Many high school athletes took home medals at the State Track and Field Championships at Hayward Field last weekend, but few drew cheers louder than Siuslaw High School freshmen Josh Payne.
After a strong showing at districts, South Eugene Axemen senior Reilly Bloomer is looking to leave Eugene a champion on the same track where he watched potential Olympians.
"2008 - that is kind of when I started, and that's when the Olympic trials came around, so it definitely had a big influence," he said.
After successful freshmen and sophomore seasons, expectations continue to grow for Sheldon High School golfer Ben Wanichek. The expectations got the best of him in his junior year, but now as a senior, he’s taking his game to the next level.
A softball career that started at 9 years old has been a self-described rollercoaster for Marist senior pitcher Shawna Burke.
But ever since she committed to her craft, it's been bad news for batters.
After breaking his arm pitching at age 12 and then tearing ligaments in both knees during his sophomore season and just before his junior season, Derek Hogate is back stronger than ever and leading the Churchill Lancers.
The expression "it's not about the size of the dog in the fight but the size of the fight in the dog" couldn't be more true for Lebanon junior shot putter Zack Short.
He entered high school an undersized freshmen.
Now he's throwing stones at a nationally ranked distance.
The Cottage Grove Lions are off to the best start they’ve had in years. Junior shortstop Payton Presley has been a big part of their transformation. Now, he is ready to lead the Lions to their first league title since 1978.
The Lebanon Warriors softball team is off to a winning start to spring play. Senior Sammy Burroughs hopes to make this season the highlight of her softball-filled life.
Sheldon High School junior Jenny Krause has been playing golf alongside her sister for most of her life.
After being knocked out in the first round of the State Playoffs last season the North Eugene High School baseball team committed to one another this off season.
Coming off a 4th place finish in the state basketball tournament, Alec Cook is back playing his favorite sport: baseball.
Although she’s a junior, Autumn Baumgartner is in her first season at Sheldon after winning state championships her freshman and sophomore seasons at Willamette High School.
Alix Leavitt led the Billies to a 27-4 record in league over the last two seasons.
With Leavitt on the floor, the Billies added a Mountian Valley championship to the Pleasant Hill rafters.
Her hard work transformed Leavitt from an all-league player to the Mountain Valley MVP.
JT Ayers, a senior at Churchill High School, is a three-time runner up in the State Wrestling Finals in his weight class.
This year he enters the state meet as the top qualifier in the 5A 120 weight class.
“As a three-time finalist, everyone wants to knock you off and make sure you don’t get that championship that you’re looking for," Ayers said.
Jacquie Price is a Junior at Thurston High School.
She placed 1st in four events in the 6A district swim meet: the 100 Butterfly, 500 Freestyle, and she anchors the 200 and 400 Freestyle Relays.
Price broke her own school record in the 100 Butterfly with a time of 56.07 seconds, four seconds faster than the 2nd place finisher.
She is the 2nd seed in the 100 Butterfly at this weekend’s State meet at Mt. Hood Community College.