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Relentless Rain Reschedules Red Devils
McKenzie’s Mt. View League match-up last Thursday, April 4 with the Lowell Red Devils was shut out by a moist low front from the Southwest and will be rescheduled for Thursday, April 11 at Lowell. The first pitch in that make up game will be thrown at 4:30 pm. The Eagles will have to contend with Oakridge prior, however, as they have a contest scheduled at Finn Rock with the Warriors on Wednesday, April 10, with the first batter up at 4:30 pm. With the much needed rain, as far as the forest is concerned, calling the shots, McKenzie is currently stacked up against, back to back, two of the top teams in the Mt. View League. Both Lowell and Oakridge qualified along with the Eagles (and Monroe) for the League playoffs last season and are likely to contend for the playoffs again this year. Eagle’s Head Coach Neil Barrett will be putting in some serious thought on pitching rotations and lineup strategies in what could be a pivotal week in the road to post season aspirations. Monroe is currently at the top of the League standings with a 2-0 League record followed by Lowell, with a 0-1 record, courtesy of the Dragons of Monroe. McKenzie has yet to play a counting League game.
Aaron and Marie Jones Invitational Draws 6 Teams, 250 Plus Athletes
The McKenzie Track and Field Committee (MTCFC) were the second year hosts to the Aaron and Marie Jones Invitational Track Meet held at the organizations outstanding facilities a quarter of a mile East of McKenzie High School. The Meet featured six high school teams and approximately 250 plus athletes, and also hosted ground breaking ceremonies for a new field house, funded by Aaron and Marie Jones and family, which will greatly enhance the existing facilities, also supported by the Jones Family and Enterprises. Teams participating in this year’s event were four class 1A schools, Crane, Eddyville, Mapleton, and McKenzie, class 4A Seaside and class 5A Mt. View out of Bend. McKenzie’s 4 X 100 relay team, consisting of Savanna Lavoie, Katey Totten, Shyla Harlan, and Makaila Hiddleston, placed second in the meet with a time of 45.8 seconds. The Eagles Boys and Girls Track Teams next compete at Central Linn on Tuesday, April 9.
Golf Tees Off
The Eagle Girls Golf Team is in action this Tuesday, April 9 at the Middlefield Golf Course in Cottage Grove while the Boys Team will be teeing off at the Diamond Woods Golf Course located near Monroe, OR, on Thursday, April 11. Both Teams will next host the Tokatee McKenzie Invitational the following Thursday, April 18.
McKenzie River Reflections
McKenzie Upsets 13th Ranked Lowell: Anderson Notches Two Wins in One Day
McKenzie upset the Lowell Red Devils, twice, in Lowell last Thursday, April 11. In the first game, a District 3 League counter, the Eagles and Red Devils resumed a game that had started on April 5 and had to be postponed in the 6th inning due to rain. At the time, the Eagles held a 3-1 lead and Lowell was at the plate. By official rules, five completed innings constitute a game, and the Eagles had the lead at the end of five. However, since another inning had started but not completed, it was decided the Lowell team would be disadvantaged, therefore the game was postponed until Thursday, with play picking up where it had left off. Lowell scored a run in the bottom of the sixth, but the Eagles sealed the deal by scoring 3 runs in the 7th , holding the home Red Devils scoreless in their last at bats and winning 6-2. A second non-League game followed the first and the Eagles, flying high from the earlier victory, again sent the home team to the showers disappointed as they defeated the Red Devils 4-2. Senior Eagle pitcher Blake Anderson started on the bump in the first game and still had the lead when the game was postponed and thus earned the complete game victory. In the second game, fellow senior pitcher Victor Vidal started on the hill and left the game in a 2-2 situation, with Anderson relieving him. Since the Eagles scored two more runs securing the victory with Anderson pitching, the victory of that game also went with Anderson, giving him a rare two decisions in one day.
In the first contest, the Red Devils scored 1 run in the first inning and the Eagles matched that with one of their own in the second. Lowell added one run in the sixth and McKenzie responded with two more, thus setting the stage for Thursday’s resumption. Again, the Eagles finished the game with 3 runs in the seventh. Anderson struck out 7 Red Devils, walking only two batters, while scattering 5 hits and giving up the 2 runs, both earned. Lowell had one extra base hit, a double. Anderson helped himself at the plate as the senior drove in two runs on 1 hit in 4 plate appearances. Casey Mitchell lead the Eagles offensively as he hit 2-4, scored 1 run, drove in 1 RBI, and had McKenzie’s only stolen base. Teammate Bailey Adams also went 1-4 at the dish with a run scored. Nick Ringler hit a double while going 1-4 and also scored 1 run. Victor Vidal was 1-3 with a run scored and a RBI, and Josh Ness had the same stats for the game.
In the 4-2 non-League win, the Eagles started Victor Vidal on the mound. Vidal pitched four complete innings striking out 4 Lowell batters and walking 2 others. The Eagle pitcher gave up 2 doubles and 2 earned runs in the fourth. Blake Anderson took the hill in relief in the fifth inning and struck out 3 opposing batters, walked one and had one double hit off him. The Eagles scored 2 runs in the fifth and did not allow another Red Devil run thus earning the second victory of the afternoon and insuring Anderson’s second victory as well. Vidal led his team’s offensive attack as he was perfect at the plate going 3-3, driving in two runs, and scoring 1 himself. Casey Mitchell continued to hit well as he went 2-3 and scored 2 runs. Only two other Eagles had hits however, as Josh Ness went 1-3 and scored a run and Anderson who was 1-3 on the day and had one RBI. McKenzie batters struck out 6 times.
Eagles Rout Siletz, Earn Brief Possession of League Lead
The McKenzie Varsity Baseball Team’s westbound trip to the Coast was washed out in Siletz, Monday, April 15, but rescheduled 3 hours the same day to the East at Finn Rock and the change proved beneficial to the home Eagles as they defeated the Warriors 11-1 in six innings. With the win, McKenzie won its second League victory against no defeats and sat alone, at least briefly, at the top of the District 3 League standings. The hottest pitcher in the League currently, McKenzie’s Blake Anderson secured his third win in as many games as he pitched 5 innings of no-hit ball Monday, only relieved due to an intense impending Eagle schedule, who traveled to Crow on Wednesday and back home against Monroe on Friday. Victor Vidal pitched one inning in relief, yielding 2 hits, a hit batter and the lone Siletz run in the top of the sixth. The Eagles scored their first run in the bottom of the second inning, and then opened the flood gates in the third as they ran 7 more across the plate, putting the game out of reach for the visitors. Insurance runs came with 1 in the fifth and 2 more from a walk-off single by Josh Ness in the 6th resulting in the game called due to the 10 run mercy rule. In the third inning, McKenzie nailed down one of its season team goals by batting completely through the lineup in one inning. Blue Bloomer led off in the 3rd inning by hitting to the pitcher who tossed to first base for the first out. The next Eagle batter Bailey Adams drew a walk and advanced with Casey Mitchell’s single in the next at bat. Victor Vidal followed Mitchell with a 2 run double, and was driven in for a score by a Nick Ringler single. Siletz next walked Anderson who scored along with Ringler on a Ness single. The rally still wasn’t over as Jesse Eaton’s 2 run single scored a couple more. Eric Huffman was caught with a strikeout for the second Eagle out, setting up Bloomer’s opportunity to hit for the second time in the inning. Bloomer made the most of the moment, singling in Eaton. Mitchell grounded out to short stop to end the inning. For the game, Vidal went 4-4 at the plate with 2 runs and 2 RBIs. Ringler was also perfect at the dish at 2-2 and 3 runs. Ness earned a 2-3 appearance at the plate with 2 RBIs and 2 runs, Mitchell ended the day by going 2-4 at the plate with 1 run scored, Eaton was 1-2 and 2 RBIs, and Anderson helped his own cause by going 1-2 with 1 RBI.
McKenzie Loses to Oakridge in Slugfest
McKenzie and Oakridge, reminiscent of a couple late night brawlers, stood toe to toe, last Tuesday, April 16, slugging it out and the visiting Warriors were the last guy standing as they outlasted the Eagles ninth inning rally, defeating the home team 11-10. McKenzie drew blood first with a run in the bottom of the opening inning, but Oakridge answered immediately with 4 runs in the top of the second. The Eagles scored one more run in the 3rd, but Oakridge again responded with a run of their own in the top of four. Again the Eagles ran a run across the plate in the 5th to narrow the Warrior lead to 5-3, but Oakridge scored 3 runs in the top of the sixth. McKenzie tallied two in the bottom of the same inning but Oakridge again answered back with 3 in the top of the 7th inning. The Eagles almost made it back to tie the game, scoring 5 runs in the bottom of the 7th, but Oakridge managed to get the third out before McKenzie could score the tying run from third base. Blake Anderson, credited with the loss, was the starting pitcher for McKenzie going 5.2 innings, giving up 10 hits, 8 runs (4 earned), striking out 3 Warrior batters, while walking another 3. The Eagles Bailey Adams relieved Anderson and pitched 1.1 innings, accounting for 3 runs, all earned on 5 hits with 1 strikeout. The Eagle defense didn’t support its pitcher as well as hoped as McKenzie committed 5 errors. McKenzie’s offense tallied 11 hits for the day, but also struck out 8 times as a team. The Eagles did steal a total of six bases, with Victor Vidal and Adams successfully swiping two apiece. Vidal led his team by hitting safely 3 times out of 3 plate appearances, scoring 1 run and driving in two more runs. One of Vidal’s hits was a double. Casey Mitchell was 2-4 at the dish, also scoring 1 run. Nick Ringler went 1-1 on the day, scoring 2 runs, 3 RBIs, and hitting a double. Anderson had a two bagger as well while hitting 1-3, scoring 2 runs, with 1 RBI. Seth Burson was 1-1 with 2 RBIs and Blue Bloomer was 1-2 with 2 runs scored. Bailey Adams hit 1-5, scored 1 run, but struck out 3 times on the day.
Eagles Back on Track, Defeat Cougars 1-0
McKenzie traveled to Crow on Wednesday, April 17, and shut out the Cougars in a District 3 League game that kept the Eagles in the hunt for first place. The Eagles scored the only run of the game in the top of the 1st inning and made it hold up as starting pitcher Victor Vidal provided the quality win, striking out 16 Crow batters, while allowing one hit along with 6 walks. Crow’s starting pitcher, Toby Tripp, also had an outstanding day as he allowed only 4 hits and recorded 7 strikeouts. Vidal was equally paramount at the plate as he had 2 hits out of 3 appearances, and drove in Casey Mitchell for the winning margin. Mitchell had drawn a walk, stole second base, and Vidal’s hit scored him from second. Jesse Eaton went 1-2 at the plate, his hit a double. Nick Ringler had the only other Eagle hit as he was 1-3 on the day.
Dragons Clip Eagles Wings, 4-1
The game was rained out last Friday, April 19 at Finn Rock, but deemed playable in Monroe, so the Eagles boarded their short buses for the trip to the Valley. Monroe, perennially one of the State’s top teams, struck first with 3 runs in the 1st inning and added 1 run for insurance in the 4th to capture the win. McKenzie’s Bailey Adams scored the visitors only run of the game in the 3rd inning. Adams had drawn a walk and scored on a Casey Mitchell single. Victor Vidal had McKenzie’s only other hit of the day as he drilled a bases empty double. The Eagles (3-2), League leaders at the start of the week, fell into fourth place, a half game behind Lowell (4-2) and Monroe (4-2), who are tied for second place, and one game behind Oakridge (4-1), who sits alone in first place. Monroe struck out 14 Eagle batters to effectively shut down the Eagle offense. McKenzie’s defense, normally error free, committed two errors in the game. Blake Anderson was the starting and losing pitcher as he worked 6 innings, giving up the 4 runs (3 earned) on 4 hits, while striking out 5 Dragon batters and walking 1. A game scheduled Monday, April 22, with Oakland, currently ranked #1 in the 2A/1A OSAA State Baseball Rankings, was postponed due to a League conflict in Oakland’s schedule. The Eagles host Lowell at Finn Rock on Thursday, April 25, with the first pitch thrown at 4:30 pm.
King Finishes 4th at McKenzie Invite
McKenzie’s Sydney King placed 4th in the McKenzie Invite Golf Meet held at Tokatee Golf Course, last Thursday, April 18. Reedsport’s Monica Vaughn won the 18 hole Tournament with a score of 74 (36,38), 10 strokes ahead of teammate Madi Richardson, who placed second at 84. King played a 45 on the front nine and finished with 48 on the back nine for a final score of 93. In the Boys Tournament, Eagle senior golfer Caleb Scrivner finished with a score of 118.
McKenzie Track at Oakridge District 1 Regular Meet
The Eagle Girl’s Track team placed 3rd overall in the five team meet, scoring 75 pts. Glide won the meet with 151.5 pts., followed by Reedsport with 115 pts. Yoncalla took 4th place with 70.5 pts. and Oakridge finished 5th with 40 pts. McKenzie’s Peace Shepherd led her team as she captured 1st place in the Javelin with a throw of 111-04, a 2nd place ribbon in the Shot Put (28-05.00) and a 2nd place throw in the Discus (79-00). Makaila Hiddleston also had a fine day as she won the Shot Put with a 31-06.00 effort, took 4th in the Javelin (90-05) and 6th in the Discus (65-05). Shyla Harlan sprinted to a 3rd place finish in the 200 m. race with a time of 30.70, a 3rd place leap of 14-00.50 in the Long Jump, and a 6th place finish in the 100 m. (14.70). Mandy Goddard ran to a 3rd place finish in the 100 m. Hurdles and 15th place in the 100 m. (16.10). Haley Jackson ran to a 5th place time in the 200 m. race (31.70) and a 12th place tie in the 100 m. (15.80). Katey Totten finished her race in the 300 m. Hurdles in 5th place with a time of 58.10. The Eagles Angie Estep threw a 13th place mark in the Javelin (42-01) and ran to a 17th place finish in the 100 m. (16.20).
In the Boys Meet, McKenzie finished the day as a team in 5th place with a score of 68.5 pts. Glide won the five way meet with 152 pts., Reedsport was second with 98 pts., Yoncalla finished 3rd at 92 pts., and Oakridge was fourth with 91.5 pts. The Eagles Ethan Satchell finished the day in first place in the 3000 m. race with a time of 12:41.30. Satchell also placed 5th in the 800 m. race (5:27.60). Teammate Bailey Adams took home 2nd place honors in the 400 m. race (57.80) and a 5th place leap of 15-09.50 in the Long Jump. Dorian Dilley ran to a second place time in the 200 m. race (25.20) and captured 7th in the 100 m. race (12.70). Jon Mahody earned a 2nd place ribbon in the 800 m. race (4:34.00). Teammate Drew Hamlow finished his 400 m. race in 4th place (1:00.00), while Dylan Garr took 6th place in the same race (5:34.10) and also placed in a 4th place tie in the High Jump, with a height of 4-06.00. Nate Welch threw his discus for a 12th place mark, (34-08), and a 14th place throw in the Javelin (41-09). The Eagles 4X100 m. Relay team , comprised of Adams, Mahody, Dilley, and Hamlow finished in 2nd place with a time of 49.90.
McKenzie River Reflections
By Cliff Richardson
Weather/road conditions will still dictate the status of the scheduled games this week. The Eagles Basketball Teams travel to Triangle Lake on Tuesday, December 10. The Varsity Boys will tip off at 5:30 pm. followed by the Varsity Girls starting at 7:00 pm. Thursday, Dec. 12, both Varsity Teams host Siletz Valley Charter, with the Boys scheduled for a 5:30 pm. start and the Girls at 7:00 pm. The following evening the Eagle Teams travel to Eddyville Charter, again with the Boys Team tipping off at 5:30 pm. and the Girls Team at 7:00 pm. Monday, December 16, McKenzie returns to the Coast country as they travel to contest the Mapleton Sailors. The Boys Team will start at 5:30 pm. and the Girls Team at 7:00 pm.
The Eagles Varsity Boys and Girls Basketball season opening games at the Yoncalla Tournament were canceled last Friday and Saturday, December 6 and 7. With schools around Lane County still under closure for inclement weather and icy roads, McKenzie’s scheduled Mt. West League opening games at Triangle Lake are likely to be rescheduled as well. Folks interested in the contests should contact McKenzie High School for updates or check online at osaa.org and link on winter activities.
McKenzie’s Devon Banks still holds the OSAA State 1A Basketball Tournament All-Time records in two categories. Banks, as a senior for the Eagles in 2004, successfully shot and made 9 3-pt. field goals out of 15 attempts in an OSAA State quarter final game versus North Clackamas Christian. Banks also holds the All Time State Tournament record for total 3 pt. shots made with 17, out of 28 attempts. Both records were set in 2004 when the Eagles lost their first game to North Clackamas Christian 68-71, and then rallied to defeat Umpqua Valley Christian 90-48, and defeat Arlington 60-51, earning a fourth place trophy.
The Eagles Taya Harbick likewise holds two OSAA State 1A Basketball Tournament records. Harbick, is in a tie for the High 3 pt. made percentage in a game with a 1.000 performance (versus Jewell), making 5 shots out of 5 attempts. Harbick also owns the High 3 pt. percentage in a Tournament with a .700 performance on 7-10 shooting. Both records were set in 2010.
McKenzie River Reflections
McKenzie Boys Open League With 2 Wins
The McKenzie Eagles began their defense of last season’s undefeated Mt. West League Championship with two League victories on the road. On Tuesday, Dec. 4, McKenzie traveled to meet the 2010-11 State Champions, Siletz Warriors. Siletz, always a worthy and dangerous team in their own gym, fell to the Eagles 54 to 46. Senior Blake Anderson led his team with a hard earned double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds. Fellow seniors Victor Vidal and Caleb Scrivner scored 13 points and 10 points respectively to in the win. On the following Thursday evening, the Eagle boys took the shorter trip to Marcola to tip off against the Mohawk Indians. McKenzie cruised to a 67 to 36 victory as Anderson continued to find the bottom of the net as he again led his team with 16 points. Teammate Caleb Scrivner scored 12 points as well for the Eagles. With the two victories and no defeats, McKenzie is currently at the top of the Mt. West League standings with Crow (1-0) and Triangle Lake (1-0). The Eagles continue League play on Tuesday, Dec. 11, when they host the Mapleton Sailors (tip-off 7 pm.). The Class 2A Oakridge Warriors representing the Mt. View League arrive the next night for a non-league contest, with tip-off again at 7 pm. McKenzie packs its bags for Mollala the following Friday evening, Dec. 14 (7 pm.), as the Eagles meet the Country Christian Cougars in the opening round of the annual Country Christian Cougar Basketball Tournament. McKenzie won the tournament last year. The Eagles will then play in Tournament play on Saturday, with their opponent to yet be decided.
Eagle Girls Basketball Defeat Siletz to Open 2012-13 Season
McKenzie Eagle Girl’s Basketball picked up where they left off last season with a 1A Oregon State Basketball Championship as they defeated the Siletz Warriors, 36 to 20, on the road last Tuesday, Dec. 4. Sophomore Buggy Hiddleston led her team’s efforts with 10 points on the evening, while Senior teammate Sydney King added another nine points. The Eagles did not accompany the Boys team to Mohawk the following Thursday as Mohawk, unfortunately, is not fielding a Girls team this season. Currently, the Eagles are knotted up at the top of the League Standings with Triangle Lake, Crow, and Lowell, all at 1-0 in League. McKenzie hosts the Mapleton Sailors, 5:30 pm. tip-off, on Tuesday, Dec. 11 and Oakridge, same time, on Wednesday, Dec. 12. The Eagle Girls travel with the Boys team to participate in the Country Christian Tournament on Friday, Dec. 14, with their first opponent the host Cougars.
Eagle Boys and Girls Broadside Sailors
The McKenzie Boys and Girls Varsity Basketball Teams played host to the Mapleton Sailors last Tuesday, Dec. 11, and each notched a Mt. West League victory to remain at the top of their respective standings.
The Eagle girls (2-0 in League) won handily, 39-23, and are tied with perennial rival Triangle Lake. The Hiddleston sisters, Buggy and Makaila paced the home Eagles with 10 points apiece to lead their team. Makaila showed her strength and dominance in the paint as she also hauled down 15 rebounds.
Sydney King at Mapleton.
In the Boys game, senior Eagle Caleb Scrivner notched a double-double as he scored 20 points to go along with 15 rebounds. Teammate Blake Anderson also added a double-double of his own with 14 points and 10 boards. Jon Mahody added 15 points for the Eagles as they improved to 3-0 in Mt. West League play and are knotted at the top with Crow and Triangle Lake (each 2-0).
Jon Mahody faces off with Mapleton.
McKenzie Girls Defeat Oakridge, Boys Upended
The Eagle Girl’s Varsity Basketball Team continued to play strong as they entertained the visiting Oakridge Warriors, Wednesday, Dec. 12 and sent the Upper Willamette Basin folks home with a 53-29 non-league defeat. McKenzie’s Buggy Hiddleston, followed up an outstanding evening on the court the night before versus Mapleton with another fine game as she led her team with 15 points and 8 rebounds. Teammate Shyla Harlan also had a nice game as she contributed 8 points offensively and kept the Warriors off balance with 6 defensive steals. In the Boys game, the Eagles took an 11 pt. lead into the locker-room at the halftime break (36-25), but couldn’t contain Oakridge’s Senior Austin White who shot devastatingly from downtown and drained five 3 point shots, totaled 27 points in the game and led his team with 6 assists. The White led Warrior second half rally ended in a 52-56 non-league defeat for the Eagles. Oakridge represents the 2A Mt. View League. Three Eagles scored in double figures in the game, led by Blake Anderson with 19 points. Bailey Adams added 11 pts. and Victor Vidal scored 10 pts.
Eagle Girls Grab 3rd Place Trophy at Country Christian Tourney
McKenzie traveled North to Mollala, Friday and Saturday, Dec. 14, 15 to compete in the annual Country Christian Basketball Tournament. On Friday evening, the Eagles hooked up with the host Country Christian Cougars and dropped their first game of the early season, losing 37-50. In the consolation game, the Eagles rebounded by defeating Horizon Christian (Tualatin) in a low scoring affair, 24-16. In the first game against the Cougars, Eagle Makaila Hiddleston led all scorers with 14 points while Senior teammate Sydney King chipped in an additional 10 pts. Against Horizon Christian, Shyla Harlan scored a third of her teams points as she tallied 8 points. With the win the Eagles captured third place in the Tournament and improved to 4-1 overall in the early 2012-13 season. The Eagle Girls continue Mt. West League play this Monday, Dec. 17 as they host the Eddyville Charter Eagles. On Wednesday, Dec. 19, the Crow Cougars visit and on Friday, Dec. 21, the Lowell Red Devils are in Finn Rock. All games tip off at 5:30 pm.
McKenzie Boys Drop Two in Mollala, Gain Experience
The Eagle Boys Basketball Team participated in and brought home valuable experience in the Annual Country Christian Basketball Tournament in Mollala on Friday, Dec. 14 and Sat., Dec. 15. In the first game of the event, the Eagle tipped off against #14 ranked Country Christian and succumbed to the host Cougars 39-49. In the consolation game, McKenzie faced an old rival from the 2A Tri-River Conference, the #5 ranked Regis Rams. Regis easily defeated the Eagles 31-55 to claim 3rd place in the tournament. McKenzie’s Blake Anderson led his team with 7 points against Regis. McKenzie is now 3-4 overall on the season. No other stats were available for the Country Christian and Regis boys games. McKenzie boys next host Crow on Wednesday, Dec. 19 and also host Lowell on Friday, Dec. 21. Those games both tip-off at 7:00 pm.
The McKenzie Varsity Basket-ball programs are off this week and through the first of the year. Basketball picks up again on January 2 as both teams participate in the annual 1A Hoops Classic held at Portland Lutheran. The Varsity Wrestling program resumes on December 28 at the Myrtle Point Wrestling Tournament held on the South Coast.
McKenzie easily defeated an over-matched Mohawk Varsity girls team last Wednesday, December 18, winning 69-4. The Indians were unable to score until the fourth quarter. The Eagles scored 26 pts. in the first quarter and added 24 pts. in the second quarter to lead 50-0 at the half time break. McKenzie tallied 15 pts. in the third period and both teams finished the game with 4 pts. each in the final quarter. Senior post Makaila Hiddleston led all players with 21 pts. Hiddleston added 5 rebounds and 1 steal. Senior wing Shyla Harlan scored 11 pts. while stealing the ball 4 times. Junior Buggy Hiddleston also scored in double figures as she tallied 10 pts. and contributed 6 assists. Sophomore Jorden Smith, working at the point, stole the ball 9 times while adding 7 pts. Other Eagles scoring were Katey Totten with 7 pts. and 4 rebounds, Aly Mathews with 6 pts., Kailyn Ringler with 4 pts. and 4 rebounds, and Isabella Espinoza, who scored 3 pts.
McKenzie Boys Team Outlasts Mapleton 30-22, Downs Mohawk, 53-43
The Eagles improved their early season record to 2-0 as they defeated the visiting Indians last Wednesday evening, December 18. McKenzie defeated Mapleton 30-22 last Monday, December 16. Head Coach Galen Scrivner lamented the slow, sloppy effort by the Eagles citing missed practices and 5 canceled games due to the recent snow weather. Fortunately for visiting McKenzie, senior Bailey Adams was a spark as he led his team with 23 pts. and 12 rebounds, the latter stat a personal record.
Against Mohawk, Adams recorded a double-double as he led all scorers with 19 pts. while hauling down 17 rebounds, resetting his previous best versus Mapleton. With the Eagles easily in control by 20 at the end of three quarters, all hands on deck were able to see action. Junior post Alex Nastasiuk “played a strong inside game with 5 blocked shots and 15 pts.”, according to Coach Scrivner. Junior guard Eric Huffman and sophomore forward Drew Hamlow added 8 pts. apiece. Coach Scrivner also praised Huffman for his defensive production.
The Eagle Girls lost their Tour-nament opener to host North Douglas, 27-42, last Friday, December 20. The team rebounded the following afternoon versus Elkton, who lost to Yoncalla 35-45, defeating the Elks soundly 42-28 for the split on the road. In the first contest, McKenzie led at the halftime break 15-14 but North Douglas opened up the game by outscoring the visitors 15-8 in the third period to retake the lead and polished off the win by outpointing the Eagles 14-4 in the final quarter. Makaila Hiddleston led her team with 11 pts. and 5 rebounds. Buggy Hiddleston dropped in 8 pts. before fouling out of the game, Katey Totten and Shyla Harlan each added 4 pts., which completed the Eagles scoring. Harlan also grabbed 5 rebounds and Jorden Smith recorded 5 assists. The following day, McKenzie started off slow, trailing in both the first two periods (13-16 at the half) but fired up in the second half to take the lead and secure the victory. McKenzie led 29-23 at the end of the third quarter and outscored the Elks 13-5 in the final period. Buggy Hiddleston led all scorers with 24 pts. and 9 rebounds. Makaila Hiddleston scored 12 pts. with 4 rebounds, Shyla Harlan added 4 pts. and handed out 5 assists, and Jorden Smith scored the other 2 Eagle pts. The McKenzie girls team finished out the week with a 2-1 Mt. West League record and a 3-2 overall record.
The McKenzie boys team fared not so well as they fell to the host team North Douglas Warriors 52-29 in the first game on Friday, December 20. The next day, the Elkton Elks also defeated McKenzie by the score of 42-28. At the end of the week the Eagle boys team were 2-1 in Mt. West League play and have a 2-3 overall record.
McKenzie River Reflections
McKenzie Varsity Sports Schedule This Week
The McKenzie Varsity Girls Basketball team hosts Trinity Lutheran on Wednesday, December 3, with tip-off scheduled for 5:30 pm. The Eagle team next travels to Yoncalla on Friday, December 5 for a game with Yoncalla (annual two day Yoncalla Tournament) and game time is scheduled for 6:00 pm. The team will return to Yoncalla on Saturday, December 6, with game time and the opponent to be decided.
The McKenzie Varsity Boys team will travel to Yoncalla on Friday, December 5 to play Yoncalla (Yoncalla Tournament) with game time tip-off slated for 7:30 pm. The Eagle Boys will also play at Yoncalla on Saturday, December 6, at 7:00 pm. against an opponent yet to be determined.
McKenzie Volleyball Touted For Academic Success
McKenzie’s 2014 Varsity Volleyball team not only had a fine season on the court, they also performed well in the classroom, posting a 3.46 team GPA. The team placed 22nd in the final 1A team listings, highest of any Mt. West League teams.
Lowell also made the listings with a 3.43 team GPA, followed by Eddyville Charter (3.05) and Mapleton (3.04). The Oregon School Activities Association honors all teams that earn a team GPA of 3.00 and greater. Umpqua Valley Christian and North Clackamas Christian tied for top 1A honors with a team GPA of 3.95. Three Mt. West League football teams were distinguished by OSAA with Yoncalla posting a 3.14 GPA, followed by North Douglas at 3.03 and Mapleton at 3.02.
Eagle Wrestling Dropped
McKenzie will not participate in Varsity wrestling this season. Too few, qualified athletes to field a team was the stated reason. Last season, the Eagle’s Head Wrestling Coach R.O. Gamez coached four athletes in his first season as a varsity head coach.
Gone to graduation are Casey Mitchell and Lane Kruse. Dylan Garr, a senior this season and Levi Sturgill, a sophomore, competed on last season’s team. Garr finished his 2013 season with a third place finish in the Special District 2 Wrestling Championships at the 195 lb. weight class and the Eagle team brought home the 2014 District Sportsmanship Trophy.
Eagle Equestrian Krystal Kruse Will Compete For Colts
McKenzie freshman Krystal Kruse will take her equestrian skills to Thurston in a cooperative athletic arrangement for the 2014 season. McKenzie does not sponsor a Varsity Equestrian team and Thurston does. The Colts participate in the Oregon High School Equestrian Team program and is a member of the South Valley District, currently represented by 24 OSAA schools, over all classifications.
Other 1A Mt. West League schools that are members of the S.V. District are Lowell, Mapleton, and Mohawk. A South Valley District Meet #1 is scheduled for February 6-8, 2015 at the Oregon Horse Center in Eugene. The Eagles also sent athletes to Lowell last baseball season in a cooperative deal and have also done so recently in middle school football.
Eagle Basketball Opening Rosters Posted
McKenzie Boys Varsity Basketball posted its first roster of the 2014 season this week and nine out of the thirteen athletes taking the hardwoods will list six feet or taller. Returning for McKenzie Hoops is 6-4 senior Alex Nastasiuk, 6-1 junior Drew Hamlow, and 6-1 sophomore Chanse Hamlow. Senior Blue Bloomer, 6-1, returns to the Eagle team after attending school at Thurston last year. Also returning from last season’s team are 5-9 senior Eric Huffman, 5-11 senior Trevor Spray, 5-7 sophomore Matt Brownlee, 6-0 sophomore James Rimmer, and 5-8 sophomore Jason McCarrick.
Coach Scrivner welcomes newcomers 6-3 senior Trevor Evans, 6-2 sophomore Scott Willis, 6-1 freshman Ian Dundon, and 6-2 freshman Codee Clark.
The latest McKenzie Girls Varsity Basketball roster shows eight athletes with senior Kailyn Ringler now listed and senior Mikalah Gonzales not currently listed. Other Eagles returning for Head Coach David Duncan’s team are seniors Katey Totten, Buggy Hiddleston, and Aly Heins, juniors Jorden Smith and Idgie Joe, and sophomore Miyanna Hayes. Coach Duncan welcomes just one freshman this season thus far, Paige Lowry.
