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Banks coaches saying goodbye

The sidelines and dugouts at Banks High School will have a little different look this year, as two of the Braves’ longest tenured and most successful coaches are stepping down to focus on other pursuits.

Ben Buchanan, who has been head coach of the Banks football program since 1998 and accumulated more than 100 victories in his career, announced at the beginning of the season that 2015 would be his last year patrolling the sideline for the Braves. Under Buchanan’s leadership, Banks won five Cowapa League championships and made 13 state playoff appearances, advancing to the semifinals this past fall and playing for a state championship in 2008.

Jenny Compton, meanwhile, coached the Banks softball program for 10 years and guided the Braves to unparalleled levels of excellence, winning back-to-back Class 4A state championships in 2012 and 2013, and also earning runner-up trophies in 2010 and 2015.

After a one-win season in 2008, Compton and the Braves won or tied for every regular-season Cowapa League title except 2014, when they finished second to Yamhill-Carlton. That run included undefeated league records in 2010 and 2013.

“Both coaches will be missed and have had a lot of amazing accomplishments,” said Banks athletic director Jacob Pence.

Both positions are listed on the district web site and Pence said that he hopes to fill both vacancies soon.

Local coach wins award from OYS

Forest Grove resident Lisa Harings was recently honored by Oregon Youth Soccer as the recipient of the organization’s coach of the year award in the girls recreation category.

Harings started a youth development program with FC West in 2013 that targeted players at the U8-U10 level, and the program has seen steady growth in the three years since then. Her involvement has helped numerous young girls get involved in competitive soccer at a young age, and she has helped bring tournaments and camps to Forest Grove that were not previously available.

“Lisa Harings deserves to be recognized for all the hard work that she has put in to create better opportunities for kids to play soccer at all levels at FC West,” wrote Amanda Waldron, who nominated Harings for the award. “She is a hands-on, dedicated coach who consistently goes above and beyond for the kids and our local community.”

Harings, a Tigard High School graduate who was inducted into the Pacific University athletic hall of fame in 2007, was honored at the Oregon Youth Soccer awards luncheon last Saturday in Portland.