2010 was the year the Metro League displayed its dominance in Oregon high school 6A basketball as all four teams vying for the state title in the the boys and girls championship games were from the Metro League. The Jesuit boys over-powered Westview 66-44 to win their third straight 6A title. The Jesuit girls faced Southridge in their championship game, but a first place finished eluded them once again has the Skyhawks claimed their fifth championship in as many appearances in the title game with a 48-37 victory. The Jesuit girls have finish second in each of their three 6A championship game appearances.
Garrett Jackson (right) of Westview goes up hard against Jesuit's Jordan Akwenuke (center) and Kyle Wiltjer (hidden) during the opening quarter of the OSAA 6A Basketball Championships.
Zane Yanzick of Jesuit glides in for a reverse layup at the tail end of a third quarter break-away.
Stephen Holt of Jesuit breaks between the defense of Westview's Michael Leunen (50) and Austin Kuemper (behind) as he drives the lane for two of his game high 23 points.
The Jesuit Crusaders celebrate their fourth state title in their seventh appearance in the championship game.
Elizabeth Brenner (left) of Jesuit wrestles Southridge's McKenzie Dalthorp (right) for a rebound during the opening quarter of the OSAA 6A Basketball Championships.
Aubrey Ashenfelter (left) of Southridge kisses the championship medal of teammate Allie Brock during the awards ceremony following the Skyhawk's 47-38 title victory over Metro League rival Jesuit.
Southridge head coach Michael Meek makes the final cut of the net during the awards ceremony after the Skyhawks won their fifth state championship title by defeating Jesuit 47-38.
Ashleigh Anderson (22) of Oregon City drives hard to the basket against South Eugene’s Jessica Shivers (23) late in the fourth quarter of the OSAA 6A Basketball Championships third place game.
Taylor Belmont (left) of Oregon City flies by South Eugene’s Jessica Shivers as she drives for a layup with 5:55 left in the fourth quarter.
Johanna Paine (left) and Brittany Knighton (right) of Oregon City attempt to wrestle the ball away from South Eugene’s Mackenzie Kerins during a first quarter scramble.
So I am shooting hoops at Beaverton High School...the Beavs versus Jesuit. The student section is decked out in a sea of orange as the night included a big fund raising effort for Make-a-Wish Foundation and, in part, Reser's Fine Foods donated food that was being sold and bucket loads of Reser's orange t-shirts. Since Reser's is a major supporter of the Oregon State Beavers, as in Reser Stadium, I could see how they might have a few extra orange t-shirts laying around. The atmosphere was more electric than your usual Friday night game. I just assumed it all had to do with the Beav's long standing rivalry with Jesuit, the excitement around the Make-a-Wish fund raising efforts or perhaps the magic that a few hundred donated orange t-shirts could do for student spirit.
Alas, it was when half-time came around when I understood why the energy was at such a peak level. The announcer started to introduce the half-time entertainment. As he started, the female students began screaming widely....it was like a 1960's Beatles concert. The noise was deafening. What was all the excitement about? Enter the "Rhythm Boys." For over 50 years the Beaverton High Rhythm Bees have performed precision dance routines at basketball games and numerous other events. The Rhythm Bees are a time honored tradition at the school...and have always been an all female squad. So, as I soon found out, the "Rhythm Boys" is an annual tribute that the BHS guys pay to the ladies and, at the same time, lift the school spirit up several notches.
Dressed in horrendously ridiculous self-designed costumes, the boys put on a great show. Their routine was surprisingly well rehearsed and fairly complex. I was amazed at how most of the lads stayed very much in character despite the over-the-top screaming coming from the crowd. The whole routine was hilariously funny and the boys put their all into it. Of course, the execution of the dance moves left lots to be desired, but no one was caring about that.
As fans cheer them on, the "Rhythm Boys" perform at half-time of the Beaverton vs Jesuit game.
"Rhythm Boys" dancers give it their all during their half-time routine to the delight of screaming, adoring fans.
The "Rhythm Boys" do their best to stay in synch during their precision routine.
Members of the BHS "Rhythm Boys" high-kick-it to the can-can.
After completing their routine, members of the "Rhythm Boys" and the BHS student body watch the guinine article perform...the BHS Rhythm Bees.
