Oregon Sports Photos Photography by John Lariviere

13Oct/09Off

The LO/Lakeridge Civil War on New Turf

When Lakeridge High School in Lake Oswego, Oregon was built in 1971 a football stadium was not included in the construction plans.  One reason for this was the school's very close proximity to an established neighborhood who was not thrilled at the idea of screaming crowds, bands playing, PA announcers and traffic on Friday nights.  For 37 years the Pacers played their "home" games on the field of cross-town rival Lake Oswego High School.  Even though the LO High School stadium was call District Stadium in an attempt to provide some degree of neutrality to the venue, being located on the LOHS campus, it was definitely not "home" to the Pacers.

Everything has changed this year.  After long negotiations with the city and the local neighborhood association, Lakeridge was allowed to start holding a limited number of home games on their campus last year.  The stadium seating is very limited so last year's Civil War was played at District Stadium in order to give some time to understand the logistics of holding the big Lake Oswego derby at Lakeridge.  On October 2nd, the day had finally come for Lakeridge to host the big Civil War game.  Portable bleachers were brought in to accommodate the visiting LOHS fans, because there is not a visitors' section - due to an agreement with the neighborhood association - at the Pacers' field.  The chilly Fall air in the stadium was filled with the scent of hamburgers grilling on a large open BBQ at one corner of the field, the stands were at near capacity, the Lakeridge band played with spirit and enthusiasm, the cheer teams rallied their fans on both sides of the field and LO and Lakeridge spirit was evident throughout the stadium.  This was a special event...for both schools.

As for the game, LO dominated from their opening series and rolled to a comfortable 42-10 victory.  Despite the lopsided loss to their bitterest of rivals, Lakeridge fans were far from disappointed on the night.  It was tough to loose the Civil War at home...but that was the most important aspect of the night.  They were "at home."

The Lakeridge Pacers take the field prior to the start of the first LO/Lakeridge Civil War to be held on the Lakeridge field.

The Lakeridge Pacers take the field prior to the start of the first LO/Lakeridge Civil War to be held on the Lakeridge field.

Will Storey of Lake Oswego dives into the endzone to score the Lakers’ first touchdown on their opening drive with 11:15 left to play in the first quarter.

Will Storey of Lake Oswego dives into the endzone to score the Lakers’ first touchdown on their opening drive with 11:15 left to play in the first quarter.

Will Storey (10) of Lake Oswego gives a stiff-arm to the facemask of Lakeridge’s Ryan Bliss (56) as he runs the sideline to score the Lakers’ second touchdown on a twenty yard run with 3:15 to go in the first quarter.

Will Storey (10) of Lake Oswego gives a stiff-arm to the facemask of Lakeridge’s Ryan Bliss (56) as he runs the sideline to score the Lakers’ second touchdown on a twenty yard run with 3:15 to go in the first quarter.

Chase Wippert (3) of Lakeridge attempts to elude the tackle of Lake Oswego’s Danny Oyama during a kickoff return ing the second quarter.

Chase Wippert (3) of Lakeridge attempts to elude the tackle of Lake Oswego’s Danny Oyama during a kickoff return ing the second quarter.

Lakeridge seniors Amador Marcano (left) and Cody Palmer (right) show their spirit as they brave the chilly Fall evening air as they wear only Lakeridge Columbia blue body paint to cover their upper body.

Lakeridge seniors Amador Marcano (left) and Cody Palmer (right) show their spirit as they brave the chilly Fall evening air wearing only Lakeridge Columbia blue body paint to cover their upper body.

Myke Tavarres (44) of Lakeridge rushes around the right end as he looks to avoid the defense of Lake Oswego’s Tyson Coleman (6) as he rushes for short yardage during the second quarter.

Myke Tavarres (44) of Lakeridge rushes around the right end as he looks to avoid the defense of Lake Oswego’s Tyson Coleman (6) as he rushes for short yardage during the second quarter.

Whit Bissett (25) of Lake Oswego flies over the blocking of teammate Andre Lee (68) to score a one yard touchdown with 1:47 left in the third quarter to put the Lakers up 41-3.

Whit Bissett (25) of Lake Oswego flies over the blocking of teammate Andre Lee (68) to score a one yard touchdown with 1:47 left in the third quarter to put the Lakers up 41-3.

Photos shot as part of an assignment for the Lake Oswego Review.  Click here to view the game coverage on their web site.

12Oct/09Off

Mid-term Progress Report

The Glencoe JV soccer team reached the half-way point of the season last week with a very successful record.  The Tide won six and lost only one while scoring 27 goals and allowing five.  The lone loss was at the hands of Glencoe's cross-town rival Hillsboro High School who shut out the Tide while tallying three.

The strength of the team throughout the fist half of the season has been the back line.  The midfield has been playing well, but needs more consistency in maintaining possession and creating attacking situations, along with improving defensively.  The front runners have put away some nice goals and look to improve on their accuracy against the stronger opponents.

The second half of the season will give the Tide a chance to avenge their sole loss against Hillsboro.  The two sides split the derby last year, each winning on the opponents grounds.

