Miles Vance Sports Journal is one week old and ready for more.
It’s only been a week, but it’s been a big week, a great week and — I hope for my readers — an informative and promising week for Miles Vance Sports Journal.
Miles Vance Sports Journal went live one week ago on Aug. 24 and has already made a big impact in covering sports at Lake Oswego, Lakeridge and West Linn high schools.
Here’s a look back at what’s been published on MVSJ over its first seven days. Click on the red hyperlinks below to read the full stories.
There’s no better way to describe what’s happening right here and right now on this website, Miles Vance Sports Journal.
This site — on the web at milesvancesportsjournal.com — launched Wednesday, Aug. 24, and is dedicated to covering the athletes, teams, coaches and stories at Lake Oswego, Lakeridge and West Linn high schools, as well as youth and community sports in Lake Oswego and West Linn.
I’m all in.
For those of you who may not know me or may not know my commitment to covering high school sports in Lake Oswego and West Linn, let me offer this — in the worst economy and business climate in a very, very long time, I’ve chosen to invest a bunch of my own money to launch Miles Vance Sports Journal (milesvancesportsjournal.com) for the 2022-23 high school sports season.
And I am in — all in — for the entire 2022-23 school year.
My name is Miles Vance and I am the owner and primary contributor to Miles Vance Sports Journal.
Covering high school sports (and to a lesser degree, youth and community sports) is my life’s work, and I’m ready to continue that work in Lake Oswego and West Linn, my professional homes since 2016.
Doug Samarron is a fighter.
He was a fighter back in his days as a wrestler at Ashland High School and Southern Oregon University, and he brought that mindset with him throughout his 30 years as a wrestling coach at West Linn High School — the last 20 as head coach.
The calendar says it is summer. The weather says it’s summer, too, and high school sports have yet to even begin practice for the 2022 fall season.
That said, the first games of the ‘22 high school football season are due on Sept. 1-2, and let’s be honest, it’s never too early to start looking ahead to the biggest games of the upcoming gridiron campaign.
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 Nakashima. Nakashima comes to Lakeridge after leading Yamhill-Carlton from 2016-21 and being named PAC West Coach of the Year three times.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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 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 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 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.
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.