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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 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

Equestrian Team Qualifies Six for State

Equestrian-webThe Vernonia Oregon High School Equestrian Team (OHSET) has had a great season and has qualified six of their seven competitors for the state meet in Redmond, Oregon on May 15-18.

Proudly representing Vernonia High School this year are returning senior Sarah Wagner,  junior Makayla McCord, sophomores Kassidy Fetch and Sheyanne Pedersen, freshmen Lauren Glass and Pearl Cook,  and new student, sophomore Jordan Brickley.  The team and coach Diane Benes  welcomed Dawn Carr as co-coach this year with Dale Pedersen returning as their Cow-Coach.

State Qualifiers for this year were as follows:  Team Penning team “B” -  Brickley,  Wagner, and Glass took the Gold at District; this is the first time in Vernonia’s equestrian history that a team of Loggers have represented the Northwest District in this event!  Pedersen and McCord  placed 6th in Two Man Bi – Rangle, and placed as the 2nd alternate   McCord placed 6th in District Figure 8 and placed as the 2nd alternate; McCord  also took 5th place in Pole Bending and qualified in the top 10%.  Fetch took the Gold in Individual Flags;  in Steer Daubing Fetch  took the Bronze.  In  Break Away Roping, Pederson  took the Gold and Fetch took the Silver.  In Working Rancher, Pedersen qualified as the state alternate. Read More

VHS Equestrian Team Ends Season on Positive Note

Sheyanne Pedersen won 1st place in Breakaway Roping.

Sheyanne Pedersen won 1st place in Breakaway Roping.

The Vernonia High School Equestrian Team completed their 3rd and final OHSET district meet of the season on the weekend of April 13th.  Sheyanne Pedersen won gold in   Breakaway Roping, clinching first place in the District Finals as well.  Pedersen will now travel and compete at the State Championships in Redmond on May 17th – 19th.

“I am very proud of our team!,” said head coach Diane Benes.   “They have done a wonderful job of proving themselves to be a contender in the world of OHSET. They definitely made a mark in that world. This was a great group of  kids, great parents, and we all had some great times!” Read More

Equestrian Team Report

The Equestrian Team completed another successful OHSET event in McMinnville on the weekend of March 9th.

“I am so pleased with our parental support and community support at the last meet,” said coach Diane Benes.  “There were quite a few that showed up and gave support to the kids. Thank you!”.

Overall the team did better than their previous meet, and showed great improvement.  “They show a lot of promise for a young team,” said Benes.  “They will be a team to contend with in the coming years!”

Sheyanne Pedersen and Kassidy Fetch.

Sheyanne Pedersen and Kassidy Fetch.

Sheyanne Pedersen won the Breakaway Roping and qualified for State.

The following are top 25 results for the Loggers:

Barrels: Pederson 18,  Makayla McCord 23

Keyhole: McCord 7th, Mealnie Bonnefoux 13th ,

Two Man Birangle: Pedersen & Kassidy Fetch 15th, Bonnefoux & McCord 21st

Figure 8: Fetch 12th, McCord 21st

Pole Bending: McCord 10th, Pedersen 15th, Bonnefoux 18th

Breakaway Roping: Pedersen 1st Place

Steer Daubing: Pedersen 4th , Fetch 11th

Working Pairs: Fetch & Pedersen 11th, Bonnefoux & McCord 20th

IHOR Team took 12th

Canadian Flags Team took 4th

Trail Equitation: McCord 11th

Working Rancher: Pedersen 8th

VHS Equestrian Team Update

VHS Equestrian, Sheyanne Pederson

VHS Equestrian, Sheyanne Pederson

Vernonia had their first Equestrian meet of the season in McMinnville on February 8th and 9th. Coach Diane Benes is very happy with the number of athletes riding this year. “It’s been a few years since we have had more than 3 or 4 team members,” said Benes.   Benes also noted that, “… it’s the first time in nine or ten years that the team hasn’t had any representation from the guys in Vernonia.”

Benes  is also very pleased with the involvement of the parents of the athletes and doesn’t want to fail in giving kudos to them.  “It’s a sport that requires a lot of extra time and effort on everyone’s part and willing parents are a plus.”   According to Benes there are a lot of seasoned riders and a few new ones on the team this year; the  only senior on the team is also an exchange student, Melanie Bonnefoux.  Makayla McCord, a returning OHSET athlete, Kassidy Fetch, Kirsten Leaverton, Sheyanne Pedersen, and  Sarah Wagner make up the rest of Vernonia’s team. Read More