2014 FALL HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS GUIDE RIVALRY INTENSIFIES CENTRAL PANTHERS • DALLAS DRAGONS • FALLS CITY MOUNTAINEERS • PERRYDALE PIRATES FOOTBALL • VOLLEYBALL • SOCCER • CROSS-COUNTRY Central joins Dallas in the Mid-Willamette Conference INSIDE: Five athletes to watch this fall in Polk County Sept. 3, 2014 Itemizer-Observer Polk County Section D 2D Fall Sports Preview TABLE OF CONTENTS Polk County Itemizer-Observer • September 3, 2014 ABOUT THE COVER: Rivalry intensifies: Dallas senior linebacker/running back Spencer McCarron and Central senior running back/linebacker Wes Riddell will face each other once again ... this time with league ramifications on the line now that the Panthers have joined the Dragons in the Mid-Willamette Conference. See their story on Page 10D. 3D DALLAS Football 5D PERRYDALE Volleyball 7D CENTRAL Girls Soccer 4D 6D 8D 9D CENTRAL Football DALLAS Boys Soccer DALLAS Volleyball FALLS CITY - KINGS VALLEY Football 10D Cover Story: McCarron and Riddell clash as league foes 12D DALLAS Cross-Country 11D 5 Fall Athletes to Watch in Polk County 13D CENTRAL Cross-Country 15D CENTRAL Volleyball 14D 16D 17D 18D PERRYDALE Football DALLAS Girls Soccer CENTRAL Boys Soccer FALLS CITY - KINGS VALLEY Volleyball, WESTERN MENNONITE - PERRYDALE Girls Soccer CONTRIBUTORS: Lukas Eggen, sports editor; Kurt Holland, managing editor; Jolene Guzman, reporter; Emily Mentzer, reporter; Lukas Eggen, photography. “When injury or illness can’t wait... Come See Us!” Get your sports physicals done here! In-house lab and x-ray. We serve pediatric to generic. 2014 DALLAS FOOTBALL Dragons look to build on big 2013 season Polk County Itemizer-Observer • September 3, 2014 Fall Sports Preview 3D Dallas enters the season with the Mid-Willamette Conference crown up for grabs THE RUNDOWN … Coach: Tracy Jackson (third season). 2013 record: 4-3, fourth place in MidWillamette Conference; 8-4 overall; advanced to quarterfinal round of Class 5A state playoffs. Key returners: Spencer McCarron, sr., running back/linebacker; Conner Macean, sr., offensive/defensive lineman; Hunter Lindsay, sr., offensive/defensive lineman; Brad Huey, sr., offensive/defensive lineman; Kyle Snyder, sr., offensive lineman/linebacker; Jesse Wilcoxon, sr., running back/defensive back; Chase Mauk, sr., running back/defensive back. Newcomers to watch: Harrison Broadus, soph., Broadus quarterback; Tanner Earhart, soph., cornerback, Jacob Collins, soph., wide receiver/defensive back; Jacob Ronco, soph., fullback/linebacker; Joshua Jackson, soph., offensive/defensive lineman. Significant stat: 2 — The number of times Dallas has won eight or Maclean more games since the 2000 season, when the Dragons went 9-2. Outlook: Dallas is ready to run opponents over this fall. Despite seeing top running back/linebacker Caleb Naughton graduate in the spring, the Dragons’ run-oriented offense seems primed for a big year on the ground this fall. An offensive line led by Maclean, Lindsay, Huey and Snyder will be the key to the Dragons’ ground attack. The line will work to pave the way for McCarron, Wilcoxon, Mauk and others in the run game. The Dragons are likely to get multiple running backs involved as Dallas hopes to wear down defenses with DALLAS FOOTBALL SCHEDULE Aug. 29 Sept. 5 Sept. 12 Sept. 19 Sept. 26 Oct. 3 Oct. 9 Oct. 17 Oct. 24 Oct. 31 Nov. 7-8 Nov. 14-15 Nov. 21-22 Nov. 29 at Cascade Jamboree Crater at Ashland Woodburn * at Central * at South Albany * Corvallis * at Crescent Valley * Lebanon * Silverton * 5A State Playoffs 5A State Playoffs 5A State Playoffs 5A State Championship 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. TBA TBA TBA TBA * — denotes Mid-Willamette Conference game Senior Spencer McCarron is expected to play a big role on offense for Dallas. its Wing-T offense. The secret to the increased strength among linemen stemmed from players working in the offseason to improve. “Our whole front on both sides is going to be really good,” coach Jackson said. “I don’t have a kid on our Mauk defense that can’t power clean 200 pounds. They’ve all worked really hard.” Added McCarron: “Guys you wouldn’t think just by looking at them are power cleaning 200 pounds. It keeps you pushing, and you put your nose to the grindstone and keep going no matter what obstacles come in front of you.” While McCarron will help lead the squad’s running backs, a new face will be under center, as sophomore Harrison Broadus takes over at quarterback. Earhart Broadus’ progression will be key in making the offense tick. Seeing a sophomore start is unusual for the Dragons, but coach Jackson said that Broadus, along with Earhart, played their way into the lineup and earned their roles “I don’t usually like pulling sophomores up, but these guys have been lights out and really gave us no choice,” Jackson said. “I think (Harrison) Broadus is going to do a great job (at quarterback) and Tanner is going to do great at corner. These guys really stepped up.” The Dragons are coming off an eight-win season that saw the team advance to the quarterfinals of the Class 5A state playoffs, where they lost to eventual state-champion West Albany. But players back from last season aren’t content with their accomplishments. They want more. The always-tough Mid-Willamette Conference will be difficult to navigate, but West Albany, which also won the league title last season, is now a Class 6A school. That leaves the race for the conference crown up for grabs and gives the Dragons a chance for a league title in 2014. Four of Dallas’ seven league games are at home, including what should be key matchups against Silverton, Lebanon and Corvallis. “We’d have summer workouts and 60 kids would show up,” Jackson said. “Our guys have earned their success. We hope that it’s going to be our destiny and that we achieve good things this year.” PROUDLY SUPPORTS Offering educational, informative courses for every need. Central Panthers Falls City Mountaineers 1710 Monmouth St • 503-838-6340 INDEPENDENCE Hours: Tues - Fri 9-6 • Sat 9-4 • Closed Sun & Mon www.lesschwab.com Perrydale Pirates Dallas Dragons 121 Main St • 503-623-8155 DALLAS Mon - Fri 8am - 6pm • Sat. 8am - 5pm 2014 CENTRAL FOOTBALL Challenge awaits Panthers in tough MWC 4D Fall Sports Preview Polk County Itemizer-Observer • September 3, 2014 Central looks to senior running back, transfer quarterback to lead the team’s offense THE RUNDOWN … Coach: Shane Hedrick (15th season). 