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Prep Football Fans: Local 6A Football Schedules

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Now you can start counting down. Those who hunger for high school football can begin marking their calendars, at least if you’re a 6A football follower. Oregonlive.com reported Tuesday the release of the 2013 season schedules for the high school football teams at the highest classification.

The dates are of particular importance to Eugene fans of Sheldon High, the 6A defending champion. South Eugene and Thurston join Sheldon as the three local teams in the 6A’s Southwest Conference. The following are their schedules:

(All games start at 7 p.m.)

The Sheldon Irish and Thurston Colts will face off this year on Oct. 18 at Sheldon. (Jon Morgan/sheldonfootball.com)
The Sheldon Irish and Thurston Colts will face off this year on Oct. 18 at Sheldon
(Jon Morgan/sheldonfootball.com)

Sheldon Irish (2012 record: 14-0 overall, 7-0 in conference)

  • Aug. 30 – at Southridge
  • Sept. 6 – Central Catholic
  • Sept. 13 – South Eugene
  • Sept. 20 – at North Medford
  • Sept. 27 – South Medford
  • Oct. 4 – at Crater
  • Oct. 11 – Roseburg
  • Oct. 18 – Thurston
  • Oct. 25 – at Grants Pass
South Eugene Axemen Football (axemenfootball.com)
South Eugene Axemen Football (axemenfootball.com)

South Eugene Axemen (2012 record: 0-10, 0-7)

  • Aug. 30 – Churchill
  • Sept. 6 – at Willamette
  • Sept. 13 – at Sheldon
  • Sept. 20 – South Medford
  • Sept. 27 – at Roseburg
  • Oct. 4 – Grants Pass
  • Oct. 11 – at North Medford
  • Oct. 18 – Crater
  • Oct. 25 – at Thurston

 

Thurston Colts practice during 2012 season. (thurstonfootball.com)
Thurston Colts practice during 2012 season. (thurstonfootball.com)

Thurston Colts (2012 record: 6-5, 5-2)

  • Aug. 30 – Aloha
  • Sept. 6 – at West Salem
  • Sept. 13 – at South Medford
  • Sept. 20 – Roseburg
  • Sept. 27 – at Grants Pass
  • Oct. 4 – North Medford
  • Oct. 11 – at Crater
  • Oct. 18 – at Sheldon
  • Oct. 25 – South Eugene

 

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Sheldon’s Cooper Stiles Earns OSAA 6A Player of Year

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Sheldon's Cooper Stiles (Norm Maves Jr./Oregonian)
Sheldon’s Cooper Stiles
(Norm Maves Jr./Oregonian)

Sheldon Irish senior Cooper Stiles has been named the OSAA 6A Player of the Year after an incredible season in-which he batted .396 (42 for 106) with eight doubles, one home run, 29 RBIs, 13 walks and three stolen bases.

Stiles led his Irish to the 6A State title and a 6-5 victory over Clackamas. Stiles went 2-3 in the game with two RBIs.

Stiles will walk-on to the University of Oregon next season and says that he hopes to either play third base or catcher.

“When I heard I was named Player of the Year, it kind of shocked me,” Stiles said in an article by Oregon Live. “That’s a pretty cool thing to have happen, but … I was talking to Coach Horton and he said, ‘Let’s not make this the end of the road. Let’s get some new goals and let’s work for those.’ I’m pretty exciting for what’s coming.”

Other locals who made top honors are Sheldon head coach Stan Manley, Sheldon first basemen Brett Nielsen, South Eugene pitcher Joe Schindler, Sheldon pitcher Mike Ralston, Sheldon outfielder Dylan Lewis and Sheldon pitcher Taylor Alie.

