Eagles try for another big run

VALLEY 10 BOYS HOOPS - Off-season obstacles force Damascus back to the drawing board
by: file photo Damascus Christian coach Terry Calhoun is shifting players to new roles and relying on an influx from the jayvee in the Eagles quest for a repeat Valley 10 title.

The Damascus Christian boys basketball team dominated the Valley 10 League last season with a perfect run through the schedule, while winning by nearly 20 points per game. The Eagles reached the 1A state tournament before falling by five points to eventual champion Siletz Valley in a quarterfinal game that went down to the final minute.

The team was due to return four starters from that lineup, but the off-season left head coach Terry Calhoun to deal with unexpected obstacles and one heartbreaking loss. Eagles' guard Adam Vanvactor was killed in a motorcycle crash in June leaving an entire school looking for answers.

'He did all those little things that caused other teams trouble,' Calhoun said. 'Everybody loved Adam. There was something special about him - we miss him a lot.'

In addition to that tragedy, the Eagles are also left with point guard Ryan Gunderson unable to play due to lingering effects from a concussion.

Through the summer it appeared that none of the four starters would be back, as post player Jeremiah Woods and his family moved to Hawaii where they are building a house. However, the mother and children returned to the Damascus area a week before school, allowing Jeremiah to enroll for his senior year. ...

Look for the full Valley 10 preview, including a look at Portland Lutheran, in the Dec. 7 edition of The Outlook.