Prep

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.

 

 

Girls hoop has plenty of consistency

Five of six defending champions look like solid contenders
By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports.com

Nearing the stretch run of the high school basketball season, a majority of the six defending champions in girls play appear as solid picks to repeat, something that has not happened in the state's history.

At least not yet.

A review of state records shows that since championships began being awarded in 1976, teams regularly repeat as champions, but rarely do the same teams repeat in the same year. The feat happened in two of the four classifications from '76 through 2006 five times, and since 2007 three of the six champions have repeated in the same year. But, no more than four.

This year, that could change, as it did last year when four of the defending champions played in finals. Just Sutherlin won for its fourth straight title at 4A.

This season Sutherlin has struggled to retain its form atop the state rankings and appears as the lone team unlikely to make a run at a title.

Southridge, at Class 6A, is rated at No. 1 among the OSAA rankings heading into the final three weeks of action.

At 5A, LaSalle returns all-tourney unanimous pick Taycee Wedin and is No. 3, behind Central, a relative newcomer to the top rankings, and Marist, a semifinalist last season.

At 4A, Marshfield is ranked ahead of Hidden Valley and has a win over the Mustangs. The Pirates are having a season for the ages as the school has never reached a final in girls play. Banks, last season's runner-up, is ranked third.

At 3A, all four semifinalists from last season are ranked in the top seven, with defending champion Blanchet Catholic at No. 4.

At 2A, defending champ Monroe is ranked second behind Kennedy, the top-ranked team from last season that Monroe beat in the semis. Kennedy won in 2016.

And, at 1A, Nixyaawii and Country Christian appear headed for a return trip to the final, which Nixyaawii won convincingly.

 

 

Sprague holds its ground in Valley

Olympians use big fourth quarter for 56-47 victory
By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports.com

SALEM - Sprague had more than just the top spot in the Valley League to contend with Friday night, it had some defense of its state ranking at stake.

And, the second-ranked Olympians handled both, using a 12-0 run in the fourth quarter to beat host, and fifth-ranked McNary 56-47 and retain sole possession of first place in the league standings.

Senior Teagan Quitoriano scored a game-high 19 points, and junior Jailen Hammer added 14 to lead Sprague, which improved to 15-2 overall and 10-0 in league play thanks to its 10th consecutive win.

McNary trailed just 34-33 after three quarters, but let the game fly away in the following five minutes and dropped to 13-5, 8-2 and into a second-place tie with No. 10 West Salem.

The Celtics saw their eight-game win streak end, but are still confident they can wind up within the top eight seeds and secure as many as two playoff games at home on the way to a spot in the eight-team state tournament.

McNary had played to within a game of the tournament the past three seasons. The program hasn’t been to the final eight since 2005.

Senior Ricardo Gardelli led McNary with 14 points, but 11 of those were in the first quarter.

Senior Lucas Garvey and junior Boston Smith both added eight points for the Celtics.

Sprague, which played within a game of the tournament last season, plays a non-league game against Sheldon Tuesday.

Grant, Jefferson appears as state title prep

Top state teams set to meet ... again
By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports.com

It was a game once headed for the Chiles Center.

Although it's not going to be played at the University of Portland, it's still to be one of the biggest games in Oregon ... at least until the state tournament.

Grant heads to Jefferson, Feb. 16, with both of the teams likely in the top five in the state, and possibly ranked No. 1 and 2.

Players on the junior varsity teams should be ready for attention as fans arrive early to secure a seat.

Jefferson has a pair of wins over Grant this season - 79-74 in the third-place game of the Les Schwab Invitational, and 81-80 in Portland Interscholasti League play just seven days later at a packed Marshall High School gym. Attendance was so packed that the PIL originally planned to move that follow-up game, plus the Grant vs. Benson girls game, to UP, but those plans fell through.

Jefferson's streak of wins over Grant includes a 77-61 win in the quarterfinals of the Class 6A state tournament last year - part of the Democrats' run to the state title.

The Demos beat Grant three other times last season, including the LSI.

Grant has not won a state title since 2008.

 

 

Cheer teams gear up

Season begins drive to state championships, Feb. 10
By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports.com

More than 20 teams from across the state showed up to David Douglas High School for the annual Scotsmen Rumble Saturday as the state's Cheerleading teams continued to prep for the state championships, which take place at Memorial Coliseum in three weeks, and Gladstone provided a standout performance.

Moving to the Coed Small Division after winning the state title at Class 4A last year, the Gladiators nailed much of their routine, although missed enough moves that coach Shelby Tracy had a measured review.

"I'd say we probably were about a seven on a 10-point scale," Tracy, who moved to head coach this season after four years as an assistant, said.

Among the five Coed teams, Gladstone placed first, besting Milwaukie, Glencoe, Canby and Oregon City.

