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Winter wrapup: Henderson wrestles to state title, Haury signs with UW

Silverton finished 11th as a team at the Class 5A state wrestling championships Feb. 22-24 at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Portland. Leading the way for the Foxes was junior 285-pounder Brash Henderson, who dominated his weight class on the way to his first state championship. Henderson, who took second last year at 220 pounds, scored two pins and a […]

Sports Datebook: March 2024

Monday, March 11 Boys Tennis 4 p.m. Silverton vs Stayton Girls Tennis 4 p.m. Silverton vs Stayton Baseball 4:30 p.m. Kennedy vs Santiam Baseball TBD Silverton vs McNary Tuesday, March 12 Softball 4:30 p.m. Kennedy vs Santiam Wednesday, March 13 Softball TBD Silverton vs Lake Oswego Baseball 5 p.m. Silverton vs Barlow Friday, March 15 Softball 4:30 p.m. Kennedy vs […]

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Football changes – Foxes get new league

The Silverton High football program will be facing some new league opponents starting this fall. The Foxes will remain in Class 5A but will be moving out of the Mid-Willamette Conference and into a new league that will include four MWC teams and two from the Northwest Oregon Conference, including perennial state power Wilsonville. The new football-only league, part of […]

The cheerleading squad for Silverton High, which has returned to competitions for the first time in a decade. Submitted photo

Sports roundup – Silverton cheer returns to competitions

By James Day Silverton High has returned to competitive cheerleading. The Foxes took second at a meet at Lakeridge, the first such participation by the school in approximately a decade. Stacey Spears, who has more than a decade of experience with the Future Foxes, is coaching the squad, which continues to have a cheer presence on the sidelines at football […]

Sports Datebook: February 2024

Thursday, Feb. 1 Boys Basketball 7 p.m. Kennedy vs Salem Academy Friday, Feb. 2 Boys Basketball 5:30 p.m. Silverton vs Lebanon Girls Basketball 7 p.m. Silverton vs Lebanon Tuesday, Feb. 6 Girls Basketball 4:30 p.m. Kennedy vs Culver Boys Basketball 7 p.m. Silverton vs Central Wednesday, Feb. 7 Wrestling 6 p.m. Silverton vs Crescent Valley Tuesday, Feb. 13 Boys Basketball […]

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Special squads – Foxes shining in boys, girls hoops

The craziest piece of Jamie McCarty’s five-year run as Silverton boys hoops coach from 2017 through 2022 was that he was 69-1 in Mid-Willamette Conference games, a record of consistency that is almost blinding in its brilliance. And that one 2018-19 loss in OT at Corvallis was a strange beast, perhaps a column for another day. McCarty stepped back from […]

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January madness – Foxes in thick of league hoops battles

Yes, it’s only January, but the Mid-Willamette Conference hoops season already is churning out masterpieces. Silverton took down two unbeaten teams from South Albany in a doubleheader sweep on Jan. 8, and as of presstime the Foxes were in the thick of both battles for league bragging rights. The girls are 4-0 in league and ranked No. 5. They are […]

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No more 1-and-1: Oregon follows lead of national federation on foul shots

It’s a new dawn for the free throw in high school sports in Oregon. Following the lead of the National Federation of High School Associations (NFHS) the Oregon School Activities Association has instituted new rules on fouls shots for the 2023-24 season. Instead of teams moving to 1-and-1 free throws upon the seventh team foul of each half the system […]

Sports Datebook: January 2024

Wednesday, Jan. 3 Wrestling 1 p.m. Silverton MWC Duals Girls Basketball 6 p.m. Kennedy vs Regis Boys Basketball 7:30 p.m. Kennedy vs Regis Thursday, Jan. 4 Girls Basketball 7 p.m. Silverton vs Central Monday, Jan. 8 Girls Basketball 5:30 p.m. Silverton vs South Albany Boys Basketball 7 p.m. Silverton vs South Albany Tuesday, Jan. 11 Girls Basketball 5:30 p.m. Kennedy […]

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Consistent threats – Aqua Foxes will count on depth, relays

There are certain things in the sports calendar you can always count on. Silverton swimming is one of them. The Aqua Foxes, in their ninth year under coach Lucky Rogers, will fill the pool with swimmers, assemble crackerjack relay squads and try to wash away competitors with depth. This season Rogers has 62 swimmers in the Silverton Community Pool and told […]

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Foxes football: 11-1 year shows continuing strength of program

The Silverton High football program wound up another superlative season on Nov. 17 when the Foxes fell 43-19 to Mountain View of Bend in the Class 5A semifinals. Silverton finished 11-1 and downed long-time rival West Albany twice by a composite 90-42 score The Foxes, now in their second year under coach Dan Lever, have made the playoffs every season […]

Sports Datebook: December 2023

Tuesday, Dec. 5 Boys Basketball 7 p.m. Silverton vs Milwaukie Saturday, Dec. 9 Girls Basketball 7 p.m. Silverton vs Springfield Tuesday, Dec. 12 Girls Basketball 5:30 p.m. Silverton vs Woodburn 6 p.m. Kennedy vs East Linn Christian Boys Basketball 7 p.m. Silverton vs Woodburn 7:30 p.m. Kennedy vs East Linn Christian Thursday, Dec. 14 Wrestling TBD Kennedy @ Santiam Round […]

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Successful return – Barnes leads Foxes volleyball within one win of state

