Cleveland boys soccer coach Gene Solomon, who guided the Warriors to the quarterfinals of the state playoffs last year, got his first look at his 2003 team Monday as workouts began at Woodstock Park.

Most other coaches who hope to reach the quarterfinals have been keeping an eye on their players during the summer, but not Solomon Ð he's been in Africa.

Solomon spent six weeks in Ghana with a dozen other Oregon teachers as part of a program designed to educate the rest of the world about African nations. His task now is to produce teaching programs about Ghana for high school students.

'That means I have some homework to do,' he says with a laugh.

Solomon says what he does know about his players leads him to think that Ben McAnnis-Entenmann, the Portland Interscholastic League's first-team goalkeeper last year, might play as a forward.

Girls Soccer: Four Grant players were part of the FC Portland girls team that won the national club championship for under-17 players Aug. 10 in Blaine, Minn.

Seniors Molly Paterno, Christine Soma, Allysa Kessler and Ericka Volker helped FC Portland win at the inaugural US Club Championships. All four were all-league players last year when the Generals shared the PIL title with Lincoln.

FOOTBALL: Jesuit senior Mike Jones has verbally committed to attend Oregon State, joining fellow Crusader Zach Tarver. With two college-bound players and potentially a third, senior receiver Slade Norris, Jesuit is a likely pick for a top ranking.

'We want to win the state title just like every other team,' Jones says. 'But we're going to take it one game at a time, starting with North Medford.'

The Black Tornado plays at

Jesuit on Aug. 29.

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