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Alicia Roney, center, and the Sweet Pea staff are preparing to open a childcare center at Kennedy High. It will be their second location. Melissa Wagoner

Filling a need: Sweet Peas sprang up to help parents with childcare

By Melissa Wagoner When Alicia and Justin Roney learned their son Maverick’s daycare – the TLC Child Development Center located at Trinity Lutheran Church in Mt. Angel – was closing its doors, effective immediately, they panicked.  “My husband called the daycare and said, ‘What the heck? We need daycare,’” Alicia said, recalling the position they and dozens of other families […]

John Gooley

SEDCOR honors Gooley for community service

John Gooley, board vice president of the Mt. Angel Foundation and longtime executive with Withers Lumber, has been honored for his volunteer work. Gooley received the 2023 Community Service Award from SEDCOR, the Strategic Economic Development Corporation of Marion, Polk and Yamhill counties. The award was presented at SEDCOR’s annual  membership luncheon Sept. 8 at the Salem Convention Center. The […]

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 […]

Building year? Fox football 7-4 with new coach, new roster

Last summer Dan Lever took over a Silverton High football program that won the Class 5A title in 2021. Lever, who coached Tualatin to a Class 6A runner-up finish the same season, faced some huge challenges. He essentially had to replace his entire defense. He had some offensive weapons returning – running backs Alejandro Briseno and Jackson Pfeifer and standout […]

Sports: Football preview

By James Day It’s a new season for the Silverton High School football team. New turf has been installed at McGinnis Field and the squad is trying to put last year’s 5-5 season in the rearview mirror. “Last year had a lot of twists and turns for us,” seventh-year Coach John Mannion said. “And it gave us a chance to […]

Safety check: Administrators work to keep drugs out of schools

By Kristine Thomas Silverton High School Assistant Principal Jodi Drescher and Kennedy High School Principal Sean Aker are keenly aware of the problem. On both high school campuses, there have been indications some students are attending school under the influence of an illegal drug or alcohol or selling/buying drugs on campus. “While it’s here, it’s not overtaking the school,” Drescher […]

Giving it their all: Kennedy valedictorians, salutatorians share some advice

By Kristine Thomas They are athletes and top students. They volunteer in their community and are looked upon as leaders by their peers and their teachers. When looking at the valedictorians and salutatorians at Kennedy High School, Thomas Schmidt said they all have three common traits: leadership, a strong work ethic and an outgoing personality. “Whether it is academically or […]

Fun Run victories: Stutzman, Hutzler win 5K race

By James Day Silverton High student Haile Stutzman, 16, scored an impressive victory May 7 in the 5K race at the 33rd Silverton Health Fun Run. Stutzman ran 17:02, a 5:30 mile pace, and bested runner-up Eric Jeffers, 33, by 33 seconds. Stevie Hutzler, 22, finished 18th overall and was the top woman finisher in 21:02. Cohen Mulick, 10, captured […]

Mr. JFK promises laughs: Dinner, show support Habitat, Doernbecher

By Vince Teresi Where can you find an evening of laughter, more laughter, and entertainment all while raising money for a good cause? The answer is the Mr. JFK Pageant, where five senior boys will compete for the coveted title, while raising money for Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. Mr. JFK contestants are seniors Kyle Kinyon, Johnny Inoue, Dylan Arritola, Elisha Valladares […]

Turf project on track: SHS athletic trainer honored

By James Day The campaign to put artificial turf on the football field at Silverton’s Schlador Street campus is on schedule and just six weeks away from breaking ground. The project has raised $525,000 in cash, although Foxes Athletic Director Greg Kaatz said the group still would like to raise $50,000 more. In addition to cash donations the project has […]

Wrestling champ: Silverton’s Austin Reed takes state title

By James Day Silverton High senior Austin Reed is in rare company. The Foxes’ wrestler captured the OSAA Class 5A title at 132 pounds Feb. 27, becoming the first Silverton state wrestling champion since 2008 and only the second since 1994. “It feels pretty good,” Reed told Our Town. “A lifetime of working my butt off finally paid off.” Reed, […]

Champions: Kennedy girls make basketball history with state 2A title

By Steve Ritchie and James Day How dominant was Kennedy in the Class 2A girls basketball tournament? One stat pretty much tells the story: The Trojans won their three games by an average of 20 points, including a 52-32 victory against Burns on March 3 at the Pendleton Convention Center. Earlier the top-ranked Trojans had dispatched Bonanza 60-35 in the […]

