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.
The Lions bring back a ton of talent for first-year coach Jon Eagle.
Big. Strong. Fast. Deep.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Lions believe they can compete for another TRL title in 2022.
Let’s be honest.
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.
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.
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.
Now, the Lions are ready to start building their next contender.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Despite all that, West Linn believes it will be ready to compete with the Three Rivers League’s best teams 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.
Lakeridge’s players and coaches, however, have other ideas.
Boys Cross Country
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.
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.
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
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.
In 2022, Lake Oswego would like to rectify both of those situations.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.