McKenzie Alumni Update
Several Eagle alumni are participating athletically at the collegiate level. Currently, Jordan Wiley (MHS 2012) is playing basketball at Western Oregon University. Wiley starts for the Wolves who are a NCAA Division II team. Karissa Harbick (MHS 2012) is playing basketball for Oregon Institute of Technology, a NAIA member team. Trey Harbick (MHS 2010) and Taya Harbick (MHS 2012) both play for the New Hope Christian College Mens and Womens Basketball teams respectively. New Hope is a member of the NCCAA (National Christian College Athletic Association).
1A Football Update
The Adrian Antelopes defeated the Sherman Huskies, 46-28, earning the Eastern Oregon team the 2014 OSAA State 1A Football Championship. The Championship Title is the first in school history for Adrian in eleven State playoff appearances.
McKenzie River Reflections
McKenzie Boys/Girls Open 2012/13 Hoops Season
The McKenzie Eagle Boys and Girls Basketball programs return to the Hardwood following successful Fall Seasons in Football and Volleyball. The Eagle Boys Football Team finished 4th in the Mt. West League and the Girls Volleyball Team won the League Championship and participated in the second round of the OSAA State Volleyball Championships. Both Basketball Programs are also coming off highly successful
2011-12 campaigns where the Girls won the 1A OSAA State Basketball Championship and the Boys captured the 2nd Place Trophy. Both Teams will open Mt. West League play on the road this week, traveling to Siletz Valley on Tuesday, Dec. 4 and the Boys Team to Mohawk on Thursday, Dec. 6. Mohawk will not have a Girl’s Basketball Team this season. The Girls will tip off at 5:30 pm. and the Boys at 7:00 pm. in each of those contests.
New Head Coach David Duncan takes over the reins of the Eagle Girls Team following the departure of Head Coach Darin Harbick. Duncan has coached previously at the sub-varsity level at 2A Weston-McEwen from the Blue Mountain Conference in Northeastern Oregon. Kitty Price returns to McKenzie as the Assistant Coach. The Eagles experienced the graduation of only two but very dynamic and productive senior player/leaders from last year’s squad in Taya Harbick and Karissa Harbick. Taya was honored as the 2011-12 1A Girl’s Basketball State Player of the Year and cousin Karissa Harbick shared 1A First Team All-State honors. Taya is currently attending Northwest Christian University and playing both Golf and Basketball. Karissa is attending Oregon Institute of Technology and playing Basketball. The Lady Eagles return an experienced group for Coach Duncan to work with in seniors Sydney King, Corinna Price, Peace Shepherd, and Samantha Winningham, juniors Delphine Clark, Shyla Harlan, and Makaila Hiddleston, and sophomore Buggy Hiddleston. Newcomers to the Team this season are seniors Sarah Rux and Macie Ryerse, junior Ayshia Seiler, and lone freshman Jordan Smith.
With the departure of Eagle Boys Basketball Head Coach Mike Wiley, Galen Scrivner returns to the Program’s Helm. Coach Wiley took over for longtime Eagle Coach Scrivner in 2001 when the latter briefly retired from the Varsity ranks to coach his young son’s elementary team. Since then, Scrivner has successfully worked as the Head Basketball Coach at a private High School in California. The Eagle Boy’s team lost several key players to graduation last year including 1A OSAA Boy’s Basketball Player of the Year, Jordan Wiley. Wiley is currently attending Western Oregon University and playing basketball for the Wolves. Other senior leaders graduating from the Eagle team that finished with a school record 29-1 win-loss record, are Jesse Dundon, Haaken Plews, Kendell Reese, and Will Totten. Returning this season as seniors are Blake Anderson, Jon Mahody, and Victor Vidal. Also returning is junior Bailey Adams and sophomores Dorian Dilley, Eric Huffman, and Alex Nastasiuk. Newcomers to the Eagle squad are seniors Seth Burson, Josh Ness, and Caleb Scrivner, sophomores Jeff Bayer and Blue Bloomer, and freshman Drew Hamlow.
Honkers Cook Eagle’s Goose in Opener
The McKenzie Eagle Boys opened their 2012-13 Basketball Team with an exciting 52-54 overtime loss to the visiting Arlington Honkers last Friday, Nov. 30. Arlington, represents the Big Sky League, perhaps currently the toughest 1A League in the State which includes defending State Champion Horizon Christian (Hood River), Sherman ( 6th place State Finish last season), Ione, Echo, South Wasco County and Condon/Wheeler. In the Eagles loss, Bailey Adams led his team with 26 pts. and Blake Anderson added another 9 pts. No other stats were available at press time.
Triangle Lake Thwarts McKenzie Title Repeat
McKenzie Head Coach Galen Scrivner’s team held a slim advantage last Thursday, Feb. 7, in a showdown with the Lakers of Triangle Lake. The winner would lay claim to the Mt. West League regular season Championship and enter the League Tournament as the number 1 seed. The Eagles had defeated the Lakers earlier on the road, but had lost to Crow the game prior to Thursday’s tip-off, dropping McKenzie into a tie with Triangle Lake. But the Eagles had the Lakers on their own home court, a favorable crowd, senior night, and the return of Senior Victor Vidal to the starting lineup. One might have thought the defending 2012 League Champions had the deck stacked in their favor and would send the visiting Lakers home disappointed. Trouble was nobody informed Triangle Lake the above script and lead by an outstanding shooting night by the Lakers Chad Steinhauer, 26 pts., and a relative cold shooting night for the Eagles as a team, it was Triangle Lake who claimed the Title, winning 54-40. McKenzie must now evaluate how and why it has lost three games in a row and prepare for a Mt. West League Tournament first round rematch with upstart Crow, who defeated the Eagles recently at Finn Rock, 48-56. The Cougars and the Eagles ended the regular season tied with identical records, but McKenzie holds the tiebreaker by virtue of defeating Crow by a larger margin (55-44) earlier in the season. That first round game will tip off Tues., Feb. 12 at 7:00 pm. Should the Eagles defeat Crow, they would once again face the Lakers the following Saturday for the Mt. West League Tournament Championship and the #1 seed to the OSAA State Championships. Against the Lakers, Senior Jon Mahody lead his team with 11 pts. while Junior Bailey Adams added 10 pts. No other stats were available.
Lady Lakers Lamblast Lackluster Eagles, Earn Championship
Triangle Lake’s dynamic duo, Kianna Brown, 30 pts. and Abi Wynn, 20 pts. together outscored a cold shooting McKenzie team last Thursday, Feb. 7 at Finn Rock, and the Lakers laid claim to the 2013 Mt. West League Regular Season Title. The Eagles fell 66-34 in a game that was never close from the tip-off. While Brown and Wynn were trading baskets and capitalizing on Eagle turnovers, McKenzie couldn’t find an opportunity to reverse the momentum. The Lakers had defeated the Eagles earlier in the season 63-35, and the only hope the Eagles had to win back to back League titles was to defeat Triangle Lake by more points than the previous margin. Brown/Wynn and Co. made sure that did not happen. McKenzie will now host 3rd place Lowell in a Mt. West League Tournament First Round game on Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 5:30 pm. Should the Eagles beat the Red Devils, they would advance to the League Tournament Championship game, once again against the 5th ranked Lakers on Saturday, Feb. 16, and play for the 1st seed to the OSAA State Championships. McKenzie is the 2012 Defending State 1A Champs. Against the Lakers on Thurs., Eagle Senior Post Samantha Winningham led her team with 8 pts. Fellow Senior Sydney King chipped in 5 pts as well. No other stats were available.
McKenzie High honored it’s Senior Basketball Athletes and their parent/guardians at the last regular season game last Thursday, Feb. 7. The Eagle Girls Team was represented by Guards Macie Ryerse, Sarah Rux,and Sydney King, Wing Corinna Price, Forward Peace Shepherd, Post Samantha Winningham, and Manager Tess Langan. King, Price, Shepherd, Winningham and Langan played on last season’s State Championship Team. The McKenzie Senior Boys honored were Forwards Caleb Scrivner, Victor Vidal, Blake Anderson, and Seth Burson, Guards Jon Mahody and Josh Ness, and Manager Jesse Eaton. Vidal, Anderson, and Mahody played on last season’s State 2nd place team that set a new school win/loss record of 29-1.
By Cliff Richardson
McKenzie’s Varsity Girls Basketball team hosts the St. Paul Buckaroos on Tuesday, February 25, with game time scheduled for a 6:00 pm. tipoff. An Eagle win would earn McKenzie a Second Round game to be scheduled on Friday, February 28 with an opponent, place and time also yet to be decided.
Mapleton’s Tucker Ford disrupted the McKenzie offense with 7 steals and the junior standout scored 13 pts. in the Sailor’s 39-29 victory over the Eagles in the first round of the Mt. West League playoffs. Mapleton and host McKenzie finished tied in the final Mt. West League Boys Basketball regular season standings at 7-9. The Eagles earned the home court advantage in the first round of the League playoffs by virtue of defeating the Sailors twice during the season. But it was Mapleton that won the biggest game of the season between the two League rivals, defeating the Eagles on their own court. In a game that might have gone the other way, the Eagles lost their standout play-maker, senior Bailey Adams, to injury with approximately four minutes left in the contest. Adams did not return to play for the remainder of the game. Adams scored 14 pts. to lead all scorers while teammate Alex Nastasiuk added 10 pts. as the two players tallied 24 pts. of their team’s 29 pt. total. McKenzie’s 2014 season ended with a 7-18 overall record. Mapleton earned a trip to Crow on Thursday for a game that determined which team would begin spring activities and which would travel to the Morse Event Center for a game versus Lowell. Crow prevailed 57-54 and advanced to Saturday’s game with the Red Devils. The victor of that game would earn the third and final seed from the League to the OSAA State Boys Basketball Championships. Lowell defeated Crow in a close contest, 60-56 and will travel to the Skyline League’s second seed Camas Valley on Wednesday, February 26, for a first round State playoff game. Siletz Valley defeated Triangle Lake in the Mt. West League Tournament Championship game Saturday, 74-67, earning the Warriors a first round bye in the State playoffs and the advantage of hosting a second round State game on March 1. Triangle Lake, as the League’s second seed, hosts a first round game versus C. S. Lewis Academy, the Casco League’s 3rd seed. That game is scheduled for Wednesday, 7:00 pm.
The third ranked McKenzie Eagles (22-4) knew they would have their hands full with the fourth ranked Triangle Lake Lakers when they met in the Mt. West League Championship game on Saturday, February 22. And with the Eagles standout junior starter Buggy Hiddleston out with a season ending injury, the task became that much more formidable. Indeed, the Eagles missed Hiddleston sorely, losing to the Lakers 39-21, the third time this season and by the largest margin. The game wasn’t ever close as the Eagles fell behind 12-3 in the first quarter and were trailing 20-7 at the half. McKenzie’s offense sputtered all game as the Eagles shot a meager 17% from the field and 42% from the free-throw line. The Lakers, exploiting their familiar rival’s misfortunes, amped up the defensive pressure on the Eagle’s Makaila Hiddleston and Katey Totten. Hiddleston was held to well below her season average as she tallied just 4 pts., 4 rebounds and 2 assists. Totten added 1 pt., 4 rebounds, an assist, and 2 steals. The Lakers meanwhile, were led by Mt. West League MVP Kianna Brown’s 25 pts. and 9 rebounds. Triangle Lake easily dominated the 3rd quarter, outscoring McKenzie 13-6 and establishing a 33-13 margin going into the 4th quarter and ensuring the rout final. The Eagles Jorden Smith led her team offensively with 9 pts., 6 rebounds, 1 assist and 5 steals. Shyla Harlan scored 5 pts., secured 6 rebounds, had an assist and a steal. Isabella Espinoza scored 2 pts. and Kailyn Ringler added a rebound. Triangle Lake captured the Tournament Trophy and will represent the League in the upcoming OSAA State Girls Basketball Championships as the #1 seed. Fortunately for the Eagles, their season continues representing the Mt. West League as the #2 seed and thus earning Coach David Duncan’s team a home game in the First Round of the State playoffs against the 16th ranked St. Paul Buckaroos (16-11), the third seed out of the Casco League. That game will be played at McKenzie on Tuesday, February 25, with the tip-off at 6:00 pm. Lowell defeated Crow, 60-42, on Saturday to nail down the third and final seed to State. The Red Devils will travel to Elkton for a game with the #2 seed from the Skyline League. Triangle Lake has a bye in the First Round and will host a second round game with the opponent yet to be decided.
McKenzie Varsity Wrestler Dylan Garr captured third place Saturday, February 22, at the OSAA 2A/1A Special District 2 Wrestling Championships held at Reedsport Community Charter School. Garr, wrestling in the 195 lb. class earned byes up to the semi-final match, which he lost in 0:55 by pin to Thomas Keeler from Gold Beach. In his only other match in the consolation final, Garr won by major decision, 10-1, over Evan Nolan of Lowell, earning him third place. Lane Kruse, wrestling for McKenzie in the 138 lb. weight class lost his first match by an 11-5 decision to Justyn Barton of Lowell and then fell in his consolation match by a 10-5 decision to Jacob Gunn from Riddle. Eagle Levi Sturgill, competing in the 145 lb. weight class, lost his quarter-final match by forfeit to Riley Train of Myrtle Point and lost his consolation match by forfeit to Jerry Trejo of Mohawk. Both Kruse and Sturgill are done for the season. McKenzie senior Casey Mitchell was unable to compete due to injury. The Eagle team earned the District Sportsmanship Award.
The Mt. West League Basketball Coaches honored several McKenzie athletes recently in selection of the League’s 2014 All-League Teams. Voted to the Mt. West League Boy’s First Team was the Eagle’s Bailey Adams. Teammate Alex Nastasiuk was voted to the League’s Third Team. The McKenzie Boys Team also earned the 2014 Mt. West League Sportsmanship Award. Makaila Hiddleston was voted to the Mt. West League Girl’s First Team. Buggy Hiddleston and Katey Totten were honored as Second Team Selections, Shyla Harlan was voted to the Third Team and Jorden Smith was selected for the Honorable Mention Team. McKenzie Head Coach David Duncan was named by his peers as the 2014 Mt. West League Coach of the Year.
By Cliff Richardson
McKenzie Varsity Sports Schedule This Week
McKenzie’s Varsity Basketball teams host two games at home this week. On Tuesday, February 4, Crow will visit with the Girls game scheduled for 5:30 pm. and the Boys at 7:00 pm. Lowell will arrive on Friday, February 7, with the Girls tipping off at 5:30 pm. and the Boys starting at 7:00 pm. The Eagles Varsity Wrestling team will travel to Oakridge, Wednesday, February 5, for a Dual Meet starting at 5:00 pm.
Eagles Set To Honor Winter Senior Athletes
McKenzie will honor its winter senior athletes and their parent/guardians on Friday, February 7, during the varsity basketball games scheduled with Lowell. Two senior girls will be honored this year, Shyla Harlan, who starts at the wing position for the Eagles and post standout Makaila Hiddleston. Both ladies were members of McKenzie’s 2012 State Champion team and helped lead the Eagles last season return to Baker City. Hiddleston was a first team Mt. West All League selection last season and chosen for the second team All League in 2012. The Eagles Boys team will honor Bailey Adams, its lone senior player. Adams played on the McKenzie teams that brought home a 2nd place OSAA State trophy in 2012 and a third place trophy in 2011. The senior guard was a second team Mt. West League selection last season. McKenzie also will recognize its two senior wrestlers, Casey Mitchell and Lane Kruse. Mitchell has represented the Eagles this season wrestling in the 152 weight classification while Kruse wrestled in the 138 lb. classification.
McKenzie Ladies Overwhelm Mohawk
The Mohawk Varsity Girls team hasn’t won a game this season and most likely won’t. The young team is working hard on developing Varsity level basketball skills and several of the Indians players have not had the opportunity previously to play much organized basketball. The learning process takes time and credit the Indians for their efforts and for keeping their program alive. Needless to say, the Eagles easily dominated the game last Tuesday, January 28, at Mohawk, defeating the hosts 59-6. Clearly the Eagles could have scored more, so credit Head Coach David Duncan and his team for keeping the contest as reasonable as possible under the circumstances. McKenzie outscored Mohawk 17-0 in the first quarter and lead 33-0 at the half. The Eagles, while playing their entire roster, lead 50-3 at the end of the third quarter. Makaila Hiddleston scored 16 pts. had 5 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 blocked shots. Three other Eagle players scored in double figures. Buggy Hiddleston dropped in 12 pts., secured 8 rebounds, had 3 steals, and a block. Shyla Harlan tallied 11 pts., 4 steals, 3 assists, and a rebound. Katey Totten finished the evening with 10 pts. and 3 steals. Jorden Smith finished with 5 pts., 7 rebounds, 2 steals, and an assist, while Kailyn Ringler scored 4 pts., also grabbed 7 rebounds, and had a steal and an assist. Isabella Espinoza scored 1 pt., had 1 rebound and 1 assist. McKenzie shot 53% from the field.
Eagles Win at Mohawk, 63-26
McKenzie’s achieved its longest win streak this season with a dominant win at Mohawk on Tuesday, January 28. The Eagle’s victory was its third consecutive.
Eagle Girls Defeat Eddyville, 48-18
Makaila Hiddleston once again led all game scorers as she tallied 18 pts. against the visiting Eddyville Eagles last Friday, January 31. The senior earned 8 of her pts. at the charity stripe where she was 8-10. Hiddleston also had 4 rebounds and 2 steals in the game. Teammates Buggy Hiddleston and Katey Totten each scored in double figures with 11 pts. and each player also grabbed 6 rebounds. B. Hiddleston also had 4 assists, 2 steals and a blocked shot. Totten stole the ball twice and had an assist. Shyla Harlan shot for 6 pts., dished out 7 assists, stole the ball 6 times and had a blocked shot. Aly Mathews, off the bench, scored 2 pts., hauled in 3 rebounds, and had an assist. Jorden Smith did not score but had 5 rebounds, 1 steal and 1 assist. As a team, the Eagles shot 42% from the field. Halftime score: McKenzie 30, Eddyville 7.
Adams Second Career Triple Double - Eagles Upend Eddyville 54-16
If Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson were a McKenzie Basketball fan he would be “happy, happy, happy” as the Eagles defeated the visiting Eddyville Eagles last Friday night, January 31, earning their sixth win of the season. McKenzie is 6-7 in Mt. West League play and 6-15 overall. Senior Bailey Adams earned his first career triple double versus Eddyville the previous week and recorded his second this week, also against the Coastal Eagles. This time Adams scored 11 pts., had 10 rebounds, and 10 steals. Sophomore teammate Drew Hamlow shot for 16 pts. and junior Alex Nastasiuk also scored in double figures as he tallied 14 pts.
McKenzie Wrestlers Compete at Monroe
The Eagle Varsity Wrestling team participated in the Monroe Invite Wrestling Tournament last Saturday, February 1. Levi Sturgill, wrestled in the 145 lb. weight class and won his first match by pin (4:28) over Alex Birkby of Springfield Sturgill lost his second match however to the eventual Champion, Shane Bearden of Harrisburg, by pin in 2:44. In the 152 weight class, Eagle senior wrestler Casey Mitchell pinned his opening opponent, Jacob French of Philomath in 1:00. Mitchell dropped his second match to Central wrestler Tanner Swinehart, by fall (pin) in 3:55. Dylan Garr wrestled in the 195 lb. weight class and won his first match by fall over Santiam Christian wrestler Dustin Kuhn in 1:31, but Garr lost his second match by pin to Lowell wrestler Collyn Lawson in 0:42.
Red Devils Burn Eagles
The Lowell Red Devils upended Mt. West League leader McKenzie 54-51 last Tue., Jan. 29 at Lowell. The Eagles entered the game undefeated in League play and were a clear favorite to win the second game of the season against Lowell. McKenzie defeated the Red Devils by 19 pts. (59-40) in the first game and might have been looking too far ahead on the schedule with Crow and Triangle Lake both on the horizon. Both rivals are now back in the hunt for the League title with Triangle Lake tied at the top with McKenzie at 10-1 and Crow is 2 games back at 8-3. The Eagles wrap up their regular season schedule with Crow and then Triangle Lake as the last two games respectively. Against the Red Devils, Eagle senior Victor Vidal lead all scorers in the game with 18 pts. Teammates Caleb Scrivner and Bailey Adams each added 12 pts.
McKenzie Girls Beat Lowell, 48-38
McKenzie’s Varsity Girls Basketball Team defeated the Lowell Red Devils at Lowell last Tues., Jan. 29. The win was timely in that the Eagles remained a half game back of the Mt. West League leading Triangle Lake Lakers, with a showdown scheduled for Finn Rock on Feb. 7. McKenzie beat Lowell by a ten point margin, but the Eagles could not shake the Red Devils until the 4th period when they outscored the hosts 12-5. The Eagles held a slim 9-8 lead at the end of the first period and each team scored 13 in the second period for a tight 22-21 half time score. McKenzie was able to extend their slim lead to 3 pts. by the end of the 3rd period (36-33). Makaila Hiddleston lead all scorers in the contest with 14 pts. and tallied another double-double as she also hauled down 10 rebounds. Eagle post player Katey Totten had an outstanding game of her own as she scored 7 pts., grabbed 13 rebounds and added 5 steals. Corinna Price scored 7 pts., and Shyla Harlan added another 4 steals. Senior Samantha Winningham also had an excellent night on the court as she scored 6 pts., had 8 rebounds, and stole the ball 5 times. As a team the Eagles pilfered a total of 21 steals from Lowell’s offense and at the other end of the court had a team total of 12 assists.
McKenzie Traps Wolverines, Looks For Cougar Tracks
The McKenzie Eagles were the hosts for the Alsea Wolverines last Friday eve.
Feb. 1 and defeated the visitors from Benton County 59-36. With the win, the Eagles at 11-1, remain in a tie for first place in the Mt. West League with Triangle Lake, winners Fri. over Siletz Valley, 60-49. McKenzie will host the Crow Cougars, currently in 3rd place in the League standings, on Tuesday, Feb. 5. McKenzie Senior Blake Anderson lead all scorers in the game with 16 pts. and added 9 steals to his game line. Junior Bailey Adams rang up a double-double in the game as he scored 12 pts. to go with 10 rebounds.
Eagle Girls Wallop Wolverines
Senior Samantha Winningham lead her team to victory over the visiting Alsea Wolverines last Fri., Feb. 1 as she scored 13 pts. McKenzie won the game easily 50-23 and stayed within a half game of the Mt. West League leaders, Triangle Lake. The Eagles set the pace early in the game by outscoring the Wolverines 14-3 in the opening quarter and commanding a 25-5 lead at the half time break. The score at the end of the 3rd period had McKenzie up 38-17. Makaila Hiddleston added 11 pts. in the winning cause. Eagle teammates Corinna Price, Buggy Hiddleston, and Jorden Smith all added 6 pts. McKenzie’s Katey Totten and Shyla Harlan each secured 7 rebounds while Harlan also lead her team with 5 steals.
McKenzie Girls Clobber Columbia Christian
McKenzie completed the last non-League road trip of the 2013 regular season as they traveled to Portland to battle the Columbia Christian Knights of the Valley 10 League. The Eagle girls were the first game scheduled out of the bus and didn’t get their sea-legs until the 2nd quarter as they ended the first quarter tied 4-4, but outscored the Knights 15-6 in the second to go into the locker-room at halftime leading 19-10. The Eagles established themselves in firm control however following the break as they scored 20 pts. in the 3rd and held Columbia Christian to 12 to take a 39-22 lead. The Knights had no answer for the Eagles Makaila Hiddleston as she lead her team with 14 pts. while adding 6 rebounds and 4 steals to her game line. Ayshia Seiler scored 5 pts. for McKenzie. Samantha Winningham hauled in 7 rebounds, Katey Totten grabbed another 5 rebounds, while Shyla Harlan added 5 more rebounds and 4 steals. Corinna Price also had 4 steals in the game for the Eagles. McKenzie’s Mt. West League record is 11-1 and 16-5 overall following this game and they are ranked at 11th in the latest OSAA polls. Triangle Lake (11-0, 18-3) enters the last regular season week with a slim half game lead over the Eagles for first place. McKenzie hosts Crow on Monday, Feb. 4 and hosts Triangle Lake on Thursday, Feb. 7. Both contests tip-off at 5:30 pm.
Knights Knock- off Eagles, 49-35
McKenzie’s Varsity Girls dominated visiting Crow on Monday night, defeating the Cougars convincingly 44-17. The Eagles now host the Mt. West League leading Triangle Lake Lakers in a pivotal game this Thursday, Feb. 7. The Mt. West League title and subsequent seeding in the League Tournament is at stake on a night where McKenzie will honor its Senior players. The 6th ranked Lakers defeated the 11th ranked Eagles earlier in the season, 63-35, and are lead by high scoring Kiana Brown and teammate Abi Wynn. Makaila Hiddleston was the game’s leading scorer Monday as she scored 16 pts. and hauled in 6 rebounds. Samantha Winningham earned a double-double on the evening as she scored 10 pts. and grabbed 10 rebounds.
Cougars Even Score, Defeat Eagles 56-48
The Crow Cougars arrived at Finn Rock, home of the Eagles, 2 games out of first place, with McKenzie and Triangle Lake both tied at the top of the Mt. West League standings. When the visitors packed their bags for the trip home they had knocked the Eagles off their perch and positioned themselves, potentially, for a second place tie, pending the outcome of the McKenzie/Triangle Lake showdown on Thursday, Feb. 7. Triangle Lake maintained sole possession of first place in the League as they defeated Alsea 91-47 on Monday evening. The Eagles are currently in second place, one game behind the Lakers and one game ahead of the Cougars. Against Crow, McKenzie’s Bailey Adams led all scorers as he tallied 23 pts. The Eagles held a slim 25-24 pt. lead at the halftime break, holding Crow’s leading scorer, Brayden Anderson, to just two pts. That all changed however in the second half as Anderson shook his slump, scored 15 pts in the rest of the game as the Cougars established a 37-34 lead at the end of three periods. Anderson wound up with 17 pts. (6-6 at the free-throw line), 11 rebounds, 4 assists, and 1 steal.
The Eagle Boys and Girls Varsity Basketball Teams returned to Mt. West League action last Friday as they traveled west to the Alsea Valley to challenge the Wolverines. The Eagle girls defeated Alsea easily 70-31. Other stats for the game were not available.
In the Boys game, McKenzie also defeated the host team 70-50. Eagle senior Caleb Scrivner led his team with another double-double as he scored 16 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. Three other players from McKenzie scored in double figures according to a Register Guard report.
McKenzie played host to the Eddyville Eagle Girls Basketball team last Monday evening in a Mt. West League make up game that had been postponed due to weather conditions earlier in the season. The home Eagles defeated the coastal visitors 48-32 behind the scoring efforts of Makaila Hiddleston, who led all scorers with 22 pts. Hiddleston earned her own double-double by also hauling in 14 rebounds and 4 assists. Teammate Samantha Winningham dropped in 7 pts. to go along with 3 rebounds and 3 blocked shots. McKenzie held a 16-8 advantage at the end of the first quarter, but the feisty Eddyville team closed the gap in the second quarter as McKenzie's lead slipped to 3 at the break, 20-17. Head McKenzie Coach David Duncan had his team ready following halftime locker session as the home Eagles outscored Eddyville 18-9 to open up the game. The score at the end of the 3rd quarter was 38-26 and McKenzie secured the win by outscoring the visitors 10-6 in the final quarter. With the victory, McKenzie (currently ranked 17th in the OSAA State rankings) earned a tie at the top of the Mt. West League standings with the 6th ranked Triangle Lake Lakers. Both teams are 5-0 in League play. McKenzie is 9-2 overall on the season and the Lakers are 11-2. Both teams lock horns this Friday, Jan. 11, at Triangle Lake with the tip off set at 5:30 pm. for the girls and 7:00 pm. for the Boys. The Eagle Boys (5-0, 6-6) are one-half game back of the Laker Boys (6-0, 10-4) in the Mt. West League standings. Triangle Lake's gym will be packed and standing room only for the games, so supporters should arrive early to secure a good seat.
By Cliff Richardson
McKenzie Varsity Sports Schedule This Week
The Eagle Basketball teams travel to Siletz Valley Charter on Tuesday, January 21, with the Girls scheduled for a 5:30 pm. start followed by the Boys at 7:00 pm. Both teams are at home on Friday, January 24, versus Mapleton, with the Girls tipping off at 5:30 pm. and the Boys at 7:00 pm. Saturday, January 25, the two teams travel to Eddyville. The Girls are scheduled for a 3:00 pm. start and the Boys tip off at 4:30 pm. The Eagle Wrestling team is scheduled for a Dual Meet at Crow on Friday, January 24, with a 5:00 pm. start.
Eagles Smother Devil’s Fire, Scramble League Standings
Makaila Hiddleston’s hot shooting and strong rebounding performance led the visiting Eagles in putting a damper on the hot shooting Lowell Red Devils Friday, January 10. McKenzie’s convincing 52-39 Mt. West League victory put the Eagles one half game behind the Red Devils, who were handed their first League defeat of the season. McKenzie’s victory at the time moved the Eagles up to 4th in the OSAA State 1A Rankings. McKenzie forged a 23-17 halftime lead before clamping down defensively in the 3rd quarter, holding Lowell scoreless while scoring 10 to open the game, 33-17. A good part of that defensive effort came in the form of blocked shots as the Eagles had 8 total. McKenzie was also tenacious in stealing the ball as the visitors disrupted Lowell’s offense with 26 team steals. Hiddleston continued to tear up opposing defenses as she led all scorers with 27 pts. and hauled in 10 rebounds. The senior also had 6 of her team’s steals and a block. Sister teammate Buggy Hiddleston also scored in double digits with 10 pts. and frustrated the Lowell offense with 7 steals and 3 blocks. Senior Shyla Harlan scored 7 pts. from the wing, grabbed 5 rebounds, had 4 steals and 2 blocks. The Eagle’s sophomore point guard, Jorden Smith tallied 6 pts., 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals and a block. Juniors Katey Totten had 5 steals, 4 rebounds, and 2 pts., and Kailyn Ringler blocked 1 shot. McKenzie shot 43% from the field.
Lowell Rolls Over McKenzie Boys, 57-28
McKenzie dropped a Mt. West League game at Lowell on Friday, January 10 and slid to 2-3 in League play, 2-9 overall. Bailey Adams led the Eagles with 16 pts. Lowell was led by three players with double figures, Alex Norris (16 pts.), Cameron Slaven and Sean Castellani (each 11 pts.)
McKenzie Girls Extend Win Streak to 8
The Eagles continued their winning ways as they downed the Siletz Valley Charter Warriors at Finn Rock on Saturday, January 11. McKenzie beat the visitors 39-15 and briefly rolled into a tie at the top of the League standings with Lowell and Triangle Lake. Lowell was not in action Saturday and Triangle Lake defeated the Mapleton Sailors, 65-18, on the road. McKenzie took control of the game early, establishing a halftime lead of 21-4. With all Eagle players seeing action in the victory, Makaila Hiddleston scored 10 pts. and grabbed 6 rebounds while teammate Jorden Smith added 9 pts., 6 rebounds, 6 steals, and 2 blocks. Shyla Harlan dropped in 9 pts, stole the ball 4 times and hauled in 3 rebounds. Buggy Hiddleston tallied 6 pts. with 3 rebounds, Katey Totten had 2 pts. with 3 steals, and Miyanna Hayes scored 3 pts while adding a rebound. Aly Mathews had 3 rebounds and 2 steals, Kailynn Ringler grabbed 4 rebounds, had a block and a steal, and freshman Isabella Espinoza had 3 steals and a rebound. The Eagles shot 41% from the field.
