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A Season’s End


“Tears, idle tears, I know not what they mean, tears from the depth of some divine despair, rise in the heart, and gather to the eyes, in looking on the happy autumn-fields, and thinking of the days that are no more.” — Tennyson

–Kelly Asay, EDN

Mitch Lewis with the carry (All Photos courtesy Jon Morgan)

It was an unusual, and unwelcome feeling the now 13-1 Sheldon Irishmen experienced Saturday, December 10, 2011 when The Lake Oswego Lakers came away with the OSAA 6A State Championship (47-14). Watching the 24 Irish Seniors on the field after their last high school game was as heartbreaking as the jubilation on the faces of the long title bereft Laker team and staff was inspiring. It was worth four hours in the cold sinkhole of Jeld-Wen field to watch the two terrific teams battle it out, but also to be there to experience Lakers #11 Steven Long deliver one of the most dominating performances in a championship game by a running back in the history of the state: 42 carries for 322 yards and four touchdowns. Sheldon turned in 216 yards of total offense.

All Photos courtesy Jon Morgan

It is well known that Sheldon and Lake Oswego enjoy as intense a rivalry as UO and OSU, with as many colorful upsets. This years championship game was the 8th playoff meeting between these two teams in the last 10 years. Since the beginning of the 6 class system in 2006, Sheldon is 69-8, and Lake Oswego is 63-12, with 5 of those 20 losses to each other. Sheldon and Lake Oswego are also two of the smallest schools competing in the 6A division. Sheldon is a classrooms worth of enrollment away from a 5A classification, Lake Oswego is a 5A school that elects to compete at the 6A level.

Mitch Lewis making a beautiful reception. (All Photos courtesy Jon Morgan)

In spite of the lopsided final score, the first half was a back and forth contest that ended with a Lakers field-goal, made possible by a pair of 15 yard penalties that included A facemask penalty that didn’t appear to include contact with a facemask by Sheldon, and a personal foul on the same play that appearred to be a continuation, not a dead ball foul. If anything it should have been a facemask foul against the Lakers. You can form your own opinion: around 58:57 in..

The second half was a different story and in-spite of some terrific plays on the Irish side of the ball,the inability to stop Long coupled with some costly mistakes spelled the end for the Irish. Sheldon had the ball for just 5:22 in the second half.

Irish high points include:

Tanner Zent with the quarterback sack and fumble (All Photos courtesy Jon Morgan)

First Quarter – Tanner Zent comes with a blindside smackdown on a 4th down conversion attempt; Sean Bellotti stopped a deep strike attempt by the Lakers; Dylan Lewis hits Jack Anderson causing a fumble that Lewis then recovers but the ball is ruled dead with Lewis out of bounds when he gained control.

Second Quarter – Mitch Lewis makes a beautiful catch for a 27 yard gain; on a 4th and 7 conversion attempt Miller hits Strahm in coverage for the 1st down; Carman and Strahm alternate on tough runs for a 1st and goal where Strahm walks it in for 6; Mitch Lewis brings in a first down after 2 swatted down pass attempts; Miller hits Carman for 8; Miller hits Faulhaber for a first down after some great protection from the line; Dawson Housely blows right through Steven Long and sacks Matthews for a loss of 9; and finally an entertaining hook and ladder in the final seconds of the half – ineffective, but showing some confidence.

Chet Spears with the tackle. (All Photos courtesy Jon Morgan)

First half stats: Dillon Miller 11-22, 118yards, INT, Mitch Lewis 7 carries, 36 yards; Connor Strahm 7 carries, 30 yards, 2 TDs, 2 catches, 15 yards; Mitch Lewis 3 catches, 46 yards; Mitch Carman 3 catches, 32 yards; Sean Bellotti 2 catches, 9 yards.

Third Quarter – Beautifully thrown pass by Dillon Miller intended for Joe Bando but broken up by Lake O; Chet Spears crushes through the O-Line to get Matthews in his grip – Mathews took a chance and flicked it as he was going down…for a completion; A nice 20 yard run by Mitch Lewis.

Fourth Quarter – This was a rough quarter.

Final stats: Dillon Miller 16-34, 136 yards, 2 INTs; Mitch Lewis 9 carries, 55 yards, 4 catches, 45 yards; Connor Strahm 8 carries, 36 yards, 2 TDs, 4 catches, 31 yards; Mitch Carman 3 catches, 32 yards.

As hard as it is to end a season this way, a tip of the hat to the Sheldon Irish for a memorable season and some great football.

