Prep Athlete

Prep Athlete of the Week: Griffin Meyer

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Griffin Meyer is a senior point guard on the Elmira High School Falcons basketball team.

Griffin is considered the team's leader and says expectations are high this season for his team.

He also plays soccer and baseball for Elmira.

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Sheldon sophomore shining for girls hoops team

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Hope Green

Hope Green-Brooks was just a freshman on the Sheldon girls varsity basketball team that won the Southwest Conference title last season. This time around, as a sophomore, she says she's grown out of the shyness that tends to overtake first year players.

Prep Athlete of the Week: Ellie Pascoe-Long

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Ellie Pascoe-Long

Ellie Pascoe-Long is a senior at Churchill High School and a level 10 gymnast for the National Academy of Artistic Gymnastics.

She also signed her letter of intent with San Jose State last week and will be competing for the Spartans next year.

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'He makes amazing things happen'

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Daniel Wilson

Springfield High School quarterback Trever Watson appreciates what wide receiver Daniel Wilson brings to the Millers’ team. 

“He makes my job a lot easier,” Watson said. “All I have to do is get the ball in his hands and he makes amazing things happen.”

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'The light always wins': Family and football a win for athlete after foster care

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Alex Norris

Alex Norris is a senior tight end and defensive end at Lowell High School.

Alex’s accomplishments on the field are incredible, but his story off of it is even more amazing.

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South Eugene soccer team sets sights on a state title

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Kirk Bassett is one of three senior captains for the South Eugene soccer team.

He's been steadily improving since his freshman year and is now the 6A Southwest Conference Player of the Year.

Unbeaten so far this season on the soccer pitch, the Axemen has its sights set high.

Bassett said the goal is to win the state title - and he's confident that if they take care of business, they can do it.

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'We will be the best record team Junction City has ever had'

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The Junction City Tigers

McKenna Straube is leading the Junction City Tigers to their best soccer season in school history.

"We are hoping to get to 12 wins," she said. "We are 10 and 2 right now - and if we get to that point, we will be the best record team Junction City has ever had."

A 4-year varsity player, Straube is in her second season as the Tigers captain.

"You have some captains who are bosses," coach Chris Bolton said. "She is not that way. Her first instinct is to help others."

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Prep Athlete of the Week: Griffin Jeskey

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Griffin Jeskey

This week’s prep athlete of the week is Griffin Jeskey, a freshman soccer player at Willamette High School with 8 goals and 6 assists.

He is on his way to breaking the scoring record as a freshman at Willamette, and he is a good student and athlete.

Willamette just moved from 5A to 6A and is competing because of the output of Griffin.

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Prep Athlete Of The Week: Alex Johnston

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It’s not just Alex Johnston’s size that makes him stand out on the football field. The senior’s ability to lead made him captain of the Junction City High School team for his third season.


Johnston carries those leadership skills off the field. He’s been a volunteer for groups like Habitat for Humanity and Meals On Wheels since the sixth grade.


"I love helping people and just doing whatever I can to give back, because the community has given me so much,” said Johnston. "My dad is always telling me that… you can be a good football player but it doesn't really make a difference if you don't build any character.”

Prep Athlete Of The Week: Olivia Powell

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Olivia Powell has been dominating the prep-level competition in the TrackTown U.S.A. during her time at Creswell High School. This season she’s looking to make her mark at the 5A level.


Powell has won six state championships – three in cross country and three in track and field. She won her first one when she was just 14 years old and a freshman at Creswell High.


"Going into it I knew that I would be up there. I had been working hard and putting in the miles and stuff and my goal was to win but after it happened I had a hard time believing it,” said Powell.

Prep Athlete of the Week: Madalyn Ardueser

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Local golfer Madalyn Ardueser, a two-time 5A Girl's District Champion, was recently chosen to play in the 2014 Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach.


Ardueser was chosen for the official champions tour event by national panel of judges who evaluated golfers on playing ability and a comprehension of life skills.


“It's one of the best courses in the world, you know, and I've heard so many great things about it, like the scenery. I've also heard it's really tough. So it will be a great challenge i can't wait,” said Ardueser.

Prep Athlete of the Week: Alycia Wodke

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Alycia Wodke’s competitive talent came at a young age. When she was in the sixth grade she was already competing with on the eighth grade team. Now a senior in high school, Wodke is trying to lead her team to successful season.

Last season, the Willamette Wolverines Girl’s Volleyball team made it all the way to the 5A state title game, an unforgettable experience for Wodke.

"We finally made it to that spot, I mean first time ever at Willamette so I was super proud that we did that as a team together,” the Prep Athlete of the Week said. 

“The biggest thing I've tried to grow at is a leader. I think my freshman year I struggled trying to get people to play with me and you know I'm still working at that every day so I can make my team work together as a group so we can win together.”

Prep Athlete of the Week: Austin Crowson

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Monroe won the state 2A title

In last week's 2A state title baseball game, Monroe junior pitcher Austin Crowson was faced with adversity.

Tied at 1 in the top of the 7th inning, a routine groundball turned into an error.

"You can't worry about something that happened," he said. "You can't worry about the last play, you have to keep just going."
    
And keep going he did, striking out 11 and giving up just four hits on the way to a state championship.

If there was anyway Crowson's performance could have been overshadowed, this may have been it: tied up at 1 in the bottom of the 7th, Monroe's Zach Gwillim - subbed in to pinch hit for the first time in the postseason - stepped to the plate and hit a walk-off game-winning homerun.