Siletz Valley Charter Routs Eagles, 64-33
Siletz Valley Charter braving wind and rain, traveled to McKenzie for a Mt. West League game on Saturday, January 11. Unfortunately for the home team, the Warriors were obviously not concerned with the blustery weather and instead, were focused on beating the Eagles on their home court. The Warriors Angel DeAnda led Siletz with 19 pts. to lead all scorers. Siletz teammates David Greenawald and Tyler Sjestrom each added 11 pts. McKenzie’s Jason McCarrick led his team with 9 pts.
Eagle Ladies Wallop Wolverines
Alsea arrived in Finn Rock, Monday afternoon (Jan. 13) as one of the surprise Varsity girls teams in the Mt. West League. The Wolverines brought a 4-2 League record and a 8-2 overall record to McKenzie and the six players on Alsea’s roster have certainly raised a few eyebrows and excited the folks from the Coast Range mountain school district. The Eagles certainly were not in a position to overlook the visitors if they were to remain in the hunt for the League Championship. Triangle Lake, Lowell and McKenzie are in a three way battle for the Title at the midpoint in the season and both Alsea and Siletz Valley are close behind. The Eagles took care of business, defeating the upstart Wolverines 36-20. Fortunately for McKenzie, Makaila and Buggy Hiddleston both shot near 50 % from the field and both athletes scoring 13 pts. in the contest. As a team, the Eagles shot only 36% from the field. McKenzie’s defense however stole the show as the Eagles came up with 23 steals as a team. Makaila Hiddleston had 3 steals and 7 rebounds while Buggy Hiddleston added 2 steals to go with 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Shyla Harlan led her team with 9 steals, hauled in 7 rebounds, and scored 8 pts. Katey Totten stole the ball 4 times, scored 2 pts., had 3 assists and 3 rebounds. Jorden Smith, while having an off shooting night, contributed with 3 steals, 5 assists, and 4 rebounds. McKenzie had a 20-7 halftime lead.
Alsea Hangs Defeat on McKenzie
The visiting Alsea Wolverines defeated the Eagle Varsity Boys 49-30 on Monday, January 13, at Finn Rock. Senior Eagle Bailey Adams scored 15 pts. for McKenzie in the Alsea loss and sophomore Drew Hamlow tallied 10 pts.
Triangle Lake’s Kiana Brown Sets New State Scoring Record
Senior Basketball player Kiana Brown is now the Oregon High School All Time Leader in Career Points Scored and with the 2013-14 season about half over, she will continue to add to her legacy. Brown moved past the mark held by Trisha Stevens of Philomath (1987) last night at home versus Siletz Valley, scoring a three point shot midway through the second quarter and playing on to finish the game with 31 pts. Triangle Lake defeated visiting Siletz Valley 75-18. Brown’s new mark currently stands at 2,498 pts. for her career. The senior has committed to play basketball next year for Eastern Washington University in Cheney, Washington. EWU is a member of the NCAA Division 1 Big Sky Conference.
McKenzie Gals Squeak By Yoncalla, 38-32
The Eagle Girls Varsity Basketball team won its tenth consecutive game to go 12-2 on the season overall. In the first meeting between the two Eagle schools this season, McKenzie won fairly easily 41-29 in the friendly confines of their home gym. On the road last Tuesday, January 14, the visiting Eagles found the going a bit more treacherous. Yoncalla was the 12th ranked team in the State and they gave McKenzie Head Coach David Duncan and his 4th ranked group a few moments to scratch their heads about. Yoncalla jumped out to a 15-8 first quarter lead and carried a 20-16 lead into the locker-room at the half. Whatever McKenzie Coach Duncan shared and altered in the half session came to fruition in the third quarter as McKenzie woke up and outscored Yoncalla 17-7 to take the lead for good at 33-27. Both teams scored 5 points each in the fourth and McKenzie escaped with the win. Makaila Hiddleston led all scorers with 21 pts. and nearly had a double-double as she grabbed 9 rebounds. Hiddleston also had 4 steals and a block. Shyla Harlan scored 9 pts., hauled in 3 rebounds, and stole the ball 5 times. Buggy Hiddleston scored 6 pts., had 4 assists, 3 rebounds, 3 steals, and 2 blocked shots. Katey Totten scored 2 pts., had 4 rebounds, 3 assists, and a block. Jorden Smith did not score but grabbed 3 rebounds and had 4 steals. For the game, McKenzie shot 41% from the field and turned the ball over 17 times.
Yoncalla Boys Thump McKenzie 44-20
Yoncalla defeated McKenzie last Tuesday, January 14, at Yoncalla. Yoncalla, representing the Skyline League improved its overall record on the season to 11-6 and currently lead their League with a 5-1 record.
Poor Shooting Sinks Eagles Against Lakers
McKenzie’s focus was to shut down the State’s new Career Scoring Leader, Kiana Brown, when fourth ranked Triangle Lake arrived in Finn Rock for a Mt. West League showdown last Friday, January 17, between the two league leading rivals. The Eagles for the most part were successful in that regard as Brown scored well below her average with just 14 pts. The Eagles, for their effort, however, were handed a 41-31 loss as they could not contain the rest of the Lakers from scoring and shot an anemic 24% from the field and just 35% from the charity stripe in one of their worst offensive outings of the season. The Lakers outscored the 3rd ranked Eagles 9-3 in the first quarter to set the stage. Both teams traded baskets in the second quarter and Triangle Lake led 20-13 at half. McKenzie gained a point on the visitors in the third, trailing 28-22 but the Lakers clamped down in the final period, 13-9, to secure the victory. The loss dropped the Eagles (6-2) out of the lead and into third place in the Mt. West League standings behind Triangle Lake (8-1) and Lowell (7-1). One of the few bright spots on the night, sophomore Eagle point guard Jorden Smith led her team with 12 pts., 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals. Buggy Hiddleston was the only other Eagle to score in double figures as she tallied 11 pts. to go with 3 rebounds, 2 assists, and 1 steal. Shyla Harlan and Katey Totten each scored 3 pts. and Makaila Hiddleston scored well below her average with just one basket for 2 pts. Hiddleston in fact had just 5 field goal attempts in the game to go with 6 rebounds, 1 assist and a steal. Harlan had 3 rebounds, 1 assist, and 2 steals. Totten grabbed 6 rebounds, added 4 assists and swiped the ball twice.
Triangle Lake Boys Swamp McKenzie 56-27
The visiting fourth ranked Triangle Lake Boys team swept past host McKenzie, winning for the 15th consecutive time, extending their record to 9-0 in League play and 16-1 overall. For the Eagles (2-13), the loss was the 13th consecutive since opening the season with two wins against Mapleton (2-7) and Mohawk (0-13). Alex Nastasiuk led his Eagle team with 14 pts. and 15 rebounds.
Eagle Girls Back On Winning Trail, Lasso Mustangs, 42-31
McKenzie jumped out of its one game slump to corral the visiting Crane Mustangs, representing the High Desert League in the Southeast quarter of the State. Crane arrived in the River Valley of the Eagles leading its League with a 3-0 record and an 8-6 overall record on the season. This was a very good match up between the fourth ranked Eagles and the ninth ranked Mustangs. Senior Eagle Post player Makaila Hiddleston scored 15 pts. and hauled in 5 rebounds in leading her team to a 13-3 overall record. McKenzie has eight games left in the regular season and is looking toward the Mt. West League Tournament and an opportunity to participate in the OSAA State Basketball Championships. Shyla Harlan and Katey Totten each tallied eight pts. for McKenzie.
Mustangs Up-End Eagles, 52-29
The visiting Crane Mustangs Boys Basketball team defeated McKenzie to improve their overall record to 6-8. The Eagles dropped to 2-14.
McKenzie River Reflections
The Varsity Basketball teams travel to Mohawk on Tuesday, January 28, with the Girls team scheduled for a 5:30 pm. tip-off and the Boys team starting at 7:00 pm. Both teams will host Eddyville Charter on Friday, January 31 with the Girls starting at 5:30 pm. and the Boys following at 7:00 pm. The Eagle Varsity Wrestling team travels on Wednesday, January 29, to compete in the Myrtle Point/Powers Dual Meet with the host, Oakland, and Crow. First match is scheduled for 5:00 pm. The team next travels to Monroe on Saturday, February 1, to participate in the Monroe Wrestling Tournament. Match times begin at 9:00 am.
McKenzie’s Varsity Wrestling Team participated at the Triangle Lake Invite Wrestling Tournament, Saturday, January 18. Teams from Crow, Mohawk, Triangle Lake and McKenzie were represented. Senior Eagle wrestler Lane Kruse, wrestling in the 138 lb. weight class, won his first match by major decision, 14-5, over Crow wrestler Teancum Jentzsch. Kruse dropped his second match in an 8-2 decision to Clay Drago of Crow. Freshman Levi Sturgill lost his first 145 lb. weight class match in a 6-3 decision to Jerry Trejo of Mohawk. Sturgill regrouped to pin his second opponent, Triangle Lake’s Sarah Walton. In the 152 lb. weight class, senior Casey Mitchell dropped his first match in a 5-2 decision to Mohawk’s Austin Bigbee. Mitchell won his second match of the day with an 8-4 decision over Ryan Drago of Triangle Lake but lost his final match of the meet by pin to Keith Phillips of Crow. The Eagle’s 195 lb. weight class wrestler, Dylan Garr, lost a pair of matches, both by pins to two Crow wrestlers, Samuel Jentzsch and Trenton Clark.
McKenzie’s Varsity Girls Basketball team won on the road, last Tuesday, January 21, and remained in the hunt for the Mt. West League Title. League leader Triangle Lake also won, defeating Mapleton 68-11. Lowell also stayed in the chase beating Eddyville Charter 82-36. The remainder of the regular season should prove interesting as these three teams battle down to the wire. McKenzie led 19-2 at halftime and Head Coach David Duncan was able to give his bench ample playing time during the balance of the game. The score was 26-5 at the end of the third quarter and the Warriors outscored the Eagles 7-4 in the final period. Against the Warriors, Makaila Hiddleston scored 12 pts. and recorded 2 steals. Shyla Harlan added 10 pts., 2 assists and a steal. Jorden Smith scored 3 pts. along with 6 rebounds and 4 steals. Aly Mathews tallied 2 pts. and had 1 steal and Buggy Hiddleston grabbed 3 rebounds and added 3 steals. Katey Totten’s game line was quite long as she scored 1 pt., had 3 assists, 3 rebounds, 3 steals, and the Eagle’s only blocked shot. Kailyn Ringler scored 2 pts., grabbed 5 rebounds and stole the ball once and Miyanna Hayes added 3 rebounds.
The host Siletz Valley Charter Warriors may have one of the youngest Varsity Boys Basketball rosters in 1A basketball currently. With only 2 seniors and 2 juniors listed, the rest of the Warrior’s roster is filled with 6 sophomores. Siletz Valley Charter’s Head Coach David Morgan is surely pleased with his youthful team this current season and the potential opportunities down the road for at least a couple of seasons. Following the 55-32 dismantling of the visiting McKenzie Eagles, Siletz Valley Charter found itself in second place behind League leader Triangle Lake Charter. The loss for the Eagles was their 15th consecutive.
The Eagle Varsity Girls overwhelmed the visiting Sailors of Mapleton, 42-7, on Friday, January 24. McKenzie outscored Mapleton 16-3 in the first quarter and took a 26-3 lead into the locker-room at the halftime break. The Eagles held a 39-5 advantage at the end of the third quarter. Makaila Hiddleston led all scorers in the game with 11 pts. and also led with 7 rebounds. Additionally, Hiddleston stole the ball 5 times and had a blocked shot. Shyla Harlan confounded the Sailor offense all night as she led her team with 7 steals, (the Eagles had 23 steals total in the game), while scoring 10 pts. and securing 4 rebounds. Buggy Hiddleston scored 10 pts., grabbed 3 rebounds, and added a steal. Katey Totten scored eight pts., 3 rebounds, and 3 steals. Jorden Smith also created havoc on the Sailor offense as she had 6 steals to go with 2 pts., and 3 rebounds. Aly Mathews added 4 rebounds and Kailyn Ringler contributed with 1 rebound, 1 steal, and 1 blocked shot. The Eagles shot 33% from the field and committed 17 turnovers in the contest.
McKenzie’s Boys Varsity Basketball team earned a much appreciated win, beating the visiting Mapleton Sailors 33-23. Against the Sailors, senior Eagle Bailey Adams led his team with 15 pts. and 13 rebounds.
McKenzie defeated Eddyville 45-17 and improved to 9-2 in Mt. West League play and 16-3 overall to move into a second place tie with Lowell. Triangle Lake leads the League standings at 10-1 and with the regular season closing in a couple of weeks, the Lakers may have the inside track to the League Title. Triangle Lake defeated McKenzie in both of their League match-ups and defeated Lowell, 57-42, last Friday. The Lakers will be heavily favored to win out the rest of their League schedule. As for the Eagles and the Red Devils, the two teams play their final regular season game at McKenzie on February 4 and the contest should determine who finishes in second place. Against Eddyville, senior Makaila Hiddleston with 12 pts., 1 rebound, 1 assist, and a steal led the fourth ranked Eagles. Fellow senior Shyla Harlan distributed the ball well for the Eagle offense as she led the team with 9 assists. Harlan also scored 11 pts, hauled in 4 rebounds, and had 5 steals. Buggy Hiddleston likewise scored in double figures with 10 pts., added 4 rebounds and a steal. Point guard Jorden Smith was tenacious on defense as she led her team with 7 steals, scored 2 pts., added 4 rebounds and handed out 5 assists. Katey Totten tallied 6 pts., had a rebound, 2 assists, and 2 steals. Kailyn Ringler scored 4 pts., had 1 rebound, an assist and a steal. Aly Mathews grabbed 2 rebounds and an assist, Isabella Espinoza had a rebound and 1 steal, and Miyanna Hayes added a rebound and as assist. McKenzie shot 50% from the field.
The Eagles took a road trip to Eddyville last Saturday, January 25 and dispersed a double whammy to the host team, defeating Eddyville 48-15, and winning it’s second consecutive game for the first time this season since opening the season with two victories over Mapleton and Mohawk. McKenzie was led by Bailey Adam’s outstanding night on the hardwoods as he earned his first career triple double, scoring 31 pts., hauling in 16 rebounds, and recording 10 steals. With the Indians of Mohawk (0-10) and the Coast Range Eagles of Eddyville (1-10) scheduled for McKenzie’s next two contests, the Eagles will be looking to extend their win streak. Triangle Lake (11-0) and 4th ranked in the latest OSAA State 1A rankings currently leads the League and has the advantage to secure the League Title. The Lakers are scheduled for a showdown at Siletz Valley Charter (10-1) on February 11 with the second place Warriors. Triangle Lake defeated Siletz 66-59 in their earlier meeting. Lowell (8-3) is solid in third place; Crow (6-4) currently sits in fourth with Alsea (5-5), McKenzie (4-7), Mapleton (3-8), Eddyville and Mohawk rounding out the balance of the League standings.
McKenzie River Reflections
By Cliff Richardson
McKenzie Migratory Flight to Eddyville Successful
The day after traveling to the Land of the Steens, Crane, the McKenzie Varsity Girls Basketball Team jumped back on the trail and landed in the Oregon Coast Range to lock talons with the Eddyville Eagles. Following non-League road trips to St. Paul and Crane, the road-tested McKenzie Eagles returned to Mt. West League play with 3 more road trips in row. The first, at Eddyville on Tuesday, Jan. 22, might have been the toughest following the long trip to the High Desert. Plus the improved Eddyville team (4-6, 7-8) has shown this season that they can be a dangerous team if taken lightly. Thus, the visiting Eagles displayed grit as they rebounded from the one pt. loss at Crane the previous day to a decisive 37-18 victory over Eddyville. McKenzie Sophomore Buggy Hiddleston played a fine game as she scored 12 pts and secured 7 rebounds for the victors. Fellow Sophomore Katey Totten added 6 pts., hauled in 8 rebounds of her own, and had 3 assists. Seniors Peace Shepherd and Macie Ryerse each scored 5 pts. in the contest as Ryerse also disrupted the Eddyville offense with 3 steals. Eagle Senior Sydney King also stole the ball 3 times for the Eagles. Fellow Senior Samantha Winningham added 2 more steals and blocked 2 Eddyville shot attempts. The win earned the McKenzie Eagles an 8-1 League record and kept them close behind League leader Triangle Lake (10-0). With two important League road trips pending, at Crow (Jan. 25) and Lowell (Jan. 29), McKenzie will finish out the regular season with 3 of 4 games at home, including a title showdown with Triangle Lake in the final League contest on Feb. 7. A road trip to perennial power Columbia Christian is scheduled for Feb. 2.
Eagle Wrestlers Host Home Meet
Head Coach Lane Tompkins and his Varsity Wrestling Team competed against Glendale and Oakridge in a three-way meet last Wed., Jan. 23. The event is the only home meet scheduled this season for McKenzie. At the 120 lb. weight class, Eagle wrestler Brodi Ballester finished the day 0-2, losing to two Oakridge wrestlers. First year wrestler Zephan Snapp won his first match over an Oakridge opponent at the 152 lb. weight class, but fell in the next match by a pin in the 138 lb. weight class to another Oakridge wrestler. Casey Mitchell lost his only match of the day by decision, 152 lb. weight class, also to an Oakridge athlete. Eagle Dylan Garr ended the meet at 0-3, as he competed once at the 170 lb. weight class and twice at the 182 lb. weight class.
McKenzie Mat-Men at Monroe Meet
The Eagle Wrestling team participated in the annual Monroe Invitational on Friday, Jan. 26. Brodi Ballester wrestled in the 120 lb. weight class and recorded an 0-2 win-loss record on the day as he lost to a Santiam Christian opponent in 1:00 min. and lost again to a West Salem wrestler in 3:25 min. Teammate Zephan Snapp, 132 lb. weight class, earned a 4th place honor in the meet as he won his first match against a Central opponent by pin in 1:23 min., then lost in his second match to a West Salem wrestler, (0:59 min.) and lost again in his final match to another West Salem opponent in 1:24 min. McKenzie wrestler Casey Mitchell, in the 145 lb. weight class, went 0-2 on the day where he lost his first match to a Waldport wrestler in 0:44 min. and lost his second match to a West Salem wrestler in an overtime decision on points, 11-9.
McKenzie Boys Defeat Crow, Undefeated in League Play
McKenzie's defense clamped down on the high scoring Crow Cougar offense, setting the stage for the Eagles 55-44 Mt. West League road win, maintaining McKenzie's undefeated record and in sole possession of first place in the League. The Eagles are 10-0 with Triangle Lake close behind at 10-1 in League. McKenzie defeated the Lakers on the road earlier 49-36 and will host them in a pivotal game at Finn Rock on Feb. 7. The Eagles travel first to Lowell on Jan. 29 and finish the rest of the their League schedule at home. Alsea arrives on Feb. 1, Crow is scheduled for Feb. 4 and then Triangle Lake. The Eagles squeeze in their last travel date to Columbia Christian (ranked 7th, OSAA), representing the Valley 10 League, in Portland on Feb. 2. Against the Cougars of Crow on Fri., Jan. 25, McKenzie Senior Victor Vidal lead all scorers in the game with 20 pts. Bailey Adams scored 13 pts. for the Eagles as well. Vidal also tallied 12 rebounds for the evening for a double-double. McKenzie is currently ranked 16th in the OSAA State rankings.
Eagle Girls Rout Crow, Stay in Title Hunt
McKenzie completely dominated the game from the tip-off at Crow last Friday evening, Jan. 25 as they lead 25-9 at the half and finished with a 54-13 Mt. West League win. The defending 2012 1A State Champion Eagles (9-1) trail League leading Triangle Lake (10-0) by a game and will host the Lakers in a crucial game on Feb. 7. Currently the Lakers are ranked 4th and the Eagles 12th in OSAA rankings. McKenzie Junior Makaila Hiddleston tallied a double-double against the Crow Cougars as she lead all scorers with 16 pts. and 10 rebounds. Teammate/sister Buggy Hiddleston dropped in 9 pts., added 5 rebounds and dished out 4 assists. Corinna Price scored 6 pts. in the game while Sydney King hauled in 6 rebounds. McKenzie's Shyla Harlan consistently disrupted the Cougar offense as she had 7 steals in the game. Samantha Winningham followed suit as she had 4 more steals.
By Cliff Richardson
Eagle Seniors Makaila Hiddleston and Bailey Adams were honored with respective 2014 McKenzie Athlete of the Year Awards recently at the school’s annual Spring Academic and Athletic Awards ceremony. Hiddleston’s athletic accomplishments this year included 1st Team All-League selections in Volleyball and Basketball and a 7th place finish in the Shot Put at the OSAA Track and Field State Championships. Adams was selected 1st Team All-League in Football, Basketball, and Baseball and was a member of the McKenzie 4X400 meter relay team that placed 6th at the OSAA Track and Field State Championships.
McKenzie High honored its 2014 Scholar Athletes recently at the annual Spring Academic/Athletic Awards ceremony. The award is earned by Varsity athletes who maintain a minimum 3.50 GPA throughout their athletic seasons. This year’s scholar athletes were Junior Katey Totten (4.10), Junior Tamera Satchell (4.05), Senior Bailey Adams (3.96), Senior Scout Hanchett (3.83), Junior Buggy Hiddleston (3.71), Junior Hayley Jackson (3.70), and Senior Makaila Hiddleston (3.58).
McKenzie Seniors Casey Mitchell and Bailey Adams and Eagle Junior Eric Huffman earned All-League honors recently, selected by the Head Coaches of the 2A/1A Special District 3 Baseball League. The three Eagles played for the collective Lowell/Mohawk/McKenzie team that placed third in League play this season. Mitchell was voted on the League’s 1st Team as an Infield player. Adam’s was also voted on the 1st Team as an Utility player. Huffman was placed on the League’s 2nd Team as an Infield player.
McKenzie Junior Alex Nastasiuk (State finish: 3rd place, 300 meter hurdles), Senior Makaila Hiddleston (State finish: 7th place, shot put), and the Eagle’s 4X400 meter relay team consisting of Senior Bailey Adams, Juniors Jeff Bayer and Nastasiuk, and Sophomore Drew Hamlow (State finish: 6th place) earned OSAA 1A Track and Field All-State Distinction by virtue of their recent finishes at the OSAA Track and Field State Championships.
McKenzie Head Track and Field Coach Dustin Pearce presented his 2014 Team Awards recently at McKenzie’s annual Spring Academic/Athletic Awards ceremony. The Most Outstanding Female Thrower award recipient was Makaila Hiddleston (Sr.), the Most Outstanding Female Jumper award was given to Idgie Glynn (Soph.), the Most Outstanding Female Track Athlete award was earned by Shyla Harlan (Sr.), the Most Improved Female Track and Field Athlete award went to Isabella Sabillion-Espinoza (Fr.), and Honorable Mention went to Breanna Van Pernis (Soph.). Awards given to Eagle male athletes were The Most Outstanding Male Thrower award earned by Alex Nastasiuk (Jr.), Most Outstanding Male Jumper given to Jeff Bayer (Jr.), the Most Outstanding Male Track Athlete earned by Drew Hamlow (Soph.), and the Most Improved Male Track and Field Athlete earned by Trevor Spray (Jr.).
McKenzie Senior Athlete’s Careers Recognized
McKenzie recognized its graduating senior athletes and the cumulative number of Varsity Letter Awards each earned in their years at McKenzie. Bailey Adams earned 4 Varsity Letters each in Football, Basketball, Baseball, and Track and Field. Casey Mitchell: 4 Varsity Letters each in Football, Wrestling, and Baseball. John Thomas Winningham: 2 Varsity Letters in Football. Chris Lavoie: 1 Varsity Letter in Football. Makaila Hiddleston earned 4 Varsity Letters each in Volleyball, Basketball, and Track and Field. Shyla Harlan: 3 Varsity Letters each in Volleyball, Basketball, Track and Field. Delphine Clark: 4 Varsity Letters each in Volleyball and Basketball. Clea Coach: 3 Varsity Letters each in Volleyball and Basketball and 1 in Baseball. Ayshia Seiler: 4 Varsity Letters in Volleyball and 1 in Basketball. Scout Hanchett: 1 Varsity Letter each in Volleyball and Track and Field. Cynthia Harlan: 1 Varsity Letter in Track and Field.
Monroe defeated Regis 7-1 in the OSAA State 2A/1A Baseball Semifinals last Tuesday, June 3, at Monroe and next defeated Weston-McEwen/Griswold in the State Championship Game held at Volcano Stadium in Keizur on Friday, June 6. The Dragons won the game, 2-1, on a walk off homerun in the bottom of the 7th inning hit by pinch hitter Zach Gwillim. With the game even at 1-1, the sophomore back up catcher who had played most of the current season on the Dragon JV team got the call with one out from Monroe Head Coach Bill Crowson, nervously approached the plate and remembered praying a quick prayer to God to let him hit the ball and not get out. The Lord, surely a baseball fan, answered Gwillim’s request and with a 1-1 count, Gwillim hammered the ball over the left field fence for the game winner. Dragon starting pitcher Austin Crowson, recovering from the flu, was again stellar on the hill as he struckout 11 TigerScot batters, allowing just 4 hits and walking one. Monroe’s first run came in the second inning for an early lead, but the TigerScots tied the game in the top of the 7th inning, setting the table for Gwillim’s heroics. The State Baseball Title was the third for the Dragons, the last coming in 1991 and prior to that, in 1931.
McKenzie River Reflections
McKenzie High held its annual Spring Sports Awards Ceremony last Tuesday, June 4, honoring several outstanding Varsity athletes in Baseball, Golf and Track and Field. In Baseball, Senior Blake Anderson was honored with the Team Most Valuable Player Award. Senior Josh Ness received the Gold Glove Outfield Award and Junior Casey Mitchell was the recipient of the Gold Glove Infield Award. The Most Inspirational Player Award went to Junior Bailey Adams and the Most Improved Player Award was given to Freshman Drew Hamlow. It was also announced that Senior Victor Vidal was a unanimous First Team 2A/1A All State selection at the Catcher Position. Vidal will also be participating in the 2013 2A/1A Baseball All Star Series. The Senior Eagle ended his regular season with a .571 Batting Average and was chosen by Mountain Valley League Coaches, along with Mitchell, Adams, and Nick Ringler as First Team All League players. Anderson was a Second Team Selection. McKenzie Varsity Baseball Letter Awards went to Seniors Vidal, Ringler, Anderson, Ness, Jesse Eaton, Spencer Brown, Seth Burson, Juniors Mitchell and Adams, Sophomores Eric Huffman and Blue Bloomer, and Freshman Hamlow. The Eagle Baseball Team also qualified as an OSAA Academic All State Team with a 3.19 Team Grade Point Average (GPA).
In Golf, Senior Sydney King, the 2013 McKenzie Golf Captain and Special District Five 4A/3A/2A/1A Medalist, earned All State recognition by golfing to a Tenth place finish in the OSAA State Golf Championships. Senior Caleb Scrivner and Freshman Raven Stevens each earned a McKenzie Varsity Golf Letter Award.
Eagle Track and Field Athletes recognized were Senior Jon Mahody, who received the McKenzie Track and Field (T & F) Male Most Valuable Player Award and Sophomore Alex Nastasiuk who was honored with the Eagles Male Competitor Award. On the Girl’s Team, Senior Peace Shepherd and Junior Shyla Harlan were each recognized with the McKenzie T & F Female Most Valuable Player Award and Sophomore Katey Totten received the Eagle’s Female Competitor Award. OSAA State Track and Field Championship Meet Participation Certificates were awarded to Mahody, Nastasiuk, Dorian Dilley, Bailey Adams, Drew Hamlow, and Makaila Hiddleston. McKenzie Varsity Track and Field Letter Awards went to Seniors Mahody and Shepherd, Juniors Harlan, Hiddleston, and Adams, Sophomores Totten, Haley Jackson, and Dilley, and Freshman Savanna LaVoie, Nate Welch, and Hamlow. The Eagle Track and Field Girl’s Team also qualified as an OSAA Academic All State Team with a 3.51 Team GPA.
McKenzie River Reflections
By Cliff Richardson
McKenzie High School will host its annual Spring Academic/Athletic Awards Program on Tuesday, June 3, 6:00 pm., in the Old Gymnasium.
Monroe, the # 2 seed out of the SD 3 League easily dispatched the visiting Union/Cove baseball team representing the SD 7 League, winning the first round OSAA playoff game 20-2 on Wednesday, May 28. The Monroe Dragons fell behind early, allowing 1 run in the top of the 1st inning, but roared back, overwhelming the visitors by scoring 11 runs in the bottom of the inning. Monroe’s first inning onslaught was keyed on 6 hits and aided by 4 walks, and 5 hit batters. For the game, Union/Cove committed 8 errors, walked 8 Dragon batters, and 7 Monroe batters were hit by pitches. The Dragon’s Tyler Sherman led his team by going 3-5 at the plate and Austin Crowson had two hits, including a triple while recording 3 RBIs. Monroe advanced to the Quarterfinal Round, hosting Dufur/South Wasco County from the SD 6 League. That game was played at Monroe on Friday, May 30 and the Dragons continued to burn the competition as they beat Dufur/South Wasco County 16-9. Monroe’s Austin Crowson was spectacular for the Dragons at the plate, hitting for the cycle with 7 RBIs on a 5 for 5 day at the plate and equally as impressive on the hill as he fanned 9 Dufur batters. Monroe has now scored 36 points in two State playoff games and the Dragons will next host Regis in a semifinal game to be played at Monroe on Tuesday, June 3. Monroe (25-5) defeated the Rams (23-5) early in the season, 11-9, at the Umpqua Valley Christian Spring Tournament.
Toledo, the number 1 seed representing the SD 3 League, drew a tough first round match up with perennial baseball powerhouse Regis of the SD 2 League. The Boomers of Toledo dropped a rare home game, losing to the visiting Rams 8-7 in an 8 inning game played on Wednesday, May 28. The loss ended Toledo’s season with an overall record of 21-5. Regis advanced to the May 30 Quarterfinal game to face Kennedy, a first round 11-4 winner over Reedsport Charter.
The McKenzie Girls Track and Field team earned a Dairy Farmers of Oregon Academic All-State Award for the current season. The Award is given to OSAA athletic teams that post a team GPA of 3.0 or higher. The Eagles earned a team 3.03 GPA. The current Award follows the ones earned earlier in the Fall season by McKenzie’s Volleyball team (3.44 GPA) and the Eagle Girl’s Basketball team (3.42 GPA).
Portland State University senior and McKenzie Alum Sarah Dean ran the 10,000 meter race at the NCAA West Preliminary Meet held at John McDonnell Field in Fayetteville, Arkansas last Friday, May 30. Dean qualified for both the 1,500 meter race and the 10,000 meter race, but the standout runner dropped the 1,500 meter race to concentrate on the 10,000 meter challenge. Dean’s time in the race was 35:11.57 minutes, good for 21st place. The top 12 times advance to Eugene for the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, thus Dean missed qualifying for that meet. Nonetheless, congratulations to Dean for a very fine season!
By Cliff Richardson
The McKenzie High School Athletic Department will host the 2014 Winter Sports Awards Program on Tuesday, March 11 with at the High School cafeteria with the event scheduled for 6:00 pm.
