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.
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.
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 volleyball team will host a first round state playoff game on Saturday November 1st at 1:00 PM against the Grant Union Prospectors.
The Lady Loggers advanced to the state playoffs as the number one seed from the Northwest League after defeating Gaston in the District Championship game 3-1 on October 25.
Julia Fletcher led Julia Fletcher led the Lady Loggers offensively when the won the District Championship against Gaston.
Against Gaston, Vernonia dropped the first game 17-25 before rebounding to win three straight games, 25-16, 25-19 and 25-21. The Lady Loggers were led offensively by Julia Fletcher, Lilly Lindsley, Taylor Titus and Nathalie Scholz. Defensively, Vernonia got great backcourt play from Brittany Young, Sarah Smith and Kassidy Fetch and at the net by Meghan Sullivan, Paige Smith, Scholz and Lindsley. Strong service by Young, Mackenzie Titus, Taylor Titus and Fetch also helped the Lady Loggers effort.
Following the Lady Loggers victory in the District Championship game, Fletcher, Taylor Titus and Young were all named First Team All League. Fetch was named Second Team and Scholz was named Honorable Mention.
The Lady Loggers finished their regular season with a 9-1 league record, a 14-3 record overall and ranked #5 in the state in division 2A.
Grant Union finished their regular season with a 7-5 record in the Wapiti League and are the third seed from that league. The Prospectors were 15-10 overall on the season.
Volleyball- The Lady Loggers will bring a very experienced and athletic varsity team onto the courts this season. With nine returning seniors, Head Coach Teresa Williams’ squad is loaded with talent, experience and leadership.
Last year, Williams’ team had a 13-6 record, finishing in third place in the 2A Northwest League. The team qualified for the State Playoffs for the third year in a row. The Lady Loggers were eliminated in the first round by eventual State Champion Days Creek.
Williams says she expects senior setter Taylor Titus and senior outside hitter Julia Fletcher to lead the team both on and off the court this year. Fletcher was last year’s team MVP and was named First Team All League.
The front court looks strong for the Lady Loggers with seniors Meagan Sullivan and Lily Lindsley providing size in the middle. Coach Williams says she has seen hard work and improvement in the off season pay off for juniors McKenzie Titus and Paige Smith; both should see a lot of playing time in the front court. This group of players has seen a lot of previous varsity playing time. Exchange student Nathalie Sholz from Germany is an experienced player as well, giving coach Williams a lot of options at the net.
Williams says she is pleased with the way the team is passing the ball. “Right now I can’t say there is anyone on this team I couldn’t put out there and rely on,” says Williams.
The back line will be manned by senior Brittany Young and juniors Sara Smith and Kassidy Fetch. Williams says she feels comfortable playing all her players just about anywhere on the court. Read More
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. Read More
The VHS Logger boys will head to Pendleton for the second year in a row to compete in the 2A OSAA State Basketball Championships. Seventh seed Vernonia defeated the number two seed Regis 41-40 on Friday, February 22 in a thrilling finish. Jared Leone hit the winning shot for the Loggers and the defense stopped the Rams on their final attempt.
The Loggers will face the Oakland Oakers on Wednesday February 27 at 6:30 PM in the quarterfinals. Oakland won the Mountainview League with a 12-0 league record and 21-5 record overall. The Loggers are the only remaining team in the Championship from the Northwest League, as Gaston, Riverdale and Delphian were all eliminated in the first round. Read More
The VHS Lady Loggers with their Northwest League Tournament trophy. Photo courtesy of Tracy Easlon
Both the Girls and Boys basketball teams from Vernonia High School have qualified for the State Tournament this year.
The Lady Loggers added to their regular season Northwest League championship by winning the League Tournament on Saturday February 16 with a 48-41 victory over Portland Christian. The Lady Loggers will host Heppner on Saturday February 23 in the first round of the State Tournament. The start time for the game has not been determined. Heppner finished their regular season in fourth place in the Blue Mountain League with 12-4 league record and an 18-6 record overall. Read More
The Vernonia Boys Basketball team will travel and face Gaston on Thursday night February 14 at 7:00 PM in the first round of the Northwest League Tournament.
The Lady Loggers will play in the championship game of the Northwest League Tournament on Saturday February 16 at 3:30 PM at Portland State University. They will await the results of the previous games in the tournament to find out their opponent. The Lady Loggers are assured a spot in the Sweet Sixteen of the State Tournament and could host a first round game depending on their seeding.
The Vernonia Girls and Boys basketball teams won their final league games of the season and will prepare for the Northwest League Tournament next week.
The Logger Boys defeated Nestucca 52-45 and finished the regular season with an 11-5 league record and a 13-9 over all record. The Loggers end the season in third place and face an away game at second place Gaston on Thursday February 14 at 7:00 PM in the first round of the league tournament.
Meanwhile the Lady Loggers ended their season with a 60-25 win over Nestucca and finish with a 14-2 league record and a 18-4 record over all. The Lady Loggers were the Northwest League Champions and will await the outcome of the first two rounds of the league tournament before playing in the championship game on Saturday February 16. The Lady Loggers are assured a spot in the first round of the State Tournament.