Trojans start fast: Baseball, softball teams also battling weather

April 2019 Posted in Columnists & Opinion, School, Sports | Comments Off on Trojans start fast: Baseball, softball teams also battling weather

The Kennedy baseball team is off to a 9-1 start and is 3-0 in Special District 2 play. The Trojans, who won three of four games in a tournament in Redding, California, are ranked No. 4 in Class 2A-1A by the ...

Spring standouts: Kennedy, Silverton boast top track and field talent

April 2019 Posted in Columnists & Opinion, School, Sports | Comments Off on Spring standouts: Kennedy, Silverton boast top track and field talent

The Kennedy High girls track and field squad has finished in the top 10 at state for the past eight seasons. This year’s squad looks primed to keep the streak alive. “We have potential state champions, great experience with seven four-year ...

Hoops wrap-up: area squads shine at state tournaments

March 2019 Posted in School, Sports | Comments Off on Hoops wrap-up: area squads shine at state tournaments

It was another banner year for basketball at Silverton and Kennedy. All four teams made it to state and three of the four squads brought home a trophy. Here’s how it looked: The Silverton boys took third in the Class 5A event ...

Back on top: Kuenzi claims second state title

February 2019 Posted in Sports | Comments Off on Back on top: Kuenzi claims second state title

Silverton High standout junior wrestler Kaden Kuenzi took an undefeated record into the state tournament. And left the Class 5A event still undefeated. Kuenzi won his second state title in three years Saturday at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Portland, taking ...

In the elements: Silverton hiker rescued after two days in Columbia Gorge

February 2019 Posted in Community, Sports, Travel, Your Health | Comments Off on In the elements: Silverton hiker rescued after two days in Columbia Gorge

[caption id="attachment_9028" align="alignright" width="225"] Leslie Drapiza. Submitted Photo[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner “Since this has happened I’ve had these moments where I’m like, ‘Am I really alive?’” avid outdoorswoman Leslie Drapiza of Silverton said during a recent retelling of the harrowing rescue that ...

Aqua Foxes shine: Silverton sends record group to state swim meet

February 2019 Posted in Community, Sports | Comments Off on Aqua Foxes shine: Silverton sends record group to state swim meet

The Silverton High swimming squads turned in a record-shattering performance at the Mid-Willamette Conference district meet Feb. 8 at Osborn Aquatic Center in Corvallis. The Aqua Foxes finished second in the boys competition and third in the girls and will be ...

Ready, set, pickleball! Multi-generational sport free through Jan. 31

January 2019 Posted in Community, Sports, Your Health | Comments Off on Ready, set, pickleball! Multi-generational sport free through Jan. 31

[caption id="attachment_8941" align="alignleft" width="300"] Poppy and David Shell initiated the pickleball games at the Silverton Community Center.Nancy Jennings[/caption] By Nancy Jennings A fun way to beat the winter doldrums can be found at Silverton’s YMCA. “Pickleball,” a sport with an odd name ...

Swimmers dive in: Aqua Foxes look to build on successes

January 2019 Posted in School, Sports | Comments Off on Swimmers dive in: Aqua Foxes look to build on successes

The Silverton High swim program, 85 athletes strong, is off to another strong start. Both squads are 5-1 overall and 3-1 in Mid-Willamette Conference encounters. “Overall I am happy with how we are doing,” said coach Lucky Rogers. “We returned a ...

Hoops update: Silverton, Kennedy hoping for basketball glory

December 2018 Posted in School, Sports | Comments Off on Hoops update: Silverton, Kennedy hoping for basketball glory

The Silverton and Kennedy basketball programs are coming off sterling seasons. The girls and boys programs at both schools finished in the top four in the state, with the Trojans’ girls squad taking home their second Class 2A title in ...

State champions: Kennedy turns tables on Santiam for 2A title

December 2018 Posted in School, Sports | Comments Off on State champions: Kennedy turns tables on Santiam for 2A title

There is a sign on North Main Street in Mount Angel that needs an addition. The sign, planted just before the turn on East Marquam to Kennedy High, celebrates recent state titles for the Trojans. Now, it’s the football team’s turn. ...

Lopez wins state title: Kennedy football in semifinals

November 2018 Posted in School, Sports | Comments Off on Lopez wins state title: Kennedy football in semifinals

[caption id="attachment_8781" align="alignright" width="150"] Alejandra Lopez[/caption] Alejandra Lopez of Kennedy closed her senior cross country season in style, winning the Class 3A-2A-1A state championship Nov. 3 at Lane Community College. Lopez ran 19:02 on the 5,000-meter course to edge runner-up McKenzi Hoyt of ...

‘Massegon’: Cross country runners build new bonds of cross-continental friendship

November 2018 Posted in School, Sports | Comments Off on ‘Massegon’: Cross country runners build new bonds of cross-continental friendship

[caption id="attachment_8765" align="alignright" width="300"] JFK sisters, Alejandra and Whitney Lopez, with Massegon co-founder, Coach Steve McChesney. Steve Ritchie[/caption] By Steve Ritchie The Kennedy High School Cross Country Team has been known for incorporating opportunities for learning and new experiences when traveling to compete ...