The Triangle Lake Girls Basketball team defeated Prairie City in their OSAA Quarter-Final game held at Baker City on Wednesday, March 5. The Lakers won 44-40 led by their standout Mt. West League Player of the Year, Kianna Brown. Brown scored 29 pts. and grabbed 15 rebounds. Prairie City was paced by their standout, Amy Black, with 21 pts. and 10 rebounds. The Lakers lost to Damascus Christian, 62-38, in their Semi-Final game on Friday, March 7. Triangle Lake next faced St. Paul in the 3rd/5th place game on Saturday, March 8. The Buckaroos of St. Paul, coming off a qualifying second round victory over McKenzie, surprised Dufur in the Quarter-Finals, upending the Rangers 42-33 but then lost their Semi-Final game to Condon/Wheeler, 62-20. Triangle Lake and St. Paul battled even through the first quarter, both teams scoring 13 pts., and the Lakers held a slim five pt. margin, 29-24 at the half. St. Paul came out in the third quarter defensively holding Triangle Lake to just 3 pts. while scoring 10 pts to take the lead going into the fourth quarter, 34-32. The Buckaroos held on to win the game, 46-45, and claim the third place trophy. Triangle Lake (24-6) earned the fifth place trophy. The Lakers Kianna Brown led all scorers with 30 pts., had 10 rebounds and was an unanimous First Team All Tournament Selection. Condon/Wheeler defeated Damascus Christian, 57-52, for the State Championship.
Triangle Lake’s Boys Basketball team dropped its first Quarter-Final game at Baker City to Columbia Christian, 97-38. The Lakers were down 60-16 at halftime in the loss. Triangle Lake was led by sophomore Carson Wynn, who scored 10 pts. The Lakers subsequently lost its next game in the Consolation Semi-Finals to Ione, 92-84. Chad Steinhauer scored 25 pts. and Chase Parker, 22 pts. to lead the Lakers against Ione. Triangle Lake’s 2014 season ended with a fine 25-5 overall record. Columbia Christian defeated Horizon Christian, Hood River, 68-49, to earn the State Championship.
Karissa Harbick, class of 2012, and a sophomore playing basketball for Oregon Institute of Technology in Klamath Falls will travel with the No. 18 ranked Hustlin’ Owls to the Tyson Event Center in Sioux City, Iowa to participate in the 2014 NAIA Division II Women’s National Basketball Championship. OIT’s first round opponent on Wednesday, March 12 is 15th ranked Purdue Calument (Indiana). Purdue Calument enters the Tournament with a 24-6 overall season record while the Hustlin’ Owls are 28-5. OIT earned an automatic bid into the Tournament by winning the Cascade Collegiate Conference.
Jordan Wiley, class of 2012, and a sophomore playing basketball at Western Oregon University (NCAA Division II) started all of his 30 games this season and helped the Wolves clinch a berth in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Tournament. In the opening round, fifth-seeded Western Oregon upset fourth-seeded University Alaska Anchorage, 94-88, to advance to the Semi-Final round versus top ranked Seattle Pacific. The Falcons ended the Wolves season (18-12) by defeating Western Oregon 73-57. Against UAA, Wiley broke the Tournament record for 3 pt. shots made by an individual with 7 made. Wiley also scored a season and career high of 24 pts. in the game.
McKenzie River Reflections
By Cliff Richardson
The Eagle Varsity Track Program will hold its 2014 Inter-squad Meet this Tuesday, March 18 at Aaron and Marie Jones Community Track. The meet is scheduled to start at 4:15 pm. and conclude at 6:15 pm.
Is it three strikes and you’re out? Benched for just the third time in McKenzie High School history, the Eagles will not field a Varsity Baseball team this spring. Not enough players to make up a team, according to McKenzie Athletic Director and Head Baseball Coach Neil Barrett at a recent McKenzie School Board Meeting, forced the shut out. Eagle Varsity baseball players interested in swinging a bat have been offered an opportunity to travel to Dexter each day to participate as members of the Lowell Red Devil baseball team. Lowell has agreed to co-op with McKenzie and Mohawk, neither which is able to field a full baseball roster, thus allowing players at the respective schools an opportunity to play. Alas, it seems, the Canadian geese will have no competition on the Eagle yard. The first Eagle season no-hitter occurred in 1983 when the entire McKenzie team was suspended for the balance of the season following activities initiated by several team players that did not meet McKenzie Team and High School standards. Baseball was reinstated the following season and offered thereafter until the 2007 season when too few players signed up and the Eagle’s season was canceled. The program was resurrected in 2008 and continued until the current situation. With Eagle softball having gone down this road many years prior, and not returned, one has to wonder how long it will be, if ever, Play Ball! will sound again at Finn Rock. With school enrollment numbers dropping and fewer River families, players, and coaches willing to dedicate formative skill building time in baseball during the summers it has become increasingly difficult to field a spring Varsity team. McKenzie has historically sponsored at least three Varsity level spring sports. For the boys, golf, track, and baseball and for the girls, following the drop of softball, golf and track have been offered. This season, at least, one can still catch a sprint, jump or throw at Aaron and Marie Jones Community Track. Or one might hear a “fore” or view a long put at Tokatee Golf Course. But, no-one will take the Bump, cross the Dish, go Yard, spit seeds, or fret thunder-showers at Finn Rock this spring! Or as Yogi Berra once said, “The future ain’t what it used to be!”
McKenzie honored its Winter Sports Athletes last Tuesday, March 11, in the high school cafeteria. Head Boy’s Basketball Coach Galen Scrivner awarded his lone senior player, Bailey Adams, with the Eagle’s Most Valuable Player and the Most Inspirational Player awards. Adams and junior teammate Alex Nastasiuk were honored as the Team Captains. Freshman Chance Hamlow was touted as the Most Improved Player for the season. Eagle Head Girl’s Basketball Coach David Duncan honored senior Makaila Hiddleston as the Team’s Most Valuable Player. Senior Shyla Harlan received the Most Inspirational Player award and freshman Isabella Espinoza was touted as the Most Improved Player. Girl’s Team Captains honored were Makaila Hiddleston, Shyla Harlan, Buggy Hiddleston, and Katey Totten. Eagle Head Wrestling Coach R.O. Gamez presented the lone senior wrestler on the team this season, Casey Mitchell, with the Most Valuable Wrestler award. Mitchell also received a honorary t-shirt earned as the only team member to qualify to the 100% Club, a distinction for those wrestlers who do not miss a single practice session all season.
By Cliff Richardson
McKenzie’s Varsity Track and Field teams and McKenzie Community Track and Field will co-host the 1A-Special District 5 Mt. West District Championships this Saturday, May 17. The event will be held at the Aaron and Marie Jones Community Track. Field events will start at 12:00 pm. and Run events will start at 2:00 pm. Mt. West teams competing are Alsea, Crow, Eddyville, Lowell, Mapleton, McKenzie, Mohawk, Siletz Valley, and Triangle Lake.
The 1A-SD 5 Mt. West League District Championship this Saturday will feature several Mt. West League athletes who have 2014 Top 10 Class 1A event marks thus far. Austin McNichols of Lowell has this season’s State 1A best mark in the 110 meter hurdles with a 15.31 second time and holds the State best in the pole vault with a cleared height of 13 feet 6 inches. The talented multi-event athlete also has a State 2nd best in the 300 meter hurdles with a 41.49 second time. McKenzie’s Alex Nastasiuk is ranked 5th in the 300 meter hurdles with a 43.29 second time. Mohawk’s Gage Corrigan has the State’s 1A best effort in the shot put, having thrown the implement 46 feet 5.5 inches. Corrigan also owns the 2nd best discus throw in the classification with a toss of 128 feet 9 inches. Crow’s Brennan Johnson is currently first in the high jump at 6 feet 1 inch and Cody Wilson of Mohawk has the 1A State 2nd best mark in the long jump with a mark of 20 feet 6 inches. Amber Von Essen of Crow is the 1A State leader in the 200 meter race with a time of 27.41 seconds and the Triangle Lake 4X100 relay team holds the 1A State best time of 53.73 seconds. McKenzie’s Mikaila Hiddleston is currently 8th in the Girl’s shot put event with a season best mark of 33 feet even and senior teammate Shyla Harlan has the 10th best effort in the 800 meter run timed at 2:40.69 minutes.
2A/1A Special District 4 baseball wraps up the regular season schedule this week with the State’s 2nd ranked team, Monroe, certainly in the driver’s seat to claim the League’s regular season championship. Toledo, ranked 8th, sits solidly in 2nd place. Battling for third place is Siletz Valley, Lowell/Mohawk/McKenzie and Oakridge. With all three teams facing the top two teams and barring an upset, Siletz Valley appears to hold a slim advantage on Lowell/Mohawk/McKenzie for the third spot as they have defeated the Red Devils twice earlier this season.
Eagle Girls Results at Regis Twilight Meet
McKenzie’s Varsity Boys and Girls Track and Field teams participated at the annual Regis Twilight Meet last Friday, May 9. The meet featured twenty-five 1A thru 4A classification teams from throughout the Willamette Valley. The Eagle’s Mikaila Hiddleston earned the highest finish on the day with a 6th place mark in the shot put. Hiddleston tossed the shot 32-04.00 feet. Teammate Breanna Van Pernis had a 29th place effort in the event with a toss of 22-00.00 feet. Alisha Clark, Santiam, won the shot put with a throw of 34-09.00 feet. Hiddleston also placed 13th in the javelin event, throwing the implement 81-08 feet. Van Pernis followed in 33rd place with a throw of 45-08 feet. The javelin was won by Sheila Limas, Blanchett Catholic, at 127-05 feet. McKenzie’s Idgie Glynn tied for 12th in the pole vault, clearing 6-00.00 feet. Kennedy’s Madison Sprauer won with a cleared height of 8-04.00 feet. Glynn finished 16th in the high jump with a mark of 4-00.00 feet and that event was won by Loghan Sprauer, Kennedy, who cleared the bar at 5-00.00 feet. Glynn also ran the 100 meter hurdles and clocked a 19th place time of 20.22 seconds. The 100 meter race was won by Hannah Waite, North Marion, with a time of 16.02 seconds. The Eagle’s Shyla Harlan jumped 12-09.00 feet in the long jump, good for 14th place, and she was followed in 26th place by teammate Isabella Espinoza, with a legal jump of 10-00.00 feet. The long jump was won by Dayton’s Sydney Mohler with a leap of 15-01.00 feet. Harlan ran 31.16 seconds and 16th place in the 200 meter race and 21st in the 400 meters, timed in 1:11.82 minutes. The 200 meters was won by Natalie Legres, Scio, with a time of 26.76 seconds and the 400 meters was taken by L. Sprauer, Kennedy, in 1:01.06 minutes. Espinoza finished 28th in the 1500 meter run timed in 7:12.81 minutes and was followed by Eagle teammate Cynthia Harlan, who ran the race in 8:04.11 minutes and a 29th place finish. Other Twilight event winners were Mikayla Cortez, Scio, in the 100 meters, timed in 13.43 seconds, Makenzee Cleveland, Valley Catholic, in the 800 meters, finishing in 2:20.92 minutes, Katey Harris, Dayton, in the 3000 meter run, with a time of 11:21.66 minutes, H. Waite, North Marion, in the 300 meter hurdles, timed in 46.57 seconds, Maddie Shirley, Dayton, in the discus, with a throw of 123-00 feet, team Valley Catholic in the 4X100 relay timed in 50.46 seconds, and team Westside Christian in the 4X400 relay, timed in 4:16.07 seconds.
McKenzie’s Alex Nastasiuk led his team’s efforts at the Regis Twilight Meet with an 8th place finish in the 300 meter hurdles. Nastasiuk was timed in 44.81 seconds and was followed by teammate Trevor Spray in 27th place with a time of 52.87 seconds. The 300 meter hurdles was won by Sean Kounovsky, timed in 41.62 seconds. Nastasiuk placed 18th in the 100 meter race with a time of 12.29 seconds and teammate Bailey Adams followed in 30th, with a time of 12.94 seconds. The 100 meter race was won by Pieter Top, Gervais, who ran the event in 11.45 seconds. In the javelin, Nastasiuk also recorded his team’s highest finish with a throw of 115-00 feet, good for 19th. Spray followed in 46th place with a 71-05 feet effort. Adams ran 2:17.17 minutes in the 800 meter run, a 22nd place finish, and the event was won by Christian Parr, North Marion, in 1:59.63 minutes. Adams also claimed 20th in the long jump, leaping 17-02.50 feet, following winner Makik Knott, Colton, who jumped 20-00.00 feet. The Eagle’s Spray finished 38th in the discus with a 65-04 feet throw and that event was won by East Linn Christian’s Blake Warren, who threw the discus 133-00 feet. McKenzie’s Drew Hamlow ran to an 11th place finish in the 400 meters with a time of 56.82 seconds and teammate Jeff Bayer was timed in 59.19 seconds and finished 21st. Hamlow also finished 21st in the 200 meters with a time of 26.60 seconds and Bayer placed 24th timed in 27.15 seconds. Other Boy’s event winners in the Twilight Meet were Zach Bellews, Creswell, in the 1500 meter run, timed in 4:09.16 minutes, Luca Ostertag-Hill, Catlin Gabel, in the 3000 meter run, with a time of 9:26.60 minutes, S. Kounovsky, Kennedy, in the 110 meter hurdles, finishing in 16.54 seconds, Blanchett Catholic’s Jeff Lieder in the shot put with a throw of 47-05.00 feet, Oliver Meyr, Central Linn, in the high jump, clearing the bar cleanly at 5-08.00 feet, Lucas Stiff Arm, Catlin Gabel, in the triple jump, with a mark of 41-04.00 feet, Corey Sledge, Culver, in the pole vault, who cleared at 13-00.00 feet, team Central Linn in the 4X100 meter relay with a time of 44.78 seconds, and team Westside Christian, finishing in 3:34.04 minutes in the 4X400 meter relay.
McKenzie Middle School and the McKenzie Community Track and Field co-hosted the Mt. West League Middle School District Track and Field Championships last Saturday, May 10. The event was held at the Aaron and Marie Jones Community Track venue. Events were structured into Varsity (7th and 8th grade) and Junior Varsity (5th and 6th grade) age groups. Triangle Lake won the Varsity Boys meet, scoring 155 pts. and Lowell finished second with 84 pts. McKenzie finished 7th with 7 pts. In the Boys Junior Varsity meet, Lowell won with 161 pts. followed by Triangle Lake with 141 pts. McKenzie finished 6th with 6 pts. In the Varsity Girls meet, Crow won with 161.5 pts. followed by second place Alsea with 81 pts. McKenzie finished 4th with 74 pts. Alsea won the Girls Junior Varsity meet with 165 pts, Lowell was 2nd with 101 pts. and McKenzie was 4th with 28 pts. McKenzie’s Casey Watkins, competing in the Boys Varsity meet, placed 3rd in the javelin, 5th in the discus and 8th in the shotput. Teammate River Bloomer, competing in the Boys Junior Varsity meet, recorded a 3rd in the javelin, 5th in the shot put, and 5th in the javelin. The Eagle’s Varsity Girls 4X200 meter relay team, comprised of Jade Hayes, Kanyen Kamrath, Anna McNutt, and Naomi Satchell won that event and the same team racing in the 4X100 meter relay placed 3rd. Satchell also won the Varsity 800 meter run and placed 2nd in the Varsity long jump. McNutt finished 3rd in her Varsity 400 meter race. Kamrath finished 3rd in the Varsity high jump and 6th in the Varsity 100 meter high hurdles. Hayes collected a 3rd in the Varsity 800 meter run, a 4th finish in the Varsity high jump, and a 4th place in the Varsity 100 meter high hurdles. Cassidy Campbell ran for 3rd place in the Varsity 200 meter race and Chloe Erdahl threw the Varsity javelin for a 4th place finish. The Eagles Danny Melcher ran to 2nd place in the Junior Varsity 800 meter run and also placed 5th in the JV long jump. Her teammate, Lola Seiler, finished 4th in the JV javelin and placed 6th in the JV shot put.
Sarah Dean Breaks PSU 1,500 Meter Record, Qualifies for NCAA Prelims
McKenzie Alumni Sarah Dean (Hanchett) recently broke the Portland State University record in the 1,500 meters. Dean, a senior majoring in environmental science at PSU, established the new mark with a time of 4:22.30 minutes, erasing the old mark held by Bianca Morten. Dean’s outstanding race came in the recent Oregon Twilight Meet held last Friday, May 9, at Hayward Field and her time was over six seconds better than her previous personal best. Her mark also ranks her 31st in the NCAA West region. The former McKenzie Eagle standout now owns two PSU records, having reset the indoor mile standard (4:51.32 minutes) in February at the UW Invitational. Next on the schedule for the talented Viking is the Big Sky Outdoor Championships held in Flagstaff, Arizona on Wednesday, May 14 and then on to the NCAA West Preliminary Meet held in Fayetteville, Arkansas on May 29-31. Dean has also been recognized as a Big Sky All Academic Athlete.
McKenzie River Reflections
By Cliff Richardson
McKenzie High School’s Varsity Spring Sports have concluded for the 2014 season. The annual Spring Sports Academic and Athletic Awards Ceremony is scheduled for Tuesday, June 3 in the Old Gymnasium.
The Lowell/Mohawk/McKenzie varsity baseball team had reason to think their 2014 season might be extended with a berth in the OSAA State Baseball Championships. With Special District 3 League victories over Siletz Valley and Toledo on May 13, the Red Devil/Indian/Eagle collective team landed in third place in the final League standings and the team had momentum going into the SD-3 League playoffs. Lowell/Mohawk/McKenzie was the designated 3rd seed home team at Toledo versus the 4th seed Siletz Valley Warriors in the first round of the League playoffs. The winner would advance to face 2nd seed Toledo for a coveted State Berth. The Red Devils rose to the occasion and defeated the Warriors, 7-6. The hometown Toledo Boomers, however, had only lost once at home this season, a 5-4 decision to 2nd State ranked League Champion Monroe and with all the marbles on the line, the coastal team easily defeated the valley visitors, 12-0. With the loss, Lowell/Mohawk/McKenzie ends it season with a 5-8 League record and a 13-11 overall record. McKenzie senior athletes Casey Mitchell and Bailey Adams and junior Eric Huffman participated on the 2014 Red Devil team due to lack of enough interest at McKenzie to field a varsity baseball team. Toledo upset 2nd ranked Monroe the following day at Monroe, 9-5, to secure the #1 seed to the OSAA 2A/1A State Baseball Championships. The Boomers open the State playoffs by hosting Regis, who finished 2nd to Kennedy in the Special District 2 League final standings. Monroe will represent the SD 3 League as the #2 seed and will host Union/Cove in their first round matchup. The latter placed 2nd to Grant Union in the Special District 7 League. Both Monroe and Toledo play on Wednesday, May 28.
McKenzie Junior Alex Nast-asiuk broke his week old 300 meter hurdle record at the OSAA State Track and Field Meet, held at storied Hayward Field last Friday, May 23. Nastasiuk recorded a 41.89 second time in the State Finals dropping his previous record set at the 1A Special District 5 (Mt. West League) Meet by 0.05 seconds. The McKenzie 4X400 meter relay team, consisting of Senior Bailey Adams, Sophomore Drew Hamlow, and Juniors Jeff Bayer and Nastasiuk placed 6th in the State Finals with a time of 3:42.91 minutes, the fastest time recorded by the team this season.
Makaila Hiddleston concluded her McKenzie athletic career with a 7th place finish at the OSAA 1A State Track and Field Meet at Hayward Field on Saturday, May 23. Hiddleston threw the shot put 32-05.25 ft. Teammate Senior Shyla Harlan also wrapped up her athletic career at McKenzie with a 9th place finish in the long jump event. Harlan’s jump of 14-08.00 ft. was a personal and Eagle 2014 season best, and the mark places Harlan second on the Eagle all time list behind Marley Cox, who owns the Eagle standard at 15-01.00 ft. set in 2004. McKenzie Sophomore Idgie Glynn captured two 9th place finishes at the State Meet. Glynn tied for 9th in the pole vault with a 7-00.00 ft. mark and jumped 29-09.25 ft. in the triple jump for her second 9th place finish.
The Lowell Boys finished 3rd in the team standings at the 2014 OSAA State Track and Field Meet, scoring 44 pts. total. Adrian won the State Meet with 58 pts. Crow placed 5th in the standings with 36 pts., Mohawk was 6th with 27 pts., Triangle Lake finished in a tie for 22nd with Eddyville and 10 pts. each, while McKenzie and Siletz Valley tied for 25th with 9 pts. apiece. Mapleton returned home with a 39th place finish and 2 pts. scored. Crow’s Girls finished highest in the State Meet for the Mt. West League, 7th place with 27 pts. scored. Triangle Lake tied for 11th with 22 pts., Lowell ended the Meet tied in 18th with 18 pts., Eddyville was 25th with 10 pts. and McKenzie and Mapleton tied for 32nd with 2 pts.
McKenzie's sophomore Nick Nastasiuk raced to a 3rd place finish at the OSAA State 1A Track and Field Meet held at Hayward Field last Thursday and Friday, May 23,24. Nastasiuk's time in the Finals Race was 42.48, breaking the new McKenzie record for the event he established in the District Meet the week prior. Nastasiuk's finish earned the team 6 pts. toward the Team Title. The 2013 winner was Will Comerford from Crosshill Christian with a time of 41.22 and the runnerup was Weston Tilton of Camas Valley, whose time was 41.56. The Eagle's Boys 4x400 m. Relay team, consisting of Bailey Adams, Jon Mahody, Dorian Dilley, and Nastasiuk, placed 7th in the Finals with a time of 3:45.00. The winning team, New Hope Christian, won with a time of 3:31.05. Triangle Lake's team placed 5th in a time of 3:41.06. Senior Jon Mahody ran his last race in an Eagle uniform as he finished his 1500 m. race in 8th place with a time of 4:32.73. Trevor Lane representing Southwest Christian won the race in a 4:04.66 time. In the Girls State 1A Meet, McKenzie's Makaila Hiddleston earned 6th place in the Shot Put event with her best toss of 33-01.25. The 2013 Champion in the event was Megan White of Spray with a mark of 39-02.00.
The Eagle Boys finished the State Meet in 25th place overall with 9 pts. Southwest Christian won the Team Championship with a point total of 63.50 pts. Lowell finished in 3rd place with 48 pts., Mohawk placed 10th (27 pts.), Crow placed 12th (19.50 pts.), Triangle Lake finished 17th (11 pts.), and Alsea ended the meet in 29th place (8 pts.). The McKenzie Girls finished their meet in a tie for 34th place with Alsea (3 pts.). Cove and Condon/Wheeler tied for the 2013 Team Championship with 51 pts. apiece. Triangle Lake placed 7th with 34 pts., Crow and Lowell tied for 17th (14 pts.), and Siletz Valley finished the day at 37th (1 pt.).
The McKenzie High School Spring Sports Awards Ceremony is slated for Tuesday, June 4, beginning at 6 pm.
District 3 Baseball Champion Monroe earned a home game in the first round of the OSAA State 2A/1A Baseball Championships against Kennedy of District 2, the second seed out of that League. Kennedy finished the regular season with a 13-3 League record and 22-8 overall, ranked 4th in the State rankings. The game originally scheduled for Tuesday, May 22, was rained out and rescheduled for Wednesday, May 23. Monroe lost the game 2-6 and ended their 2013 season with a League record of 8-2 and 15-11 overall. Kennedy lost their next game to Umpqua Valley Christian, 0-1. UVC will now play Country Christian in a Semi-Final game. The other District 3 representative, the second seed Oakridge traveled to Knappa and lost a hard fought 1st round game, 7-11. With the loss Oakridge ended their season with a 8-2 League record and 16-8 overall. Knappa lost its next game in the second round to Grant Union, 7-10, ending their season. Grant Union, the 2nd ranked team in the State will now face Stanfield/Echo in the other State Semi-Final game.
McKenzie River Reflections
The Eagle Girls and Boys Track and Field teams travel to Regis High School in Stayton, near Salem, on Friday, May 9 to compete in the Regis Twilight Meet. Field events start at 3:00 pm. and Track events begin at 4:00 pm.
Eagle Teams 14th at Sisters Rotary Invitational
The McKenzie Boys and Girls Track and Field teams both finished 14th in their respective meets last Friday, May 2 at the Sisters Rotary Invitational Meet. The Eagle Girls team scored 10 points in the 17 school meet featuring teams from the 1A-5A Classifications. Host Sisters, with 117 points, easily outpaced second place Cascade, who finished with 80 points. McKenzie’s Boys team earned 9 points as Elmira dominated the meet with 130 points followed by Sisters in second place with 82 points.
Senior Eagle Makaila Hiddleston heaved the shot put for a blue first place ribbon at the Sisters Rotary Twilight Invitational last Friday May 2. Hiddleston’s throw was marked at 31-01.50 feet. Teammates Breanna Van Pernis placed 17th with a throw of 23-11.75 feet and Isabella Espinoza threw for 21-01.00 feet and 30th place. Hiddleston also placed 10th in the javelin with a throw of 85-00 feet and Van Pernis finished the event in 36th place, marked at 49-03 feet. Kelsey Shaw, Elmira, won the javelin with a throw of 139-04 feet. McKenzie’s Idgie Glynn recorded 29-06.50 feet in the triple jump, finishing 9th. Eagle Tamera Satchell was 19th in the same event with a mark of 25-02.00 feet. Cascade’s Emily Rose won the triple jump with a leap of 32-04.00 feet. Glynn was timed 19.09 seconds in the 100 meter hurdles, good for a 10th place finish behind winner Kirstyn Greshong, Elmira, who raced in 16.67 seconds. Glynn also led her 4X400 meter relay team to an 11th place finish timed in 5:16.00 minutes. Shyla Harlan, Britanny Bayer, and Haley Jackson made up the rest of the relay team. Host Sisters won the event in 4:12.13 minutes. Jackson also placed 14th in the 400 meter race with a time of 1:13.50 minutes, as Makenna Conley, Redmond, won the race in 1:02.86 minutes. In the 200 meter race, Jackson was the top Eagle finisher at 29th with a time of 31.98 seconds. McKenzie’s Miranda Godard finished the event in 33.79 seconds, 32nd place, and Satchell was 35th, timed in 34.56 seconds. The 200 meter race was won by Kiersten Ochsner, Redmond, in 26.80 seconds. In her other events on the afternoon, Harlan finished 16th in the 800 meter run at 2:49.32 minutes behind Sister’s Zoe Falk who ran 2:21.85 minutes and the Eagle senior had a couple of 19th place finishes in the 100 meter race and the long jump. Harlan’s time in the 100 meter sprint was 14.46 seconds and the event was won by Madelyn Gunderson, Burns, in 13.24 seconds. Harlan jumped 13-06.50 feet in the long jump behind winner Catherine Clemens, Burns, who had a 15-09.50 leap on the day. Eagle teammate Espinoza jumped 11-00.50 feet, which was good for 27th place. McKenzie’s Van Pernis finished the discus event in 36th place with a toss of 49-00 feet and the event was won by Miranda Holt, Mitchell, with a throw of 104-00 feet. Other girls event winners were Madison Winn, Burns, in the 1500 meter run with a time of 5:12.74 minutes, Kristen LaChapelle, Cascade, in the 3000 meter run with a time of 11:47.21 minutes, Redmond in the 4X100 meter relay race, timed in 51.48 seconds, Kirstyn Groshong, Elmira, in the 300 meter hurdles with a time of 50.86 seconds, Catherine Clemens, Burns, in the high jump, with a jump of 4-10.00 feet, and Chloee Sazama, LaPine, in the pole vault with a mark of 9-00.00 feet.
McKenzie’s Alex Nastasiuk ran to a third place finish in the 300 meter hurdle event at the Sister’s Rotary Twilight Invitational meet last Friday, May 2. Nastasiuk was timed at 43.67 seconds and the event was won by Weston Tilton of Camas Valley in 42.07 seconds. Nastasiuk also anchored the Eagle 4X400 meter relay team along with teammates Jeff Bayer, Bailey Adams, and Drew Hamlow and the squad placed 7th timed in 3:58.50 minutes. The winning Elmira team finished in 3:36.19 minutes. Nastasiuk also threw the javelin 137-00 feet, good for 8th place behind winner Seth Nonnenmacher, Burns, who had a throw of 173-00 feet. Eagle teammate Trevor Spray threw the javelin 66-06 feet, a 57th place finish. And Nastasiuk was timed in 12.21 seconds in the 100 meter race, good for 18th place. Adams ran 12.67 seconds for 26th place and Hamlow was 12.82 seconds for a 28th place finish. The 100 meter winner, Kyle Tinnell of Redmond, ran the event in 11.22 seconds. Eagle Hamlow ran the 800 meter run in 2:18.21 minutes, finishing 11th on the day, Bayer followed in 15th place with a time of 2:19.75 minutes, and Adams was a 17th place finisher timed in 2:20.31 minutes. Trevor Lane, Southwest Christian, won the 800 meters in 2:05.72 minutes. Bayer also competing in the triple jump, finished 13th, with a leap of 33-08.00 feet. Redmond’s Tinnell won the event with a jump of 42-10.00 feet. Adams was the top Eagle long jumper in the meet with a leap of 16-09.00 feet followed by teammate Bayer at 26th who jumped 16-00.50 feet. The long jump was also won by Tinnell, Redmond, with a fine leap of 21-06.00 feet. McKenzie’s Spray ran the 200 meter race in 28.35 seconds, a 39th place finish behind winner Harley Gilpin, Elmira, who ran the event in 22.90 seconds. And Spray finished 50th in the discus with a toss of 61-04 feet and that event was won by Zach Wardwell, Elmira with a throw of 135-00 feet. Other event winners were Keegan Kriz, LaPine, in the 400 meter race, with a time of 52.57 seconds, Trevor Lane, Southwest Christian, in the 1500 meter run, timed in 4:19.45 minutes, Judon Bechtold, Sisters, in the 3000 meter run, with a time of 9:46.66 minutes, Austin McNichols, Lowell, in the 110 meter hurdles, with a time of 15.61 seconds, and the Elmira 4X100 meter relay team, which was timed in 44.08 seconds. Bo Highburger, Elmira, won the shot put, with a winning toss of 46.03.50 feet, Patrick Bladom, Cascade, won the high jump, clearing 6-02.00 feet, and Justin Petz, LaPine, claimed the pole vault with a winning height of 14-06.00 feet.
McKenzie’s Casey Mitchell, Bailey Adams and Eric Huffman are playing baseball this spring for Lowell and the team (Lowell/Mohawk/McKenzie) is currently in third place in the League standings with 3 wins and 6 losses. The team has an 8-8 overall record. Monroe (8-1, 18-4) 3rd ranked in the OSAA State 2A/1A polls, holds a slim lead over 8th ranked Toledo (7-1, 15-2). The two teams meet on Tuesday, May 6, at Monroe, and the contest could well determine the League championship, pending upsets in the remaining season. The rest of the League is chasing third place and that battle should prove interesting as well with Oakridge (2-7, 5-12) and Siletz Valley (2-7, 2-9) both pressuring Lowell/Mohawk/McKenzie. The three rivals all have three League games remaining on their schedule. Lowell/Mohawk/McKenzie faces the two League leaders as well as Siletz Valley, all teams that have defeated them earlier this season. Two teams from the League will qualify for the 16-team State Playoffs. With the District playoffs looming, all remaining League games have an elevated degree of importance in regards to post season playoff seeding.
