Band takes first: Silverton ensemble rules division at Portland parade

June 2018 Posted in Community, Music & Band, School, Sports

The Silverton High marching band took home first place June 2 in Portland’s Starlight Parade competition.James Day

The band, under the direction of Frank Petrik, played the Big Four March of Karl King and Happy Together by the Turtles and outscored the other five bands in division A.

“The band performed very well for the limited amount of prep time we had before the parade,” Petrik told Our Town. “This speaks in support of the students’ fundamental skills which allow them to perform at this level without much rehearsal time. The sound the band is producing rivals some college level bands.”

The band was 85 strong and included eight color guard members directed by Heidi Sanchez. Nick Rose is the percussion instructor.

“The color guard adds so much to the overall performance,” said Petrik, in his fifth year at Silverton.

By finishing in the top three Silverton automatically qualifies for next year’s parade, in which the band will be making its fourth appearance.

“Our band would not have this opportunity without the generous support of the Silverton community who raised the money to purchase the uniforms and instruments needed to be able to participate in these events,” Petrik said.

The band also was honored earlier this spring with a fifth-place finish May 11
at the OSAA Class 5A competition at the LaSells Stewart Center at Oregon State University.

Trap shooting: Silverton is fielding its first trap shooting squad, and the Foxes will be sending 10 athletes to the June 23 state championships at the Hillsboro Trap and Skeet Club.

Participating for Silverton will be
Cole Carpenter, Ethan Gubbels,
Nate Gubbels, Cameron Phillips,
Linzie Purvis, Kaden Rand,
Chris Shepherd, Wyatt Tegan,
Hanna Zurbrugg and Jake Zurbrugg. Coaching the squad are Kevin Palmer, Jamie Phillips and Doug Garrett.

The Silverton team has been paying its own way and traveling to the Canby Rod and Gun Club each week to shoot, Palmer told Our Town.

“It’s not an inexpensive sport,” Palmer said, “but the kids and families have been incredible, wonderful to work with and have laid the foundation for this to just keep growing in Silverton as it has in Oregon and across the country.”

In addition to the state event, Shepherd and Cameron Phillips have qualified for the first national tournament July 12-15 at the Michigan Trap Shooting Association facility in Mason, Michigan. Coach Jamie Phillips also will be headed to nationals.

Middle school track and field: Silverton turned in a series of strong performances at the middle school Meet of Champions on May 24 at Corvallis High School.
The top finisher was the boys 4×400
relay squad of Henry Schmitz,
Chandler Kuenzi, Isaac Romero and Carter Gauvin, which ran 3:50.67 to finish fourth.

Schmitz, Ryan Brown, Ezra Bradford and Gauvin teamed up to take 11th in the 4×100 relay in 48.60.

Bradford was the top individual boys finisher with an 18-5 personal best in the long jump that earned him sixth place. Romero was 15th in the 800 (2:12.98 PR), Gauvin took 17th in the 400 (55.80 PR) and Schmitz was 24th in the 400 (56.90 PR).

The highest girls individual finisher for Silverton was Amanda Dahlquist, who took 11th in the shot put at 36-2. Natasha Fink was 14th in the 100 hurdles in a personal best 17.50 and Kyra Bashor was 57th in the 100 in 14.16. Kayden Eberle, Bashor, Lilly Horner and Jayla Clowers-Jones teamed up to take 14th in the 4×100 relays in 53.67.

Youth football: The first all-state football games for sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders are June 30 at Sheldon High School in Eugene. Sixth-graders play at 9 a.m., seventh-graders at noon and eighth-graders at 3 p.m. The event is free, with spectators encouraged to bring backpacks to donate to foster children in Oregon.

Here is a look at the Silverton participants:

Sixth-graders: linebacker Mason Snook

Seventh-graders: wide receiver
Alex Briseno, safety Jackson Pfeifer, linebacker Carlos Recendiz and defensive end Giovanni Neves.

Eighth-graders: quarterback Jordan McCarty, safety Cole Mucken, linebacker Vandon Fessler and wide receiver Austin Ratliff.

Players will report to the University of Oregon on June 27 and stay on campus. In addition to practices and meals on campus players will participate in night activities, including attending a Eugene Emeralds minor league baseball game.

Honors: The Oregon Athletic Coaches Association named former Silverton athletic trainer Jennifer Krug as one of its two athletic trainers of the year. Krug, who now works at Dallas High, was honored along with Marlee Hansen of South Eugene.

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