Vernonia Schools Sports

Loggers Host Playoff Game on Thursday

Clay Sullivan

Clay Sullivan

The Vernonia Loggers boys basketball team are preparing to host a district payoff game on Thursday, February 19.

The Loggers finished second in the Northwest League with a 10-4 record.  The playoff game will be a rematch against the Nestucca Bobcats following the Loggers 58-26 win over Nestucca on Friday, February 13 in the final, regular season league game for both teams.

“We need to use our home court advantage and hopefully have this gym packed,” said Logger head coach David Weller.  ”Since we’ve moved into the new school I’ve been waiting for a home playoff game.  We would really like to see what’s like to fill this place.”

The top three finishers in the district playoffs earn a place in the state playoff. The Loggers have two chances to earn that  trip to the states.  As the # 2 seed in the district playoff, the Loggers play #3 Nestucca, with the winner advancing to face #1 Kanppa on Saturday, February 21 in Forest Grove and an automatic spot in states.   The loser of the #2 vs #3 game on Thursday would play the winner of the #4 vs #5 game for the final state playoff spot.

“If we can shut down #40 for Nestucca,  Brett Elder, like we did last week, they’re  going to struggle,” said Weller.  ”That will be our goal  on Thursday–shut him down and make their other guys make shots.”

The young Loggers team is led this season by freshman Clay Sullivan, and sophomores Brett Elliot, Tristan Adams and August Johnson, who is injured,  along with juniors Jared Medlars and Nikita Moskalev and seniors Will Botelho and ZiXian Chen.

“This team has shown it’s competitiveness and willingness to never give up,” said coach Weller.

Loggers Grab Second Place; Lady Loggers Finish Undefeated in League

It was a good night to be a Logger on Friday February 13, as both the boys and girls squads earned important wins in their final league games of the season.

The Vernonia Loggers boys wrapped up Northwest League play in stunning fashion, moving past Nestucca and into second place.  The Loggers dominated the Bobcats while winning 58-26.  Vernonia led from the start and never looked back, taking a commanding 31-6 half time lead and cruising to the win in the second half.

The Loggers win gave them 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, and did so handily. Read More

VHS Winter Sports Update

Girls Basketball-The Vernonia Lady Loggers continue to dominate the 2A Northwest League and are undefeated in league play with a 10-0 record.  Overall the Lady Loggers are 18-2 on the season, are ranked 3rd in 2A and lead 2A in scoring.

Vernonia all but sealed up the Northwest League title on January 30-31 with a 65-49 home win over Knappa on Friday, followed by a 44-22 victory at second place Faith Bible.  The Lady Loggers topped it off with a 63-26 win at Gaston on February 3.

In the win over Knappa, Vernonia welcomed back point guard Marketa Veselkova, who missed 5 games with an ankle injury. Head coach Steve Whiteman said junior Sara Smith did a great job filling in while Vesselkova was out.  Veselkova picked up right where she left off, directing the Lady Loggers offense and playing tight defense.  Knappa kept the game close in the first half, but the lady loggers pulled away in the third quarter and cruised to another win.

Meghan Sullivan

Meghan Sullivan

Meghan Sullivan and Paige Smith continue to control the post  while Lisa Paje and Julia Fletcher patrol the wings.  Sara Smith and Jocie Roberts have provided relief from the bench.  Substitutes Payton Wolf, Maria Alvarez and Megan Ely have also seen significant playing time during the Lady Loggers undefeated run in league play.

The Lady Loggers wrap up the season with three straight league games at home: Feb. 6 against Neah-Kah-Nie, Feb 10 versus Delphian and Feb. 13 with Nestucca.  In preparation for their playoff run, the Lady Loggers have also scheduled a non-league match up at Country Christian on Feb 12.  Country Christian is currently ranked 4th in 1A, are 6-0 in the Casco League and 16-3 overall.


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VHS Winter Sport Report

Girls Basketball – After losing two non-league games in a  row on either side of the holiday break, the Lady Loggers have bounced back with six straight victories.

The Lady Loggers defeated Southwest Christian 65-24 on January 3, to end their two game slide, which  included loses to Damascus Christian and Westside Christian.

The Lady Loggers opened their Northwest League schedule with a 46-37 win at City Christian on January 6, followed by 41-19 home victory over Faith Bible on January 9 and 55-41 away win at  Knappa. Vernonia then beat  Neah-Kah-Nie on Friday, January 16 by a score of 43-25 and then returned home and defeated Gaston 53-31 on Saturday, January 17.

Vernonia is now 13-2 on the season, 5-0 in league play and are currently ranked  4 in Oregon 2A play.

Upcoming home games include match-ups with City Christian on January 27 and Knappa on January 30.


