Football – Head football coach Gordon Jarman is cautiously optimistic this season. After turning around the Logger’s football program the last two seasons, Jarman feels like he has a team that is ready to succeed in the Northwest League.
Jarman says he has a very good starting line-up; beyond his starters, Jarman says his squad is somewhat thin. About his starters Jarman says, “They may be the best I’ve had as far as skilled in position and running the offense we are trying to run.”
On offense, senior Tim Jennings will get most of the snaps. Jennings split the QB duties last year, so he brings some experience and leadership to the position this season. He is athletic, has a strong arm, good leg speed and has been working hard in the off season. Sophomore Devon Shay is the back-up and Jarman says to keep an eye on freshman Brett Elliot who has a lot of potential. Senior Ronnie Maldonado and junior Reed Jones, who Jarman says have really improved over the last few years, will be the starters at wide receiver. Maldonado has battled back from a broken arm after working out hard this summer. Jarman says he is fast with good hands. Freshman Bailey Morrison could also see some playing time at wideout. At running back, expect to see senior Bo Clark as the featured back. Jarman says that senior Bridger Steward, junior Jason Bouslaugh and junior Zane Green will also see the ball in his offense. Jarman also mentioned the speed of sophomore Jake Harbour and freshmen August Johnson, Daniel Fletcher and Jake Butcher. The starting tight end will be junior Damian Young. The offensive line will be anchored around senior Jared Whitton, who Jarman says spent a lot of time in the weight room this summer. “He has gotten stronger and he’s much faster than he was last year; he’s a hard worker and a leader on the team,” says Jarman. Senior Jerimiah Hammons will play center and is a good athlete and one of the fastest players on the team. Junior Justin Wolf is a returning player and will start as well. Jarman expects a couple of foreign exchange students, Alex Plaschevici and Alex Thuet to also start on the offensive line.
On the defensive line expect to see Whitton and Wolf at the tackles and Hammons and Steward will start at defensive end. Clark will be the premier linebacker with Jones, Young, Bouslaugh and Green seeing time on the outside. Jennings and Maldonado will play cornerback; Shay will play safety.
On special teams, Second Team All-League Punter Damian Young returns and has been really kicking the ball well. Foreign exchange student Julius Haake looks like he will take over the place kicking duties.
The Loggers will open their season at home against Warrenton on Friday September 6th. They continue their non-league schedule at home against Handsworth, B.C. on September 13th.
Williams, the Coach of the Year last season in the Northwest League, has led her team into the post season the last two years in a row. Unfortunately they have also been sent home after their first match. “I am determined to get past that first round,” says Williams.
Coach Williams and assistant coach Brandy Everett have reason to be optimistic this season. With six returning varsity players, Williams will field a talented and experienced group. Scoring will come from senior captain Stephanie Castro and junior outside hitter Julia Fletcher; Williams says she expects these two players to be team leaders. Castro, who was named Second Team All-League last season, will also fill in as setter early in the season. Regular setter Taylor Titus, a sophomore who was also named Second Team All-League last year, will miss some early season matches due to personal commitments. The middle of the front line will be patrolled by senior Tori Dalebruox and junior Lily Lindsley.
Defensively Williams expects Castro to play all around. Foreign exchange student Sara Mayer-Villeneuve has experience and looks like she will be a nice addition to the team as a passer and will also play some at outside hitter. Brittany Young, a junior, and Mckenzie Titus, a sophomore, will also see playing time on the back line.
One of the Lady Loggers strengths last season was serving and Williams expects that to continue. Castro, Taylor Titus, and Fletcher are all very strong and Williams says Mayer-Villeneuve also has a really tough serve.
Williams has instituted a strong summer workout plan to help her players improve. Expect to see improvement from the players who utilized these off-season workouts. The Lady Loggers should be competing at the top of the league and hopefully get past the first round of state this year.
The Lady Loggers open their season at home against Clatskanie on Thursday, September 5th and against De La Salle on Saturday, September 7th. They also play at home on Tuesday, September 17th against Portland Christian.
Cross Country – Head Coach Byron Brown expects his boys team to be very competitive this year; he is still waiting to see how his girls team shapes up and develops this season.
“My philosophy is that it’s all practice until the state qualifying meet,” says Brown. “It’s a short season and we use our season meets as training.”
Because of the team aspect in cross country, Brown says a squad needs to have five good runners who can score.
On the boys side, Brown has three strong runners returning to anchor his squad: juniors Drew Cheney and Daniel Rice, and senior Jacob Medearis. Brown says all three progressed a lot during last year’s spring track season and came into the cross country season in very good shape. “They have all turned a corner and have become really good runners,” says Brown. Brown also has a foreign exchange student, Paul Lemaron, who is from Kenya and looks like he will be a strong addition. Brown is waiting to see who his fifth scorer will be; expect to see foreign exchange students Alejandro Rubiero, Emil Hardenberg and Anton Yakovenko challenging for that position.
Sophomore Hannah Fleck looks to be the strongest runner for the girls. The rest of the squad is made up of newcomers to running and includes senior Laura Rice and foreign exchange students Johanna Lange, Anastasia Mihalciuc and Tonia Giordano.
“Hopefully the kids enjoy it and have fun and they get better at what they are doing,” says Brown. “Hopefully they develop a real true love of running and staying in shape, which can stay with them their whole lives.”
The Loggers open their season at Willamina on September 5th and host the Vernonia Invitational on October 16th.