It’s only a week or so into the fall sports season and we’re already dredging up the Silverton record books for information.
That’s because senior Jackson Pfeifer of the Foxes scored five touchdowns in the team’s 40-29 opening-night football win at Dallas on Sept. 2.
Pfeifer scored on a 7-yard run, a 3-yard run, a 45-yard interception return, an 80-yard kickoff return and a 37-yard TD pass. And he did it with just 14 touches of the ball. Also, his three interceptions included one he ran back about 60 yards on the final play of the first half.
So, how many times has a Silverton player been responsible for five TDs? This reporter recalls that in recent years Hayden Roth scored four rushing touchdowns in a game and QB Jordan McCarty ran for two and passed for two in a game last season.
But five TDs? If you have any ideas from years past please shoot me an email.
One more note on Pfeifer. He missed most of the past two seasons with injuries. Last season, once it became clear he was not going to be able to return to action, he took over supervision of the crew of pre-teens charged with getting fresh balls to the officials. While sporting a boot on his left foot and using crutches. Team guy.
Volleyball: The Foxes and new coach Reilly Rosecrans are off to a
3-0 start as Mid-Willamette Conference play looms. Silverton scored
2-0 tournament wins Aug. 26 against South Eugene, Roseburg and Redmond.
“We played well and had amazing energy on the court,” Rosecrans told Our Town. “It showed us what we already were doing well but also gave us goals to accomplish before starting league. We have a strong group of returners this year that brought a lot of experience for those first matches.
“Our two setters, Lindsey Schmidt and Alexis Haury, ran our offense evenly and made great choices to give our hitters the best options they could.”
Gracelyn Jensen, a JV player a year ago, already is making her presence felt as the libero.
“She has showed up and proved she is consistent and can get the job done,” Rosecrans said. “She brings a calming but confident presence to our back row.”
The Foxes, ranked 4th in Class 5A in the early going, opened Mid-Willamette Conference play on Sept. 6 after Our Town’s presstime against No. 3 Woodburn.
“I believe we have a strong group of girls who are ready and willing to work hard to fight for the conference title,” Rosecrans said. “We are working very hard as a team both on skill and team connection, and I think our girls are all on the same page to do what it takes to get there.”
The Foxes finished 13-3 in league last season, tied for second with Crescent Valley. A 3-1 win by the Raiders in the state quarterfinals kept Silverton from reaching the final four.
Skateboarding: Local slalom ace Lari Rupp has advanced to the World Skate Games Oct. 27-31 in San Jose, Argentina.
Rupp, 27, who works at the Marion County Community Services Department and volunteers with the Silverton Rotary Club, earned her position with the U.S. team with a strong performance at an International Slalom Skateboarding Association (ISSA) event July 27 at Bush’s Pasture Park in Salem.
“I’d never actually competed in an official ISSA event,” she told Our Town, “but I like to go really hard and really big on my skateboard, so I just kinda showed up to my first one and stomped so freaking hard I scored a ton of points and my times qualified me for team USA.”
Rupp will compete in three events in Argentina, the tight slalom, the giant slalom and the hybrid slalom. Rupp’s favorite is the giant slalom, roughly 20 cones spaced 20 to 50 feet apart.
“We drop in on a mega ramp and go about 30 to 40 miles per hour,” she said.
Rupp and her La Costa Racing Team are fundraising to send skaters to Argentina. Go to lacostaracing.com/donate-to-worlds or to Rupp’s Instagram account, @larilinesign, for sponsorship opportunities.
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