2013 record: 4-1, second place in Oregon West Conference; 9-3 overall; advanced to quarterfinal round of Class 4A state playoffs. Key returners: Wes Riddell, sr., running back/linebacker; Alberto Meza, sr., offensive/defensive lineman; Riley Olson, sr., offensive/defensive lineman; Ty Whittemore, sr., offensive/defensive lineman; Kyler Fleming, sr., running back/linebacker; Michael Alvarez, sr., tight end/linebacker. Newcomer to watch: Doug Clem, jr., quar- terback/safety. Significant stat: 1,331 — The number of rushing yards Riddell gained during the 2013 season. Riddell also tied for the team-high in touchdowns with 12. Outlook: Central enters the season looking to Clem make a big splash in its first year at the Class 5A level. The Panthers will once again turn to Riddell. Central will look to dominate on the ground this fall. Senior running back/linebacker Wes Riddell scored 12 touchdowns in 2013. Kyle, Cassie, Ruger, Diane & Wally “The offensive and defensive lines will be the heart and soul of this team, along with the hard running of Wes Riddell,” Hedrick said. Anchoring the front lines are Meza, Olson and others. But the Panthers are looking to add a new dimension to Alvarez their offense with the team’s lone transfer this season. Following former Central quarterback Ben Finnegan, who threw for 2,220 yards and 26 touchdowns last season, is no easy task, but Clem, a transfer from West Salem High School, brings speed and size (6foot-2, 205 pounds) as he steps under center for the Panthers. Clem led the Titans’ unbeaten junior varsity squad in 2012 and appeared in limited varsity action as a backup last season. “He has a very good arm with accurate passing,” Hedrick said. Fleming “He’s the first to arrive and last to leave.” The Panthers will have to overcome some inexperience after having 16 seniors graduate from last season’s roster, including eight receivers and defensive backs. While Central may look to lean on the run offensively, the develOlson opment of the passing game could turn the Panthers into a MidWillamette Conference contender. “The talent is there,” Riddell said. “We’re a really young team, so we just need to get some experience under our belt. There may be a few rough games in the beginning, but we’ll put it together from there.” Returning CENTRAL FOOTBALL SCHEDULE Sept. 5 Sept. 12 Sept. 19 Sept. 26 Oct. 3 Oct. 9 Oct. 17 Oct. 24 Oct. 31 Nov. 7-8 Nov. 14-15 Nov. 21-22 Nov. 29 Bend at Mountain View at South Albany * Dallas * at Crescent Valley * Lebanon * Silverton * at Corvallis * at Woodburn * 5A State Playoffs 5A State Playoffs 5A State Playoffs 5A State Championship 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. TBA TBA TBA TBA * — denotes Mid-Willamette Conference game receivers Alex Quinn, Trevor Nash and others have a chance to break out. Now facing larger schools, there could be a few bumps and bruises along the way, but Hedrick said the Panthers are committed to building depth. “I think the kids are Quinn adapting well,” he said. “They’ve been very receptive with what we’re trying to do on the field. I’m pleased with that. I think like everyone else in the valley, we’re concerned about our depth and developing the younger players.” Hedrick said he’s not using wins and losses as a barometer of success in 2014. Instead, he’s looking for his returning starters to help a young Central squad grow and become a force to be reckoned with by the end of the season. The Panthers likely will have kinks to smooth out early in the season, but Hedrick is confident the team’s potential can make them competitive in the MWC. “The success of the team will be measured on them reaching their potential,” Hedrick said. “I look for them to have weekly improvements.” Pirates aim to make a splash in Class 2A Polk County Itemizer-Observer • September 3, 2014 2014 PERRYDALE VOLLEYBALL Fall Sports Preview 5D Perrydale brings experienced varsity roster to first season in Tri-River Conference THE RUNDOWN … Coach: Denise Dickey (first season). 2013 record: 12-4, second place in Casco League; 13-8 overall; lost to C.S. Lewis Academy in the Casco League Tournament. Key returners: Madison Perkins, sr., setter; Kolbie Calonder, sr., setter; Taylor Price, jr., middle blocker; Sarah Nelson, sr., outside hitter; Anna McGill, jr., outside hitter. Newcomers to watch: None. Significant stat: 46 — The number of serving aces Nelson recorded during the 2013 season, a team-high. Outlook: Perrydale enters a new league with an experienced roster, seeing eight players returning from 2013. The Pirates may be facing schools with larger enrollCalonder ments, but Perrydale returns nearly all of its starting lineup from last season. Although entering a new league with a new coach, one thing is clear: Players won’t be set in just one position. “I feel each of these girls are very athletic and well-rounded players who can fill any position at any time should the need arise,” Dickey said. “The key to being successful this year is to use all our offensive weapons and, as always, play great defense.” Hallock Nelson will likely play a major role on offense for Perrydale. She was one of the Pirates’ all-round leaders in 2013, when she led the team in digs (220), aces (46), hitting percentage and passing percentage, while also tying for the team-high in serving percentage (96 percent). McGill The Pirates will also rely on Telaney Newton and Price at the net, with Perkins and Calonder as setters. Savannah Williams will play libero, while Hanna Hallock rounds out the team’s lineup as a defensive specialist. The big question surrounds whether Perrydale’s small roster will make things difficult for the Pirates if injuries or fatigue sets in as the season goes on. But Perrydale isn’t ready to lay down in the TriRiver Conference. Dickey believes the Pirates have all the tools necessary to Nelson compete for a league championship right off the bat. “I just take each match as they come,” said Dickey, whose team plays three of its first four conference matches at home, starting on Sept. 9 against Santiam. “However, we will be very well prepared for our new Price league, and I am very excited to see the team in action. I am very pleased with the progress they are making. …We don’t have a very big team this year, but we have some strong girls and I think we’ll be OK.” PERRYDALE VOLLEYBALL SCHEDULE Aug. 29 Sept. 3 Sept. 3 Sept. 9 Sept. 11 Sept. 16 Sept. 18 Sept. 20 Sept. 23 Sept. 25 Sept. 26 Sept. 26 Sept. 30 Oct. 2 Oct. 6 Oct. 8 Oct. 14 Oct. 16 Oct. 20 Oct. 22 Nov. 1 Nov. 7-8 at Central Linn Jamboree Delphian Portland Lutheran Santiam * at Kennedy * Western Mennonite * East Linn Christian * at East Linn Christian Tournament at Regis * Central Linn * Damascus Christian Sherman at St. Paul * at Santiam * Kennedy * at Western Mennonite * at East Linn Christian * Regis * at Central Linn * St. Paul * 2A State Playoffs 2A State Tournament * — denotes Tri-River Conference match 2 p.m. 3 p.m. 6 p.m. 6 p.m. 6 p.m. 6 p.m. 6 p.m. 8 a.m. 6 p.m. 6 p.m. 3 p.m. 6 p.m. 6 p.m. 6 p.m. 6 p.m. 6 p.m. 6 p.m. 6 p.m. 6 p.m. 6 p.m. TBA TBA 2014 DALLAS BOYS SOCCER Dragons ready to leave 2013 behind them 6D Fall Sports Preview Polk County Itemizer-Observer • September 3, 2014 New coach hopes to lead Dallas into contention in the Mid-Willamette Conference THE RUNDOWN … Coach: Chris Smerke (first season). 