LINCOLN COUNTY — After starting the season off with 12 consecutive losses, the Tigers broke that streak with a 3-1 win over Clatskanie on Thursday, Oct. 4. The win puts an end to a 29-game losing streak that extended all the way back to Aug. 28 of 2017.
The Tigers would win 25-21 in the first set,
“I wish we’d had more wins earlier in the season,” said head coach Kelsey Hart. “It was great for our first win to be at home with all the support we had. The girls felt like rock stars.”
Going 402 days between wins, the Tigers would only have to wait two days for the next win. At the Western Christian Tourney, Taft would come away with a second place finish.
The Tigers swept both City Christian and Chemawa in pool play before suffering a narrow loss to Western Mennonite. It wouldn’t be the first time for the Pioneers and the Tigers. In the championship bracket, the No. 4 seed Tigers rallied to win the final two sets to upset the No. 1 seeded Pioneers to advance to the championship match.
The Tigers would end up losing to Westside Christian both sets 25-13, despite coming up short in the tournament, it was a successful week for Taft volleyball.
“While we would have loved to have taken first, they were a great team and it was just amazing to see the improvement we’ve made over when we played them in
Tigers wilt in
In the first half against Clatskanie, things were working well for the Taft football team. The Tigers trailed by just two scores with a pair of touchdowns by JJ French from Antonia Suarez (filling in for the injured David Jin).
But in the second half, the Columbians would go on to score the games final 28 points to secure a 55-12 win and hand the Tigers their fourth straight loss.
Cross Country competes at Fred Berkey Invite
The Taft boys cross country team finished fifth and the girl’s team finished seventh in the nine-team Fred Berkey XC Incite at Camp Magruder on Friday, Oct. 5.
Pacing the girls was Autumn Ellis (25:14.21) with a 19th-place finish, followed by Lydia Prins (25:28.98, 21st), Brooke Orendorff (27:01.11, 33rd), Emma Coulter (27.40.18, 42nd), Kaydince Beach (27:41.04, 43rd), Alani Cabar (29:38.56, 52nd), Claira Tolan (30:12.57, 54th) and Charlotte Lunstedt (31:22.79, 60th)
Newport falls to Cascade
The Newport volleyball game lost its fourth straight match, the most recent coming in straight sets against Cascade on Monday, Oct. 8.
The Cubs were doubled up in the first set, losing 2512, but then would force the matches to go past 25 points, but coming up short in both, falling 26-24 and 27-25 in the second and third sets.
Cubs win Paul Mariman Invite
The Newport boys cross country team finished in first place at the Paul Mariman Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 6. The course featured five conference opponents — Philomath, Sisters, Sweet Home
Kolby Spink was the first to cross the finish line (16:45.90, 1st) followed behind Tristan Scarborough (17:42.40, 9th) Caden Shanks (17:55.20, 13th), James Lackey (17:59.90, 14th), Sam Laural (18:43.30, 27th), Noah Goodwin-Rice (18:44.50, 29th), Christian Hume (19:04.40, 39th)
The girl’s team finished fifth out of the seven teams.
The first Cub to finish the race was Alanna fanning (20:49.20, 5th) then Aliya Larsen (22:01.20, 21st) Korayma Llumiquinga Lapham (23:24.00, 30th), Kylie Carver (27:58.50, 51st), Chloe Ellam (28:12.60, 52nd),
The Toledo football team notched its fourth consecutive win with a 68-12 win over the visiting Gold Beach Panthers.
Sophomore Donovan Villanueva found the end zone not once, not twice, not three, four or five times, but six times in the winning effort. Villanueva finished with three touchdowns on the ground with 133 yards and once through the air and twice returned interceptions for touchdowns.
Lineman Jacob Rogers also scored a rushing touchdown. Cameron Lonergan caught two touchdown passes and Kody Howry was also on the receiving end of a Jaxon Rozewski touchdown pass.
Toledo sweeps Myrtle Point
The Toledo volleyball team put an end to the two-game skid it was on with a 3-0 sweep on the road against Myrtle Point on Monday, Oct. 8
The Boomers won in straight sets 25-18, 25-12 and 25-18 in the winning effort. Up next for the Boomers is a trip to Gold Beach on Wednesday, Oct. 10.
Five compete at Paul Mariman
The Boomers cross country team had five compete in the Paul Mariman Invitational.
Nicole Dickason was the first Toledo runner to finish (30:57.20, 60th) followed by Janella Fleser (39:33.40, 62nd) and Breanna Schriver (44:21.60, 63rd)
Alessandro Pelosi crossed the finish line in 20:06:50 (55th) and Hakeem Smith (25:41.80) finished 79th.
Waldport Cross Country
Seven Waldport girls cross country runners raced at the Paul Mariman Invite on Saturday, Oct. 6. With enough runners to qualify, the Irish finished seventh in the team scores.
Alicia Gordon was the highest finisher, the 41st runner to cross the line. Cameron Fortmeyer was next with a 43rd finish, followed by Lillian Simon (27:41.80), Abigail Krupar (28:46.5, 55th), Dani Gainer (30:56.60, 59th) and Akasha Reich (31:26.70, 61st)
Three boys runners competed as well. Ramone Topete finished 66th with a time of 21:18. Matthew Shepherd was right behind Topete, finishing 67th with a time of 21:42.60 and Mick Greenwood (22:18.30, 72nd)
Irish fall to St. Paul
St. Paul jumped all over the Irish in the first quarter, scoring 49 points in the first period.
Zak Holsey completed 10 of 28 passes for 113 yards and a touchdown to Jacob Farmer in the fourth quarter. Kolby Albitz scored on a 55-yard run in the fourth quarter.
The Irish had a difficult time slowing down the St. Paul rushing attack, which ran for 226 yards in the win.
Losing streak nears double digits
The Walport volleyball team couldn’t keep up with the defending Sunset Conference champions, falling in straight sets to Reedsport 25-10, 25-11 and 25-10 for the Irish’s ninth consecutive loss.
Eagles get win No. 2
In the final home game of the year, the Eddyville Charter football team earned its second win of the year with a 58-24 victory in front of the home crowd.
The Eagles rushed for 527 yards and seven touchdowns on the ground, with three backs — Korbyn Byrd (100 yards, two touchdowns) Brier Rariden (112, three touchdowns) and Keagan Spikes (245 yards and four touchdowns) eclipsing the century mark in the win. Kurt Faxon also had 107 yards of offense and two touchdowns.
Eddyville will compete its regular season schedule with a road game against Crow on Thursday, Oct. 11.
Warriors drop first game
The Siletz Valley football team saw it’s perfect season come to an end on Friday with a 24-22 loss to Falls City.
Warriors take down Eagles
In a match that could’ve gone either way, the Siletz Valley volleyball team was able to hold off Eddyville Charter on Saturday, Oct. 6, sweeping the Eagles in straight sets.
Although the Warriors won all three, each of the sets were decided by four points or fewer. The Warriors team prevailed 29-27, 25-23 and 25-21 to beat its Lincoln County compatriot.
The win is the Warriors second in a row after beating Oak Hill on Thursday, Oct. 4 in four sets (25-21, 25-8, 24-26 and 25-12).