4A Football Preview

4A Football Preview

What did you miss most about a ‘normal’ football season? A full playoff? Non-sub-50-degree kickoffs in week two? For us, it was the crisp sunset of an early September evening giving way to the overhead lights of a freshly-prepared football field; it’s the scenery that goes into and the product that comes out of those […]

Rapid Reaction: East Rolls West, Peiffer Puts On a Beatdown

Rapid Reaction: East Rolls West, Peiffer Puts On a Beatdown

The East rolled, and it was never in question. Here’s the breakdown: Sweet Jesus, Sebastian Peiffer. Way to go out, young man. A one-man wrecking ball in the middle, he breathed life into an East offense that was off to a sluggish start in the first half. The persona of the Gladstone community and football […]

2021 East-West Shrine Game Preview

2021 East-West Shrine Game Preview

Finally, it’s Shrine time. It’s East vs. West, all for the Shriners Hospital. It’s Mazama vs. Marist, Heppner vs. Kennedy, Cascade Christian and Santiam Christian vs. Amity and Rainier. A conglomeration of all the most high profile matchups the last four years culminating in this one charity event. Each year, the Shrine game takes shape […]

Hits and Misses: Looking Back on Our Boys Basketball Previews

Hits and Misses: Looking Back on Our Boys Basketball Previews

Our process for projecting how things will shake out in various sports is complex and varies by season and year, and it is ultimately scrutinized internally and refined to produce better results next time around. This process churns out, on balance, more accurate predictions than faulty ones. Usually, we keep this hand wringing in-house, but […]

Hits and Misses: Looking Back on Our Football Previews

Hits and Misses: Looking Back on Our Football Previews

Our process for projecting how things will shake out in various sports is complex and varies by season and year, and it is ultimately scrutinized internally and refined to produce better results next time around. This process churns out, on balance, more accurate predictions than faulty ones. Usually, we keep this hand wringing in-house, but […]

Coos Bay Cliff-Notes: Day Two

Coos Bay Cliff-Notes: Day Two

We were focused entirely on the games at Marshfield High School today, so we were too short-handed to cover both gyms.  Hidden Valley 44 Philomath 39 Valley Catholic threw a lot at Philomath: speed, pressure, quickness, and perimeter shooting. There was one thing they couldn’t do, however, and it cost them in the semis: they […]

Coos Bay Championship and 3rd Place Game Previews and Predictions

Coos Bay Championship and 3rd Place Game Previews and Predictions

Cascade Christian vs. Yamhill-Carlton: This all revolves around one thing: how well can the Challengers play defense? Keeping the Seely-Roberts twins under 45 combined points seems to be the tipping point between competing with the Tigers and watching them run it up on you. Can Cascade Christian hold their own against Moroni and Malachi Seely-Roberts […]

Coos Bay Cliff-Notes: Day One

Coos Bay Cliff-Notes: Day One

Girls Clatskanie 73 Nyssa 43 Nyssa came out with a lot of energy, and was fueled by their larger fan turnout than Clatskanie. However, the initial burst was limited, and in the end the defending champs pulled away. Clatskanie was bolstered by a career night from Shelby Blodgett, as the senior notched 36 points and […]

Boys Coos Bay Final-4 Preview and Predictions

Boys Coos Bay Final-4 Preview and Predictions

Banks vs. Cascade One matchup impacts this game more than the rest: Dom Ball versus Tyler Exline. In the battle of these two bigs, fighting in the paint will go a long way in determining who plays in the state title game. The perimeter players of both teams will play with tons of energy on […]

Boys Quarterfinal/Sweet-16 Preview and Predictions

Boys Quarterfinal/Sweet-16 Preview and Predictions

Banks vs. La Grande: This could get ugly. The Braves come into this one undefeated and, by virtue of COVID, still technically defending state champions. La Grande, as much as they have outperformed their contemporaries in the east, may be way too outmatched. It wouldn’t be surprising to see this one end up with a […]

Rapid Reaction: Marist Beats Cascade, but Questions Loom.

Rapid Reaction: Marist Beats Cascade, but Questions Loom.

First, we need to revise our final score tweet. Marist, or at least this version of Marist, did not look the part. Coming into the year, we said if Marist ran the table they would stand alone as the default champion of 4A football. However, this Marist team isn’t what we expected. The Marist we […]

4A Football Preview

4A Football Preview

2020 would’ve produced one of the best title chases in recent memory, but we’ll have to take what we can get. What do we get? We have a criss-crossing of the state by the apparent powers that *could* end up giving us a de facto champion. Here’s what we see: Sky-Em League/SD4 Why start with […]

Boys Basketball Preview: Northwest Corner

Boys Basketball Preview: Northwest Corner

Cowapa League For the first time in the better part of a decade, the road to the 4A title no longer runs through the Cowapa. No longer is the preeminent team, or ‘teams’ as has been the case for the better part of the last decade, part of the Cowapa. The center of the 4A […]

Boys Basketball Preview: North Valley

Boys Basketball Preview: North Valley

Tri-Valley Conference One senior-heavy team exits, one senior-heavy team enters. There’s some certainty of who will end up at the top of the TVC, but below that it could get tricky. Here’s what we have: Gladstone is going to be a trendy pick to win it all and for good reason. Jeremy DeVoe, Jude Ashpole, […]

Boys Basketball Preview: South Valley

Boys Basketball Preview: South Valley

Oregon West Conference –  Those that have been with us since the start would know last season we sort of got addicted to covering the OWC. This was not necessarily because of the talent or the coaching, though both are abundant in this conference, but because every single game held the weight of a play-in […]