2013 record: 0-7-0, eighth place in MidWillamette Conference; 0-13-1 overall. Key returners: Tariq Miller, sr., midfield/defense; Lucas Diaz, jr., forward; Cody Tilgner, jr., center back/midfielder. Newcomers to watch: Julian Dzirabel, sr., midfield; Michael Davison, fr., midfielder; Ian Porter, fr., midfielder; Winston Huber, fr., midfielder. Significant stat: 90 — The number of goals Diaz allowed by the Dragons during the 2013 season, the most among Class 5A teams. Outlook: Dallas is looking to put a difficult 2013 season behind it. The Dragons went without a win, scoring just seven goals while allowing 90. But first-year head coach Chris Smerke is optimistic about this year’s squad. Miller will be called upon to help anchor the defense, creating chances for Diaz on the attack. This will be key to the offense to the Dragons improving on offense. “Tariq’s aggressive style of play and leadership on the field will make it hard for opposing teams to cut him out of the game,” Smerke said. “Lucas’ speed and overall physicality will give Miller other teams’ defenses some problems. He is a dangerous player on the attack and provides many chances for us in the final third with his speed and depth.” Tilgner also will help lead the midfield unit. The Dragons also welcome an exciting group of newcomers. Dzirabel, a foreign exchange student from Germany, brings an international knowledge of the game to the squad while freshmen Davison, Porter and Huber should compete for playing time in the midfield. With new faces on the field, returning players are adjusting well to Smerke. “He really knows what he’s doing,” Diaz said. “It’s been very smooth.” The coaching change has players looking forward to what the future may hold DALLAS BOYS SOCCER SCHEDULE Tariq Miller hopes to help Dallas earn a win during the 2014 season. Aug. 28 Sept. 11 Sept. 16 Sept. 18 Sept. 23 Sept. 25 Sept. 29 Oct. 6 Oct. 7 Oct. 14 Oct. 16 Oct. 21 Oct. 23 Oct. 28 Nov. 5 Nov. 8 Nov. 11 Nov. 15 at Century Jamboree 10 a.m. at Sprague TBA McNary 4 p.m. St. Helens 4 p.m. at Benson 4:15 p.m. Barlow 4 p.m. at Reynolds 4 p.m. at Central * 4 p.m. Woodburn * 4 p.m. at Crescent Valley * 6 p.m. Lebanon * 4 p.m. at Silverton * 6 p.m. Corvallis * 4 p.m. South Albany * 4 p.m. 5A State Playoffs TBA 5A State Playoffs TBA 5A State Playoffs TBA 5A State Championship TBA * — denotes Mid-Willamette Conference match for the squad. “Everyone is excited for this fall and we want to get a couple of wins this year,” Diaz said. All that adds up to the Dragons looking to take a step forward in 2014. “Overall, the players are coming together pretty well,” Smerke said. “I am anxious to see how they play in the system I have set (up) for them. It will be a lot different from what they are used to playing, but I know they can rise up to the challenge.” $ 1OFF Any food item Not to be combined with any other offer. Exp. 9/3/15 CITIZENS BANK • Local • Safe • Sound Michelle, Tony, Monica, Susan, Jeremey, Kathy 583 SE Jefferson St. • Dallas • 503-623-3119 2014 CENTRAL GIRLS SOCCER Chemistry key to Panthers’ success in MWC Polk County Itemizer-Observer • September 3, 2014 Fall Sports Preview 7D Seniors looking to end career on a high with a strong showing in their final season THE RUNDOWN … Coach: Joe Orozco (third season). 2013 record: 2-6-0, fourth place in Oregon West Conference; 3-8-1 overall. Key returners: Jerikka White, sr., defender; Grecia Diaz, sr., forward; Alexis Orozco, sr., forward; Victoria Padilla, sr., forward; Alyssa Orozco, soph., midfielder. Newcomers to watch: Naomi Torres, jr., midfielder; Noah Torres, soph., midfielder. Significant stat: 10 — The number of times opponents held Central scoreless or to one goal in a match during the 2013 season. The Panthers scored 17 of their 24 goals in two matches. Outlook: At first glance, Central has the look of a team that will struggle in its first year at Class 5A. But the Panthers are out to prove they belong among the Mid-Willamette Conference’s best. Leading the way will be Diaz and Orozco, both experienced seniors capable of giving the Panthers multiple scoring threats. White, one of the team’s co-captains, will anchor the defense. “We have players who have a great understanding of the game,” Joe Orozco said. “That’s the goal right now, so we can do better than we did last year.” Sisters Naomi and Noah Torres are expected to give Central’s midfield unit a jolt of energy, and allow the forwards to keep pressure on opposing defenders, hopefully leading to more quality scoring White chances. “Our rotation will work a lot better because we have enough defenders to keep our forwards pushing up,” coach Orozco said. “That will allow us to get better looks at the goal.” With 13 upperclassmen on the roster, including Victoria Padilla and Ale. Orozco Jasmine Meraz, Central is not short on experience. But entering a new league means Joe Orozco isn’t sure where the Panthers will finish in the league standings. “It’ll be a great test for all of us to see how we do against Woodburn, Silverton and everyone,” Joe Orozco said. “The CENTRAL GIRLS SOCCER SCHEDULE Aug. 29 Sept. 4 Sept. 11 Sept. 16 Sept. 18 Sept. 25 Oct. 6 Oct. 7 Oct. 14 Oct. 16 Oct. 21 Oct. 23 Oct. 28 Nov. 4 Nov. 8 Nov. 11 Nov. 15 at North Eugene 7 p.m. Cottage Grove 6:30 p.m. Madison 7 p.m. at McNary 4 p.m. North Salem 4 p.m. at Southridge 7:30 p.m. at Dallas * 4 p.m. South Albany * 6 p.m. at Silverton * 4 p.m. Corvallis * 4 p.m. Lebanon * 6 p.m. at Crescent Valley * 4 p.m. at Woodburn * 6 p.m. 5A State Playoffs TBA 5A State Playoffs TBA 5A State Playoffs TBA 5A State Championship TBA * — denotes Mid-Willamette Conference match Grecia Diaz (6) hopes to have more goal-scoring opportunities in 2014. MWC has some really good teams and it’s going to be a challenge for us to compete.” Joe Orozco said the key to the team’s success will be aggressive play that creates scoring opportunities. “They don’t know how we play yet, so that gives us a little bit of an advantage,” Alexis Orozco said. “... We have to step up to the plate and show them that we belong. We can’t back down.” GUNS, AMMO & OPTICS CONCEALED CARRY CLASSES Utah $65 Oregon Class Free with Utah Oregon only $40 Follow us on Facebook STAY HYDRATED & MAINTAIN STRONG MUSCLES • Variety of Protein Powders • Sports Supplements • Alkaline & Mineral Waters • Smoothies & Juice Drinks 184 Oak St., Dallas • 503-623-5161 Open Tues - Sat 10:30-6 Tues - Sat • Visit us downtown Dallas Seniors lead experienced Dragons squad 8D Fall Sports Preview 2014 DALLAS VOLLEYBALL THE RUNDOWN … Coach: Shana Lavier (second season). 2013 record: 5-9, fifth place in MidWillamette Conference; 10-12 overall; advanced to the first round of the Class 5A state playoffs. Key returners: Amanda Dankenbring, sr., setter; Reagan Davis, sr., defensive specialist; Briana Classen, sr., middle blocker; Danielle Remington, sr., libero; Chanel Bailey, sr., middle blocker; Yasmine El-Hato, jr., right-side hitter; Cambria Blaire, jr., outDankenbring side hitter; Maci Ackerman, jr., defensive specialist. Newcomer to watch: Hailey Miller, soph., setter. Significant stat: 320 — The number of assists Dankenbring recorded during the 2013 season. The four-year starter received allleague honorable mention recognition last season. Outlook: A 5-9 league record may not usually seem like something to celebrate, but the Dragons, who finished fifth last season in the Mid-Willamette Conference, the squad’s best Senior Danielle Remington will start at libero for the Dragons in 2014. placing since 2009, are hoping that it is the start of something special. Dankenbring will play a big role in Dallas’ success. “Amanda is Polk County Itemizer-Observer • September 3, 2014 going to be the key component,” Lavier said. “The setter is the general of the court and, as a four-year varsity player, she brings that experience to the court.” Remington is coming off a junior campaign that saw her record 180 digs, 16 service aces and Classen 294 serve receive attempts, giving Dallas a player who can fill in at any spot. “She’s such a diverse player, she can play anywhere I put her,” Lavier said. Lavier also expects big things from returnees Bailey, Classen, El-Hato and Blair as Miller is the lone newcomer to