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.
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
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 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.
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
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.
Returning 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
Girls Basketball-The Lady Loggers record breaking season came to an abrupt halt when they lost in the first round of the State Playoffs, losing at Santiam, 67-37 on February 28. The Lady Loggers finished the year with a 22-3 record, becoming the first girls team in Vernonia school history to win over twenty games in a season.
Prior to the State Playoffs the Lady Loggers fell to Portland Christian in the District Championship game, losing 43-23. Following the game Stephanie Castro and Katka Brejchova were both named First Team All League; juniors Julia Fletcher and Meghan Sullivan were named Second Team, Emma D’Onghlia was Honorable Mention.
The Lady Loggers went undefeated in the Northwest League play this season, going 16-0 and winning the league title for the second year in a row.
Wrestling-The Vernonia Loggers Wrestling team took third place at the District Wrestling Tournament on Saturday, February 22, 2014. Jason Bouslaugh at 132, Damian Young at 145, Michael Bouslaugh at 152 and Samuel Hout at 182, all took second place in the tournament and advanced to the State Tournament the following weekend. The top two finishers in each weight class earn a trip to state.
Vernonia saw ten of the eleven wrestlers they entered place in the District Tournament. Zane Kovelda and Bridger Steward each took third at 160 and 170. Jefferey Goodman took fourth at 126; Justin Fletcher took fifth and Andrew Jennings took sixth at 126. Daniel Rice finished fifth at 138.
Samuel Hout (in white) at the state wrestling tournament.
At the State Tournament the Logger wrestlers struggled, with only one wrestler, Hout, advancing into the second day. Hout won his initial match with a pin in the third period, but lost a tough overtime match 3-1 in his second match. Hout was eliminated from the tournament in his third match.
The Vernonia Lady Loggers were eliminated from the state playoffs on Friday, February 28th, after losing to Santiam 67-37.
The loss ended a record breaking season for the Vernonia girls, who ended their season with a 22-3 record, including a 16-0 undefeated record in Northwest League play.
The Vernonia Lady Loggers lost for just the second time all season, falling to Portland Christian 43-23 in the District Championship game on Saturday, February 22 at Pacific University.
The Lady Loggers fell behind early, trailing 11-5 at the end of the first quarter and 25-14 at the half, and never found a way to turn the game around.
The Lady Loggers will now head to the first round of state tournament next weekend, traveling to Santiam, the only other team to beat the Lady Loggers this season. Vernonia lost to Santiam 51-50 on December 28th at the Cougar Classic holiday tournament in Gervais.
Following the District Championship game, All League Teams were announced. Vernonia’s Stephanie Catro and Katka Brejchova were both named First Team; juniors Julia Fletcher and Meghan Sullivan were named Second Team, Emma D’Onghlia was Honorable Mention.
The State Tournament is scheduled to start February 28th. Date and time for Vernonia’s first round game against Santiam has not been announced.
The Vernonia Lady Loggers finished their Northwest League schedule undefeated, going 16-0 after closing out the season with a 45-36 win over Neah-Kah-Nie on Saturday, February 15.
The Lady Loggers finished the regular season with a 22-1 record and will now prepare for the League playoffs, where they will play in the Championship game on Saturday, February 22 at Portland State University. The Lady Loggers have automatically clinched a spot in the State Playoffs, but can secure a first round home game with a win next Saturday.
The Logger boys concluded their 2013-14 campaign on a high note, defeating Neah-Kah-Nie 66-44. The Loggers moved into 6th place in the Northwest League with the win, but missed qualifying for the league playoffs. The Loggers ended their season with a 7-9 league record and went 10-13 on the season.
The Vernonia Lady Loggers easily handled Delphian, winning 79-30 on Friday, February 14th. It was Vernonia’s 21st win of the season, with only one loss, as they remained undefeated in Northwest League play with a 15-0 record.
The Lady Loggers have clinched their second straight regular season league title and an automatic spot in the State Playoffs. League playoffs start February 20th following the Lady Loggers final game of the season on Saturday, February 15 at Neah-Kah-Nie. The Lady Loggers will have a bye in the first two rounds of the League Playoffs, and will only play in the Championship Game on Saturday, February 22nd at Portland State University. If the Lady Loggers win the League Playoff, they will automatically host a home game in the state playoff first round. The first round of the state playoffs is scheduled for Friday, February 28th.
The Vernonia boys defeated Delphian 61-46 on Friday February 14th, but were eliminated from playoff contention. The Loggers are now 6-9 in Northwest League play and are 9-13 on the season. The Loggers finish their season on Saturday, February 15 at Neah-Kah-Nie.