last season's champion.

Kennedy ended with a 36-18 edge in rebounds. The Trojans finished 29-1, having lost only to Class 3A champion Dayton in December.

COLUMBIA CHRISTIAN x, WESTERN MENNONITE

Freshman Ben Gregg, a 6-foot-6 forward, had 23 points and 19 rebounds in 32 minutes to lead No. 2 Columbia Christian to its first 2A boys title with the win over No. 1 Western Mennonite.

Columbia Christian finished with a 48-27 edge in rebounds and scored its final 10 points at the free-throw line on the way to finishing 30-1. The Knights were a consistent Class 1A power and won titles in 2010 and '14 before moving up two years ago.

 

CLASS 1A

COUNTRY CHRISTIAN 56, NIXYAAWII 54

In a classic battle between the champions from the past two seasons - and finalists last year, the No. 2 Cougars handed the top-seeded Eagles their only loss of the season to win their second title in three years.

Senior Mollie Lewandowski had 26 points and 10 rebounds to lead Country Christian, which trailed 49-40 with 4:30 left. Lewandowski scored 10 points in the remaining time, including a jump-shot at the buzzer.

Mary Stewart led all scorers with 28 points for Nixyaawii.

PACIFIC 73, PRAIRIE CITY 50

The top-seeded Pirates got a combined 34 points and 33 rebounds from seniors John Keeler and Jack Lehnherr and won the school's first boys title.

Pacific shot 60 percent from the field in the first half to take a 49-29 lead. The Pirates finished the season with a 22-game win streak.

 

 

State finals set

Title game rematches highlight finals
Staff report

The state final is a repeat of last year for two of the six championship games set for today, with one being a very sore spot.

De La Salle reached a state championship for the fifth time with its 47-36 win over Blanchet Catholic, and will face Dayton in a rematch of last season when the Knights lost in the final for the second-straight year and third time in four seasons. Added to a title game loss at Class 2A, De La Salle is entering its fifth title game without having won a title.

Dayton has won five titles, including twice in the past three seasons.

The finale is a repeat at Class 1A girls as well, with Nixyaawii facing Country Christian of Molalla - each team having won a title in the past two seasons.

CLASS 3A GIRLS

Top seed Salem Academy will face off against No. 2 Dayton, which reached the final for the fourth-consecutive year. The programs met in the final three years ago with Dayton winning - the Pirates having won in 2016 as well.

CLASS 2A GIRLS

Defending champion Monroe will play top-seed Kennedy in the final with each program having won a title in the past two seasons - Kennedy won in 2016.

CLASS 2A BOYS

Top-seed Western Mennonite faces No. 2 Columbia Christian in a battle of championship-level programs. Western Mennonite reached the final three times in five years and won the 2011 title, while Columbia Christian has been to six finals and won twice - at Class 1A. This is its first 2A final.

CLASS 1A BOYS

Top-seeded Pacific advaced to its first title game and will take on upstart Prairie City, the No. 7 seed which last reached a title game 25 years ago.

 

 

 

 

Stunning girls upsets averted

Top-seeds Southridge and Tigard get pressed before winning
By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports.com

The state's top girls basketball teams got pretty good reminders Friday that at playoff time anyone can be dangerous.

Defending Class 6A champion Southridge - the top seed among the 36 playoff teams and a winner by at least 15 points in all of their games since Dec. 9 - trailed 16th-seeded Canby after one quarter and led just 46-42 with five minutes left in the third quarter before pulling away for a 70-54 win. The Skyhawks, 26-1, lost all-league guard Cameron Brink to an ankle sprain in the first half, but got a solid effort from its bench in returning to the Chiles Center.

No. 2 Tigard led 15th-seeded Grants Pass just 48-46 inside the final minute of their duel when the Lady Cavers went cold and the Tigers made three of four free throws in the final seconds for a 51-48 victory.

Tigard returns to the state tournament after a one-year absense having reached the title game in 2016.

Overall, the state's rankings played out as they were set with only one road team - Clackamas - scoring an upset and that being the 9th-seeded Cavaliers winning at No. 8 Jesuit, 37-32.

The eight-team tournament begins for girls on Wednesday with the boys portion beginning Thursday on the campus of the University of Portland.

Oregon City, which lost to Southridge in last year's final, fell to neighboring West Linn Friday, 43-39, and had its season end.