Kirsten Barnes’ return to the coaching reins of Silverton volleyball was a highly successful one. Barnes previously coached in the program from 1996 to 2010 and won eight league titles during an 11-year run as head coach. This year’s Foxes were 12-8 overall, hovered around the top 10 in Class 5A most of the year, finished fourth in the brutally […]

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Managing expectations – Ex-Foxes star Ratliff adapts to OSU life

Austin Ratliff is used to being in the spotlight. A starter on the Silverton High football team as a sophomore, he helped lead the Foxes to a state Class 5A championship in 2021, catching six passes for 172 yards and 3 TDs in the semifinals vs. West Albany and he also caught a TD pass in the title win vs. […]

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Foxes clinch – SHS football improves to 8-0 with big win

By James Day Silverton took down host West Albany 49-28 on Oct. 20, to move to 8-0 and clinch the Mid-Willamette Conference title. The Foxes have won or shared the past three league titles. The Foxes broke a 14-14 tie right before halftime on a 20-yard TD pass from QB Sawyer Teeney to WR Elijah Howard, who made a spectacular […]

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Football powers – Silverton, Kennedy off to the races – again

We’re two-thirds of the way through the regular season as I write this and it has been a stunningly impressive one for our two local football teams, Silverton and Kennedy. The Foxes were 6-0 and ranked No. 3 in Class 5A heading into Thursday, Oct. 12’s Homecoming encounter with 5-1 McKay. The top-ranked Trojans are 5-1 and ranked No. 1 […]

Foxes volleyball coach Kirsten Barnes talks to her squad during a timeout Sept. 19 at West Albany. Silverton fell to the Bulldogs in a spirited 4-set match but rebounded later in the week to down Corvallis 3-0 to move to 4-2 in Mid-Willamette play. James Day

Sports roundup – Barnes back at the helm

By James Day The Silverton High volleyball program is off to a strong start under “new” coach Kirsten Barnes, who is back leading the program after guiding the Foxes to eight league titles during her first stint with the team from 1996-2010. Silverton was 7-4 overall at Our Town presstime and 4-2 in the pressure cooker that is the Mid-Willamette […]

Sports Datebook: October 2023 – Home games only

Friday, Oct. 6 Football 7 p.m. Kennedy vs Banks Tuesday, Oct. 10 Boys Soccer 4:15 p.m. Kennedy vs Western Christian/Amity 7:15 p.m. Silverton vs West Albany Thursday, Oct. 12 Football 7 p.m. Silverton vs McKay Tuesday, Oct. 17 Volleyball 6:30 p.m. Silverton vs Woodburn Boys Soccer 7:15 p.m. Silverton vs Corvallis Girls Soccer 7:15 p.m. Silverton vs Corvallis Thursday, Oct. […]

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Unexpected path: Scott Gragg – Fox player, football pro, high school coach

I first became aware of Scott Gragg on a lunch trip to the Wooden Nickel shortly after my arrival in Silverton in 1997. There was a New York Giants Scott Gragg jersey on the wall and I got the lowdown on him from my food server. Great story. Silverton High grad in 1990, college player at Montana and then 11 […]

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Return to glory – Silverton High revives its Hall of Fame

Silverton High will be holding its first athletics Hall of Fame class induction in more than a decade when this year’s gala takes place Saturday, Oct. 7, at The Oregon Garden. “It’s been on hiatus for way too long, since 2011,”said Silverton teacher and volleyball coach Kirsten Barnes. “We had a lot of changes about that time and things were lost […]

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Foxes Hall of Fame – New Foxes class to be inducted Oct. 7

The Silverton High Athletic Hall of Fame banquet is returning Oct. 7 at The Oregon Garden. The event, which includes dinner, a silent auction and the induction ceremony, costs $50 and you can make reservations at silvertonfoxes.com soon, if not today. Organizers tell me they are on a “short timeline” this year so please bear with them if the signup mechanism is […]

Sports Datebook: September 2023 – All home games

Friday, Sept. 1 Football 7 p.m. Silverton vs Dallas Tuesday, Sept. 5 Boys Soccer 7:15 p.m. Silverton vs Thurston/Mohawk Thursday, Sept. 7 Volleyball 6:30 p.m. Silverton vs Lebanon Boys Soccer 7:15 p.m. Silverton vs Sprague Friday, Sept. 8 Boys Soccer 4:30 p.m. Kennedy vs Faith Bible Football 7 p.m. Kennedy vs Siuslaw 7 p.m. Silverton vs Woodburn Tuesday, Sept. 12 […]

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Champs again! Mount Angel JBO squad claims state title

A Mount Angel JBO squad has won a state title for the second consecutive season. The program’s Junior American squad finished a 4-0 run through this year’s tournament with an 11-1 win against the Spartans in the championship game at North Clackamas Park. The team’s Midget American squad, including many of the same players, was a state winner a year […]

Foxes second-year coach Dan Lever works with his linemen on footwork at a practice Aug. 7. Silverton opens at home on Sept. 1 vs. Dallas.  James Day

Football preview – Silverton, Kennedy getting ready for openers

By James Day It’s year two for Silverton football coach Dan Lever, who led the Foxes to a 7-4 record and a Class 5A quarterfinals berth a year ago. “Year two is a lot better than year one,” he said Aug. 7 as the team opened fall camp. “In year one you are just trying to get everything in place.” […]

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Football memories – Top 10 moments from ten years on the beat

This is the 10th anniversary of my sports column in Our Town. Well, actually, it’s the 11th, but I’m not counting the COVID year. With football season almost upon us I thought it was a good time to look back on those ten-plus years and note the top moments from our two teams, Silverton and Kennedy. During that stretch both […]