The Vernonia Lady Loggers lost in the first round of the State Tournament in Pendleton on Thursday March 5, falling to Burns 64-36. The Lady Loggers continue play on Friday in the consolation bracket at 10:45 AM against Regis.
Senior Julia Fletcher led the Lady Loggers with 17 points and 6 rebounds. Senior Meghan Sullivan added 9 rebounds. TheLady Loggers shot 28% from the field and only attempted 9 free throws.
Vernonia stayed close early in the game and led 15-12 at the end of the first quarter. Burns ended the second quarter with 13-0 run to grab a 27-20 half time lead and never looked back in the second half.
The Lady Loggers had no answer for Burns’ six foot sophomore Catherine Clemens who scored 26 points and grabbed 19 rebounds. Junior Madison Carson added 9 points and 12 rebounds for Burns. Burns shot 42% from the field and attempted 29 free throws.
The Vernonia Lady Loggers girls 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, 2015.
With the win the Lady Loggers earned a trip to Pendleton and the final eight in state tournament. This is the first time the Lady Loggers have made it to Pendleton in the history of Vernonia High School.
For Lady Logger head coach Steve Whiteman and seniors Julia Fletcher and Meghan Sullivan , the win was also sweet, as the Lady Loggers had been eliminated from the state playoffs in the two previous years, losing both games at home. Read More
The Vernonia Lady Loggers basketball team will host a 1st round State Playoff game vs. Weston McEwen on Saturday at 2:00 PM. The Weston-McEwen Tigerscots finished second in the Columbia Basin Conference with an 8-2 league record and a 16-8 record overall. They finished the season ranked 14th in state in 2A. The Tigerscots defeated Heppner 56-39 in the Columbia Basin Conference playoffs and then lost to Pilot Rock 45-22 in the conference championship.
The Logger boys basketball team will travel to Irrigon on Friday for a 7:00 PM 1st round State Playoff game. Irrigon won the Columbia Basin Conference with a 10-0 record and finished their season 23-1 and ranked #1 in state 2A. In the Columbia Basin Conference playoffs they defeated Pilot Rock 88-27 and Heppner 67-36.
The Vernonia Loggers will send five wrestlers to the State Tournament next weekend.
Andrew Jennings, Daniel Rice, Jake Harbour, Alex West and Niklas Merzadah all earned trips to the state tournament. Jennings, Harbour, West and Merzadah all finished second at the tournament; Rice finished third but won a wrestle-in match by default over the second place finisher to earn the spot at state. Harbour defending his place at the state, winning his wrestle-in challenge with a 7-5 overtime victory.
Vernonia finished third in team scoring at the district tournament behind Monroe and Nestucca.
For the Loggers Makhi Williams finished 3rd at 113 and Noah Rylands took 4th at 120. At 126 Jennings won two matches by falls before losing in the finals while Storm Hensen took 5th. Jeffery Goodman finished 6th at 132. Rice had an excellent tournament in a stacked 138 pound bracket pinning three opponents to finish 3rd. Harbour won three of his four matches to earn a spot at state while West won two of his three matches by fall at 152. Merzadah won his first match at 220 before falling in the final.
The Vernonia Lady Loggers defeated Fatih Bible 44-35 on Saturday, February 21 to win the Northwest District Title and secure a first round home game in the State Tournament. The Lady Loggers will play at home on Saturday, February 28 at 2:00 PM in the first round of the state playoffs, with a trip to Pendleton and the final eight on the line. The Lady Loggers will host Weston-McEwen.
Following the game against Faith Bible, Northwest League Awards were announced. Meghan Sullivan was named First Team All League and was also named Player of the Year. Julia Fletcher was also named First Team All League. Marketa Veselkova was named Second Team All League and Lisa Paje was named Honorable Mention.
The Vernonia Logger boys lost to Knappa 80-68 in the District Championship. The Loggers will play away in the first round of the State playoffs on Friday, February 27 at 7:00 PM at Irrigon.
Following the district final Northwest League Awards were announced. Freshman Clay Sullivan was named First Team All League, sophomore Brett Elliot was named Second Team and sophomore Tristan Adams was named Honorable Mention.
The Vernonia Lady Loggers will play for the Northwest District Championship on Saturday, February 21st against Faith Bible. The game is scheduled for approximately 4:00 PM at Forest Grove High School.
