If you judge Friday's game at Grant Park by the crowd, it was a big success for the community. About 1,500 people, including a significant number of students, showed up for Grant High's homecoming game against Jefferson on a perfectly warm, sunny day.
Grant Athletic Director Rob Kennewell was happy to see so many students milling around on the top of the park bowl.
'Usually, we don't see many freshmen at our games because freshmen don't drive and it's hard for them to get to PGE Park,' he said. 'And we got plenty of alumni here, too.'
Many of those alumni, about 100, were on hand for the Friends of Grant Baseball golf tournament, held Saturday at Colwood National Golf Course.
Kennewell says the school will try to have its homecoming game in the bowl every year.
MORE GRANT: The Generals lost 30-21 to rival Jefferson, but they did enough good things to seem capable of beating Wilson this week. The Grant line, in particular, looked very strong early in the game, when the Generals had a 7-0 lead and drove inside the Jefferson 20. Ultimately, Grant had a field-goal attempt blocked.
Generals coach Gary Thorson points to the missed field goal and other plays, including a missed point-after kick that would have tied the score at 22-all, as keys to the loss, which dropped his team to 0-4.
'We actually look like a pretty good team at times,' Thorson says. 'But we have small breakdowns at the wrong time, too often. We just can't seem to buy a break.'
FOOTBALL: Parkrose dropped its 54th straight Mount Hood Conference game Friday with a 32-0 loss to David Douglas, but there are positive signs for the Broncos. For one, people actually wear 'Parkrose Football' shirts at their games, something Athletic Director Mike Bontemps has supported.
'When I got here three years ago, there was nobody wearing anything with Parkrose on it,' he said as a crowd of around 1,500 people milled about Bronco Stadium. 'We started with Parkrose basketball and have worked toward getting that for other teams, too.'
David Douglas football players can still dream of defending their Mount Hood title after their first win of the season. Coach Dan Wood says that going 0-3, including a seven-turnover loss to Barlow on Sept. 20, showed his players the value of teamwork.
'No one lost their desire to play or their sense of drive, and we still think we can be a good team,' Wood says. 'Sometimes a little adversity can pull a team together.'
CROSS COUNTRY: Saturday was a big day for Portland area runners. Galen Rupp of Central Catholic won the Northwest Classic in Eugene on the 5,000-meter state meet course, leading the field of 125 home in a strong time of 15 minutes, 31 seconds.
Jesuit was second as a team, finishing four points behind Hermiston. Central Catholic finished third.
At Stanford University, Grant senior Alec Wall finished third (15:02) at the highly competitive Stanford Invitational, leading the Generals to second against a regional field. Mead High of Spokane, Wash., won the meet. Lincoln was eighth.
Lauren Jesperson of Klamath Union, the defending Class 4A state champion, won the meet in a course-record time, 14:54. Grant's Joaquin Chapa was fifth (15:11). Lincoln junior Jeff Lease was 17th (15:35), five spots ahead of Grant junior Scott Wall (15:54) in the field of 268.
St. Mary's, ranked No. 1 in Oregon, won the girls race as all of its finishers were in the top 40 in the field of 197. Freshman Anne Murphy-Hagan was fifth overall in 18:33. Margaret Frank, Kate Lilley, Brooke Palmer and Lindsey Bonner rounded out the Blues.
Grant was seventh overall. Its top finisher, sophomore Annaliese Chapa, finished 37th.
Jesuit's girls were second at the Northwest Classic.