Volleyball standouts – Foxes in three-way battle for league title

October 2021 Posted in People, School, Sports | Comments Off on Volleyball standouts – Foxes in three-way battle for league title

The Silverton High volleyball squad is locked in a three-way battle for the Mid-Willamette Valley Conference title – and state bragging rights as well. At Our Town’s presstime the Foxes were 11-4 overall, 9-2 in league and ranked No. 3 in ...

Early experience – Health Occupations class gives high schoolers insight into careers

October 2021 Posted in People, School | Comments Off on Early experience – Health Occupations class gives high schoolers insight into careers

By Melissa Wagoner [caption id="attachment_10491" align="alignright" width="225"] Health Occupations student, America Blaser, Instructor Geralyn Sheets and former student Vanessa Meraz[/caption] Even in high school Vanessa Meraz knew she wanted to go into healthcare. “Growing up I was very close to my grandparents and ...

Back to school rhythm – SHS’ principal discusses challenges, effort in opening weeks of semester

October 2021 Posted in Community, School, Your Health | Comments Off on Back to school rhythm – SHS’ principal discusses challenges, effort in opening weeks of semester

By Brenna Wiegand Only two weeks of school had elapsed when Our Town touched base with Silverton High School Principal Sione Thompson, in his first year with the Silver Falls School District. “It’s been quite a trial by fire but what makes ...

Soccer hopefuls: Foxes’ squads set to begin league play

October 2021 Posted in People, School, Sports | Comments Off on Soccer hopefuls: Foxes’ squads set to begin league play

Mid-Willamette Conference plays gets underway for the Silverton soccer squads this week, with both teams hoping to be contenders in the tough Class 5A league. The boys squad is 3-0-2 and ranked No. 4 in Class 5A.  The girls are 1-2-1 ...

Sports Datebook: October 2021

October 2021 Posted in School, Sports | Comments Off on Sports Datebook: October 2021

Thursday, Sept. 2 Boys Soccer 4 p.m. Silverton vs Thurston/Mohawk Friday, Oct. 1 Football 7 p.m. Silverton vs Crescent Valley Thursday, Oct. 5 Boys Soccer 7 p.m. Silverton vs Woodburn Wednesday, Oct. 6 Cross Country 4 p.m. Silverton, Kennedy @ Willamette Mission State Park Thursday, Oct. 7 Volleyball 6 p.m. Silverton vs Lebanon Boys Soccer 6 p.m. Silverton vs ...

Fast start: Openers show promise

September 2021 Posted in Community, People, School, Sports | Comments Off on Fast start: Openers show promise

Will Silverton High senior quarterback Jordan McCarty explode for nearly 400 yards of total offense every Friday? Who knows, but it should be a fun ride. McCarty threw for 322 yards and one touchdown and scrambled for 66 more yards and ...

A Slice of the Pie: Lunch packing tips – Make it fun, fast and resourceful

August 2021 Posted in Food & Drink, School | Comments Off on A Slice of the Pie: Lunch packing tips – Make it fun, fast and resourceful

For many parents, it’s been a while since they packed a school lunch. With the majority of students attending school remotely or in half-day increments last year, more often than not, kids were eating at home.  But no more. With the ...

Football frenzy – Foxes, Trojans getting ready for openers

August 2021 Posted in School, Sports | Comments Off on Football frenzy – Foxes, Trojans getting ready for openers

Silverton was 3-2 in last spring’s shortened football season and the Foxes are hoping for a full nine-game regular season – and perhaps success beyond that point as well, starting with the Sept. 3 home opener against Grant of Portland. Fifth-year ...

Sports Datebook: September 2021 – All home games

August 2021 Posted in Community, School, Sports | Comments Off on Sports Datebook: September 2021 – All home games

Thursday, Sept. 2 Boys Soccer 4 p.m. Silverton vs Thurston/Mohawk Friday, Sept. 3 Football 7 p.m. Silverton vs Grant Thursday, Sept. 9 Volleyball 4 p.m. Silverton vs Dallas 6 p.m. Silverton v South Albany Girls Soccer 7 p.m. Silverton vs Scappoose Friday, Sept. 10 Football 7 p.m. Kennedy vs Santiam Christian Thursday, Sept. 14 Volleyball 6 p.m. ...

‘We have to get it right’ – Silverton High School’s new principal

August 2021 Posted in Community, People, School | Comments Off on ‘We have to get it right’ – Silverton High School’s new principal

By Brenna Wiegand [caption id="attachment_10339" align="alignright" width="224"] Silverton High School principalSione Thompson[/caption] Though Hawaii born and raised, the pandemic spurred Sione Thompson to move to the mainland and become Silverton High School’s new principal. “I have a lot of family on the West ...

Positive challenges: Mt. Angel School District’s new superintendent

August 2021 Posted in People, School | Comments Off on Positive challenges: Mt. Angel School District’s new superintendent

By Brenna Wiegand [caption id="attachment_10335" align="alignright" width="260"] New Mt. Angel SD Superintendent Rachel Stucky[/caption] Rachel Stucky takes the helm as Mt. Angel School District’s new superintendent, taking over for Troy Stoops who stepped down at the end of the last school year after ...

Letters to the Editor: The ‘heart’ of JFK wrestling

August 2021 Posted in Columnists & Opinion, Community, People, School, Sports | Comments Off on Letters to the Editor: The ‘heart’ of JFK wrestling

I would like to take a moment and point out a person who went above and beyond in developing a positive program in the Mount Angel high school. This person has steadfastly worked to bring a sport ... that has ...

