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BUDGET BLINDS - Craig and JodieWith all the styles, colors, and options available, selecting the right window treatments can seem overwhelming. That’s why we have four tips to help you choose the perfect window coverings for your new place.

Don’t start with the cost: With custom window coverings, there is always a range of pricing that is influenced by add-on features, luxury finishes, and fabric styles. Chances are that no style of window covering is unattainable, even on a budget.

Determine what your windows need to do: Is you major concern blocking sunlight or preserving a captivating view? Is energy efficiency an important issue for you? Do you need a child-safe, cordless covering? Answering questions such as these can help point you in the direction of the right window covering type.

Define your decorating styles: Are your furnishings traditional, contemporary, or a combination of styles? Are your rooms neutral and calming or colorful and energizing? Do you prefer vibrant prints and geometrics or solid colors in intriguing textures? Define your style, and you’ll begin to see it shine through in your new home.

Give us a call!: With Budget Blinds you get a free, in-home consultation with a Style Consultant who can help translate your needs, style preferences, and budget into beautiful window coverings. You can see how samples of treatments, colors, fabrics, and finishes coordinate with your wall colors and furniture, taking the guesswork out of dressing your windows. Call us at 503-590-4333 to set up your in-home consultation.

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SUNNYSIDE MEADOWS MEMORY CARE - Marie NicholsonFor those suffering from dementia, home can come with a lot of “no” answers, all with good reasons from the family’s point of view. “No, honey, you can’t go out there alone.” “No, that’s not safe.” ”No, you can’t use that/do that/ go there!” People with memory issues may feel limited in their own home.

“They may feel like people are always whispering about them behind their back,” says Community Outreach Director Marie Nicholson. This can be frustrating from the senior’s point of view and certainly add to the paranoia and restlessness, since emotions are still intact.

Sunnyside Meadows Memory Care is being created to give all “yes” answers through the building design and staff training. Sunnyside Meadows provides a safe, non-restricted environment. The four neighborhoods have been thoughtfully designed for dementia and encourage residents to keep their minds and bodies active.

Every area presents a “Yes, go there, play there, wander there, and enjoy!” Stations are set up with interactive, hands-on life experience reminders, such as baseball cards, pipe fitting pieces, hats and necklaces, puzzles, games, an office or an art project.

Residents feel capable and purposeful when they participate and succeed in activities. Each aspect of the day has been centered on their well-being from the smell of freshly baked bread, to freedom to walk the many patios.

Models are now open for touring and seeing the “Yes”! Call Marie Nicholson at 503-798-1341 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to schedule your tour.

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SUNNYSIDE MEADOWS MEMORY CARE - Marie NicholsonHappy Valley will be welcoming a new memory care community, Sunnyside Meadows Memory Care, as the doors open this fall. Sunnyside Meadows invites the community to come “feel the warmth” and tour as models are open now!

Led by Administrator Pepsi LaCamp, an experienced and respected industry insider, and Community Outreach Director Marie Nicholson, each 14-18 resident neighborhood at Sunnyside Meadows is named after an Oregon river. Featuring both private and companion apartments, each neighborhood supports interactive life stations, individualized activity programs, and a specialized environment for memory loss.

Not a corporate conglomerate, but a family-owned, local business, Sunnyside Meadows Memory Care features a unique dementia neighborhood. The serene setting provides intimate areas for family visits and enclosed courtyards with safe walking paths.

Specially selected staff will be supervised by a full-time R.N. and L.P.N. resident care coordinator. The care team’s goal will be to meet the spoken and unspoken needs of residents with a can-do, positive spirit.  Call Marie Nicholson to tour 503-798-1341 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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BUDGET BLINDS - Craig and JodieWhen it comes to your home’s safety, you can never be too careful. We’ve already discussed some of the stylish and creative cordless window fashions for your home that are ideal when living with children and pets. Whether it’s the classic look of shutters, the versatility of shades, or any other cordless window covering, there are a number of great window treatments available that make your home a safer place.

If you’re still living with cords, there are a number of steps you can take to ensure a safe environment for you and your loved ones:

  • Move cribs, beds, or other furniture that children can climb on away from windows.
  • Keep all cords as short as possible and out of a child’s reach.
  • Be sure continuous-loop cords are firmly secured to the wall or floor to prevent a child or pet from becoming entangled.
  • Spring-assisted clutches can be installed to raise and lower window coverings, replacing cords.
  • Break-away tassels are designed to break apart under minimal stress to prevent entanglement.
  • Cord stops restrict how far internal ladder cords can be pulled from a blind or shade, eliminating the possibility of a loop big enough to fit over a child’s head.
  • Cord cleats safely secure cords up and away from a child’s reach.
  • Let Budget Blinds translate your safety concerns and style preferences into beautiful custom window coverings for your home. For a free, in-home consultation, call us at 503-590-4333 today!

