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It's another state crown for Balfour

The Sherwood senior has been on three title teams


HILLSBORO — Being part of a state championship team can be something special.

Joseph Balfour might know that better than anyone.

Balfour, a Sherwood High School senior, was a key player, at quarterback and outside linebacker for the Bowmen football squad that downed Marist 46-20 in the Class 5A state championship game played Saturday at Hillsboro Stadium.

While many of the Sherwood players celebrated their first-ever state championship following Saturday’s victory, it may have seemed like old hat to Balfour.

After all, it was his third state championship with a Bowmen squad.

As a sophomore, he was a member of the Sherwood football team that scored a 26-23 overtime victory over Marist in the 2010 state championship football season.by: DAN BROOD - CHAMPIONSHIP QUARTERBACK -- Sherwood senior quarterback Joseph Balfour looks to throw a pass in Saturday's state title game. Balfour has now been a part of three state championship teams.

That spring, Balfour started in the outfield for the Bowmen baseball team that scored a 6-2 win over Wilsonville in the 2011 state championship game.

He picked up a third championship on Saturday, with the Bowmen’s win over Marist..

“Three rings — that means a lot to me,” said Balfour, who was named the Northwest Oregon Conference Defensive Player of the Year. “But I couldn’t have done any of that without my teammates.”

So, of the three state championships, is there one that is most special?

“They all mean a lot to me,” he said. “Three championships, not many people get to do that. Glory to God.”

And, Balfour was quick to point out, he’s looking forward to a chance to be part of a fourth Sherwood state championship team.

“Just wait until baseball season,” he said with a smile.




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