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The young Pioneers go 10-2 in league and 18-5 on the season

OREGON CITY - Oregon City's freshmen boys basketball team made a pretty good run in 2007-08, going 10-2 in the Three Rivers League and 18-5 on the season.

They split with Lake Oswego and West Linn in league play, but swept their series with everyone else.

The team closed out the season with eight straight victories, defeating Putnam (70-46), Milwaukie (48-35), Clackamas (63-40), Lakeridge (72-46), West Linn (70-36), North Salem (64-45), Lake Oswego (43-41) and Putnam (75-46).

Their only losses in league came in close games with West Linn (57-54) and Lake Oswego (43-40).

'We were the only team in league to beat Lake Oswego,' said Oregon City freshmen coach Aaron Newkirk.

Jimi Schafer, a 6-5 post who is the younger brother of Oregon City varsity post Sammy Schafer, was a force for the Pioneer freshmen on the inside.

'We didn't keep stats, but if we had, Jimi would have shattered the [Oregon City] freshmen rebounding record,' said Newkirk. 'He had 20 in one game and an average night for him was 15. Jimi had 24 points and 13 rebounds [in Oregon City's season final] against Putnam.'

Newkirk said that Lyle Rinearson (6-2 wing), Malcom Paulston (6-0 guard) and Cody Kozak (6-0 guard) were other key players in the Oregon City freshmen success story.

Rounding out the freshmen roster were: posts Kurtis Perkins (6-3) and Jordon Archer (6-1); point guards Colton Moore (5-5) and D.J. Emmons (5-9); guards Lucas Polk (5-6), Evan McClintock (5-10), Brenden Baker (5-9) and James Curtiss (5-9); and wings Adonis Mott (5-10) and Garrett Freer (6-2).

Chuck Wilcken assisted Newkirk in coaching the team.

'Chuck had a great deal to do with our success,' said Newkirk. 'This is the first time in the nine years I've been here that we had a paid assistant on the freshmen team.'

Newkirk said the team did some extra fund raising to fund the added position.