Rapid Reaction: Philomath beats Woodburn, claims outright OWC title

Rapid Reaction: Philomath beats Woodburn, claims outright OWC title

Philomath’s gym when it’s full is one of the best atmospheres in the state. Was great to see that place rocking again.  Here’s how the game went: It took until 5 minutes had gone in the first quarter, but Philomath won the pace of play battle. That pretty much dictated the whole first half, but […]

Hidden Gems: Blanchet’s James Moore, 3A’s best-kept secret

Hidden Gems: Blanchet’s James Moore, 3A’s best-kept secret

Context is everything in high school sports.  Where a game was played, if there were injuries, weather, etc. There are a million different things that individually can impact a game or even a series of games. The same holds true concerning players. Moving from Klamath Falls to Salem before sophomore year, entering a basketball program […]

Clatskanie Girls Win Rematch with Willamina, Series Not Over

CLATSKANIE— Friday nights matchup at Clatskanie High School was a battle of two top three teams in the OSAA 3A Classification. The Lady Tigers were able to capitalize on the opportunity to get a significant victory, beating Willamina 43-21. #1 Clatskanie entered the contest with a record of 15-2, 4-1 in league. #3 Willamina entered […]

Rapid Reaction: Woodburn and Stayton part two of three…or four or five.

Rapid Reaction: Woodburn and Stayton part two of three…or four or five.

Woodburn and Stayton are very different teams than last year, but their projections might not be. Some thoughts on tonight’s OWC game: First, the game itself: Pace of play is gigantic in basketball. Woodburn plays a medium-fast pace, Stayton plays the middle but has a natural pull towards the slow end. The Eagles game plan, […]

Rapid Reaction: Sweet Home and Woodburn…a rivalry in the making?

Rapid Reaction: Sweet Home and Woodburn…a rivalry in the making?

Well, Marist v Cascade had the title for about 3 days. Sweet Home v Woodburn was the best game we’ve been to this year, 3A or 4A. If there’s a new best every week or two, we’ll gladly take it. Takeaways from Sweet Home v Woodburn: Good god can both of those teams push the […]

Rapid Reaction: Can we get a rematch of Marist v Cascade, please?

Rapid Reaction: Can we get a rematch of Marist v Cascade, please?

I’ll be honest, I was hoping the game tying three from Carson Molan would go in. I didn’t want the game to end, I wanted overtime. But it was wide right, Marist got the rebound and sealed the deal. So now here we are; Cascade has lost to an Oregon team for the first time […]

Rapid Reaction: Marist Supremely Patient, Seaside Cold Throughout

Rapid Reaction: Marist Supremely Patient, Seaside Cold Throughout

The old gym at Seaside High School rarely disappoints. This game though, had a couple factors leading to Marist’s win. Reaction:  I’m going to preface the following with this: Marist is a very good team. Marist is top 5 in the state. Marist will be in Forest Grove come late February. Marist is in the […]

Rapid Reaction: Philomath looks good, has one missing link

Rapid Reaction: Philomath looks good, has one missing link

Something was missing. It took 3 quarters, but I think I figured it out. Sounds obvious, but it’s more detailed than you’d think. Some takeaways from Philomath hosting Central (5A) (Boys): Philomath has the defense to win a state title. Central is by no means a 5A powerhouse, but that was impressive. 19 points allowed in […]

4A Volleyball Playoff Preview

As we approach the Tuesday Night Play-ins only four teams are guaranteed their playoff berth or seeding. The Cowapa League Champions, #1 Valley Catholic (22-3), The Oregon West Co-Champions, #2 Sisters (23-2), The Oregon West Co-Champions, #3 Sweet Home (18-2) and Sky-Em League Champions, #4 Junction City (18-4). While these four teams have clinched their […]

Week 6 GOTW Preview: Marist v Mazama

As we approach the huge Top 5 matchup tonight between Marist and Mazama, the contest holds two storylines and two reasons that you should pay close attention Friday Night. This one of the last, if not the final deciding matchup to decide the top five seeds in the state. After Marist and Mazama meet up, […]

The Layout of 4A Football After Week 5, Explained:

Five games have been played, and it’s pretty clear where everything sits right now. Few things require explanations now, but one of the things that does is massive: Why La Grande is in the 1 slot.  Frankly, it’s been a long time coming.  In our “way too early” top 10 we posted on June 23rd […]

4A Week 3 GOTW Preview

Banks v Marist…There’s a little something for everyone in this game.  Enjoy a good coaching battle? Frank Geskie v Cole Linehan. Check. Enjoy a good defensive showing? Banks and Marist are allowing a combined 10.5 ppg, against four 2018 playoff teams. Check. Offensive fireworks? Banks and Marist combine for 36.5 ppg so far in 2019. […]