It's No. 1 vs No. 2 for the OSAA 6A Football Championship as Jesuit and Sheldon both advance to the championship game after posting semi-final victories at PGE Park in Portland. Jesuit defeated West Salem 21-7 in the first of the semi-final double-header with touchdowns by the Crusaders' explosive runningbacks, Jordan Talley and Keanon Lowe. Talley notched Jesuit's first with a 34 yard run at 8:52 in the first quarter and Lowe added a pair with a one yard charge late in the second quarter and a 22 yard run with 1:42 left in the third. Jesuit's defense kept the West Salem high octane offense in check as they held the Titans to only seven points after averaging over 40 points per game during the season. The lone West Salem touchdown was scored off a four yard run by quarterback Brett Smith.
Sheldon used a dominant aerial attach to out-distance Canby 49-14 during the second game of the night. Quarterback Jordan Johnson threw four touchdown passes and ran into the endzone twice. Johnson completed 19 of 24 passes for an impressive 372 yards. On the tail end of the TD passes were Curtis Write in the first quarter and John Campbell scoring two in the second quarter and one in the third. Cameron Abeene also scored for the Irish with a 14 yard run at the start of the second quarter. Canby's first strike off a 23 yard touchdown pass from Josh Yoder to Adam Bell was the only opportunity the Cougars had to lead the game. A two yard Richy Nanez touchdown in the second quarter was the last Canby was able to change their side of the scoreboard.
West Salem quarterback Brett Smith (left) is stopped by Jesuit's Keanon Lowe (right) after rushing 11 yards for a first down early in the third quarter.
Keanon Lowe of Jesuit attempts to dodge a tackle by West Salem's Mike Faber as he rushes for a five yard gain late in the fourth quarter.
Jesuit's Keanon Lowe gains 11 yards off a screen pass to move the ball down to the West Salem 34 yard line. The Crusaders scored the opening touchdown on the following play off a 34 yard run by Jordan Talley.
Jesuit's Jordan Talley breaks through the West Salem line to rush for a 34 yard touchdown with 8:52 left in the first quarter giving the Crusaders the early 7-0 lead.
Jordan Talley of Jesuit finds an opening during a second quarter series to pick up eight of his 125 yards rushing on the night.
West Salem quarterback Brett Smith breaks free from Jesuit's Nick Rhodes to rush 11 yards for a first down during a third quarter series.
Keanon Lowe of Jesuit (right) rushes 11 yards for a first down during a third quarter scoring drive before being brought down by West Salem's Mike Faber (left).
Curtis White of Sheldon gets a block from teammate Cody Skinner against Canby's Cody Hoffman as he extends a screen pass for a 19 yard gain down to the Canby 24 yard line to set up a touchdown two plays later to give the Irish a 14-7 lead with 1:14 left in the first quarter.
Ryan Wall of Canby takes to the air to tackle West Salem's John Campbell after a 20 yard pass completion early in the third quarter.
Cameron Abeene of Sheldon gains 12 yards off a pass completion during a third quarter series until being brought down by Canby's Marco Zamora (behind).
Sheldon quarterback Jordan Johnson breaks tackles to gain eight yards and earn a first down the hard way during an Irish third quarter scoring drive.
Cameron Abeene of Sheldon rushes for 20 yards early in the fourth quarter.
Sheldon offensive linemen Derek Nielson (left) and Jason Geiger (right) open a hole for Cameron Abeene as he receives the hand-off from quarterback Jordan Johnson on an eight yard gain for a first down early in the fourth quarter.
The OSAA Soccer Championships were held November 21st for 5A and 6A boys and girls at Liberty High School in Hillsboro, Oregon. The first three matches were played in favorable weather with cloudy skies and calm wind, but the final match of the day found Jesuit and Westview girls battling in driving rain and gusty winds as a storm front moved into the area as night fell.
In the 5A boys match, the Corvallis Spartans survived a late surge by Mt. View of Bend when Zane Meehan converted a penalty kick with 8:05 remaining in the match to give Corvallis the 3-2 victory. The Spartans' 2-0 lead evaporated in the span of one minute when Mt. View's Cam Riemhofer scored a goal with 14:20 remaining and tallied another with 13:49 left to equalize at 2-2.
The 5A girls were up next in a battle were the defenses of Sherwood and Bend refused to give way as the teams ended 80 minutes of regulation play in a 0-0 draw, only to repeat with the same result in 20 minutes of extra time. The championship was settled on penalty kicks where Bend was able to put away four of their spot kicks with Sherwood only converting two.
