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BOYS CROSS COUNTRY

Past Team Champions

CLASS 6A

1949    Springfield
1950    Springfield
1951    Lincoln
1952    Salem
1953    Salem
1954    Lincoln
1955    Lincoln
1956    Grants Pass
1957    Grant
1958    Grant
1959    South Salem
1960    South Salem
1961    Thurston
1962    South Salem
1963    Grant    
1964    Grant    
1965    Corvallis
1966    Corvallis
1967    Corvallis / North Eugene*
1968    South Eugene
1970    Lake Oswego / South Eugene*
1971    Ashland / Centennial*    
1972    South Eugene    
1973    South Eugene
1974    South Eugene
1975    South Eugene
1976    South Eugene
1977    South Eugene
1978    South Eugene
1979    South Eugene
1980    Sunset
1981    South Eugene
1982    Sunset
1983    Wilson
1984    Sunset
1985    Tigard    
1986    Bend    
1987    Bend
1988    Ashland
1989    Bend    
1990    Bend    
1991    Beaverton    
1992    Bend    
1993    Ashland    
1994    Bend    
1995    Mountain View    
1996    Oregon City
1997    Klamath Union
1998    Bend    
1999    Klamath Union
2000    Jesuit    
2001    Bend    
2002    Jesuit    
2003    Central Catholic
2004    Jesuit
2005    Central Catholic
2006    Central Catholic
2007    Central Catholic
2008    Jesuit
2009    Central Catholic
2010    Crater
2011    South Eugene
2012    Central Catholic
2013    Central Catholic
2014    Central Catholic
2015    Central Catholic
2016    Central Catholic
2017    Jesuit

GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY

Past Team Champions

CLASS 3A

2006    Catlin Gabel
2007    St. Mary’s
2008    St. Mary’s
2009    St. Mary’s
2010    Catlin Gabel
2011    Union
2012    Union
2013    Union/Cove
2014    Union/Cove
2015    St. Mary’s
2016    Catlin Gabel
2017    Enterprise

Kentridge overwhelms Benson girls

Second-half energy propels 54-41 victory
By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports.com

PORTLAND - Sophomore Jordyn Jenkins had a storied night scoring for the Kentridge girls basketball program Satuday night, but the team's defense and rebounding provided the edge in beating Benson in the final of the inaugural PIL Holdiay Classic.

Jenkins, a 6-foot-2 sophomore, hit 14 of 17 shots from the field and finished with 32 points and eight rebounds. But, junior teammate JaQuaya Miller, herself 6-4, grabbed 16 rebounds without scoring, and senior guard Tresai McCarver helped hold Benson standout Tayler Lyday to just three points in the second half of a 54-41 victory at Franklin High.

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Benson trailed just 35-32 midway through the third quarter when Lyday seemed to run out of gas and the Techsters followed against Washington's defending Class 4A state champion. The Chargers finished with a 37-20 edge in rebounds and made 23 of 49 field-goal attempts.

"They just seemed to outwork us," said Lyday, a 6-1 guard, who has played nearly every minute of the season for the Techsters. "We seemed to slumber down when we needed to pick it up, and that was the difference."

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Lyday finished with 15 points and seven rebounds, while junior guard Makenzy Porter had 15 points on 5-of-11 shooting from 3-point range. Four of the Benson players played all 32 minutes, something the team may struggle with when it heads to Washington, D.C., for an elite tournament next week with junior point guard Ciera Ellington nursing a hamstring injury. She may play next week.

In the tournament's other game, Sheldon beat Camas., Wash., 61-43 to finish third, Tigard beat Grant 47-36, and South Medford beat Forest Grove 59-47.

Sheldon is among teams set to play in a tournament at Tualatin beginning Wednesday. The Nike Shootout is set to begin Wednesday as well in Lake Oswego.





 

Benson, Kentridge ready to battle size

Post players figure to be key to PIL Holiday Classic final
By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports.com

PORTLAND - Benson and Kentridge, which showed significant inside presence during their opening two wins, will put their size to battle each other Saturday night in the first PILO Holiday Classic girls basketball final at Franklin High School.

Benson, with a pair of 6-foot players, and Kentridge, with three notable inside players, moved smoothly into the final with wins Thursday and Friday.

Game time is 7 p.m.

 

FIRST ROUND GAMES

The expected offensive show by the Benson girls basketball team showed up Thursday in the first round of the inaugural PIL Holiday Classic - eventually.

After being stuck on 14 points midway through the second quarter, the sixth-ranked Techsters raced past No. 3 South Medford for a 54-34 win at Franklin High School.

Junior Tayler Lyday had 16 points, seven assists and seven rebounds to lead Benson, which will play Camas, Wash., in the semifinals of the eight-team tournament Friday night at 5:15 p.m.

