Winter tales: Local athletes’ college seasons recounted

April 2018 Posted in Community, School, Sports | Comments Off on Winter tales: Local athletes’ college seasons recounted

With spring upon us – kind of – it’s time to look back at how athletes with local ties fared in college action during the winter season: Izaak Tobin, Silverton: The redshirt senior wrestler at Oregon State University finished his career ...

If you build it…Butte Creek robotics earn spot at Nationals, World competitions

April 2018 Posted in Community, School | Comments Off on If you build it…Butte Creek robotics earn spot at Nationals, World competitions

[caption id="attachment_8253" align="alignleft" width="300"] Four Butte Creek state champions with their ring-flinging robot. Stacy Boost[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner Big things are happening in the Butte Creek Elementary School Robotics Program. “[W]e have four teams leaving for the CREATE U.S. Open (Nationals) in Council ...

Clements to George Fox: Bruins good fit for Foxes receiver

April 2018 Posted in Community, School, Sports | Comments Off on Clements to George Fox: Bruins good fit for Foxes receiver

Silverton wide receiver Spencer Clements is heading to George Fox University in Newberg to play football and study toward a hoped-for career as an orthopedic surgeon. Clements caught 59 passes for 941 yards and 12 touchdowns for the Foxes, who finished ...

Two out of three: Kennedy girls win another state 2A title, boys take 4th

March 2018 Posted in Columnists & Opinion, School, Sports | Comments Off on Two out of three: Kennedy girls win another state 2A title, boys take 4th

By Steve Ritchie and James Day Senior leadership. Veteran coaches. Rising stars. The Kennedy High girls basketball team had it all this season. The Trojans finished a storybook 29-1 season on March 3 with a 53-40 win against defending champion Monroe in ...

Kennedy girls dominate: Take 24 -1 record, top ranking into playoffs

February 2018 Posted in School, Sports | Comments Off on Kennedy girls dominate: Take 24 -1 record, top ranking into playoffs

The Kennedy High girls basketball is riding a 19-game winning streak into the playoffs. The 24-1 Trojans finished a perfect 12-0 in the Tri-River Conference and are ranked No. 1 in Class 2A, with their lone loss against Class 3A power ...

New skills: Kennedy students hope to sell garden shed at Wurstfest

January 2018 Posted in Community, School | Comments Off on New skills: Kennedy students hope to sell garden shed at Wurstfest

[caption id="attachment_8143" align="alignleft" width="300"] JFK students building their first garden shed, which they hope will be sold during the Mount Angel Wurstfest Feb. 9-10 at the Festehalle in Mount Angel. Proceeds will be used for materials for their next project. ...

Hoops dynamos: Both Foxes squads, JFK girls, unbeaten in league

January 2018 Posted in Community, School, Sports | Comments Off on Hoops dynamos: Both Foxes squads, JFK girls, unbeaten in league

As the Mid-Willamette Conference basketball season heads toward the midway mark both Silverton squads have roared to 5-0 starts in dominating fashion. The boys squad, in its first year under coach Jamie McCarty, is outscoring league opponents by an average of ...

Cyber censure: School board asks White to resign over social media comments

January 2018 Posted in Community, School | Comments Off on Cyber censure: School board asks White to resign over social media comments

By Paula Mabry It’s a common axiom in the United States that everyone has a right to their own opinion. It’s even a given one has the right to express their opinion. But where, and how, there’s the rub. For Silver Falls ...

Wrestling update: Foxes have star power, JFK starts from scratch

January 2018 Posted in School, Sports | Comments Off on Wrestling update: Foxes have star power, JFK starts from scratch

As the new year begins and the competition gets stiffer the Silverton High wrestling team seems locked and loaded for a strong season. The Foxes feature returning state champion Kaden Kuenzi, who is just a sophomore, senior Jacob Whitehead, a state runner-up ...

‘BOLD’ innovation: Grant aids Mount Angel’s hands-on school programs

January 2018 Posted in Community, School | Comments Off on ‘BOLD’ innovation: Grant aids Mount Angel’s hands-on school programs

By Mary Owen Mt. Angel School District joined 203 Oregon middle and high schools in securing a part of $10.3 million in grant funds to expand career readiness programs. The Career and Technical Education (CTE) Revitalization Grant funds serve Oregon communities with ...

Chandler shines for PLU: QB leads alumni report

January 2018 Posted in Community, School, Sports | Comments Off on Chandler shines for PLU: QB leads alumni report

[caption id="attachment_8085" align="alignright" width="200"] Former Silverton quarterback Cole Chandler passed for more than 1,000 yards for the Lutes in his junior section. Courtesy of Pacific Lutheran University[/caption] Former Silverton High standout Cole Chandler had a strong junior season at quarterback for ...

Football flashback: Foxes, Trojans make playoff runs

December 2017 Posted in Columnists & Opinion, Community, School, Sports | Comments Off on Football flashback: Foxes, Trojans make playoff runs

Silverton High turned in a 7-4 football season under first-year coach Josh Craig and came within 57 seconds of advancing to the Class 5A semifinals. “We’re very proud of these guys,” Craig told Our Town. “We couldn’t ask for a better ...