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    BUDGET BLINDS - Craig and JodieStatistics show that an average of one serious injury or fatality occurs each month from blind cord strangulation, both of which are highly avoidable. Cordless window treatments can help make your home a safer place for family and pets. These coverings offer both stylish fashions as well as elimination of cords, allowing you to design as creatively as you would like to.

    Wood, faux wood, composite, and honeycomb blinds are just a few of the options that can be made cordless, either through motorization or through wand-controlled operation of louvers, both of which eliminate dangerous, dangling cords.

    Shades are the most versatile window treatment, offering a wide variety of styles, color options, fabrics and material choices. Best of all, shades can be cordless or motorized making them ideal window coverings for those with children and/or pets in their homes and/or businesses.

    Another option to consider are shutters. Shutters are an incredible window treatment offering clean, crisp lines that complement all décor styles. Shutters are great for arched, rounded, and other unique window shapes that can be a challenge to address. All shutters are custom made from both premium wood and composite materials and they are always cordless.

    If you are ready to make your home safer for those you love, call us at 503-590-4333 for a free, in-home consultation. We can translate your safety concerns and style preferences into beautiful custom window coverings for your home.

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    Brought to you by John Sciarra - Bernard's Garage - AUTO REPAIR INSIDER -


    BERNARD'S GARAGE - John Sciarra Before you hit the open road this summer, run through the Bernard’s Garage Road Trip Checklist to lower your chances of getting sidelined by vehicle troubles.

    Check your tires: Are your tires at the correct pressure? How much tread do your tires have left? How even is the tire wear? Tires are the most common component of vehicles to fail, so make sure yours are in good condition

    Make a road trip playlist: There’s nothing worse than the static of a radio with no service, so burn a CD or create an mp3 playlist with your favorite jams to keep the good times rolling.

    Check your different engine fluids: If your transmission fluid isn’t pinkish and almost clear, have it drained and changed out. Check to make sure you have the proper amount of coolant in your cooling system. And change out the oil and air filter in your engine. The improved fuel economy alone is reason enough.

    Bring some good snacks: There’s nothing worse than a car full of hungry people yelling at each other. Grab a couple of bottles of water per person, and have foods like trail mix, granola bars, bananas, and jerky handy for when hunger strikes

    Stop by Bernard’s Garage: At Bernard’s Garage, vehicle safety is our number one concern. Our knowledgeable and experienced technicians can help ensure your vehicle is running smoothly before your trip. Give us a call, check out the website, or stop by today!

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    BERNARD'S GARAGE - John SciarraWhat’s less fun than getting stuck in a nasty traffic jam? Getting cooked in your car on a hot day.

    Summer's here and your vehicle's air conditioning system will soon be under serious strain.

    If your A/C isn't as frosty as it used to be, but it's still blowing, the system may need to be recharged. Manufacturers used to use a type of refrigerant known as Freon. Now, manufacturers use R-134a to keep things cold in the cabin.

    Working on a vehicle’s air conditioning system is about as much fun as sticking your hand in a blender. Twice.

    Unless you are skilled in vehicle maintenance, it’s safest to take the job to a professional.

    An AC compressor is usually driven by your vehicle's serpentine belt, and as it spins, it pressurizes the system's refrigerant. It's this change in pressure that cools the air coming into your cabin. The best way to keep your compressor from failing is to have your A/C system serviced once a year.

    If your compressor needs replacement, most responsible shops will recommend swapping out a number of peripheral components at the same time.

    Bernard’s, which has been in business since 1925, services our clients’ foreign, domestic, hybrid and electric cars, trucks, vans and motorcycles. We offer free pickup and delivery for our customers’ convenience.

    Plan ahead and stay cool this season!

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    John Sciarra, Bernard's GarageWhat’s less fun than getting stuck in a nasty traffic jam? Getting cooked in your car on a hot day.

    Summer's right around the corner and your vehicle's air conditioning system will soon be under serious strain.

    If your A/C isn't as frosty as it used to be, but it's still blowing, the system may need to be recharged. Manufacturers used to use a type of refrigerant known as Freon. Now, manufacturers use R-134a to keep things cold in the cabin.

