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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 Spring Sports Preview

Softball - Head coach Mike Fetch and assistant Ernie Smith return most of their starting lineup from last season’s league championship team, meaning the Lady Loggers should be favored to win the league again.  After being eliminated in the opening round of the state playoffs, Fetch and the Lady Loggers are looking to go further this year.

Juniors Kassidy Fetch and Sarah Smith will once again be on the mound and behind the plate for the Lady Loggers.  Paige Smith  may also pick up some pitching duties.

Payton Wolf will play second base and anchor the infield.  Otherwise Fetch has been doing some experimenting trying to fill a hole at third base where Pearl Cook, Paige Smith and Kassidy Fetch have been seeing time.  Cook has also played shortstop along with freshman Allegra Poetter.  Smith has shared time at first with Poetter and Cassidy Whitton has also played some infield.  “We’re trying to find the right formula that clicks for us,” said coach Fetch.  “Errors have been killing us early. As the season progresses I’m sure we’ll find our rhythm.”

In the outfield, Cassidy Whitton usually starts, with Cook, Paige Smith, Fetch, Autumn Sorenson and Kristine Lauenborg all seeing playing time.

Almost all the Lady Loggers are good at the plate but expect to see a lot of offense from Wolf who consistently gets on base and Fetch who slaps the ball, bunts and uses her speed.  Cook, Poetter and both Smith girls have all been hitting the ball hard in the early season.

With a light league schedule, the Lady Loggers scheduled in numerous non-league games.  They traveled to Bend where they participated in the Central Oregon Tournament.  They begin Northwest League play on Tuesday, April 7 against Gaston.

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VHS Spring Sports Update

Softball – The Lady Loggers had a break in their schedule with no league games between April 11 and April 29.  Two non-league games were cancelled because of weather.

Coach Mike Fetch has his young team playing good ball and challenging for the league lead.  The Lady Loggers were in second place following their layoff with a 9-1 record.  They are 5-1 in District 1  play.

On April 29 Vernonia returned to action, starting a crucial three game series against first place Knappa.

Vernonia was scheduled to wrap up the Knappa series with a double header on Friday May 2.  The Lady Loggers conclude their District regular season with home games on Tuesday, May 6 against Neah-Kah-Nie and Monday, May 12 against Portland Christian.


Baseball – Coach Joe Walters and the Loggers are currently in fifth place in District 1 with a 7-10 record overall and are 6-9 in league play.  The Loggers went 1-2 in their series against Portland Lutheran, losing two close games 6-5 and 7-6 and defeating  them 11-4.  The Loggers went 2-1 in their match-p with Faith Bible with two shutout wins 13-0 and 3-0; they also lost to Faith Bible 16-6.  The Loggers kicked off a three game series with first place Knappa on Tuesday April 29 with a 0-0 win/loss.  Knappa is currently ranked number one in the state in 2A baseball.  Read More

VHS Spring Sports Report

Jerrian Pond

Jerrian Pond

Softball-The Lady Loggers are a very young team but are currently in first place in their District with a 5-1 record; they are 9-1 overall this season and are ranked 5th in the state after winning two of three games against Gaston.  Vernonia beat Gaston 6-0 in their first meeting and then split a double header on April 11, losing the opener 6-2 but coming back to win the second game 3-0.

Head Coach Mike Fetch and assistant Ernie Smith have six freshman and three sophomores on the squad along with a few seniors and juniors.  “We’re young but we have a lot of talent,” says Fetch.

Sophomore Kassidy Fetch is the starting pitcher with freshman Payton Wolf  also seeing some time there.  Fetch went the distance for the Lady Loggers and earned a shut out win in the second game against Gaston.  Sophomore Sarah Smith is the starting catcher with Wolf and freshman Pearl Cook as the back-ups.  The infield has sophomore Paige Smith at first base, Wolf is starting at second, Cook is the shortstop and junior Taylor Titus plays third base.  Senior Jerrian Pond anchors the outfield in center field.

Offensively Wolf has been hitting the ball hard as well as running the bases and setting the tone for the team.  Cook, Fetch, Sarah Smith, Titus and Pond have all been consistent at the plate, getting on base, providing key hits, moving runners and driving in runs.   Read More

VHS Does Well at District Track and Field, Eight to Compete at State Meet

The Vernonia High School Track and Field team competed in the District Track and Field Meet on May 17th and 18th at Portland Christian’s track and came home with several district champions.  This was the state qualifying meet, where the top 2 in each event go on to the state track meet at Hayward Field in Eugene and will compete this week for the state championship―as a team and as individuals in each event.

There were several big stories and outstanding performances for the Loggers at  the District meet.  Nathan Fleck set a new district meet record in the 800 meters at 2:00.  Fleck actually ran faster previously this season,  going under 2 minutes twice this year,  and currently has the fastest 800 time in the state going into the state meet. He is the defending state champion in the event and  his goal is to set a new state record; the time to beat is 1:57.78.

Samanatha Lindauer is district champion in the 3K, leading her race from start to finish.

Lane Sullivan is district champ in the long jump after going into the meet ranked  fourth in the district.

Meghan Sullivan is district champ in the 100 meter dash.  Sullivan and Maina Martin finished 1-2 in the event and both will compete this week at the State meet. According to Logger head coach Byron Brown, Sullivan and Martin just keep getting faster at every track meet.

Other state qualifiers for the Loggers―Drew Cheney who finished 2nd in the Men’s 3K;  Dezi Roberts in the girls high jump and triple jump, the girls 4 x 100 relay (Meghan Sullivan, Sammy Lindauer, Dezi Roberts and Maina Martin); and the girls 4×400 relay (Rowan Cheney, Meghan Sullivan, Maina Martin and Samantha Lindauer) who ran a season best at the district meet.

The girls team finsihed  a very strong 2nd place overall, outdistancing all other NWL teams, running up 124 points.  “This was maybe the best performance by a VHS girls team ever at a district meet,” said head coach Brown.  “ They actually led eventually champion Portland Christian 102 to 85 with 5 events left, but as we have no pole vaulters or hurdlers, eventually PC was able to pull away.”  The boys were 4th overall with 89 points.

“Almost everyone achieved a season’s best performance at the meet, always one of our main goals,” said Brown.   “We got a lot of compliments from the other league coaches and parents about our competitors and the impressive showing of our team.  We are building a solid reputation in track, even without the facilities of our competition.  The keys to our success is in getting our top athletes to commit to track and getting large numbers of our kids to come out for the team. It allows us to compete in events that we never previously competed in and gives us the depth necessary to be a top team.”

VHS Spring Sports Update

Track and Field- The track team has had two meets since our  last report–the Banks Invitational on Saturday April 20 and the Southwest Christian Invitational at Sherwood HS on April 25.

At Banks a good portion of the team was missing because of the senior trip to Disneyland. The Loggers still recorded several good performances including  Meghan Sullivan, who won 2 medals in the 100 and 200 meters. Read More