varsity. Miller will likely play a variety of positions, including setter and outside hitter. “Hailey has worked hard and has really developed as a player,” Lavier said. “She played junior varsity as a freshman and really improved.” Lavier will also be looking for current junior varsity players to possibly bring up to the varsity level depending on how quickly they develop early in the season, to increase the squad’s roster size, which currently stands at nine players. The Dragons look to prove last season was the start of something special. Despite being in what Lavier said is the toughest league in Class 5A, DALLAS VOLLEYBALL SCHEDULE Sept. 6 Sept. 9 Sept. 11 Sept. 16 Sept. 18 Sept. 20 Sept. 23 Sept. 25 Sept. 30 Oct. 2 Oct. 4 Oct. 6 Oct. 8 Oct. 14 Oct. 16 Oct. 21 Oct. 23 Oct. 28 Nov. 1 Nov. 7-8 at Madison Tournament 8:30 a.m. Woodburn * 6 p.m. at Central * 6 p.m. at South Albany * 6 p.m. Corvallis * 6 p.m. Dallas Tournament TBA at Crescent Valley * 6 p.m. Lebanon * 6 p.m. Silverton * 6 p.m. at Woodburn * 6 p.m. at North Salem Tournament 8 a.m. Central * 6 p.m. South Albany * 6 p.m. at Corvallis * 6 p.m. Crescent Valley * 6 p.m. at Lebanon * 6 p.m. at Silverton * 6 p.m. 5A Play-In Round TBA 5A State Playoffs TBA 5A State Tournament TBA * — denotes Mid-Willamette Conference match she is seeing Dallas take the steps necessary to become a contender down the road. “Last year is a great baseline to have,” Lavier said. “We just have to move forward. We’ve set the bar pretty high and we want to keep building on that.” New coach has big expectations for Mounts Polk County Itemizer-Observer • September 3, 2014 2014 FALLS CITY - KINGS VALLEY FOOTBALL Fall Sports Preview 9D Falls City looks to experienced players to help take the load off freshman quarterback THE RUNDOWN … Coach: Laric Cook (first season). 2013 record: 1-3 in Class 1A Special District 1; 2-7 overall. Key returners: Tristan Yeager, sr., linebacker/running back/tight end; Zack Weems, jr., linebacker/tight end; Ryan McNabb, jr., linebacker/offensive lineman; Zach Labrado, jr., linebacker/tight end; Tanner Simmons, sr., offensive/defensive lineman; Bo Beauchamp, sr., defensive lineman. Newcomers to watch: Jesse Sickles, fr., quarterWeems back; Dan Boon, jr., tight end/linebacker. Significant stat: 0 — The number of seniors Falls City had on its 2013 roster. Outlook: Falls City may have gone 2-7 in 2013, but new head coach Laric Cook, who coached Mohawk High School from 2003-12, is expecting big things from the Mountaineers in 2014. “Anything short of Senior Tristan Yeager (22) will carry a big offensive load again in 2014. making the state playoffs is going to be hard for me to take,” Cook said. “We set the bar high and want to keep going up.” Cook won state We proudly support our local athletes! • WOODS • KUBOTA • STIHL 130 Main • Rickreall • 503-623-2365 titles at Mohawk in 2005 and 2007. Yeager, who during his first three seasons at Falls City has had a knack for returning kickoffs for touchdowns, will once again play a central role in the squad’s success. But Cook said the team won’t be relying on Yeager Simmons as its sole source of offense. Much of that will depend on Sickles, who as a freshman will start at quarterback. Weems will give Sickles a reliable target, while McNabb and Simmons will be charged with helping to protect the young signal caller with their play on the offensive line. Cook may be entering his first season at Falls City, but he’s confident the Mountaineers have what it takes to make the state playoffs in 2014 and contend for a league title. With more than 20 on the team’s roster, the Mountaineers appear to have the depth necessary to compete throughout the season. And Cook is confident Falls City has everything it needs to hang with the top teams in the league and change the culture at Falls City. “The ball is in the kids’ FALLS CITY - KINGS VALLEY FOOTBALL SCHEDULE Sept. 5 Sept. 12 Sept. 19 Sept. 26 Oct. 3 Oct. 10 Oct. 17 Oct. 24 Oct. 31 Nov. 7-8 Nov. 14-15 Nov. 21-22 Nov. 29 North Lake Mohawk North Douglas Mapleton * at Siletz Valley * Triangle Lake * at Alsea * at Yoncalla District Crossover Playoff 1A State Playoffs 1A State Playoffs 1A State Playoffs 1A State Championship 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. TBA TBA TBA TBA * — denotes Special District 3 league game court now,” Cook said. “If they buy into the Kool Aid we’re serving, I know what my other programs have done and I feel like we’ll be quite successful. … We don’t need a transfer or anything. We’ll get by with what we have and be successful with it.” Of note, Falls City is in a new league this year, being assigned to Class 1A Special District 3. Rivalry intensifies 10D Fall Sports Preview COVER STORY Polk County Itemizer-Observer • September 3, 2014 Dallas-Central matchup amplified as schools become league foes oped his leadership skills and he’s had a huge impact on our program since his freshman year. We’ll rely heavily on him for on-the-field leadership on both sides of the ball.” Riddell, who also punted for Central last season, knows adjusting to 5A won’t be without its challenges. But he is primed for another big season. “Playing linebacker and running back, I know how opposing linebackers or running backs think,” Riddell said. “I can see most of the cuts or holes he’s looking for and, most of the time, I can read that before he makes a move.” And while the Panthers hope for a smooth transition, Riddell said the Panthers are ready to learn fast. “The talent is there,” Riddell said. “We just have to click as a team. Getting experience under our belt is huge. We may have a few rough games early, but we’ll put it together from experience.” By Lukas Eggen The Itemizer-Observer POLK COUNTY — Ohio State vs. Michigan. Alabama vs. Auburn. Oregon vs. Oregon State. In the world of sports, rivalries can turn just another game on the schedule into something else entirely. Dallas and Central have faced each other before. Despite the schools’ close proximity, something was missing. “It didn’t feel like a rivalry,” Central senior Wes Riddell said. “The game didn’t really mean anything beyond final wins and losses.” When the two schools take the football field on Sept. 26, things will be different. Central is no longer part of Class 4A’s Oregon West Conference, having been assigned to 5A’s Mid-Willamette Conference after last year’s OSAA redistricting and reclassification changes. And two running backs/linebackers are hoping to lead their team to a big win in a game that has a whole new meaning. Dallas Dallas senior Spencer McCarron loves the start of football season. He loves bonding with his teammates. The thrill of victory. But sometimes, McCarron loves the simple things football provides. “I’m just ready to hit somebody,” McCarron said. “It’s the best feeling ever.” Dallas is coming off an eight-win season in 2013. McCarron played a major role on defense, recording a team-high 90 tackles. On offense, the 6-foot-3, 210 pounder ran for nearly McCarron 300 yards, but with former running back Caleb Naughton graduating, McCarron will be front and center in the run game in 2014. “We think (Spencer) is as good a player as we’re going to have,” Dallas coach Tracy Jackson said. “He’s a top-notch player. … He’s everything we want him to be. He leads by example. He’s a great teammate in that he knows