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Warriors Wallop Eagles, 14-4
Oakridge needed only five innings, last Thursday, April 16, to send visiting McKenzie packing as they slammed the Eagles with their worst loss of the 2013 Baseball season 14-4, the game called due to the 10 run mercy rule. Senior Eagle starting pitcher Victor Vidal took the loss as he gave up 9 runs, 6 earned, on 11 hits. Vidal struck out 3 Oakridge batters and walked 2 others. Fellow senior Blake Anderson was just as unfortunate in relief on the hill as he allowed 5 additional runs scored on 3 hits in the fifth inning. Neither pitcher had their usual backup as the McKenzie defense wasn’t sharp either; the Eagles collectively committed 7 errors on the afternoon. Offensively, McKenzie was led by Vidal, who hit a 2 run home run, his first of the season, in going 1-1 at the plate. Vidal also walked two times and scored 2 runs. Nick Ringler hit twice out of three plate appearances, earning 2 RBIs, both from a double. Even the Eagles base running was off kilter as Ringler was thrown out trying to stretch the double into a triple and Casey Mitchell was thrown out advancing to third on a batted ball to the pitcher. Mitchell hit 2-3 and Bailey Adams scored a run on a 1-3 day at the dish. No other Eagles hit in the game. With the loss, McKenzie slipped further into fourth place in the District 3 title race, 2 games behind Oakridge, Monroe, and Lowell, who are all locked in a three-way tie for 1st place with one week left in League play. The Eagles travel to Siletz Valley on Monday, May 6 and then return to Finn Rock to conclude their regular season schedule at home with a double header with Crow on Wednesday, May 8 and Monroe on Friday, May 10. The first Crow game starts at 3:30 pm. with the second game slated for a 5:30 pm. first pitch. The Siletz and Monroe games begin at 4:30 pm.
Siletz Valley Warriors Upend Eagles in 7th, 10-9
One thing is for sure, the McKenzie Eagles have had their fill of Warrior baseball teams recently. Four days following a loss to the Oakridge Warriors, McKenzie traveled to Siletz and lost to the Warriors there, 10-9. The win was the second of the season for Siletz (2-6) and the loss dropped the Eagles to 3-5 in District 3 League play with two regular season games remaining for both teams. McKenzie now finds itself in a position where it must win one of the two final games on its League schedule to insure a fourth place finish. Siletz, which finishes out with Lowell and Oakridge both at Siletz, lost to Lowell 3-4 and Oakridge 1-2, earlier in the season on the road. Two Siletz wins coupled with two Eagle losses would drop McKenzie into 5th place and could impact any Eagle post-season play. McKenzie led the entire game at Siletz and went into the bottom of the seventh inning with a 2 run lead but the Warriors rallied with a walk off single and 3 runs to complete the victory rally. The Eagles scored one run in the first inning and one more in the second inning before giving up one Warrior run in the bottom of the third inning. McKenzie responded with a 6 run outburst in the top of the fifth inning and led 8-3 going into the 6th frame. The Eagles scored one more run in the top of the sixth inning but gave up 4 Siletz runs in the bottom; the McKenzie lead narrowed to 9-7. Siletz kept the Eagles from crossing the plate in the top of seven, and with the momentum clearly on their side, the Warriors scored 3 runs to chalk up the League win. Offensively, McKenzie’s Victor Vidal had a banner day as he had 3 hits out of 4 plate appearances, hitting a double and a homerun, earning three RBIs and scoring 2 runs. Teammate Spencer Brown had his season best day at the plate as he went 2-4, had two RBIs and scored a run. Casey Mitchell was 1-4 with a run scored and an RBI, Josh Ness had one hit out of three at bats with a run scored, and Seth Burson and Blue Bloomer each had a hit on the afternoon. Blake Anderson, Bailey Adams, and Nick Ringler each scored a run for the Eagles. Siletz pitchers struck out 8 McKenzie batters and the Eagles left 7 runners stranded on base, despite McKenzie base runners successfully swiping five bases out five attempts. Defensively, the Eagles continued to struggle as they committed 6 errors. Eagle starting pitcher Anderson allowed 7 runs (2 earned) on 9 hits and 4 strikeouts in 6 innings of work. Relief pitcher Vidal entered the game in the seventh and took the loss on the blown save as he was credited with allowing the 3 runs on just 2 hits while walking one and striking out one more.
Harlan, Shepherd and Mahody Shine at Crow Cinder Classic
Eagle Varsity Track and Field athletes Shyla Harlan, Peace Shepherd, Jon Mahody and the McKenzie 4x400 Relay team all captured first place honors in their respective events at the Crow Cinder Classic Track Meet, held on Wednesday, May 1. Harlan won the Long Jump with a mark of 13-09.00, Shepherd again won the Javelin with a toss of 108-11, Mahody won the 1500 m. race with a time of 4:37.50, and the Relay team consisting of Alex Nastasiuk, Bailey Adams, Mahody, and Drew Hamlow won with a time of 4:00.86. Overall in the team scores, the Eagle girls finished 3rd out of six teams participating and the Eagle boys finished in fourth place. Host Crow won both the Girls and Boys team titles and Eddyville placed second in both. Other schools were Mohawk, Mapleton and Alsea. In the Girls Meet, Shepherd also placed 3rd in the shot put (29-08.00) and 5th in the Discus with a throw of 81-09. Teammate Makaila Hiddleston earned a 2nd place finish in the Shot Put (31-07.50), an 8th place mark in the Discus at 70-11 and a 9th place finish in the Javelin (79-04). Harlan also helped her 4x100 Relay Team to a 3rd place finish with a time of 59.61. Other team members were Hayley Jackson, Katey Totten, and Savanna LaVoie. Harlan also placed 4th in the 200 m. race (31.29) and 6th in the 100 m. sprint (14.53). Katey Totten placed 4th in the 100 m. (14.20), Hayley Jackson earned 8th (15.02), Savanna LaVoie placed 9th (15.54), Mandy Goddard finished 10th (16.10), and Angie Estep placed 12th (16.35). Other Eagle girls placing in the 200 m. were Totten at 3rd (30.97), Jackson at 6th (32.56), LaVoie in at 8th (34.54), and Estep at 9th (36.63).
In the Boys Meet, the Eagles 4x100 Relay team of Hamlow, Adams, Dorian Dilley, and Nastasiuk captured 2nd place with a time of 51.72. Dilley also placed 4th in the 200 m. race (26.76) and 5th in the 400 m. race (1:02.30). Adams finished in 4th in the 400 m. (1:01.69) and at 6th in the Long Jump (14-11.00). Hamlow was a 7th place finisher in the Long Jump at 14-06.00. Other Eagles placing were Dylan Garr in at 9th in the 1500 m. race (5:50.85) and 5th in the High Jump (4-02.00), and Nate Welch with a 12th finish in the Javelin (45-05), 14th finish in the Discus (45-06), and a 16th place in the Shot Put (18-06.00).
Mahody Claims 1500 m. Win at Sisters, Shepherd 2nd in Javelin Throw
Jon Mahody won the 1500 m. race for the 2nd time in a week, this time at the Sisters Rotary Invitational Meet against runners from LaPine, Burns, Grant Union, Mitchell and host Sisters. Mahody’s time was 4:32.24 with Tyress TurnsPlenty of LaPine second at 4:33.36. Mahody also placed third in the 3000 m. race with a time of 10:47.86 and helped his 4x100 and 4x400 Relay teams place 3rd in their respective races as well. The Eagle 4x100 team of Dorian Dilley, Alex Nastasiuk, Drew Hamlow and Mahody finished in 49.64 while the 4x400 team, with the same athletes, finished in at 4:02.14. Dilley also placed 4th in the 200 m. race and 8th in the 100 m. sprint (12.52). Nastasiuk also competed in the 300 m. Hurdles and finished 2nd (44.28). Hamlow placed 10th in the Long Jump (15-02.75). The Eagles Dylan Garr was a 6th place finisher in the High Jump (4-06.00) and a 13th place finisher in the 1500 m. race. Nate Welch placed 18th in the Javelin (55-00), 19th in the Discus (43-07), and 19th in the Shot Put (19-01.50).
Peace Shepherd led her team with the 2nd place mark in her signature event, the Javelin, with a throw of 106-05. Shepherd also placed 4th in the Shot Put with a toss of 29-06.50. Shyla Harlan ran to a 4th place finish in the 400 m. race (1:11.63), and an 8th place mark in the Long Jump (13-11.00), a 9th place finish in the 200 m. race (30.96) and also helped her 4x100 Relay team finish 4th with a time of 57.58. Other Relay team members were Hayley Jackson, Katey Totten, and Savanna LaVoie. Totten placed 5th in the 200 m. race (29.84) and 7th in the 300 m. Hurdles (57.42). Jackson was a 6th place finisher (14.83) in the 100 m. sprint and 13th in the 200 m. race. The other McKenzie finisher was LaVoie at 7th in the 100 m. (15.32) and 10th in the 200 m. (33.21). Both Eagle teams finished fifth overall in the team standings as LaPine won the boys meet and Sisters finished first in the girls meet. McKenzie will next participate in the Sweet Home Track Meet on Wednesday, May 8.
McKenzie Volleyball Fundraiser 4 on 4 Coed Tournament This Saturday, May 11
The McKenzie Varsity Volleyball Team is sponsoring a 4 on 4 coed volleyball tournament this Saturday, May 11. Funds raised on the day will help send the 2013 Varsity Volleyball team to a skills and development camp. Two males and two females, high school age and older, will make up a team, with some play restrictions on the males. Matches will be the best two out of three with a prize going to the Champion Team. Entry fee is $40.00 per team. The McKenzie High School Gym will be open at 9:30 am. Saturday morning and all teams must be signed in by 10:30 am. Tournament format will be decided depending on the number of teams entered. Team players and spectators are urged to BYOL (Bring Your Own Limousine, make that Liniment, actually Lunch). For answers extraordinaire and more information, contact Dan Brenner at 541-822-3659.
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The Mt. West League Volleyball Playoffs tipped off with the Eddyville Eagles, the 3rd seed from the Coast Division traveling to contest the McKenzie Eagles, the 2nd seed from the League’s Valley Division. That match took place last Tues., Oct. 23. An old athletic adage holds that when one gets to the post season, the team records revert to 0-0 and any team can rise up and play good ball. Indeed, that proved to hold true as Eddyville challenged McKenzie, winning the first set 25-22 and forcing the Home Eagles to prove themselves the rest of the evening. McKenzie won the next three sets to earn the match win and advance to meet Triangle Lake in the 2nd round, but it wasn’t easy and Eddyville made sure the win was legit. Head Coach Dan Brenner’s team won the 2nd set 25-22, the 3rd set 25-18, and the final set 25-16. Makaila Hiddleston supported her team’s effort with 13 kills, 8 digs, and 1 block. Teammate Peace Shepherd had a big night as well as she tallied 11 kills and 12 digs. Samantha Ace Winningham continued to exhibit offensive dominance as she served 9 aces. Ayshia Seiler and Katey Totten contributed 17 and 11 assists respectively to aid the Home Team while Shyla Harlan had 9 digs, and Sydney King earned 7 digs.
It wasn’t supposed to be a cake walk at Triangle Lake as the Eagles and the Lakers clashed in the 2nd round of the Mt. West League Playoffs last Thurs., Oct. 25. Both teams were very familiar with each other, having met once in regular League Cross Division play and again at the Triangle Lake Tournament. The Eagles prevailed on both occasions but the Laker’s standout Kianna Brown, earlier in the season hampered with a back injury, offered improved offensive and defensive hurdles for the Eagles to overcome. With a boisterous and rowdy home crowd spurring them on, Triangle Lake forced McKenzie to claw their way into the League Championships. The Eagles looked good at the start, winning the first set 25-17, but any thoughts of celebrating early proved premature. Triangle Lake aggressively rebounded taking the 2nd set 25-21, and then clobbered the reeling Eagles in the 3rd set 25-13. The Lakers, seemingly surfing a wave into the League Championships, continued to pound McKenzie, who fell behind early, but regrouped to rally behind the deft and timely serving of Shyla Harlan and a dandy play from out of the net by Ayshia Seiler to put the Eagles in position to win the set 29-27. In the 5th and deciding set, McKenzie, riding the crest of positive momentum change, won the set 15-11 and advanced to the League Championship. Leading the Eagles, Makaila Hiddleston hit 16 kills, 13 digs, and had 1 block. Peace Shepherd complemented her teammate once again with 12 kills. Samantha Winningham added 9 kills, 11 digs, and again was superb at serving with 8 aces. Katey Totten had a fine night with 23 assists, 12 digs and 2 blocks followed by Ayshia Seiler with 13 assists. Seiler also added 16 digs. Shyla Harlan led her team with 18 digs, many of those hit by T. Lake’s Brown. Senior Sydney King added 11 digs of her own.
McKenzie successfully defended its 2010 and 2011 back to back Mt. West League Championships by upsetting the #1 seed Lowell Red Devils at Junction City High School last Saturday, Oct. 27. The dramatic win snared for the Eagles the top seed out of the Mt. West League in the 2012 OSAA State Volleyball Championships and ensured that McKenzie would participate for the 5th straight year in the State post-season tournament. As the League Champion, McKenzie earned a 1st Round Bye in the OSAA State Championships and will play on Saturday, Nov. 3, with opponent and time yet to be decided. Coach Brenner’s team will find out their opponent on Thursday, Nov. 1st, morning. In the early match of the day at Junction City, and with the 3rd League seed to State on the line, Mapleton defeated Triangle Lake in 3 straight sets. Against Lowell, the Eagles had lost both earlier League meetings, the latest on Oct. 18, when a fired up Red Devil squad burned the Eagles by winning 3 sets and the match, adding insult to injury, on McKenzie Senior night. Lowell subsequently earned their berth in the League Championship Match by easily dispatching Mapleton. Both McKenzie and Lowell brought their A game on Saturday night and the fireworks ensued as both teams blistered the court with an all out effort. Having won but 1 out of the previous 6 sets, the Eagles needed to rise out of past ashes and light a fire early. And that’s exactly how Head Coach Dan Brenner’s team responded. McKenzie grabbed the lead early and although Lowell refused to lay down and made several runs at the lead, the Eagles captured the first set 25-22. McKenzie won the first point in the 2nd set just as in the 1st set, and the Eagle support contingent looked for a repeat set win. Not to be however, as the back and forth fierce battle ended with a Red Devil victory at 25-20. The Eagles regrouped in the 3rd set and won that hard fought battle 25-18. With their backs up against the wall, Lowell proved their own championship mettle by torching the Eagles with a 25-13 setback that evened the sets up at two apiece. In the 5th and deciding set to 15 pts., and a win requiring a 2 pt. differential, with the League Championship and the #1 seed to State on the line, the Eagles looked as if they would finally ice the Lowell fire, but again, not to be. The Red Devils roared back to tie up the score and put themselves in position to win the set. The Eagles finally established a positive two pt. difference and won 17-15 to repeat for the third straight season as the Mt. West League Champions.
Makaila Hiddleston had another big night on the court as she tallied 15 kills, 2 blocks, and 5 digs. Sister teammate Buggy Hiddleston added another 10 kills. Samantha Winningham, vying as the 1A State serving aces leader added 4 aces to her season total, as well as 1 block and 6 digs. Peace Shepherd and Sydney King each had 9 digs in the match to lead the Eagles. Katey Totten added 7 digs. Ayshia Seiler again led her team with 14 assists.
The Mt. West League Coaches honored five McKenzie Varsity Volleyball Athletes for their efforts this season. Selected to the Mt. West League 1st Team were the Eagle’s Senior Captain and Utility Player Sydney King and hard hitting Junior Makaila Hiddleston. King filled many positions in Coach Brenner’s game plans this past season and excelled particularly on her defensive skills, often leading her team in digs and also offensively, with assists. Hiddleston, a power hitter player, often lead her team in kills, blocks, also figured in defensively with significant digs. McKenzie was represented on the Mt. West League 2nd Team with the selection of Senior Peace Shepherd. Shepherd is a very fine all-around player, often significantly contributing both high numbers of kills and digs. Representing the Eagles on the Mt. West League Honorable Mention Team were Senior Samantha Winningham and Junior Ayshia Seiler. Winningham, one of the most underrated players in the League, is currently one of the States 1A leaders in service aces and also plays a very fine all-around game. Seiler is one of the Eagle Assists leaders and will figure prominently her senior season as she helps return the Eagles to a fourth consecutive State postseason berth. Congratulations to all the athletes on a fine season and please plan to come out and support the Eagle flight to State.
Last seasons (2011) outstanding Eagle 1A 8-man football team played host to Lowell and won a track meet, finally prevailing over the Red Devils 88-80. At the time, the combined score set a new State record for points scored in a game, along with establishing several other State and National player records. That game-score record was eclipsed earlier this season as Triad out of Klamath Falls defeated Elkton 106-66. Last Friday night, on an evening when McKenzie honored its Senior players, the Eagles played host to the Yoncalla Eagles, and for almost 3 hours, everyone in the stadium wondered if a new record would once again be set. McKenzie finally won the high flying affair by scoring 82 points and holding Yoncalla to just 80, in triple overtime. Although a new record was not established, once again the Eagle fans were treated to an evening of wide open offense.
McKenzie looked to be in control early on as they lead 34-14 at the end of the 1st Qtr. and 46-34 at the halftime break. Yoncalla made some locker room adjustments and outscored the Home Eagles 14 to 8 in the 3rd Qtr. and again 20 to 14 in the 4th Qtr. to force the 1st of the 3 overtimes. No scoring in the first overtime, led into the 2nd OT with each team scoring a touchdown and failing on the extra points. Both teams again scored one TD in the 3rd OT, but McKenzie added a successful extra point attempt to finish the game with a 2 pt. advantage. With the Mt. West League win, McKenzie (4-2) is currently in a 4 way tie for second place with Crow, Siletz, and Triangle Lake, behind perfect League leader Lowell (6-0). Both Crow and Triangle Lake hold tie-breaker advantages over the Eagles and McKenzie must face and the high flying Lowell Red Devils at Lowell in their final League game next Friday, Nov. 2. The game kicks off at 7:00 pm. Most likely for the Eagles to advance to the State playoffs for the second consecutive season they will need to defeat Lowell and hope for some help from Mapleton with a win over Crow. Against Yoncalla, McKenzie Senior Quarterback Victor Vidal passed 51 times with 24 completions, good for 244 yards, 7 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. Vidal also rushed 10 times for an additional 47 yards and scored 3 touchdowns. Senior wide receiver Blake Anderson caught 13 passes on the night for 122 yards and 2 touchdowns. Fellow senior teammate Caleb Scrivner hauled 5 passes for 79 yards and 5 touchdowns. Senior Running Back Josh Ness led his team with 157 yards on the ground on 15 carries scoring 2 touchdowns. Ness also had 3 pass receptions for 20 yards. Defensively, McKenzie was led by Junior Casey Mitchell who accounted for 14 tackles, 9 solo. Ness, playing both sides of the ball all season, added 11 total tackles, also with 9 solo.
By Cliff Richardson
The Mt. West League is alive and well in the OSAA State 1A Football Championships. Both Lowell and Triangle Lake advanced to the Semi-Final Round Friday night. The Triangle Lake Lakers upended previously undefeated and #2 ranked Dufur on the road 40-30. The win improved the #7 ranked Lakers to an overall season record of 10-1 while the Dufur Rangers ended their 2013 season at 11-1. Triangle Lake’s only loss was to the #1 ranked Lowell Red Devils and they will now face Imbler, 74-22 winners over Triad. Lowell defeated St. Paul Friday night 60-22 in a tale of two halves. The St. Paul Buckaroos played control ball the first half at Lowell, effectively holding the State’s most prolific offense to a draw with each team going into their locker-rooms at halftime even up at 22 pts. With Lowell Head Coach Pat Todd challenging his defense to stiffen up, the Red Devils did just that while unleashing the high octane offense that is on the road to a new 1A State scoring record. Lowell scored 38 pts. in the second half and held the Buckaroos to a goose egg to run away with the victory. In fact, St. Paul’s offense was held to just 47 yds. on the ground following the break. The Red Devils will next line up against Camas Valley, who easily dispatched Adrian 52-28 on Friday. Camas Valley has won the last two 1A State Football Championships. The Lowell/Camas Valley game is scheduled at Cottage Grove High School, Saturday, November 23 with kick off at 11:00 am. The Triangle Lake/Imbler game is scheduled at Hillsboro Stadium also Saturday, November 23 with kickoff slated for 2:15 pm.
The rest of the Mt. West League will open Monday, November 18 with basketball and wrestling practices. McKenzie High will hold its fall sports awards ceremony on Tuesday, November 19 at 6:00 pm. in the High School Cafeteria.
Three McKenzie grads from the Class of 2013 have taken their basketball skills to the next level. Jordan Wiley, a 6’6” sophomore enrolled at Western Oregon University, was the Wolves 5th leading scorer last season and the team’s leading sharpshooter from the 3-point arc. Wiley was a four sport star at McKenzie and the OSAA’s 2013 1A Boy’s Basketball Player of the Year. This season Wiley, as a starter, is averaging 7.5 pts./game and 2.5 rebounds/ game for the Wolves (2-2).
Karissa Harbick is currently playing her second basketball season at Oregon Institute of Technology in Klamath Falls. Harbick, a two time OSAA State 1A All-State selection, helped lead McKenzie in winning the 2013 OSAA State 1A Girl’s Basketball Championship. The 5’9” sophomore plays at the forward position for the Owls and has played in all 5 OIT games this season, averaging 3.4 pts. and 3.0 rebounds per game.
Taya Harbick, a five sport star for the Eagles and a 1st Team OSAA All State Basketball Player and the 2012 OSAA State 1A Girl’s Basketball Co-Player of the Year, played her freshman year at Northwest Christian University and transferred this season to New Hope Christian College in Eugene, where the sophomore will play once again for her father, Darin Harbick, who was hired this season as the Deacon’s Women’s Head Coach.
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By Cliff Richardson
There are no Varsity contests scheduled for this week.
McKenzie delivered a season-ending blow to Willamette Valley Christian, upsetting the 10th ranked Warriors in three straight sets, 25-14, 25-16, and 25-17. With the win, the Eagles advanced out of the OSAA First Round playoffs and earned a Second Round match with the OSAA third ranked team from the Big Sky League, Dufur.
McKenzie’s win against the Warriors, held at the Oregon School for the Deaf High School in Salem, did not start out well for the visiting Eagles as they fell behind early in the first set, 0-3, due to “not communicating,” according to McKenzie Head Coach Dan Brenner. McKenzie got it going after the slow start, however, to completely dominate the match.
The Eagles began “picking each other up,” led by the Mt. West League’s Player of the Year, McKenzie senior Katey Totten. Totten had another standout evening on the court as she offensively led her team with 10 kills out of 14 attempts, an outstanding 71.4% success mark. Totten also led her teammates with 6 service aces, 11 assists, and tied with Buggy Hiddleston with 3 blocks. Interestingly, McKenzie did not have a block in the first set. Totten also put up 8 digs defensively. As a team, McKenzie was superb at the serving line, very accurate and aggressive according to their Head Coach.
“We corrected our serving from the Triangle Lake match,” Coach Brenner stated. Indeed they did as the Eagles were 94.4% successful from the service line and the Eagles had 19 team aces.
Aly Heins led her Eagle teammates defensively with 15 digs and also had 1 assist. Tamera Satchell put down 7 kills, 4 aces, and 1 assist while adding 12 digs. Hiddleston, with her 3 blocks, had 6 kills, 4 aces, and 10 assists, while defensively adding 8 digs. Kailyn Ringler’s evening produced 7 kills, an ace, and 3 digs. Hayley Jackson added 6 digs, 1kill, and 1 assist, Miyanna Hayes finished with 4 aces, 2 digs, and 4 assists, and Taylor Quirk had 2 digs. Hayes was named the Eagle Player of the Match by her Coaches for her “serving well and adding 4 assists while switching to a new position.”
Eagle Head Football Coach Neil Barrett’s team wrapped up their 2014 season with a win on the road against the Alsea Wolverines. The game, pitting the two last place teams in their respective Mt. West League Divisions, had no post season opportunities attached to it and simply allowed the teams a game for experience. And that’s just what both teams need going into next year’s schedule. McKenzie finished with a 1-5 East Division record and a 2-7 overall record, with both wins coming courtesy of the Alsea Wolverines. Alsea’s lone win for the year came from a forfeit from Falls City/Kings Valley Charter.
The Eagle’s sophomore quarterback, Chanse Hamlow passed for 8 completions out of 17 attempts, good for 96 yds. Hamlow also threw 3 interceptions in the game. Hamlow’s most effective offensive weapon, however, came not through the air, but on the ground as the Eagle quarterback rushed for 283 yds. on 26 carries. Hamlow scored 6 touchdowns in the game. Eric Huffman rushed for an additional 100 yds. on 18 carries and scored 1 TD. Blue Bloomer had 7 carries for 25 yds. and 1 TD, Jason McCarrick scored a TD on a 17 yd. carry, Angel Botello carried 3 times for 3 net yds., Jeffrey Bayer had 3 yds. on 1 carry as did Trevor Evans. Huffman led his team with 5 pass receptions and 70 yds., followed by Bloomer, who had 1 completion for 19 yds. and Alex Nastasiuk, who also had 1 pass reception for 7 yds. Overall, McKenzie accumulated 530 total offensive yds., 434 yds. on the ground.
Defensively, the Eagles were led by Huffman who had an outstanding evening at the office with 13 total tackles, 10 solo, 1 blocked punt, and the senior forced 2 Wolverine fumbles. Bloomer also had 13 total tackles, 7 solo, McCarrick had 11 total tackles, 5 solo, Nastasiuk contributed 9 total tackles, 6 solo, and the senior also had 2 fumble recoveries. Angel Botello had 7 total tackles, 2 solo, and Jeffrey Bayer added 6 total tackles, 4 solo. With 1 tackle apiece, were the Eagle’s Drew Hamlow, Scott Willis, Trevor Evans, and James Rimmer. Evans also had 1 fumble recovery.
McKenzie finished the 2014 football season ranked 34th out of 39 teams in the final OSAA State 1A rankings. Alsea held down the last spot, ranked 39. Lowell (8-1), the OSAA State’s number 1 ranked team, defeated the other Mt. West League Division winner, Triangle Lake, 94-36, and the Red Devils will host Condon/ Wheeler (4-6, 22nd ranked) on Friday, November 7 in a First Round State playoff game.
Triangle Lake (5-3, 13th ranked), the League’s two seed by virtue of the loss to Lowell, will travel on November 7 to Crane (7-2, 5th ranked), the 3rd seed to State from the Special District 1 League. The Mt. West League’s number three seed to State, Yoncalla, handily defeated the Falls City/Kings Valley Charter team, 58-32, in a League game between the Divisions third place teams. Yoncalla (7-2, 10th ranked) will travel further South, down I-5 to Days Creek (7-1, 7th ranked), for its first round State Playoff game. Siletz Valley (3-5, 20th ranked) dropped its last game to North Douglas, 18-62, and Mapleton (4-4, 31st ranked) defeated the Indians of Mohawk (2-7, 33rd ranked), 40-28.
McKenzie’s run in the State Volleyball Playoffs ran aground at Dufur, last Saturday, November 1. The host Rangers, ranked 3rd in the final OSAA State Volleyball rankings, lost a rare set to the Mt. West League visitors, but won convincingly nonetheless, 25-17, 25-19, 20-25, and 25-17.
With the loss, the Eagle’s 2014 season comes to an end, just one victory away from the OSAA State 1A Volleyball Finals next weekend in Redmond. McKenzie finished the year with a 20-12 overall record.
“Dufur did not dominate us; we were not as focused as we needed to be and had too many errors,” McKenzie Head Coach Dan Brenner lamented. “We served fairly well and hit fairly well. We knew our hitting percentage would be lower because they (Dufur) are a good digging team. They also have a big hitter in Ranger senior Taylor Darden, the Coach’s daughter,” Coach Brenner added. Kelly Darden is the long time Dufur Volleyball Coach and a legend in that part of the State.
Coach Brenner singled out his senior Captain Buggy Hiddleston as the Eagle Player of the Match. “Buggy hit hard, had a tremendous swing, and played unafraid to make a mistake. She hustled all over the place, played her heart out and left it all on the court. This was definitely her best match of the season.” Hiddleston’s stats supported the Eagle Coach’s praise as she produced 12 kills, 1 ace, 3 blocks, 7 digs, and 13 assists on the evening.
Senior Katey Totten, another Eagle Captain, led her team with 14 kills, 7 blocks, and 15 assists. Totten also had 11 digs and 1 ace. Coach Brenner also noted that senior Libero Hayley Jackson “stepped up as a senior on the court” and had perhaps her “best passing day, once she overcame her first three errors in the match.”
Jackson finished the night with 13 digs, 1 kill, and 1 assist. Tamera Satchell had 4 kills, 1 block, and 14 digs against the Rangers, Taylor Quirk added 4 digs and 1 assist, Miyanna Hayes’ stats line for the match was 1 kill, 3 aces, 5 digs, and 1 assist, and Chelsie Smith, coming off the bench, added 2 digs. Kailyn Ringler added 4 kills and 2 digs, and Aly Heins finished with 1 kill, 2 aces, and 8 digs.
McKenzie finished the 2014 regular season with a 20-12 overall record and ranked 15th out of 66 teams in the final OSAA State 1A rankings. Lowell, the Mt. West League’s top seed going into the OSAA State 1A playoffs is the League’s last team standing. The Red Devils (4th ranked), qualified for the OSAA State 1A Finals in Redmond next weekend by defeating visiting Damascus Christian, the Valley 10 League second seed. Lowell won the Second Round match, 3-1, with set scores 22-25, 25-15, 25-15, and 25-18.
The Red Devils open the Finals at 8:00 am., Friday, November 7, matched up against the Camas Valley Hornets (12th ranked), the Skyline League’s number three seed. Camas Valley (19-6) joins fellow Skyline League Champion North Douglas (2nd ranked, 21-4) in the Final Eight. Camas Valley earlier beat the other Mt. West League team in the First Round of the State playoffs, Triangle Lake. The Lakers (13-7) ended their season by losing in three sets, 18-25, 15-25, and 14-25.
Lowell (Mt. West League Champion, 4th ranked, 20-3) meets Camas Valley (Skyline number 3 seed, 12th ranked, 19-6) on Court 2, 8:00 am. start, Friday, November 7 at Redmond High School. Hosanna Christian (Mt. Valley League second seed, 7th ranked, 20-3 lines up against the number one team in the State, Country Christian (Casco League Champion, 22-6). That match also starts at 8:00 am. on Court 1.
Trinity Lutheran (Mt. Valley Champion, 6th ranked, 23-2) match up versus Dufur (Big Sky League Champion, 3rd ranked, 26-3) with that match starting at 10:00 am. on Court 1. Also, at 10:00 am., on Court 2, Crane (High Desert League number two seed, 8th ranked, 17-6) meets North Douglas (Skyline Champion, 2nd ranked, 21-4).
The Championship Semi-Finals commence later on Friday at 6:30 pm. The Consolation Semi-Finals (8:00 am.), Consolation Final/3rd-5th place match (noon) and Championship Finals (6:00 pm.) take place on Saturday, November 8.
McKenzie River Reflections
The Eagles had knowledge going in that the C.S. Lewis Academy was an opponent they dare not overlook. A scouting report made it quite clear that the Watchmen had an outstanding player in 6’2” senior player Mikaela Raudsepp. Raudsepp reputedly has a remarkable volleyball resume and is looking forward to playing Division 1 college ball on scholarship at Wichita State next season. What also was made clear was that the Watchmen set Raudsepp the majority time for her high, straight down kill hits and that she could hit effectively from anywhere on the court. Raudsepp made it abundantly apparent that the scouting report was accurate. What wasn’t as clear was that the rest of the team wasn’t too bad either and complemented their star very well. The McKenzie girls put up a decent fight, battling all four sets right up to the end, even sparking the home crowd with a gutsy third set win. The Eagles had a game plan and got the fans going with some impressive blocks, digs, and kills of their own, but the bottom line was Coach Dan Brenner’s team strayed from the game plan just enough that Raudsepp very capably provided the difference with her monster hits and stellar defense. McKenzie lost the match in four sets, 23-25, 23-25, 25-23, and 16-25. Unfortunately for the Eagles, they also lost their post season opportunities with the upset, finishing the season with a fine 20-8 overall record and a final OSAA State 7th ranking. C.S. Lewis moved on to a OSAA State second round match at Imbler on Sat., Nov. 2. Mt. West League Champion Lowell, having earned a bye in the First Round, hosted Ione, winner over City Christian, on Sat., Nov. 2 at Lowell. Crow, the third seed out of the Mt. West League, fell to Yoncalla in three straight sets, and are thus also finished for the season.