In the Class 5A ranks, the seeding played out with six of the eight home teams winning Friday, led by top seeded Marist, 61-31, over Milwaukie. No. 9 Crescent Valley won 54-53 at Pendleton and No. 10 Crater won at Wilsonville to advance to Gill Coliseum beginning on Tuesday. The Class 5A tournament is set to wrap up Friday night.

The Class 4A ranks played out exactly as the 5A ranks - with only the No. 9 and 10 seeds winning on the road. Top-seed Marshfield, looking to win its first title, advanced 59-19 over Yamhill-Carlton.

SOUTHRIDGE 70, CANBY 54

The Cougars, who lost only 43-40 at Tigard two weeks ago, continually challenged the Skyhawks by getting to the basket and shot a high percentage to forge the 32-all tie, with Southridge playing the final three quarters minus Brink, a key figure from last season's title run as a freshman.

After falling behind by eight to start the second half, Canby again rallied to within 46-42. But Southridge scored only seconds later and the game drifted away from there.

Brink's condition seemed tender following the game, but sideline prognosis was that she likely would return early in the week.

TIGARD 51, GRANTS PASS 48

Grants Pass made seven 3-point shots in the first half, but trailed 34-26 after 16 minutes. Their grit rallied time again and they had a chance to tie or take the lead within the final minute led by senior Alyssa Etheridge, who finished with 14 points.

Delaney Leavitt led Tigard with 21 points, and Campbell Gray added 14.

 

 

Beaverton takes first playoff step

No. 3 Beavers move closer to the girls state tournament
By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports.com

BEAVERTON - A year after fully missing the girls basketball state playoffs, the Beaverton Beavers have not only returned, but returned with expectations - those that come with being seeded third and having youth on their side.

Beaverton rolled through a spunky Cleveland effort, 55-36, Tuesday in the first of two playoff rounds that lead to the eight-team Class 6A state tournament next week at the Chiles Center.

Sophomore Sydney Erikstrup led Beaverton with 19 points, while junior Kelsey Fleiger added 14 as the Beavers improved to 21-3 overall with two of those losses coming at the hands of top-ranked and defending state champion Southridge.

"I would love to play Southridge again," Beaverton senior Cierra Speck said afterward. "We've already played them twice so we know how they play ... but I am definintely ready for a third game."

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Speck is the lone senior on a team with a first-year coach in Kathy Adelman Naro, although she is far from being inexperienced having led the Jesuit program for more than a decade.

The playoff round concludes Friday for 6A girls teams. Beaverton will play host to Sherwood, which scored an upset at Forest Grove, 22-20, Tuesday night. On the night, home teams were 12-4 with the biggest upset being St. Mary's beating No. 11 seed McMinnville, 54-52.

 

CLASS 6A RESULTS, Tuesday                               FRIDAY GAME

SOUTHRIDGE 84, David Douglas 23

CANBY 55, Westview 51                                          Canby at Southridge

CLACKAMAS 62, Lincoln 37

JESUIT 38, South Salem 21                                     Clackamas at Jesuit

NORTH MEDFORD 46, Liberty 40

Central Catholic 52, GRANT 50                                 Central Catholic at North Medford

OREGON CITY 51, McNary 41

WEST LINN 57, West Salem 36                                Oregon City at West Linn

BEAVERTON 55, Cleveland 36

Sherwood 22, FOREST GROVE 20                             Sherwood at Beaverton

St. Mary's 54, MCMINNVILLE 52

SHELDON 58, Tualatin 45                                        St. Mary's at Sheldon

BENSON 83, West Albany 37

SOUTH MEDFORD 68, Roosevelt 39                          South Medford at Benson

Grants Pass 51, GLENCOE 39

TIGARD 59, Sunset 29                                             Grants Pass at Tigard

 

 

High schools hit the road

Teams set travel plans for state tournaments
By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports.com

The end of the high school basketball season drew into clear view Saturday night for three of the six classifications across the state.

With the first and/or second round of games complete, the eight-team fields for the Class 3A, 2A and 1A state tournaments were set and hotel arrangements were busily being made for Coos Bay, Pendleton and Baker City.

Among the teams was Portland's De La Salle North Catholic, which beat Colton 73-29 at its home court located at the Salvation Army to reach the tournament for the sixth consecutive year. In three of those years, the Knights have reached the title game only to lose each time, including the past two seasons.

This year, coach James Broadous said after the win the team might try a different approach to the tournament.

"We're thinking about staying at a different hotel," Broadous said. "We've got one assistant coach who is a bit superstitious, and we have to raise the money to travel, too. So, that might be something that happens."