how to act and treats his teammates with respect. That’s what a Rivalry renewed Central Dallas’ Spencer McCarron and Central’s Wes Riddell will face off Sept. 26. true leader does. He takes care of everyone.” Entering his final season, McCarron is being asked to do even more. “I’ve had to become a vocal leader,” McCarron said. “In previous years, I’ve always kind of kept my mouth shut and led by example. This year, they’re expecting me to be vocal and someone that people look up to. I’ve tried to take that role on. It’s been a fun experience trying to become a leader that they are inspired by.” In the offseason, McCarron helped lead summer workouts, training to get lower when running and tackling. “Being low, you stay hidden from other players,” McCarron said. “You don’t really see 6-foot-3 tailbacks very often, and the lower man wins every time.” The work put in during the summer is aimed at helping Dallas not only prove last year wasn’t a one-year wonder, but by ending his high school career on a high note. “You realize it’s your last year and you only have so much time left,” McCarron said. “You have to hold on to it for as long as you can and have no regrets.” Riddell knows a thing or two about running. The senior led the Panthers with more than 1,300 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns in 2013. On defense, he had a team-best 99 tackles. Unfortunately for opponents, Riddell isn’t resting on his past success. “I worked on my speed,” he said. “I’ve been pretty fast usually, Riddell but I know to take it to the next level, you have to hit the 4.4 (second) 40 (yard dashes), so I’ve been putting in work to improve my speed and agility.” Riddell will once again be a major player for the Panthers on both sides of the ball. With a new quarterback under center and relative youth across the board, Riddell’s role as a team leader will be amplified. “He’s a very good player,” Panthers coach Shane Hedrick said. “He’s devel- This fall won’t be the first time Central and Dallas have faced off on the gridiron. It will be the first time the two teams play as Mid-Willamette Conference foes. While that distinction may not seem big to outsiders, for the players it changes everything. “(Central) being in the same league just adds to the fun of the game,” McCarron said. “Because we’re rivals, getting a victory over them is always big. If we beat Central and Silverton and they were the only two teams we beat, I would be semicontent. Those are the teams I don’t want to lose to.” But it’s not just the players who are excited. “It’s more fun for everybody,” Jackson said. “If you don’t have a rivalry, you miss some of the coolness about the game.” Both teams are expecting strong fan turnout. But for the players, the game means more than tallying a victory for their final win-loss total. It’s a chance for county bragging rights and pride. “When I heard we were moving up to 5A, I was real excited,” Riddell said. “Since our game means something now, it gives a whole new feeling toward the players. “The rivalry is back.” 5 POLK COUNTY fall sports athletes to watch in 2014 Polk County Itemizer-Observer • September 3, 2014 Fall Sports Preview 11D ABBY McBETH Central Cross-country The sophomore runner is ready to build on an impressive freshman campaign. McBeth emerged as the Panthers’ top runner last fall, setting a personal record of 18 minutes, 53 seconds and ending her season with an 11th place finish in the OSAA 4A State Championship meet. “Abby has continued to dedicate herself to running year around,” Panthers coach Eli Cirino said. “I am cautious McBeth with my expectations for her because of the tremendous growth that she has made in the last two years. It is unrealistic to expect her to continue to progress the way she has been. She dreams big but is also very knowledgeable. Having broken almost all of the Central High distance records as a freshman, it may not be fair to place too many expectations on her. But based on her mileage and her competitive nature, I would be surprised if too many girls around the state can run away from Abby.” TRISTAN YEAGER Falls City Football The senior running back/linebacker will be the heart and soul of the Mountaineers’ offense this fall. With freshman Jesse Sickles starting at quarterback, expect a heavy dose of Yeager on the ground. Statistics were not available, but Yeager returned at least four kickoffs for scores and led Falls City in touchdowns for the season. “Tristan is a good, quality 1A athlete,” Mountaineers coach Laric Cook said. “He Yeager works hard and has good football instincts.” Yeager will be asked to take pressure off of Sickles, while also helping to anchor the defense. MARCOS GARIBAY Central Boys Soccer Sydney Van Steenberge scored 24 goals in 2013 and earned Special District 3 Player of the Year honors. SYDNEY VAN STEENBERGE Western Menn./Perrydale Girls Soccer The 2013 Special District 3 Player of the Year returns for her final high school season in 2014. Van Steenberge helped lead the co-op squad to a 13-1 league record in Special District 3 and advanced to the quarterfinal round of the state playoffs. Van Steenberge played a central role in the team’s offense, leading the team in goals and assists with 21 and 17, respectively, while helping Western Mennonite/Perrydale score 96 goals, the most in Class 3A-2A-1A by 31 goals. She returns for her senior campaign with a chance to win Player of the Year honors for a fourth-straight season while helping Western Mennonite/Perrydale advance to the state playoffs once again. The senior midfielder/forward is expected to give the Panthers a jolt on offense in 2014. Garibay, who played primarily at goalkeeper as a junior for Central, will be freed up to roam the field. The Panthers scored 46 goals in 2013, third most in the Oregon West Conference, but 15 of those goals came in one match. Garibay’s move from the goal gives Central a consistent scoring threat and someone who can spread the field for his teammates. “We have a goalie who is ready to step in this year,” Central coach Mike Lynch said. “Moving Marcos into the field gives us a chance to create many more scoring opportunities.” Garibay also provides depth at goalGaribay keeper, should he be called upon to return to the position during the season. Garibay’s ability to play any position on the field makes him an invaluable asset for the Panthers. Amanda Dankenbring (left) will play setter for the Dragons during the 2014 volleyball season. AMANDA DANKENBRING Dallas Volleyball Dankenbring will play setter during her senior year. Coach Shana Lavier said Dankenbring is the “general” on the court — and with good reason. In 2013, Dankenbring had 320 assists, 92 digs and 23 aces. “Amanda is part of a great group of seniors,” Lavier said. “She’s a positive role model for the younger girls to look up to on and off the court, and is one of our team leaders.” Dankenbring will look to continue her strong play on the court as the Dragons hope to qualify for the postseason for the second season in a row. 2014 DALLAS CROSS-COUNTRY Dallas hopes to crack top five in conference 12D Fall Sports Preview THE RUNDOWN … Dallas senior Isaak Tichenor will be one of the Dragons’ top runners this season. Coach: Monique Lankheet (19th season). 