A first for Kennedy girls: JFK hoopsters top-ranked in 2A

By James Day The Kennedy High girls basketball team heads into the state playoffs as the top-ranked team in Class 2A after winning its first Tri-River Conference championship in school history. The Trojans, who defeated No. 4 – and defending 2A champion —  Western Mennonite on Feb. 20 in the league playoffs, took on Irrigon on Feb. 26 after Our […]

Hooping it up: Local squads make big statements on the court

By James Day The Silverton High basketball teams won pair of back-to-back high-pressure games against Corvallis and changed the complexion of both Mid-Willamette Conference races. For the girls, Tuesday’s 40-31 win at Corvallis gave the top-ranked Foxes some breathing room. Silverton rallied from an early 7-0 deficit, and used a 20-3 run to take tenuous control of a game that […]

Place of pride: Students, staff are excited about renovations at Kennedy

By Tanner Russ Kennedy High School, has had a whole host of improvements over the past year. The school received a major face-lift, with the facade of the building moving out 30 feet to create space for a new commons area. Other changes include renovations of office spaces, a weight room adjacent to the cafeteria, a reinforced gym floor to […]

Ranked # 1 in state: Silverton, Kennedy girls basketball teams excel

By James Day Silverton and Kennedy’s girls basketball teams currently are ranked No. 1 in the state in their respective divisions. The Class 5A Lady Foxes, who shared the Mid-Willamette Conference title last season with Corvallis, are 11-0 after their 49-42 win Jan. 7 vs. Lebanon that opened the league season. Class 2A Kennedy, meanwhile, is 10-3 overall and 3-0 […]

College sports updates

By James Day The college career of former Silverton High athlete Cole Chandler has gotten off to a promising start. The three-time all-state quarterback played in five games as a freshman at Pacific Lutheran University in Puyallup, Wash. The 6-2, 190-pound Chandler completed 33 of 53 passes for 445 yards and three touchdowns and finished third in rushing with 122 […]

For the title: Kennedy football

By James Day The Kennedy High football team is one win away from the first state championship in school history. The Trojans (10-1), who were runners-up in 1989, 1991 and 2009, tangled with (11-0) Heppner on Saturday night at Hermiston High in a game played after Our Town’s presstime. Kennedy, ranked No. 4 by the OSAA, took out Irrigon 53-12, […]

Historic season: SHS volleyball makes Elite 8 after 40-year drought

By James Day The Silverton High volleyball program turned in its finest season in 40 years. The Foxes, who finished second in the Mid-Willamette Conference, advanced to the state tournament with a 3-0 win vs. The Dalles on Oct. 31. At state the Foxes fell to eventual state champion Summit High School of Bend in the quarterfinals and lost a […]

Cross country stars: Runners from Kennedy, Silverton off to state

By James Day Maddie Fuhrman finally corralled a district title. The Silverton senior, who finished sixth as a freshman and third the past two seasons, dominated the field Oct. 21 at the Mid-Willamette Conference cross country meet, running a school record 18:38.14 on the 5,000 meter Crystal Lake Sports Park course in Corvallis. “The race went pretty much exactly as […]

Defensive juggernaut: Kennedy keeps tight rein on scoring

By James Day The Kennedy High football team’s defense continues to keep the Trojans among the elite football teams in Class 2A division. Kennedy improved to 6-0 overall and 2-0 in the Tri-River Conference on Oct. 8 via a 14-6 win against Regis. The Trojans, who have allowed just 48 points, are tied with Central Linn atop the Tri-River, which […]

Leading the way: Dahl putting points up for SHS; JFK defense shines

By James Day Silverton has made an early statement in its bid to defend its Mid-Willamette Conference football title. The Foxes won their third game in a row and moved to 2-0 in league with a 48-14 homecoming win Friday night vs. Crescent Valley. Silverton, which is ranked No. 3 in Class 5A by the OSAA, has been sparked by […]

Seaside Challenge: Runners gain personal insights, life lessons

By Steve Ritchie Only in cross country can a coach lose his team before the race even starts. For the last 15 years, my Kennedy High School team has joined 80 or 90 other teams at the Seaside Three Course Challenge. Held at sprawling Camp Rilea, each of the six races puts 300, 400 or even 500 runners on the […]

Ready to run: 36 teams take on Silver Falls Oktoberfest Invitational

By James Day The Silver Falls Oktoberfest Invitational will be run on a new course this year. The cross country meet, which is co-hosted by Silverton and Kennedy, traditionally has featured a course that starts at the Old Ranches and uses the “monster” hill that passes the water tower in Silver Falls State Park. This year, the races will start […]