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 ...

Kayaking: Escape for the mind, exercise for the body

April 2018 Posted in Sports, Your Health | Comments Off on Kayaking: Escape for the mind, exercise for the body

[caption id="attachment_8286" align="alignright" width="300"] Kayaking on Silver Lake in Washington. CHRIS MAYOU[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner Escaping from the stress of the daily grind just might be as easy as climbing into a kayak, pushing off from shore and letting the worries of ...

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 ...

Special hoops season: State next for Trojans, Foxes hope to follow

February 2018 Posted in Columnists & Opinion, Community, Sports | Comments Off on Special hoops season: State next for Trojans, Foxes hope to follow

The next two weeks could be pretty special for area high school basketball fans. All four teams at Silverton and Kennedy are ranked in the top 10 in their class. Both Kennedy teams already have qualified for the Class 2A ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Swimming in polka dots: Foxes honor Downey with new swim caps

December 2017 Posted in Community, Sports | Comments Off on Swimming in polka dots: Foxes honor Downey with new swim caps

The Silverton High swim team opened its home season in style Dec. 5, donning new headgear at a meet dedicated to the memory of long-time Silverton-area swim coach and booster Dennis Downey. “Really this man was the reason why Silverton High ...

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 ...

Time for playoffs: Teams angle for postseason slots

November 2017 Posted in Columnists & Opinion, Sports | Comments Off on Time for playoffs: Teams angle for postseason slots

Playoff season and district competition are approaching for area high schools. Here is a look at how the races and matchups are shaping up: Football: Silverton (5-3 overall, 3-3 in the Mid-Willamette Conference) has clinched a playoff spot heading into the ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Wait ‘til next year: Foxes swim team riding high

March 2017 Posted in Community, Sports | Comments Off on Wait ‘til next year: Foxes swim team riding high

“Could be a big year next year,” Silverton High swim coach Lucky Rogers said. You can’t blame Rogers for looking ahead to next season because this one was pretty special for the Foxes. Silverton’s boys and girls squads both lost just ...

For the joy: Silverton Unified Basketball brings amazing spirit to the court

February 2017 Posted in Community, Sports | Comments Off on For the joy: Silverton Unified Basketball brings amazing spirit to the court

[caption id="attachment_7650" align="alignleft" width="300"] The 2017 Unified Foxes Basketball team. SHS Unified Foxes players in action: left, Mehey Kraskov; right, Jhonathan Shackelford; and far right, Marco Garcia-Ramirez.[/caption] By Kristine Thomas The score doesn’t begin to tell the story of Silverton High School’s ...

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 ...

Tournament standouts: Fox wrestlers go 4-1 in event

January 2017 Posted in School, Sports | Comments Off on Tournament standouts: Fox wrestlers go 4-1 in event

The Silverton High wrestling team turned in a strong performance Jan. 21 at the Colton Holly Memorial Tournament in Wilsonville. The Foxes finished with a 4-1 record and took third place. The win total includes victories against two Class 6A ...

Pacific Northwest champs: Pop Warner football team takes title

January 2017 Posted in Community, Sports | Comments Off on Pacific Northwest champs: Pop Warner football team takes title

For the first time in its eight-year history, the Silverton Pop Warner football program has produced a regional champion. The Future Foxes’ pee wee squad, which consists mainly of sixth- and seventh-graders, traveled to Washington state to beat the Spokane ...

College check-in: Rebuilding year for Silverton boys basketball

January 2017 Posted in School, Sports | Comments Off on College check-in: Rebuilding year for Silverton boys basketball

Here is a look at how athletes with Silverton High ties fared in college this fall season: Sheyenne Brusven had a strong junior year as goalie for the Corban University women’s soccer team. Brusven had an 11-6-1 record for the Warriors, ...

Magical Season: Silverton High Girls soccer team takes second in state

November 2016 Posted in Community, Sports | Comments Off on Magical Season: Silverton High Girls soccer team takes second in state

[caption id="attachment_7477" align="alignleft" width="300"] SHS freshman Paige Alexander, #3, broke a pair of school records with 33 goals and 10 assists.[/caption] By James Day Deeds usually trump words… but words about deeds can sometimes help tell a deeper story, a more complete ...