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  • The record for most points in an 8-man football season was set this past weekend in an Oregon shootout.

    According to the Register-Guard of Eugene, Ore., the Lowell (Ore.) football team set the national record for season points when it finished with 946 points in 13 games. According to the NFHS Record Book, that total is No. 1 in history, beating the 891 by Fremont-Mills of Iowa in 2011.

    Photo courtesy of OSAA
    The Devils made it to the OSAA Division 1A title game Saturday but lost 88-76 to Imbler in the highest-scoring game in Oregon championship history that is also the sixth-highest total combined score in national 8-man history.

    Lowell tied for second all-time with 95 offensive plays and ran the ball 74 times, also second all-time.

    The Devils averaged 72.8 points per game this season, the second-best total ever. Jefferson (S.D.) holds that record with 75.1 points per game in 1967.

    “That was an interesting matchup but bittersweet,” Lowell coach Pat Todd (a Lowell alumnus) told the newspaper. “Anybody would take a state title over any other scoring thing.

    “It’s been a great season and a great run and I hope they all look back not too long from now and say, ‘Wow, what a year.'"

  • They call it "The Wrecking Ball."

    That's the name of the fake extra-point attempt devised by Sherwood head coach Greg Lawrence and staff.

    Sherwood (Ore.) is 9-0 and has outscored opponents 554-96 on the season. Lawrence and his assistant coaches are constantly on the lookout for ways to keep his kids engaged and having fun.

    "We have 32 seniors," Lawrence told MaxPreps on Monday. "We're trying to get of them in on special teams. We've been winning most games. We've been crushing everyone, so we've been trying to find things to make it fun for the kids."

    Sherwood called for The Wrecking Ball early on Friday night, after the team's first touchdown, so as not to show up Putnam with the game already out of hand.

    The Wrecking Ball calls for the team's 5-foot-5, 240-pound kicker, Martin Layna, to take the snap directly.

    Layna is supposed to charge ahead, and just before crossing the line of scrimmage, loft the ball up to the team's 6-11 tight end, Jordan Kurahara.

    Before the team attempted the Wrecking Ball in a game, Sherwood added one additional wrinkle.

    "One of our other senior linemen asked if he could come off like a monkey, pick the tee up, and hop off the field like a monkey," Lawrence said. "Our special teams coach said 'Sure, why not? Let's do it.'"

    The play went off without a hitch, as senior lineman Ryan Jurgens grabbed the tee and distracted the defense by hopping off the field like a monkey.

    That allowed Layne to throw a perfect spiral to Kurahara for perhaps the most unusual two-point conversion ever.

    Perhaps unsurprisingly, it's not the first trick play Sherwood has attempted.

    Check out their unique two-point conversion from a Week 3 matchup against Hermiston.

    Sherwood heads into the Class 5A playoffs as the top-ranked team in the MaxPreps Computer Rankings.

  • What a way to snap a long losing streak against an opponent.

    On Friday night, Lakeridge (Lake Oswego, Ore.) beat Lake Oswego (Ore.) for the first time in nine years, according to The Oregonian.

    It was tied at 14 when Eric Dungey took the snap from the opposition's 34-yard line, heaved the ball to the left sideline and watched as Joe Sindlinger made the grab over a Lake Oswego defender.

    Lakeridge won 20-14, and moved to 6-2 with the victory.
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    Former Klamath Union standout Justin Chavarria won the MLB 2K13 Perfect Game Challenge Tuesday.

    Being an All-League high school pitcher might not have helped Justin Chavarria win $250,000 in the MLB 2K13 Perfect Game Challenge, but it couldn't have hurt.

    The 21-year-old is currently a student at the University of Oregon, but as a senior in high school at Klamath Union (Klamath Falls, Ore.) Chavarria was a first team All-Southern Sky Conference pitcher, according to the Medford Mail Tribune.

    Translating his skills on the mound to the television screen, Chavarria beat out three other finalists to win the grand prize in the national video game competition on Tuesday.
    He not only gets the cash prize, but will also be the guest of Major League Baseball at Tuesday night's All-Star Game in New York.

