2014 News From Around the League Archive

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To get a listing of Oregon lacrosse recruits, go to LaxPower Recruiting Page, scroll down to the bottom to the 'Listing of of Recruits" section, and click the 'Search' link for a desired year to get the LaxPower Recruits Database Search page.  While on the LaxPower Recruits Database Search page, type "OR" in the 'State' field, and hit the Submit button.

2014 OHSLA/Nike All Star Games

June 14th & 15th

The inaugural 2014 OHSLA/Nike All Star Games of Oregon in Sisters were a tremendous success.  Teams from five conferences made it to Sisters (Midwestern, Columbia, North Valley, Pacific and High Desert).  Each team got four games in on Saturday & Sunday in an abbreviated tournament format.  After the Saturday games there was lasagna dinner for all the players, followed by bonfire for the players sleeping in the yurts at Sisters HS.  On Sunday, after a player breakfast, there were couple of closing games including random players game using the time old "sticks-in-a-pile" selection format.

Despite some conferences not being able to muster teams for the weekend, by all reports a fun time was had by all.  The OHSLA thanks the hard work of Jeff Melville for spearheading the logistics of the weekend, Bill Daye of Nike Lacrosse for uniforms, and most of all Sisters Park & Recreation, volunteers, and staff at Sisters High School for hosting this fantastic event.

Check here for the weekend recap with some additional pictures from Coach Melville. 

AllStar teams
The teams before the final Sticks-in-a-pile game (click for larger picture). 

West Linn and Wilson win!...

June 7th, 10pm

The 2014 OHSLA State Champion is West Linn and inaugural Cascade Cup winner was Wilson

Recaps and photos can be found for Championship here and the Cascade Cup Final soon (still looking for pictures Cascade Cup Semo's & Finals, if you have any please use the Site Feedback page to let our webmaster know).  Other recaps are available for the Championship Bracket Semi's: West Linn vs Jesuit here or the OES vs Lakeridge here.  Recaps for the Cascade Cup Semi-finals will be on the site as soon as pictures become available. 

The OHSLA All-Americans and All-State teams that were announced at the Championship Final are now on the OHSLA 2014 Honors page

Congratulations West Linn and Wilson!!!

West Linn Champs

Photo Courtesy Bob Miller

2014 OHSLA Champion West Linn Lions

Wilson CC Postgame

Photo Courtesy Richard Calderwood

2014 Cascade Cup Winner Wilson Trojans

Wilson CC Postgame

Photo Courtesy Richard Calderwood

Wilson Coach
Derek MacDicken

All-Conference Teams Released!

May 23, 6pm
Check the All-Conference section of the Honors page for player selections.  Note: Several of the All-Conference teams have sign-up buttons to help coaches obtain contact info of players who can participate in the AllStar game Weekend in Sisters. If you are player who would like to play in that Tourney, please check your All-Conference page to see if the Coach wants you to sign-up.

First Annual OHSLA All Star Games

June 14-15, Sisters High School

What's the point of naming All-Star teams if they aren't any games?  A careful examination of the OHSLA Calendar page reveals that OHSLA has decided to fix this oversight.  Thanks to hard work by volunteer coaches, Conference Officials, and Sisters Parks and Recreation, the first OHSLA All-Star games will be held the weekend of June 14th & 15th.  The games will be held at Sisters High School, the same location as the annual SALI tournament. 

Each team will consist of players from the 1st, 2nd, or Honorable Mention OHSLA Conference All-Stars and, when possible, be coached by the Conference's Coach and Assistant Coach of the Year for 2014.  As part of the tournament fee for players to participate, players will recieve jerseys and a possible chance to purchase commemorative shooter shirts and shorts. 
2014 Finals

As in past SALI Tourneys, Sisters Park and Rec. will have Yurts available to house players.  Parents will need to make their own arrangements, a list of local accommodations will appear soon.  There will be a group dinner on Saturday night in the commons at Sisters HS and a breakfast for the players on Sunday morning. 

In addition to the new post season Cascade Cup, these new Conference All-Star Games should be an exciting new opportunity for OHSLA players to compete in the post-season.  More details will accompanying the All-Conference Team listings

MuscleMilk Team of the Week - May 26th

Week #4: Churchill

Muscle Milk TotW The final OHSLA Muscle Milk Team of the Week winner is Churchill.

The Churchill Lancers LAX Team is actually a Co-op team comprised of both Churchill and South Eugene High School lacrosse players.  This collaboration has allowed both schools to effectively compete in lax statewide this season and last.  The Lancers graduated 19 seniors last year so this is a younger team, with varsity players from all four grades  First year head coach Chris San Jose is a former Lancer standout, hoping to lead Churchill deep into the post-season Cascade bracket.

