Top coach: SHS girls basketball coach Tal Wold named coach of the year

April 2016 Posted in School, Sports

James DayBy James Day

The awards keep on coming for the Silverton High girls basketball team.

The Foxes, who finished a 28-0 season March 12 with a victory against Springfield in the OSAA Class 5A championship game, earned three spots on the all-state team.

Coach Tal Wolda

Coach Tal Wolda

Third-year Silverton coach Tal Wold earned coach of the year honors, while senior wing Alia Parsons repeated as an all-state first-team selection. Sophomore post Maggie Roth, meanwhile, received honorable mention.

On the boys side, Foxes senior guard Sam Roth was named to the second team. Roth was player of the year and his father, Steve, was coach of the year last year when the Foxes won the state title.

Academic honors: The Silverton girls hoops squad also ranked high in the classroom. The Foxes turned in a cumulative 3.71 grade-point average, good for third in the state among Class 5A girls squads.

“That’s pretty cool,” Wold told Our Town. “We took pride in that.”

Area teams finished high in the charts throughout all the winter sports.

The Silverton boys basketball team, which finished one win short of the state tournament, tied for fourth with a 3.58. The Foxes’ wrestling was fourth at 3.21, while the dance and drill team, which took fourth at state, was seventh in GPA at 3.61.

Silverton’s swimming teams did not make the top 10, but both squads finished above 3.0, with the girls turning in a 3.54 and the boys a 3.23.

Meanwhile, the Kennedy boys basketball team, which advanced to the quarterfinals of the Class 2A tournament, led all boys hoops squads in the classification with a 3.74. The Trojans’ girls squad, which won the school’s first basketball title, turned in a 3.74, which was good for fifth.

Spring update: The 21-game grind that is the league season for Mid-Willamette Conference baseball and softball teams already is in its third week.

The Silverton softball squad, which advanced to the Class 5A semifinals last year, is 3-2 in league play, two games behind Lebanon and a game behind 4-1 Dallas.

The Foxes’ baseball team, meanwhile, was 2-5 heading into games two and three of their three-game set against Central. Silverton’s lone league wins came last week during a 2-1 series win against South Albany.

Kennedy baseball and softball both are off to undefeated starts in Special District 2 play. The Trojans’ baseball squad is 3-0, with the softball team at 2-0.

Hospital run: Silverton Health is sponsoring its 33rd fun run on May 7. The event includes a 1-mile kids run and a 5K run-walk. Milers start at 8 a.m. and the 5K at 8:45 a.m. Races start and finish at Silverton Hospital. You can register online at silvertonhealth/funrun or or by picking up an application at the hospital community services office, 319 Fairview St. Registration costs $15 ($20 with a T-shirt). Day-of-the-race signups start at 6:45 a.m., $20 for the race and $25 with a T-shirt.

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