On a roll: Stayton Eagles, Santiam Wolverines racking up wins

October, 2015 Posted in School, Sports & Recreation

James DayBy James Day

Stayton High’s football teamis off to a terrific start under new coach Andy Campbell. The Eagles, who have not had a winning season since 2010, are 4-0 and dominated Newport 54-0, last Friday in their Oregon West opener.

“I am not really surprised at all,” Campbell told Our Town when asked about Stayton’s hot start.

“My family and I have had to go through the rebuilding phases before with other teams we have coached in the past (in California, Minnesota and Iowa). We knew that Stayton had some key ingredients to be successful, including a positive, supportive, vision-orientated administration and a community that loved its kids and school.”

Stayton downed Tillamook 12-6, Molalla 20-14 and Madras 54-0 before taking on Newport in its league opener. The Eagles have been nails on defense, allowing only three touchdowns in four games.

Stayton High Football Coach Andy Campbell

Stayton High Football Coach Andy Campbell

“We hang our hats on our defense and our ability to get 11 hats to the football.” Campbell said. “This philosophy has spilled over to every other aspect of our team.”

Eagles athletic director Darren Shryock says there is more to Campbell than just winning football games.

“Winning is great, but his overall demeanor and positive message he is delivering to our students is fantastic,” Shryock told Our Town. “Kids are excited, having fun and winning.”

Stayton, which is ranked eighth in Class 4A by the OSAA,  visits Yamhill-Carlton on Friday, Oct. 2, with possible showdown Oregon West games looming with Cascade (Oct. 16) and Philomath (Oct. 23).

Another Santiam Canyon area team, the Santiam Wolverines, also is off to a good start under a new coach. Dustin McGee, who coached most recently in Arkansas, has Santiam at 3-1 entering Tri-River Conference play.

The Wolverines, who have not had a winning season since 2009, were undefeated and ranked No. 1 in Class 2A by the OSAA before falling 35-29 last Friday against Reedsport, which moved up to No. 3 with the victory.

“I am not too surprised about the hot start,” McGee said. “We have a great group of young men who really came together for a common purpose this season. We had a great turnout to summer practices, and everyone bought in very quickly to what we were trying to do as a team. We knew we had a good football team, all we had to do was go out and prove it.”

Santiam, which is now No. 10 in the rankings, opens league Friday, Oct. 2 at No. 6 Kennedy.

Cross country: The Cascade High girls team took sixth at the Sept. 16 Silver Falls Oktoberfest Invitational at Silver Falls State Park. The Cougars were led by Lizzie Mack and Savanna Waters, who finished 23rd and 24th, respectively. Cascade’s boys took 10th. Stayton’s Casey Pugh finished 27th in the boys race.

Cascade also participated in the Sept. 19 3 Course Challenge at Seaside, with Waters taking 33rd in the moderate race and Mack take 34th on the easy course.

Stayton hosted an invitational Sept. 23 at Willamette Mission State Park. Cascade’s girls won the team title, with Mack taking ninth, Waters 10th and Celina Ciampi-Hicks and Adriane Bergerson taking 12th and 13th, respectively. Cascade’s boys took fifth and Stayton was sixth. Pugh was third for the Eagles, with Nate Lack fifth for Cascade.

Pugh also was 32nd in the Sept. 26 Nike Portland event at Portland Meadows.

Vollleyball: Stayton and Cascade are both 3-1 in Oregon West play, tied with North Marion and Philomath for the lead in the Oregon West Conference.

Soccer: Stayton’s boys squad is ranked No. 2 by the OSAA in Class 4A and tied with North Marion at 2-0 at the top of the Oregon West. The Huskies, who are ranked fifth, defeated Stayton 2-0 in last year’s 4A title game. Stayton hosted the Huskies Sept. 29 (after presstime) and will visit North Marion on Oct. 20. Stayton and Cascade, meanwhile, both are 2-0 in Oregon West girls play. The two teams meet Oct. 1 in Stayton and Oct. 22 in Turner.

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