Midfielder Jake Smith breaks free from Liberty defenders to advance the ball in midfield.  Glencoe defeated the Falcons at home 1-0.

Midfielder Jake Smith breaks free from Liberty defenders to advance the ball in midfield. Glencoe defeated the Falcons at home 1-0.

Midfielder Jin Hyun changes direction quickly to evade a Liberty defender during the Tide's 1-0 victory.

Midfielder Jin Hyun changes direction quickly to evade a Liberty defender during the Tide's 1-0 victory.

Forward Malcolm Diller (right) locks arms with a St. Helens defender in an attempt to win possession of the ball during Glencoe's 2-0 away victory.

Forward Malcolm Diller (right) locks arms with a St. Helens defender in an attempt to win possession of the ball during Glencoe's 2-0 away victory.

Defender Zach Furrow shields off the pressure of a St. Helens forward during first half play of Glencoe's 2-0 win over the Lions.

Defender Zach Furrow shields off the pressure of a St. Helens forward during first half play of Glencoe's 2-0 win over the Lions.

Forward Mitch Marinello focuses on the ball as it drops to his feet during the Tide's only loss of the first half of the season, 0-3 at cross-town rival Hillsboro.

Forward Mitch Marinello focuses on the ball as it drops to his feet during the Tide's only loss of the first half of the season, 0-3 at cross-town rival Hillsboro.

James Burton sprints past a Century defender as he works his way for a shot outside the penalty box.  Burton scored two goals in Glencoe's 8-0 home victory.

James Burton sprints past a Century defender as he works his way for a shot outside the penalty box. Burton scored two goals in Glencoe's 8-0 home victory.

7Oct/09Off

A Most Improbable Win

With 50 seconds left in the game, fourth down and four on the 14 yard line, the Hillsboro Spartans lined up for a potential game tying fieldgoal as they trailed the West Albany Bulldogs by three with the score 20-17.  The ball is snapped, Ty Starkman's kick is blocked by West Albany's Jacob White and the Bulldog players head to the sidelines to rejoice with coaches and teammates, as victory is assured due to Starkman's block.  But not so fast.  As jubilation unfolds on the West Albany sidelines, Hillsboro's Zack Hickman picked up the football left laying in the middle of the field and handed it Kyle McLennan who turn and sprinted into the right corner of the endzone.  The West Albany players were too quick to celebrate as they did not realize the ball laying in the middle of the field was still live.  Hickman and McLennan seam to be the only two people in the packed stadium to realize the Bulldog players' error.  Touchdown Hillsboro...game over...right?  Not quite so fast.

In the midst of the chaos and McLennan's run into the endzone, a lone whistle sounded that no one paid any attention to...until after the Spartans were now celebrating in the endzone believing they had remarkably got the jump on the Bulldogs and now lead 23-20 with just over 40 seconds to play.  That whistle turned out to be inadvertently blown by an official who was as unaware as the Bulldogs that the play had yet to be over.  The officiating crew discussed the situation and due to the whistle accidentally being blown, they ordered the down to be replayed.  McLennan's touchdown run was nullified, but the Spartan's still had another chance to tie the game once again as they lined up for another fieldgoal attempt.  Once again, White beat the Hillsboro line for a diving block of Starkman's second attempt.  This time the blocked ball bobbled out-of-bounds allowing the West Albany players to celebrate once again...and the celebration is for real as their three point lead holds for the 20-17 victory.

As the West Albany players begin to celebrate their potential win after blocking Hillsboro's final seconds fieldgoal attempt (photo right), Zack Hickman of Hillsboro hands the live ball to teammate Kyle McLennan who runs the ball into the endzone only to have his run nullified by an inadvertent whistle by the officiating crew.

As the West Albany players begin to celebrate their potential win after blocking Hillsboro's final seconds fieldgoal attempt (photo right), Zack Hickman of Hillsboro hands the live ball to teammate Kyle McLennan who runs the ball into the endzone only to have his run nullified by an inadvertent whistle by the officiating crew (photo left).

Tyler Davis (24) and Anthony LaCoste (28) of West Albany team up to put the stop to Colt Lyerla's run as the Spartan's make their way to the 24 yard line during their final drive of the fourth quarter.

Tyler Davis (24) and Anthony LaCoste (28) of West Albany team up to put the stop to Colt Lyerla's run as the Spartan's make their way to the 24 yard line during their final drive of the fourth quarter.

Colt Lyerla of Hillsboro finds a hole in the line for a five yard gain during the Spartans final drive of the fourth quarter.

Colt Lyerla of Hillsboro finds a hole in the line for a five yard gain during the Spartans final drive of the fourth quarter.

Colt Lyerla of Hillsboro slips past the tackle attempt of West Albany's Tyler Headrick as he rushes for a six yard gain early in the fourth quarter.

Colt Lyerla of Hillsboro slips past the tackle attempt of West Albany's Tyler Headrick as he rushes for a six yard gain early in the fourth quarter.

Anthony LaCoste of West Albany puts a move on Hillsboro's Ryan Strong as he breaks free for a 27 yard gain late in the third quarter.

Anthony LaCoste of West Albany puts a move on Hillsboro's Ryan Strong as he breaks free for a 27 yard gain late in the third quarter.

