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