Vernonia Schools Sports


The Vernonia Loggers are the OSAA 2A boys basketball state champions!

The Loggers defeated the #1 ranked Regis Rams 57-49 on Saturday, March 5, 2016 to bring home their first state championship in almost 40 years.

The Loggers were led in the championship game by Player of the Game, senior Robert Conner, who scored 17 points on 5 of 7 shooting from the field.  Conner also hit 7 of 10 free throws, including 4 of 6 in the final :33 of the game to help secure the win.  Conner added 7 rebounds, 6 of them defensive, to his big night for the Loggers.

Junior Tristan Adams scored 14 points for the Loggers, hitting 6 of 9 shots from the field, including 2 of 3 3 point shots. Senior Arne Scheimann scored 10 points and grabbed 8 rebounds and senior Francesco Mian scored 10 points.  Sophomore point guard Clay Sullivan, the Player of the Game in the tournament opener on Thursday,  scored 2 points and added 6 rebounds and was named First Team All Tournament.  Junior Brett Elliot scored 4 points and grabbed 5 rebounds and was named Second Team All Tournament.

The State Championship was truly a team effort by head coach David Weller’s Loggers, who had three different leading scoring in the three game tournament, and three different individuals named Player of the Game.  Weller used 9 players in each of the three match ups.

Regis jumped out to a quick 6-0 lead to start the championship game but the Loggers battled back on a jump shot by Scheimann,  a couple of baskets by Conner, a 3 point bucket by Adams, and a basket by Mian.  The Loggers trailed 14-11 at the end of the first quarter.

Adams took over in the second quarter.  After hitting a 3 pointer to tie the game at 14, the teams traded baskets the rest of the quarter with Adams hitting 3  more buckets to go along with a dunk by Conner.  A jumper by Scheimann with 2:48 to go in the half gave Vernonia their first lead of the game and a 3 point shot by Elliot with 12 seconds left gave the Loggers a 27-24 lead at the half.

The Loggers kept control of the game throughout the second half, as the Loggers worked the ball inside with Conner hitting a layup and Conner and Elliot drawing  several fouls. Conner hit 3 of 4 free throws while Elliot made 1 of 2.  Mian then took over,  hitting a  jumper,  then a layup and the Loggers led 39-33 at the end of three quarters.

Mian opened the fourth quarter with another jumper,  Sullivan extended the Logger lead to 10 points with a jumper of his own, before Main hit another shot to keep the Loggers lead at 10.  Scheimann hit a pair of jumpers and Conner and Adams each added one, before Conner headed to the free throw line and iced the game by hitting 4 of his final 6 free throws.


Loggers Advance to State Championship Final

The Vernonia Loggers boys basketball team have advanced to the finals of the OSAA 2A State Championship in Pendleton, after defeating Bandon 51-39 on Friday night, March 4.

The #2 seeded  Loggers will face #1 Regis on Saturday, March 5 at 8:15 pm in the final.

The Loggers were led in their defeat of Bandon by Tristan Adams who scored 19 points on 7 of 10  shooting from the field, including 5 of 8 from beyond the three point line.  Adams was named Player of the Game for the Loggers.  Robert Conner added 8 points and 7 rebounds,  Brett Jones had 8 points, and Clay Sullivan added 5 points and 7 rebounds for the Loggers.

Head coach Devid Weller used his deep bench with 9 players seeing significant minutes for the Loggers during the game.

The Loggers advanced to the semifinals with a 44-42 win over Burns in the tournament opener on Thursday night.  Sullivan led the Loggers with 15 points and 8 rebounds and was named Player of the Game.  Brett Elliot scored 8 for the Loggers including 3 clutch fouls shots to give the Loggers a 43-42 lead with :41 left in the game. Arne Schiemann added 8 points, Francesco Mian  had 7, and Conner scored 6 for the Loggers.


Young Signs Letter of Intent

Vernonia High School senior Brittany Young singed a Letter of Intent to play volleyball for New Hope Christian College.  Young was named First Team All League for the Lady Loggers in her senior year.  New Hope College is located in Eugene, Oregon.

Left to right:  Vernonia volleyball coaches Brandy Everett and Teresa Williams with Brittany Young and New Hope Christian College volleyball coaches Anna Barton and Audrey Smith.

Left to right: Vernonia volleyball coaches Brandy Everett and Teresa Williams with Brittany Young and New Hope Christian College volleyball coaches Anna Barton and Audrey Smith.


VHS Spring Sports Report

Equestrian - The Vernonia Equestrian Team competed in their third and final meet of the season during the weekend of April 9-12.  Sheyanne Pedersen took first in Working Rancher; Jordan Brickley and Kassidy Fetch took first and second in Breakaway Roping; and the team of  Jordan Brickley/Lauren Glass/Makayla McCord took first in Team Penning with the team of Kassidy Fetch/Pearl Cook/Sheyanne Pedersen taking second.