No. 8 Sheldon of Eugene will play Kentridge, Wash., in the other semifinal at 7 p.m.

Camas won a battle with No. 5 Tigard, 40-35, hitting 6 of 12 3-point shots as the difference.

Sheldon held off Grant, 58-53, in a game that featured 69 free throws, and the Generals rallying from a 14-point deficit to within two points in the final two minutes.

Kentridge's height and solid play overwhelmed Forest Grove, 60-26, holding the Vikings to just 10 points in the second half.

SHELDON 58, GRANT 53

In the tournament opener, Sheldon cruised to a 27-13 lead in the second quarter and appeared to have the game in hand - even their players admitted that afterward. But, behind junior Daryn Hickok, the Generals mounted comeback after comeback before the Irish survived at the final buzzer.

Junior Fallon Hanson led Sheldon with 19 points, hitting 12 of 19 shots from the line. Senior Macie Reinen added 15 points and five steals, and sophomore Aly Mirabile had 11 points and four rebounds. But, the trio also accounted for 17 turnovers, which helped keep scrappy Grant in the game.

Hickok, a 5-foot-10 guard, found space behind the Sheldon press time and again for lay-ups that cut the Irish lead to 32-22 at the half, then as close as 53-51 with 44 seconds left. But, with the Sheldon shooters suddenly going cold at the line - just 10 of 17 in the fourth quarter, the Generals couldn't take advantage. Trailing by just a basket, the Irish managed offensive rebounds on sucsessive free-throw misses, causing Hickok to look toward the ceiling and mutter "can we please get a rebound?" Eventually Sheldon found its touch and the game ended routinely.

Marin Leonard added 10 points for the Generals, who hit 20 of 28 free-throw attempts. Grant dropped to 4-2.

Sheldon, which improved to 5-1, made 27 of 41 free-throw attempts, although it hit 17 of its first 24.

Both teams finished with 21 turnovers.

CAMAS 40, TIGARD 35

The Papermakers led for most of the game, but also struggled with turnovers - finishing with 15 to just seven for Tigard. But, Camas had seven players who scored to just five for Tigard, and that simple depth played a significant role after Tigard junior post Dani Lyons went out with an ankle injury midway through the third quarter and did not return.

Senior Courtney Clemmer finished with 10 points and nine rebounds to lead Camas, which also got seven points from junior Haley Hanson, and seven points from top reserve Jordan Wilds, a senior.

Junior Paige LaFountain had 11 points, and junior Campbell Gray added 10 points to lead Tigard, which dropped to 5-3.

BENSON 54, SOUTH MEDFORD 34

The Techsters played without normal starting point guard, junior Ciera Ellington, who is out with a hamstring strain, but that was merely a speed bump once Lyday, a 6-foot-1 guard, took control against a team that features seven freshmen, one sophomore and a junior.

Benson's post combo of 6-2 junior Imani Harris and 6-foot sophomore Aujae Yoakum combined for 20 points and 18 rebounds, a tally that limited by Harris hitting just 2 of 10 free-throw attempts.

Benson, which improved to 3-0, shot 21-of 53 from the field, to just 12-of-44 for South, and made five 3-pointers to none for the Panthers, who dropped to 4-2.

Freshman Bella Pedrojetti had 10 points and eight rebounds to lead South, which also got eight points and eight rebounds from Shakia Perry.

Both Lyday and junior guard Makenzy Porter, who hit four 3-pointers and finished with 14 points, played all 32 minutes for Benson.

KENTRIDGE 60, FOREST GROVE 26

The Chargers, the defending Class 4A state champions from Kent, Wash., dominated the game behind the scoring trio of sophomore Jordyn Jenkins, sophomore Dayla Ballena and senior Tresai McCarver, who combined for 40 points. They also combined for 14 rebounds, 12 assists and 17-of-27 shooting from the field.

Leading 46-16 at the half, Kentridge won the third quarter 10-0.

Junior JaQuaya Miller added with points and seven rebounds off the bench.

Sophomore post Olivia Grosse tallied eight points and seven rebounds to lead Forest Grove, which was coming off a 71-19 win over McKay Friday. The Vikings dropped to 4-2.

 

Oregon teams again dream of tourney title

Les Schwab Invitational brings another national field to Hillsboro
Staff report

The state’s Class 6A rankings for boys basketball should become much more organized next week following the annual Les Schwab Invitational, set for Dec. 27-20 at Liberty High in Hillsboro.

Among the 16 teams are third-ranked Oregon City, No. 4 Southridge, No. 5 Lake Oswego and defending champion Jefferson. The elite field also includes national powers Oak Hill Academy from Virginia, and Mater Dei from Santa Ana, Calif.

Since the tournament moved to Liberty High in 2004, an Oregon team has won just once - 2012 when Lake Oswego beat Jesuit in the final.

