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Beaverton, OR, United States

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Past articles by Billy:

Famous faces at the 2015 Les Schwab Invitational: photos

Every year, the Les Schwab Invitational attracts famous faces. This year is no exception. → Read More

Jesuit pushed to the brink, but comes up with 3-1 win over Central Catholic for 6A volleyball title: recap

HILLSBORO -- The Jesuit Crusaders went wire to wire for a second undefeated season, but the Central Catholic Rams gave them everything they had. Jesuit claimed the OSAA Class 6A volleyball championship 3-1 Saturday in a raucous Liberty High School to go 32-0 and extended its match winning streak to 64 matches. Set scores were 22-25, 25-23, 25-13, 25-22. Kathryn Decker led a trio of Crusaders in… → Read More

Summit sweeps La Salle Prep to capture 5A volleyball crown: recap

HILLSBORO -- With a stalwart defensive effort, plus sophomore Haley Smith's 18 kills, the Summit Storm claimed the OSAA Class 5A volleyball title 3-0 against La Salle Prep on Saturday at Liberty High School. Summit fended off the Falcons 25-22, 25-22 and 25-18 behind Smith's heavy right arm and the defensive duo of Jordan and Jade Waskom. Smith was nearly unstoppable at the net with a .485… → Read More

No. 1 Jesuit cruises to 52-12 win over Jefferson in opening round: recap

BEAVERTON -- No. 1 Jesuit built a 45-0 lead before halftime, and then turned on cruise control in a 52-12 win over No. 32 Jefferson in the first round of the Class 6A football playoffs Friday at Cronin Field. The win moves the Crusaders to the second round, where they will face off against Metro League foe Westview. The Wildcats blasted Lake Oswego 56-21, and in the postgame huddle Jesuit coach… → Read More

Bend, the No. 9 seed, sends shockwaves through 5A tournament with 3-1 win over No. 1 seed Marist

HILLSBORO -- Ninth-seeded Bend came into the Class 5A volleyball tournament with a 13-10 record, the most losses out of any team at the final site. It didn't phase them as they pulled off the biggest upset of the day when they dispatched No. 1 Marist 3-1 in the quarterfinals Friday at Liberty High School. After a hard-fought 26-24 win in the first set, the Lava Bears played nearly flawless to… → Read More

Clackamas upends Sunset, but all other top seeds advance to 6A semifinals

HILLSBORO -- The teams traded big wins in the first two sets, but eventually fifth-seeded Clackamas pulled away and topped fourth-seeded Sunset 3-1 in the Class 6A volleyball quarterfinals Friday morning at Liberty High School. The Cavaliers won the match 25-12, 15-25, 25-14, 25-17 to advance to tonight's semifinals, where they will face top-seeded Jesuit. The Crusaders had no problem with… → Read More

West Linn's Tim Tawa, Wilson's Riley Tindell atop Class 6A regular season stat charts

West Linn junior gunslinger Tim Tawa averaged 326.2 passing yards per game during the regular season, and almost topped the 3,000-yard mark during the nine-game schedule. His 2,936 passing yards and 36 touchdowns were tops in Class 6A during the regular season, and as the Lions' offense keeps rolling, there's a chance he could end up with 4,000 yards this year. His favorite target, Connor… → Read More

Top-seeded Jesuit rolls by Lincoln in second round 4-0: Girls soccer playoffs recap

BEAVERTON -- When Jesuit and Lincoln met Sept. 24 on the girls soccer pitch, it ended in a 1-1 draw. Fast forward to the second round of the Class 6A playoffs Tuesday at Jesuit's Cronin Field, and the result was much different. Jesuit had four goal scorers and kept the Cardinals off the board in a 4-0 win to earn a spot in the quarterfinals Saturday. The top-seeded Crusaders scored a pair of… → Read More

Watch: Barlow GK Hunter Watkins makes great saves, Madison Bivins scores only goal in 1-0 win over Sunset

Check out the above video for some tremendous saves by Barlow goalkeeper Hunter Watkins that helped keep Sunset off the scoreboard in the Bruins' 1-0 win Tuesday at Sunset HS. Also, there's a clip of Barlow's Madison Bivins scoring the only goal of the match. Enjoy. → Read More

No. 28 Barlow pulls off second upset in as many matches, beats No. 12 Sunset 1-0: 6A boys soccer playoffs recap

BEAVERTON -- Barlow is the lowest seed remaining in the Class 6A boys soccer tournament at No. 28, and they simply don't care about the number next to them on the bracket. Behind a fantastic effort by the defenders and senior goalkeeper Hunter Watkins, the Bruins pulled off another upset with a 1-0 win over No. 12 Sunset on Tuesday at Sunset High School. Watkins had eight saves in goal for the… → Read More

