Oregon City success may put fans in a bind
Oregon City fans might have a dilemma Saturday night: deciding which Pioneer game to attend.
The boys team beat David Douglas 46-26 Wednesday to reach the third round of the -OSAA Class 4A state playoffs, pitting the Pioneers against Silverton on Saturday night.
The problem is that the three-time defending state champion Oregon City girls team expects to play for this year's title at roughly the same time at the Chiles Center.
A win Saturday would put the Oregon City boys, who won the Three Rivers League, into the tournament for only the second time since 1989. They weren't even a playoff team last year.
'We're very supportive of the girls teams, and we want them to do well at the state tournament,' says senior Brady Strutz, who scored seven points in the win over the Scots. 'But I know who I want people to come watch Saturday if it comes to that. That's the boys team.'
Lake Oswego and Jefferson fans are facing the same dilemma after their boys teams won playoff games Wednesday night. The girls teams from both schools tipped off the girls state tournament Thursday.
Lake Oswego's boys might have been upset Wednesday had Benson played its regular lineup. Tech senior Bryan Martin, one of the team's key players along with senior Thomas Tillery, was in an auto accident Saturday and played only sparingly. He didn't step on the court in the second half, and Benson, which led by as many as eight points, eventually collapsed.
The Lakers rallied behind freshman Kevin Love's 18 points and six blocked shots. Also, senior Mark Reeves made three key free throws in the final 37 seconds to boost a 40-39 lead to 43-39, which was the final score.
Lake Oswego plays at Mount Hood Conference champion Barlow on Saturday night.
'We feel real good about coming back and winning,' says Reeves, who scored all five of his points in the second half. 'We have all the talent we need, we just have to execute well to win.'
Benson aided Lake Oswego's cause Wednesday by playing a passive offense. After the Lakers went ahead 42-39 with 37 seconds left, the Techmen passed the ball around for 25 seconds without taking a shot. The Lakers eventually stole a pass and Reeves tacked on an insurance free throw.
Portland Interscholastic League champion Jefferson had four players score in double figures, led by junior forward Brian Morris, in a 74-47 victory over Bend. The Democrats host Sunset on Saturday with a spot in the eight-team state tournament on the line. Grant won 82-79 at Crescent Valley in double-overtime and plays at defending state champion Redmond on Saturday.
Fans of the Metro League's four boys state playoff teams Ñ Jesuit, Sunset, Hillsboro and Aloha Ñ have plenty of games to attend Saturday night because all four teams won Wednesday.
Jesuit is the only Metro team that will play at home Saturday night. The Crusaders play Corvallis. Hillsboro is at South Eugene and Aloha travels to South Medford.
The Benson girls could be a promising team next season, returning three juniors Ñ Brea Douglas, Amanda Boggan and Rosaunda Jackson Ñ who were voted first or second team all-league at the PIL coaches meeting.
The boys all-league first team reads like this: Brian Morris and Mac Hopson of Jefferson, Dominic Waters and Donnie Harrison-Davis of Grant, Germain Jordan-Brown of Wilson and Andre Ferguson of Roosevelt. Morris, Hopson and Waters are juniors.
Central Catholic senior Kyle Moore has signed a letter of intent to play football for Carroll College of Helena, Mont., the two-time defending NAIA national champion. He'll play wide receiver or defensive back.
Tualatin senior Samantha Lang was in Siberia last weekend, competing at an international women's wrestling tournament, where she missed placing in the top three by one spot. She narrowly lost to Iris Smith, an Army wrestler who has been ranked No. 3 at 158.5 pounds behind Lang and top-ranked Tocarra Montgomery of Cleveland, Ohio.
Lang and other girls wrestlers will be at David Douglas High Saturday for the state championships, which begin at 10 a.m. The event is open to new wrestlers.