This year’s field:

Barlow Bruins
Beaverton Beavers
Clackamas Cavaliers
Grant Generals
Jefferson Democrats
Jesuit Crusaders
Lakeridge Pacers
Lake Oswego Lakers
Oregon City Pioneers
Southridge Skyhawks
South Eugene Axemen
West Linn Lions
West Salem Titans
Crespi Celts, Encino, Calif.
Mater Dei Monarchs, Santa Ana, Calif.
Oak Hill Academy Warriors, Mouth of Wilson, Va.

Benson, PIL begin quest for respect

Lady Techsters, Grant highlight holiday tournament
By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports.com

A standout cast of teams makes the inaugural PIL Holiday Classic one to focus on for girls basketball fans this week. And, maybe many years to come.

No. 3 South Medford, No. 5 Tigard, No. 6 Benson, No. 8 Sheldon and a pair of standout teams from Washington are among the eight-team field in the tournament, which begins Thursday at Franklin High School. Grant, which reached the Class 6A tournament semifinals last season, and Forest Grove are also scheduled to appear.

The tournament kicks off at 1:30 p.m. in the newly finished gymnasium, with games following at 3:15, 5:30 and 7:15.

A JV tournament will also be played during the three days, with games at the Marshall High campus.

The tournament is a huge test for Benson, which heads to an invitational tournament in Washington, D.C., the following week, and the largely overlooked PIL.

Benson next suits up Dec. 21 against No. 7 South Medford in the first round of the eight-team PIL Invitational at Franklin High School. The tournament has three other top-10 teams scheduled to play.

Following the three-day tournament, the Lady Techsters head to Washington, D.C., for an eight-team invitational, Dec. 28-30.

A team from the PIL won the state title three times in the first seven state tournaments, but last won in 1982. A team from the PIL - Benson - last played for the state title in 1991.

Grant reached the Class 6A semifinals last season before losing 36-34 to eventual champion Southridge, and finishing with the fifth-place trophy.

Benson reached the state playoffs last season but lost in the first round.

Lincoln, at No. 11, is the next-highest ranked team in the PIL so far this season, according to rankings compiled by the OSAA, with Grant at No. 20.

Forest Grove is No. 22.

Camas, and Kentridge, Wash., are scheduled to appear as well.

THURSDAY GAMES

Grant vs. Sheldon, 1:30 p.m.

Camas, Wash., vs. Tigard, 3:15 p.m.

South Medford vs. Benson, 5:15 p.m.

Kentridge, Wash., vs. Forest Grove, 7 p.m.

 

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Dec. 13, 2017

After a solid, 17-point win over Jesuit in its opener, the Benson girls figured to beat neighborhood rival Jefferson easily, and it did, 77-29.

But, coach Eric Knox still had starters and fullcourt pressure on the floor for this second-ranked squad into the closing seconds ... and expectations, too.

With two minutes left, 6-foot sophomore forward Aujae Yoakum managed a steal at midcourt, and dribbled to the basket directly in front of Knox, who settled back into his chair and talked to her.

“All right, show me something,” said Knox, who played under legendary coach Ralph Miller at Oregon State in the golden days of the 1980s.

Yoakum showed him a fullspeed brick while being chased down from the side by a Jefferson defender.

Knox smiled off that line of dialogue following the game.

“We talked before the game about how to deal with our own, personal resistance,” Knox said of the game, which stood at 23-2 after the first quarter of the Portland Interscholastic League opener for both teams. “I’m trying to get the girls to shift into a different gear and experiment, get them to do something different.

“This season is very early, and the up-side for these kids is scary.”

Benson finished with four players in double figures for points, and is already in the habit of recording rebounds, assists, steals and blocks on the main scorebook for its girls, who feature just one senior.

Junior guard Makenzy Porter led the Lady Techsters with 18 points, while juniors Imani Harris, Tayler Lyday and Ciera Ellington finished with 17, 15 and 10 points, respectively.

Harris also had six rebounds, Lyday had seven assist, five steals and three rebounds, and Ellington had five rebounds, three assists and a pair of steals before leaving in the third quarter with a hamstring strain - and those were “soft” numbers tallied by the team’s very busy scorekeeper.

Knox’s idea of different could easily be called regular action for boys teams. During the game, the Lady Techsters twice ran an alley-oop, just without the dunk. But, it’s a rarely seen play in girls games. The team’s pressure defense turned into steals and lay-ups routinely, but also routinely turned into uncontested lay-ups for the Democrats (although they missed many more than they made).

Junior guard Fara Kelly led Jefferson, which dropped to 2-3, with 14 points.

Lyday, who stands 6-1, is already a target for Div. I college programs, and is likely to be a candidate for Oregon Player of the Year.

 

Benson next suits up Dec. 21 against No. 7 South Medford in the first round of the eight-team PIL Invitational at Franklin High School. The tournament has three other top-10 teams scheduled to play.