Churchill Varsity
Churchill is the final team that the OHSLA & Muscle Milk have designated for the Muscle Milk Team of the Week in May.  Each member of a nominated team received a complimentary case of Ready to Drink Muscle Milk

Congratulations to Churchill from Muscle Milk and the OHSLA!

MuscleMilk Team of the Week - May 19th

Week #3: Canby

Muscle Milk TotW The third OHSLA Muscle Milk Team of the Week winner is Canby.

Canby is in its fourth year at the Varsity level, starting out in the North Valley Conference but now playing in the highly competitive Three Rivers Conference.  The team this year is led by Seniors Jake and Tyler McDonald, Halston Hoover, Kaden Parker, Trey Bellmore, Kody Russell and Collin Matthias but has an even distribution of classes and even some freshmen starters. 

Oregon native Patrick Verdun is finishing up his first year guiding the team, so the the players have had to adjust to a new philosophy, as well as learn a new offense and defensive set but they still hope to make waves in the new 2014 post season format. 
Canby Varsity
Canby is the third of four teams that the OHSLA & Muscle Milk will be nominating as Muscle Milk Team of the Week each week in May.  Each member of a nominated team will receive a complimentary case of Ready to Drink Muscle Milk

Congratulations to Canby from Muscle Milk and the OHSLA!

MuscleMilk Team of the Week - May 12th

Week #2: Rex Putnam

Muscle Milk TotW The second OHSLA Muscle Milk Team of the Week winner is Rex Putnam.

With more wins this season than the last 2 years combined, the 2014 Rex Putnam Lacrosse team is having a great year.  The past few years the team has been dominated by underclassman, but now those same players can show their experience.  Lead by a combination of strong seniors, a core of 20 juniors, and sprinkling of talented underclassmen they have all persevered and helped build a foundation that Coach Olson hopes will carry on for many years to come.
Rex Putnam Varsity
Rex Putnam is the second of four teams that the OHSLA & Muscle Milk will be nominating as Muscle Milk Team of the Week each week in May.  Each member of a nominated team will receive a complimentary case of Ready to Drink Muscle Milk

Congratulations to Rex Putnam from Muscle Milk and the OHSLA!

MuscleMilk Team of the Week - May 7th

Week #1: Corvallis

Muscle Milk TotW The first OHSLA Muscle Milk Team of the Week winner is Corvallis.

The Corvallis program is comprised of players from Corvallis and Crescent Valley High Schools and started in 2006.  Varsity level participation by the program began in 2008.  The team is looking make a mark in the North Valley conference under the guidance first year head coach Sean Litrakis (an East Coast transplant).  Led by seniors Patrick Morris, Austin Butler, and Simon Dudenhoeffer the team includes seven full time first year players in the thick of every game and has managed to hold its own despite some key injuries. 
Corvallis Varsity
As noted last week the OHSLA & Muscle Milk will be nominating a Muscle Milk Team of the Week every week in May.  Each member of a nominated team will receive a complimentary case of Ready to Drink Muscle Milk

Congratulations Corvallis from Muscle Milk and the OHSLA!

New OHSLA Sponsor

April 22, 2014
Muscle Milk Bottle OHSLA is proud to announce a new sponsor, Muscle Milk

As part of this sponsorship, the OHSLA will be nominating a Muscle Milk Team of the Week every week in May.  Each member of a nominated team will receive a complimentary case of Ready to Drink Muscle Milk.  Four teams in all will be nominated. 

The winning team will be announced each week here on the OHSLA home page.
Muscle Milk TotW

Earn a Ticket to The Ride

April 22, 2014
Last summer the Ride was held at the Nike World HQ Campus a lacrosse showcase for rising juniors. ESPN's Quin Kessenich raved about the event in this Inside Lacrosse Magazine article. The 3-day VIP style event for male and female players features first class training from college coaches, hob-nobbing opportunites with lax superstars like Michele Tumolu and Kyle Harrison, and the obligatory players lounge for lax-heads.  For more details what happened at last year's The Ride checkout this OregonLive article.

This year Nike Lax just kicked off a great promotion, and a very cool way for kids to punch their ticket to The Ride.  Players submit a 60-second highlight video for consideration of earning an invitation to the event.  A panel of lax talent experts and national media will be focused on the following selection criteria: off-the-mark speed, creative stick work and dynamic field vision. Elections will be made based on crowd votes in conjunction with the technical criteria of the expert panelists.  For more information on what to do check out the Nike Ticket to the Ride page or checkout this sample audition highlight reel.
Nike Fast or Last

OregonLive on the OHSLA Season

April 5th, 2014

Oregon Live recently posted a brief write up on the OHSLA season kicking off and expectations for the season. 

The article notes the new playoff format and lists Lakeridge, West Linn, Wilsonville, Jesuit, Westview, Lincoln, and Beaverton amongst the contenders for the state championship. 