    Working on a vehicle’s air conditioning system is about as much fun as sticking your hand in a blender. Twice.

    Unless you are skilled in vehicle maintenance, it’s safest to take the job to a professional.

    An AC compressor is usually driven by your vehicle's serpentine belt, and as it spins, it pressurizes the system's refrigerant. It's this change in pressure that cools the air coming into your cabin. The best way to keep your compressor from failing is to have your A/C system serviced once a year.

    If your compressor needs replacement, most responsible shops will recommend swapping out a number of peripheral components at the same time.

    Bernard’s, which has been in business since 1925, services our clients’ foreign, domestic, hybrid and electric cars, trucks, vans and motorcycles. We offer free pickup and delivery for our customers’ convenience.

    Plan ahead and stay cool this season!

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    BERNARD'S GARAGE - John SciarraSummer's imminent arrival means your vehicle's air conditioning system will soon be under serious strain.

    If your A/C isn't as frosty as it used to be, but it's still blowing cold, the system may need to be recharged.

    Manufacturers used to use a type of refrigerant known as R-12, or Freon, until researchers found it caused ozone depletion. As such, it's illegal to use Freon in vehicles built after 1994. Now, manufacturers use R-134a to keep things cold in the cabin.

    Working on an air conditioning system is about as much fun as sticking your hand in a blender. Twice.

    Unless you are skilled in vehicle maintenance, it’s safest to take the job to a professional.

    An AC compressor is usually driven by your vehicle's serpentine belt, and as it spins, it pressurizes the system's refrigerant. It's this change in pressure that cools the air coming into your cabin. The best way to keep your compressor from failing is to have your A/C system serviced once a year.

    If your compressor needs replacement, most responsible shops will recommend swapping out a number of periphery components at the same time.

    Why? The easy answer is working on an air conditioning system is about as fun as sticking your hand in a blender. Twice.

    To avoid draining your refrigerant, removing your compressor, installing a new unit and refilling the system with new cool stuff — only to have you come back in a week and say it's still not cold enough — it makes sense to replace the necessary components.

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    Brought to you by Mike Nielsen of Snap Fitness - FITNESS INSIDER -


    SNAP FITNESS - Mike NielsenAs the inspirational saying goes, “Live less out of habit and more out of intent.”

    While it’s true that starting a fitness routine can be difficult, I offer the following tips to get you in the gym door and on the road to good health.

    Assessment — New SNAP Fitness clients receive a free jump-start session, including consultation with a trainer. The assessment determines the client’s baseline, helps us guide their first steps, and is an opportunity to discuss adding personal training.

    Cardio — The national recommendation for exercise for all ages and fitness levels is to get to the gym at least three days per week, and to do a minimum of 30 minutes of cardio per visit. Working out with a friend will make it more fun, help you feel more accountable, help you stay at the gym for more months and achieve a higher level of success.

    Strength training is key to replacing fat with muscle, becoming leaner, stronger and improving balance. Do two to three sessions of strength training per week.

    Nutritional guidelines — Instead of eating three large meals per day, eat five to six small meals. This will fuel your energy throughout the day and avoid post-meal sluggishness. Also drink 96 ounces of water daily.

    Online help — SNAP has a complete online nutritional program and training center. Free with membership, it provides a personalized workout plan, sample menus and a complete library of instruction videos.

    Snap Fitness

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    Mike Nielsen, Snap FitnessStrength training is an essential part of an exercise program, even for someone who hasn’t been active in a while.

    Lifting weights, using weight machines and doing core work increases muscle mass and bone density.

    As we age, our muscles deteriorate (called sarcopenia) and bone density decreases.

    Research shows that seniors are more susceptible to bone breakage that younger adults. As people age, their metabolism slows down. We are seeing more and more seniors joining gyms.

    If we take the average adult between the ages of 40 and 50 and do basic strength-training three to four times per week for 90 days, the outcome can be life-changing.

    Here’s a myth-buster: Muscle does NOT weigh more than fat! A pound is a pound. 

    Muscle is, however, more dense than body fat and takes up less area than fat. If you were to start an exercise program complete with strength training, you would increase your lean body mass and decrease body fat.

    The body takes up less space and metabolism speeds up, resulting in a higher BMR (base metabolic rate, the amount of daily caloric intake needed to maintain LBM and weight.) This reverses sarcopenia and increases bone density.   

    Not everyone walks into a gym and knows exactly what to do. Snap gives new members an opportunity to meet with a Certified Personal Trainer, who assesses their body and their goals. 