    Chavarria told the Klamath Falls Herald and News before the competition that he practiced the game six hours a day, all while attending college and serving as a practice player for the Oregon women's basketball team.
  • Photo courtesy of Pulse Management

    Rachel Proteau, West Albany

    One of America's most treasured track and field venues was the setting for the fall of one of Oregon's longest-standing track and field records.

    As reported by the Statesman JournalWest Albany (Ore.) senior Rachel Proteau had already won the OSAA 5A title, then had the bar moved to 6 feet, 1 inch Friday before clearing the bar to break a record set in 1974. That erased Sheridan High alum Joni Huntley's 6-0 3/4 mark. Huntley went on to compete in the Olympics.

    Each spectacular mark was set at Hayward Field on the University of Oregon campus.

    A 31-year-old record also fell, as South Eugene (Ore.) senior Erin Clark and Grant (Portland, Ore.) freshman Ella Donaghu each bested the 9 minutes, 39 seconds time posted by Kim Roth of Sprague in 1982. Clark finished in 9:32.08 and Donaghu finished in 9:37.22.

  • Photo by Larry Lawson

    Payton Pritchard helped West Linn capture Oregon's Class 6A state title in March. Later this week, he will join 30 of the top young players in the country in an attempt to earn a spot on USA Basketball's U16 team.

    USA Basketball's Developmental National Team will begin preparation for the FIBA Americas U16 Championship later this week with eight new names on the roster.

    The FIBA Americas U16 Championship will be held June 11-15 in Uruguay. Joining the list of hopefuls to earn on of 12 roster spots on that team are:

    Lonzo Ball, 6-4, 165, G – Chino Hills (Calif.)
    Terrance Ferguson, 6-6, 170, G – Prime Prep (Dallas)
    Quentin Goodin, 6-2, 175, G – Taylor County (Campbellsville, Ky.)
    Jessie Govan, 6-9, 255, F/C – St. Mary's (Manhasset, N.Y.)
    Derrick Jones, 6-6, 180, G/F – Archbishop Carroll (Radnor, Pa.)
    Payton Pritchard, 6-0, 170, G – West Linn (Ore.)
    Devearl Ramsey, 5-10, 170, G – Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, Calif.)
    Kobi Jordan-Simmons, 6-4, 170, G – St. Francis (Alpharetta, Ga.)

    "After looking at our initial roster we felt these eight guys would fit in to the mix as far as versatility and guard play, especially," USA head coach Don Showalter said. "They're good additions to have. All eight of them have a great shot at making our USA U16 National Team, as do the other players we invited to begin with."

    The complete roster can be found here.

    The 31 invitees will begin training camp Thursday in Colorado Springs, Colo., and must have been born on or after Jan. 1, 1997 in order to participate.

    The USA's previous two showings in the FIBA Americas U16 Championship have been dominant ones, going a combined 10-0 and capturing gold medals in Argentina (2009) and Mexico (2011).

    The top four teams in Uruguay will qualify for the 2014 FIBA U17 World Championship. The site for that event has not been announced but Dubai is among the cities receiving strong consideration.
  • University of Oregon recruit Thomas Tyner rarely lost a 100-meter race during his brilliant career at Aloha (Beaverton, Ore.),

    Courtesy photo

    Thomas Tyner

    However, the state-record holder (10.35 seconds) lost a race on Friday to 39-year-old government teacher Scott Baker - for charity.

    Aloha students and faculty have been raising funds for Sparrow Clubs and this year's recipient is one-year-old Olivia Strohmeyer, who has Rhabdomyosarcoma, a soft-tissue cancer. She already has undergone six months of radiation, plus chemotherapy and three surgeries.

    Earlier this month Baker challenged Tyner to a 100-meter race as part of the school's fundraiser. Tyner agreed and even promised Baker that for every $10 he raised he would receive a one-meter head start. In three weeks he raised $505. He accepted a 45-meter lead and won the race. No time was given.