Below is a full list of the 6A honorees:

2013 CLASS 6A BASEBALL ALL-STATE TEAMS

 

Player of the year:

  • Cooper Stiles, Sheldon

Pitcher of the year:

  • Austin Kelly, Clackamas

Co-coaches of the year:

  • John Arntson, Clackamas,
  • Stan Manley, Sheldon

FIRST TEAM

Catcher

  • Cooper Hummels, sr., Lakeridge
  • Andrew Reichenbach, sr., Newberg

First Base

  • Brett Nielsen, sr., Sheldon
  • Reid Penney, sr., Lake Oswego

Infield

  • Stefanos Panayiotou, sr., Hillsboro
  • Jacob Zanon, sr., Southridge
  • Micah Brown, jr., North Medford
  • Cooper Stiles, sr., Sheldon
  • Jacob Ridell, sr., West Salem

Outfield

  • Jack Anderson, sr., Lake Oswego
  • Andrew Schlottman, sr., Tualatin
  • Tristan Guillen, sr., Roseburg
  • Evan Jones, sr., Barlow
  • Chandler Whitney, sr., Southridge

Pitcher

  • Austin Kelly, sr., Clackamas
  • Reza Aleaziz, sr., Southridge
  • Connor Scott, sr., Tualatin
  • Caleb Henry, jr., West Salem
  • Jake Simmons, jr., Barlow
  • Colton Westfall, so., North Medford

Utility

  • Evan Haberle, jr., Jesuit
  • Player of the year: Cooper Stiles, Sheldon
  • Pitcher of the year: Austin Kelly, Clackamas
  • Co-coaches of the year: John Arntson, Clackamas; Stan Manley, Sheldon

SECOND TEAM

Catcher

  • Matt Decker, sr., Jesuit
  • Kyle Henderson, sr., Westview
  • Mitch McLaughlin, sr., Lake Oswego

First Base

  • Riley Newman, sr., West Salem
  • Anthony Martin, sr., Crater

Infield

  • Travis Sanders, jr., Lake Oswego
  • Ray Ayo, sr., Westview
  • Taylor Raff, sr., North Medford
  • Evan Erskine, sr., Crater
  • Bruin Campbell, jr., Tigard

Outfield

  • Jared Bell, jr., Clackamas
  • Houston Thom, jr., Barlow
  • Riley Rediger, sr., West Salem
  • Jimmy Sporer, jr., South Medford

Pitcher

  • Joe Schindler, sr., South Eugene
  • Gage Gubrud, jr., McMinnville
  • Jordan Horak, jr., Lake Oswego
  • Cam Hawkins, sr., Barlow
  • Mike Ralston, sr., Sheldon

Utility

  • Zack Wyscaver, sr., Roseburg

HONORABLE MENTION

Catcher

  • Jake DuFault, sr., South Salem
  • Mitchell Rose, sr., Reynolds

First Base

  • Connor Zwetsch, sr., Westview

Infield

  • Joey Fishback, jr., Tualatin
  • Jon Fishback, sr., Tualatin
  • Karson Lindell, so., West Linn
  • Ty Wyatt, sr., McNary
  • Tanner Hamilton, sr., North Salem
  • Nick Choruby, sr., Jesuit
  • Alec Dehnert, sr., Reynolds

Outfield

  • Dylan Lewis, sr., Sheldon
  • Cooper Brunner, jr., Tualatin
  • Cordell Harris, sr., Grant

Pitcher

  • Connor Zwetsch, sr., Westview
  • Lane Briggs, sr., Sprague
  • David Crofton, jr., North Medford
  • Taylor Alie, sr., Sheldon
  • Alex Fisher, sr., Grant

Utility

  • Cole Scruggs, jr., Clackamas
  • Alex Alvarado, so., North Salem

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Sheldon Takes Shot at 6A Baseball Championship

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Mike Ralston and Sheldon’s baseball team hope to drive home a state championship in today’s 6A title game against Clackamas (Gary Breedlove/Eugene Daily News)
Mike Ralston and Sheldon’s baseball team hope to drive home a state championship in today’s 6A title game against Clackamas
(Gary Breedlove/Eugene Daily News)

Never mind the big stage. Playing for a state championship is nothing new to 16 of the 19 players on Sheldon’s baseball team. All but three players on the baseball team played on the Irish state championship football team this past season. So when baseball team hits the turf at Volcanoes Stadium in Keizer to face Clackamas in the 6A state championship game at 5 p.m. today, the pressure and intensity of the moment will be quite familiar.

