As we end fall sports and begin winter sports it is a good time to reflect back on the season that was.
Not enough can be said about the KU boys and girls cross country teams. Boys finished first at districts and fifth at state. Academically the boys were second on the OSAA all academic team. It is with honor and sadness we say goodbye to four senior boys. Ben Blake, Declan Ritter, Brandon Van Meter, and Jacob McGonigle. Although we lose some great senior talent we have a strong returning group of runners to the boys team. The cross country girls took first as the OSAA All-State Academic team, and will have some very strong returners next year, but sadly we say goodbye to senior runners, Tabitha Knight and Dahiana Padilla. Finally congratulations’ to their great coach Rob Coffman and his Boys Coach of the Year award.
Although boys and girls soccer didn’t post a winning season both teams saw tremendous growth, with both boys and girls having new coaches. Both teams are on the rise and there is great enthusiasm for the future. We look forward to the teams being the team to watch for in the basin as new coaches Beth Narramore and Seth Johnston build strong programs. Sadly we say goodbye to seniors on both teams. Elizabeth Adkisson, for the girls and Cole DeGroot, Cole Dillon, Nathan Girdner, Skyler Maupin, Francisco Pantoja, Dylan Pettit and Brandon Wolfram for the boys. We would like to extend a gracious thank you to Dirk DeGroot, Gerrin DeGroot and Sean Ferns for their huge support of both boys and girls soccer.
The Volleyball team had an up and down season and sadly missed a Play-off and/or Play-in post season spot. Even though the season wasn’t as successful as hoped for there were many bright spots. Our volleyball team is well known throughout the conference for their sportsmanship and graciousness. The athletic office has received many calls and emails speaking to the qualities of our volleyball girls. Some comments refer to the girls staying after a match and helping to clean the opposing team’s gym, and their friendliness and support of players on other teams. Finally Kai and her players set-up and fed a home prepared meal to each out-of-town opponent after each home match. We say goodbye to the following seniors: Tory Carson, Elyse Englestadter, Sebreena Gupta, Mya Phelps, Aaliyah Powless and Llywelen Taylor.
Football had a strong season with making it into the first round of the Play-offs for the first time since 2013. Smoke conditions made for a rocky start to the season, with last minute game and practice locations due to unhealthy conditions. Even with those issues the football team had a strong showing against 5A team Eagle Point and narrowly losing that game late in the fourth quarter. KU football then went on to post wins against Cascade Christian, Henley, Phoenix, North Valley and Elmira before losing to La Grande in a Play-off game. So we say goodbye to the following seniors: Jacob Bowman, Austin Erickson, Trenton Higgins, Jagger Hogan, (Co-Defensive Player of the Year for the Skyline Conference) Isaiah Huck, Izak Peterson, Noah Reith, Dylan Short, Cameron Taylor, Jayce Turner and Josh Yeaman. On a good note KU football looks to return many players with hopes of competing again for the conference title.