    Baker told the Oregonian, "I gotta be honest. I couldn't feel my legs and I kind of pulled my groin at the beginning. I want to say thank you to Thomas for doing this - I mean, that's the coolest thing ever, to come out and let me raise money and beat him just for Olivia. That's all it's about."

    By Friday the school had raised more than $16,000, which included a $4,000 donation from one family and was twice as much as the previous year. Tyner was the No. 5 recruit from the Class of 2013.
  • The Clackamas (Ore.) boys and girls track teams have combined for an incredible turnout of 242 athletes this spring, according to the Oregonian.

    Anticipating a big turnout, coach Jeff Kelleher ordered 200 uniforms in the preseason. Remarkably, it wasn't enough.

    The Cavaliers, who have had combined turnouts in the 180s before, have 127 boys this year. The girls put them over the top when 52 freshmen came out. Seventy athletes are sprinters. Four buses are needed when they hit the road.

    Kelleher told the newspaper, "It was like a three-ring circus at the beginning. But everybody is getting better. Just learning the names is the difficult part. Collectively, as a group of coaches, we know everybody. We call it our big family."

    It takes 11 coaches - four of them volunteers - to handle the Clackamas "family."
  • Springfield (Springfield, Ore.) senior Mercedes Russell has been named the Gatorade National Girls Basketball Player of the Year.

    Photo by Ken Rutt

    Mercedes Russell, Springfield

    A two-time Class 5A State Player of the Year, the 6-foot-6 center averaged 25.1 points, 12.3 rebounds, 5.5 blocks, 3.9 assists and 2.0 steals per game while shooting a remarkable 70.3 percent from the field.

    She led the Millers (24-4) to a Class 5A state championship game and had career numbers of 2,273 points, 1,642 rebounds and 562 blocks.

    Russell was presented with the award by of WNBA champion, gold medalist and former NCAA Player of the Year Maya Moore who won the same prep award while at Collins Hill (Suwanee, Ga.).

    In a surprise presentation, Moore walked into Russell's morning psychology class and handed over the award.

    "I think I kind of stunned her," Moore told us by phone minutes ago. "She was like 'Oh hey. What are you doing here?' Once she saw the trophy and all her family I think she figured it out. It was a lot of fun.

    Courtesy Collins Hill HS

    Maya Moore at Collins Hill

    "She seems like a very calm, relaxed person and I'm sure has a cool, calm demeanor on the court which will only help her."

    Moore exchanged in some fun, friendly banter about Russell's college choice — Tennessee — which was her rival at Connecticut in college.

    "I told her to be patient (in college) and do a lot listening and soak it all in," Moore said. "I told her to be open and meet many knew people but stay focused, that there will be lots of distractions. But she seems to have a real good head on her shoulders and a nice family. ... I told her hopefully we'll see her in the future (on the court)."
  • Doug Bilodeau really wants new helmets for his North Marion (Aurora, Ore.) football program. So much so that he has held a sign saying "Will work for helmets" and has taken his campaign to local social media.

    Facebook photo

    Doug Bilodeau

    According to The Oregonian and KATU Channel 2, the program is well short of the number of usable helmets it needs, and the budget has no room for new equipment. So Bilodeau got creative.

    “I was sitting around with my family, and I was joking that I’m going to sit on a highway with a sign that says 'Will Work For Helmets,’” Bilodeau told The Oregonian.

    Then his daughter made the sign, so Bilodeau went to the street with Sally (his dog) and had someone take a picture of him. Then he posted it to Facebook.

    Now the work orders are coming in from community members, and his players are raking leaves and moving bark to help raise the money to buy new helmets.

    “I’m not looking for a handout. People are willing to give if you’re willing to work," he told KATU.

    His original Facebook photo post included this description: "Just when you think you have seen it all! Lost 15 helmets due to reconditioning, wanted to add 15 but that puts me in a hole. The good news is that I have raised funds for five helmets so far. The GOAL is 25 more @ $250 a helmet. I've got my work cut out, not afraid. No job is too tough, Thanks and God Bless."