Oregon Youth Leagues – It’s OK To Keep Score

If you want to strike up the ire of parents who have kids participating in organized youth sports, ask them what the score is. My daughter, who is 9, plays on a U9 (9 and under) North Clackamas soccer team and on occasion we have asked a parent to verify the score. Too often, even […]

Lincoln High School

On The Precipice Of History – Lincoln High School Eyes The Unprecedented

A couple years ago, the Portland Interscholastic League (PIL) made a bold and oft criticized decision: to have all of its schools compete at the 6A level, the highest enrollment level of high school athletics in Oregon. Previously, the conference was a hybrid, with many of the 9 schools playing in different classifications. By bringing […]


Sports Trauma For Fans

For all the care and concern over health in football, it’s still the biggest draw in sports. And the most traumatic. From NFL stadiums to local youth league fields and everywhere in between, coaches learn how to spot injuries early. In the youth leagues, parents are more involved, so that helps. While no one attends […]

Hermiston Little League

The Big Picture Of Little League

The interesting news you hear from kid sports is usually about parents. And it’s not good news. Reading about someone going berserk at a youth sport game is your chance to say, “I’d never do that,” and you’re probably right. But you never know what you might do until you’re in that heated moment and […]


Meridian Favorites In The Babe Ruth Baseball Association Pacific Northwest Region

Every year the Babe Ruth Baseball Association Pacific Northwest Region hosts an annual tournament. Founded in 1951, the league is a well established tradition amongst youth baseball. In 1953, the Pacific Northwest Region was created with the formation of a 13-15 Year-Old Division that has now grown into a very strong group of teams. After […]

Les Schwab Bowl

South Defense The Difference In Offensive Les Schwab Bowl

There are a lot of supposed truism is football, the things that when they happen usually translate to wins. Like when you have a running back rush for over 100 yards, including a 59 yard rushing touchdown, as Mason Rivers did, AND you nearly get a second 100 yard rushing game, as the North did […]


Your Kid Is A Finalist For An Oregon Sports Award. Now What?

Who remembers their first sports achievement? Was it learning to swim? Catching a ball? Running faster than a brother or sister? Whatever your memory is, you don’t remember your first athletic move. Your mom and dad do. Maybe it was the first time you raised a hand in your crib and whacked the mobile hanging […]

Les Schwab Invitational

Looking Back At The Les Schwab Invitational, And Ahead At The Best Teams In The State

This column written by Allan Classen of With the Les Schwab Invitational and other holiday tournaments out of the way, we can now take a serious look at the top boys’ basketball teams in Oregon. Never mind the 5-4 record, the West Linn Lions are still the team to beat. All four losses have been […]

Tigard Tigers

Two Teams, One Direction

The 4A Bulldogs climbed into the Oregon state finals for 2014 after their 41-40 squeaker in the semi-finals. A win is a win, we can all agree, but a one point win isn’t defining any football program as much as it tells who’s in favor with the football gods. You know the football gods? They’re […]

North Bend

Sports Therapy From High School Football

The hardest moments in real life come with saying goodbye. There’s never a last goodbye, and never enough time. We say goodbye to people and places, moms and dads, and it’s all too real. Celebrated coaches from high school years move on, or you move on, and you hear about their passing. You remember them […]

Kimane Domena

Kimane Domena Powers Roosevelt To Victory Over Wilson

The saga of quarterback Kimane Domena has been an interesting one. After his junior season, the 6’2”, 180 pound QB committed to Brigham Young University. However, before his senior season began, Domena unexpectedly de-committed from the university to re-open his options. Before the Roosevelt Roughriders took on the Wilson Trojans on Friday, I spoke with […]


The Importance Of “Team”

Of the ten players suspended by Lake Oswego football coach Steve Coury, one quit. Team building is a complicated business. Do it right and you can let out the rope. Coach Coury has been doing it right for decades. He knows when to let out the discipline rope, and when to tighten it. When he […]

Lake Oswego High School

Lake Oswego’s Weed Season

What happens in Vegas might stay in Vegas, but the same rules don’t apply to football camp. Imagine yourself as a high school sophomore good enough to play varsity in one of Oregon’s best football programs. It’s so good that players from other schools transfer to LO for the experience. You might be a star […]


Follow Your Dream

After you hear the words, "Follow your dream," or, "Follow your bliss," what's next? Most hear that and decide to put dreams and bliss on the shelf for another day. They'll get on it when they have more time, follow their bliss after they learn to identify it. An old New York City joke has a tourist asking a […]


The Bulldog Difference, 2053

Experts say you lay the tracks for the rest of your life early. I say it happens in high school football. Nothing in early childhood prepares kids to deal with the success and failure of sports. You didn't get the 'right' bike at Christmas? And you feel bad? Even cheated? Maybe got your feelings hurt? […]


The Impact Of The Portland Interscholastic League Proposed Shuffle

The Portland Interscholastic League (PIL), the governing body for high school sports in Portland Public Schools, recently released their plan to move all Portland high schools into the 6A category. This represents a change from the existing system which has schools competing at the 5A or 6A level depending on enrollment and level of competition. […]