“The kids are going about their business really well,” Sheldon coach Stan Manley said. “They know how to prepare for a game.”

“(They) are playing real confident and a lot of the kids won a championship in football, so they know how to perform in this kind of situation. They don’t seem to be afraid of the big stage.”

While they may be accustomed to the stage, for Sheldon (26-5) it will be the school’s first state championship baseball game in 47 years. Back in 1966, the Irish lost 4-2 to Hillsboro. And though current Sheldon third base coach Jim Fryback played on that team, Manley says his players give little thought to that history.

What they are considering is their opponent. Clackamas (27-3) is making its third trip to the state championship game in six years. The Cavaliers won the title both seasons, one in 2008 and 2010. They’re coached by John Arntson, who was the 6A coach of the year during both championship seasons.

Sheldon Head Coach Stan Manley (Manley's Twitter Page)
Sheldon Head Coach Stan Manley
(Manley’s Twitter Page)

“Their strength is that they’re well coached,” Manley said. “…and they have a winning tradition.”

Manley anticipates his players will face Clackamas senior pitcher Austin Kelly. The 6-foot-5, right-handed thrower was just named Oregon’s 2012-13 Gatorade Player of the Year. According to the web site perfectgame.org, Kelly’s fast ball has been clocked at 86 miles per hour. He held Thurston to one hit and no runs in a complete game during the playoff quarterfinals. According to Oregonlive.com, Kelly has a 9-1 record with a 1.27 earned run average.

“We’ve talked about being patient at the plate (when facing Kelly), not swing at balls in the dirt and trying to keep from swing at high pitches,” Manley said.

Hitting has hardly been an issue for Sheldon, particularly in the post-season. The Irish have scored 11 or more runs in three of their four playoff games, including a 22-2 win over McMinnville. Irish first baseman and pitcher Brett Nielsen leads the team with a .465 batting average, 46 hits, and 38 runs batted in. Manley said pitcher-outfielder Mike Ralston will be the designated hitter today. He’s hitting .427 and leads the team with 13 doubles and 13 stolen bases. Catcher Gaje McDaniel has been hot this post season, during which he’s hit three of his team leading four home runs.

This year, both Sheldon and Clackamas have held opponents to an average of three runs a game. Offensively, Sheldon has averaged eight runs a game, and Clackamas averaged six per game. The two teams have played five similar opponents. Clackamas is 7-0 and Sheldon is 6-1, with the lone loss to Thurston early in the season.

Sheldon will start right-handed pitcher Taylor Alie on the mound. Alie is 10-2 this season with a 1.76 ERA. If necessary, Manley said he will go to Ralston, a 6-foot-6, left-handed pitcher who is 7-1 with a 2.25 ERA.

“I wouldn’t expect a huge score in this game,” Manley said. “But I expect our guys are going to battle.”

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Sheldon’s McDaniel plays big in 6A quarterfinal baseball game

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He jogged around the bases with a grin on his face. Gaje McDaniel had plenty to smile about on Friday night. His teammates on the Sheldon High baseball team rushed from their dugout and greeted him with cheers, claps, pats and sheer joy. Sometimes in sport, there is magic on the field that leaves you wondering, as McDaniel himself asked afterwards, “(Did) that really happen?”

It did. With one swing of his bat in a quarterfinal game against Crater, the Sheldon catcher advanced his team to the 6A semifinals with a game-ending home run that gave Sheldon a 2-1. He was the lead-off hitter in the bottom of the seventh inning. If his team doesn’t score, the game goes into extra innings. They score, the game’s over.

Tony Tokatly (Sheldon Athletics)
Tony Tokatly
(Sheldon Athletics)

And that’s how it ended. The left-handed hitting McDaniel lined a pitch over the right-field wall, a dramatic close to a tight game. “I knew I had to get on base,” he said. “It was critical that  I did.”

It was his first walk-off home run as a player, and the first Sheldon coach Stan Manley can recall. It capped a big week for McDaniel, who hit a grand slam and another home run in the previous two playoff games. “I’ve been really successful at the plate lately to be honest,” McDaniel said.

