• The Dane Iverson era began at Wilson High this week. More than 50 players attended a minicamp as the Trojans prepared to defend the Portland Interscholastic League football title.
Wilson's three key seniors were there: quarterback Sean Setzer, running back Kacy Fairfax and lineman Joe Bozikovich.
Iverson introduced the coaching staff to the players. The staff includes former Portland State running back Hashim Hall, former Gresham High and Western Oregon standout Dave Lovelin, and former Wilson players Aaron Olson, Jeremy Shetler and Derek MacDicken. Olson is a key holdover from former coach Steve Pyne's staff.
Iverson also brought along a couple of guest coaches for the minicamp, Larry and Jake Cookus, from his background at Roseburg High, where he played in the mid-1980s. Larry Cookus has been a freshman coach in Roseburg for 25 years. Jake Cookus played at Oregon State from 1998-2001.
Iverson's immediate focus is on discipline. The former Tualatin assistant harped on the players to watch their language and avoid penalties.
'He's very focused on discipline,' Setzer says. 'But most things are going to be the same. Our offense is going to be more complex, which is something I like.'
Setzer, incidentally, has been to football camps at Oregon and Oregon State as well as an individual coaching clinic in California this summer.
• Recent Lincoln grad Mike McGrath has his passport ready for a trip to Bridgetown, Barbados, to compete in the Pan-Am Junior Games, July 18-21. McGrath earned a spot on the U.S. track team by finishing second at the national championships at Stanford in June. He'll run the 800 meters.
McGrath, who got his passport in January just in case he qualified for this meet, says he's most excited about wearing the U.S.A. jersey.
'That's definitely going to be the highlight of the meet for me,' he says.
The state record-holder in the 800 plans one more attempt at breaking the state 1,500 record Ñ Thursday at an all-comers meet in Eugene.
Central Catholic's Galen Rupp will wear a U.S.A. jersey during the IAAF World Youth Championships, July 9-13, at Sherbrooke in Canada. Rupp qualified in the 3,000.
Rupp also qualified for the Pan-Am Games, but he is competing in the World Youth event because its age group is 15-17. The Pan-Am competitors are 19-and-under.