De La Salle is the top seed in the Class 3A tournament having improved to 24-1 overall with its only loss coming to Tualatin's Horizon Christian, which played its way in Saturday as well. Also in the tournament is Dayton, which beat De La Salle in last year's final.

The top four seeds in five of the six upcoming playoff brackets reached the final eight. Only third-seeded Damascus Christian lost in the Round of 16 in Class 1A boys, falling to visiting Joseph 55-43 Saturday. Joseph won two road games to advance to Baker City.  

Here are the quarterfinal match-ups.

CLASS 3A

At Marshfield HS/North Bend HS

BOYS, Thursday at Marshfield

Blanchet Catholic vs. Horizon Christian, 1:30 p.m.; De La Salle vs. Irrigon, 3:15 p.m.; Dayton vs. Oregon Episcopal, 6:30 p.m.; Cascade Christian vs. Santiam Christian, 8:15 p.m.

GIRLS, Thursday at North Bend

Salem Academy vs. Nyssa, 1:30 p.m.; Clatskanie vs. Blanchet Catholic, 3:15 p.m.; Creswell vs. Rainier, 6:30 p.m.; Coquille vs. Dayton, 8:15 p.m.

 

CLASS 2A

At Pendleton Convention Center/Pendleton HS

BOYS, Thursday at Pendleton Convention Center

Western Mennonite vs. Grant Union, 1:30 p.m.; Oakland vs. Toledo, 3:15 p.m.; Vernonia vs. Knappa, 6:30 p.m.; Kennedy vs. Columbia Christian, 8:15 p.m.

GIRLS, Thursday at Pendleton HS

Heppner vs. Kennedy, 1:30 p.m.; Faith Bible vs. Grant Union, 3:15 p.m.; St. Paul vs. Oakland, 6:30 p.m.; Monroe vs. Gold Beach, 8:15 p.m.

 

CLASS 1A

At Baker High School

BOYS, Thursday

Pacific vs. Hosanna Christian, 1:30 p.m.; Triad vs. Nixyaawii, 3:15 p.m.; Joseph vs. Jordan Valley, 6:30 p.m.; Prairie City vs. Sherman, 8:15 p.m.

GIRLS, Wednesday

Country Christian vs. Joseph, 1:30 p.m.; Jordan Valley vs. Days Creek, 3:15 p.m.; Powder Valley vs. Hosanna Christian, 6:30 p.m.; Damascus Christian vs. Nixyaawii, 8:15 p.m.

 

 

Coaching, playing and photography

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Capturing the moment easily gets lost in a career
By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports.com

This weekend I'll probably coach my son for the final time in a sporting event.

It's been quite a few seasons, and a lot of fun, mostly, anyway.

We started with his first throw of a small, plush football that was a perfect spiral at age 18 months. And, while we never got to the level of club teams for more than a season, playing a sport three seasons per school year has been a wonderful experience and forged a strong bond between us. Until the teenage years, at least.

As we draw to a close in the Portland Parks Goldenball basketball season, it's a time to look back and think upon what I taught my son and/or what I hoped he learned from all the seasons of soccer, basketball, baseball and one season of football and lacrosse.

I'm not sure I have a good answer, which is a bit disappointing.

In contemplating these two thoughts, though, I reinforced my belief that photography is something every parent should focus on more as it relates to their children. And, it should be taught as a basic requirement in the education system. People should know how to take good pictures, how to print them out and what their importance is in the world.

It's something that should be talked about at the start of every season for every team - "hey, make sure we capture some of these moments on film (they're going to be printed on paper).

For one thing, pictures don't lie, at least not without Photoshop.

And, they tell stories that don't need words - words being one of the great methods of ruining any situation in parenting.

A whole lot of teams, especially ones that play indoors, have a handle on the value of photos at the end of a season through "Senior Night." That's when seniors and their families get a moment to celebrate the close of their son or daughter's athletic career with public recognition and a family picture. It's a very strong moment for most of these families and captured with a photo.

Or course, you don't know when your athletic career might end, so getting a photo from every season is important.

This past week I did the play-by-play for a webcast of the Grant at Jefferson boys basketball game, which was a great experience especially as the color guy ended up being Portland Community College coach Tony Broadous. We had a great time and the webcast showcased that, but I missed having someone take a photo of us, which would have multiplied the value of the experience. Thursday, I sang the national anthem at a high school basketball game ... with a parent as a duet, but missed getting a photo, which would have made my Facebook page go wild.

