Opener set: New Foxes football coach faces Sandy in Sept. 1 debut

July 2017 Posted in School, Sports

James DayNew Silverton High football coach Josh Craig and the Foxes will open the 2017 season at home at McGinnis Field on Friday, Sept. 1 at 7 p.m. against visiting Sandy.

Craig replaced John Mannion, who led Silverton to a 57-20 record in his seven seasons at the helm. Mannion is starting a new program at Mountainside High in Beaverton.

The Foxes visit Redmond on Sept., 8. Silverton also faced Sandy and Redmond to prep for last year’s league season, downing silv-craigthe Pioneers 20-13 and outlasting the Panthers 41-35. Redmond, however, took the rematch 35-27 in the OSAA Class 5A playoffs.

Silverton opens Mid-Willamette Conference play Sept. 15 at home vs. Dallas. Other league home games are homecoming on Oct. 6 vs. Corvallis and Oct. 20 vs. Central. League away games include defending Class 5A champion Lebanon (Sept. 22), Crescent Valley (Sept. 29), and South Albany (Thursday, Oct. 12). The Foxes close the regular season with a Oct. 27 nonleague game at Woodburn. All games are scheduled for 7 p.m.

Kennedy, which advanced to the Class 2A semifinals last season, opens Sept. 1 at Clatskanie. The Trojans’ schedule is not yet finalized, but we do know Kennedy will be at Oakland Sept. 22 and will play Tri-River Conference games at Central Linn (Sept. 29), vs. visiting Santiam (Oct. 20) and at defending state champion Regis to close the regular season (Oct. 27).

Key dates for Fall: Football, cross country, volleyball and soccer squads all will start conditioning work Aug. 7, with the first official practice Aug. 14. The first OSAA-approved contests are on Aug. 24.

OSAA redistricting update: The work of the association’s redistricting and classification committee is in the final stages, and it seems clear that the state will remain divided into six classes. Silverton will remain in the Class 5A Mid-Willamette Conference, with North Salem replacing Woodburn as the lone change. The remaining six schools are Central, Corvallis, Crescent Valley, Dallas, Lebanon and South Albany.

Kennedy, meanwhile, is tentatively set to move out of the Class 2A Tri-River and into the new Central Valley League, along with two other Tri-River rivals, Santiam and Western Mennonite. Also scheduled to be in the league are Chemawa, Colton, Culver, Delphian and Gervais.

The committee will meet twice more, Aug. 28 and Sept. 25, before OSAA officials make their final decision. The new leagues will take effect in the fall of 2018.

Homer fun runs: The Homer’s Classic fun runs, which started in 1983, will be held Sunday, Aug. 6 at 9 a.m. at Silverton High. The event includes an 8-kilometer run that goes through the Gallon House covered bridge and a 2-mile run/walk.

Both races start near the tennis courts at the new high school. The entry fee is $15 by Aug. 3 and $20 on the day of the race. Technical T-shirts are $15 each.

Pastries and watermelon slices await the finishers, with awards going to the top 10 in each race and age group winners.

Register at, and call Kennedy High track and field and cross country coach Steve Ritchie at 503-559-4643 for more information.

The event benefits high school and
youth running programs in Silverton
and Mount Angel.

Homer tennis, too: Silverton High girls coach Shawn Pool is hosting a benefit tournament Aug. 4-6 in conjunction with the Davenport festival. The event, open to players of high school age and older, starts at 5:30 p.m. on Friday and concludes Sunday at the high school courts.

Players can participate in one singles, one doubles and one mixed doubles event, with the singles entry fee $20 and a $30 fee for doubles. “Open” singles costs $25, with spots in the open doubles draw costing $35.

Go to to download an application. The entry deadline is July 28, with brackets and playing times going up on by Aug. 1.

Proceeds benefit the Silverton High tennis programs. Call Pool at 503-873-4231 or email for more information.

I forgot Maddie: Rats. I left out former Foxes runner Maddie Fuhrman when I published my list of how former area athletes are faring in college. Fuhrman just finished her freshman year at the University of Hawaii. This spring she ranked fourth among Rainbow Wahine runners in the 800 (2:24.17) and 1,500 (4:52.89). She finished 14th in the 800 in the Big West Conference meet at Fullerton, Calif.

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