Cross country stars: JFK’s Lopez, Foxes’ Stutzman run to district titles

November 2018 Posted in Columnists & Opinion, Sports | Comments Off on Cross country stars: JFK’s Lopez, Foxes’ Stutzman run to district titles

Kennedy High senior Alejandra Lopez won the Special District 2 girls cross country championship Oct. 25 at Cheadle Lake Park in Lebanon. Lopez ran the 5,000 meters in 18:52.3, 17 seconds ahead of runner-up Jessica Neal of Central Linn. The Trojans also ...

Showdown win: Next: Foxes face Parkrose

November 2018 Posted in Columnists & Opinion, Sports | Comments Off on Showdown win: Next: Foxes face Parkrose

By James Day ALBANY –  The Silverton High football ran up a 17-0 first-half lead Friday night against West Albany, then used grit and determination to hold on for a 17-14 Special District 3 win amid light to moderate rain at ...

Kuenzi to rescue: Deep Foxes keep up winning ways

October 2018 Posted in Community, School, Sports | Comments Off on Kuenzi to rescue: Deep Foxes keep up winning ways

“I was just trying to fill in for Hayden Roth and do as good a job as he did,” Nathan Kuenzi said. “I really enjoyed it. That was the most fun game I’ve ever played.” The Silverton High running back was talking ...

Hot starts: Silverton, Kennedy football both roll out strong

September 2018 Posted in Community, School, Sports | Comments Off on Hot starts: Silverton, Kennedy football both roll out strong

The local football squads have gotten off fast this fall. Silverton and Kennedy are both 2-0 and ranked in the top 10 in their respective classes. The Foxes are ranked No. 2 by the OSAA in Class 5A after opening with Special ...

Summer adventure: Foxes brothers take baseball Dominican Republic tour

September 2018 Posted in People, School, Sports, Travel | Comments Off on Summer adventure: Foxes brothers take baseball Dominican Republic tour

[caption id="attachment_8696" align="alignleft" width="300"] Silverton High brothers Riley Kramer, left, and brother Kyle, spent a week in the Dominican Republic last month, playing baseball, donating gear and participating in clinics. James Day [/caption] By James Day Riley and Kyle Kramer had a bit ...

Cross country update: Trojans, Foxes both fielding strong squads

September 2018 Posted in Community, School, Sports | Comments Off on Cross country update: Trojans, Foxes both fielding strong squads

The Kennedy and Silverton cross country teams have, like many of us in Oregon, been battling smoke and unhealthy air… in addition to the usual challenge for the high-schoolers of getting in shape for the season. Oregon School Activities Association rules ...

On board: Silverton Skatepark supports low-cost hobby, creativity, community

September 2018 Posted in Business, Community, People, Sports | Comments Off on On board: Silverton Skatepark supports low-cost hobby, creativity, community

By Melissa Wagoner Jason Franz took up skateboarding when he was only four years old in an attempt to make friends with the older kids on his block. Now – 39 years later – the 43-year-old still skateboards several times a ...

Football preview: Foxes, Trojans dive into fall camps

August 2018 Posted in Columnists & Opinion, School, Sports | Comments Off on Football preview: Foxes, Trojans dive into fall camps

Silverton football was 7-4 last season in its first year under coach Josh Craig, advancing to the state quarterfinals before falling to No. 1 Mountain View in a 46-42 shootout in Bend. This year the Foxes are in a reconfigured league, ...

Academic stars: Silverton, JFK athletes score well on state lists

August 2018 Posted in Community, School, Sports | Comments Off on Academic stars: Silverton, JFK athletes score well on state lists

On the scoreboard that matters most athletes at Silverton and Kennedy turned into some superlative academic results for the 2018-19 school year. The Foxes featured 21 sports and activity teams that averaged a 3.2 grade point average or better. The top ...

Sprauer dominates: Former Kennedy athlete shines for SOU

July 2018 Posted in Community, School, Sports | Comments Off on Sprauer dominates: Former Kennedy athlete shines for SOU

Former Kennedy High athlete Loghan Sprauer is proving to be a dynamic contributor at the college level at Southern Oregon University. Sprauer, who led the Trojans to a state Class 2A title in her junior year in 2014, winning the 100, ...

Band takes first: Silverton ensemble rules division at Portland parade

June 2018 Posted in Community, Music & Band, School, Sports | Comments Off on Band takes first: Silverton ensemble rules division at Portland parade

The Silverton High marching band took home first place June 2 in Portland’s Starlight Parade competition. The band, under the direction of Frank Petrik, played the Big Four March of Karl King and Happy Together by the Turtles and outscored the ...

Year to remember: Kennedy softball wins OSAA State title

June 2018 Posted in School, Sports | Comments Off on Year to remember: Kennedy softball wins OSAA State title

[caption id="attachment_8474" align="alignleft" width="300"] The Kennedy High girls softball team and coaches show off their trophy after winning the Class 2A-1A softball title June 1 at Oregon State University. James Day[/caption] By James Day The hits just kept on coming the entire ...

JFK girls shine: Lopez, Sprauer lead Trojans to fourth place finish in state track

May 2018 Posted in Community, School, Sports | Comments Off on JFK girls shine: Lopez, Sprauer lead Trojans to fourth place finish in state track

Kennedy high continues to compete at a high level in the Class 2A state track and field meet. The Trojans’ girls squad, led by juniors Alejandra Lopez and Hallie Sprauer, took fourth in the team race in the May 17-18 event ...