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, ...

Fox baseball: Best season since 1989 ends in state round of 16

June 2015 Posted in School, Sports | Comments Off on Fox baseball: Best season since 1989 ends in state round of 16

By James Day It was a banner year for Silverton baseball under first-year coach James Rise. The Foxes advanced to the round of 16 in the state playoffs for the first time since 1989. Silverton, which finished 13-15 overall after a 1-8 ...

Kennedy at State: Girls 4×100 relay team state champs

June 2015 Posted in School, Sports | Comments Off on Kennedy at State: Girls 4×100 relay team state champs

By James Day The Kennedy High school girls track and field team finished tied for sixth May 22 at the OSAA Class 2A championships at Hayward Field in Eugene. The Trojans, last year’s champions, scored 38 points, tied with Grant Union after ...

All-State honors: Dance duo

May 2015 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, People, Sports | Comments Off on All-State honors: Dance duo

[caption id="attachment_5945" align="alignright" width="247"] Silverton High School seniors Jena Hendrix and Nicole Finch[/caption] By Brenna Wiegand Silverton High School seniors Nicole Finch and Jena Hendrix were named to the All-State dance team at the OSAA tournament in March. Coached by Paula Magee, the ...

Headed to districts: Spring athletes in the final stretch of the season

May 2015 Posted in School, Sports | Comments Off on Headed to districts: Spring athletes in the final stretch of the season

By James Day Kennedy and Silverton participated in district track and field competition this week, with the Trojans hosting their meet Thursday and Friday at their newly remodeled facility and the Foxes competing Wednesday and Thursday at Western Oregon University. Heading into ...

Chandler chooses PLU: Silverton and Kennedy softball first in league

May 2015 Posted in School, Sports | Comments Off on Chandler chooses PLU: Silverton and Kennedy softball first in league

By James Day For Cole Chandler it came down to familiarity – and a bit of an educational pull. The Silverton High School quarterback, who led the Foxes to a 32-4 record in three years as a starter, plans to play ...

Lace’em up: And get out the door

May 2015 Posted in Sports | Comments Off on Lace’em up: And get out the door

Fun runs on the schedule: Register at racenorthwest.com unless otherwise noted. May 9: Silverton Health Fun Run May 30: Run for the Hills June 6: Silver Falls Challenge, June 27: Pajama Rama pajamarama5k.com Aug. 9: Homer’s Classic Sept. 19: Oktoberfest Road Race By Steve Ritchie As the days ...

Eager hosts: District meet at JFK

April 2015 Posted in School, Sports | Comments Off on Eager hosts: District meet at JFK

By James Day Kennedy High has the honor of hosting the combined Tri-River/PacWest District Track and Field Championships May 14-15 at its newly remodeled facility. “All of us are very excited about having this meet on our home track and we are ...

State champs: Tough Fox basketball team’s title was years in the making

April 2015 Posted in School, Sports | Comments Off on State champs: Tough Fox basketball team’s title was years in the making

[caption id="attachment_5774" align="alignright" width="300"] The Silverton Boys Basketball team took first in the Class 5A tournament on March 12. Photo by Ted Miller.[/caption] By James Day Three games that were won by eight points or less. A first-year head coach, albeit one ...

Stellar seasons: Silverton dance and girls basketball teams bring home trophies

April 2015 Posted in School, Sports | Comments Off on Stellar seasons: Silverton dance and girls basketball teams bring home trophies

By James Day The Silverton High School dance and drill team has continued the superb record for the Foxes in OSAA competition this school year. The Foxes took second in the Class 5A small division of the state championships, held March 18-19 at ...

Team of destiny: Foxes are No. 1!

March 2015 Posted in School, Sports | Comments Off on Team of destiny: Foxes are No. 1!

By James Day A 105-year championship drought is over for the Silverton High School boys basketball team. The Foxes and Wilsonville went at it hammer and tongs in Friday night’s OSAA Class 5A state championship boys basketball game. It was a classic ...

Silverton girls finish sixth in Class 5A tournament

March 2015 Posted in School, Sports | Comments Off on Silverton girls finish sixth in Class 5A tournament

By James Day The Silverton High girls basketball team finished sixth in the OSAA Class 5A tournament last week at Gill Coliseum in Corvallis. The Foxes fell to Mid-Wiillamette Conference rival Corvallis 41-40 in Wednesday’s quarterfinals, downed Pendleton 54-42 on Thursday and ...

Amazing run: It’s raining honors

March 2015 Posted in School, Sports | Comments Off on Amazing run: It’s raining honors

By James Day This is turning into an historic school year for the Silverton High athletic program. The Foxes’ football team won the Mid-Willamette Conference title and advanced to the championship game of the Class 5A tournament before falling to Hermiston, 34-12. ...

In the driver’s seat: SHS basketball

February 2015 Posted in School, Sports | Comments Off on In the driver’s seat: SHS basketball

By James Day The Silverton High boys basketball team turned in perhaps its most complete performance of the season Tuesday night, taking a convincing 64-37 Mid-Willamette Conference win at Crescent Valley High School. The win moved the Foxes, ranked No. 3 in ...

Getting a grip: Fox wrestling

February 2015 Posted in School, Sports | Comments Off on Getting a grip: Fox wrestling

By James Day “The wrestling team started out the year with high numbers and a lot of enthusiasm,” Silverton Assistant Coach Jesse Davis told Our Town. “We have a young team with lots of potential. We are now in the part ...