Senior Makaila Hiddleston led her team in kills with 14, but only three other teammates recorded kills in the match. Katey Totten and Buggy Hiddleston each tallied 11 kills and Tamera Satchell added 5 more kills. Mt. West Most Outstanding Player Ayshia Seiler had 36 assists in the match. The Eagles served a total of 8 aces in the 4 set match with Seiler accounting for 3 aces, Buggy Hiddleston served two and Shyla Harlan and Makaila Hiddleston each had 1 ace. Defensively, McKenzie was led by Makaila Hiddleston with 20 digs and 3 monster blocks of the Watchmen star Raudsepp. Sister Buggy Hiddleston added one more block and contributed 11 digs. Totten was very effective as well defensively as she tallied 14 digs. Harlan was credited with 9 digs, Seiler had 8 digs, Satchell and Alyda Mathews had 4 apiece and Kailyn Ringler added 1 dig.
McKenzie Feels The Payne, Sacked By Yoncalla
The McKenzie Eagle Varsity Football Team rushed for a team total 255 yds. against home host Yoncalla Eagles last Friday, Nov. 1. Yoncalla’s outstanding senior running back, Geoff Payne showed why he is the State’s leading 1A rusher as he individually totaled 302 yds. on the ground. Payne only carried the ball 11 times for an average of 27.46 yds. per carry, scoring 7 TDs. Yoncalla (8-2) outscored McKenzie (1-8) 82 to 42 in the last regular season Mt. West League game for both teams. Yoncalla, had won only 13 games in the last decade before this remarkable turnaround season and was rewarded this week by the Oregon National Guard with its Oregon Team of the Week Award. Payne, playing both sides of the ball, also showed off his defensive skills as he led all tacklers in the game with 20 tackles, all solo. McKenzie’s senior quarterback, Bailey Adams passed for 163 yds. and 3 TDs on 6 completions out of 25 attempts. Adams also threw 3 interceptions and was sacked by the Yoncalla defense 5 times. Senior Casey Mitchell caught 3 passes for 87 yds. and 2 TDs, junior Eric Huffman hauled in 2 passes good for 57 yds. and 1 TD and Drew Hamlow caught a pass for 19 yds. Adams led all McKenzie rushers with 131 yds. on 24 carries, scoring 2 TDs. Mitchell carried 12 times for 74 yds., Huffman rushed 9 times for 37 yds. and a TD, and Chance Hamlow carried the ball 5 times for 13 yds. McKenzie had 14 first downs to Yoncalla’s 8. Defensively, Mitchell set the pace for his team with 14 total tackles, 6 solo. Adams was credited with 11 tackles, 6 solo and Huffman earned 10 tackles, 4 solo. Jeffrey Bayer had 7 total tackles, 2 solo, Jorden Smith had 5 tackles, 2 solo, Lane Kruse was credited with 4 tackles, 2 solo, Drew Hamlow 3 tackles, 2 solo, and Dillon Garr had 2 tackles, 1 solo.
Lane Community College once again was the site of the OSAA State Cross Country Championships on Sat., Nov. 2. In the 3A/2A/1A Boys Race, Valley Catholic from Beaverton won first place team honors with 74 pts. followed by Union out of Eastern Oregon who scored 104 pts. The 2013 3A/2A/1A Champion was David Ribich representing Enterprise/Joseph/Wallowa with a winning time of 15:58. Zach Bellew from Creswell was second in a time of 16:11. Taylor Ball of Oakridge finished 13th in 17:23 and Joseph Faletti claimed 14th with a time of 18:25. In the Girl’s race, Union took first place team honors with 35 pts. and St. Marys out of Medford was second with 108 pts. Individually, McKenzie Evens of Union beat her teammate, Katriel O’Reilly to claim the Championship. Evens winning time was 18:42 and O’Reilly finished in 19:03. Brittni Gibson of Oakridge finished the race in 32nd place with a time of 21:30.
Lowell, currently ranked #1 in OSAA State Volleyball rankings, defeated Ione in 3 straight sets in the Second Round and will meet #9 ranked Country Christian next Friday, Nov. 8, at the OSAA 1A State Quarterfinals held at Ridgeview High School in Redmond. Country Christian earned its berth by defeating Crane in a 5 set match at Crane. Other matchups will feature #5 Portland Lutheran versus #4 Condon/Wheeler, #6 St. Paul versus #3 Imbler, and #8 Trinity Lutheran versus #2 Dufur. The Championship will be decided on Sat., Nov. 9. Check out osaa.org for match times and bracket schedules.
Lowell’s football team is also ranked #1 in OSAA State Football rankings and will host the 22nd ranked Condon/Wheeler team next Fri. Nov. 8, in the First Round of the OSAA State 1A Football Championships. Kickoff is set for 7:00 pm. Yoncalla, ranked #9, will travel to St. Paul, ranked #8 on the same date. Triangle Lake, currently ranked #7, will host Sherman, ranked #10. That game time is 7:00 pm. Other game matchups and bracket schedules are available at osaa.org.
McKenzie River Reflections
With half a starting lineup on the sidelines with injuries, the only thing missing for the visiting Eagles last Friday night, Nov. 2, at Lowell, would have been a patched up drum and fife corps playing the McKenzie Fight song. Head Coach Neil Barrett’s troops would have faced a daunting task in defeating the Red Devils had they been healthy. Mt. West League rival Lowell has been ranked in the OSAA top ten rankings all season and may have a legitimate shot at bringing home a State Trophy in a few weeks. McKenzie (6-4) gave it all they had and didn’t disappoint their backers by making the best of a bad situation, however the Eagles were clearly out-manned and outgunned from the kickoff and the game was decided midway through the first quarter.
Lowell (9-1 overall) wrapped up an undefeated Mt. West League Season and will host Echo in the first round of the OSAA State 1A 8-man Football Championships. Crow, the 2nd seed out of the League will travel to Dufur and Triangle Lake, the League’s 3rd seed, will have the privilege of traveling to Imbler. The Eagles lone score came in the third quarter when Eric Huffman, a sophomore running back, rambled from 26 yards out to notch the score. Huffman is one of six sophomores and two juniors returning next season to lead a very young team. Juniors Bailey Adams (Running Back/Safety) and Casey Mitchell (Center/Defensive End) bring plenty of experience having each started most games the past two seasons for the Eagles. Huffman will be joined by fellow sophomores Jeffrey Bayer (Off. Line/Def. Line), Dorian Dilley (Off. Line/Def. Line), Alex Nastasiuk (Wide Receiver/Def. End), Dillon Garr (Off. Line/Def. Line), and Blue Bloomer (Running Back).
The Eagles will lose and sorely miss 7 seniors this season to graduation. McKenzie Quarterback/Linebacker Victor Vidal, hard hitting Running Back/Linebacker Josh Ness, speedy Wide Receiver/Linebacker Blake Anderson, solid Offensive Lineman/Nose Guard Jesse Eaton and Wide Receiver/Linebacker Jon Mahody, all contributed greatly in last season’s undefeated Mt. West League Championship and appearance in the State Playoffs. California transfer Wide Receiver/Safety Caleb Scrivner, and Harrisburg transfer Running Back/Def. Lineman Seth Bursom contributed significantly to this season’s 6-4 overall record.
Photo By Corey Culp
Ayshia Seiler at the Saturday volleyball match with Portland Lutheran.
Last season it was the Perrydale Pirates. This season the visiting Portland Lutheran Blue Jays met McKenzie on the Eagle’s home court and eliminated Head Coach Dan Brenner’s team from the OSAA State Volleyball Championships. Clearly, as in last season’s match up, the Eagles had their work cut out for them. Portland Lutheran, 2nd seed out of the Valley Ten League near Portland, came in ranked 4th in the OSAA State Rankings with a 19-5 overall record. McKenzie, with a 30-11 overall record, ended the regular season ranked 11th in the final poll. Portland Lutheran, led by 5’7 senior Middle Hitter Denisse Cruz and 6’2 junior Middle Hitter Kaitlin Howard, dispatched the Eagle crew in three straight sets, 25-19, 25-20, and 25-18. The Eagles were never out of any of the sets, but could not turn the momentum around enough to either hold back any Blue Jay comebacks or shut down the Portland Lutheran offense. Time and again the Eagles would make a run at taking control only to succumb to an unforced error or a tough kill from either Cruz or Howard. McKenzie’s Makaila Hiddleston’s stat line included 7 kills and 9 digs on the afternoon, while teammate Peace Shepherd added another 7 kills. Sydney King led her team with 10 digs, several hard shots from the above Blue Jay duo, while Ayshia Seiler added 9 digs and 7 assists.
Photo By Corey Culp
Kaila Hiddleston goes up against Portland Lutheran.
McKenzie graduates four key players from this year’s outstanding season. The seasoned senior athletes will be greatly missed as they represented the Eagles in the last four OSAA State Volleyball Championships. The Eagles won the 4th place State Trophy in 2009, the 6th place State Trophy in 2010, and made the 2nd Round State Playoffs the last two seasons. Those athletes are Sydney King, Outside Hitter/Setter, Samantha Winningham, Setter/Right-side Hitter, Peace Shepherd, Middle Blocker, and Corinna Price, Outside Hitter. The Eagles also graduate senior Sarah Rux, Middle Blocker, who returned this year to the squad from a year at Sheldon High School. The tank doesn’t dry up for Head Coach Dan Brenner however as he returns Juniors Makaila Hiddleston, Outside Hitter/Middle Blocker, Shyla Harlan, Outside Hitter, Ayshia Seiler, Setter, and Donna Clark, Libero. Coach Brenner also returns key Sophomores Buggy Hiddleston, Middle Blocker, Katey Totten, Setter/Middle Blocker, Tamera Satchell, Outside Hitter, and Aly Mathews, Outside Hitter.
The Eagle Varsity Volleyball team will host the Mohawk Indians this Wed., Oct. 9 with a JV match scheduled to start at 4:30 pm., followed by the Varsity match at 6:00 pm. McKenzie will honor it’s Volleyball Seniors and their Parents at the event. The next afternoon, the Varsity Team will travel to Alsea to participate in a three-way match with the Wolverines and the Siletz Valley Warriors. The Eagles will match up with Siletz Valley, starting at 4:30 pm. McKenzie will play host Alsea in the second match scheduled for 6:00 pm. Friday, Oct. 11, the Eagle Varsity Football team will host the Mapleton Sailors with kick-off slated for 7:00 pm. McKenzie’s Cross Country Runners will travel to Elijah Bristow State Park near host school Pleasant Hill to compete in the Rock n River 5K Meet. The Varsity Boys race will start at 9:30 am. and the Varsity Girls race will start at 10:15 am.
McKenzie’s setter, Ayshia Seiler, earned the Oregon Volleyball Player of the Week Award for the week of 9-30 to 10-06-13 given by the American Volleyball Coaches Association and Maxpreps (a national organization covering high school sports). The coveted award covers all Oregon high school classifications, from 1A through 6A. AVCA and Maxpreps recognize one player from each State weekly. Seiler, a 5’5” senior earned the high distinction due to her play over the past 10 matches in which she accumulated 93 assists (an avg. of 9.3/match), 14 service aces, 13 digs, 3 kills, and 1 service received. Due to her outstanding setting, the Eagle team had a very fine .278 hitting percentage in the same matches. Congratulations to Ayshia, her teammates and Coaching Staff.
McKenzie started the evening off slowly, spotting the visiting Crow Cougars the first set of the Mt. West League match, losing 19-25. When the Eagles got their game face on in the second set they handily won 25-11 and rolled on to win the next two sets 25-18 and 25-19. The match victory kept McKenzie on pace with the Mapleton Sailors for the second place in the League standings. The Eagle’s dynamic Hiddleston duo, Buggy and Makaila, led the charge as Buggy hit for 17 kills, recorded 13 digs and blocked the Cougars 4 times. Makaila mirrored her sister with 14 kills, 12 digs and 4 blocks of her own. Teammates Katey Totten and Ayshia Seiler turned in strong performances as well with Totten hitting for 7 kills, digging 13 times, and blocking 4 times and Seiler adding 41 assists, serving for 5 aces and adding 7 digs. Shyla Harlan had 15 digs and 5 kills in the match and Delphine Clark recorded 11 digs.
The OSAA seventh ranked Eagle Varsity Volleyball Team defeated the visiting Lakers last Friday, Oct. 4, in three straight sets, 25-12, 25-15, and 25-23. With the win, McKenzie (9-2 League, 13-5 overall) remained one-half game behind nineteenth ranked Mapleton (10-2, 10-4) and one and one-half game behind sixth ranked Lowell (11-0, 18-3) in the Mt. West League standings with essentially one week left in the regular season. The Eagles senior setter Ayshia Seiler continued to set the pace for her team as she accumulated 32 assists in the match versus the Lakers. Seiler also had 3 aces, 5 digs, and an ace. Makaila Hiddleston delivered 19 kills with 6 digs and an ace. Shyla Harlan was credited with 17 digs plus 5 kills and 2 aces. Buggy Hiddleston added another 9 kills, 8 digs, and served 3 aces. Katey Totten was solid as she hit 5 kills, blocked twice, had 5 digs and served 2 aces. Delphine Clark added 12 digs and an ace as well. Clea Coach served an ace and had 2 digs, Alyda Mathews added 2 aces, and Tamera Satchell had 2 kills.
Senior Eagle quarterback Bailey Adams put up good numbers last Friday against the visiting Triangle Lake Lakers as did senior running back Casey Mitchell, sophomore receiver Drew Hamlow and junior receiver Alex Nastasiuk. In many games those stats would indicate a victory for the home team. Not on this particular evening as Triangle Lake left no doubt who was in control. The Lakers accumulated 471 yds. total rushing, not counting passing yds., offensively, while spending a good deal of the time in the Eagles backfield, recording 5 sacks and a safety. Currently McKenzie is 0-3 in League standings and 0-5 on the season overall. The OSAA sixth ranked Lakers improved to 3-0 and 5-0 and kept them in a tie with top ranked Lowell. Adams threw 12 completions out 26 attempts for 295 yds., scored 4 TDs while also throwing 2 interceptions, and losing 1 fumble. Hamlow hauled in 5 receptions for a total of 140 yds. and 3 TDs, accounting for 18 of his team’s 34 pts. Alex Nastasiuk also caught 5 Adam’s passes for 128 yds. and 1 TD. Eric Huffman had 2 pass receptions for 27 yds. Mitchell was the workhorse on the ground as he carried 25 times for 162 yds., one carry breaking for 57 yds. and 1 TD. Mitchell probably should be considered for the Ironman of the Year Award as he also accounted for a team high 9 tackles, 5 of which were solo. The senior also had 6 kickoff returns for an additional 53 yds. Nastasiuk had 5 total tackles, 3 solo, and Adams added 4 tackles, 3 solo. McKenzie’s next scheduled game is on the road with Mapleton, who is currently 1-2 in League play and 3-2 overall. The Sailors beat Crow 52-36, then lost to Triangle Lake 62-12 and Yoncalla 80-26. The Eagles have yet to play Crow (1-2, 4-2) and Yoncalla (2-1, 5-1).
McKenzie defeated visiting Mapleton last Monday, Oct. 7 in a pivotal Mt. West League match that saw the Eagles overtake the Sailors for second place in the League standings with one week left in the regular season. McKenzie won in three straight sets in an effort that seemed harder than the set scores indicated, 25-16, 25-13, and 25-13. Mapleton battled valiantly, but the Eagles seemed to have an answer every time the Sailors made a run. Makaila Hiddleston led her team with 10 kills, 3 aces, 3 blocks and 7 digs. Buggy Hiddleston had 11 kills, 2 aces, a block, and 5 digs. Ayshia Seiler, the Eagles AVCA/Maxpreps Oregon Volleyball Player of the Week, earned 22 assists to go with 1 kill, 5 aces, and 4 digs. Katey Totten added 5 kills, 10 digs and a block. Shyla Harlan also had 10 digs in the match plus 3 kills and an ace. Eagle’s Head Coach Dan Brenner singled out Harlan for her perfect 25 for 25 serving and overall play in the match. McKenzie rose to 4th in the OSAA State rankings following the victory.
Photos above by Corey Culp:
Aly Mathews and Elana Gilliam, right, ready to return a serve vs. Eddyville.
Ayshia Seiler (23) gets ready to serve against Eddyville.
Drew Hamlow (11) lines up as a receiver before a play.
McKenzie River Reflections
Aces impact tennis and poker, and certainly volleyball as well. In Yahtzee, 6 of a kind nets big points. At Siletz on Monday, McKenzie’s Samantha Winningham rolled out 16 of a kind as she led her team’s win over the Warriors by serving 16 service aces. In fact, the Eagles were collectively dialed in that as a team they had 33 total aces on the afternoon. Peace Shepherd contributed 7 aces of her own. McKenzie Head Coach Dan Brenner was able to use his entire roster in the match as the Eagles win (5-1) kept the Defending Champs in the thick of the Mt. West League battle, a half game behind Triangle Lake and Lowell at 6-1 each. McKenzie won the first set 25-10; the 2nd set 25-11, dropped the 3rd set 13-25, and took the 4th set 25-9. Along with Winningham’s sharp serving; the Eagle Senior added 6 kills. Shepherd and Corinna Price also had 6 kills apiece and Price added 6 digs on the defensive end. Sydney King contributed 6 digs and Ayshia Seiler led her team with 19 assists.
The Triangle Lake Lakers swept into McKenzie’s gymnasium fully intent on defeating the Eagles, who won 2 of the 3 matches the teams hooked up in last season. Triangle Lake fully intended to establish themselves as the favorites to dethrone the Defending Champs. Led by Senior Abi Wynn, the Lakers put up a tremendous challenge, but McKenzie Seniors Peace Shepherd and Sydney King had a game plan of their own that drowned any Laker thoughts of victory. Offensively, Shepherd was relentless in attacking Triangle Lake as she led her team with 15 kills and 5 service aces. Samantha Winningham added 10 kills and 5 blocks while Makaila Hiddleston had 6 kills and 3 aces to follow and support Shepherd’s lead. In fact, as a team the Eagles served 16 aces and had 9 blocks to increase the Laker pressure. McKenzie has participated in a very aggressive schedule this season and the experience of previous good competition and tense situations played out well for the Eagles as they held off a furious Triangle Lake effort. Defensively, King was simply outstanding as she accounted for 26 digs. Teammates Katey Totten tallied 12 digs and 18 assists, Hiddleston had 11 digs, and Ayshia Seiler had 15 assists. McKenzie won the first set in the match 25-18, dropped the 2nd set 23-25, and polished off the superb victory by winning the 3rd set, 25-22, and the final set, 25-17.
The dust had hardly settled following McKenzie’s dramatic victory over Triangle Lake when the Crow Cougars rolled up for a re-scheduled make-up match, originally set earlier in the season. Weary, yet determined to retain a share of the League lead, the Eagles fought off all distractions to notch a pair of 7’s, i.e. their 7th League victory of the season and their 7th victory in a row. McKenzie, clearly one of the hottest 1A teams in the State currently and ranked at 14th in the latest OSAA 1A polls at the time, sits a half a match out of a 1st place tie with Lowell. The Eagles 3-0 win over Crow (25-10, 26-24, 25-23) kept McKenzie (7-1) a half game behind the League leading Lowell Red Devils (8-1). Makaila Hiddleston tallied 10 kills, 3 blocks, and 12 digs in the match for the victors. Samantha Winningham added 7 kills and 3 aces, Sydney King led her team with 16 digs, Shyla Harlan had 12 digs, while Katey Totten added 16 assists and Ayshia Seiler added 12 more assists. Again, it was very evident, that the Eagle’s hard work and difficult 2012 schedule paid off in securing the victory.
Photo By Corey Culp - Senior Sydney King prepares for a kill in a victory versus Crow
McKenzie remained one-half game behind Mt. West League leader Lowell (3-0) by defeating the Mapleton Sailors 56-12 in the Eagle Homecoming game. The Eagles are tied with Siletz, Crow, and Triangle Lake at 2-1. McKenzie defeated Siletz earlier and lost to Triangle Lake, thus the next game with Crow next Friday at Crow certainly holds a great deal of importance to the Eagles as they look to secure a State playoff berth. Junior Bailey Adams led the McKenzie offense in his first start of the season at quarterback, subbing for Senior Victor Vidal. Adams was sharp in completing 13 of 17 pass attempts for a total of 228 yards, 5 touchdowns and no interceptions. Blake Anderson caught three Adams passes for 89 yards total and 2 TDs, including one pass reception for 65 yds. Caleb Scrivner hauled in 2 for 69 yds. and Josh Ness collected 3 for 66 yds. Ness also led his team in rushing with 6 carries for 68 total yds. The Eagles as a team rushed for 145 yds. Defensively, Ness had 5 solo tackles and 2 assists for 7 tackles. Teammate Dorian Dilley spent some time in the Sailor backfield as he had 1.5 sacks and also had 1 fumble recovery.
Photo By Corey Culp - Seniors Bailey Adams at quarterback with fellow seniors Casey Mitchell and Jesse Eaton on the line. Homecoming win versus Mapleton
The Eagles long and busy week on the volleyball court ended in grand style as McKenzie swept all opponents in the annual Triangle Lake Tournament and claimed the 2012 Championship Trophy. McKenzie defeated Jefferson in two matches 25-23 and 25-22. The Eagles next beat Tournament Host Triangle Lake for the second time in the marathon week, winning two of three matches (25-27, 25-12, 25-13). McKenzie also triumphed over the Triangle Lake JV Team in two matches (25-16, 25-11). And finally, the Eagles won 2 of 3 over the Central Linn Cobras (22-25, 25-19, 15-11). With the wins, McKenzie moved up in the OSAA State 1A Volleyball rankings to 11th place. Just as importantly, the Eagles now have a week to catch their breath and rest up as they have only one match scheduled on Thursday, Oct. 11 at Mohawk. This may prove advantageous as the following week, McKenzie travels to Crow and hosts Lowell, which will complete the regular season and determine final Mt. West League standings and playoff berths. Overall, in the T. Lake Tourney, Makaila Hiddleston led her team with 29 kills followed by Peace Shepherd with 21 kills. Hiddleston showed up defensively as well as she had 10 blocks and 24 digs on the afternoon. Shyla Harlan contributed 35 digs and 8 kills for her Eagle team while Shepherd earned 18 digs and offensively served up 12 aces. Other McKenzie standouts were Katey Totten and Ayshia Seiler who collectively added 66 assists for the Champs.
McKenzie freshman Cross Country runner Ethan Satchell ran to a 14th place finish in the annual Regis Invitational Cross Country Meet in Stayton last Thursday, Oct. 4. Satchell was running in the Junior Varsity 3000 meters race against a field of 41 runners from around Western Oregon. McKenzie hosts the annual McKenzie Short Course event next Wed., Oct. 10.
McKenzie’s Cross Country runners will travel to Elmira on Wed., Oct. 16, to participate in the Country Fair Classic. Varsity Girl’s race starts at 5:00 pm. and the Varsity Boy’s race starts at 5:30 pm. The Eagle’s Varsity Football Team hosts the Crow Cougars on Fri., Oct. 18 with kickoff slated for 7:00 pm. McKenzie’s Varsity Volleyball Team will travel to a neutral court in Bend on Monday, Oct. 21, for a scheduled three way non-league match with Condon/Wheeler at 3:00 pm. followed by a match with Trinity Lutheran at 6:00 pm. Condon/Wheeler is currently ranked 9th in the OSAA State Volleyball rankings and Trinity Lutheran is ranked at 7th. McKenzie is ranked at 6th at press time.
McKenzie easily dispatched the visiting Mohawk Indians last Wed., Oct. 9 in three straight sets, 25-11, 25-15, and 25-13. With the victory, McKenzie equaled its longest win streak of the 2013 season and remained in second place in the Mt. West League standings. The Eagles honored their six senior athletes and their parents at the last scheduled home match of the regular season. Those senior athletes are Clea Coach, Delphine Clark, Scout Hanchet, Shyla Harlan, Makaila Hiddleston, and Ayshia Seiler. Seiler set the pace for McKenzie as she served a team high 7 aces and had 32 assists. As a team, the Eagles had 22 aces on the evening. Makaila Hiddleston hit for 9 kills with 7 digs, Buggy Hiddleston had 8 kills, and Katey Totten hit 7 kills and blocked once. Clea Coach hit 5 kills and also served 3 aces, Delphine Clark had 5 digs and Tamera Satchell hit 3 kills.
The Eagles revised schedule had the Varsity Volleyball Team traveling to Alsea for a rescheduled match with the Siletz Valley Warriors, immediately followed by a match with the host Alsea Wolverines. McKenzie defeated Siletz in three straight sets, 25-11, 25-7, and 25-16 and subsequently upended Alsea in another three straight sets, 25-12, 25-18, and 25-8. With the two victories, the Eagles moved to 13-2 in Mt. West League play and 17-5 overall, maintaining their hold on second place in the League standings. McKenzie once again was stellar at the serving line as the team served a total of 22 aces versus Siletz and 21 aces against Alsea. Ayshia Seiler had 10 aces herself against Siletz to go along with 26 assists and 1 kill. Buggy Hiddleston led her team with 15 kills and added 4 aces. Makaila Hiddleston hit for 8 kills and 5 aces. Katey Totten contributed 6 kills while Kailyn Ringler hit 2 kills and 2 aces. Tamera Satchell led the team with 4 digs plus added 1 kill and an ace. Clea Coach had the Eagle’s lone block and 3 digs and Delphine Clark had 2 digs.
In the later match with the Alsea Wolverines, McKenzie was led by Katey Totten with 13 kills, 2 aces, plus 1 block and Ayshia Seiler with 30 assists to go along with 3 aces. Makaila Hiddleston was superbly efficient at the line as she totaled 10 aces, 7 kills, 3 blocks, and 2 digs. Buggy Hiddleston hit for 7 kills, 4 aces, and 4 digs. Tamera Satchell added 3 kills, Alyda Mathews hit 2 kills, Katey Totten served 2 aces and a block, Delphine Clark led the team with 6 digs and Kailyn Ringler added one block.
Two Fords, not Henry nor Edsel, led the Mapleton Sailors back from a fourth quarter deficit to defeat the visiting McKenzie Eagles in a Mt. West League 8 man football game last Friday, Oct. 11. The Eagles, desperately seeking their first win of the 2013 season looked like they might have pulled off the upset only to have two brothers from Mapleton seal their fate otherwise. The Sailors tied the football game with 1:20 left in the game on Brody Ford’s 20 yd. run and went up by two on a pass completion from Ford to receiver Justin Schaaf. The Eagles had the ball and were moving down the field with a chance to win when Tucker Ford intercepted Eagle Quarterback Bailey Adam’s pass with 25 seconds left in the game, thwarting McKenzie’s attempted comeback. Adam’s, the Mt. West League’s leading quarterback in passing yards with current season totals of 859 yds. and 11 TDs, completed 14 of 19 attempts for 224 yds., three touchdowns and 1 interception versus the Sailors. Casey Mitchell, the Eagle’s iron-man, caught 6 Adam’s passes for 102 yds. and 1 TD. Alex Nastasiuk also caught 6 passes for 100 yds. and 1 TD, while Eric Huffman had 1 reception for 8 yds. and 1 score. Drew Hamlow caught 1 pass for 14 yds. Mitchell lead the Eagles rushing with 28 carries and 186 yds. Adams scrambled 14 times for an additional 168 yds. and scored 4 TDs on the ground. Huffman had 3 carries for 30 yds. Defensively, McKenzie was led by Adams with 11 total tackles, 6 solo, and the senior also recovered a Sailor fumble. Huffman recorded 10 tackles, 5 solo, while Mitchell had 9 tackles, 4 solo, with a fumble recovery. Jorden Smith had 6 total tackles and a fumble recovery. Dillon Garr and Nastasiuk each added 5 total tackles and Nastasiuk also sacked the Sailor’s quarterback twice. The Hamlow brothers, Drew and Chance, each had 3 total tackles and Brian Fleming recorded 2.
Eagle Freshman Levi Sturgill represented McKenzie in the Rock N River 5K Cross Country Meet last Sat., Oct. 12, held at Elijah Bristow State Park and hosted by Pleasant Hill. Sturgill finished 58th out of 79 runners with a time of 21:55. McKenzie’s Brittany Bayer ran in the Junior Varsity 5K race and placed 24th in a time of 39:12.
The McKenzie Varsity Volleyball Team closed out its 2013 Mt. West League season with a victory on the road against the Siletz Valley Warriors on Monday, Oct. 15. The Eagles won three straight sets, 25-14, 25-6, and 25-21, and earned McKenzie the League’s second place finish behind undefeated Lowell. The team will enter the Mt. West League playoffs as the second seed. The Eagles will play third seed, Mapleton, at Junction City High School on Sat. Oct. 26, with an 11:00 am. start. McKenzie (14-2 in League, 18-5 overall) has scheduled a three-way match with Condon/Wheeler and Trinity Lutheran, in Bend, on Monday, Oct. 21, which will complete its non-league schedule. Against Siletz, Buggy Hiddleston led what Head Coach Dan Brenner termed as an All Team Effort with 9 kills, 4 aces, 4 digs, and 6 assists. Every Eagle player had a kill in the match and the team served a team total of 27 aces. Ayshia Seiler led that effort with 8 aces and 17 assists. Delphine Clark had a team high of 10 digs and added 4 aces. Makaila Hiddleston hit 5 kills with 3 aces and Katey Totten added 4 kills and 1 block. Clea Coach had the Eagles other block on the evening. Kailyn Ringler contributed 4 digs to the win.
The Eagles finally found themselves facing a more relaxed week in which they had just one volleyball match scheduled (plus a JV tournament on Sat.). McKenzie traveled to Mohawk on Thursday, Oct. 11, for the Mt. West League match and the Eagles won handily in 3 sets, 25-13, 25-15, and 25-22. More importantly, the match allowed Head Coach Dan Brenner the opportunity to play his entire bench. The win keeps McKenzie (8-1) a half game back of the League leading Lowell Red Devils (9-1). A little R & R couldn’t have come at a better time for the Eagles as they travel to Crow on Tues., Oct. 16 and then host Lowell on Thurs., Oct. 18 to wrap up their Mt. West League 2012 schedule. With a chance to defend their League Championship on the line, McKenzie has a great opportunity to also begin their final drive toward the pending OSAA State Championships.
At Mohawk, Senior Peace Shepherd continued to exhibit her well rounded game skills as she led her team’s attack with 9 kills and 8 digs. Sydney King also continued to shine as she put up 19 assists. And Samantha Winningham continued her perfection at the service line as she contributed 12 ace. The Eagles welcomed back Buggy Hiddleston from the injured reserve list and Hiddleston responded with 6 kills and 6 aces. Other Eagle players Delphine Clark, Clea Coach, and Winningham each contributed 4 digs.
Senior Caleb Scrivner lining up at the wide receiver position.