    Let’s get started.

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    Brought to you by John Sciarra, Bernard's Garage - AUTO MAINTENANCE INSIDER


    John Sciarra, Bernard's GarageRegular maintenance on your car is, quite simply, a good investment.

    For example, when you bring your car in for a timing belt — typically needed at 90,000 to 100,000 miles— it costs in the range of $400 to $500. But if it breaks, it might be $1,800 to $2,000.

    At our shop, when we do it, we do it right. With the timing belt, we also replace the timing belt tensioner, idler pulleys, camshaft seals, water pump and coolant.

    Mileage interval maintenance, which is only done by shops, should be done at 30,000, 60,000 and 90,000 miles.

    The ideal scenario is to get the car into the shop about three times per year for inspections, which will find things like rodent damage, which is more common than you might think. It’s mainly squirrels in this area.

    An inspection will also uncover leaking coolant or oil, as well as plugged-up air filters. Once a year, you should get a brake inspection.

    We do complete automotive repair, including pre-purchase inspections for $150. That’s a comprehensive inspection, which can detect unforeseen problems and save you from buying a compromised vehicle.

    Our average cost for an oil change is $38; $58 for a brake inspection.

    It’s a small investment. We do it properly and can save you a lot of trouble and expense down the road.

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    The Pioneers put on a clinic, as they tame the Tigers in the third-place final of the 2013 Class 6A State Basketball Tournament


    by: JAIME VALDEZ - With the game in hand, Oregon City seniors (from left) Johanna Paine, Montana Walters, Jenae Paine and Tiani Bradford applaud the play of their teammates during the Pioneers 68-29 rout of Tigard in the third-place final of the 2013 Class 6A State High School Basketball Tournament. The defense-minded Tigers entered the state tournament having allowed opponents just 30 points a game. This is the 28th consecutive season that Oregon City girls teams have won trophies at the states big-school state tournament.PORTLAND — Oregon high school girls basketball fans were treated to the best basketball of the 2013 Class 6A Girls Basketball Tournament Saturday afternoon at the Rose Garden, as the Oregon City Pioneers bounced back from a 57-52 semifinal loss to Central Catholic with a 68-29 trouncing of sixth-ranked Tigard in the third-place final.

    The Pacific Conference champion Tigers (24-6, 14-0) entered the state tournament heralded as the top defensive Class 6A girls basketball team in the state, having allowed their opponents an average of just 30 points a game. The previous high game by a Tiger opponent came on Dec. 28, when Tigard lost to Central Catholic, 54-38.

    Central Catholic, which entered the state tournament ranked the state’s top team by Class 6A coaches, won the tournament, burying South Medford 57-36 in Saturday night’s championship final, after advancing through wins over Westview (55-50) and over Oregon City.

    Oregon City, which entered the state tournament ranked No. 1 in the OSAA power rankings and third — behind Central Catholic and South Medford — in the coaches poll, topped Beaverton 70-53 in its state tournament opener, before losing to Central Catholic in the semifinal.

    The Mt. Hood Conference champion Rams (26-3, 12-0) dealt Oregon City (26-2, 10-0) its only other loss of the 2012-13 season at the Nike Interstate Shootout, held in Lake Oswego in late December.

    While the Pioneers appeared tense and struggled to get their shots to drop in the loss to Central Catholic, they were at the top of their game in Saturday’s third-place final with the Tigers.

    They so outclassed Tigard that they made the Tigers appear like a jayvee team, building a 24-5 advantage in the first quarter, and continuing in command the rest of the way.

    Playing an aggressive passing game on offense, the Pioneers hit 11-of-14 shots from the field in the first quarter of the Tigard game, with nine different Oregon City players scoring field goals in the period. And through a tenacious trapping full-court defense and aggressive man-to-man half-court defense, they forced eight turnovers in the first period, and they held the Tigers to just one field goal, out of five attempts.

    Tigard scored only two field goals — on 2-of-13 shooting — in the first half. The Pioneers went 15-for-25 from the field in the first half, with 3-point baskets by five different players. The Pioneers were up 39-11 at the intermission, and the game was in hand.

    Oregon City ended up 26-of-45 from the field (.578) — with eight 3-pointers — for the third-place final game. The Pioneers had assists on 18 of their 26 baskets. Tigard was 7-of-32 (.219) from the field for the game.

    The Pioneers out-rebounded the Tigers 29-13 and, although Oregon City took the press off at the start of the second half, the Tigers turned the ball over 21 times.

