Prep

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.

 

Jeff still owns Portland

No. 1 Democrats survive No. 2 Grant again, 72-68
By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports.com

PORTLAND - Jefferson's K'lum Strickland grabbed a key turnover and made two free throws with 7.5 seconds left to secure a 72-68 victory over Grant Friday night in a battle between the state's top Class 6A teams that was everything it was everything fans had hoped for.

And, there were a lot of fans as school officials cut off ticket sales 30 minutes before the game started at 7:15 p.m.

Jefferson led 67-58 before the Generals fought back to tie the game at 68 with one minute left. But, the Demos got a basket and then Strickland's two free throws to score the third win this year, and eighth consecutive overall, against their neighborhood rivals. Grant has not beaten Jefferson since the Democrats moved back to 6A from 5A three years ago.

The Democrats beat Grant earlier this season 79-74 at the Les Schwab Invitational, 81-80 in early January befor a packed house at Marshall High, then Friday. They also beat the Generals in the quarterfinals of the state playoffs last season.

 

 

Wrestlers hit big stage

Five classes move toward state titles
By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports.com

PORTLAND - It's always one of the most exciting days of the year for high school sports in Oregon - the first day of the state wrestling meet.

Memorial Coliseum gets filled with 10 mats and hundreds of wrestlers from across the state head out for two, sometimes three matches as the 12-hour session takes place.

As the day works its way along, team scores begin to showcase which squads have been best prepared to stand atop the team podium and the Indians of Roseburg were working their way back to that spot in Class 6A having qualified a tournament-best 22 wrestlers.

Roseburg had plenty of competition, though, from Sprague, Newberg and David Douglas with the big points set for Saturday's semifinals and finals.

At 5A, Dallas and Crater, which finished second and first, respectively last year, had separated themselves.

At 4A, Crook County led Sweet Home and Tillamook.

At 3A, Harrisburg led through most of the day with its goal of winning a title for the first time.

And at 2A, four-time champion Culver, which has won 10 times in the past 11 years, already had a dominant lead.

 

Jesuit takes command of state swim finals

Friday prelims lead to Saturday finals in Gresham
By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports.com

GRESHAM - Defending champion Jesuit had the top time in two of the three relays Friday and set itself up for another boys Class 6A state title in the Oregon Swimming Championships at the Mt. Hood Community College Aquatics Center.

The Crusaders stood first in the 200 Medley Relay and 400 Freestyle Relay and got the top time for the 500 freestyle out of junior Trent Martinez.

The girls team race looked much more competitive with the defending champion Crusaders getting stiff competition from Sunset, which topped the 200 and 400 Freestyle Relays and had the top time in the 100 Freestyle from senior Alayna Connor, 200 Medley from sophomore Tia Lindsay and 200 Freestyle from senior Angie Lindsay.

The finals begin Saturday at 9 a.m. for Class 6A teams with Class 5A and 4A finals following throughout the day.

 

 

Jefferson, Grant on collision course

Grant plays at Jefferson with national attention online
Staff report

The top ranking in the state for boys basketball has fluctuated between Jefferson and Sprague for the last month, but it's finally where most of the passionate fans think it should be - with the defending Class 6A champion Democrats, who have yet to lose to an Oregon team this season.

But, Jefferson gets another solid test Friday when it plays host to No. 2 Grant in North Portland, with the game being webcast on Oregonsports.com.

Viewers in Texas are lining up to catch a glimpse of Jefferson's Kamaka Hepa, who has signed with the Longhorns. The Demos Robert Akil signed with Western Oregon two weeks ago, although as a football player.

Grant will be looking to beat the Democrats for the first time in more than three years having lost twice this season by a combined six points.

The Demos beat the Generals three times last year, including the quarterfinals of the state playoffs.

Friday's game was once scheduled by the district to be played at the Chiles Center at the University of Portland, but Jefferson coach Pat Strickland lobbied to have the game played at Jefferson to maintain homecourt advantage. The UP game would have included the Grant vs. Benson girls game.