Get out the pads: Fall sports season set to get underway

August 2021 Posted in Community, School, Sports | Comments Off on Get out the pads: Fall sports season set to get underway

Monday, Aug. 16. It gets real. Conditioning week is over and high school sports teams begin practice for what they hope will be a normal school year. The 2020-21 sports year turned into a compressed sprint of six-week seasons that started with ...

ASAP benefit auction features chef, coast, car

July 2021 Posted in Briefs, Community, School | Comments Off on ASAP benefit auction features chef, coast, car

This past year brought changes to ASAP, the After-School Activities Program.   Throughout 2020 and 2021, staff have stayed connected with students by offering online academic mentoring, providing needed meals and activities delivered safely to their homes, and most recently, ...

Track standout: Emma Bayer leads Kennedy at state meet

July 2021 Posted in People, School, Sports | Comments Off on Track standout: Emma Bayer leads Kennedy at state meet

Emma Beyer of Kennedy put on a terrific show May 22 at the Class 2A state track and field championships at Union High School. Beyer, a senior, won the triple jump with a personal best 33-3, took third in the ...

Swimming champs: Silverton boys win post-season meet

July 2021 Posted in Community, People, School, Sports | Comments Off on Swimming champs: Silverton boys win post-season meet

The Silverton High swim team turned in a series of sterling performances June 26 at an end-of-the-season meet at Osborn Aquatic Center in Corvallis. Five teams participated, West Salem, Crescent Valley, Corvallis, Central and the Foxes. Silverton ran away with the ...

Break the cycle: Too much pandemic screen time raises issues

June 2021 Posted in Community, Other, School, Your Health | Comments Off on Break the cycle: Too much pandemic screen time raises issues

By Melissa Wagoner Too much time spent interacting with screens was a problem long before the pandemic, so much so that the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) issued specific guidelines about the quantity of time children should spend in front of a ...

Letters to the Editor: A tribute…

June 2021 Posted in Community, School, Sports | Comments Off on Letters to the Editor: A tribute…

The basketballs were pushed into their usual spot in the closet. 17 months later. The jerseys were tucked away in bins. 17 months later. The bleachers’ seats were pushed back against the wall. 17 months later. 17 months later. Our jerseys cried for us, and the bleacher ...

June basketball? Both Foxes teams lose – just once – in near-perfect season

June 2021 Posted in Community, People, School, Sports | Comments Off on June basketball? Both Foxes teams lose – just once – in near-perfect season

The Silverton High basketball teams finished their 2020-21 seasons on June 23, ten days after the seniors graduated and 15 months after a global pandemic left them waiting at the altar at a state tournament which held such promise. There. That’s ...

Junior First Citizen: JFK’s Hailey Arritola receives scholarship

June 2021 Posted in Community, People, School | Comments Off on Junior First Citizen: JFK’s Hailey Arritola receives scholarship

By Melissa Wagoner [caption id="attachment_10129" align="alignright" width="251"] Hailey Arritola, Jr First Citizen Scholarship recipient with parents, Jodi and Lance Arritola[/caption] When Hailey Arritola found out she was the recipient of this year’s Mt. Angel Chamber of Commerce Junior First Citizen Award – ...

In the path of service: Elise Suing receives Maureen Ernst Scholarship

June 2021 Posted in Community, People, School | Comments Off on In the path of service: Elise Suing receives Maureen Ernst Scholarship

By Melissa Wagoner [caption id="attachment_10110" align="alignright" width="246"] Elise Suing, Maureen Ernst Memorial Scholarship Recipient[/caption] Maureen Ernst was a longtime member of the Mt. Angel Chamber of Commerce and a passionate advocate for her community. So much so that, when she passed away ...

Success honored: FBLA instructor Miles receives Advisor of Year award

June 2021 Posted in Community, People, School | Comments Off on Success honored: FBLA instructor Miles receives Advisor of Year award

By Melissa Wagoner [caption id="attachment_10107" align="alignright" width="225"] Riane Miles -- courtesy of Riane Miles[/caption] Riane Miles didn’t set out to teach business classes. A graduate of Oregon State University, she has a Master’s Degree in Agriculture Education. But when her alma mater, ...

Best in class: Foxes hoops squads win 6A challenge

June 2021 Posted in Community, School, Sports | Comments Off on Best in class: Foxes hoops squads win 6A challenge

The Silverton High basketball squads have just completed a stunning 10-0 run through the Class 6A Salem squads. The boys team went 6-0, winning the games against Sprague, South Salem, West Salem, North Salem, McKay and McNary by an average of ...

Robert Frost holds Drive By Goodbye

June 2021 Posted in Community, People, School | Comments Off on Robert Frost holds Drive By Goodbye

Jill Heuberger and Kathleen Kelley are retiring from teaching at Robert Frost Elementary School. To honor and thank them for their years as colleagues, leaders, friends, mentors and teachers, the Robert Frost community is holding a Drive By Retirement Party Monday, June ...

New Pastures: Mt. Angel Superintendent Troy Stoops heads to Junction City

June 2021 Posted in People, School | Comments Off on New Pastures: Mt. Angel Superintendent Troy Stoops heads to Junction City

By Brenna Wiegand [caption id="attachment_10017" align="alignright" width="300"] Troy Stoops is leaving Mt. Angel School District after ten years as superintendent. He has taken the superintendent position at Junction City School District. BRENNA WIEGAND[/caption] Mt. Angel School District Superintendent Troy Stoops is moving ...