Anthony LaCoste of West Albany flies by the Hillsboro defensive line on his way to a 22 yard gain in the first quarter for first and goal-to-go at the Hillsboro seven yard line.

Anthony LaCoste of West Albany flies by the Hillsboro defensive line on his way to a 22 yard gain in the first quarter for first and goal-to-go at the Hillsboro seven yard line.

6Oct/09Off

Glencoe Opens with a 2-1 Victory

You'll be seen a fair amount of Glencoe soccer photos over the next several weeks as I am once again a volunteer coach for the boys JV soccer program at the school.  This is my fifth year and I enjoy every minute of it.  The Varsity and JV teams are strong contenders in the OSAA Northwest Oregon League and the kids are great to work with.

The Varsity team opened their season at home with an endowment game against Aloha.  After falling behind in the first half 0-1, Glencoe scored two late second half goals to edge out a 2-1 victory.  Noe Escalera jump on a loose ball from about eight yards in front of the goal to bring the Crimson Tide level and Zim Mayfield hammered home a cross from just outside the six from Alan Portilla on the right wing to secure the win.

Zim Mayfield (11) of Glencoe dodges around the defense of Aloha's Erick Flores (4) as he heads into the penalty box during a second half attack.

Zim Mayfield (11) of Glencoe dodges around the defense of Aloha's Erick Flores (4) as he heads into the penalty box during a second half attack.

Ryan Murphay (left) of Aloha and Glencoe's Leo Gaona (right) battle for possession of the ball in midfield during the second half.

Ryan Murphay (left) of Aloha and Glencoe's Leo Gaona (right) battle for possession of the ball in midfield during the second half.

Jorge Alvarez (9) of Glencoe hurdles over the tackle attempt by Aloha's Antonio Garcia (16) during second half play.

Jorge Alvarez (9) of Glencoe hurdles over the tackle attempt by Aloha's Antonio Garcia (16) during second half play.

Alan Portilla (left) of Glenoe sends a cross in past Aloha defender Abraham Korpah (right) that found Zim Mayfield just outside the six yard box who put it in the back of the net for the lead goal in Glencoe's 2-1 victory over the visiting Warriors.

Alan Portilla (left) of Glenoe sends a cross in past Aloha defender Abraham Korpah (right) that found Zim Mayfield just outside the six yard box who put it in the back of the net for the lead goal in Glencoe's 2-1 victory over the visiting Warriors.

6Oct/09Off

“F” is for Fall…Friday…and Football

It's official...Fall is here, and that means high school football on Friday nights.  To get back into the swing of shooting football I ventured out to Sunset High School who were hosting the Lakeridge Pacers from Lake Oswego.  Sunset's season opening effort fell short as the Pacers jumped out to lead first on a Chase Wippert two yard touchdown with just barely a minute played in the game.  Sunset evened the score on a 76 yard run by Reggie Coulter.  After Sunset added a fieldgoal for a brief 10-7 lead, the Pacers scored twice to up the score to 21-10.  Sunset had hope as Ty Harper hauled in a 71 yard touchdown pass reception to close within five points at 21-16.  A final minute drive by the Apollos stalled with a failed fourth down run to end up a yard short, giving the Pacers possession of the ball for to run out the final two minutes.

Lakeridge quarterback Ben Swinford rushes for five yard to gain a first down before being stopped by Sunset's Sam Novak (45) late in the third quarter.

Lakeridge quarterback Ben Swinford rushes for five yard to gain a first down before being stopped by Sunset's Sam Novak (45) late in the third quarter.

Ty Harper (12) of Sunset goes full stretch in attempt to pull in a deep pass during the second quarter.

Ty Harper (12) of Sunset goes full stretch in attempt to pull in a deep pass during the second quarter.

Alan Bell, one of three quarterbacks taking the snaps for Sunset during the game, throws down field for Matt Fey during the second quarter.

Alan Bell, one of three quarterbacks taking the snaps for Sunset during the game, throws down field for Matt Fey during the second quarter.

Ty Harper (12) of Sunset runs for a twelve yard first down late in the first quarter before being brought down by Lakeridge's James Adler (6).

Ty Harper (12) of Sunset runs for a twelve yard first down late in the first quarter before being brought down by Lakeridge's James Adler (6).

Lakeridge quarterback Ben Swinford (9) cuts towards an opening in the line, but his run is held for a short gain as Sunset's Michael Metter (75) steps in for the tackle.

Lakeridge quarterback Ben Swinford (9) cuts towards an opening in the line, but his run is held for a short gain as Sunset's Michael Metter (75) steps in for the tackle.

5Oct/09Off

Taking Flight

I have been asked by a lot of folks as to why I haven't had a recent blog entry on my old Blogspot site.  Well, I'm sure my excuses are no different than many bloggers....so let's get past that and move forward.  I have moved the blog over to my hosted server and am now using WordPress for my blogging engine.  So this is the inaugural flight of my new blog, and in that spirit, here are photos of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbird precision flight team that I took at the recent Oregon International Airshow held at the Portland-Hillsboro Airport.

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