Here’s a look at the varsity team previews at Lake Oswego, Lakeridge and West Linn.
If you’re an athlete from Lake Oswego, Lakeridge or West Linn high schools, we’ve got your back.
Miles Vance Sports Journal is rolling through its second season on the web, and for the second straight season, we’ve written team previews about every varsity team at Lake Oswego, Lakeridge and West Linn.
So just in case you missed it, here’s how to find out who’s playing, who might win it all and what the keys to success are for all the varsity teams from those three high schools.
Click on the red hyperlinks below to read the complete preview stories on each team.
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The West Linn wrestling team has a chance.
The Lions, on the cusp of the 2022-23 Three Rivers League season, have a chance to win the TRL and then — they hope — make a run at a top finish in the Class 6A state tournament.
It’s all about building.
It’s all about progress.
And it’s all about moving forward for the Lake Oswego wrestling team in 2023.
The Pacers know that they’re the underdog.
And the Lakeridge wrestling team is OK with that.
The Lions are looking up.
The West Linn girls swim team, coming off a fourth-place finish at the 2022 Three Rivers League district meet and an eighth-place finish at the Class 6A state meet, bring back some proven talent and add some promising newcomers to the fold for 2023.
The Lake Oswego girls swim team saw the highs and lows during the 2021-22 season.
The Lakers finished just fifth in the seven-team Three Rivers League district meet a year ago, but came back strong a week later and soared to second at the Class 6A state meet.
Lake Oswego is ready for more of the latter in 2023 and appears poised to do just that.
The Pacers aren’t mincing words.
The Lakeridge girls swim team, a year after placing third at the Three Rivers League district meet (and later, 17th at the Class 6A state meet), is back and determined to finish on top in 2023.
Looking back just 10 ½ months ago, it’s clear that 2022 was the Year of the Laker.
At least it was in boys swimming.
The Lake Oswego boys swim team rolled to a huge victory in the Three Rivers League district meet, then backed it up by winning the Class 6A state championship.
While the Lakers graduated some key pieces from last year’s title team, there’s a ton of talent, experience and high hopes back for 2023.
The Lakeridge boys swim team knows there are challenges ahead — notably from crosstown rival Lake Oswego — but the Pacers also know what they bring to the table in 2022-23.
Depth. Experience. Hard work.
Whether those attributes will add up to a Three Rivers League championship remains to be seen, but the Pacers are ready for the fight. In 2022, Lakeridge swam to a second-place finish in the TRL district meet and a third-place finish at the Class 6A state meet.
The West Linn boys swim team may not have the numbers this year, but that doesn’t mean the Lions won’t make some noise in the Three Rivers League this year.
West Linn, coming off a fourth-place finish in the 2022 TRL district meet and a 14th-place finish at state, believes it will be competitive again in 2023.
The Lake Oswego boys basketball team thinks it can win the TRL in ’22-23. The Lakers believe it just may be their time. The Lake Oswego boys basketball team, after finishing third in the Three Rivers League in each of the last three seasons — that after finishing first the three years before that — is ready to get back on top.
The West Linn boys basketball team believes it will be among the state’s best in ’22-23 The Lions are ready to roar. Or they will be once they heal and integrate several new faces. In any case, by the time it counts most, the West Linn boys basketball team should be really, really good.
The Pacers are deeper, stronger and better than they were a year ago. The Pacers are going to battle. The Lakeridge boys basketball team knows it can’t necessarily control the “Ws” and “Ls,” but the Pacers know they can control their efforts and that’s just what they plan to do in 2022-23.
The Pacers will look different this year, but should be strong again. The 2023 Lakeridge girls basketball team has a lot to live up to. The 2022 Pacers broke through to win their school’s first Three Rivers League title in ages, won a berth in the Class 6A state tournament — their first since 2005 — and finished sixth there.
The Lakers promise to be more competitive in the 2022-23 TRL race. The Lake Oswego girls basketball team is ready. Ready to step up, ready to continue its growth under second-year coach Kaitlin Jackson and ready to compete for wins in the Three Rivers League.
The new-look Lions believe they’ll be able to compete with the league’s best. In some ways, the West Linn girls basketball team is starting fresh in 2022-23. The Lions, after all, graduated six seniors and lost all five starters from a year ago, a year that saw the Lions finish second in the Three Rivers League and earn a berth in the Class 6A state tournament.