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VHS Winter Sports Update

Clay Sullivan

Clay Sullivan

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

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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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

The Value of Volunteers

VHS wrestlers and cheerleaders left to right:     Damian Young, Meagan Schirmeister, Jake Harbour,  Nichole Gardner and Justin Fletcher.

VHS wrestlers and cheerleaders left to right:
Damian Young, Meagan Schirmeister, Jake Harbour,
Nichole Gardner and Justin Fletcher.

Most organizations utilize volunteers. Vernonia Cares Food Bank (VCFB), located within the American Legion Building at 627 Adams Avenue, relies upon volunteers for many aspects of its service functions. Operating a food bank compares closely to running a grocery store; food must be ordered, delivered, unloaded, stocked and then made available. The difference is that all of these activities are usually performed by volunteers.

In the month of July 2014, VCFB was staffed by 33 volunteers who donated 440 hours. Through the efforts of these volunteer, emergency food was available to 466 Vernonians. This represents a significant percentage of our local population. Considering that 49% of those people who were assisted are children or senior citizens, this is a vital service to our community.

Who helps and what do volunteers do? Jay Nesmith of Vernonia Hardware comes once a month with his forklift to move the 7,000-10,000 pounds of food off the freight truck so other volunteers can hand truck the food into the food bank. In July and August local helpers, the Vernonia High School wrestling team, the Vernonia Cheerleaders, and the young men from NW Vapors store helped unload freight. Other volunteers placed the frozen food into freezers. Since the food bank is open Tuesday and Thursday, from 10-2, volunteers keep the shelves stocked, assist clients with shopping and keep the facility clean. Weekly, two gentleman travel to Forest Grove and Beaverton to bring day old bread products to VCFB. Many volunteers have helped for years; others are newer. However, volunteerism is what keeps the food bank operational.  Read More

VHS Winter Sports Update

VHSGirlsBBSullivan-webGirls Basketball- The Lady Loggers have continued their dominance over the Northwest League and remain undefeated in league play with a 13-0 record following a 60-29 win over Knappa on Tuesday, February 4th. Head Coach Steve Whiteman has led the Vernonia girls to a 19-1 overall record so far this season, but find themselves ranked just 7th in the OSAA Division 2A polls due to poor strength of schedule. The Lady Loggers have cruised to eleven straight wins, including a 44-37 win over league rival Portland Christian on January 21, a 74-42 home victory over Delphian, big away wins at Nestucca  and Gaston and a 45-35 victory at Riverdale. The Lady Loggers play their final home game against Faith Bible on Tuesday, February 11, which will be senior night. The first round of state playoffs is tentatively scheduled for Friday, February 28th.   Cheerleading- The Vernonia Cheerleading Squad once again took first place in two recent competitions they entered. Read More

Vernonia Cheer Gets Competitive

VHS Cheer squad performed their routine for family and friends prior to the Portland Starz competition.

VHS Cheer squad performed their routine for family and friends prior to the Portland Starz competition.

The Vernonia Cheer Squad has worked hard this year to be more than just cheerleaders.  In addition to being on the sidelines with pom poms and stepping onto the floor during breaks in games, this group of hard working and dedicated young ladies have been practicing stunts and dance routines and entering competitive cheer contests.

Under the direction of second year head coach Denise Way-Hacket, or Coach Dee as her team likes to call her, the Vernonia Cheer Squad has fared extremely well in the competitions they have entered this year.  The competition team is made up of eight girls:  sophomores Meagan Schirmeister,  Mikila Solberg, Haily Wilhelm, and Nichole Gardner; junior Courtney Pasko;  junior captain Alexandria Steffler, and senior captains Jessica Gardner and MaCayla Fennell.  Hannah Fleck, Tonia Giordano, Anastasia Mihalcuic  have all  recently joined the cheer squad for the VHS winter sports season.

Meagan Schirmeister won 1st place in the pre-All State individual competition.

Meagan Schirmeister won 1st place in the pre-All State individual competition.

On November 2,  Schirmeister  performed in a pre-All-State cheerleading competition at Westview High School.  Schirmeister performed individually and took first place in that event.

On  November 9 a five girl stunt group, made up of  Steffler,  Solberg, Johannah Lange (who is playing basketball this winter season),  Pasko, and Schirmeister  headed to the All-State competition.  The only 2A school in the competition, the girls performed a short dance routine and a stunt routine and did great to take fourth place.  “It went really well, I think we did really well,” said Schirmeister.  “Bringing home 4th place in All-State, Divisions 1-4A,  for a 5 girl stunt group is just a stepping stone for this cheer program,” added Coach Dee.  Schirmeister also performed individually at the All-State event.

Now, the eight girl competition team moves on to more intense competitions.  On Saturday, December 14 the girls competed in Portland Starz,  a national cheerleading competition held at the Portland Expo Center.  Competing against seven high schools in the Varsity division, Vernonia was the only 2A school and went up against  the remaining  4A schools from Oregon, Idaho, and Washington.  The VHS squad took third place and brought home a trophy for their performance.  In addition the team had the opportunity to watch over forty teams compete, including professional and club cheer squads.

VHS Cheer won 3rd place at the Portland Starz competition.

VHS Cheer won 3rd place at the Portland Starz competition.

Next up for the Vernonia girls: January 11 in Lake Oswego is the Laker Rumble and February 1 at Sheldon High School is the Sheldon Invitational, all leading to the State Competition on  February 15 at the Memorial Coliseum.

“The eight girls representing VHS at state this year have put in countless hours to get a 2:30 routine down,” says Coach Dee.  “They have struggled through changes, learning choreography, new formation changes, and just remembering what comes next.  I am very proud of what they have accomplished in a short amount of time.”

Vernonia’s Voice would like to wish the VHS Cheer Squad good luck in all their upcoming competitions.

VHS Cheer Squad Welcomes Vets to Vernonia

CheerVetsMotorcycles2-webOn Saturday, July 20, Vernonia High School Cheerleaders welcomed the High Desert Eagles division of the Oregon Veterans Motorcycle Association as they passed through Vernonia on their POW/MIA run.  The 35 motorcycles and 50+ Veteran riders met the squad at Shay Park where the girls served up root beer floats and cookies to the club.  The cheerleaders performed a few cheers, talked with the club and posed for photos.  OVMA members were grateful for the welcome and for the floats on a hot summer afternoon.  The club continued on to Stub Stewart State Park where they stayed the night, ending their run.CheerVetsTeam-web

“‘I don’t have enough time’, is all too often the statement that we make when asked to help out or volunteer our time,” said VHS cheer coach Denise Way.  “But this past Saturday we gave up an hour of our time, for the men and women that gave up years of their life to serve our country.  I could not have been prouder of my cheerleading squad for giving up part of their Saturday to serve root beer floats.”

CheerVetsServin-web“Thank you for your support of veterans,” said Stan Wood, OVMA (retired Colonel Army) in a thank you note to the squad.  “You guys are really great and quite professional.  Best of luck to all of you in your futures.”