It's not something just for athletics either. How many parents are able to get a photo of their son or daughter studying? Some of the great photos from American history are of people just thinking - President John Kennedy and his brother Bobby during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

The skill of photography that might be taught is how to isolate specific photos. Everyone has a camera now via their cell phone, and can take thousands of pictures. They forward many of those photos to social media, and that's where the photos end. Getting a physical copy of photos is a tremendous loss in our society.

I think I have enough good pictures of my son, and daughter's athletic career, too, that I feel good about how he'll look back upon all those practices and games in two, five, 10 years and beyond. How we will look back upon them as we grow older.

 

 

Roseburg leads repeat champions

indians take fifth title along with Culver at wrestling finals
By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports.com

PORTLAND - The state rankings might have had Roseburg's wrestling program ranked third going into the state tournament this weekend, but with 22 qualifiers the Indians largely just needed to perform to their individual seedings and they would likely win their fifth consecutive Class 6A title. And, they did.

Roseburg outdueled Newberg, Sprague and David Douglas to win its fifth consecutive title before the annual cheering crowd that shows up for the state's five divisions and the newly introduced girls tournament. Roseburg finished with 252 points to Newberg's 223.5, with Sprague coming in at 192 and David Douglas at 161. The Indians have won 10 titles in the past 12 years.

Culver matched Roseburg's five consecutive titles with a decisive win at the Class 2A level, nearly doubling second-place Central Linn's results, 201.5-104.

In the other three classes, last year's runner-ups all improved and won team titles: Dallas at 5A, Crook County at 4A and Willamina/Falls City at 3A.

The title for Willamina/Falls City was the program's first, while Dallas won it's second having won previously in 2012.

Crook County has won five of the past six 4A titles.

 

Big surprise highlights swim finals

North Bend gets a late win, Newport breaks through among repeats
By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports.com

GRESHAM - In the lull between the final two events at the Class 4A state swim finals at Mt. Hood Community College Saturday, North Bend coach Sasha Trichler tracked down her nearby swimmers and showed the a key result - Catlin Gabel had been disqualified from the final relay event. And, that bumped the Bulldogs into first.

It was an unexpected state championship and the girls reacted accordingly.

On the boys side of the same meet, Newport won its first title, although without the drama as it dominated the meet.

In the Class 6A meet there was plenty of drama in scoring for the girls, and Sunset edged Jesuit by 1.5 points, which in the overall aspects of the meet boiled down to a few tenths of seconds in numerous races. Jesuit's boys won their fourth straight title.

Bend won the boys and girls 5A titles for the second consecutive year.

 

Newberg keeps Cheer streak alive

Tigers win sixth straight, Westview, South Albany repeat
By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports.com

PORTLAND - Newberg, Westview and South Albany all retained state titles at the Oregon Cheerleading state finals Saturday on what was a record-setting day at Memorial Coliseum.

Three of the six divisions were decided by less that two points, and two were by less than one point, a record for most divisions being decided by such close margins.

Tualatin edged Thurston in the Coed Large division 181.80 to 181.50, earning the school its first title since 2012, and first in the coed division.

At 4A, Henley edged Newport by just 0.90 points to win only its second title, and keep the Cubs from winning their first.

Central Linn won its first title by scoring an upset of two-time champion Delphian, 161.50-160.20.

Newberg had the high score of the day at 202.40, and retained the small coed title it won last year after winning the 6A Small division for four consecutive years.

Westview had the high score for a non-coed team at 194.50 with a nearly flawless routine.

South Albany won its third-straight title at Class 5A.

Overall, a record 27 schools competed in the coed divisions.

WESTVIEW TITLE VIDEO

SOUTH ALBANY TITLE VIDEO

HENLEY TITLE VIDEO

CENTRAL LINN TITLE VIDEO

TUALATIN TITLE VIDEO - check back

NEWBERG TITLE VIDEO

PHIL DUNPHY BIG AIR AWARD (Tualatin) - check back

PHIL DUNPHY SPIRIT AWARD VIDEO (Hiram Luis, Gladstone) - check back

OSAA CHEERLEADING CHAMPIONSHIPS

COED LARGE

Tualatin 181.80, Thurston 181.50, Lebanon 164.10, McMinnville 161.70, North Medford 141.30.

COED SMALL

Newberg 202.40, David Douglas 191.40, West Albany 178.60, Gladstone 172.70, Sherwood 162.60.

 

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