    Senior playmaker Montana Walters hit three-of-five 3-pointers and scored 11 points to lead 12 Oregon City players who put points on the scoreboard. Walters also came through with a team-high six assists.

    Senior post Johanna Paine headed Oregon City’s inside game, scoring nine points and hauling down 11 rebounds. Paine, who was 4-of-6 from the field, also made three assists.

    Eight different Oregon City players had steals.

    No Oregon City player was on the floor for more than 17 minutes.

    Lexi Carter, who paced the Tigers in scoring with 11 points, was on the floor for 27 minutes, and four Tigard starters saw at least 22 minutes of playing time.

    Stressed out

    to the max

    “I think the difference between our game with Central Catholic and our game with Tigard was stress,” Walters said. “We were stressed out when we played Central Catholic. They’re a good team and they have two of the best players in the state. I was stressed to the max. We played hard [against Central Catholic], but we were stressed out, and it affected our shots. We were getting good looks, but nothing would drop....

    “Against Tigard, we came out relaxed, because we had nothing to lose....”

    by: JAIME VALDEZ - Tigard star Lexi Carter looks for help from the officials as she is tied up by Oregon City seniors Chelsi Brewer (left) and Catelyn Preston during Saturday afternoons third-place final at the Rose Garden.The Pioneers made only 6 field goals out of 20 attempts (30 percent) in the first half of the Central Catholic game, while the Rams dominated the backboards and went 14-for-31 (45 percent).

    Oregon City trailed by as many as 13 points near the midpoint of the second period, and the Pioneers were behind by 10, at 30-20 at halftime.

    But there was no quit in the Pioneers, as they came out battling with a newfound intensity in the third quarter, hitting five straight field goals.

    Walters scored on a driving lay-up, Jenae Paine scored off an inbounds pass from Walters, Johanna Paine connected on a baseline jumper, Catelyn Preston hit an NBA 3-pointer, and Preston followed a Ram miss with an outside bucket off a pass from Walters.

    And the Pioneers were within a point, trailing 32-31, with 4:34 remaining in the third quarter.

    But that was as close as the Pioneers could get. They stayed close through the final horn, but the early 13-point deficit proved just too much to overcome against one of the state’s tops teams.

    The Ram lineup included two of the state’s top players in 5-10 point guard Jordan Reynolds and 6-3 post Kailee Johnson. Both were unanimous all-tournament selections. Reynolds, who has signed with Tennessee, entered the state tournament averaging 17.9 points a game; Johnson, who is headed for Stanford, was averaging 18.2 points and 10 rebounds.

    The Pioneers found Reynolds hard to stop, and she led the Rams with a game-high 22 points and six assists.

    Oregon City’s 6-0 Johanna Paine guarded Johnson and held her own with the Ram star. Johnson scored 12 points on 6-for-14 shooting, claimed eight rebounds, had no assists and turned the ball over four times.

    Johanna Paine scored 15 points on 5-for-9 shooting, collected five rebounds, made four assists and had only two turnovers.

    “I thought Jo did a tremendous job on Kailee,” said Oregon City coach Kurt Guelsdorf. “It was the best game I’ve ever seen her play....”

    Preston scored a team-high 16 points on 6-for-9 shooting, with two 3-pointers, snagged six rebounds and stole the ball three times.

    Walters scored only four points, but had eight assists.

    “The effort was there,” Guelsdorf said. “Our energy was up and we played with tremendous heart. We just didn’t make enough shots. We were getting good looks.... We get a couple more shots to drop, and it’s a different story....”

    No. 8 Beavers

    came to play

    Some halftime adjustments proved pivotal for the top-ranked Oregon City Pioneers in a March 6 state quarterfinal game with eighth-ranked Beaverton.

    Oregon City prevailed 70-53, but the Pioneers were nursing only a two-point lead at halftime. And they appeared very vulnerable in the second quarter, when the Beavers made an 18-7 run, penetrating the Pioneer half-court defense like a hot knife through butter.

    “I give Beaverton credit,” said Oregon City coach Kurt Guelsdorf. “They’re well coached. [In the second quarter] they beat our press, found the little gaps in our half-court defense and attacked the basket....

    “[In the second half] we changed up our press. We backed off a bit and stopped going for the steal, and it gave us the chance to get back on defense and get back to the defensive match-ups we wanted [in our half-court defense] — with people guarding the players that we wanted them to guard, and with more helping out....

    by: JAIME VALDEZ - Oregon City senior Johanna Paine (32) and Central Catholic star post Kailee Johnson battle inside in Fridays championship semifinal game at the Rose Garden.“I think part of it was also fatigue. Our kids are used to [the fast-paced play of the second quarter], and I think it kind of wore them out.”

