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VHS Winter Sports Awards

VHS Winter Sports Awards

Girls Basketball

Meghan Sullivan League MVP, First Team All League

Julia Fletcher Second Team All State, First Team All League

Marketa Veselkova Second Team All League

Lisa Paje Honorable Mention All League

Boys Basketball

Clay Sullivan First Team All League, MVP,

Brett Elliot Second Team All League

Tristan Adams Honorable Mention All League, Most Improved

Will Botelho Most Inspirational

Jared Medearis Coaches Award

Wrestling

Andrew Jennings Second District, State, Mr. Hustle

Jake Harbour Second District, State, Most Inspirational

Niklas Merzadah Second District, State

Alex West Second District, State

Daniel Rice Third District, State, Most Valuable

Mekhi Williams Third District

Noah Rylands Fourth District

Storm Hensen Fifth District, Most Improved

Jeffrey Goodman Sixth District

Jessica Goodman Ms. Stat-Tastic

Logger Wrestlers Send Five to State, Finish Third at District

The Vernonia Loggers will send five wrestlers to the State Tournament next weekend.

Andrew Jennings, Daniel Rice, Jake Harbour, Alex West and Niklas Merzadah all earned trips to the state tournament.  Jennings, Harbour, West and Merzadah all finished second at the tournament; Rice finished third but won a wrestle-in match by default over the second place finisher to earn the spot at state.  Harbour defending his place at the state, winning his wrestle-in challenge with a 7-5 overtime  victory.

Vernonia finished third in team scoring at the district tournament behind Monroe and Nestucca.

For the Loggers Makhi Williams finished 3rd at 113 and Noah Rylands took 4th at 120.  At 126 Jennings won two matches by falls before losing in the finals while Storm Hensen took 5th. Jeffery Goodman finished 6th at 132.  Rice had an excellent tournament in a stacked 138 pound bracket pinning three opponents to finish 3rd.   Harbour won three of his four matches to earn a spot at state while West won two of his  three matches by fall at 152. Merzadah won his first match at 220 before falling in the final.

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

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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

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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.

VHSWinterSportsGirlsBasketballPreview-webReturning 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

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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.

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.

 

Vernonia Wrestlers Take 3rd at District; Send Four to State

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 next 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.

Vernonia Wrestlers Host Home Matches

The Vernonia Logger wrestlers hosted Knappa and Waldport in a series of matches on Wednesday February 12th.

Jason Bouslaugh

Jason Bouslaugh

 

 

Although it was a not great night for the home grapplers, Vernonia did receive two good performances from Jason Bouslaugh who won both his matches, Zane Kovelda won his only match with an excellent move and pin and Sam Hout won his only match.

In between matches VHS recognized members of the Mat Pack, a wrestling club for very young athletes, and their coaches, as well as graduating senior Bridger Steward and exchange student Samuel Hout who were wrestling in their final home matches.

Seniors Sam Hout and Bridger Steward with their families.

Seniors Sam Hout and Bridger Steward with their families.

The Mat Pack

The Mat Pack

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

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Emma D’Onghia has been a leading scorer for the Lady Loggers.

Emma D’Onghia has been a leading scorer for the Lady Loggers.

Girls Basketball-Lady Logger Head Coach Steve Whiteman continues to have his girls on the right track this season.

The Lady Loggers are 13-1 overall  and 7-0 in league play following a 69-28 win over Gaston on Tuesday, January 14.  Vernonia is in first place  in the Northwest League and currently ranked 4th in Oregon division 2A.

Following a tough loss over the holidays to then 1st ranked Santiam, the Lady Loggers have reeled off five straight wins, including a 63-37 home victory over league rival Portland Christian.

The Portland Christian game was close through the first half and Vernonia struggled to open up a 25-18 lead. “They thought they could use a full court press against us, and it worked for the first quarter,” said head coach Whiteman.  “When they stopped using it in the second half I knew we had them rattled.”  Whiteman also noted that Portland Christian had been averaging 9 three pointers a game.  “Our goal was to be out on top and play good defense to take that away from them,” explained Whiteman.  Portland Christian only made 1-9 shots from three point range against Vernonia.  “Our defense really matched up with them,” said Whiteman. Read More