Boys Basketball – After losing four straight games  the Loggers rebounded, winning five of their next six games, including league wins at City Christian and Faith Bible before losing to Knappa 65-38 on January 13. Since that loss at Knappa the Loggers added a 58-43 win over Neah-Kah-Nie and a 53-31 home victory over Gaston.

The Loggers have a 7-8 record overall  and are 4-1in Northwest League play after previously defeating City Christian 55-54, and Faith Bible 68-57 and the loss at Knappa. Read More

VHS Hall of Fame Nominations Now Being Taken

The Vernonia High School Hall of Fame Selection Committee is now taking nominations for the Athletic Hall of Fame for the upcoming year.  The VHS Athletic Department will be accepting nominations, supported by information that fits the criteria for qualification, through the month of February.  The Selection Committee will then make the selections from those nominated for induction to the Hall of Fame and hold the induction ceremony in April of this year.

The Vernonia High School’s Hall of Fame was established in 2014 for the purpose of recognizing former Vernonia High School student athletes or coaches for their outstanding achievement in athletics while attending Vernonia High School. Outstanding community members that have contributed above and beyond what is generally accepted as normal volunteerism to the Vernonia High School athletic programs and students that have graduated from Vernonia High School and have gone on to achieve outstanding recognition in athletics after they have graduated from Vernonia High School are also eligible.

Last year was the initial Athletic Hall of Fame class induction and included:

• Gilbert Bergerson, 1928

• John (Gordy) Crowston, 1952

• Leonard Schmidlin, 1962

• Marvin Crowston, 1962

• Steven Hanso, 1970

• Patrick Curl, 1975

• Dean Bernardi,  1978

• Travis Gwin,  2005

• Joreigh Landers, 2007

• The 1976-77 Cross Country Team Read More

VHS Winter Sports Preview

Girls Basketball- Lady Logger head coach Steve Whiteman heads into this season with another line-up loaded with talent, varsity experience and depth. The  Lady Loggers are two time 2A Northwest League Champions, and are looking to three-peat this year after going 41-8 over the last two years.  “This team is of that same caliber,” says Whiteman about this year’s squad.

VHSWinterSportsGirlsBasketballPreview-webReturning seniors Julia Fletcher and Meghan Sullivan will anchor the line-up, with Sullivan playing regularly in the post.  Fletcher is a powerful player and will be one of the first choice offensive weapons.  Both were All-League players last season.  Whiteman says he expects to see Sullivan become more active in the offense this year.  “She is going to be hard to stop this year,” says Whiteman.  Another senior, Makayla Adams is assisting coach Whiteman as part of her senior project and is acting as manager, statistician, player and coach.

Returning juniors Paige Smith and Sara Smith will both play important roles in this year’s team.  Paige will be a  key player in the post.  Sara, who Whiteman says is the most improved player from last year,  can play just about any position and has seen time in practice as the back-up point guard as well as in the post.  “Sara will make a huge difference this year,” says Whiteman.  Another  junior,  Jocie Roberts, saw some varsity action last year and brings a deadly outside shot to the offense.

Exchange student Marketa Veselkova from the Czech Republic is expected to play as the starting point guard and also has a great outside shot.  “She is one of the fastest players I’ve ever seen,” says Whiteman.  Maria Alverez from Spain and Lisa Paje-Rius from Monaco are also both good players who will also see playing time in the back court on the varsity.  Whiteman says to watch for Paje-Rius on the fast break.

Sophomore Peyton Wolf should see some time for the varsity at all the guard positions, including point guard.  Another sophomore, six-footer Megan Ely, has really improved her game in the off season, according to Whiteman, and is projected to be a power in the post and grow into a very good player.

“We have a really good combination of players,” says Whiteman.  “It’s a really complete team with a lot of maturity and basketball IQ.” Read More

VHS Fall Sports Report

Cross Country- The Northwest League Championship was held at Nehalem Bay State Park on  October 14.  The girls team won the league championship, “…probably for the first time in school history,” said head coach Bryon Brown.  Cecilie Berkelund, Ma’ca Veselkova, Lisa Paje, Maria Avarez and Celine Loffler won it for the Logger girls.  “It was a great effort and  I’m really happy with the way they hung together through the season,” said Brown.

(L-R) Lisa Paje, Maria Avarez, Celine Loffler, Cecilie Birkelund and Ma’ca Veselkova won the League Championship.

(L-R) Lisa Paje, Maria Avarez, Celine Loffler, Cecilie Birkelund and Ma’ca Veselkova won the League Championship.










The boys team was also finished impressively, taking second place, only losing to a very good Neah-Kah-Nie team by just 2 points.  “It was disappointing to get so close, but a great effort by the boys,” said Brown.   Led once again by Drew Cheney, other top finishers for the Loggers were Dan Rice, Jarod Medearis, Davide Bomboi, and Clay Sullivan.  It was another outstanding race by Drew,” said Brown.