2013 results: BOYS — Sixth at Mid-Willamette Conference Championships. GIRLS — Sixth at MidWillamette Conference Championships. Key returners: BOYS — Isaak Tichenor, sr.; Jesse Stuhr, jr.; TJ Cross, jr.; Matt Hofen-bredl, sr.; Seth Fast, sr. GIRLS — Catherine Rocak, sr.; Elizabeth Sutton, jr.; Alena Voss, sr.; Alyssa Miller, jr.; Machaiah Annear, sr. Newcomers to watch: BOYS — Jonathon Richardson, fr.; Kenny Sutton, fr.; Dylan Becket, fr. GIRLS — Sierra McBeth, jr.; Leah Miller, soph. Significant stat: 24th — The place Tichenor finished at the MidWillamette Conference Championships. Tichenor finished the race with a time of 17 minutes, 55 seconds. Outlook: A change in the league could pay off in a big way for Dallas. Three teams, instead of two, qualify for the Class 5A state championship meet this fall. With a strong group of returning runners, including Tichenor, Stuhr and Fast, the boys team appears ready to take a step forward this season. “I think we can improve on what we accomplished last year,” Lankheet said. “We’re looking to be competitive and continue to improve our times.” Fast, currently the team’s No. 5 runner, will play a huge role in Dallas’ team success. Cross-counStuhr try counts the first five varsity runners for team scores. “I don’t think he’s going to be our fastest guy, but he’s our pivotal runner,” Lankheet said. “If he can hang and pass other teams’ top five runners, that would be huge. He’s one who is mentally tough and stays healthy. He seems ready to rock it.” On the girls side, Rocak and Sutton will help lead a group of girls who currently run in a pack. “They’re all about the same right now,” Lankheet said. “I think I can get them to com- Polk County Itemizer-Observer • September 3, 2014 DALLAS CROSS-COUNTRY SCHEDULE Sept. 6 Sept. 10 Sept. 13 Sept. 17 Sept. 20 Sept. 24 Oct. 4 Oct. 11 Oct. 15 Oct. 22 Nov. 1 at The Ultimook Invitational, Tillamook 2 p.m. at Silver Falls Oktoberfest Invitational, Silver Falls State Park TBA at South Salem Saxon Invitational, Salem 10 a.m. at Woodburn (vs. Lebanon, South Albany, Woodburn) 4 p.m. at Seaside Three-Course Challenge, Camp Rilea 9:15 a.m. at Mid-Willamette Conference Preview, Corvallis 2:30 p.m. at Harrier Classic, Bryant Park, Albany 9:30 a.m. at George Fox Classic, Willamette Mission Park 11:30 a.m. at Central (vs. Central, Corvallis, South Albany) 4 p.m. at Mid-Willamette Conference Championships, Corvallis TBA at Class 5A State Championships, Eugene 1:15 p.m. pete with each other and become more competitive during the races.” After placing sixth in 2013 in the boys and girls conference championships, LankSutton heet said she’d love to see both squads crack the top five in the team standings this year. But she’s also not trying to put too much pressure on her runners at the beginning of the season. “We want to focus on team camaraderie and team effort,” Lankheet said. “If you do that, the rest will take care of itself and I think it helps them to have less stress placed on them.” As Dallas looks to crack the top five, Lankheet said she’s more than pleased with her team so far and she can see big things happening for the Dragons this fall. “We’re certainly having fun and working really hard,” Lankheet said. “I’m happy with the caliber of kids. I think it’s going to be a good season.” Hard Work Pays Off Good luck to all Polk County teams. Call me if you need a ride to or from practice! MUTUAL OF ENUMCLAW ENUMCLAW LIFE INS CO. Panthers give chase to new league foes Polk County Itemizer-Observer • September 3, 2014 2014 CENTRAL CROSS-COUNTRY Fall Sports Preview 13D Sophomore McBeth leads talented group of returning athletes for girls and boys teams THE RUNDOWN … Coach: Eli Cirino (first year). 2013 finish: Not available due to computer error at district meet site. Key Returners: GIRLS — Abby McBeth, soph.; Jamie Smith, jr.; Mandi Desmarteau, sr.; Keighlee Riggan, sr.; Hanna Brown, sr. BOYS — Darien Hume, jr.; Tucker Engle, jr.; Zachary Meyer, Smith soph. Newcomers to watch: GIRLS — Bailie Hartford, fr.; Anne Marie Hasbrook, fr.; Annie Taylor, fr.; Bethani Altamirano, fr. BOYS — Ammon Jeffries, soph. Significant stat: 1st and 11th — The district and state placings for then-freshman McBeth in 2013 at the Oregon West Conference Championships and the Class 4A Sophomore Abby McBeth is the Panthers’ top returnee. State Championships. Outlook: Coach Eli Cirino is eager to take his cross-country teams into a new league as Central joins the 5A MidWillamette Conference. “Moving up to the 5A level is going to be a huge step up in competition for Hume us, and we are looking forward to it,” Cirino said. With McBeth, the Oregon West Conference champion last year and second place finisher at state in the Class 4A 1,500-meter Engle race, returning, and a group of promising freshmen — Hartford, Hasbrook, Taylor and Altamirano — who are strong runners, Cirino said the girls team may be in the top three or four teams in CENTRAL CROSS-COUNTRY SCHEDULE Sept. 4 Sept. 10 Sept. 13 Sept. 20 Sept. 24 Oct. 4 Oct. 15 Oct. 22 Nov. 1 at Darrel Deedon Cascade Invitational, Turner 4:30 p.m. at Silver Falls Oktoberfest Invitational, Silver Falls State Park 4 p.m. at Molalla Invitational 11 a.m. at Oregon City XC Invitational 10 a.m. at Mid-Willamette Conference Preview, Corvallis 2:30 p.m. at Harrier Classic, Bryant Park, Albany 9:30 a.m. at Central (vs. Dallas, Corvallis, South Albany) 4 p.m. at Mid-Willamette Conference Championships, Corvallis TBA at Class 5A State Championships, Eugene 1:15 p.m. the Mid-Willamette. McBeth’s winning time at last year’s Oregon West Conference Championships — 18:53.17 — was faster than the winning time at the Mid-Willamette Conference Championships (18:55). The boys team will see a cluster of potential varsity runners, including Thomas Peterson, Pedro Garcia, Rex Omlid, Rufus Schrader, Josh Peterson, Nick Burgett and Isaac Burgett. Returners Hume, Engle and Meyer will lead the boys and push each other, Cirino said. “This is an emerging group of runners, and I think that they are a long way from reaching their potential individually and as a team,” he said. Cirino is optimistic that both teams will be very competitive in the MWC. “This is a fun and enthusiastic group of students that get along well and love to run,” he noted. “It is very rewarding to work with a group of young men and ladies that work as hard as they do and are willing to sacrifice for each other and for our team.” www.FastOverheadDoor.com SALES • SERVICE • INSTALLATION Locally Owned & Operated in Dallas Check out our website for all products and services. Residential & Commercial FREE Estimates! • Garage Doors • Electric Openers • 24 Hour Emergency Garage Door Service • Preventive Maintenance Program CCB#195532 503-623-FAST (623-3278) Pirates excited for independent schedule 14D Fall Sports Preview 2014 PERRYDALE FOOTBALL Polk County Itemizer-Observer • September 3, 2014 THE RUNDOWN … Coach: Chris Gubrud (first season, second tenure). 