Wrestling champ: Silverton’s Austin Reed takes state title

March 2016 Posted in School, Sports | Comments Off on Wrestling champ: Silverton’s Austin Reed takes state title

By James Day Silverton High senior Austin Reed is in rare company. The Foxes’ wrestler captured the OSAA Class 5A title at 132 pounds Feb. 27, becoming the first Silverton state wrestling champion since 2008 and only the second since 1994. “It ...

A first for Kennedy girls: JFK hoopsters top-ranked in 2A

March 2016 Posted in School, Sports | Comments Off on A first for Kennedy girls: JFK hoopsters top-ranked in 2A

By James Day The Kennedy High girls basketball team heads into the state playoffs as the top-ranked team in Class 2A after winning its first Tri-River Conference championship in school history. The Trojans, who defeated No. 4 – and defending 2A champion ...

Hooping it up: Local squads make big statements on the court

February 2016 Posted in School, Sports | Comments Off on Hooping it up: Local squads make big statements on the court

By James Day The Silverton High basketball teams won pair of back-to-back high-pressure games against Corvallis and changed the complexion of both Mid-Willamette Conference races. For the girls, Tuesday’s 40-31 win at Corvallis gave the top-ranked Foxes some breathing room. Silverton rallied ...

Lady Foxes roll on: Basketball squad keeps winning

February 2016 Posted in School, Sports | Comments Off on Lady Foxes roll on: Basketball squad keeps winning

By James Day The Silverton High girls basketball squad continues its unbeaten ways. The top-ranked Foxes improved to 15-0 overall and 5-0 in the Mid-Willamette Conference, with a 55-28 win Jan. 22 against Central, which came into the contest 4-0 in league. But ...

Ranked # 1 in state: Silverton, Kennedy girls basketball teams excel

January 2016 Posted in School, Sports | Comments Off on Ranked # 1 in state: Silverton, Kennedy girls basketball teams excel

By James Day Silverton and Kennedy’s girls basketball teams currently are ranked No. 1 in the state in their respective divisions. The Class 5A Lady Foxes, who shared the Mid-Willamette Conference title last season with Corvallis, are 11-0 after their 49-42 win ...

College sports updates

January 2016 Posted in School, Sports | Comments Off on College sports updates

By James Day The college career of former Silverton High athlete Cole Chandler has gotten off to a promising start. The three-time all-state quarterback played in five games as a freshman at Pacific Lutheran University in Puyallup, Wash. The 6-2, 190-pound Chandler ...

Strong start: SHS Dance Team now turns to state meet program prep

December 2015 Posted in School, Sports | Comments Off on Strong start: SHS Dance Team now turns to state meet program prep

By James Day The Silverton High dance squad turned in a series of sterling performances as the first half of a grueling season ended with the Categories Championships at Putnam High in Milwaukie. The Foxes, who finished second in the OSAA Class ...

For the title: Kennedy football

December 2015 Posted in School, Sports | Comments Off on For the title: Kennedy football

By James Day The Kennedy High football team is one win away from the first state championship in school history. The Trojans (10-1), who were runners-up in 1989, 1991 and 2009, tangled with (11-0) Heppner on Saturday night at Hermiston High in ...

Fox to Beaver: Three on the Oregon State football roster

November 2015 Posted in School, Sports | Comments Off on Fox to Beaver: Three on the Oregon State football roster

THE PLAYERS Ian Crist Position: Place-kicker Year: junior Height: 5-10 Weight: 181 Major: Economics and Entrepreneurship Previous experience: Silverton High, Portland State Sam Kuschnick Position: Linebacker Year: Freshman (redshirt) Height: 5-11 Weight: 209 Major: Crop and Soil Science Previous experience: Silverton High Jonas Dahl Position: Safety Year: sophomore (redshirt freshman athletically) Height: 5-10 Weight: 196 Major: Kinesiology Previous experience: Silverton High By James Day There are ...

Historic season: SHS volleyball makes Elite 8 after 40-year drought

November 2015 Posted in School, Sports | Comments Off on Historic season: SHS volleyball makes Elite 8 after 40-year drought

(function(i,s,o,g,r,a,m){i['GoogleAnalyticsObject']=r;i[r]=i[r]||function(){ (i[r].q=i[r].q||[]).push(arguments)},i[r].l=1*new Date();a=s.createElement(o), m=s.getElementsByTagName(o)[0];a.async=1;a.src=g;m.parentNode.insertBefore(a,m) })(window,document,'script','//www.google-analytics.com/analytics.js','ga'); ga('create', 'UA-70283607-1', 'auto'); ga('send', 'pageview'); By James Day The Silverton High volleyball program turned in its finest season in 40 years. The Foxes, who finished second in the Mid-Willamette Conference, advanced ...

One goal short: Corvallis ends SHS girls soccer 2015 conference title quest

November 2015 Posted in School, Sports | Comments Off on One goal short: Corvallis ends SHS girls soccer 2015 conference title quest

By James Day For the second consecutive season the Silverton High girls soccer squad came within one goal of its first league title since 1990. Last season the Foxes fell 3-2 to Corvallis in a winner-take-all regular-season finale that gave the Spartans ...

Cross country stars: Runners from Kennedy, Silverton off to state

November 2015 Posted in School, Sports | Comments Off on Cross country stars: Runners from Kennedy, Silverton off to state

By James Day Maddie Fuhrman finally corralled a district title. The Silverton senior, who finished sixth as a freshman and third the past two seasons, dominated the field Oct. 21 at the Mid-Willamette Conference cross country meet, running a school record ...