Left to right:  Lauren Glass, Jordan Brickley, Sheyanne Pedersen, Kassidy Fetch, Makayla McCord, and Pearl Cook.

Left to right: Lauren Glass, Jordan Brickley, Sheyanne Pedersen, Kassidy Fetch, Makayla McCord, and Pearl Cook.










Seven team members qualified for the State meet in May and the team honored senior Makayla McCord in her final regular meet.

State Qualifiers are:

Jordan Brickley – Breakaway, Team Penning

Jordon McCord – Alternate – Team Penning, Freestyle Fours

Kassidy Fetch – Barrels, Figure 8,  Breakaway, 1st Alternate – Freestyle Fours, Team Penning, 2nd Alternate – Birangle,

Lauren Glass – Team Penning, 1st Alternate – Freestyle Fours

Makayla McCord – Keyhole,  Poles, Team Penning, 1st Alternate –  Freestyle Fours

Pearl Cook – 1st Alternate – Freestyle Fours, Team Penning, 2nd Alternate – Birangle

Sheyanne Pedersen - Working Rancher, Breakaway,  1st Alternate – Team Penning, 2nd Alternate – Steer Daubing

Payton Wolf  Photo courtesy of Tracy Easlon.

Payton Wolf Photo courtesy of Tracy Easlon.

Softball – The Lady Loggers are struggling to start the season.  They entered Northwest League play with a 2-6 record and then proceeded to drop three straight games to Gaston 5-8, 4-7 and 8-10.  With only four schools fielding a team in the league this year, every league match up is crucial.  The Lady Loggers have upcoming non-league games against Kennedy, at home against  Portland Christian on Thursday, April 23 and return to League play against Knappa at home on Tuesday, April 28.

Brett Elliott. Photo courtesy of Tracy Easlon.

Brett Elliott. Photo courtesy of Tracy Easlon.




Baseball – Coach Joe Walters young Loggers team has had mixed results to start their season.  After going 0-3 in non-league play, the Loggers began league play by sweeping a three game series from Nestucca, then dropped three straight to Gaston.

The Loggers have gotten strong pitching from Bailey Morrison.  Offensively the Loggers have been making good contact, but were not hitting the ball hard early in the season and have mostly scored runs by stringing together singles.  Brendyn Millikin has been getting on base and scoring runs.  Brett Elliot has consistently put together multiple hit games and is driving in runs, along with Hayden Cieloha. The rest of the team is regularly getting on base.

The Loggers host upcoming home double headers against Portland Lutheran on Friday, April 17 and against Faith Bible on Friday, April 24. Read More

VHS Spring Sports Preview

Softball - Head coach Mike Fetch and assistant Ernie Smith return most of their starting lineup from last season’s league championship team, meaning the Lady Loggers should be favored to win the league again.  After being eliminated in the opening round of the state playoffs, Fetch and the Lady Loggers are looking to go further this year.

Juniors Kassidy Fetch and Sarah Smith will once again be on the mound and behind the plate for the Lady Loggers.  Paige Smith  may also pick up some pitching duties.

Payton Wolf will play second base and anchor the infield.  Otherwise Fetch has been doing some experimenting trying to fill a hole at third base where Pearl Cook, Paige Smith and Kassidy Fetch have been seeing time.  Cook has also played shortstop along with freshman Allegra Poetter.  Smith has shared time at first with Poetter and Cassidy Whitton has also played some infield.  “We’re trying to find the right formula that clicks for us,” said coach Fetch.  “Errors have been killing us early. As the season progresses I’m sure we’ll find our rhythm.”

In the outfield, Cassidy Whitton usually starts, with Cook, Paige Smith, Fetch, Autumn Sorenson and Kristine Lauenborg all seeing playing time.

Almost all the Lady Loggers are good at the plate but expect to see a lot of offense from Wolf who consistently gets on base and Fetch who slaps the ball, bunts and uses her speed.  Cook, Poetter and both Smith girls have all been hitting the ball hard in the early season.

With a light league schedule, the Lady Loggers scheduled in numerous non-league games.  They traveled to Bend where they participated in the Central Oregon Tournament.  They begin Northwest League play on Tuesday, April 7 against Gaston.

