On the cover: Run-hungry Trojans give Scots a close shave On B7 Madison grad takes Beaver offer
Madison boys basketball coach Chuck Matthews did some celebrating Friday night with one of his former players, Chris Stephens.
Stephens is headed to Oregon State to play for the Beavers, taking up OSU coach Jay John on his scholarship offer. It's a big success story for Madison, which ended a 32-year playoff drought in 2001, only to miss the playoffs last season.
Stephens was an all-Portland Interscholastic League player as a junior and senior and was on the Portland Tribune's All-City team as a senior, when he averaged 22.9 points, 5.4 assists and 5.0 rebounds a game.
'This is great for Chris and for Madison basketball,' Matthews said. 'It will make people take notice that we have a successful program here.'
Madison's 6-11 center, Chris Botez, who missed 10 games because of an injury, is lined up to play at Chemeketa Community College in Salem.
FOOTBALL: Wilson is the third PIL team to go 2-0 in nonleague play in the five years the league has scheduled nonleague games. The Trojans beat David Douglas 13-12 on Friday.
Wilson struggled with its running game, getting just 60 yards on 18 carries from Kacy Fairfax, but that and a 43-yard punt return for a score by Ryan Bowen were enough.
Bowen's run was a classic case of not quitting until the officials stop the play. He appeared to be stopped, and several David Douglas players were attempting to strip the ball from him, when he broke free and raced for the touchdown.
Wilson's 265-pound junior lineman, Joe Bozikovich, simply would not be blocked by the Scots. He continually found ways into the David Douglas backfield. Colleges are allowed to send recruiting information to Bozikovich, but he says no one has contacted him, possibly because he is only 6-1.
David Douglas quarterback Kyle Bennett, who is 6-4, handled himself well in throwing 31 passes against the Trojans. He completed 15, most of them to Blake Normine. The Scots also got 95 yards rushing from James Childress and appear capable of defending their Mount Hood Conference title. They open conference play at home against Barlow on Friday.
Jefferson's 34-10 win over Dallas put the PIL at 4-16 in nonleague games, a decline of two victories from last year.
Grant plans to charge admission for the seats it will place around the Grant Park bowl for its home game with Jefferson on Sept. 27. Fans who stand or sit on the grassy areas may do so for free.
Lincoln had a large celebration and unveiled the nameplate for Mike Walsh Field at halftime of its game Friday. Canby then rolled to a 54-9 victory, ending the school's three-game win streak on the new FieldTurf surface. Lincoln had won in boys and girls soccer, and its freshman football team beat Canby earlier in the week.
And the stars may be aligned correctly for Parkrose to end its 52-game Mount Hood Conference losing streak this week. The Broncos haven't won a conference game since beating Central Catholic 24-7 in the fourth week of the 1992 season, a stretch that includes three seasons playing as an independent, including the last two.
But the Broncos are 7-4 in their last 11 games and 2-0 this season with wins over Grant and Madison. They play Reynolds at Mt. Hood Community College on Friday. The conference streak began with a loss to Reynolds, and the Broncos' 52nd conference loss also was to Reynolds in November 1999.
CROSS COUNTRY: Grant's boys won the New Balance Festival of Champions on Saturday at Clackamas Community College, getting stellar runs from seniors Joaquin Chapa and Alec Wall.
Chapa won the individual title with a time of 15 minutes, 7 seconds over 5,000 meters, just one second off the course record established by Wall, who was second this year in 15:11. Grant easily won the team title.
Lincoln's Mike McGrath, more of an 800 runner during track season, won another division of the event with a time that would have put him fifth overall in the top division.
GIRLS SOCCER: Grant (3-0) continued to make an impression on the metro area with a 4-1 victory over Lake Oswego, which was a penalty kick away from reaching the state semifinals last year. Junior Christine Soma scored three second-half goals for the Generals, who had 65 players try out for the varsity.
Grant plays at Sunset today and against Central Catholic on Thursday at 4 p.m. at Delta Park's Strasser Field. The Rams already have a 1-0 win over defending state champion Jesuit. The Central Catholic game, in particular, will be a good indicator of how the Generals stack up with the state's best teams.
'The girls are really looking forward to playing Central Catholic, especially because they (the Rams) beat Jesuit,' Grant coach Tony Asquith says.