Cross Country-The boys and girls teams are just getting into the main part of their season after getting some baseline times at the Tualatin Invitational. They have two upcoming meets that head coach Byron Brown says should really help define his teams. On September 16 the teams will compete at Oregon Episcopal School and then head to the Kiwanda Challenge on Friday, September 19 at Pacific City.
Vernonia is competing this season in a new district, special district 2 in 1/2/3A cross country, with 15 other schools they don’t usually compete with.
Coach Brown says VHS is fortunate to have two real leaders on the boys team in Drew Cheney and Dan Rice. “I am so impressed with how hard they are working in practice, always doing more than asked and providing the example for the rest of the team that we will need to reach our potential,” says Brown. Brown says he feels really good about how the boys team is progressing. “I’m really happy with the rapid development of Luke Boutwell and Clay Sullivan, and Jared Medearis has joined the team, which will make us stronger,” says Brown. “All of our runners are working hard and improving.”
The girls team is still something of a question mark for Brown, with several of the girls also on the cheerleading team. Cecilie Birkelund, Ma’ca Vesselkova and Maria Alvarez show potential. “I believe they can be successful if they continue to work hard,” says Brown.
Brown also said he wanted to mention middle-schoolers Josh Rice and Kale Sullivan. “They work so hard and have so much talent they could almost be on our varsity team,” says Brown. The middle schoolers first race was scheduled for September 16 at OES. “I can’t wait to see them run in competition,” said Brown.
Volleyball-The Lady Loggers are off to a solid start this season and have had good showings at two tournaments in Neah-Kah-Nie and Gervais. After solid wins over Gervais and Colton and two losses to 3A Rainier, the Lady Loggers were ready to start league play on Tuesday, September 16 at home against rival Faith Bible.
Head Coach Teresa Williams seems pleased so far with her team’s progress. Williams has a deep, talented and experienced team with some tight competition developing for playing time in a few positions.
Team serving has been a strength, with all players showing consistency and accuracy. “We practice serving every day, because at the high school level it’s very important,” says Williams. Williams has also emphasized defense and blocking this year and feels like that has been a strength as well.
The Lady Loggers host the Vernonia Tournament on Saturday, September 20 and play at home again on Tuesday, September 30 versus Neah-Kah-Nie and Thursday, October 2 against Gaston.
Football-The Loggers and head coach Gordon Jarman are off to a bit of a rough start this season after losing their first two games. The Loggers have yet to score a point in either of those first two games, losing 53-0 to 3A Warrenton and 50-0 to 2A powerhouse Gold Beach. The Loggers return to action on Friday, September 19 at home against Chemawa. Vernonia begins Northwest League play on Friday, October 3 at home against Knappa.