Leading the way: Dahl putting points up for SHS; JFK defense shines

October 2015 Posted in School, Sports | Comments Off on Leading the way: Dahl putting points up for SHS; JFK defense shines

By James Day Silverton has made an early statement in its bid to defend its Mid-Willamette Conference football title. The Foxes won their third game in a row and moved to 2-0 in league with a 48-14 homecoming win Friday night ...

Seaside Challenge: Runners gain personal insights, life lessons

October 2015 Posted in School, Sports | Comments Off on Seaside Challenge: Runners gain personal insights, life lessons

[caption id="attachment_6314" align="alignright" width="258"] Kaylin Cantu and Gabriella Cortez at the start of the girls Difficult race.[/caption] By Steve Ritchie Only in cross country can a coach lose his team before the race even starts. For the last 15 years, my Kennedy High ...

Great Wall: Wild toboggan ride

September 2015 Posted in Sports | Comments Off on Great Wall: Wild toboggan ride

[caption id="attachment_6284" align="alignright" width="300"] Steve Ritchie with steeplechaser Genevieve Lacaze of Australia.[/caption] By Steve Ritchie Beijing, China – It always shocks me how quickly you can jump in an automobile and leave a gigantic metropolis behind. Even sprawling Beijing with its 21 ...

Ready to run: 36 teams take on Silver Falls Oktoberfest Invitational

September 2015 Posted in School, Sports | Comments Off on Ready to run: 36 teams take on Silver Falls Oktoberfest Invitational

By James Day The Silver Falls Oktoberfest Invitational will be run on a new course this year. The cross country meet, which is co-hosted by Silverton and Kennedy, traditionally has featured a course that starts at the Old Ranches and uses ...

International meet: Silverton’s Emily Cock competes in Azerbaijan

September 2015 Posted in People, Sports | Comments Off on International meet: Silverton’s Emily Cock competes in Azerbaijan

[caption id="attachment_6283" align="alignright" width="255"] Emily Cock[/caption] By James Day It’s hard enough to be participating in your first international shooting competition when you are the youngest person at the meet. But how hard must it be if you add that the shooter’s gear ...

Ready for football?: High school season opens Sept. 4

September 2015 Posted in Sports | Comments Off on Ready for football?: High school season opens Sept. 4

By James Day Silverton High lost a ton of talent off of last season’s Class 5A runner-up squad, but sixth-year coach John Mannion has another strong batch ready to make a run at a third Mid-Willamette Conference title in four years. “Our ...

The China Diary: Step One – Getting a visa

August 2015 Posted in Other, Sports | Comments Off on The China Diary: Step One – Getting a visa

[caption id="attachment_6188" align="alignright" width="300"] When covering the Moscow Worlds in theLuhzniki Stadium, site of 1980 Olympics, Steve Ritchie met Xin Li, a journalist from Beijing. “We were seated next to each other throughout the meet and became friends. She will ...

Traeger, Denn race to victory: Baseball team honored

August 2015 Posted in Sports | Comments Off on Traeger, Denn race to victory: Baseball team honored

By James Day Michael Traeger of Silverton captured the Homer’s Classic 8K covered bridge run in 28:47.2 on Sunday under stellar running conditions with a cover of clouds and the temperature about 70 degrees. Traeger, 28, finished about 25 seconds ahead of ...

Racemaker: Mount Angel’s Matt Bauman

August 2015 Posted in Other, Sports | Comments Off on Racemaker: Mount Angel’s Matt Bauman

[caption id="attachment_6128" align="alignright" width="300"] Matt Bauman organizes dozens of running events through his company, Race Northwest.[/caption] By Steve Ritchie When Chris Bischoff and the Oktoberfest board wanted to add a half marathon race to this year’s Oktoberfest activities,w they didn’t have to ...

Turf drive: Silver Fox Foundation begins campaign to replace grass football field

August 2015 Posted in Community, Sports | Comments Off on Turf drive: Silver Fox Foundation begins campaign to replace grass football field

How to help Those interested in assisting with the campaign to install artificial turf at McGinnis Field should go to www.gofundme.com/zm7qr94. Organizers say they need cash donations, in-kind donations, manpower and community networking and fundraising ideas. Committee members David Zagorodney, Silverton Alumni Association. He is president of the Northwest College of ...

Mount Angel wins district: Next up, state baseball tournament

August 2015 Posted in School, Sports | Comments Off on Mount Angel wins district: Next up, state baseball tournament

By James Day The Mount Angel 9-10 baseball all-stars have won the District 7 championship and are playing in the state tournament. The squad, coached by Ryan Kleinschmit, captured the district title July 18 after a perfect 6-0 run through the tournament ...

Ready to run?: Homer, O-Fest races coming up

July 2015 Posted in School, Sports | Comments Off on Ready to run?: Homer, O-Fest races coming up

By James Day The weather is heating up and so is the running season for recreational joggers and competitive runners. Th 2015 Homer’s Classic will be held Sunday, Aug. 9. The event starts and finishes on the track at the Schlador Street ...

Shooting star: Elks Hoop Shoot

July 2015 Posted in School, Sports | Comments Off on Shooting star: Elks Hoop Shoot

By James Day Sharpshooting basketball standout Jacob Axmaker continues to shine at the national level. Jacob, an 11-year-old at Sublimity Elementary School, shot his way to the national Elks Lodge hoop shoot championships at the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, ...