Photo By Corey Culp
McKenzie’s plans to repeat their 2011 Mt. West League Championship took a wrong turn on Crow Road as the Cougars scored first and never looked back while handing the Eagles a road loss, 58-34. Crow scored twice in the first quarter while preventing the Eagles from entering the end zone to take a 12-0 lead. Each team tallied 16 pts. in the second quarter for a 28-16 lead for Crow. Crow never looked back as they resumed aggressive play following the half time break and with the win, kept themselves in the hunt for the League Championship and more importantly set themselves up for a very good chance at one of the three League representatives to the OSAA State Football Championship rounds. Conversely, the Eagles (2-1) now find themselves looking up at Lowell (4-0), Crow (3-1), Triangle Lake (3-1), and tied with Siletz Valley (2-2). McKenzie has a tiebreaker advantage over Siletz Valley, but Triangle Lake and Crow each hold the advantage over the Eagles. Now McKenzie will probably have to at least win two of the three games left on their remaining schedule to hope to secure a post season playoff game. And hope for some help as well. Next up is at Mohawk, (Fri., Oct. 19), followed by Yoncalla (Fri., Oct. 26) at home, and the final travel date at Lowell on Fri., Nov. 2.
At Crow, Senior Quarterback Victor Vidal returned to the lineup to complete 10 of 27 pass attempts for 249 yds and 4 TDs. However, the time off may have affected Vidals timing as he also threw 3 interceptions and fumbled once for a loss. Bailey Adams was the main recipient of Vidal s passing attack as he hauled in 2 passes for a total of 88 yds. Josh Ness caught 3 Vidal passes for 76 yds., Caleb Scrivner grabbed 2 passes for 46 yds., and Blake Anderson caught 3 passes for 39 yds. While the Eagle air assault seemed to work, Crow’s defense kept the McKenzie ground game bottled up. Senior Ness rushed for 36 yds. on 4 carries to account for just over half of McKenzie’s team total of just 70 yds. With Crow’s offense revved up, the Eagles found themselves on the defensive field a good part of the night and Ness responded with 15 solo tackles along with 20 assists for 35 total tackles on the evening. Casey Mitchell had 8 solos tackles to go with 25 assists for a total of 33 total tackles.
#12 Bailey Adams, #55 Casey Mitchell, #7 Blake Anderson and #2 Victor Vidal meet the Crow captains at midfield for the coin toss.
Photo By Corey Culp
McKenzie Varsity Sports Schedule This Week
The McKenzie Varsity Cross Country runners travel to Dorris Ranch in Springfield to participate in the SD4 District 4 Championships on Thursday, October 23. The meet starts at 11:00 am.
The McKenzie’s Varsity Football team travels to Lowell on Friday, October 24, with kickoff scheduled for 7:00 pm.
The McKenzie Varsity Volleyball team travels to Junction City High School, Saturday, October 25, to participate in the Mt. West League Volleyball Tournament. The Eagles first opponent will be Triangle Lake. Match time is still to be decided and fans should look on the OSAA website Thursday night or Friday day for updated times. McKenzie will play a second match later in the day with opponent and match time contingent on the results of the first contest.
McKenzie Captures Second in MWL Volleyball
Hiddleston Puts Up A Triple-double
When Crunch Time arrived, McKenzie’s Varsity Volleyball Team did the crunching, defeating the visiting Triangle Lake Lakers in a pivotal Mt. West League match. The match was played last Tuesday, October 14 and the Eagles prevailed 3-1. Set scores were 25-18, 25-22, 25-27, and 25-17.
The night started on a positive note with the honoring of this season’s senior players and their families. Seniors Aly Heins, Buggy Hiddleston, Hayley Jackson, Kailynn Ringler, Tamera Satchell, and Katey Totten were recognized for their Eagle volleyball contributions to a very supportive and appreciative crowd.
When the Lakers arrived in Finn Rock, the two MWL rivals were tied for second in the League with 10-2 records, behind first place Lowell by two matches. With the win, the Eagles greatly improved their opportunity to finish the regular season solely in second place. Triangle Lake must play Lowell in their final regular season match and McKenzie travels to fourth place Mapleton.
Against the Lakers, the Eagles displayed the best overall team play of the season, led by their four most experienced athletes, Katey Totten, Buggy Hiddleston, Tamera Satchell, and Aly Heins. Hiddleston earned a triple-double with 30 assists, 14 digs, 12 kills, and 5 service aces. Totten once again played at the top of her game as she nearly pulled off a triple-double as well, putting up 19 kills, 10 digs, 8 blocks, 6 assists, and 1 ace. Satchell had perhaps her best match of the season as she almost had a triple-double of her own with 17 digs, 14 kills, 1 block, 1 ace, and 1 assist. And Heins had a solid match with 19 digs, 8 assists, 4 aces, and 1 kill. Hayley Jackson, playing in the libero position, added 9 digs and an assist. Taylor Quirk added 8 digs. Miyanna Hayes contributed 2 kills, 3 digs, and and ace. Kailyn Ringler had 2 kills and 2 digs, and Elana Gilliam finished the evening with 2 digs and an ace.
According to McKenzie Head Coach Dan Brenner, his team is “transitioning with players who are recovering from injuries,...with roles changing.” Brenner stresses that he strongly believes in “working as many kids into the lineup, even in tight matches, to get real game experience in pressure situations. We don’t know when a starting player might go down with an injury and who might need to step into that role. Brenner believes experience in pressure situations “promotes learning” and makes his team stronger for it and easier to retool each season.
Eagles Wrap Up Regular Season With 3-0 Win Over Mapleton
McKenzie finished its regular season schedule with a three straight set win over host Mapleton on Thursday, October 16. The Eagle’s scores were 25-15, 25-17, and 25-16. McKenzie’s final Mt. West League record is 12-2, their overall record thus far is 17-8, and the Mt. West League’s second place finisher is ranked 11th in the latest OSAA Rankings.
Against the Sailors, Katey Totten continued to play outstanding volleyball on both sides of the net as she led her Eagle team in nearly all statistics. Totten finished her match on the Siuslaw with 13 kills, 7 service aces, 2 blocks and 17 digs, all team bests. The talented senior also had 3 assists.
Teammate Buggy Hiddleston had 21 assists along with 5 kills, 5 aces, and 5 digs. Tamera Satchell, again playing very well, ended her match with 16 digs, 7 kills, 6 assists, 1 ace, and led her team with 9 serves received successfully. Miyanna Hayes had 5 aces, 2 digs, 1 kill and an assist. Aly Heins finished with 4 aces, 4 digs, 2 assists, and a kill, Taylor Quirk added 4 digs and 1 ace, Hayley Jackson had 3 digs and 1 assist, Kailyn Ringler finished with 3 kills and a dig, and Katelynn Caulley had a dig.
Cross Country at Country Fair Classic
McKenzie freshman cross country runner, Naomi Satchell, ran against 143 runners and placed 34th in the Girl’s Junior Varsity (5,000 meters) race at the Country Fair Classic. The annual race, hosted by Elmira in Veneta and run on the Country Fair Grounds, was attended by 34 teams from all classifications. Satchell’s finish was timed at 23:53.00 minutes and she was the top 1A finisher in the race.
In the Boys Junior Varsity (5,000 meters) Race, McKenzie junior Jordan Evans was timed in 24:58.30 minutes and finished 160th.
Mt. West League Volleyball Tournament
The Lowell Red Devils finished the Mt. West League regular season with a perfect 14-0 record and earned the number one seed in the Mt. West League Tournament. MWL Tournament play will determine which three teams advance and represent the League in the 2014 OSAA State Championships.
McKenzie (12-2) finished the regular season in second place by losing two close matches to Lowell, and the Eagles are thus the number two seed. The Triangle Lake Lakers (10-4) lost two matches to both the Eagles and the Red Devils and are the number three seed entering the Tournament. These “Big Three” of the Mt. West League have positioned themselves through League play with the best opportunity to advance to State.
The Mapleton Sailors, the Alsea Wolverines, and the Siletz Valley Warriors all finished tied for fourth place with 6-8 records and played a tie breaking, double-header match on Monday, October 20. That tie breaker took place at Siuslaw High School, a neutral site. Mapleton and Alsea played the first match and the Sailors beat the Wolverines 3-1, advancing to play Siletz Valley in the nightcap. Mapleton defeated the Warriors, 3-1, as well, and thus qualified as the fourth seed in the League Tournament.
Alsea, the sixth seed will travel to Siletz Valley, the fifth seed, on Thursday, October 23, for a first round tournament match. The winner will advance to meet Mapleton on Saturday, October 25, in the second round of the tournament. The winner of that match will meet the loser of the match between McKenzie and Triangle Lake, with the subsequent winner securing the number 3 seed to the OSAA State Volleyball Championship.
The Mohawk Indians and the Eddyville Eagles both finished with 1-13 regular season records and did not qualify for the Mt. West League Tournament. The winner of the McKenzie/Triangle Lake match will advance to play Lowell in the Championship game to determine the first and second seeds to the OSAA State Championships.
Eagles Get No Salvation From Mohawk’s Church
McKenzie Head Football Coach Neil Barrett’s team traveled to Mohawk on Friday, October 17, with real aspiration to defeat the Indians and earn their first 2014 victory in the West Division standings of the Mt. West League. The Eagles had captured their first victory of the season on the previous Friday against Alsea, from the League’s East Division.
Mohawk and McKenzie took the field Friday with identical records of 0-2 in West Division play and 1-5 overall. Mohawk’s aggressive and physical style of play eventually overwhelmed the Eagles and the Indians sent the Eagles packing with a 62-28 thumping.
What Coach Barrett didn’t foresee coming was his starting quarterback, Chanse Hamlow, leveled early in the first quarter and end up spending the rest of the contest on the bench for precautionary measures. Backup quarterback Eric Huffman performed well under center the rest of the evening, but the Eagles running game took the hardest hit this side of Hamlow’s without Huffman’s experience in the running back position. Indeed at the end of the game, McKenzie rushed for a total of minus 12 yards on just 25 team carries.
The Indians junior running back Isaac Church however ran all over the valley as he personally totaled 301 rushing yds. on 29 carries and scored six touchdowns. Church was a one man wrecking crew as he also led his team on defense with 15 total tackles.
Mohawk’s Austin Smith added misery to pain as he added 120 rushing yards and two touchdowns offensively and on the other side of the ball, sacked the Eagles quarterback four times and totaled 11 tackles.
With the Eagle’s game up in the air, Huffman passed for 400 yds. on 19 completions out of 35 attempts and also threw for four touchdowns. Huffman turned the ball over twice on interceptions.
Blue Bloomer was Huffman’s favorite target and the senior caught 11 passes good for 304 yds. and three of the four touchdowns. Huffman carried the ball 14 times for -46 net yds. and Hamlow carried twice for -2 yds. Bloomer had 7 carries for 31 positive yds. and Jason McCarrick carried twice for 5 total yds. Senior Eagle tight end Alex Nastasiuk hauled in 7 Huffman aerials for a total of 144 yds. and the other McKenzie touchdown. McCarrick had one reception for 6 yds.
With the odds stacked against them the Eagles still battled valiantly. Trailing just 16-8 after one quarter of play and only 24-16 at the half, McKenzie was every bit still in the game. For sure, had not a late first quarter 90 yd. interception return by the Eagle’s Bloomer been called back, perhaps the Eagles might have gone into the half with a tie or lead.
Coach Barrett certainly felt the called back play (the Indians scored on the next play) “changed the momentum for the remainder of the game.” McKenzie would hang with Mohawk through some of the third quarter; according to Coach Barrett, “with 10:35 left in the 3rd quarter it was 24-22.” However, Mohawk made the “right plays” from there on and the rout was on.
At the end of the third quarter the score was 40-22 and the Indians sewed up the deal outscoring the visitors 22-6 in the fourth quarter. Defensively, newcomer Trevor Evans was a bright spot for McKenzie as he led the team with 24 total tackles, 13 which were solo. Huffman, as always, was busy on both sides of the ball as he totaled 18 tackles, 12 solo. McCarrick had 12 total tackles, 5 solo, Bloomer finished the game with 9 tackles, 3 solo, Nastasiuk added 6 tackles, 5 solo, plus had a sack, Jeffrey Bayer totaled 5 tackles, 2 solo and also had one sack, James Rimmer had 2 tackles, 1 which was solo, and Nate Welch had a solo tackle.
Coach Barrett gave credit for “some great individual efforts, but Mohawk’s physical play was too much for us to handle.”
McKenzie Honored With MWL Sportsmanship Award
The Mt. West League Volleyball Coaches voted the McKenzie Varsity Volleyball team as the 2014 recipient of the Mt. West League Sportsmanship Award and Trophy. The honor was bestowed on McKenzie Head Volleyball Coach Dan Brenner’s team at the season ending All-League meeting held on Sunday, October 19.
The Eagles will be recognized along with other team awards and individual All-League recipients at the Mt. West League Tournament at Junction City on Saturday.
McKenzie River Reflections
The McKenzie Varsity Football Team will host the Mohawk Indians on Friday, Oct. 25, with kickoff set at 7:00 pm. McKenzie will host the District 4 3A/2A/1A Cross Country Championships at Aaron and Marie Jones Community Track, in Finn Rock, on Sat., Oct. 26. The meet will feature a Boy’s and Girl’s Junior Varsity 5,000 m. race starting at 12:15 pm., followed by a Girl’s Varsity 5,000 m. race slated for a 1:00 pm. start and a Boy’s Varsity 5,000 m. race set to start at 1:45 pm. The McKenzie Varsity Volleyball Team will travel to Bend on Monday, Oct. 21, for a three-way match with Trinity Lutheran and Condon/Wheeler. The first match with Condon/Wheeler will start at 3:00 pm. and the second with Trinity Lutheran is scheduled for 6:00 pm. The Varsity Volleyball Team will next travel to Junction City High School on Sat., Oct. 26 to participate in the Mt. West League Tournament. The Eagles first match will start at 11:00 am. versus Mapleton. If McKenzie wins the match they will play at 3:30 pm. in the Championship match versus Lowell. Should the Eagles lose their first match, they will play at 2:00 pm. with the opponent to be decided.
McKenzie’s Freshman Cross Country runner, Levi Sturgill, participated in the annual Country Fair Classic held at Elmira this past Wed., Oct. 16. The meet was moved to Fern Ridge Reservoir at the last minute as the course originally scheduled was too muddy. Varsity runners representing 36 high schools, 1A through 6A class, participated in 5,000 meter races in the Boys and Girls Junior Varsity and Varsity divisions. Sturgill’s finish time of 20:02 placed him 188th out of 236 Varsity runners.
McKenzie has won the last three Mt. West League Tournament Championships and is looking to repeat for an unprecedented fourth time. At stake, also, is a sixth consecutive appearance in the OSAA State Volleyball Championships. The first round of the State playoffs is slated for Oct. 30 and the second round scheduled for Nov. 2. McKenzie would earn the number one seed from the League with a Mt. West League Championship, a bye in the first round of the playoffs, and the opportunity to host a second round match. Head Coach Dan Brenner’s team is confident and well prepared but the task will not be a cakewalk for the Eagles, currently 7th ranked. McKenzie will face-off against 18th ranked Mapleton, who finished the regular League season in third place, next Saturday, Oct. 26, at Junction City. Match time is 11:00 am. With an Eagle win, McKenzie (14-2, 18-5) would then match up with League rival, Lowell, who claimed the Mt. West League regular season Championship, undefeated at 16-0 (22-3 overall), and ranked number one in the OSAA State rankings. Some may feel the Eagles are the Cinderella of the Tournament, but who knows, this is the pumpkin season and perhaps a carriage will transform and the slipper fit once more.
The Eagles probably could have saved the electricity and not turned on the field lights. With a full, bright moon high in the clear October night-sky and a Homecoming celebration on tap, McKenzie provided all the high voltage energy necessary to decisively defeat the visiting Crow Cougars, 50-26, in a Mt. West League 8-man football game, last Friday, Oct. 18. The Eagles drew first blood, scoring on their first possession and didn’t look back as they posted their first victory of the 2013 season. McKenzie knew they had an opportunity to notch the win as the Cougars arrived in Finn Rock with just one League win of their own, a 62-40 victory over winless Mohawk. Although Crow had posted a 4-4 overall record, all those wins had come at the expense of very weak teams. The Eagles, on the other hand, have appeared to be improving, evidence the contest at Mapleton the previous week, that saw McKenzie with the lead late in the fourth quarter only to lose 58-60. The Eagle offense has been scoring more points lately but the defense has been very porous, giving up a State leading 434 pts. McKenzie’s defense rose to the occasion on Friday night and reversed that trend as they gave up only one touchdown in the first half. With players going both ways in the fast paced contest, the Eagle defense appeared to be tiring in the third quarter and the Cougars took advantage, scoring twice and looking to mount a comeback. But it was short lived as McKenzie caught its second wind and held the visitors scoreless in the final quarter. Thus, on a beautiful, idyllic Friday night, under the lights, with vintage cars shining, their chrome engines revving, a fine victory on one of the finest football fields in the Northwest set the stage for the Reign of Homecoming Queen Shyla Harlan and her Court. A movie scene for sure.
Senior Eagle quarterback Bailey Adams led his team as he accounted for six touchdowns, four rushing and two passing. Adams rushed for a total of 57 yds. on 13 carries and passed for another 100 yds., completing 5 out of 7 attempts. Casey Mitchell, the Eagles leading running back, bruised the Cougar defense for 141 yds. on 33 carries with one fumble lost. Mitchell also caught 2 of Adam’s passes for a total of 53 yds. and one TD. Junior Eric Huffman carried nine times for 67 yds. and caught a 26 yd. pass for a TD. Fellow Junior Alex Nastasiuk also caught one pass for 10 yds. and one TD. Jorden Smith rushed twice for 6 yds. and Drew Hamlow hauled in a pass for 11 yds. Defensively, the Eagles were led by Adams and Huffman, each with 7 total tackles, 2 solo, and Mitchell, who also had 7 total tackles, 1 solo. Jeffrey Bayer and Nastasiuk each earned 5 total tackles, with 2 solo and teamed up for a sack of the Cougar quarterback and Senior Lane Kruse added 4 total tackles, 2 of which were solo. Kruse also had 1 interception and was responsible for 4 pass deflections.
Images above by Corey Culp: Casey Mitchell (55) rushes for a chunk of his game high 141 rushing yards.
Chris LaVoie (13), Alex Nastasuik (44) and Dylan Garr (64) all get their blocks on a key play.
McKenzie River Reflections
McKenzie Varsity Volleyball traveled to Crow on Tuesday, Oct. 16, to tangle with the Cougars and the Eagles returned home with a 3-0 (25-10, 25-16, and 25-21) win over their hosts, setting up a Mt. West Valley Division showdown with League rival Lowell for the Division Title. With the win, the Eagles were tied with Lowell at 9-1 in Mt. West League play. At Crow, McKenzie was led by Makaila Hiddleston who tallied 10 kills and 15 digs for her team. Sydney King also had 15 digs on the evening along with 6 kills and Peace Shepherd added another 13 digs and 6 kills. Katey Totten produced 2 blocks to go with her 20 assists in the match. Corinna Price served up 4 aces while Ayshia Seiler added another 9 assists.
Red Devils Douse Eagle Fire, Put Damper on Eagle Senior Night
The stage was set. McKenzie Volleyball Senior Night. McKenzie tied for first place with Lowell in the Mt. West League Valley Division. The Eagles, currently sporting one of the State’s longest winning streaks, ranked 11th in the OSAA State rankings, and savoring an opportunity to avenge McKenzie’s only League loss by hosting Lowell, the offending team, at home, believed they owned a script to good to be true. It was. Much to the Eagle’s chagrin, it wasn’t the home team celebrating a defining victory on a special night honoring McKenzie’s seniors and their parents. Instead, Lowell, who brought their own very loud and supportive boosters, sealed the deal by defeating the Eagles in 3 sets, 25-21, 29-27, and 25-15. For the match, Peace Shepherd and Corinna Price led the Eagle attack with 5 kills apiece. Shepherd also contributed 2 blocks and 8 digs. Sydney King led her team again with 13 digs and Katey Totten added 10 assists and 8 digs.
The Mt. West League this season has been divided into two Divisions. The Coast Division consists of Mapleton, Triangle Lake, Eddyville, Alsea, and Siletz Valley. Mapleton and Triangle Lake ended their regular League schedules tied at the top at 9-3, and played a tie-breaker match last Sat., Oct. 20, held at Crow High School. Triangle Lake won that match in 4 sets and laid claim to the Coast Division title. The Valley Division consists of Lowell (Division Champion), McKenzie, Crow, and Mohawk. The Mt. West League Playoffs have the #3 Coast Seed Eddyville traveling to #2 Valley Seed McKenzie and the #3 Valley Seed Crow traveling to #2 Coast Seed Mapleton. Both those matches play on Tuesday, Oct. 23 with match times set at 6 pm. The winners of those matches advance to play in the League 2nd round on Thursday, Oct. 25. The winner of the Eddyville/McKenzie match will travel to #1 Coast Seed Triangle Lake and the winner of the Crow/Mapleton match will travel to #1 Valley Seed Lowell with match times set again at 6 pm. The two 2nd round winners will meet at Junction City High School for the Mt. West League Championships on Saturday, Oct. 27 at 1:00 pm. to decide the #1 and #2 seeds to the OSAA State 1A Volleyball Championships. The two losing teams from the second round matches on Thursday will precede the League Championship Match at 11:00 am. at Junction City HS. with the winner representing the League as the #3 seed to the OSAA State 1A Volleyball Championships and the losing team finished for the 2012 season.
The Eagles, needing a victory in Mt. West League play to remain in the hunt for a post season berth, produced one at Mohawk on Friday, Oct. 19, defeating the Indians 28-12. Following the loss to Crow the week before, McKenzie at 3-2 in League and tied for 3rd place with Siletz Valley and Triangle Lake, must now most likely win every game remaining to qualify for the last play-off berth to the OSAA State 1A Football Championships. Those games are with Yoncalla this coming Friday, Oct. 26 at McKenzie and against Lowell at Lowell the following Friday, Nov. 2. Yoncalla is currently 1-4 in League and Lowell is undefeated and ranked #1 in the OSAA State rankings. In the game with Mohawk, Eagle Quarterback Victor Vidal passed for 178 yards with 6 completions out of 22 pass attempts, including a 90 yard completion to Caleb Scrivner. Vidal produced 2 Touchdowns, 2 interceptions and 1 fumble lost on the evening. Scrivner led his teammates with 2 pass receptions for a total of 178 yards and 2 of the Eagle Touchdowns. Josh Ness carried the ball for the Eagles 12 times and ground out 126 yards, with a long carry of 69 yards. Ness accounted for 2 of the Eagles touchdowns. Defensively, Vidal led the team with 11 tackles, 7 solo and 4 assisted. Ness also had 11 tackles with 6 solo and 5 assisted. McKenzie sacked the Mohawk quarterback 7 times for a total of 65 yards lost. Seth Bursom and Victor Vidal led the Eagles in sacks with 2.5 apiece. Also aiding the Eagle cause was Bailey Adams who recovered 4 fumbles.
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.
A gathering of Eagles occurred in the Coast Range west of Philomath last Tuesday, Sept. 25. The McKenzie Eagles, hosted by the Eddyville Eagles in a Mt. West League volleyball match, defeated their gracious hosts in 3 straight sets, 25-11, 25-15, 25-18. The road-win against a confident, improved Eddyville team was a necessary step for McKenzie, the defending Mt. West League Champions, to return to the OSAA State playoffs. With Mapleton slated later in the week at Blue River, and by defeating the Sailors, the Eagles have the opportunity to continue to share company with other League leaders Lowell and Triangle Lake. Mapleton and McKenzie are quite familiar with each other already this season as both teams participated in the inaugural McKenzie RPI Volleyball Tournament the prev-ious week. In the match with Eddyville, Makaila Hiddleston continued to lead her team as she attacked with 8 kills, 4 aces, and 9 digs. Teammates Sydney King and Sarah Rux added 4 kills apiece. McKenzie servers hit a total of 22 aces in the match led by King with 7, Samantha Winningham with 5, and Hiddleston, 4. King also had 7 digs and Rux added another 4 digs. Shyla Harlan and Katey Totten each contributed 5 digs, while Peace Shepherd added 4 digs. Totten led her team with 9 assists.
Mapleton arrived in the Upper McKenzie Valley ready to ground the McKenzie Eagles in an early pivotal Mt. West League Volleyball Match, last Thursday, Sept. 27. The confident Sailors sailed in fully expecting to broadside the Defending League Champions aspirations for back to back Championships and in the first set of the day, certainly presented themselves as up to the task, defeating the Eagles 25-19. Head Coach Dan Brenner made the necessary adjustments, however, and his experienced squad responded by winning the next three sets, securing the Match win and move McKenzie (4-1) a half game out of 1st in the League standings behind Triangle Lake and Lowell, both at 5-1. But drowning the Sailor attack wasn’t easy, as Mapleton took each set down the wire, 25-22, 25-23, and 25-22. With the victory, McKenzie, with a 11-6 overall record, moved up in the current OSAA State 1A rankings to 15 place.
McKenzie’s court prize show-cased the experience of good team cooperation with several Eagle players aggressively contributing toward securing the victory. Makaila Hiddleston led her team in kills with 14, while adding 5 blocks and 7 digs. Peace Shepherd was just as aggressive at the net with 13 kills and defensively with 12 digs. Co-Captain Samantha Winningham topped her team with 20 digs and had 8 kills. Corinna Price, always tough defensively, added 15 digs. Rising to the occasion, teammates Ayshia Seiler and Katey Totten had monster efforts in the assists department with 21 and 16 respectively.
The Eagles next Mt. West League opponents are at Siletz on Monday, Oct. 1, back home in a crucial showdown with the Triangle Lake Lakers on Wednesday, Oct. 3, and at home the next evening, Thursday, Oct. 4 with the Crow Cougars. All match times are slated for 6 pm. McKenzie travels to participate in the annual Triangle Lake Volleyball Tournament the follow-ing Saturday, Oct. 6.
Eagles Take 5th at Country Christian Volleyball Tournament
McKenzie earned 5th place in the annual Country Christian Volleyball Tournament held in Mollala, last Saturday, Sept. 29. The Eagles won 5 of 7 pool play single set matches to face the Nestucca Bobcats, a 2A school representing the Northwest League. McKenzie won the match 2-1, winning the 1st set 25-11, dropping the 2nd set 20-25, and capturing the 3rd set 15-9. Against Nestucca, Corinna Price led her team with 7 kills with Makaila Hiddleston and Samantha Winningham with 6 kills apiece. Winningham also had 5 service aces and Hiddleston added 2 blocks as did Peace Shepherd. Teammate Shyla Harlan contributed 4 aces along with 7 digs. Defensively, Senior Sydney King led the Eagles with 11 digs plus she had 6 assists. Katey Totten continued to set her team up as she had 12 assists in the match.
In the preceding pool play, the Eagles beat the Bobcats 25-23, beat City Christian 25-17, lost to Country Christian 18-25, lost to Colton 17-25, beat eventual Champion Molalla 25-22, beat Southwest Christian 25-9, and beat Oregon City 25-5.
McKenzie’s Varsity 8 man Football Team pulled into Triangle Lake last Friday fully intent on leaving later in the evening at least tied at the top of the Mt. West League standings with Lowell or Crow. Lowell settled their bid for a share of the League lead by thrashing the Cougars at Crow, 64-16. As for the Eagles, their plans were, however, were intercepted, as the Lakers won 62-46, putting Triangle Lake and not McKenzie at 2-0 and in the tie with Lowell. McKenzie is a game back at 1-1 along with Siletz Valley, Crow, and Yoncalla. The Eagles previously defeated Siletz, and have yet to line-up against Crow, Yoncalla, and Lowell (currently ranked 2nd in the OSAA State 1A rankings). With three OSAA State playoff berths at stake this season the Eagles still have a very good opportunity to secure a return trip to State this season, but the job just got more problematic.
At Triangle Lake, Senior Quarterback Victor Vidal connected with his receivers on 50% of his pass attempts, 13-26, for 226 yds and 2 touchdowns. But the Laker defense also intercepted Vidal 3 times to stymie the Eagle aerial attack. McKenzie’s ground game kept the Eagles close as Junior Running Back/Receiver Bailey Adams rushed for 106 yds. on 8 carries, Vidal scampered for another 91 yards on 11 carries, and Senior Running Back Josh Ness added an additional 50 yds. on 9 carries. Ness also led his team with 5 pass receptions for 62 yds. and likewise led in scoring by reaching the end zone on 3 occasions, (1 rush TD, 1 pass TD, 1 66 yd. Kickoff Return TD), for a total of 20 pts. Vidal scored twice on the ground and Adams scored once each on the ground and from a Vidal pass. Defensively, Ness, playing linebacker led his team with 13 solo tackles along with 9 assists for a total of 22 tackles. Adams added 10 solos and 8 assists while Junior Casey Mitchell had 7 solos and 6 assists. McKenzie will host the Mapleton Sailors this Friday night at 7 pm. for a Homecoming Game.
In an early dust up featuring two of the Mt. West League’s top Volleyball teams, the visiting Lowell Red Devils defeated the McKenzie Eagles at Finn Rock on Tuesday in 4 sets, 25-18, 25-27, 25-20, and 25-22. Lowell (1-0) and the Eagles (0-1) renewed the rivalry that has seen both teams usually battle for the Mt. West League Title and an OSAA State Berth. The Eagles goal of an unprecedented fourth consecutive Mt. West League Championship was handed at least a temporary setback, but the Eagles have previously proven they can bounce back and will look to their experience and deep bench to make this year’s run interesting as well. Tuesday, McKenzie was led by Junior Buggy Hiddleston with 13 kills and 10 digs. Senior teammate Shyla Harlan tallied 14 digs, while Senior Ayshia Seiler led her team with 22 assists. Senior Makaila Hiddleston added 9 kills in the match.
The visiting McKenzie Eagles dispatched the home Eddyville Eagles last Thursday, Sept. 5, in 4 sets, 25-15, 25-12, 26-28, and 25-16. The win evened McKenzie’s season record at 1-1. Makaila Hiddleston had an outstanding evening at the Coast Range school as she amassed 12 kills, 21 digs, 2 aces and 2 blocks. Sister teammate Buggy Hiddleston also had a fine time visiting as she contributed 12 kills, 16 digs, 3 aces and 2 blocks. Ayshia Seiler led her team with 28 assists along with 3 blocks. Katey Totten showed her skill game with 10 kills, 8 digs, 3 aces, and a team leading 4 blocks. Other McKenzie Eagles Shyla Harlan added 5 kills and 18 digs, Alyda Mathews led her team in aces with 4, and Tamara Satchell contributed 8 kills and 5 digs.
Head Coach Dan Brenner’s team now faces one of its busiest weeks on the schedule with a match at Crow on Monday, Sept. 9, a match on the road with Triangle Lake on Wednesday, Sept. 11, a home match versus Mapleton on Thursday, Sept. 12, and a three-way non-League date at home, Friday, Sept. 13 with Portland Lutheran and Crane. The first three matches of the week are with Mt. West League opponents and could set the tone for the early season as all three teams represent formidable opposition. All three matches tip off at 6:00 pm. Out of the skillet and into the fire could easily describe the Friday matches with Portland Lutheran and Crane. Portland Lutheran ended the Eagles season last year in the 2nd round of the OSAA State Volleyball Championships on it’s way to a 5th place finish at the State Final Round. Crane’s team made the first round of the State Championship, losing to Cove. These matches should allow the Eagles to assess how it stacks up against a couple of perennial volleyball powerhouses. The first match with Portland Lutheran starts at 2:00 pm. with the second match with Crane tipping off at 5:00 pm.