Westview edged Beaverton and five other schools for first in the Class 6A division results. The Dalles finished first at Class 5A and Central Linn took first in Class 3A.

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David Douglas sat out as it played host to the event. The Scots, though, figure to be one of Gladstone's top challengers having edged them in the Pacer Invitational last week and the Laker Rumble the week before. David Douglas won the state title two years ago, but finished second to Newberg last year. Newberg is headed for the all-girl Class 6A division this season.

At the Newberg Classic Saturday, wher the Tigers sat out as hosts, Lake Oswego edged Clackamas in the Class 6A performances. West Albany took the Coed Small division, South Albany won the Class 4A division and Willamina took the Class 3A division.

In the Coed Large division, Tualatin edged Lebanon and McMinnville, last year's state champion, for its second win in three weeks. Tualatin last won a state title in 2012.

Aloha, which has won three state titles and finished second at Class 6A last year, has a competition win from last week.

Most teams will be in action Jan. 27 at either Clackamas or Sheldon in Eugene, and then Salem or Tualatin, Feb. 3.

 

 

 

McNary looks for statement game

Celtics hope to run streak across Sprague Friday
Staff report

An eight-game win streak has moved the McNary High boys basketball team to No. 5 in the OSAA state rankings, but the next game is likely to at least keep it there - Sprague.

The Olympians play the Celtics at McNary Friday at 7:15. McNary has rarely had a bigger game on its home court.

Sprague,14-2 overall, already has a pair of wins over McNary this season, and is atop the Valley League standings at 9-0 - ranked No. 2 in the state between Jefferson and Grant of Portland. McNary, 13-4, is 8-1 in league play having lost in league only at Sprague, Dec. 15.

Sprague has a nine-game win streak going.

Both teams are looking to return to the state tournament, with both having lost one game short of the quarterfinals last season. Sprague was seeded No. 8, while McNary was No. 10 in the 32-team bracket.

McNary, which did not qualify for the playoffs in 2013, lost one game short of the tournament in 2015 and 2016 as well, a streak of three consecutive years. The Celtics last appeared in the eight-team state tournament in 2005.

McNary won its lone state title under legendary coach Mike Doherty in 1968, three years after opening.

Sprague last appeared in the tournament in 2003. The Olympians have never played in a state final.

 

 

Newberg sweeps state water polo titles

Bend boys, Hood River girls take 5A titles
Staff report

CORVALLIS - The Newberg boys and girls water polo teams tamed the state at the same time Saturday night, earning titles in the annual Oregon High School Water Polo 5A boys championships played at Osborn Aquatic Center, Nov. 11.

The Newberg girls beat Lincoln, while the boys beat Lakeridge for their fourth consecutive title.

Both Newberg teams won titles in the same year in 2012.

In the Class 5A matches, the Bend boys beat crosstown and East League rival Summit 13-11 for the school's first trip to the title match.

Ian Marks and Alex Moore scored four goals apiece for the Lava Bears, who led 9-4 at halftime.

Kole Miller scored four goals and Chance Caruso scored three for Summit, which played in the state title match in 2013, 2014 and 2015, winning the crown in ’14.

The 5A/4A girls state championship went to Hood River Valley, which beat Sandy 24-5 in the final to defend its title.

 

 

Broncos get back on track

Parkrose edges Putnam in battle for second win of season
By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports.com

MILWAUKIE - In the battle to escape the cellar of the Northwest Oregon Conference, the Parkrose Broncos leaned on their seniors to deliver a 60-58 victory over host Putnam in Class 5A boys basketball action Friday night.

Seniors Justin Tran, Isamu Chang and Darnel Jones combined for 39 points to lead Parkrose, which improved to 2-8 on the season, in the conference opener for both teams.

Putnam dropped to 1-10, leaving it as one of just three schools at Class 5A with one win on the season.

Junior Ruben Onishchenko scored 16 points to lead all scorers, and senior Dustin Britt added 14 for Putnam.

Parkrose dominated much of the first half on the way to a 28-13 lead, but the Kingsmen battled back and eventually led 36-34 after an 8-0 run to start the second half. The game see-sawed for the final 12 minutes with Parkrose in the lead, but Putnam continually rallying. Putnam had an opportunity to tie or win in the final 10 seconds, but missed a three-point shot and Parkrose ran out the final seconds.

The Broncos, who have won two of the past three games, return to action Tuesday against Sandy. Only one of the losses suffered by Parkrose is to a Class 5A team.

Putnam plays host to St. Helens Tuesday. The loss is the third by three points or less in the past four games for the Kingsmen, including Wednesday's 84-83 loss at McKay in Salem. Putnam lost to Glencoe 43-40, Dec. 29, then beat Ridgeview the following day in a tournament in Bend in it's previous two games.

 

 

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