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VHS Winter Sports Awards

VHS Winter Sports Awards

Girls Basketball

Meghan Sullivan League MVP, First Team All League

Julia Fletcher Second Team All State, First Team All League

Marketa Veselkova Second Team All League

Lisa Paje Honorable Mention All League

Boys Basketball

Clay Sullivan First Team All League, MVP,

Brett Elliot Second Team All League

Tristan Adams Honorable Mention All League, Most Improved

Will Botelho Most Inspirational

Jared Medearis Coaches Award


Andrew Jennings Second District, State, Mr. Hustle

Jake Harbour Second District, State, Most Inspirational

Niklas Merzadah Second District, State

Alex West Second District, State

Daniel Rice Third District, State, Most Valuable

Mekhi Williams Third District

Noah Rylands Fourth District

Storm Hensen Fifth District, Most Improved

Jeffrey Goodman Sixth District

Jessica Goodman Ms. Stat-Tastic

VHS Sports Hall of Fame Announces 2015 Induction Class

vhs_logger_mascot_colorThe selection committee for the second annual Vernonia High School Athletic Hall of Fame met on Tuesday, March 3rd and selected the group that will be inducted for this year.  Those that were nominated, but did not get selected, will be kept on file for further consideration in future years.  This is the second year of the Hall of Fame and will continue to be an annual event in the coming years.

The event will take place on Saturday, April 4th at the Cedar Ridge Complex and is open to the public.  The event will start at 6:00 PM with a no host bar and social time, dinner will be at 6:30 and the induction ceremony will start after that.  Tickets may be purchased at the door for $15.00.

This year’s group to be inducted are:

Gary Davis Graduated in 1969 Two time State High Jump Champion

Ken Nanson Graduated in 1954 All State Basketball, OSU Basketball

Steve Wolf Graduated in 1994 Two time State Wrestling Champion

Tarah Pond Graduated in 1995 Two time League MVP Volleyball

Tim McLeod Graduated in 1980 All State Football

Sheri Hiveley Graduated in 1980 Two time State place winner in Track

Brent Thompson Graduated in 2007 All State Football

Boys Basketball  1976-77, 1977-78  Two time State Champions

Evelyn Holce Graduated in 1943 Community Supporter

Lady Loggers Grab 4th Place at State

The Vernonia Lady Loggers defeated Monroe 61-56 on Saturday March 7th to take 4th place at the 2A Girls Basketball State Tournament in Pendleton.


The Lady Loggers and head coach Steve Whiteman bounced back from a devastating 64-36 opening round loss on Thursday to eventual runner up Burns to win their final two games and win the consolation round bracket.

The Lady Loggers showed resilience and determination to recover from the loss.  On Friday morning, playing what was probably their best game of the tournament in their 61-51 win over Regis,   senior and Northwest League Player of the Year Meghan Sullivan led the Lady Loggers with 17 points on 7 of 8 shooting from the floor and added 11 rebounds.  Julia Fletcher also scored 17 for Vernonia and Lisa Paje added 13 points including 9 of 10 from the free throw line.  Paige Smith chipped in 7 rebounds.

In the spirited 4th place match up against Monroe on Saturday morning, the Lady Loggers fell behind 10-0 early in the game before scoring the next 12 straight points and grabbed a 21-19 half time lead they never relinquished.

Marketa Vesselkova bounced back and had her best game of the tournament after struggling in the first two games, leading Vernonia with 22 points, including 4 clutch free throws towards the end of the game.  Fletcher had another big game scoring 17 points,  going 5 for 5 from the free throw line including two huge shots to close out the game, and added 7 rebounds. Sullivan was a monster under the boards grabbing 17 rebounds. Smith added  8 more rebounds and scored all her 6 points down the stretch in the 4th quarter to help hold the Lady Loggers lead.  Lisa Paje scored 13 points and also grabbed 6 rebounds.


Lady Loggers Win, Play for 4th Place

The Vernonia Lady Loggers advanced to the finals of the Consolation Bracket at the State Tournament in Pendleton with a 61-51 win over Regis on Friday, February 6.  The Lady Loggers resume play on Saturday at 9:00 AM against Monroe and will play for 4th place.

The Lady Loggers were led by Meghan Sullivan with 17 points and 11 rebounds and Julia Fletcher with 17 points and 5 rebounds.  Lisa Paje added 13 points and 9 rebounds and Paige Smith had 7 rebounds.  Marketa Vesslekova made 9 of 10 free throws  for Vernonia.

VHS Winter Sports Update: Lady Loggers Headed to Pendleton

Girls Basketball – The Vernonia Lady Loggers basketball team extended their season for three more games after a decisive 55-45 win at home over the Weston-McEwen Tiger Scots on Saturday,  February 28,  in the first round of the state playoffs.


With the win the Lady Loggers earned a trip to Pendleton and the final eight in the state tournament. This is the first time the Lady Loggers have made it to Pendleton in the history of Vernonia High School.

The Lady Loggers will begin play in Pendleton on Thursday, March 5 when they face Burns at 6:30 PM.  Burns played in the Wapiti League where they went 12-0 in league play and finished their season with a 19-8 overall record.  They lost in the Wapiti District Championship game to Union 57-36  before defeating Faith Bible 55-42 in the first round of the state playoffs. Read More