2013 record: 3-1, second place in Special District 1; 5-5 overall; lost in first round of Class 1A state playoffs. Key returning players: Troy Trembly, sr., quar terback/defensive back; Haylen Janesofsky, soph., running back/linebacker; Brant Barnes, jr., running back/linebacker; Kirk Fairchild, jr., offensive/defensive lineman; David Silver, sr., linebacker; Keenan Bailey, jr., offensive lineman/linebacker; C.J. Janesofsky Marsters, soph., offensive/defensive lineman. Newcomer to watch: Mike McGill, fr., tight end/defensive end. Significant stat: 12 — The number of years in a row Perrydale qualified for the state playoffs. The streak will come to an end in 2014 as the Pirates will play an independent schedule and are not eligible for postseason play. Outlook: Perrydale’s move from Class 1A to 2A would have meant a jump from eight-man to 11-man football. Lacking the depth necessary to play at that level — the Pirates have PERRYDALE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE Sept. 5 Sept. 12 Sept. 19 Sept. 26 Oct. 3 Oct. 10 Oct. 17 Oct. 24 Oct. 31 David Silver carries the ball for the Pirates against Jewell last season. only 16 players out this season — Gubrud and other school officials made the decision to have the Pirates play an independent schedule. Perrydale’s offense will continue to center on the run game, with Janesofsky and Barnes receiving the bulk of the carries. Marsters, Fairchild and Bailey will be called upon to help anchor the offensive line. Success on the ground will open up the field for Trembly to move the ball through the air. “We will run the ball and our passing game will be built off the play-action,” Gubrud said. On the other side of the ball, Gubrud has high expectations of the players’ ability to stuff Siletz Valley at Crow Triad Sherman at Dufur vs. Elgin at Arlington Opponent TBA Naselle, Wash. 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Significant stat: 16 — That is how many years it has been since Central volleyball has had a new coach leading the program. Lewis, a former assistant coach, takes over for longtime Panther head coach Claudine Mendazona, who stepped down from the post earlier this year. Outlook: Lewis is leading Central to a new league, moving up to the Class 5A Mid-Willamette Conference from the 4A Oregon West Conference. The Panthers are expecting a fast start in their new home despite coming off a disappointing 2013 campaign that resulted in a sub-.500 conference Orin record. Seven athletes who saw time on varsity are back this season, including Kenyon and Nash. “They are the veterans on the team and have played on the varsity squad since their freshman year,” Lewis said. But the Panthers also have a strong crop of varsity Huffman newcomers, including Farnworth, Dowdell, Torres and Omlid, many of whom will see significant game action, giving the Panthers both depth and the ability to throw different looks at opponents throughout the match. “The sophomores and Krista (Omlid) really came out strong this year,” Lewis said. “They worked hard and earned their spots on the varsity roster. It’s very possible to have a few of them in the starting lineup.” That combination of youth and experience will make Central a Torrez dangerous team during the 2014 campaign, Lewis said. And although they’re entering a new league, the goal remains the same: Compete for a conference title and make a deep run in the state playoffs, something the Panthers did numerous times in recent years in the Oregon West Conference. With 2013 conference champion West Albany now a 6A school, that should make this year’s Mid-Willamette Conference race wide open, allowing numerous teams to be competitive. “I’m really looking forward to seeing the veterans work together with the new players so we can find that winning combination,” Lewis said. “It’s very possible to have some movement between games until we’ve got the best athletes on the court. We CENTRAL VOLLEYBALL SCHEDULE Sept. 4 Sept. 9 Sept. 11 Sept. 16 Sept. 18 Sept. 20 Sept. 23 Sept. 25 Sept. 30 Oct. 2 Oct. 6 Oct. 8 Oct. 14 Oct. 16 Oct. 18 Oct. 21 Oct. 23 Oct. 28 Nov. 1 Nov. 7-8 Scappoose 6 p.m. at South Albany * 6 p.m. Dallas * 6 p.m. at Crescent Valley * 6 p.m. Lebanon * 6 p.m. at Dallas Tournament 10 a.m. Silverton * 6 p.m. at Corvallis * 6 p.m. at Woodburn * 6 p.m. South Albany * 6 p.m. at Dallas * 6 p.m. Crescent Valley * 6 p.m. at Lebanon * 6 p.m. at Silverton * 6 p.m. at Philomath Tournament 10 a.m. Corvallis * 6 p.m. Woodburn * 6 p.m. 5A Play-In Round TBA 5A State Playoffs TBA 5A State Tournament TBA * — denotes Mid-Willamette Conference match are not taking the transition to 5A lightly, and we are working hard to earn a respectable name for Central volleyball in the league.” 503-623-1234 • www.makmetals.com Dragons seek bounce back season in ’14 2014 DALLAS GIRLS SOCCER 16D Fall Sports Preview THE RUNDOWN … Coach: Cherish Henrickson (first full season, second tenure). 2013 record: 2-5-0, seventh place in MidWillamette Conference; 5-9-1 overall. Key returners: Kassidy Totten, sr., forward; Isabella Nelson, sr., midfielder; Hannah Nelson, sr., defender; Olivia Dalke, soph., forward; Kayley Sayer, soph., forward; Sarah Ussery, jr., forward; Stefani Tallon, soph., defender; Emmalee Jones, soph., midfield; Olivia I. Nelson Nelson, soph.; midfield; Katie Senger, soph., defender. Newcomers to watch: Jordyn Applegate, fr., forward. Significant stat: 48 — The number of goals Dallas gave up during the 2013 season, the most in the MWC. Outlook: Dallas may have finished seventh in the MWC in 2013, but players are aiming high this fall. On the surface, the Dragons have a young squad, led by seniors Totten and Isabella and Hannah Nelson. Sophomores Dalke and Sayer will be joined by Applegate and Ussery to form the Dragons’ offensive attack. Tallon, Nelson, Jones and Senger will all see significant playing time throughout the season. Despite the youth, that doesn’t mean the Dragons are lacking game knowledge. “We are a young and Totten small team, but we have determination and experience on our side,” Henrickson said. “This season will be exciting.” The biggest challenges facing Dallas may be adjusting to their first full season under Henrickson and her coaching staff. The transition, to this point, has been going smoothly. “Our strength going into the season is that the players on varsity have, for the most part, played an entire season together already,” Henrickson said. “These young ladies are seasoned with experience from the high school level to the club level. Some of our challenges will be working with a new coaching staff, different philosophies and becoming the 2014 varsity girls soccer team.” Despite an underwhelming record in 2013, Henrickson said the Dragons have what it takes to compete for a league title. 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Monmouth Polk County Itemizer-Observer • September 3, 2014 DALLAS GIRLS SOCCER SCHEDULE Aug. 28 Sept. 9 Sept. 11 Sept. 18 Sept. 23 Sept. 25 Sept. 29 Oct. 6 Oct. 7 Oct. 14 Oct. 16 Oct. 21 Oct. 23 Oct. 28 Nov. 4 Nov. 8 Nov. 11 Nov. 15 at Century Jamboree 1 p.m. Canby 4 p.m. Lakeridge 4 p.m. at St. Helens 4 p.m. at Century 7 p.m. at Beaverton 7:30 p.m. Reynolds 4 p.m. Central * 4 p.m. at Woodburn * 6 p.m. Crescent Valley * 4 p.m. at Lebanon * 4 p.m. Silverton * 4 p.m. at Corvallis * 6 p.m. at South Albany * TBA 5A State Playoffs TBA 5A State Playoffs TBA 5A State Playoffs TBA 5A State Championship TBA * — denotes Mid-Willamette Conference match Defender Hannah Nelson is one of three returning seniors for the Dragons this season. up on the field. If they can, Dallas could see itself playing well into the postseason. “The Lady Dragons were able to make it to the play-in round last year and I don’t see why they couldn’t go further,” Henrickson said. “A title would be fantastic this year. 