Stephanie Castro making a back row attack against Catlin Gable.
Volleyball- After a great start the Lady Loggers have cooled down a bit. Facing some of their toughest competitors in the Northwest League, head coach Teresa Williams’s squad has played competitively but came out on the losing end in several matches.
Following a loss to division rival Portland Christian, the Lady Loggers struggled in pool play in their own Vernonia Tournament, but did qualify for the championship bracket. In the first elimination round Vernonia fell to Caitlin Gable 1-2 after a very exciting match that saw some great play on both sides of the net.
The Lady Loggers rebounded with a 3-1 victory at Faith Bible before falling to defending league champion Delphian 1-3 at home.
The Lady Loggers hit the road for their next three matches before returning home for four matches starting on Oct. 10against Knappa, Oct. 12 against Nestucca, Oct. 17 against Faith Bible and Oct. 21 against Riverdale.
Football- The Loggers bounced back from a couple of early season losses to crush the Chemawa Braves 58-0 on Sept. 20.
“We were a little worried and concerned when they came out on the field,” said Logger head coach Gordon Jarman. “They had over forty-five kids in uniform and they were really big – huge kids.” Jarman said his team basically just out played their opponents. “Our kids did an excellent job.”
For the Loggers, Bo Clark returned to the line-up at running back and scored four touchdowns. Also scoring for the Loggers were Tim Jennings, Bridger Steward, Jason Bouslaugh and Cole Harbour.
Jarman was especially pleased with the play of both his offensive and defensive lines.
Jennings was 3 for 5 passing and threw for 95 yards including two completions to Damian Young for a total of 60 yards. He also ran for 93 yards including a 30 yard run.
On defense Zane Green and Jerimaih Hammons led the way for the Loggers. Jennings intercepted a Chemawa pass and returned it for a touchdown. Ronnie Maldonado also intercepted a pass and Bouslaugh recovered a fumble for the Loggers.
Jake Harbour on his touchdown run against Culver. Photo courtesy of Tracy Easlon.
On Sept. 27 the Loggers hosted the Culver Bulldogs, losing 24-14 in their final non-league game of the season.
Vernonia will face Nestucca at home on Oct. 4 and then travel to Knappa on Oct. 11 before their Homecoming match-up with Neah-Kah-Nie on Oct. 18.
Cross Country- The boy’s team won their meet at Knappa handily, defeating Knappa, Astoria, Warrenton and
Paul Lemaron took first at the
Knappa cross country meet.
Photo courtesy of Tracy Easlon.
Clatskanie. Five of the first ten finishers were Vernonia Loggers. Paul Lemaron led the way winning the race won by over 200 meters. “Everywhere we’ve raced, coaches and athletes alike have been impressed by Paul’s long, graceful running stride,” said Logger head coach Byron Brown. Drew Cheney ran his best race of the season, finishing a strong 3rd. Dan Rice was 5th, Alex Rubiera was an impressive 7th, and Emil Hardenberg a surprising 10th. Brown noted that the Loggers were without their 2nd fastest runner, Jacob Medearis who is out with a strained calf.
The girl’s team ran well considering two of their best runners were out for the meet. The team is showing improvement with the league championship meet coming up next at Nehalem Bay State Park on Oct. 8.
“I don’t think many of our kids realize how far they’ve come in the past couple of weeks,” said Brown. “Many have never run competitively before. They will be stronger and faster by the state qualifying meet at Tualatin Hills Recreational Area on Oct. 24.”
The Loggers will host a home meet on Oct. 16, starting and finishing at the football stadium after running down the linear trail and around Vernonia Lake.