The Vernonia Loggers earned a spot in the state playoffs with a 51-43 win over the Nestucca Bobcats on Thursday, February 19 in the Northwest District Tournament. The #2 seeded Loggers will face #1 Kappa on Saturday, February 21 for the District Championship at Forest Grove High School. Game time is scheduled for 6:00 PM.
The win over Nestucca guarantees the Loggers a spot in the state playoffs.
In a tight, defensive game the Loggers struggled early against Nestucca, falling behind 9-0 and trailing thoughout the first quarter. The Loggers battled back in the second quarter and only trailed 25-21 at the half.
In the third quarter the teams exchanged leads and ended tied 35-35. The game remained tight until, with just over 2 minutes left, Logger senior, and defensive specialist, ZiXian Chen stole a pass in the Nestucca offensive end, raced the length of the court and put in the layup to give the Loggers the lead. Tristan Adams followed with a huge 3-point shot; when Brett Elliot was fouled on a 3-point attempt and cooly knocked down all 3 foul shots, the game was pretty much over. Elliot made some key defensive rebounds on Nestucca misses to close out the game.
The Loggers offense was once again directed by freshman Clay Sullivan who had a solid game, making some big shots, including a followup tip-in in the fourth quarter that was important. Senior Will Botelho had a good game in the post for the Loggers and junior Nikita Moskalev also made several important baskets and was strong going to the hoop for the Loggers. Sophomore Luke McCallum played a lot of substitute minutes and looked more than capable, especially teaming up with Botelho defensively to shut down Nestucca’s big man Brett Elder.
Boys Basketball - The Vernonia Loggers boys wrapped up Northwest League play on Friday, February 13 in stunning fashion, defeating the Nestucca Bobcats 58-26. The Loggers dominated the Wildcats, taking a commanding 31-6 halftime lead and cruising to the win in the second half.
The win gave the Loggers a 10-4 league record and moved them into a tie with Nestucca for second place. The Loggers needed to win by seven points to earn the tie breaker for the #2 seed in the upcoming playoffs, and did so handily.
Coach David Weller and the Loggers are now preparing to host a district payoff game on Thursday, February 19, when they will host Nestucca in a rematch of that final, regular season league game.
Against Nestucca the Loggers were once again led by freshman sensation Clay Sullivan, along with sophomores Brett Elliott, Tristan Adams and Nikita Moskalev and seniors Will Botelho and ZiXian Chen.
The win on Friday followed a dramatic comeback win by the Loggers on Tuesday, February 10. Trailing Delphian by as many as 23 points in the third quarter and by 15 points with two minutes left in the game, the Loggers clawed their way back and won 51-49. The Loggers have now won four games in a row.
“This team has shown its competitiveness and willingness to never give up,” said coach Weller. Read More
The Vernonia Loggers will host a District Playoff game tonight, February 19, at 7:00 PM with a spot in the state playoffs on the line.
The Loggers, seeded #2 in the district playoffs will face off against the #3 Nestucca Bobcats in a rematch of the final regular season game, which the Loggers won handily 58-26. The Loggers dominated the Wildcats in that earlier victory, racing out to a 31-6 halftime lead and never looking back. Earlier in the season the Loggers lost to Nestucca 56-49
The Loggers finished their Northwest League season in second place with a 10-4 record. A win against Nestucca on Thursday guarantees the Loggers a place in the state playoffs and a game against top seeded Kanppa on Saturday, February 21 in Forest Grove.
The loser of the Vernonia vs. Nestucca game still has a chance to make the state playoffs and would face off against the winner of the District #4 vs. #5 game for the third and final district spot in state.
The Vernonia Lady Loggers basketball team won the Northwest League title, going undefeated with a 12-0 league record and are the #1 seed in the District playoffs. The Lady Loggers will play for the district title on Saturday at Forest Grove.
The Vernonia Lady Loggers, under the leadership of head coach Steve Whitman, have once again won the Northwest League Girls Basketball Championship and qualified for the state playoffs for the third year in a row.
The Lady Loggers dominated their league, going undefeated with a 12-0 league record and finished the season with a 20-3 overall record and ranked #2 in the state in the 2A division.
The Lady Loggers enter the district playoffs as the #1 seed and will face the winner of the #2 Faith Bible vs #3 City Christian game on Saturday, February 21 in Forest Grove.
The Lady Loggers are led this season by seniors Julia Fletcher and Meghan Sullivan along with juniors Marketa Veselkova, Paige Smith, Sara Smith, Jocie Roberts and sophomore Lisa Paje.
Coach Whiteman reached a career milestone on Friday, February 6 when he coached his 600th career varsity girls basketball game.