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Ed Marcell is taking over as girls basketball coach at Cleveland. He replaces Gaye Chapman, who took over the struggling program in 2004 and immediately made the Warriors competitive (9-9), then went through a rough season (5-13) marked by injuries and inexperience in 2005-06.

Chapman is a highly regarded former college player and coach whose arrival at Cleveland seemed to signal a brighter future for a program that had been near the bottom of the Portland Interscholastic League.

'It just didn't fit with me and Cleveland,' says Chapman, 33, who will stay at the school to teach health and the theory of knowledge and doesn't rule out a coaching comeback. 'AAU coaching is something I might like to do in the future. For now, being far away from my family in the Philadelphia area, the chance to go home at Thanksgiving and Christmas is appealing to me.'

Marcell, meanwhile, is trying to increase the level of commitment to basketball from Cleveland players through summer league play.

A former Warrior, Sarah Clement, will coach the junior varsity after handling the freshman team last season.

nFranklin's new girls soccer coach is Stan Rodrigues, who had been the coach at Century.

• Cleveland and Franklin are well into the planning stage for their Sept. 29 football game at Franklin. Organizers are working on a breakfast the day before the game at Country Bill's, 4415 S.E. Woodstock Blvd., for the senior players, along with an alumni golf tournament the same day.

nMcNary running back Kyley McCrae, the South all-star team's best player in the recent Les Schwab Bowl at PGE Park, remembers being hit very hard on a kickoff return in the first quarter. He's convinced it was Beaverton's Jake Fetzer making the tackle for the North. Both players will be wearing Portland State uniforms later this year.

'My future teammate hit me so hard I got dizzy and forgot what I was doing the whole first quarter,' McCrae says. 'I don't remember how they scored their first two touchdowns.'

Says Fetzer, who played mostly receiver: 'I remember hitting somebody good.'

McCrae says he will redshirt with the Vikings.

'I'm too small (5-9), and I need to work on my top-end, breakaway speed,' he says.

The 2,149 yards rushing and 25 touchdowns he tallied in his senior year won't mean much in college.

'I've got to get ready to take the hits,' McCrae says.

-Tribune staff