Coverage of the game begins live at 7 p.m. on Oregonsports.com

 

 

Swimmers head for finals

Jesuit, Sunset programs head to Gresham as favorites
Staff report

Jesuit High and neighborhood rival Sunset head to Gresham this week as the favorites to win yet another state championship in boys and girls swimming.

Jesuit has won the past three boys titles after Sunset had a run of four straight, while the two schools won the past two girls titles.

Last year, Jesuit topped Sunset in the boys final, while Sunset topped Jesuit in the girls.

The preliminary rounds are Friday at Mt. Hood Community College for the 6A, 5A and 4A meets, with the finals beginning Saturday morning for 6A schools.

Hillsboro and Sweet Home are the defending boys champions at 5A and 4A, respectively.

Bend and Sweet Home are the defending girls champions at 5A and 4A, respectively.

A team hasn't repeated at the 4A boys meet since Summit in 2015, and Sweet Home in 2010 for the 4A meet.

In the girls finals, Summit last repeated in 2014, while Sweet Home is the two-time champion at 4A.

 

 

Wrestling begins state drive

Roseburg leads ranks for defending champions
By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports.com

The excitement of following a doube-elimination bracket took over the state Friday as district meets for high school wrestling began with the end result being Memorial Coliseum in two weeks.

Four district representatives at 13 weights, plus exhibition qualifiers for 10 girls brackets, qualified for the state championships this weekend, heading for Portland Feb. 16-17.

And Roseburg didn't disappoint, scoring an amazing 526.5 points to win the Southern Oregon Conference title. The Indians are four-time state champions and a heavy favorite to win a fifth.

Sprague won the Valley League with Newberg won the Three Rivers League title with463.5 points, while Sprague followed close behind with 459.5 points to win the Valley League.

Crater at 5A, Sweet Home at 4A, Nyssa at Class 3A and Culver at Class 2A, are the defending state champions.

CLASS 6A DISTRICT RESULTS

PIL
1. Cleveland 355.5; 2. Franklin 257.0; 3. Jefferson 175.0. ALSO: Benson 167, Lincoln 165, Madison 163.0, Wilson 158.0, Grant 100.0, Roosevelt 89.0.

METRO LEAGUE
1. Aloha 328.5; 2. Century 272.5; 3. Westview 232.5. ALSO: Beaverton 162.5, Liberty 153.5, Glencoe 137.0, Mountainside 105.0, Sunset 102.5, Southridge 89.0.

MOUNT HOOD CONFERENCE
1. David Douglas 409.5; 2. Oregon City 304.0; 3. Barlow 237.0. ALSO: Centennial 219.5, Clackamas 207.0, Gresham 134.0, Reynolds 116.0.

THREE RIVERS LEAGUE
1. Newberg 463.5; 2. West Linn 228.5; 3. Sherwood 221.5. ALSO: Tualatin 188.5, Canby 173.5, Tigard 171.0, Lakeridge 93.5, Lake Oswegon 59.0.

VALLEY LEAGUE
1. Sprague 459.5; 2. West Albany 229.0; 3. McNary 211.5. ALSO: McMinnville 203.0, Forest Grove 179.0, North Salem 163.0, West Salem 149.0, McKay 104.0, South Salem 103.0.

SOUTHERN OREGON CONFERENCE
1. Roseburg 526.5; 2. North Medford 326.5; 3. Grants Pass 268.5. ALSO: South Medford 168.5, Sheldon 103.5, Willamette 25, South Eugene.

 

Sprague rolls to state titles

Both boys and girls team take first in upset-filled finals
By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports.com

GRESHAM - Sprague High of Salem won both the boys and girls team titles at the Oregon High School Racquetball Championships Sunday at Cascade Athletic Club, but Reynolds scored a little bit of glory along the way, too.

