By Cliff Richardson
Photos by Corey Culp
The Eagle Volleyball Team will host the Crow Cougars on Wednesday, Oct. 2 with a JV match commencing at 4:30 pm. and the Varsity match starting at 6:00 pm. McKenzie’s Cross Country Team travels to Bend on Friday to participate in the Oxford Classic. Start time for the 5K JV Boy’s/Girl’s Race is 12:30 pm., followed by the 5K Varsity Girl’s Race starting at 1:00 pm. and the 5K Varsity Boy’s Race starting at 1:30 pm. On Friday, Oct. 4, the Eagles host the Triangle Lake Laker Volleyball and Football Teams. A JV Volleyball match tips off at 4:30 pm. followed by the Varsity match at 6:00 pm. The Varsity Football game with the Lakers kicks off at 7:00 pm.
Quarterback, Bailey Adams (12), avoids the rush and runs for a first down.
Eric Huffman (34) receives the kickoff and starts on a return.
The McKenzie Eagles traveled to Lowell on Thursday, Sept. 26, fully intending to defeat and even the series with the Red Devils, thus earning a share of the Mt. West League lead. Instead, Lowell made it quite clear the Eagles understood who is in first place currently and who intends to stay there. The Red Devils won the match 3-1, the same score and outcome as the first match with the Eagles when the teams opened the 2013 season (Sept. 3). This time, McKenzie came out of the corner punching late in the first set after falling behind early to win 25-23. The second set started out much the same for the visitors as they fell behind early and needed a rally to make a game of it. This time Lowell persevered to win on a serving error, 25-23. The Eagles and the Red Devils typically engaged in a knock-down affair when they hook up and this one wasn’t any different as the third set was won by Lowell 25-21. Once again McKenzie took its time in establishing an attack. The host Devils decided at this point to send the Eagles home with a message, blasting the visitors in the fourth and deciding set by a score of 25-5. With the victory Lowell (10-0) stands alone in first place in the Mt. West League standings as the season turns the corner into the second half. Mapleton is currently in second place at 8-2 and the Eagles are a half game behind at 7-2. McKenzie was led by setter Ayshia Seiler with 24 assists, 18 digs, 5 aces, and 2 kills. Buggy Hiddleston led her team with 9 kills, had 10 digs, 2 blocks, and 3 aces. Shyla Harlan, Katey Totten, and Makaila Hiddleston all added 6 kills with Tamera Satchell hitting for 5 more. Totten also had 5 aces, 1 block and 3 digs. Harlan added 5 aces of her own and 9 digs. M. Hiddleston led her team with 3 blocks in the match and also contributed 10 digs. Satchell had 2 digs and Delphine Clark added 4 digs.
The Siletz Valley Warriors handed the visiting McKenzie Eagles their second Mt. West League defeat and fourth consecutive loss of the season last Friday, Sept. 27 at Siletz. Eagles senior quarterback Bailey Adams accounted for 16 pts. of McKenzie’s final score as he rushed 102 yds. on the ground, scoring two touchdowns and successfully converting two PATs. Adams also passed for 61 yds. completing 7 times in 29 attempts while giving up 2 interceptions. Senior Casey Mitchell was the Eagle’s leading ground-gainer as he accumulated 109 yds. on 20 carries. Eric Huffman rushed 6 times for an additional 12 yds. and caught 3 Adam’s passes for 34 yds. Alex Nastasiuk collected 3 passes as well for 18 yds. and Drew Hamlow hauled in 1 pass for 9 yds. Defensively, McKenzie was led by Mitchell who had 12 tackles, 7 solo, and he also had one sack. Nastasiuk was on par with his teammate as he had 6 solo tackles, 11 total. Adams earned 9 total tackles, 6 of which were solo, and Huffman had 5 tackles total, 2 solo. Huffman and Nastasiuk combined for 1 sack. McKenzie’s next Mt. West League opponent scheduled for Friday, Oct. 4 at home is the Triangle Lake Lakers (2-0, 4-0), who are currently ranked 3rd in the OSAA 1A Football poll. The Eagle’s defense will once again be tested as the Lakers are averaging 59.5 pts. a contest while holding their opponents to 17 pts. Kickoff is set for 7:00 pm. at Wade Thomas Field.