1 Ryan Land RB,DB
2 Mitch Carman WR,DB
3 Sean Bellotti WR,DB
4 Austin Wheeler RB,LB
6 Cameron Herr RB,DB
7 Ross Cline WR,DB
8 Tyler Osborne WR,DB
9 Sam Hannah WR,DB
12 Dillon Miller QB,DB
13 Joe Spears WR,DB
16 Dawson Housley RB,LB
20 Joe Bando WR,DB
23 Luke Allender WR,DB
25 Drew Haugen WR,DB
51 Nick Ruiz-Anderson OL,DT
52 Peter Anderson OL,DE
53 Sam McCaskill OL,DE
54 Tanner Zent OL, LB
57 Kameron Canaday OL,DE
61 Connor Coleman OL,DE
66 Dale Baker OL,DT
68 Christian Nilsen OL,DE
77 Jacob Foutz OL,DT
84 Sean Ryan WR,DB

Farewell to a great pack of seniors – we’ll watch for you in College.

Last Team Standing


In a hard-fought back and forth game, The Sheldon Irish have managed to keep their undefeated record and their now 5-0 performance in OSAA semi-finals intact with the 18-9 victory over the Central Catholic Rams.

photographs courtesy of Jon Morgan for Sheldon Athletics

The Irish have also kept alive the prospect of a Lane County OSAA State Championship. The Irish will battle perennial championship bridesmaids the Lake Oswego Lakers next Saturday at Jeld-Wen Field. Bridesmaids yes, but creampuffs, no; the Lakers put the Irish out of contention last year during the quarter-finals at Ludwig field with a 45-14 blowout.

Portland’s Central Catholic Rams were the underdogs going into the semi-final game, but there is no question they deserved to be there, serving up the toughest game to date for the Irish. The two teams last met in 2009 in a non-league contest where the Irish came away with a 49-13 win. Yesterday’s game was a different story with a Sheldon margin of victory of only 9 points – 39 points fewer than their highest scoring game against the North Medford Black Tornado in September, and 7 of those points coming in the final seconds of the game. Sheldon has scored the most points (594) and allowed the fewest (120) of all 43 teams in the OSAA 6A Division.

The stats coming out of this matchup were nearly identical with the Irish putting up 300 yards of offense, the Rams 286; both teams with 94 yards rushing. Ram quarterback Ben Cook completed 13 of 19 pass attempts with one interception, the Irish’s Dillon Miller threw 17 completions out of 38 attempts with 2 interceptions. The first half of the game saw strong defensive play by both teams resulting in no touchdowns and two field-goals for each team.

photographs courtesy of Jon Morgan for Sheldon Athletics

The Ram’s Mitch Seeley kicked a 42 yard field goal near the end of the first quarter. The Irish’s Sean Bellotti answered with a successful 30 yarder to tie the game at the end of the quarter. Seeley put the Rams ahead with a 32 yard kick midway through the second quarter, Bellotti put up 3-points near the end of the half after a stalled Irish effort putting the Irish in a rare tie going into half-time. The Rams had an opportunity to take the lead in the final seconds of the first half, but a 39-yard field goal attempt by Seeley was blocked by Sheldon’s Dylan Lewis.

It was clear that Sheldon had made adjustments in both attitude and execution during half-time. During the first minute of the second half Sheldon’s Sam McCaskill was untouched as he brutally sacked Central Catholic quarterback Ben Cook in the end zone and forced a fumble that was recovered by linebacker Dawson Housely for a touchdown to put the Irish ahead for the first time at 12-6.

photographs courtesy of Jon Morgan for Sheldon Athletics

Undaunted the Rams drove to the Irish 4-yard line before QB Cook was sacked on third down forcing another Seeley kick from 32 yards putting the Rams within 3-points at 12-9. The Rams continued the onslaught with outstanding athletic play from Cook and runningback Hayward Demison returning to the Irish 7 yard line where Cook was sacked by Sheldon’s #10 Conner Strahm forcing a fumble which Strahm recovered. Central Catholics hopes were put to bed when Bellotti intercepted Cook and brought the ball back to the Rams 31-yard line with 2:41 remaining. The Irish capped the game with a Strahm three yard dash for a touchdown with 35 seconds on the clock.

Ultimately the game was decided by mistakes; high snaps, miscues, missed blocks and the ability to capitalize on them. Both teams clearly wanted the win, but as has been the story all year, the Irish were more than their opponents could handle. Professional games should be this good.

The OSAA State Championship Game between our Sheldon Irish and the Lake Oswego Lakers is this Saturday, December 10 at 1pm up at Jeld-Wen field.  You may decide to catch the Ducks at the Rose Bowl on television, but plan on watching this one in person.

