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James Day

Ch-ch-ch-changes – District budget cuts cost Foxes a hoops coach

Once again, the Silverton High boys basketball program is looking for a new head coach. Jamie McCarty, who has coached the Foxes for six of the past seven seasons, has resigned amid the fallout from the Silver Falls School District’s budget crisis. McCarty, who serves as the principal at Robert Frost School, lost a support staff person to the budget […]

James Day

Conference champs – Fox girls golf team places fifth in state 5A competition

Silverton won the Mid-Willamette Conference girls golf championship and took fifth at the Class 5A state championships at Trysting Tree in Corvallis. Members of the squad are Ellie Traeger, Kansas Brister, Amelia Broyhill, Brynn Kelsey and Marina Cheremnov.  Traeger, who was named player of the year in the MWC, took 22nd at state in 2023, and fifth in 2022 when […]

James Day

Revered program – Moffatt proves a thinking man’s athletic director

A few years back I was at Kennedy to report on a Class 2A baseball playoff game. The Trojans won easily, and I figured it would be just a few minutes before coach Kevin Moffatt would be done talking with his team and I could interview people. I waited. And waited some more. The huddle in the outfield appeared to […]

Colton Meyer

Young leadership – Meyer, 24, running the show for Foxes baseball

By James Day Just a few short years ago Colton Meyer was playing football and baseball at Silverton High. Now, after a college career at Linfield and summer ball with the Corvallis Knights, Meyer, 24, is in charge of the Foxes baseball fortunes. Silverton is 9-14 overall and 6-9 in the Mid-Willamette Conference this season. It should be noted that […]

Gymnastics squad shines at big meets

By James Day Silverton Gymnastics Academy had an excellent spring, turning in sterling performances at state and regional competitions. From April 19-21, 17 of the club’s athletes participated in a regional meet at Boise, Idaho, that brought together the top gymnasts in Oregon, Washington, Montana, Idaho and Hawaii. “Our athletes did amazing and we couldn’t be more proud of their […]

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Statement win: Foxes softball takes down No. 1 Dallas in thriller

The Dallas High softball team came into the Wednesday, April 24, showdown against host Silverton with a perfect 15-0 record and the state’s top ranking. The Dragons, state champs last year and runners-up in 2017 and 2019, only had given up 13 runs in those 15 wins. Wednesday was different. It was as if the game had been moved to […]

Sports Datebook: May 2024

Wednesday, May 1 Softball 4:30 p.m. Silverton vs Central/Falls City 5 p.m. Kennedy vs Salem Academy Baseball 4:30 p.m. Kennedy vs Salem Academy Thursday, May 2 Girls Tennis 4 p.m. Silverton vs Dallas Friday, May 3 Softball 4:30 p.m. Silverton vs South Albany Monday, May 6 Baseball 5 p.m. Silverton vs Crescent Valley Wednesday, May 8 Softball 5 p.m. Silverton […]

James Day

Winning streak – Moffatt, Trojans set new state record

The Kennedy High baseball team won its final 7 games in the 2022 season, ending up with a state Class 2A-1A title. Last year, a veteran team that started eight seniors went 31-0 and repeated as state champions. This season a young squad with just one returning starter, Brody Kleinschmit, won its first eight games. That’s 46 in a row […]

The Silverton Future Foxes sixth grade girls basketball team won the gold division in March in Bend and Redmond.  Submitted Photo.

Champs again – Future Foxes claim state title in girls hoops

By James Day The Future Foxes sixth-grade girls are on a roll. The squad won its second consecutive state championship last month in Bend and Redmond by capturing the gold division. Last year the squad won the fifth grade competition. Payton Brautigam was named player of the year and her father Dave earned coach of the year honors. Mirren Knudsen […]

James Day

Decade of dominance: Fox girls state title caps historic period

The Silverton High girls basketball squad’s Class 5A title last month capped 10 years of staggering success by the boys and girls programs, both in terms of league accomplishments and statewide achievement. Consider: In the ten-year span from 2015-2024 the girls team has won or shared seven Mid-Willamette Conference titles, won two state Class 5A titles (2016 and 2024) and took […]

Sports Datebook: April 2024

Monday, April 1 Baseball 4:30 p.m. Kennedy vs Monroe/Alsea Wednesday, April 3 Softball 4:30 p.m. Kennedy vs Dayton Thursday, April 4 Boys Tennis 4 p.m. Silverton vs Woodburn Friday, April 5 Softball 4:30 p.m. Kennedy vs Rainier Baseball 5 p.m. Silverton vs Woodburn Monday, April 8 Baseball 4:30 p.m. Kennedy vs Colton Softball 4:30 p.m. Kennedy vs Colton 5 p.m. […]

James Day

Victorious! Silverton girls make inspiring run to state hoops title

Every team is a novel, a story that evolves over time. Practices. Nonleague games. League contests. And then the playoffs, the ultimate climax. The Silverton girls basketball team wrote a masterpiece this season, with far too many elements to wrap into a 750-word column. But I will try. First, was the historic comeback. The Foxes rallied from a 17-point third-quarter […]

Special Olympics Unified Sports

Unified teams shine – Set alumni game for March 20

By James Day The Silverton High unified basketball teams are back from strong success at a regional tournament and are ready to show off their skills before the home fans on March 20. Silverton’s competitive orange team took gold in its division with a 3-0 record in the Special Olympics South Regional Unified Basketball Tournament on Feb. 24 at Oregon State […]

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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 […]

James Day

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 […]

James Day

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 […]

James Day

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 […]

James Day

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 […]