South Salem and South Medford faced each other for the 6A boys title in a match of two half. South Medford dominated play in the first half and took a 1-0 lead into halftime off a Kory Kellum goal in the eight minute. After the break South Salem found their offense, equalizing 17 minutes into the second half on a goal by Pablo Ceja. After a hand ball on the edge of the South Medford's penalty box resulted in a free kick, South Salem's Ethan Jones scored the go-ahead goal with 13:45 remaining after Cameron French's shot rebounded of keeper Mitch North and rolled to Jones' foot at the back post.
The final match of the day was played under miserable conditions when a storm front moved in as darkness fell, bringing driving rain and very gusty winds that lasted throughout the match. Metro league rivals, Jesuit and Westview, played in the girls 6A championship match. After a fairly evenly played first half, Jesuit took the upper-hand when Sarah Bridges scored six minutes into the second half and the Crusaders added insurance five minutes later with Emily Fellows scored a ten yard shot, with the score ending 2-0 giving the title to Jesuit.
Corvallis 3 - Mountain. View 2
Austin Kins (right) of Mt. View beats Corvallis' Jesus Vidrio (left) to the ball during a first half midfield battle, but pays the price as Vidrio's challenge is late as he connects with Kihs' legs.
Jamal Abdoul of Corvallis goes full stretch as he attempts to win the ball against Mt. View's Eduardo Lopez (entering photo).
Brian Cronk (left) of Corvallis shields off the defense of Mt. View's Mike Wood (right) at he advances the ball through midfield.
Zane Meehan of Corvallis throws his arms into the air in celebration after converting a penalty kick that put the Spartans into the lead for good at 2-1 with 8:05 left in the match after a deliberate hand ball in the box resulted in the sending off of Mt. View's Mike Wood.
Bend 1 - Sherwood 0 (4-2 penalty kicks)
Sherwood goalkeeper Kassee Flint goes high to pull in a cross to foil a goal-scoring opportunity for Bend's Kelsey Corney.
Erika Whitehurst (11) of Bend makes a quick turn to free herself from the pressure of Sherwood's Alezandra Teesdale (behind).
Amelia Salazar (behind) of Sherwood resorts to fouling Bend's Daniela Solis (foreground) to prevent her from breaking into the attacking third.
Kelsey Greene (left) of Bend beats Sherwood's Mallory Edmunson (right) down the left wing during a second half attack.
Amelia Salazar (left) of Sherwood and Kelsey Greene (right) of Bend battle for the ball as Salazar attempts to turn towards goal near the Bend endline.
South Salem 2 - South Medford 1
Brian Avila (right) of South Medford pushes back against the defensive pressure of South Salem's Matt Long (left) during first half play.
Jose Reyes (18) of South Salem goes down to the turf after being tripped up by South Medford's Josue Rodriguez (off camera left).
After recovering from a collision with South Salem's Pablo Ceja (13), South Medford goalkeeper Mitch North dives in a despirate attempt to block Ceja's shot onto an open net. North could not get a hand on the ball but was saved by teammate Cody Anders who miraculously headed the ball wide of the post at the last second.
Cameron French lays out full stretch as he hits a first-time ball off a free kick from the edge of the box in an attempt to score. His shot was blocked by South Medford keeper Mitch North, however the ball rebounded to the back post where South Salem's Ethan Jones tucked it into the net for the game winning goal.
Ethan Jones (center in white) sticks away a rebound off a save by South Medford keeper Mitch North (in orange) to score the game winning goal for the Saxons with 13:45 left in the match.
Ethan Jones of South Salem cellebrates his game winning goal as South Medford keeper and his defensive players look hopelessly at the ball resting in their goalnet.
Jesuit 2 - Westview 0
Rebe Wolverton (left) of Jesuit heads the ball past Westview's Amanda Minter during second half play.
Sarah Bridges (left) of Jesuit edges past Westview's Kelsey Henningsen (right) as she works her way down the wing.
Kelli Crandall (left) and Sarah Bridges (center) of Jesuit embrace and leap into the air in celebration of Bridges' goal with 34:11 left in the match giving the Crusaders a 1-0 lead. Teammate Emily Fellows (right) also joined in the celebration.
Kallie Neimann (left) of Westview picks up a fould for bringing down Jesuit's Alison Martin (right) with a tackle from behind late during the second half.
Alison Martin (left) of Jesuit beats Westview's Desiree Tyner (right) to the ball in midfield during second half action.