At district state-qualifying on October 23, the boys finished 5th and the girls 4th, so neither Logger team qualified for the state meet.  “It was a great year nonetheless,” said Brown.


Volleyball- The Lady Loggers advanced to the state playoffs for the fourth year in a row, this time as the number one seed from the Northwest League after defeating Gaston in the District Championship game 3-1 on October 25. Read More

VHS Fall Sports Report

Cecilie Birkelund and Kristine Lauenborg at the beach run in Pacific City.  Photo courtesy of Tracy Easlon.

Cecilie Birkelund and Kristine Lauenborg at the beach run in Pacific City. Photo courtesy of Tracy Easlon.

Cross Country- At the Cape Kiwanda Challenge in Pacific City, both the VHS boys and girls teams finished 2nd of 8 schools participating.  “This is truly a challenging race as it is run in the sand and the finish line is about 150 feet up a steep sand dune,” said Vernonia head coach Byron Brown.  “Times are always slow here but it was a very good race for strength and conditioning.  We beat everyone in our league that was there, so hopefully that was a good sign.”

At the Knappa league meet on September 24, the girls were 1st and the boys 4th of 8 schools participating, although the boys beat everyone in their league that was there.  Dan Rice, Jared Medearis, Davide Bomboi, Clay Sullivan, Jarod Shaw, Luke Boutwell and Nikita Osiyev all ran their fastest 5K times of the season.  Drew Cheney continues to impress as the boys best and most consistent runner.  On the girls side, Cecilie Birkelund, Celine Loffler, Ma’ca Veselkova, Lisa Paje and Kristine Lauenborg all ran their fastest times of the season.  “Cecilie continues to improve and lead the girls team, but  I am really pleased with the development of our other girl runners, especially Celine, Ma’ca, Lisa, Kristine and Maria Alvarez–they have really gotten so much stronger and faster the past 10 days as all the hard work and training is starting to pay off,” said Brown.

Brown says all of the hard work, dedication and training is putting both teams in a position where they have a chance to win the Northwest League Championships on October 14, and maybe even get to the state championships with a top two finish at the District 2 state qualifying meet October 23.  “It will be a real challenge for us because the competition is very tough with 15 other schools in our district,” says Brown.

Vernonia will host a meet at home on October 16, starting and finishing at the football stadium.  Banks, Clatskanie, Kalama, Portland Adventist, and Portland Lutheran are scheduled to attend.  Brown  says it will be a fast course.   It’s homecoming week and the community is  encouraged to come out and cheer the teams on.


Volleyball- The Lady Loggers are currently ranked 3rd in the state in 2A volleyball.  Vernonia has  a  10-2 record on the season and are 5-0 in Northwest League play following a thrilling 3-2 win victory over Gaston, a 3-0 win over Neah-Kah-Nie,  a 3-0 win against Knappa and a 3-0 defeat of City Christian.

The Lady Loggers volleyball team won the Vernonia Tournament on September 20th.  Photo courtesy of Brittany Young.

The Lady Loggers volleyball team won the Vernonia Tournament on September 20th. Photo courtesy of Brittany Young.

On Saturday, September 20, the Lady Loggers hosted and won the Vernonia Tournament, with a 2-1 win over Catlin Gable and a 2-0 defeat of Harrisburg.

The Lady Loggers will host home matches against Knappa on October 14 and City Christian on October 16 to close out their regular season play.


Football- The Loggers are now 1-4 on the season  in the Northwest League.

Vernonia defeated Chemawa at home on September 19 by a score of 40-16.

On September 26, the Loggers traveled to Culver where they lost 52-13.   Culver is undefeated this season and currently ranked 5th in the state in 2A football.

On October 3, the Loggers lost to Knappa 63-0 at home in their first league game.  Knappa is currently 5-0 on the season and are ranked 1st in the state in 2A.

Vernonia Cheer Team Ready For Fall

Cheer-webThe Lady Loggers cheerleading team has put in a lot of time during the summer months preparing for their upcoming season.

Tryouts for the 2014-15 season were held this past spring.  All the girls are expected to tryout, even if they competed last season.  Independent judges are brought in for the tryouts, in determining the athletes who will take part in the new season of cheer.

After tryouts took place six VHS students were selected for the team, starting with this year’s captains Meagan Schirmeister and Nichole Gardner.  Joining them are first year cheerleaders Breanna Gardner, Hope Cutright, Emma Campos and Jaelynne McCallum.
The program saw its biggest increase in numbers after four foreign exchange girls joined the program.  Cecilie Birkelund (Denmark), Sandra Romenchuk (Ukraine), Sandra Mey (Germany), and Kristine Lauenborg (Denmark) are now part of the Vernonia Cheer squad.  “We are so blessed to have these athletes join our program,” says head cheer coach Dee Way. Read More

VHS Fall Sports Report

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.


VHSFallSportsVBNatalie-webVolleyball-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.