Fall update: Football teams fill in schedule slots

July 2022 Posted in Other

James Day

The high school football schedules for fall are taking shape, with Silverton High opening on Friday, Sept. 2, with a Mid-Willamette Conference game at Dallas.

The Foxes, under new coach Dan Lever, will prep for the Dallas game with an Aug. 26 scrimmage at Sheldon of Eugene against both the host Irish and West Salem.

The Foxes will be playing in a nine-team MWC for football. The league also includes Central, Corvallis, Crescent Valley, Lebanon, McKay, South Albany and West Albany. McKay, which is playing down from Class 6A, is an addition for this season. The Royal Scots played in Special District 2 last season before falling to the Foxes 42-7 in the first round of the playoffs.

The rest of the Foxes’ schedule looks like this:

• Sept. 16: at Central
• Sept. 23: South Albany
• Sept. 29: Corvallis
• Oct. 7: Crescent Valley
• Oct. 14: at McKay
• Oct. 21: West Albany
• Oct. 28: at Lebanon

The Foxes have a hole to fill with a nonleague opponent on Sept. 9.

Former Silverton coach Josh Craig, meanwhile, was named Class 5A coach of the year by the Oregon Athletic Coaches Association. Craig led the squad to the state title and a 12-1 record. He was 41-11 in his 5 years at the school, including two trips to the quarterfinals and one to the semifinals before last fall’s 26-20 title win vs. Thurston.

Kennedy, which will be playing its first season of Class 3A football, opens with an Aug. 26 scrimmage at Santiam Christian. The Trojans, last season’s runners-up in Class 2A, moved up a class because 2A is experimenting with 9-man football.

Kennedy will be playing football in Class 3A’s Special District 2, which also includes Amity, Dayton, Jefferson, Newport, Salem Academy, Santiam Christian and Scio. Games set for Kennedy include:

• Sept. 9: at Siuslaw
• Sept. 24: at Dayton
• Sept. 30: Scio
• Oct. 14: at Amity
• Oct. 21: at Newport
• Oct. 28: Santiam Christian.

Football teams, along with their fall counterparts of soccer, volleyball and cross country, can start practicing Aug. 15.

Baseball: Silverton placed six players on the all-Mid-Willamette Conference all-star team after a 15-12 season and a 9-7 mark in league play. The Foxes lost to Wilsonville in the first round of the Class 5A playoffs.

Outfielder Cole Mucken was the lone first-team choice for Silverton. Pitcher Robbie Brockamp and infielder Cade Wynn were placed on the second team, while Vandon Fessler, Jacob Orban and Carson Waples received honorable mention.

Mucken also participated on the north team in the Oregon All-Star Series, held June 18-19 at Goss Stadium at Oregon State University. The two teams split the two-game series, with the south squad winning 8-3 on Saturday and Mucken’s north team taking a 10-2 victory in Sunday’s game. Mucken will move on to attend Treasure Valley Community College in Ontario in the fall.

Academics: Kennedy’s baseball team, which won the Class 2A-1A title, finished second in the class academically. The Trojans turned in a cumulative grade-point average of 3.61, just 0.01 behind leader Regis (3.62). Here is a look at the rankings of other JFK teams: girls track and field (5th, 3.70), softball (3.68, 5th), boys track and field (7th, 3.25).

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