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Key returners: Marcos Garibay, sr., midfield/forward; Wallace Branson, sr., defender; Orozco Pedro, sr., defender/wing; Allen Villanueva, sr., defender; Gregorio Herrera, sr., midGaribay fielder. Newcomers to watch: Aaron Padilla, fr., midfielder/defender; Erick Corral, soph., goalkeeper. Significant stat: 19 — The number of seniors on the Panthers’ roster this season. Central has 24 total players on its varsity roster. Wallace Outlook: Experience is key for the Panthers, who graduated just five seniors from last year’s squad. As Central prepares for the Mid-Willamette Conference, the Gregorio Herrera is one of 19 seniors on Central’s roster. Panthers will rely on a large senior class. The team’s biggest addition isn’t a new player, but Garibay moving from goalkeeper to midfield/forward. Garibay’s move from the goal gives the Panthers a dangerous scoring option. “Marcos is pound for pound one of our s Proud to Spo y t n u o C k ol uppor t P best players in any position,” Lynch said. However, if Corral struggles in goal, expect to see Garibay return to his old position. Central’s biggest strength may be its depth at every position. With such a large number of seniors, the Panthers could boast one Carrillo of the deepest rosters in the league thanks to players like midfielder/forward Gregorio Herrera and Padilla, one of the few underclassmen to crack the varsity roster, giving the Panthers numerous lineup options. Central’s first season in the MWC won’t be easy as they look Gonzalez to prove themselves. Woodburn has dominated the league in recent years, but the Panthers’ experience and history of playing together is the team’s X-factor. “It’s a big deal (to have this many seniors),” Lynch said. “They understand the high school game. In my opinion, we come from the strongest 4A league in the state, sending five teams to the playoffs in a Fall Sports Preview 17D CENTRAL BOYS SOCCER SCHEDULE Sept. 4 Sept. 9 Sept. 11 Sept. 16 Sept. 23 Sept. 25 Sept. 30 Oct. 6 Oct. 7 Oct. 14 Oct. 16 Oct. 21 Oct. 23 Oct. 28 Nov. 4 Nov. 8 Nov. 11 Nov. 15 at Cottage Grove McNary at Aloha Century at Parkrose Southridge Sherwood Dallas * at South Albany * Silverton * at Corvallis * at Lebanon * Crescent Valley * Woodburn * 5A State Playoffs 5A State Playoffs 5A State Playoffs 5A State Championship 6:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 4 p.m. 4 p.m. 4 p.m. 4 p.m. 4 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 6 p.m. 4:30 p.m. 4 p.m. 6 p.m. TBA TBA TBA TBA * — denotes Mid-Willamette Conference match lot of years.” With a wealth of experience to draw from, Central isn’t just looking to post a winning record in 2014 — Lynch said players are expecting to make a run at a league title. “The expectations are high,” Lynch said. “We know we have to prove ourselves against Woodburn, but this group wants to go deep into the state playoffs.” r ts! 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Outlook: Falls City may have finished under .500 in 2013, but Barnhart believes the Mountaineers are close to turning the corner. “When I looked back through the scores for each match, I was Lammers reminded how close we were to finishing three places higher in league than we did,” Barnhart said. “It was literally a difference of a couple points in several matches.” Lammers and Lavoie are both looking more confident than ever, Barnhart said, despite Lammers moving to setter for the first time in her career. But the difference this season will be how the team responds to an overall lack of experience. Croy, currently Sept. 4 Sept. 9 Sept. 11 Sept. 12 Sept. 16 Sept. 18 Sept. 23 Sept. 25 Sept. 30 Oct. 2 Oct. 7 Oct. 9 Oct. 14 Oct. 16 Oct. 17 Oct. 21 Oct. 29 Nov. 1 Nov. 7-8 186 SE Mill St. • Dallas 503.623.3812 Coach: Mike Woodward (second season). 2013 record: 13-1-0, tied for first place in 3A-2A-1A Special District No. 3; 15-2-0 overall; lost to Catlin Gabel in quarterfinal round of Class 3A-2A-1A state playoffs. Perrydale returners: Sydney Van Steenberge, sr., center midfielder; Cheyenne Locke, sr., left midfielder/forward; Emily Nelson, sr., central defender. Perrydale newcomers: Stephanie Juanillo, fr., defender; Lauren Foster, fr., forward/midfielder; Kiely Griffin, fr., forward. Significant stat: 6 — the number of freshmen on the roster this year. Van Steenberge Outlook: Second-year coach Mike Woodward has lofty goals for the Western Mennonite/Perrydale team in 2014 — and beyond. “Our expectation every year is we want to go out and win the league.” The team nearly did that last year, tying Creswell for the conference championship. Locke Creswell has moved to another league, but Woodward is anticipating competition from Dayton, Special District 3’s 2013 third-place finisher. Woodward said the six Perrydale players on the team this year will make a significant contribution toward challenging for a league championship. Van Steenberge, last season’s Special District 3 W. MENNONITE - PERRYDALE GIRLS SOCCER SCHEDULE Sept. 5 Sept. 8 Sept. 9 Sept. 11 Sept. 15 Sept. 17 Sept. 18 Sept. 22 Sept. 29 Oct. 2 Oct. 6 Oct. 8 Oct. 13 Oct. 16 Oct. 23 Nov. 4 Nov. 8 Nov. 11 Nov. 15 at Creswell 4:30 p.m. Blanchet * 4:15 p.m. Westside Christian 4:30 p.m. at Amity * 4:15 p.m. Dayton * 4:15 p.m. Catlin Gabel 5 p.m. at Gervais * 4:15 p.m. at Salem Academy * 4:15 p.m. at Taft * 4:15 p.m. at Blanchet * 4:15 p.m. Amity * 4:15 p.m. at Dayton * 4:15 p.m. Gervais * 4:15 p.m. Salem Academy * 4:15 p.m. Taft * 4:15 p.m. 3A-2A-1A State Playoffs TBA 3A-2A-1A State Playoffs TBA 3A-2A-1A State Playoffs TBA 3A-2A-1A State Championship TBA * — denotes Special District 3 league match Player of the Year, and Locke, a first team all-leaguer, will be a strong one-two offensive punch. “I’m looking for them to keep improving every year … and vocally, I’m looking for them to be the senior leaders that they need to be.” As the team’s most proven defender, Nelson will be key in helping develop a young and inexperienced group. “Emily started every game last year,” Woodward said. “We are looking for her to be a leader.” As for the Perrydale newcomers, Woodward is thrilled to have the raw talent to build upon. “They are three very good athletes and they are all soccer players,” he said. “I’m excited not just for what they will do this year, but for all four years.” Dallas Orthodontics Computer Ease II Inc. 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Barnhart is hoping that some positive practices are the signs of better things to come, especially with the league wide open thanks to the departure of Perrydale and St. Paul, which moved up to Class 2A. “Things are off to a great start and if the trend continues, we should shock and amaze our crowd with our growth, especially considering our lack of experienced players,” Barnhart said. GUTTERING INC. Serving Polk Co. since 1971 at Country Christian * at C.S. Lewis * at Jewell * Mohawk Veritas * at Willam. Val. Christ. * Crosshill Christian * Livingstone Adventist * Country Christian * C.S. Lewis * Jewell * at Veritas * Willamette Val. Christ * at Crosshill Christian * at Alsea at Livingstone Adv. * 1A State Playoffs 1A State Playoffs 1A State Tournament * — denotes Casco League match All City 2555 Liberty Rd. 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