“I just kind of said to myself, ‘Hit the ball as hard as you can. Wherever it ends up, you’re all right.”

Some context is needed, though. Successful hitting in baseball is getting one hit in three at-bats, so what McDaniel has done makes hitting .300 look ho-hum. This extraordinary week came from the Sheldon player who at 5-foot-9 is the shortest on the roster. The team’s tallest player at 6-foot-6 is pitcher and outfielder Mike Ralston, a guy that looks like he can bench-press a house.

“That (home run) was huge,” Ralston said. “I can’t put it into words. That’s always a way you want to win a game…Guys always look at him and say he’s the shortest guy on the roster, but no, he’s got more power than any of us.”

Oh, yes, and by the way, McDaniel is the eighth hitter on the Sheldon lineup. Not the normal position you’d find the team’s home run leader. “We have a lot of guys that can hit the ball very well,” he said.

On Friday, the Irish were puzzled at the plate by Crater’s tallest player, 6-foot-5 pitcher Nolan Bastendorff. The junior threw off-speed pitches and consistently located his pitches on the corners of the plate. Bastendorff was doing this to a Sheldon team that had scored 22 runs the night before and 11 runs in its first-round playoff game.

“We thought he’d be able to keep (Sheldon) off balance because he’s able to mix pitches well and (able) to throw pitches in counts that are hard to anticipate,” Crater coach Jay Campbell said. “He was able to do that for the most part. He kept us right there in the game.”

And he did, until the last pitch, which McDaniel sent over the fence near a light pole between the 324- and 358-foot markers on outfield wall. McDaniel’s home run gave Sheldon its first lead of the game.

Crater took a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning, when Comets first baseman Anthony Martin blasted a solo home run over the left-field fence. An inning later, Sheldon pinch runner Spencer Clark scored from third base on a wild pitch that got past the Crater catcher. Clark was running for Mitch Lewis, who hit a double to start the inning. Clark advanced to third on a Crater error. Then, with the game 1-1, McDaniel took the swing that ended it.

“We’ve had several late-inning comebacks this year,” said Manley, Sheldon’s coach. “And the kids all knew that. They reminded themselves that we’ve come back from these things all year. So why not today?”

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April 4th – Morning Headlines

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  • Oregon Democrats fast-track their PERS cost-curbing plan
    A Democrat-backed plan to curb costs in the Public Employee Retirement System, introduced last week, is being fast-tracked by the majority party in the state Capitol. And Democratic Gov. John Kitzhaber today expressed support for it, even though it goe
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    By her petite stature you’d never guess that Thurston High School senior Natalie Kronser has a mezzo-soprano voice that can fill a stage and auditorium. “As a student she did a performance at the Hult Center, and she didn’t need a mic 
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  • No. 11 Oregon baseball takes on No. 24 ASU in the desert
    No. 11 Oregon (22-6, 8-1 Pac-12), fresh off a seven-game win streak, will take to the road Friday for a three-game series against No. 24 Arizona State (16-8-1, 4-5 Pac-12) in Tempe, Ariz., this weekend. The Sun Devils are an accomplished team with
  • South breaks long streak against Irish
    Ella Leiblein pitched a complete game for South Eugene and the visiting Axemen scored six runs in the second inning en route to a 7-2 victory against Sheldon in a Southwest Conference softball game. The win was South Eugene’s first league victory
  • Lancers can bring hammer 

    Churchill’s lineup is loaded not just one through nine, but all the way down the bench. The Lancers are averaging nearly 10 runs per game with power throughout the order during a 6-3 start in softball. They opened the season by playing eight game

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Lots of clouds and rain for your Thursday, maybe even an afternoon or evening thunderstorm.

An upper level high pressure ridge (shaded “Arch”shape) gave us plenty of sun and warm temperatures. That’s gone now and the clouds and showers have returned as a trough of low pressure slides eastward south of us once again. A frontal system will move in Friday increasing the chances for rain and yet another frontal system will move in over the weekend increasing the chance of showers.