It’s a go: City to purchase Eugene Field site

November 2017 Posted in Community, School | Comments Off on It’s a go: City to purchase Eugene Field site

By James Day The city of Silverton plans to purchase the Eugene Field School site to develop a new civic center that will include a police station, City Hall and new council chambers. The City Council voted 7-0 at a special meeting ...

Opportunity: Transition program seeks volunteers

October 2017 Posted in Community, Other, School | Comments Off on Opportunity: Transition program seeks volunteers

By Melissa Wagoner Michiel Nankman knows what it’s like to struggle in social situations. Originally from the Netherlands, the shift to life in the United States has often felt overwhelming. “When I came to the US I was like, ‘I don’t know ...

Fox football No. 1 in state: Enters toughest part of season 4-0

October 2017 Posted in School, Sports | Comments Off on Fox football No. 1 in state: Enters toughest part of season 4-0

Silverton won its first two Mid-Willamette Conference football games and has moved to No. 1 in Class 5A in the OSAA’s rankings. The Foxes still have a long way to go with a stiff challenge at No. 3 Crescent Valley taking ...

Contested seats: Silver Falls incumbents face challengers in board race

April 2017 Posted in Community, School | Comments Off on Contested seats: Silver Falls incumbents face challengers in board race

By Steve Ritchie With a host of significant financial, facility and educational challenges looming for Silver Falls School District, the May school board election has become something of a referendum on the district’s leadership and direction. The election pits three incumbent ...

OSAA spells change: Big overhaul proposed for classification system

April 2017 Posted in Community, School, Sports | Comments Off on OSAA spells change: Big overhaul proposed for classification system

Most adjustments that the Oregon School Activities Association makes in its quadrennial classification and districting work tend to be minor. The body made a big leap forward for the 2006-7 school year by expanding from four classes to six. Schools had ...

NASA partners: Total eclipse experiment preparation begins at Silverton High

April 2017 Posted in School | Comments Off on NASA partners: Total eclipse experiment preparation begins at Silverton High

By Kristine Thomas Rubber bands, masking tape, gadgets that cut strings, a helium balloon, a parachute, a tiny camera and a satellite are a few of items Silverton High School students are using to create a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Teacher Creighton Helms said ...

College update: Gengler finishes strong at PSU

April 2017 Posted in School, Sports | Comments Off on College update: Gengler finishes strong at PSU

Former Silverton High standout Zach Gengler played his way into the record books during his four-year career at Portland State. Gengler, a 6-2, 175-pound senior, played 114 games for the Vikings, third on the all-time list. His steals mark of 120 ...

Junior First: Noe Jines

March 2017 Posted in Community, School | Comments Off on Junior First: Noe Jines

[caption id="attachment_7693" align="alignleft" width="194"] Noe Jines[/caption] By Kristine Thomas All it took was some encouragement for Noe Jines to begin taking small steps leading to larger steps to become more involved in his school and community. A Kennedy High School senior, Jines ...

A team with GRIT: Scappy Foxes reach second straight state title game

March 2017 Posted in School, Sports | Comments Off on A team with GRIT: Scappy Foxes reach second straight state title game

Silverton girls coach Tal Wold told me on the court after the defending Class 5A champion Foxes lost to La Salle 42-28 on March 10 in this year’s final that the color of the trophy didn’t really matter. It all made ...

Fox freshman wrestler takes state title

March 2017 Posted in School, Sports | Comments Off on Fox freshman wrestler takes state title

By James Day Coming into high school Silverton High freshman Kaden Kuenzi, who has been wrestling competitively since he was 6, had a goal of winning a state title. He just didn’t think that it would happen so soon. Feb. 25 at ...

The Tune Squad: OSU training

March 2017 Posted in School, Sports | Comments Off on The Tune Squad: OSU training

[caption id="attachment_7688" align="alignright" width="300"] Preston Kirk, left, and Trevor Bledsoe, helped the OSU women’s basketball team prepare for March Madness.[/caption] By James Day The Oregon State University women’s basketball team heads into March Madness with a 29-4 record. The Beavers, who played ...

Swimming for glory: High turnout, energy, pay dividends for Foxes

February 2017 Posted in Community, School, Sports | Comments Off on Swimming for glory: High turnout, energy, pay dividends for Foxes

On a Tuesday night in February, the Silverton Community Pool was so full of kids one would think it was a family night in July. About 80 athletes were pounding through the water as the Silverton High teams prepared for district ...

United in respect: Silverton High students visit D.C., attend inauguration

January 2017 Posted in School | Comments Off on United in respect: Silverton High students visit D.C., attend inauguration

By Kristine Thomas [caption id="attachment_7612" align="alignright" width="300"] Teacher Kirsten Barnes organized a trip to Washington D.C. for Silverton High students. They were able to attend the inauguration and visit historical sights. The students are standing before the inaugural stage in front ...