Here’s a look back at the team previews for every varsity team 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.
While Miles Vance Sports Journal has been live on the web for less than a month, we’ve already written about every single varsity team at Lake Oswego, Lakeridge and West Linn, starting with the comprehensive team preview stories that precede each season.
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 22 varsity teams from those three high schools.
Click on the red hyperlinks below to read the complete preview stories on each team.
West Linn football preps for TRL race
The Lions bring back a ton of talent for first-year coach Jon Eagle.
Big. Strong. Fast. Deep.
The West Linn football team — it shared the 2021 Three Rivers League title and advanced to the Class 6A state semifinals — seems to have it all.
Despite his team’s many obvious strengths, new head coach Jon Eagle — before coaching last year at Portland State, he led Camas High School in Washington for 13 years (including two big-school state championships) — is not about to preemptively crown his Lions.
Lakeridge football ready to rock in 2022
The Pacers bring back a ton of proven talent and a couple solid transfers.
Make no mistake about it — the Lakeridge football team is going to be good in 2022.
The Pacers bring back all-league players at 10 positions from a team that battled its way into the Class 6A state quarterfinals a year ago.
But Lakeridge coach Spencer Phillips — knowing the incredible overall quality of the Three Rivers League — isn’t looking back. Instead, he’s focused on helping his team improve every day in the belief that’s what will reap the biggest rewards in 2022.
Lake Oswego football plans to compete in 2022
The Lakers are starting fresh this fall, but still plan on battling the best.
Lake Oswego soared to the heights of Oregon high school football in 2021.
The Lakers won a Three Rivers League co-championship, earned the top ranking in the state and played their way into the Class 6A state quarterfinals.
But the 2022 Lakers are a very different team. In addition to graduating the TRL’s Defensive Lineman of the Year (Gavin McGuire), Offensive Player of the Year (quarterback Dylan Layne) and Offensive Lineman of the Year (Austin Leykam), Lake Oswego also said goodbye to all-leaguers at another 10 spots, including seven more first-teamers.
Despite all those challenges, Lake Oswego plans to rebuild quickly and believes that will be the case again in 2022.
Lakeridge volleyball ready to compete
The Pacers believe they can play with the best in the TRL.
The Lakeridge volleyball team is ready for a new start in 2022.
The Pacers, after finishing third in the Three Rivers League in ‘21 under longtime coach Wendy Stammer, are determined to build on the foundation Stammer left under the leadership of new head coach Quinn Takashima. Takashima comes to Lakeridge after leading Yamhill-Carlton from 2016-21 and being named PAC West Coach of the Year three times.
Lake Oswego volleyball ready for better things
The Lakers are aiming to improve on last year’s .500 TRL mark
Breaking even will not be good enough for the Lake Oswego volleyball team this year.
The Lakers, under the leadership of new head coach Alex Hasenstab — she replaces Nikki Jones after three seasons — believe they have a chance to get into the black in Three Rivers League play in 2022.
West Linn volleyball back for more in 2022
The Lions believe they can compete for another TRL title in 2022.
Let’s be honest.
The West Linn volleyball team — the Lions won the Three Rivers League crown and Class 6A state championship a year ago — lost a ton of talent from its 2021 title team.
Indeed, the Lions graduated five all-TRL picks from last year, including three first-teamers and Player of the Year Emily Warmenhoven (she was later named Class 6A Player of the Year).
But if you think that means the Lions won’t be competitive in 2022, you’ve got another thing coming.
West Linn brings back three key components from last year’s title team and believes that its incoming talent will keep it in the running for another TRL crown this year.
Lake Oswego boys soccer aims for playoff return
The Lakers bring back four all-league players and a desire to reach the postseason.
The 2021 fall season ended — unusually for the Lake Oswego boys soccer team — on the outside of the Class 6A state playoffs looking in.
The Lakers, after finishing fifth in the Three Rivers League at 4-7-1, missed earning a spot in the postseason for the first time in a long time and they didn’t like it.
They think they’re ready for a return to the playoffs this season if — and this is a big “if” when you consider how things went last year — they can stay healthy.
West Linn boys soccer looks to follow up on 2021
The Lions played their way into the state title game a year ago, now look to rebuild.
Last year’s West Linn boys soccer team went where no previous Lions team had gone before.
West Linn, after winning the Three Rivers League title, won four straight playoff games and advanced all the way to the Class 6A state championship game for the first time in school history.
Now, the Lions are ready to start building their next contender.
Lakeridge boys soccer aiming high in ’22
The Pacers are deep, talented and ready to make a run in 2022.
The Lakeridge boys soccer team was one of the Three Rivers League’s best in 2021.
The Pacers took second in the league race, beat and tied TRL champion West Linn (the eventual Class 6A runner-up) and advanced all the way to the state quarterfinals.
Now, Lakeridge is ready for even more.
The Pacers bring back three all-league players, added three strong transfers and appear poised for big things, though head coach Alan Cox isn’t about to make any bold predictions about his team’s league championship possibilities.
Lake Oswego girls soccer back for more in 2022
The Lakers were the TRL’s best in ’21 and just may be again this season.
The Lake Oswego girls soccer team was the Three Rivers League’s best in 2021.
