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 ...

New sports at Kennedy: Trojans adding wrestling, swimming

October 2017 Posted in Community, School, Sports | Comments Off on New sports at Kennedy: Trojans adding wrestling, swimming

Kennedy High is adding two sports this winter, marking the Trojans as an outlier in these budget constrained times. Kennedy will add wrestling and swimming to its current roster. Both teams will include boys and girls. A wrestling coach, Dewey Enos, ...

Football teams at work: Foxes new coach hopes to energize squad

October 2017 Posted in Sports | Comments Off on Football teams at work: Foxes new coach hopes to energize squad

It was Tuesday, Aug. 7, just the second day of fall drills and new Silverton High football coach Josh Craig already had a mid-season rasp from voicing encouragement to his squad. “It didn’t take long,” Craig told Our Town as he ...

Foxes start fast: Football squad 2-0 under new coach

October 2017 Posted in Sports | Comments Off on Foxes start fast: Football squad 2-0 under new coach

The Silverton High football team is off to a 2-0 start and enters Mid-Willamette Conference play ranked second in Class 5A in the early OSAA rankings. The Foxes, who are in their first season under coach Josh Craig, opened with a ...

Coaching whirlwind: Foxes engage in steady series of hires

October 2017 Posted in Columnists & Opinion, Sports | Comments Off on Coaching whirlwind: Foxes engage in steady series of hires

There has been a flurry of sports activity at Silverton High in the past few weeks. And it’s not limited to the district and state competition going on in eight sports. The Foxes have been hard at work hiring new coaches ...

Principal named: Wade Lockett to take over at Silverton High

October 2017 Posted in Sports | Comments Off on Principal named: Wade Lockett to take over at Silverton High

By James Day Wade Lockett will be the principal at Silverton High School this fall. Lockett, 41, has served as the school’s assistant principal/athletic director during the 2016-17 school year. He replaces Justin Lieuallen, who served one year in the position. “Mr. Lockett ...

Moving up: Ex-Foxes star to play Division I baseball

October 2017 Posted in Columnists & Opinion, Sports | Comments Off on Moving up: Ex-Foxes star to play Division I baseball

Ex-Silverton High standout Anders Green will continue to pursue his baseball dreams at the highest level. Green, a 2015 Foxes graduate who just finished two star-studded seasons at the College of San Mateo in California, will move on to Dallas Baptist ...

Job sharing: Rise, Palmer split AD duties at Silverton High School

October 2017 Posted in Columnists & Opinion, Sports | Comments Off on Job sharing: Rise, Palmer split AD duties at Silverton High School

Silverton High will use a two-person approach to filling its athletic director position this fall. The job came open when assistant principal and AD Wade Lockett was promoted to principal. Now, Lockett has announced that James Rise and Kevin Palmer will ...

Runners get ready: Kennedy girls likely state meet contenders

October 2017 Posted in Columnists & Opinion, Sports | Comments Off on Runners get ready: Kennedy girls likely state meet contenders

Kennedy High School returns all five runners from the 2016 cross country squad that won a district title by 42 points, and veteran coach Steve Ritchie thinks the squad is capable of improving on its fourth-place finish at state. Leading the ...

Dodging death: Randy Traeger faces his toughest opponent

October 2017 Posted in Community, School, Sports | Comments Off on Dodging death: Randy Traeger faces his toughest opponent

By Steve Ritchie After years of serious health issues, Randy Traeger knew in early June that he was just about out of time. He had already been on the liver transplant list for 30 months, and he could sense that his ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...