McKenzie tuned up its busy Volleyball week on a positive note Monday evening as they conquered the Crow Cougars on the road in 3 straight sets, 25-22, 25-15, and 25-16. The Mt. West League victory was the second in a row for the Eagles and put their record at 2-1. Jr. Buggy Hiddleston dominated the offensive and defensive Eagle efforts as she led her team with 9 kills, 11 digs and 2 blocks. Sr. Ayshia Seiler was on her game as well as she served up 5 aces and 6 digs while chalking up a team high 19 assists. Shyla Harlan added 6 kills and 3 digs, Makaila Hiddleston had 5 kills and 5 digs, Delphine Clark put up 8 digs defensively, and Katey Totten contributed 6 digs and 3 kills in the match.
McKenzie Football Hosts the Mustangs of Crane
The Eagle football team plays host to the Crane Mustangs on Friday, Sept. 13, with the kickoff scheduled for 6:00 pm. on Wade Thomas Field. Crane, out of the High Desert League south and east of Burns defeated the Eagles last season at home 78-22. The game will complete the non-League portion of McKenzie’s schedule as it will host Lowell on Sept. 20.
McKenzie River Reflections
By Cliff Richardson
McKenzie’s Ayshia Seiler provided her teammates the well-placed sets and the Eagles dynamic-duo Hiddleston hitting machine capitalized as the Visitors defeated the Triangle Lake Lakers on the road, 25-16, 21-25, 25-11, and 25-13. With the win, McKenzie’s Mt. West League record improved to 3-1 with a crucial road test the following evening, Thursday, Sept. 12 at Mapleton. The Sailors at the time were tied for first with Lowell at 4-0. Seiler recorded 37 assists in the Laker match along with 6 serving aces, 5 kills and 4 digs. Buggy Hiddleston, coming off a big performance versus Crow, enjoyed another fine outing as she had 15 kills, 15 digs, and 2 aces. Sister Makaila Hiddleston also found Seiler’s sets favorable as she attacked for another 15 kills while adding 4 digs, 1 ace, and 1 block defensively. Other Eagles contributing to the decisive victory were Katey Totten with 5 kills, 5 digs, and an ace, Shyla Harlan who had 4 kills, 2 digs, and 1 ace, Tamara Satchell who added 5 kills and 3 digs, Delphine Clark with a dig and Clea Coach who had 1 dig.
The Eagles (4-1) won again on the seemingly endless road, this time at Mapleton, handing the Sailors their first Mt. West League defeat of the 2013 Volleyball season and lifting McKenzie into a tie for second place with Mapleton (4-1). Both the Eagles and the Sailors trail the Lowell Red Devils (4-0) by one-half game. McKenzie won with a total team effort on Thursday, Sept. 12, in three straight sets 25-21, 25-23, and 25-19. The Eagle’s offensive attack was hitting on all cylinders, with several players contributing. Tamara Satchell lead the team with 9 kills followed by Shyla Harlan, Katey Totten, Makaila Hiddleston, and Buggy Hiddleston, all with 7 kills. Ayshia Seiler had 1 kill on the evening. Seiler continued her impressive setting prowess with 22 assists. Harlan and Buggy Hiddleston each served 5 aces with Seiler serving up 3 additional aces. Defensively, the Eagles spread the wealth as well as Seiler and Makaila Hiddleston each had 7 digs, with Harlan and Delphine Clark recording 3 apiece. Totten and Makaila Hiddleston each had 2 defensive blocks in the match while Totten added 1 more.
Portland Lutheran traveled to Finn Rock last Friday, Sept. 13, for a rematch with McKenzie of last season’s contest in the OSAA State 2nd Round Playoffs, which the Blue Jays won and which ended the Eagles season. This time, Portland Lutheran won three straight sets 20-25, 18-25, and 23-25 and handed McKenzie its second defeat of the young 2013 season. The Eagle offense again spread the attack around as Shyla Harlan and Makaila Hiddleston each recorded 7 kills to lead the team while Katey Totten had 5 kills, Buggy Hiddleston nailed 4, Ayshia Seiler added 3, and Tamara Satchell earned 2. Totten’s overall game was a bright spot for the Eagles as she also served 5 aces and 4 blocks in the match. Makaila Hiddleston added 1 ace and a block to her game line as well. Seiler, as usual, led her team with 21 assists.
The Eagles defeated the Crane Mustangs in their second match of a double-header, Friday, following the loss to Portland Lutheran, by scores of 25-14, 23-25, 25-23, and 25-17. Crane had defeated Portland Lutheran in 5 sets just previous to this match. Following a brutal week on the road against the top competition in the Mt. West League and then hosting two perennially top teams from other Leagues, the Eagles ended the week with an overall record of 5-2 and ranked 6th in the first OSAA State Volleyball rankings of the 2013 season. McKenzie again exhibited its offensive balance as Makaila Hiddleston led her team with 10 kills and 5 serving aces. Buggy Hiddleston was close behind with 9 kills and 5 aces. Katey Totten had 7 kills and 4 aces while Shyla Harlan recorded 4 kills and 4 aces, Tamara Satchell earned 5 kills, Ayshia Seiler hit for 2 kills, 4 aces, and 24 assists, and Alyda Mathews served 3 additional aces. Overall, the Eagles served 25 aces in the match. Head Coach Dan Brenner stated the he thought “the first set against Crane may have been the best he has ever seen at McKenzie, Defensively, the Eagles were also led by the Hiddleston ladies, who each had 10 digs (Makaila also blocked twice and Buggy once). Seiler and Harlan each added 9 digs, Totten had 8, Delphine Clark recorded 6 digs and Mathews contributed 2. The Eagles schedule doesn’t slack off much as McKenzie will travel to Mohawk on Tuesday, Sept. 17, for a Mt. West League match and then return home for a League match with Alsea on Thursday, Sept. 19. Those two matches tipoff at 6:00 pm. Friday the Varsity will repack their saddlebags for a trip to Crane, southeast of Burns, to participate in the annual Mustang Volleyball Tournament on Saturday, Sept. 21. McKenzie will have the opportunity to compete with Crane, Prairie City, and Dayville/Monument at the Tournament.
Crane traveled their Varsity football team (2-0) along with their Varsity volleyball team to tackle McKenzie on Friday, Sept. 13 and the Mustangs stampeded to a non-League victory over the winless Eagles (0-2). McKenzie will not see the fire cool off as the red-hot and OSAA State 5th ranked Lowell Red Devils (2-0) come to town next Friday, Sept. 20 following impressive victories over St. Paul (76-40) and Triad (74-24). Kick off with Lowell is set for 7:00 pm. at Wade Thomas Field. Against Crane, senior Quarterback Bailey Adams was 7-19 in passing completions for 146 total yds. in the air, throwing for 3 TDs , 2 Interceptions and 2 fumbles (both for losses). Tight End Alex Nastasiuk was a favorite Adam’s receiver as he collected 3 passes for 66 yds. and 1 TD. Running back Eric Huffman hauled in 3 passes from out of the backfield for an additional 51 yds. and 1 TD. The Eagles other Tight End Drew Hamlow caught 1 pass for 20 yds. and 1 TD while Running Back Jason McCarick caught 1 pass for 9 yds. McCarick also rushed for 15 yds. on 6 carries and Adams ran 9 times for 21 yds. Defensively, the Eagles were led by senior Linebacker Casey Mitchell with 13 total tackles (8 solo), Adams with 13 tackles (7 solo) at the Safety position, and Linebacker Huffman with 6 total tackles (4 solo). Nastasiuk, playing Defensive End had one fumble recovery for McKenzie as well.
The McKenzie Varsity and Middle School Cross Country Teams kick off the 2013 season with the Prefontaine Memorial Run held in Coos Bay. The race is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 21 with start time of 9:45 am. for both the Boys and Girls 5000 m. races. The Varsity Eagles will be represented by Junior Dylan Garr, Sophomore Ethan Satchell,
Freshman Levi Sturgill and Freshman Brittany Bayer. Neither the Boys nor the Girls will field a complete team thus competing as individuals for McKenzie. The Eagles will also have the following eighth grade student/athletes competing in the Middle School 2 mile race: Naomi Satchell, Bailey Sugg, and Paige Lowry. McKenzie Cross Country Head Coach Devin VansCoy commented that he is pleased with the “early fitness in practice” of freshman Levi Sturgill and expects him “to lead the High School team for the Boys”. Coach VansCoy also expects “Naomi Satchell to lead the Girls Team, even though she is only an eighth grader”. The Prefontaine Memorial Run will feature at least 25 schools representing several school classifications from Oregon and California.
Photos By Corey Culp.
Shyla Harlan (17), Makaila Hiddleston (19), and Katey Totten (7) all communicate on a serve receive at the McKenzie Jamboree.
Bailey Adams (12) throws a pass early in the 1st quarter against Crane.
Alex Nastasiuk (44), Dylan Garr (64) and Casey Mitchell (55) all line up on defense early in the game vs. Crane.
McKenzie River Reflections
McKenzie’s Varsity 8-man football team returned to the Victory Trail last Friday, Sept. 14, and defeated the visiting North Lake Cowboys out of Silver Lake by a score of 42 to 22. The non-conference win puts the Eagles at 2-1 for the 2012 season and dropped the Cowboys to 0-2. McKenzie, the defending 2011 Mt. West League Champions, will host the Siletz Valley Charter Warriors next Friday at 7:00 pm. in their first League game of the season. Siletz also boasts a 2-1 record on the year having defeated Falls City 80-20 and 3A Chemawa 28-21 while losing to #2 ranked Perrydale 56-12.
Eagle Quarterback Victor Vidal led his team’s drive to victory by completing 16 of 30 pass attempts for a total of 295 aerial yards, 4 TDs and 1 interception. Vidal also ran for another 3 touchdowns on 12 carries for a total of 60 yds. All in all a very good night for the Eagle senior. Caleb Scrivner caught 5 of Vidal’s passes for 159 yards on the evening, the longest a 67 yard reception. Two of Scrivner’s pass receptions were converted into touchdowns on receptions of 66 and 55 yds. respectively. Josh Ness grabbed 6 Vidal passes for 83 yards, one going for 66 yards. Blake Anderson hauled in 3 passes for 42 yards, and Bailey Adams caught 1 for 11 yards. Ness rushed 10 times for 36 yards while Anderson also carried the ball 5 times for 30 yards. Adams gained 12 yards on 2 carries. Defensively, the Eagles were just as sharp as Ness led his team with 6 tackles, 10 assists for a total of 16 tackles. Alex Nastasiuk and Casey Mitchell each contributed 5 tackles and 9 assists for 14 total tackles apiece and Blake Anderson added 7 tackles and 5 assists for 12 total tackles. Mitchell and Anderson each sacked the North Lake Quarterback once. Ness intercepted the Cowboys once and returned it 45 yards. Siletz Valley will definitely present the Eagles with a stronger team this week. Last year McKenzie defeated the Warriors in Siletz, 44-20.
Photo By Corey Culp
#2 Victor Vidal and #44 Alex Nastasiuk lead the Eagles defense to a shutout in the second half versus North Lake
McKenzie’s Varsity Volleyball squad opened its Mt. West League Championship defense by hosting the Mohawk Indians last Thurs., Sept. 13. The Eagles won easily in 3 sets, 25-8, 25-15, and 25-11. Senior Samantha Winningham, selected by her coach as Player of the Game, led her team with 7 kills and aces. Teammate Peace Shepherd contributed 6 kills in the match with Ayshia Seiler adding 12 assists.
Photo By Corey Culp
Corinna Price with a kill during the McKenzie Jamboree.
The Eagle Volleyball Team traveled south to Douglas County and participated in the annual Yoncalla Volleyball Tournament last Sat., Sept. 15. In the first match of the day, the Eagles faced up with Camas Valley, and defeated the Hornets in the first set 25-12, lost the second set 20-25 and won the third set 15-5. In the match Makaila Hiddleston led her team with 7 kills and 10 digs. Samantha Winningham also had 7 kills and 4 aces. Sydney King added 5 kills, 11 digs and 9 assists while Peace Shepherd had 4 kills and 13 digs. Ayshia Seiler served up 2 aces along with 9 assists in the match. McKenzie next lined up opposite of Tournament Host Yoncalla. McKenzie won the first set 25-17, lost the second set 13-25 and lost the third set 9-15. Yoncalla is currently ranked 11th in the State 1A rankings. For the match, Makaila Hiddleston had 9 kills, 8 digs, and 1 ace. Shyla Harlan added 7 kills as did Ayshia Seiler, who also had 11 assists. Katey Totten contributed 7 kills and 1 ace and Sydney King added another 6 digs. In the 3rd Match of the Tournament, the Eagles again faced Camas Valley, and defeated the Hornets in two sets, 25-21 and 25-10. Samantha Winningham led her team with 5 kills, 4 aces, and 11 digs. Makaila Hiddleston had 9 kills and 5 digs. Peace Shepherd added 7 kills and 8 digs and Sydney King contributed 9 digs. Katey Totten served 2 aces to go with 18 assists and Shyla Harlan also had 2 aces and 8 digs in the match. The final match of the day pitted the Yoncalla Eagles against the McKenzie Eagles once again, and Yoncalla defeated McKenzie in 2 out of 3 sets. McKenzie won the 1st set 25-21, lost the second 13-25, and lost the third 10-15. For the match, Makaila Hiddleston garnered 12 kills, 2 blocks, and 9 digs. Corinna Price had 4 kills and 9 digs, while Sydney King had 12 digs. Peace Shepherd added 8 digs and Shyla Harlan also added 6 digs. Katey Totten had 12 assists and 1 block in the match. The Eagles return to Mt. West League Match play on Tuesday, Sept. 18, traveling to meet the Lowell Red Devils. McKenzie hosts Alsea in League play on Thursday, Sept. 20. Both matches tip off at 6 pm. The Eagles will host their own 8 team Tournament on Sat., Sept. 22. The Teams entered in the McKenzie Tournament are 3A Glide (17th ranked in 3A Class, earned round 1 at 2011 State), 2A Reedsport (2nd ranked, 3rd place finish at 2011 State), 2A Culver (5th ranked, 4th place at 2011 State), 1A St. Paul (ranked 4th, 4th place at 2011 State), 1A Mapleton (14th ranked), 1A Prospect (21 ranked, 2nd round at 2011 State), 1A Umpqua Valley Christian (1st round at 2011 State), and McKenzie, currently ranked at 24th and coming off a 2nd Round at OSAA 2011 State Championships. This should prove to be a very fine preseason tournament, so be sure to set your calendar and come support the Eagles.
The McKenzie Eagles 8-man Football Team traveled to Days Creek in Douglas County last Friday to tackle the Wolves in a non-league season opener for both teams. Days Creek is a 2A school in the Mt. View League, but plays an independent 8-man football schedule. McKenzie is returning to the gridiron following a 2011 season of 8 wins and 2 losses overall, an undefeated (5-0) Mt. West League Championship, and a berth in the OSAA State 1A Football Championships. Last season McKenzie defeated Days Creek at home 60-6, but the Eagles graduated an outstanding senior class that left several big shoes to fill, most notably at quarterback and wide receiver on offense and at linebacker, defensive back, and safety on defense. With only 12 of his 19 players eligible for the first 2012 game of the season, second year Head Coach Neil Barrett, was nonetheless still eager to see his new lineup perform and the Eagles earned some confidence as they rolled to a 50-22 victory. McKenzie senior running back Blake Anderson scampered for 4 touchdowns, three running and one passing as he carried the ball for 194 yards and caught the ball 5 times for another 144 yards. Fellow senior running back Josh Ness added a pair of touchdowns on another 104 yards on the ground. Senior quarterback Victor Vidal, stepping in for graduated Will Totten, who set several National 8-man passing records last season, ably directed his offense by passing for 205 yards on 10-21 pass attempts, two touchdowns and 2 interceptions. Newcomer Caleb Scrivner hauled in a pair of passes for 46 yards, one a 38 yard reception. On the defensive side Josh Ness, playing Linebacker, led his team with 12 unassisted tackles and 7 assists while Eagle Defensive End Dorian Dilley recorded 2 sacks of the Wolves quarterback.
McKenzie traveled to Harney County on Friday, Sept. 7, to wrangle the perennial strong Crane Mustangs from the High Desert League. The Mustangs lost their 2012 season opener, 48-8, to the Eagles Mt. West League rival Lowell Red Devils in the annual Dufur Classic. Kickoff time is set for 2:00 pm.
The defending 2011 Mt. West League Volleyball Champion McKenzie Eagles opened their 2012 season in Douglas County in a three way match that featured the 2011 OSAA 2A State Champion Days Creek Wolves from the Mt. View League and the 4A Sutherlin Bulldogs from the Far West League. Sutherlin was 7-3 in League play last year and participated in the OSAA State Volleyball Championships at the 1st Round level. With a still incomplete roster due to some as yet ineligible players, McKenzie Head Coach Dan Brenner had the opportunity to play with his lineup and see how his team would respond against good competition. Missing due to graduation were the Harbick girls, Taya and Karissa, senior leaders from last year’s Eagle team that participated in the OSAA State Championships last year. In the first match against Sutherlin, the Eagles lost 25-18, 25-18, and 25-15. McKenzie sophomore Buggy Hiddleston, playing the Middle Blocker position, tallied 7 kills while senior Samantha Winningham, a Right side Hitter and Setter, garnered 6 kills and 7 digs. Sophomore Setter and Middle Blocker Katie Totten added 15 assists.
In the second match, the Eagles lost in three again to the defending State 2A Champs, 25-15, 25-15, and 26-24. Senior Middle Blocker Peace Shepherd and Junior Makaila Hiddleston, playing Outside Hitter and Middle Blocker, each recorded 5 kills.
The Eagles next travel with the Eagle Football Team to the Klamath Marsh country in a non-conference match with the Crane Mustangs on Friday, Sept. 7. Match time is set for 12:30 pm. McKenzie will return home and travel the next day to Oakridge to participate in the annual Oakridge Volleyball Tournament.
The Days Creek Wolves handed the host McKenzie Eagles a 60-20 thumping last Friday night in the non-league 2013 season opener for both 8-man football teams. The Wolves senior led team dominated the relatively inexperienced Eagles, who finished the game with 8 players on the field due to injury and ineligibility issues. It was McKenzie’s turn in the barrel so to speak as the Eagles had defeated Days Creek by decisive margins, 50-22 in 2012 and 60-6 in 2011. Senior quarterback Bailey Adams led the Eagle offense with 135 yards passing, completing two touchdown receptions to tight-end Alex Nastasiuk and running for another score. Adams had one interception on the night. Nastasiuk hauled in 5 passes in the game for a total of 84 yards. The Eagles Jeffrey Bayer was injured in the opening minutes of the game and will be lost for approximately 6 weeks, according to Head Coach Neil Barrett.
Correction to last week’s article: The Eagles Football season opened up on Aug. 30. It was incorrectly stated as Sept. 30 last week.
McKenzie Head Volleyball Coach Dan Brenner was quite pleased with the play of his Varsity players in the annual McKenzie Jamboree last Thursday. Coach Brenner played all 16 players suited, and although he utilized the same starting lineup throughout the day, Brenner moved players around into different positions throughout the matches, thus gaining valuable experience going into Mt. West League play this week on Tuesday versus Lowell (Home) and at Eddyville on Thursday. Both Varsity matches tip-off at 6:00 pm., with a Junior Varsity match slated for 4:30 pm. at Eddyville. “We have a team that is going to be very athletic, perhaps as athletic or more so than some of our recent past teams. These players have a willingness to play, willing to make the impossible play. It is a pleasure to watch them work hard, even in practice,” Brenner added. The Eagles new offense, (Brenner calls it his Hybrid Offense) is somewhat complicated and features a lot of movement, with players moving and rotating profusely. Brenner states,” All the athletes will need to understand their potential” and be able to fill in wherever they are needed. Indeed, the team will need to be ready to rumble as their schedule is front loaded with the League powerhouses right off the bat, ie. Lowell, Crow and Triangle Lake.
The Mustangs of Crane corralled the Eagles of McKenzie in the shadow of the Steens Mountain last Friday in a non-conference game. Both teams now post a 1-1 overall record on the early 2012 8-man football season. The hosts, representing the High Desert League, tied up the McKenzie running game by holding the visitors from the Mt. West League to a minus 24 yards gained on the ground. The Eagles in fact ran just 19 offensive running plays in the game. McKenzie Quarterback Victor Vidal connected with his receivers 15 times out of 39 attempts for a total of 268 yards in the hot desert air (95 degrees at game time), scoring 3 times, once to Jon Mahody and twice to Blake Anderson. Anderson collected 6 passes for 182 yards, including one pass for 76 yds. Mahody, also caught 6 passes for 54 yds. Quarterback Vidal, however, was also hobbled on 4 occasions by the Mustang defense resulting in 3 pass interceptions and 1 fumble lost. Defensively, McKenzie was also led by Vidal as he was credited for 16 total tackles, 9 unassisted. Teammates, linebacker Josh Ness added 11 tackles (7 unassisted) and Alex Nastasiuk had 11 tackles (5 unassisted). The Eagles will host the North Lake Cowboys (from Silver Lake in Central Oregon) in an OSAA endowment game next Friday, Sept. 14, with kickoff set at 7:00 pm. OSAA endowment games allow a school to participate in an extra contest during a season with 50% of the game gross proceeds going to the OSAA Foundation to support OSAA activities such as scholarships, championship events, etc. The host school receives the other 50%. Ticket prices are $6.00 for adults and $4.00 for students with no school district nor league passes accepted.
The Eagle Varsity Volleyball Team hit the trail early on Friday, Sept. 7, with the Varsity Football Team, for a non-conference match set East of Klamath Marsh with the Crane Mustangs. The bus pulled out of Finn Rock at 5 a.m. sharp with the rising sun not yet in their eyes. The 12:30 match time was the first of a double header with the Football Team kicking off at 2:00 pm. While adjusting to the High Desert Elevation, 4134 ft., and heat, fought to a 24-26 loss in the first set of the Match. McKenzie found it’s stride however and won the second set 25-23 and the third set 25-14. Crane refused to lay down and in the decisive fourth set, jumped out to a 15-5 lead and looking for the Home Stretch. Head Coach Dan Brenner, called his last remaining timeout and challenged his team to close the gap and the Eagles responded by strapping on their spurs and forging a dramatic comeback by winning the set 25-22 and the Match Victory. Senior Samantha Winningham led her team with 14 kills and 7 aces on the day. Teammate and Outside Hitter/Middle Blocker Makaila Hiddleston put down 10 kills, added 3 blocks and 33 digs. Eagle senior Outside Hitter/Setter Sydney King contributed 7 kills along with 13 assists. And Senior Outside Hitter Corinna Price totaled 9 kills in the victory. While the Eagle gals were celebrating their win and supporting the Football Team in their game, the McKenzie Coaches found the laundary room and washed uniforms in preparation for a Tournament in Oakridge the next day.
The Eagles, fresh off their comeback win at Crane, and having arrived home late Friday night from the High Desert, rose early Saturday morning and traveled over to the next river drainage to participate in the annual Oakridge Volleyball Tournament. McKenzie squared off against Mt. West League rival Mohawk in pool play, winning the match in time to face off against 2A Santiam. The long road trip the day prior began to take its toll as the Eagles dropped the Match to the Wolverines of the Tri-River Conference. Faced with elimination, the Eagles rallied to defeat 3A Pleasant Hill representing the PacWest Conference and set up a Consolation Semi- Championship Match with 2A Oakridge of the Mt. View Conference. McKenzie defeated the Host Team 25-19 in the 1st set, dropped a set 15-25, and won the match on the final set, 15-10 , to qualify for the Consolation Championship versus the 2A Monroe Dragons, also from the Mt. View Conference. The Eagles dispatched the Dragons in two sets, 25-11 and 25-18. McKenzie’ overall record now stands at 3-2 on the season.
McKenzie Senior Middle Blocker Peace Shepherd earned All Tournament Team Honors by leading her team with 13 kills. Junior teammate Ayshia Seiler added 23 assists, while Senior Sydney King led her team with 17 digs and 10 assists. The Eagles open Mt. West League play at home on Thursday, Sept. 13 against Mohawk. Match time is set for 6 pm. McKenzie then travels south to participate in the Yoncalla Tournament on Sat., Sept. 15.
Visiting Siletz Valley brought a seasoned running back to Finn Rock last Friday evening and Senior Warrior Steven Lindstrom chewed up the yardage at Wade Thomas Field, gaining 251 yards on 41 carries. However, the Eagles, in their first Mt. West League game of the 2012 season, held Lindstrom to just one touchdown on the ground, as they clawed their way back from a 24-20 4th quarter deficit, to thrill the hometown crowd with a 40-24 victory. With the win, the Eagles are tied for 1st in the early season with Crow, Lowell, and Triangle Lake. McKenzie travels to Triangle Lake next Friday, Sept. 28 with the kickoff set at 7:00 pm. Lindstrom may have been grinding out the yards on the ground for Siletz, but the Eagles nearly matched his yardage by going to their air game. Indeed, McKenzie gained just 68 yards on the ground on 19 total carries. Senior Josh Ness led McKenzie with 29 yards on 5 carries. Fellow Senior Eagle Quarterback Victor Vidal continued to keep the opposing defensive backfield on their heels or looking at an Eagle backside as he connected with his receiving corps for 208 yds., completing 12 of 28 passes attempts for 5 touchdowns and just 1 interception. Vidal spread the wealth around and his receivers aptly responded. Caleb Scrivner collected 3 Vidal aerials for 71 yards, including one 55-yard reception and 1 TD. Bailey Adams hauled in 3 catches for 42 yards and 1 TD and Blake Anderson successfully received 4 Vidal passes for a total of 30 yards and 1 score. Anderson also scored the final Eagle touchdown of the game in the come from behind 4th quarter with a thrilling 69-yard interception return that iced the win. Ness caught one McKenzie pass good for 50 yards and a TD. With Siletz leading the game at the half (16-14) and the Eagles trailing in the 4th quarter, the McKenzie defense needed to hold the Warriors out of the end zone. Defense rose to the occasion as both Casey Mitchell and Dorian Dilley spent considerable time in the Siletz backfield sacking the quarterback 3 times each and disrupting any Warrior comeback of their own. Vidal added a couple of interceptions, had 5 solo tackles and 7 assists, for a total of 12 tackles in the game. Ness led his team’s defensive effort with 9 solo tackles, 13 assists for 22 total tackles. Adams had 3 solos and 16 assists (19 total tackles) and Mitchell ended the game with 6 solos, 8 assists for 14 total tackles. The Eagles swarming defense will definitely need to continue disrupting the opposing offense when they lineup opposite of the Lakers this Friday. 23rd ranked Triangle Lake is coming off a 54-6 win at Mapleton last Friday and will be looking to avenge Eagles 46-38 win last year.
Visiting Mt. West League Defending 2011 Champion McKenzie was handed its first 2012 League defeat at Lowell on Tuesday, Sept. 18. The host Red Devils beat the Eagles in 4 sets winning the first set 25-20 and the second set 25-17. McKenzie rallied to win the 3rd set 25-23, but dropped the final set 25-15. The Eagles Makaila Hiddleston led her team with 10 kills and 9 digs. Samantha Winningham had 5 kills and 9 digs in her day on the court. Corinna Price served 3 aces along with 13 digs, Sydney King added an ace of her own and 11 digs, and Shyla Harlan served the other Eagle ace with 10 digs to her credit. Peace Shepherd rounded out the total team effort with 4 of her Team’s 5 blocks and added 10 digs. Ayshia Seiler led the Eagles in assists with 10.
McKenzie rebounded from their defeat at Lowell when the hosted the Alsea Wolverines on Thursday, Sept. 20. The Eagles easily won 25-12, 25-8, and 25-8 to go 2-1 in Mt. West League play. Triangle Lake is undefeated and in 1st place in League play at 4-0. Lowell, 3-1, holds a slim lead over the Eagles with Mapleton and Eddyville tied for 4th at 3-2. McKenzie plays both latter teams this week, traveling to Eddyville on Tues., Sept. 25 and home with Mapleton on Thurs., Sept. 27. Both matches tip off at 6 pm. Senior Peace Shepherd paced her team with 6 kills against the Wolverines while teammates Katey Totten added 10 assists. Totten and Corinna Price served 4 aces apiece respectively.
Culver, currently ranked 1st in the OSAA 2A Volleyball rankings, won the first annual McKenzie RPI Volleyball Tournament on Sat., Sept. 22. The Bulldogs, representing the 3A Tri-River Conference, defeated 6 ranked 3A Glide of the 3A Sunset Conference 2-1, defeated 3rd ranked 2A Reedsport 2-1, and 3rd ranked 1A St. Paul of the Casco Conference in the Championship Match 3-1. St. Paul earned their championship berth by defeating 1A Umpqua Valley Christian of the Skyline League 2-0 and 10th ranked 1A Prospect Charter of the Mountain Valley League 2-0. Reedsport finished the day in 3rd place, Glide won 4th place, followed by Prospect Charter at 5th, Mapleton in at 6th, McKenzie finished 7th and Umpqua Valley Christian was 8th.
Tournament Host McKenzie, currently ranked 24th, dropped their first match of the tournament to Reedsport in two sets, 18-25 and 11-25. In the second match, the Eagles lost to Glide in 3 sets, 11-25, 25-20, and 15-17, the last set going into overtime. McKenzie defeated Umpqua Valley Christian in their 3rd match of the day 25-18, 25-18, and 25-19. Against Reedsport, Makaila Hiddleston tallied 7 kills and 3 blocks. Peace Shepherd added 2 more blocks, Sydney King had 7 digs and Shyla Harlan also contributed 6 digs. Ayshia Seiler and Katey Totten had 7 and 5 assists respectively. In the second match versus Glide, Hiddleston had an impressive match as she led her team with 7 kills, 4 aces, 4 blocks, and 7 digs. King added 13 digs of her own, Shepherd had 6 digs and 4 kills, and Totten added 4 assists. The final match of the day with Umpqua Valley Christian had Hiddleston with 10 kills and a block, Totten with 11 assists, 2 blocks, and 5 digs, Samantha Winningham had 8 kills and 4 aces, Seiler added 7 assists, King had 11 digs, Corinna Price served 4 aces, and Shepherd added 5 digs.
Following Mt. West League play on Tuesday and Thursday, the Eagles travel on Sat., Sept. 29 to Mollala to participate in the annual Country Christian Volleyball Tournament. Teams entered include currently 24th ranked 4A Mollala, 3A Colton, 6th ranked 2A Days Creek, 8th ranked 2A Portland Christian, 20th ranked 2A Knappa, 11th ranked 1A Country Christian, 13th ranked 1A City Christian, 23rd ranked 1A Portland Waldorf, 24th ranked McKenzie, and Southwest Christian.
McKenzie has one Varsity Cross Country athlete competing so far this season, Freshman Ethan Satchell. On Saturday along the Northern Oregon Coast near Seaside, Satchell lined up on the beach along with 459 other runners in a the Easy Course 4,500 meter race. Satchell ran a very respectful 20:23 time to finish in 220 place. McKenzie and Satchell competed in a field that included 104 High School Cross County Teams representing 1A through 6A teams from Oregon, Washington, California and Hawaii. All in all, a total of 1528 runners participated in the Men s High School Divisions and 1081 runners in the Women s races. The Eagles also traveled with several Middle School Runners. Levi Sturgell (8th grade) placed 37th out of 89 runners in the Boys M.S. 3000 meters race. Naomi Satchell (7th gr.) placed 17th in a field of 51 runners in the Girls M.S. 3000 m. race. Other M. S. Eagle runners were Bailey Sugg (7th gr.) in at 37th, Paige Lowry (7th gr.) at 39th, and Brittany Bayer (8th gr.) at 40th.