Reedsport Charter won the 2013 McKenzie RPI Tournament last Sat., Sept. 28, winning all three of its matches. The Braves beat Yoncalla 2-0, host McKenzie 2-0, and Glide 3-0 to claim the Championship. Glide finished the day at 2-1, Lowell at 2-1, and St. Paul also at 2-1. The McKenzie Eagles were 1-2 as was Oakridge followed by Yoncalla and Mapleton, each at 0-2 (the last match score between Yoncalla and Mapleton was not reported at press time). McKenzie started off strong with a 2-1 win over 2A Oakridge with set scores of 27-25, 20-25, and 16-14. The Eagles next opponent was Reedsport, who defeated the Tourney Hosts 15-25 and 17-25. McKenzie’s final opponent was Mt. West League rival Lowell and the battle was reminiscent of the previous match-ups thus far this season as the two teams fought through a 5 set match that saw the Eagles win the first two by scores of 25-17 and 28-26 but lose the last three sets 18-35, 17-25, and 10-15. Against Oakridge, Buggy Hiddleston led her team with an all-around game of 8 kills, 3 aces, 1 block and 8 digs. Makaila Hiddleston hit for 11 kills and 6 digs, Katey Totten finished with 6 kills, 1 ace, 1 block, and 1 dig, Shyla Harlan had 12 digs, and Ayshia Seiler once again led her team with 19 assists and 3 kills. In the second match versus Reedsport, Buggy Hiddleston hit 9 kills, had an ace, blocked twice, and dug three times. Katey Totten had 4 kills and a block, Makaila Hiddleston finished with 3 kills and 13 digs, Shyla Harlan earned 6 digs, Delphine Clark added 5 digs, while Tamara Satchell blocked once. Ayshia Seiler had 17 assists. In the barnburner with the Red Devils of Lowell, Makaila Hiddleston had an outstanding match with 10 kills, 1 ace, 7 blocks, and 22 digs. Buggy Hiddleston continued her fine day with 6 kills, 1 ace, 3 blocks, and 17 digs. Katey Totten hit for 9 kills, 2 aces, 3 blocks, and 8 digs and Shyla Harlan added 4 kills, an ace, and 14 digs. Delphine Clark earned 13 digs. Senior Ayshia Seiler had another fine match setting with 34 assists plus 1 ace and 5 digs. Head Coach Dan Brenner was very pleased with the level of competition at the annual Tournament and felt his team, albeit very tired, gained valuable experience as the Team heads into the second half of the regular season and post-season aspirations.
Aaron and Marie Jones Community Track was the site for the District 4 Preview Cross Country Meet hosted by McKenzie last Mon., Sept. 30. The Eagles entered two runners in the Boys 5K Varsity race with freshman Levi Sturgill the top McKenzie finisher as he crossed the finish line 11th in 22:06. The other Eagle runner, Dylan Garr, finished 32nd in a time of 25:01. Teams entered in the meet were Bandon, Coquille, Myrtle Point, Oakridge, Pacific, and McKenzie.
McKenzie defeated the Eddyville Eagles rather easily in three straight sets this Monday, Sept. 30. Set scores were 25-10, 25-13, and 25-12. The home Eagles once again served aces, a team total of 17, to put the opponent on their heels. Ayshia Seiler set the pace for her team with 6 aces and a team high 20 assists. Seiler thus far has accumulated 400 assists on the season. Makaila Hiddleston served 4 aces in the match to go with 7 kills and 9 digs. Katey Totten had the lone block for McKenzie and added 6 kills, 1 ace, and 3 digs. Buggy Hiddleston along with Alyda Mathews had 2 aces. Buggy also contributed 6 kills and 3 digs. Kailyn Ringler and Delphine Clark each added 5 kills in the match.