    Oregon City led 21-11 at the end of the first period.

    But, led by the aggressive half-court play of 5-9 junior Danielle Hartzog, the Beavers rallied back to take the lead, at 29-28, with 3:04 left in the second period. The two teams then traded buckets until halftime.

    Oregon City freshman Cierra Walker made a fast-break bucket just inside the half-time buzzer that put the Pioneers up for good, at 39-37.

    After going 16-for-40 (40 percent) from the field in the first half, the Beavers made only 3-of-16 (19 percent) field goals in the second half, as the Pioneers tightened up their half-court defense.

    Beaverton made only one field goal in the third quarter, when the Pioneers stretched their two-point halftime advantage to 12 points, at 54-42.

    Still the game was not without drama. Walters drew her fifth foul and was retired to the bench just 30 seconds into the fourth quarter.

    With Walters out, the Pioneers turned to a delay. And with junior guard Toria Bradford taking Walters’ place, the Pioneers did not commit a turnover and they hit 12-of-16 free throws to seal the win.

    Bradford, Walker, Chelsi Brewer and Preston all hit clutch free throws down the stretch.

    “They played amazing [when I went out with my fifth foul],” Walters said. “Everyone stepped up and did their job.”

    The Pioneers had balanced scoring, led by Preston (15 points, 3 assists), Johanna Paine (15 points, 11 rebounds), Jessica Gertz (12 points) and Walters (6 points, 6 assists).

    The Beavers were led by Hartzog (17 points) and 5-10 senior point guard Alexis Montgomery (15 points, 4 assists, 9 rebounds).

    Beaverton (9-1) which tied Westview for first place in the Metro League, finished with an overall record of 21-7.

    The tradition

    continues

    Saturday’s third-place win over Tigard marked the 28th straight year in which an Oregon

    City girls basketball team had brought home a trophy from the big-school state tournament.

    by: MILES VANCE - Oregon City junior Jessica Gertz goes on the attack in Oregon Citys 70-53 quarterfinal win over Beaverton. Freshman Emma Kennedy (21) defends for the Beavers.“Of course, we wanted to win state,” said Oregon City senior Jenae Paine. “But I guess it just wasn’t meant to be. We did place third. We came out today and showed what true Pioneers do. We bounced back. We kept the tradition alive....

    “Other teams go on a streak of three or four years and think it’s a big deal. Our streak is 28 years in a row. I’m proud of our senior class that we could be a part of that legacy. I love the coaching staff and these girls with all of my heart.”

    “There’s no program in the country like Oregon City,” Walters said. “It’s just a blessing to be able to say that I was a part of it.”

    The Pioneers graduate 11 seniors from this year’s state tournament roster, including all five starters.

    The Paine sisters sent out a word of caution to anyone who believes the Pioneers will have a down year in 2013-14.

    “They’ll be young, but they’ll be fine,” Johanna Paine said. “They’ve grown up in the system and they know what’s expected. We leave it to them to build their own legacy, which I know they can do.”

    “We’re not done,” said Jenae Paine. “We may be young [next year], but we were also young three years ago when we graduated a lot of seniors and had four sophomore starters [and placed third at state]. The players will step up, just like we did.... They’ll work hard in the offseason; they’ll go to the open gyms and winter and summer tournaments, and they’ll rise to the challenge. The tradition will go on.”

    “I don’t think there will ever be an end to the dynasty,” Walters said. “It’s our style of play. No matter how young the players are, or who the players are, they’ll always be successful.”

    Lost to graduation off this year’s team will be senior starters Walters (5-5 point guard), Johanna Paine (6-0 post), Jenae Paine (5-10 wing), Preston (6-0 post) and Brewer (5-9 wing); and seniors Jaime Goff (6-1 post), Amber Fifield (5-7 wing), Tiani Bradford (5-8 wing), Breanne Johnston (5-9 post), Danielle Kirby (5-6 wing) and McKenna Hopkins (5-10 wing).

    Expected back next year are: juniors Toria Bradford (5-6 point guard), Jessica Gertz (5-10 wing) and Alyssa Durr (5-6 wing); sophomore Jerusha Paine (6-1 post); and freshman Cierra Walker (5-6 wing).

    Jerusha Paine was among a host of talented players that went undefeated while playing at the jayvee level during the regular season.