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High: 63
Low: 42
Rain: 60%
Forecast: Cloudy with rain likely (60%) this AM,  showers with a slight (20%) chance of  thunderstorms in the afternoon and evening (0.25 in. of rain possible), showers likely (60%) late tonight (0.10 in. of rain possible) and breezy (wind: S 15-25 mph), rain Friday (0.20 in. of rain possible), and Friday night (0.25 in. of rain possible), then mostly cloudy with showers likely (60%) Saturday and Saturday night highs 63-56 lows 48-42. Mostly cloudy with rain Sunday, a good (50%) chance of showers at night and Monday, a slight (20%) chance of showers at night, a mix of clouds and sun  with a slight (20%) chance of showers Tuesday and Wednesday and mostly cloudy with a slight (20%) chance of showers Tuesday night highs 56-62 cooling to 59 Wednesday lows 40-43. (seasonal averages high 59 low 39)

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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March 26 – Morning Headlines

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  • Sheldon Baseball at Top of 6A OSAA Ranking
    The Sheldon Irish (3-1) remain the No. 1 team in the OSAA 6A Rankings despite a 7-1 loss to Chaparral of Parker, Colorado today. The Irish seem to not know what a close game is with each of their four games being decidedly one-sided.
  • UO sweeps series with hot early bats
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Showers will be the name of the game this week with possible thunderstorms Wednesday and Thursday.

An upper level high pressure ridge (shaded “Arch”shape) has moved eastward and low pressure is offshore enough to bring moisture our way increasing the clouds. A frontal system will bring back the chance of showers today. Another frontal system will move on a southeast course through the northwest corner of California taking the heaviest rain to the south away rom the Willamette Valley just in time for Easter Sunday.

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High: 62
Low: 42
Rain: 40%
Forecast: Mostly cloudy with a slight (20%) chance of showers today (under 0.10 in. of rain possible), a slight (20%) chance of evening showers, a (40%) chance of showers late tonight (under 0.10 in. of rain possible), AM showers likely (60%), showers Wednesday with a slight (20%) chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon (0.15 in. of rain possible), mostly cloudy with evening showers and a good (50%) chance of showers late Wednesday night (under 0.10 in. of rain possible), mostly cloudy with a good (50%) chance of showers and a slight (20%) chance of thunderstorms Thursday, then mostly cloudy with a (40%) chance of showers Thursday night highs near 62 lows 42-46. Mostly cloudy with a (30%) chance of showers Friday, a slight (20%) chance of showers at night, a mix of clouds and sun with a (40%) chance of showers Saturday, partly cloudy with a slight (20%) chance of showers at night, a mix of clouds and sun with a slight (20%) chance of showers Sunday, partly cloudy with a slight (20%) chance of showers Sunday night, then a mix of clouds and sun with a (40%) chance of showers Monday highs 64-69 cooling to near 60 Monday lows 46-43. (seasonal averages high 58 low 38)

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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Matchup of Season: No. 2 Lancers vs No. 8 Irish

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Two teams have been dominating Eugene prep basketball this season. On Friday night, these two powerhouses will collide in the game of the season regionally.

The (16-4, 9-0) Churchill Lancers sit in the No. 2 ranking in the entire state of Oregon, behind only Jefferson (Portland), and have four remaining games before the start of the 5A OSAA state playoffs. The (17-5, 6-1) Sheldon Irish will come into the game ranked No. 8 in the 6A standings. These two will face off Friday in a battle for revenge and bragging rights.

Sheldon pulled out a narrow 56-51 over Churchill on January 15th at home, but now the game is headed over to the Lancers’ Dome. Churchill has one of the most intimidating student sections in the region, and you can be they’ll be out for vengeance.

So, here is how the teams breakdown and why each team could win:

 

chs_logoWhy Churchill Wins:

 

The Lancers opened the season an impressive 7-0, but dropped two of their next three games in the Mesa Challenge (Mesa, AZ tournament) to teams with a combined record of 41-10. Yeah, those were really good teams. But Churchill as a team has continued to grow since the losses, going 8-2 with both of their loses coming by three and five points to South Eugene and Sheldon respectively.

