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lady braves win league opener, jeld-wen field to host title game

lady braves win league opener

The Banks volleyball team opened Cowapa League play with a three-set win over Seaside last Thursday, then traveled to Sisters for a non-league tournament on Saturday.

The Lady Braves won three times in pool play at the tournament and swept La Salle in the first round of elimination matches, but were bounced in the semifinals by undefeated Burns, currently the fifth-ranked Class 3A team in the state.

Burns went on to win the tournament with a three-set triumph over Sisters, the No. 1 team in the 4A power rankings.

'We were kind of disappointed because we really wanted to play Sisters in the final,' said Banks coach Suzanne Alley, whose team took an early lead against Burns before stumbling in the final two games.

Banks won the first set 25-21 and jumped out to a 13-9 lead in the second set, but that was when things went sideways. Burns rallied to score 14 unanswered points in the second set, winning 25-13, and the Hilanders breezed to a 15-5 win in the decisive third set.

'Our serve-receive just went away, and I don't know why,' Alley said. 'All of a sudden we started shanking balls. We basically gave them back the momentum and they started teeing off.

'They have a couple good hitters and a great setter, and once we gave them life again, they came back and really started hitting the ball.'

A much-improved Seaside team gave Banks some trouble last Thursday, but the Lady Braves held on for a 25-23, 25-20, 25-16 victory to start the league campaign with a win.

'Seaside played really well,' Alley said. 'We played kind of inconsistent. We need to continue to work on tuning out the distractions when we play at home.

'We have all the components, but we're still working on our consistency.'

Banks (8-2, 1-0) will turn its attention to league play for the next three weeks, starting with a home match against Yamhill-Carlton on Thursday.

jeld-wen field to host title game

High school championship football will return to JELD-WEN Field as the result of a three-year agreement between the OSAA and the Portland Timbers.

Beginning this season, the OSAA Class 6A semifinals and final will be played at the stadium located in downtown Portland.

'The OSAA is excited to host playoff football at JELD-WEN Field,' said Tom Welter, the association's executive director. 'The stadium's recent renovations make it the perfect size and a great venue for these marquee games.'

The 6A semifinals are scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 3 followed by the championship game on Dec. 10. Game times are to be announced.

The JELD-WEN Field site, previously known as Multnomah Stadium, Civic Stadium and PGE Park, is etched deep into the history of Oregon high school football, hosting the large school state championship game from 1943 to 1967. It continued as a venue through the next three decades as the final also was played in Eugene and Corvallis. The JELD-WEN site hosted championships in 41 of the OSAA's 69 years sponsoring football, the last in 2002.