The Lakers went unbeaten on the way to winning the TRL title, earned the second seed to the Class 6A state playoffs, then played their way into the 6A quarterfinals and finished with a sterling 14-1-2 overall record.
As it turns out, LO liked being on top and is planning for more of the same in 2022.
New-look West Linn girls soccer aiming high again
The Lions graduated a ton from last year, but expect to be strong again in 2022
Things are going to look a little different at West Linn this year.
The Lions girls soccer team graduated 13 seniors from last year’s varsity team — many of them in the regular playing rotation — and return just two all-league players.
Despite all that, West Linn believes it will be ready to compete with the Three Rivers League’s best teams in 2022.
Lakeridge girls soccer hopes to surprise in 2022
The Pacers bring back just one all-league player, but believe they can compete.
From the outside looking in, you might think that 2022 would be a down year for the Lakeridge girls soccer team.
After all, the Pacers graduated five all-leaguers (and 12 players overall) from a team that finished fifth in the Three Rivers League and 5-7-4 overall.
Lakeridge’s players and coaches, however, have other ideas.
Boys Cross Country
Lakeridge boys XC ready to chase another TRL crown
Lakeridge returns with its sights set on a third straight TRL title.
Cross country is the ultimate individual sport.
Runners are out there on their own and no one — from their own team or the other team — can make them run faster or slower than what they do on their own.
Unless you run for the Lakeridge boys cross country team, that is.
The Pacers return for 2022 with their sights set on a third straight Three Rivers League district championship and the belief that they’ll get there as a team. In 2021, Lakeridge won the TRL crown and later placed 17th at state.
West Linn boys XC ready to battle again in ’22
The Lions believe they can hold their own in the coming TRL race.
The West Linn boys cross country team was right there in 2021.
Right there within striking distance of the Three Rivers League’s best teams, but also not that far ahead of the teams that finished behind it.
The coming 2022 season may look very much the same for the Lions.
Lake Oswego boys XC aiming for top three in ’22
The Lakers believe they have what it takes to compete for a spot at state.
The 2022 Lake Oswego boys cross country team is ready to move up.
The Lakers, after placing fifth in the ‘21 Three Rivers League district meet and sending one runner to the Class 6A state meet, have much bigger goals this fall. Indeed, Lake Oswego is aiming for a top-three district finish and a shot at one of the four at-large berths to state.
Girls Cross Country
Lake Oswego girls XC aiming to win league title
The Lakers, led by Kate and Ana Peters, think they can win the Three Rivers League.
The Lake Oswego girls cross country team won the biggest battles in the Three Rivers League last year, but failed to win the war.
The Lakers saw sisters Kate Peters and Ana Peters go 1-2 in the 2021 TRL district meet, but finished second behind Lakeridge at district and one place behind the Pacers at the Class 6A state meet.
In 2022, Lake Oswego would like to rectify both of those situations.
Lakeridge girls XC chasing another TRL crown
The Pacers were the TRL’s best a year ago, plan to do it again in ’22.
The Lakeridge girls cross country team just about did it all in 2021.
The Pacers stepped up to win their second straight Three Rivers League district championship, then came back to notch a 12th-place finish at the Class 6A state meet.
Now, with three top-16 finishers back from the ‘21 TRL district meet, they are ready to give the rest of the TRL their best shot again.
West Linn girls XC looks to move up in 2022
The Lions will use a combination of experience and newcomers to compete.
Experience and youth.
The West Linn girls cross country team will need both to step up to achieve success in 2022. The Lions tied for sixth at the Three Rivers League district meet a year ago (just a point out of fifth), but think they have a chance to be better this year.
Boys Water Polo
Lake Oswego boys polo ready to win again in 2022
The Lakers, coming off their first state title a year ago, believe they can repeat in 2022.
The 2021 Lake Oswego boys water polo team went where no other LO team had gone before.
The Lakers went unbeaten in the Three Rivers League regular season, ran the table in the Oregon High School Water Polo state playoffs — including a 16-7 win over crosstown rival in the state championship game — to finish their season at 35-0 with the first state crown in school history.
Now, the Lakers are ready for more of the same.
Lakeridge boys polo will be strong again
The Pacers have appeared in the past four state championship games.
The Lakeridge boys water polo team has grown into one of the state’s best in recent years.
Indeed, the Pacers have appeared in the last four straight state championship games, winning the Oregon High School Water Polo championship in 2019 and finishing second to crosstown rival Lake Oswego a year ago.
While the Three Rivers League remains as tough as ever — Lake Oswego went unbeaten a year ago and the TRL also includes perennial power Newberg — the Pacers believe they have the ability compete with those other top teams.
Girls Water Polo
Pacer girls polo may just win it all
The Lakeridge girls team brings back every starter from last year’s third-place state finisher.
The Lakeridge girls water polo team is poised.
They’re poised and ready and hungry and experienced and talented.
And 2022 just might be the best year in Pacers’ program history.
Laker girls polo ready to compete
A state quarterfinalist a year ago, Lake Oswego should be better in 2022.
The Lake Oswego girls water polo team is ready to step up in 2022.
The Lakers battled their way into the Oregon High School Water Polo state playoffs last year, and advanced to the state quarterfinals in one of their best seasons in recent years
Now, Lake Oswego wants even more.
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