Sheldon lightyears ahead of Crater…


Sheldon 42, Crater 0

The Sheldon Irish had no problem kicking the Crater Comets into another solar system.  Putting up 464 yards of total offense, the Irish cruised to a 42-0 victory on Friday night.

Quarterback Dillion Miller led the attack with 216 passing yards and two touchdowns.  Senior running back Ryan Land also did his part with 127 yards and two scores of his own.

The Irish defense was equally tough, holding the Comets’ to a paltry 28 yards of total offense.

The victory kept Sheldon’s undefeated season intact with an overall 6-0 record.  More importantly, with their 4-0 Southwest conference record, they kept pace at the top of the standings with South Medford.

South Medford 45, Thurston 32

The South Medford Panthers remained tied for first place in the SWC with a 45-32 victory over the visting Thurston Colts on Friday.  Panthers quarterback Jack Singler had a solid evening, throwing for 256 yards and three touchdowns.

Thurston’s Chad Olson also had a decent outing with three touchdown passes.  But the Colts simply could not keep pace with the Panthers late in the game.

Roseburg 61, South Eugene 7

Those poor Axemen just can’t even catch a break at home. South Eugene fell again on Friday, this time to Roseburg in a 61-7 blowout.  The loss dropped the Axemen’s overall record to 0-6, and their demise was relatively quick against the Indians.

Roseburg catapulted to a 28-7 lead in the first quarter and never looked back. The Indians’ record is now an overall 5-1, and they remain a game behind Sheldon and South Medford in the SWC standings.

Willamette 55, Marshfield 13

The Wolverines’ octane was in full force on Friday against the Pirates.  Willamette showed little mercy, crushing Marshfield 55-13.

Willamette running back Jordan Visarraga ran for 183 yards and four touchdowns.  Quarterback Dustin Leber also had a hot hand, throwing for 222 yards and two scores on the night.

The Wolverines extended their Midwestern League record to 3-1, and have a pivotal matchup in a few days.  They’ll visit top ranked Marist in a game that could very well decide the winner of the MWL title.

Marist 49, Churchill 19

The top-ranked Spartans got it going early and often against the Lancers.  Marist scored 35 points before halftime in a 49-19 laugher over visting Churchill.

Spartans’ running back Greg Park ran for 171 yards on the night.  Quarterback Kamerun Smith went 12-for-27, throwing for 156 yards and four touchdowns.

Marist’s overall record is now 6-0, and they’ll host Willamette this coming Friday.

Springfield 35, Eagle Point 34 (OT)

It was a crazy affair at Silke Field on Friday night, as the Springfield Millers squeaked by the Eagle Point Eagles 35-34 in overtime.

The Millers trailed 28-21 with just over a minute to go in the fourth quarter, before quarterback Britton Auxier tied it up with a touchdown pass to Dylan Piquette.

Eagle Point scored a touchdown on their possession in overtime, taking a 34-28 lead. (They missed an ensuing two-point conversion attempt).

Springfield answered with a three yard keeper by Auxier, and kicker Ashton Summers hit the extra point that turned out to be the difference of the ballgame.

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Tim Chuey Weather:

This could be the last hot weekend we see for a while as cooling begins next week.

Saturday College Football Forecasts: Ducks vs. Nevada at Autzen Stadium – Kickoff time 12:30 PM – Mostly sunny and hot, warming from near 80 to the mid 90s by the end of the game. Beavers vs Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin – Kickoff 11:00 AM CDT 9:00 AM PDT – Mostly sunny & warming from near 70 to near 80 by the end of the game.

We will be staying under a strengthening blocking high pressure ridge (“Arch” shape covering the Pacific Northwest) assuring that we will stay from very warm to hot. On the back side of the ridge the airflow will be from the west bringing more clouds and a frontal system will move in early next week and that should break the back of this heat wave.

Forecast for the Southern and lower Mid Willamette Valley including Eugene-Springfield and Albany-Corvallis: Mostly sunny & hot today and Sunday, mostly sunny but much cooler Monday, mostly clear at night highs 95-83 lows 54-50. Mostly sunny Tuesday, mostly clear in the evening, partly cloudy at night, a mix of clouds and sun Wednesday AM, mostly sunny Wednesday afternoon, mostly clear in the evening, partly cloudy Wednesday night through Friday AM, then mostly sunny Friday afternoon highs 82-76 lows 50-47. (seasonal averages high 79 low 48)


Because weather forecasting is a combination of science, intuition, and timing there can be no absolute guarantees that individual forecasts will be 100% accurate. Nature is in a constant state of flux and sudden unexpected weather events can happen.

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