Oregon Sports Photos Photography by John Lariviere

1Dec/15Off

Glencoe vs Hillsboro Derby Match Ends in 1-1 Draw

Glencoe and Hillsboro High Schools played to a  1-1 draw during a pre-season contest at the Hare Field Stadium in Hillsboro, Oregon.  With each team having opportunities to notch a goal in the first half, the match remained scoreless until Glencoe midfielder Noah Spellman headed the ball into the net off a far post cross from Javier Cazares with 27:51 remaining in the second half.  Hillsboro evened up the score with a goal  from Miguel Tena-Palomares.

Glencoe goalkeeper Cameron Svenson (right) comes off his line to save a volley by Hillsboro defender Ramon Mercado Quezada (left) in the first half of the pre-seaon match between the rival Hillsboro schools.

Glencoe goalkeeper Cameron Svenson (right) comes off his line to save a volley by Hillsboro defender Ramon Mercado Quezada (left) in the first half of the pre-seaon match between the rival Hillsboro schools.

Defender Ethan Vanderzanden (right) of Glencoe beats Hillsboro forward Roberto Mora (left) to the ball breaking up a first half attack during the pre-season derby at Hare Field in Hillsboro.

Defender Ethan Vanderzanden (right) of Glencoe beats Hillsboro forward Roberto Mora (left) to the ball breaking up a first half attack during the pre-season derby at Hare Field in Hillsboro.

Glencoe midfielder Noah Spellman (17) heads the ball into the net off the far post cross past Hillsboro defenders Luis Guevara (15), Juan Pedro Moreno Olmeda (14) and goalkeeper Jose Rodriquez (in red). Spellman's goal gave the Tide a 1-0 lead with 27:51 left in the second half of the match.

Glencoe midfielder Noah Spellman (17) heads the ball into the net off the far post cross past Hillsboro defenders Luis Guevara (15), Juan Pedro Moreno Olmeda (14) and goalkeeper Jose Rodriquez (in red). Spellman's goal gave the Tide a 1-0 lead with 27:51 left in the second half of the match.

Glencoe midfielder Noah Spellman (17) celebrates his goal off a far post header as Hillsboro goalkeeper Jose Rodriquez (in red) lays on the ground in frustration as Spellman's goal gave the Tide a 1-0 lead with 27:51 left in the second half of the match.

Glencoe midfielder Noah Spellman (17) celebrates his goal off a far post header as Hillsboro goalkeeper Jose Rodriquez (in red) lays on the ground in frustration as Spellman's goal gave the Tide a 1-0 lead with 27:51 left in the second half of the match.

Glencoe forward Noah Spellman advances the ball through midfield during the second half of the Crimson Tide's match against local rival Hillsboro High. Spelman scored Glencoe's lone goal with a second half goal off a far post header.

Glencoe forward Noah Spellman advances the ball through midfield during the second half of the Crimson Tide's match against local rival Hillsboro High. Spelman scored Glencoe's lone goal with a second half goal off a far post header.

Glencoe forward Jonathan Medel Tellez (right) connects with a through ball from midfield to on a break while defended by Hillsboro defender Kevin Estrella (left) during the second half of the pre-season derby match at Hare Field in Hillsboro.

Glencoe forward Jonathan Medel Tellez (right) connects with a through ball from midfield to on a break while defended by Hillsboro defender Kevin Estrella (left) during the second half of the pre-season derby match at Hare Field in Hillsboro.

Glencoe midfielder Eddie Sauceda (5) slides to win a tackle against Hillsboro Sergio Aquilar (foreground) during the second half of the Tide's derby match against Hillsboro High at Hare Field in Hillsboro.

Glencoe midfielder Eddie Sauceda (5) slides to win a tackle against Hillsboro Sergio Aquilar (foreground) during the second half of the Tide's derby match against Hillsboro High at Hare Field in Hillsboro.

2Jan/10Off

Defensive Stand Sends St. Paul to Championship Game

It's a common claim in sports...defense wins games!  When St. Paul battled a talented team from Mohawk (located in northeastern Oregon) in the OSAA 1A Football Championship semi-final game at Liberty High School in Hillsboro, the honor to compete for the State Championship went to St. Paul as a defensive stand successfully thwarted a two point conversion attempt by Mohawk late in the fourth quarter, giving the Buckaroos a 32-30 victory.  The two teams literally traded touchdowns throughout the game as St. Paul struck first in the opening quarter on a 46 yard pass reception by Ryan Pierson with 1:43 left on the clock.  Mohawk wasted no time evening up the score when Matt York tapped a 55 yard drive in less than a minute to equalize at 8-8 as each team were successful with the two-point conversions.  As time ran out in the first quarter Pierson scored his second of three touchdowns on the day with a 64 yard run.

In the second quarter, on cue, Mohawk tied the score again when Matt York closed out a 75 yard drive in 4 plays with a 6 yard touchdown.  With that, St. Paul returned the favor to close out the first half with a 24-16 lead as Pierson scored his third TD with a 38 yard run with 6:10 remaining in the second quarter.  Dillon Tuyls scored the only touchdown in the third quarter to once again level the game at 24-24 with a 9 yard run, plus a conversion by Matt York.  St. Paul went into the lead for the last time at 11:10 in the fourth quarter when quarterback Daley Smith ran for a three yard touchdown and completed a pass to David Furguson for the conversion making the score 32-24.

To finish out the trading of touchdowns, Mohawk marched 72 yards in 13 plays to score on a Cord Wilkins two yard run to set up a chance to tie the game with the two-point conversion.  Mohawk quarterback Cord Wilkins rolled right and sent a high pass to Anthony Wallace in the corner of the end-zone, but St. Paul's Ryan Pierson's coverage was just enough to disrupt the play and preventing the catch to tie the game.  The Buckaroos were able to hold off one last Mohawk drive in the final minute as their defense played a major role in their 32-30 win to go on for the OSAA 1A Football Championship game the following week at Hillsboro Stadium.

Dillon Tuyls (left) of Mohawk squeezes out a five yard gain for a first down early in the first quarter before being caught by St. Paul's Josh Turner (right).

Quarterback Cord Wilkins of Mohawk works his way around the outside on a keeper in the first quarter. Cord completed 6 of 13 passes for 168 yards and rushed for 78 yards.

Ryan Pierson of St. Paul celebrates after scoring the second of his three touchdowns of the game. Pierson rushed for 196 yards and hauled in two receptions for another 52 yards.

Ryan Pierson of St. Paul (right) throws a move on Mohawk's Anthony Wallace as he attempts to avoid the tackle during a second quarter possession.

Ryan Pierson of St. Paul (right) throws a move on Mohawk's Anthony Wallace as he attempts to avoid the tackle during a second quarter possession.

Ryan Pierson of St. Paul looks for the down markers to check his progress as Mohawk's Anthony Wallace ends up on top of him in reverse position after making the stop.

Ryan Pierson of St. Paul leaves all players in the dust as he breaks away for a 38 yard touchdown with 6:10 left in the second quarter.

Matt York of Mohawk (right) eyes St. Paul's TJ Weisz as he attempts to get around the outside after a screen pass reception late in the second quarter.

St. Paul quarterback Daley Smith dives through the Mohawk line for a first down on a third-and-one play in the third quarter.

St. Paul quarterback Daley Smith dives through the Mohawk line for a first down on a third-and-one play in the third quarter.

A helmet discarded during St. Paul's celebration after defeating Mohawk 32-30 lay in the middle of the field while the players exchange handshakes after the OSAA 1A Football Championship semi-final game.

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.