Since the back-to-back loses, the team has won by an average of 24.2 PPG. Only one of their last six wins has been by fewer than 14 points.

Churchill is at their hottest point, which is exactly where they want to be heading into postseason competition. The Lancers will want to continue the stride with a payback win over the rival Irish. With the home crowd behind them, they’ll role.

 

14250_fullWhy Sheldon Wins:

 

The Irish are the most athletically gifted team in the Eugene/Springfield area. Like the Lancers, Sheldon is on its hottest streak of the season and winners of their last 13 games. Excluding a 4-game losing streak early on in the season (three of them to out-of-league teams in the Les Schwab Invitational) the team has an astound 17-1 record.

Head coach Ron Lampe typically has to deal with slow starts to the season, as half of his players make the transition from football season to basketball.

The Irish have proven that they know how to take down the Lancers, not something many can say, and are primed to do it again on an even bigger stage. With the poise and senior leadership behind multi-sport star Connor Strahm, the home-court advantage won’t be a factor. Sheldon has the experience.

 

Game Prediction:

 
Churchill 57
Sheldon 53
 

I swear this has nothing to do with the fact that I’m a Churchill alumni! This team is on a mission and seems ready to win its first state championship since 2001. Brothers Malik and Emanuel Morgan make for one of the strongest tandem of guards in the state. Along with 6’6″ Keidren Johnson, Churchill has a lethal inside-outside game. I see the Lancers getting payback for the January showdown exactly a month before.

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Willamette girls basketball overcomes Sheldon

Defense was the name of the game on Thursday when the girls basketball programs from Willamette and Sheldon met at Sheldon high School for a non-league game.

Overcoming the loss of two of their starters, the Willamette Wolverines used a stout defensive front to hold back the Sheldon Irish as they came away with a 37-35 victory. Both teams were rather unimpressive in shooting the ball on Thursday, Sheldon converting just 28.6 percent of their shots while Willamette was held to a 24.4 shooting percentage.

Lexi Bando proved the hero for the Wolverines as she converted two late free throws that came after the Irish managed to hit a three to tie the game at 35 with just 25 seconds left. Though it was Bando’s points that put Willamette ahead just before the end of regulation, the Wolverines’ defense would step up once again as they kept the Irish from converting of their last-second opportunities.

Willamette now stands at 15-3 on the season while Sheldon fell to 14-5.

December 7 – Morning News

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  • Have you seen him? Sketch of suspect in attempted school abduction
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  • Embezzler gets 3 years
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  • Drunk driver hits parked patrol car, injures trooper
    A state trooper was injured on Highway 101 early Thursday morning when a drunk driver drifted off the road and hit his parked cruiser, officials said.
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It looks like today will be pretty wet, but your Saturday will dry our quite a bit.

The  upper air flow is now moving from west to east (called Zonal Flow) and will start cooling us down a bit. It will start to turn more from the northwest swinging that cooler air over the mountains producing more mountain snow to lower levels. A frontal system pushed through so we’ll see colder drier air take over and some well deserved sunshine breaks. Here is a look at a frontal system that will move in between late Sunday and Monday increasing the chance of precipitation as it passes, but drying us out to only slight chances of rain behind it early in the week. Mt. Ashland is open. Hoodoo is open as of today, and Willamette Pass is still waiting for quite a bit more snow.

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High: 48
Low: 34
Forecast: Mostly cloudy with showers likely (60%) today (0.10 in. of rain possible), a good (50%) chance of showers tonight (under 0.10 in. of rain possible), a mix of clouds and sun with a (40%) chance of showers Saturday (0.10 in. of rain possible), partly cloudy with a slight (20%) chance of rain Saturday night, a mix of clouds and sun with a slight (20%) chance of rain Sunday, then mostly cloudy with a (30%) chance of rain Sunday night highs 48-44 lows 38-34 warming to 38 Sunday night. A mix of clouds again with a slight (20%) chance of rain Monday, just mostly cloudy Monday night, mostly cloudy with a (40%) chance of showers Tuesday, showers likely (60%) Tuesday night, a good (50%) chance of showers Wednesday, a (40%) chance of showers Wednesday night, then mostly cloudy with just a slight (20%) chance of showers Thursday highs 50-45 lows 38-40 cooling to 36 Wednesday night. (seasonal averages high 46 low 34)