Redmond at No. 3? Wilsonville on the road in the first round? Here's how it happened

When high school football playoff brackets were announced Saturday, the Class 5A 16-team field drew plenty of interest. The interest, however, was because most folks thought it stunk. There was some, I’ll say interesting, seeding. It’s not to say they weren’t done according to the regulations set forth by Class 5A coaches and athletic directors, because they were, but a couple teams ended in… → Read More

Summit's Olivia Brooks blazes to 5A girls title, Storm finishes 1-2-3: State cross country recap

EUGENE -- A stiff wind and constant rain didn't dampen the spirits of the Summit Storm girls cross country team. The Storm swept the top three places at the Class 5A girls cross country championships Saturday at Lane Community College in Eugene, and junior ace Olivia Brooks sailed to victory in 17 minutes, 46 seconds. Brooks' teammates Hannah Tobiason and Taylor Vanderborn finished together at… → Read More

Grant's Ella Donaghu sets course record to win 6A girls title: State cross country recap

EUGENE -- The conditions weren't ideal, but that didn't matter to Grant senior Ella Donaghu. Donaghu sped to her third consecutive Class 6A girls cross country championship in a course-record time of 17 minutes, 26 seconds Saturday at Lane Community College. Donaghu surpassed Jesuit's Melissa Lucas as the record-holder on the LCC course. Lucas set the mark in 1993 when she won the Class 4A title… → Read More

Three-man race for regular season Class 6A rushing title as final Friday approaches

Friday night marks Week 9 and the final week of the Oregon high school football season, and there's a pretty interesting race going for the regular season rushing title in Class 6A. It's a three-man run to glory with Wilson's Riley Tindell leading the way with 1,521 yards. He's been a workhorse for the Trojans with 209 carries, and he's scored nine touchdowns. Another workhorse back, Sprague's… → Read More

Banks thumps Astoria 6-0, moves into third place and playoff position in Cowapa League: girls soccer recap

BANKS -- Coming off two matches in which they were outscored 12-1, it was time that Banks did all the scoring. The Banks girls soccer team lit up the scoreboard in a 6-0 win over Astoria on Thursday at Sunset Park to move into third place in the Cowapa League. With one league match remaining, Banks will need a win over Seaside to secure its spot in the postseason. Banks (5-4) will meet the Seagulls (4-5) on Tuesday in Seaside. → Read More

Jesuit's Joshua Schumacher wins individual title; Crusaders run to team championship: Metro League boys cross country championships

BEAVERTON -- Jesuit's plan of attack at the Metro League boys cross country championships worked like it was drawn up Wednesday at Tualatin Hills Recreation Center. Crusaders sophomore Joshua Schumacher emerged from the pack with about a mile left, and kicked hard to the finish, to win the individual title with a time of 15 minutes, 31.91 seconds. → Read More

Sunset's Ember Stratton wins individual title; Apollos edge Jesuit for team crown: Metro League girls cross country championships

BEAVERTON -- It's the year of the freshman in the Metro League. Five freshmen finished in the top-10 at the Metro League girls cross country championships Wednesday at Tualatin Hills Recreation Center, and at the top of the heap was a familiar face. Sunset's Ember Stratton, who won the Nike Portland XC race earlier in the year, claimed her first Metro title in 17 minutes, 35.56 seconds. The other four high school circuit rookies to cross the finish line were all wearing Jesuit white. → Read More

Westview's Samori Toure rewriting school record books despite learning curve of new offense

Two head coaches and different offensive schemes in consecutive years can either frustrate players, or make them adapt and work harder. In the case of Westview senior wide receiver Samori Toure, he chose the latter. Last Friday against Century, Toure set Westview's career receiving yards mark at 1,422 yards with his 133-yard night in a 48-14 win over the Jaguars, and he has at least two more games to add to it. → Read More

After dropping first two matches of the season, Jesuit girls soccer hones in on No. 1 playoff seed with 3-1 win over Southridge

BEAVERTON -- They started the season 0-2, but the Jesuit Crusaders girls soccer team has put those losses far behind them. After topping Southridge 3-1 on Monday night at Cronin Field, the Crusaders have won 10 of their last 11 matches (the other a 1-1 tie with Lincoln) and are in line for the No. 1 postseason seed with one regular season match remaining. → Read More

Westview's Kenyon Yovan to suit up for Miami Marlins scout team at WWBA World Championships

Westview pitcher Kenyon Yovan will be playing baseball on a national stage again. Yovan was selected to play for the Miami Marlins scout team for the Perfect Game 2015 WWBA World Championships on Oct. 22-26 at the Roger Dean Complex in Jupiter, Florida. Yovan, a first-team all-state selection at pitcher as a junior last year, is no stranger to Perfect Game events. This will be his eighth… → Read More