Justin Juul won the No. 1 singles title, defeating defending champion Mitchell Turner of Sprague 11-10 in the third game in a rematch of last year's final.

Sprague, though, easily won the team scoring by winning the remaining five brackets beginning with Nathan Buring at No. 2 singles. Jacob Scheuble won at No. 3, Caleb Cooper won at No. 4, Jack Sobey won at No. 5 and Aidan Crockett won the 102-player bracket at No. 6, beating teammate Joshua Wray in the final.

The girls draw at No. 1 featured an upset as well with Annie Roberts of Barlow edging two-time defending champion Kaitlyn Boyle of Beaverton in the final.

Sprague won the draw in the remaining five girls brackets to take the team title, which led to the Olympians winning the combined team title as well.

For Sprague, Makena Johnson won at No. 2, Ayisha Tamerhoulet won at No. 3, Malika Tamerhoulet won at No. 4, Taylor Monismith won at No. 5, and Anna Shewaye won at No. 6.

Most of the top players are headed to the national tournament, as it will be played at the Sunset Athletic Club in March.

 

 

 

Energy heads for Coliseum

Cheer teams go through final performances before state championships
By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports.com

TUALATIN - Saturday's final run-through of routines before an audience produced some impressive performances and good drama for next week's OSAA State Championships at the Tualatin Last Chance event held at Sherwood High as the Three Rivers League district wrestling meet overtook Tualatin for the weekend.

Sherwood, a newcomer in the Coed division, edged Gladstone - also moving over to Coed after winning the 4A title last year, in spite of the Gladiators nailing their routine, and Umatilla showed up before an audience for the first time, giving its large team a huge lift in spirit.

"We've been practicing a lot and looking forward to being in front of a crowd," said Umatilla senior Trenton Morin. "Now we've done that. It's quite a rush when you get to perform before people."

Overall, Westview showed it's ready to defend its Class 6A title with a stellar performance with its 20 athletes as one of the highlights of the day. Delphian hit its routine with few mistakes to win at Class 3A, Newport won at 4A, Churchill took 5A and North Medford won the three-team Coed Large division.

Tualatin, which sat out the competition part as it played host to the event, performed an exhibition and showcased it's ready to return to the ranks of state champions with a sparkling routine that featured several sky-high acrobatic elements.

The Tualatin event attracted many of the top teams with others performing in Salem Saturday. Among those teams were defending champions Newberg, South Albany and McMinnville, as well as Thurston, Sweet Home and The Dalles.

Aloha, which has won three 6A titles in the past five years, plans to sit out the state finals while preparing for a national meet.

 

 

 

Jefferson leads title defense ranks

Five of six champions are among state favorites
By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports.com

It's win over Lincoln might have seemed uninspired Monday night, but the Jefferson Democrats look like the favorite to win the Class 6A state title in boys basketball for a second consecutive year heading into the final three weeks of the regular season.

The Demos, who have won six state titles in the past 10 years, are ranked second behind Sprague in the OSAA ratings, but are 16-2 with both losses to out-of-state schools. They also have a pair of wins over No. 3 Grant, and the experience of numerous playoff games, something the Olympians lack having not reached the tournament since 2003.

At Class 5A, two-time champion Wilsonville is ranked fourth, but its six losses are to 6A schools or out-of-state teams. And the Wildcats, who were also in the 2015 final, have a seven-game win streak running. Silverton, the 2015 champion, is ranked No. 1.

At 4A, Banks is ranked first and is the lone unbeaten team in the state at 18-0 heading into a key game with second-ranked and defending champion Seaside tonight. The Braves are looking for their first trip to a title game.

At 3A, defending champion Dayton is No. 2 behind De La Salle of Portland, which it beat in the final last season. De La Salle has been to four title games without scoring a win.

At 2A, defending champ Santiam is eighth, with Western Mennonite – the 2011 champion - atop the rankings and Columbia Christian, a two-time champion at Class 1A, in second.

And at 1A, defending champion Sherman is second.

 

 

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