From this weeks scores, it looks like OES needs to be added to that list. 
Lakeridge's Ryan McLaughlin linked from Oregon Live

Sunset and Lincoln Battle Again

March 21, 2014
In a rare regular season match-up, Lincoln travelled to Sunset High School to take on the Apollos.  Given that Sunset and Lincoln battled in the state finals three consecutive years 2010-2012, these schools have history. 

In this round, as reported on OregonLive.com, after a close first half the Cardinals dominated the second half to come away with a 15-8 victory.  As is often the case in lacrosse games Lincoln also won the ground ball battle 27-16, nearly the same ratio as the game score. 

Go to the OregonLive.com article for more pictures, detailed game commentary, and post game comments. 
OregonLive pic
Photo Miles Vance/Beaverton Leader, as shown by OregonLive.com

Twenty Years of High School Lacrosse in Oregon

This year marks the twentieth year that high school lacrosse has been played in Oregon.  Throughout the year the OHSLA will be celebrating this tenure with articles and memorabilia starting with this article.

OHSLA Players on the National Recruiting Radar

As reported its article on the 2013 Adrenaline Showcase:
The fifth annual Adrenaline Showcase marked another great event for western lacrosse as 170 of the most talented individuals in the west gained significant exposure to NCAA and MCLA recruiters from all over the country.  The Adrenaline Evaluation Team (AET) and various college coaches have assembled a list of the top ten players who most impressed. 

On that list were three players from the OHSLA:
  • Matt Burton - Sunset High School
  • Jon Duffey - Lincoln High School
  • Ben Paris - Lincoln High School
This list not only included players from states throughout the west (California, Colorado, Arizona, & Nevada), but a player from Canada as well. Yet another statement of the quality of Oregon lacrosse!!

2014 Nike Coaching Clinic Recap

The 2014 Nike Coaches Clinic featured presentations from Tufts head coach Mike Daly, Jamesville-DeWitt High Scool coaches Jamie Archer and Tim Ristau, and Nike's Bill Daye.  Coach Daly's talk focused on his team's up tempo philosophy, featuring videos of the drills his team uses to execute that style of play at the college level.  Coaches Archer and Ristau focused more on the the High School and Youth level, while Bill Daye drew on his first hand goalkeeping career to give a brief "Goalkeeping 101" presentation for coaches who don't have experience at that position. 

Slides and video from the presentations are available on 2014 Nike Coaches Clinic recap page.

New Playoff format for 2014

The OHSLA board and the Conference Coach Representatives have approved expanding the number of teams participating in post season play from 32 to 40 and create two separate playoff classifications, Championship and Cascade Cup. 

The Championship bracket will have 24-teams calculated from a combination of conference standings and LaxPower ratings: the 1st and 2nd place conference teams (16 teams) and the remaining 8 spots determined by LaxPower rankings.  The computation of the first round bye and seeding will not change from previous years for the Championship bracket.  The new 16-team Cascade Cup bracket will be selected (and seeded) using the next 16 ranked teams (by LaxPower rankings) in the State.  More details can be found on the OHSLA 2014 Playoff page.

The OHSLA believes this new format will not only allow more teams to participate in post season play, but create more competitive games within each bracket.  Each bracket will have a final game played at the same site and appropriate recognition given to the winners of both brackets. 

2014 OHSLA Coaches Meeting Notes

Brian Platz's slide set detailing the rule changes and concussion information can be downloaded in both Microsoft PowerPoint format and Adobe Acrobat format.  There is also a very informative NFHS Rules Interpretation video available on YouTube. The Fairfax concussion study Brian Platz mentioned can be found on the OHSLA Injury Prevention page.

Lakeridge Wins Championship

Oregon has a new Boy's High School Lacrosse Champion and, as the picture below shows, it's Lakeridge.  For pictures and details on the game 2013 Finals Recap Page.

Lakeridge Pic
Photo courtesy of Bob Miller

Quoting OHSLA Commissioner Dan Badders about the weekend:
" 2013 State Championship games were a smashing success, that reflects well upon the entire league and the coaches and players of Beaverton, Jesuit, West Linn, and Lakeridge.  The attendance totals for these three games, set a new record.  The lacrosse played was exciting and the weather for the final game was perfect.  My compliments to all the coaches and players involved, with special note to Curt Sheinin and his Lakeridge Pacer team...the 2013 state champions." 

"The continuing success of lacrosse in Oregon, is also due to the many parents/people who volunteer hours of time and focused effort to make it all happen.  Audra and Bob Smith and the 110+ Tigard High School volunteers, who made the state championship facilities possible, are at the top of the list to be acknowledged.  Simply an outstanding team effort on their part.  I also want to recognize the efforts of OHSLA Assistant Commissioners Brian Fritz, Lisa Hockman, Rick Gruen, and Mike Kelley for the countless hours they have devoted to make the season and the state playoffs happen."


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