Following the three-day tournament, the Lady Techsters head to Washington, D.C., for an eight-team invitational, Dec. 28-30.

Benson, which reached the state playoffs last season but lost in the first round, has played for the state title just once - losing to Lakeridge in 1991. That’s also the last time a team from the PIL played for the state title.

A team from the PIL won the state title three times in the first seven state tournaments, but last won in 1982.

Grant reached the Class 6A semifinals last season before losing 36-34 to eventual champion Southridge, and finishing with the fifth-place trophy.

Lincoln, at No. 21, is the next-highest ranked team in the PIL so far this season.

Clackamas wins wild final

A late field goal earns Cavaliers 31-30 win over South Medford
By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports.com

CORVALLIS - Clackamas closed out an undefeated season with the most memorable of wins - a late field goal earning the Cavaliers their first state title.

Jeffrey Nelson nailed a 37-yard field goal with three seconds remaining for the final points of a wild game that included several key emotional swings in the final four minutes.

Trailing 30-28, Clackamas failed on a fourth-down play at the South Medford 41 with 4:02 left in the game. then failed to stop the Panthers on their fourth-down attempt from midfield - the Panthers earning a first down by just inches with two minutes remaining. Needing a dramatic turn of events, the Cavaliers forced a fumble just seconds later and started the game-winning drive on its 21 with 1:39 left.

Amazingly, the Cavs were able to run 10 plays to reach the South Medford 20, setting Nelson up for the winning score.

Clackamas, which reached the semifinals last season, got 160 yards and three touchdowns rushing from James Millspaugh, and 230 yards and a scoring pass from Mitchell Modjeski

South Medford, playing in its first title game, got three touchdown passes from quarterback Robbie Patterson, who also ran for a score.

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Mud doesn't stop national champions

The Nike Cross Nationals highlight strong fields
By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports.com

PORTLAND - The rain and mud at Glendoveer Golf Course made the conditions for the 5,000-meter course one of significant challenge, but only heightened the memories for Aiden Troutner and Katelyn Tuohy Saturday.

Troutner pulled away late for a win in the boys race, while Touhy dominated the girls race from the start to highlight the annual Nike Cross Nationals.

Troutner, who finished in 15:03, won by two seconds and became the third consecutive winner from Utah.

Tuohy, from New York, set a course record of 16:45, breaking the previous mark by 11 seconds.

 

 

Hoops finally hits the hardwood

High school basketball begins across the state
Staff report

After eight months of shooting drills, defensive shuffles and flat out running until parents showed up looking at their watches, high school basketball kicked off Friday with games across the state.

McKay of Salem hit 90 points in its boys win over Lakeridge, Benson hit 87 in its boys win over Gresham, just as the school's girls team was registering a decisive 61-44 win at Jesuit.

For the Benson girls, the game was a fabulous start to a season that includes a scheduled trip for a tournament in Washington, D.C. later this month.

Snuck into all the excitement of varsity play, was Mountainside of Beaverton beginning its drive toward varsity play next year with a boys Junior Varsity 2 game against Beaverton. Mountainside opened this year.

While league play begins for some of the six classifications, the non-league boys schedule includes the annual 16-team Les Schwab Classic, Dec. 27-30, and annual Nike Invitational for girls, Dec. 27-29.

Oregon City, set to play in the Nike Invitational, began its season Thursday with a four-day tournament in California, and plans to play in an eight-team tournament in Hawaii beginning Thursday as part of its drive to win its first state title since 2014.

Sutherlin's girls team, which has won the past four Class 4A state titles, lost Friday to Dayton in a tournament it plays host to.

 

 

 

Cardinals move PIL forward

Football playoffs begin with few upsets statewide

The OSAA football playoffs got underway Friday with the usual slew of big scores from heavy favorites, one near major upset, and one score that reminded fans statewide that basketball season is less than a month away.

Teams that played host to games Friday went 34-8, although top-seeded Mountain View essentially survived it's game with Milwaukie, winning 3-0. The Cougars improved to 10-0 on the season, but won for the second consecutive game by just three points. Milwaukie, which lost to second-seeded Wilsonville 49-0 two weeks ago, closed out its season at 5-4. Wilsonville beat Bend 41-21 in its first-round game.

Of the home teams that lost, none were seeded lower than fifth, and three were in the Class 3A ranks.

The noteworthy score happened in Oregon City, where the host Pioneers beat visiting Sunset, 75-72, to advance to a second-round game at second-seeded Clackamas, which beat Willamette of Eugene 53-0.

Portland Interscholastic League champion Lincoln broke free from a 7-3 lead at halftime with four touchdowns in the third quarter and held off Lakeridge, 49-38, and Grant beat McMinnville, 47-13, to earn the district two representatives in the second round.

 

 

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