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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Sheldon Beats Grants Pass to Finish Season 9-0

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In a game that was more a victory lap than a competitive contest, the Sheldon Irish (9-0 overall, 7-0 league) finalized their undefeated regular season record by demolishing the visiting Grants Pass Cavemen (3-6 overall, 3-5 league). Blowout wins are nothing new for the Irish – seven of their nine wins this year were by 35+ points – but even so it’s a rare thing to be able to say that a 62-7 win wasn’t anywhere near as close as its final score would seem to indicate.

“We were expecting them to play hard and fight until they couldn’t fight anymore,” said Sheldon quarterback Taylor Allie after the game. “We just came out and overpowered them.”

The first play from scrimmage set the tone for the rest of the game. After the snap, Allie dropped back into the safety of a pocket so strongly protected that he had enough time to complete both a play-action fake and an end-around fake before rainbowing a pass deep downfield to wide receiver Mitchell Herbert for a 55-yard touchdown.

We just noticed on film that they [Grants Pass’ defenders] had a lot of eyes in the backfield,” explained Sheldon head coach Lane Johnson. “We see teams with eyes in the backfield, we run a lot of play action stuff.”

Allie’s recollection of the play was far less strategic. “I saw Mitchell Herbert had a five yard cushion,” he said with a laugh, “and with that great of a receiver that’s all I need. I just threw it out there to him and let him do the rest.”

After a three-and-out by Grants Pass, Sheldon retook the field at their own 28 yard line. Three Allie passes and an 8-yard scoring run by star running back Connor Strahm later, the Irish were up 14-0. Another three-and-out by the visiting team ensued, to which the Irish responded with a second Allie-to-Herbert touchdown pass from 35 yards out.

From there, the situation began to deteriorate at an almost exponential rate for the Cavemen. Their next drive, which was marred by a one-play benching of their quarterback Ben Glaeser for removing his helmet on the field, ended after six plays with an interception returned for a touchdown by Sheldon defensive back Mitch Lewis. The drive after that ended after four plays when Glaeser, pressured up the middle by two charging defenders, made a panicked throwaway attempt that ended up in the arms of Sheldon DB Liam Talty, who returned the interception for a touchdown.

Grants Pass was able to maintain some dignity by punting the ball away after six plays on their next possession, but Allie soon rendered that moot two plays later by throwing a short pass to Mitch Lewis, who juked his way 30 yards downfield for a touchdown. That score put the Irish up by an insurmountable 42-0 lead, and amazingly enough there was still 1:57 left to play in the first quarter.

Sheldon #10 Connor Strahm looks down at a fallen Grants Pass defender as he jogs across the goal line in the first quarter (Matthew Heuett/Eugene Daily News)

“I was surprised that we got 42 in the first quarter, but us coming out and getting after them didn’t surprise me at all,” said Coach Johnson. “We don’t ever expect that [scoring so many points], but we sure like it when it happens.”

Sheldon eased off the throttle soon thereafter and began subbing in its backups, but the team still managed to rack up a few more scores. In the second quarter, Yadie Dunmore scored a rushing touchdown from three yards out, and the Irish added two more TDs in the third quarter, one on a short pass from Joseph Kuehn to Spencer Clark and the second on a ten yard run by Chico Barajas.

On the other side of the field, the Cavemen looked increasingly frustrated and dejected as the game wore on. One of the few bright spots for Grants Pass was the play of QB Hunter Rich, who subbed in for Glaeser at the beginning of the second quarter. Rich was unable to lead any scoring drives, but no matter how much the Irish defenders knocked him around he continued to battle gamely both with his arm and his legs. The Cavemen’s lone score of the night was on an 11-yard run by Bean Dean with 1:24 left to go in the fourth quarter.

Next up, the Sheldon Irish have a week off while they wait to learn who their first opponent of the postseason will be.