District champs: Kennedy blasts Culver, moves to No. 1 in Class 2A

November 2019 Posted in Community, School, Sports, Travel, Your Health | Comments Off on District champs: Kennedy blasts Culver, moves to No. 1 in Class 2A

On a cool autumn Senior Night the Kennedy High football team checked off the final box in an undefeated Special District 2 season. The defending state champion Trojans dismantled Culver 40-6 on Oct. 25 to improve to 5-0 in league play ...

New playmaker: McCarty starring for Foxes at QB

October 2019 Posted in Columnists & Opinion, School, Sports | Comments Off on New playmaker: McCarty starring for Foxes at QB

Silverton had a huge hole to fill at quarterback this season. Levi Nielsen had started four years in the position, leading the squad to the playoffs all four seasons. But as the Foxes, 5-0, headed into a critical Special District 3 ...

Academic standout: Foxes lineman earns national honor

October 2019 Posted in Community, School, Sports | Comments Off on Academic standout: Foxes lineman earns national honor

Silverton High senior Spencer Von Flue finished in the 97th percentile among those students nationwide who took the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Qualifying Test. [caption id="attachment_9458" align="alignright" width="183"] Silverton football’s starting center Spencer Von Flue. James Day[/caption] He is the senior ...

Runners get going: Cross country previews for Kennedy, Silverton

September 2019 Posted in Sports | Comments Off on Runners get going: Cross country previews for Kennedy, Silverton

Kennedy and Silverton both should have strong cross country programs this year after a 2018 season in which three of the four squads placed at state. Kennedy’s boys were sixth at the Class 2A-1A meet a year ago, with the girls ...

Football is here: Foxes, Trojans ready for 2019 season openers

September 2019 Posted in School, Sports | Comments Off on Football is here: Foxes, Trojans ready for 2019 season openers

The Silverton High football team is 16-6 in two years under coach Josh Craig, who told Our Town his 2019 squad “has some pretty high goals. “A lot of guys are saying they want to be better than last year. But ...

Academic stars: All 14 Kennedy teams finish above 3.0

August 2019 Posted in Sports | Comments Off on Academic stars: All 14 Kennedy teams finish above 3.0

Kennedy High athletes continue to do an excellent job in the classroom as well as on the playing fields. All 14 Trojans athletic and activity teams turned in cumulative grade-point averages above 3.0, with ten of the teams landing in the ...

Veteran addition: Limbird to coach Foxes boys soccer

July 2019 Posted in Columnists & Opinion, Community, School, Sports | Comments Off on Veteran addition: Limbird to coach Foxes boys soccer

[caption id="attachment_9311" align="alignright" width="181"] Marty Limbird is the new boys soccer coach at Silverton High. The Silverton resident has both youth and community college coaching experience. Submitted Photo[/caption] Marty Limbird, a long-time youth soccer coach in the Silverton area who also ...

Swimming: A healthy, life sport for any age

July 2019 Posted in Community, Sports, Your Health | Comments Off on Swimming: A healthy, life sport for any age

[caption id="attachment_9305" align="alignright" width="222"] Diane Brooke likes to everywhere – including the ocean in colder seasons. Submitted Photo[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner Diane Brooke likes everything about swimming. “[I]t makes me feel so joyful and good,” she explained. “The feeling of being in the ...

Molloy an all-star: Ex-Foxes softball pitcher shines at Hamline University

July 2019 Posted in School, Sports | Comments Off on Molloy an all-star: Ex-Foxes softball pitcher shines at Hamline University

Former Silverton High standout pitcher Alex Molloy has turned into a dominant performer for the Hamline University softball squad. Molloy, a sophomore with the Pipers of St. Paul, Minnesota, was named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Midwest all-Region team. [caption id="attachment_9278" ...

Kennedy rules state: Trojans claim 4th all-sports trophy in a row

June 2019 Posted in Community, School, Sports | Comments Off on Kennedy rules state: Trojans claim 4th all-sports trophy in a row

Kennedy clinched its fourth consecutive OSAA Cup on May 31, a memorable day in Trojans history when the baseball and softball teams both competed for state title. Many fans, parents and students attended both events. Kennedy lost both games, but with ...

First responders shine : Silverton students win pair of state titles

June 2019 Posted in Community, School, Sports | Comments Off on First responders shine : Silverton students win pair of state titles

[caption id="attachment_9251" align="alignleft" width="300"] Four Silverton state champions from the SkillsUSA conference at Camp Withycombe in Clackamas.From left are Zach Stutzman, Magaly Nino-Gomez, Samira Weathers and Easton Peoples. Submitted Photo[/caption] By James Day Silverton High continues to excel in just its second ...

A record spring: Foxes, Trojans shine at state track

June 2019 Posted in Other, School, Sports | Comments Off on A record spring: Foxes, Trojans shine at state track

The Silverton High track and field teams turned in superb performances May 24-25 at the OSAA Class 5A state championships in Gresham. The Foxes’ girls team finished second behind North Salem, while the boys squad took third behind North Bend and Ashland. “This ...

Kleinschmit masterpiece: Kennedy pitcher fires no-hitter

April 2019 Posted in School, Sports | Comments Off on Kleinschmit masterpiece: Kennedy pitcher fires no-hitter

[caption id="attachment_9163" align="alignright" width="150"] Dylan Kleinschmit. James Day[/caption] Kennedy High sophomore Dylan Kleinschmit uncorked a pitching performance for the ages Tuesday afternoon in Mount Angel. The Trojans righthander outdueled Santiam’s Wyatt Lyon, finished with a no-hitter and struck out a phenomenal 17 ...

Star by the Right: Silverton hosts regional Teen Square Dance Festival

April 2019 Posted in Community, School, Sports | Comments Off on Star by the Right: Silverton hosts regional Teen Square Dance Festival

[caption id="attachment_9166" align="alignleft" width="214"] Hayden Forster and Jasmine Mauro practicing at last year’s Fun Dance. Photos by Jim Kinghorn[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner Square dancing sometimes gets a bad rap, according to Karyn Buchheit. But she and her troupe of 16 Silver City ...

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 ...