Check out everything posted to MVSJ over the past month.
Since its launch on Aug. 25, 2022, Miles Vance Sports Journal has shared 776 unique posts, including team previews, game stories, features, slideshows, the Photo of the Day, the Play of the Day, the ICYMI Monday post, weekly stats and more.
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No, not my marriage, but a really important work anniversary. Hi readers: Today — Saturday, July 22 — marks the first of two important personal milestones for me and Miles Vance Sports Journal. The first of those — today — marks exactly one year since I quit working for Pamplin Media Group, my employer for almost all of the past quarter century. Since PMG played such a … [Read more…]about It’s my anniversary
Lake Oswego caps its stellar summer by winning the Premier Tournament title. The Lake Oswego baseball team got a lot out of its 2023 spring season. The Lakers battled their way through the tough-as-nails Three Rivers League regular season, strung together three straight wins in the playoffs, reached the Class 6A state semifinals and pushed eventual state champion West … [Read more…]about The Lakers break through
West Linn summer baseball team reaches the final four before falling to Jesuit. This time, it was Jesuit that held the upper hand. Just 48 days after the West Linn and Jesuit baseball teams met in the Class 6A state championship game — the Lions beat the Crusaders 2-0 to win their second straight 6A crown — West Linn and Jesuit met again in the semifinals of the Premier … [Read more…]about Lions advance to Premier tournament semis
The Lakeridge summer team reaches the final eight before being ousted by West Linn. The Lakeridge baseball team was right where it wanted to be. The Pacers, facing the rest of the best in the Premier Tournament at Lakeridge High School, routed Nelson in their tournament opener to earn a berth in the quarterfinals 12-team tournament. But there, facing Central Division … [Read more…]about Pacers reach quarterfinals of Premier tournament
See the best images from the Lions’ 4-0 win over the Pacers on Wednesday. Big events make for lifelong memories and — hopefully — great photos, so here’s a slideshow of the best images from the West Linn baseball team’s 4-0 win over Lakeridge in the Premier League semifinals at Lakeridge High School on Wednesday, July 19. These images are courtesy of freelance … [Read more…]
See the best images from the Lakers’ 3-2 win over the Cavaliers on Wednesday. Big events make for lifelong memories and — hopefully — great photos, so here’s a slideshow of the best images from the Lake Oswego baseball team’s 3-2 win over Clackamas in the Premier League semifinals at Lakeridge High School on Wednesday, July 19. To buy prints or digital downloads from this … [Read more…]about Slideshow: Lake Oswego-Clackamas Baseball
Molly Bachman is named MVSJ’s Athlete of the Year for Lakeridge for 2022-23. From the outside looking in, Lakeridge’s Molly Bachman was all about winning. She won a lot during her senior soccer season, and she won even more during her senior lacrosse season. But a closer look at Bachman — a graduated senior who earned all-league and all-state honors in both soccer and … [Read more…]about Putting people first
While some papers are cutting sports staff, MVSJ is peparing for Year Two in 2023-24. If changes in the world of sports journalism were measured on the Richter Scale, last week would have been a 9.5. Back on Sunday, July 9, the Los Angeles Times announced that it was eliminating core content elements in its sports section such as game stories, box scores and … [Read more…]about Vance: Exploring changes in sports journalism
Longtime Lakeridge coach believes it’s the right time for his shot in boys basketball. Lakeridge’s Jimmy Watts has been around a while. Watts, who was hired as the Pacers head boys basketball coach this summer, has coached at the school since 2005. So while Watts, 46 and a PE and health teacher at Lakeridge, wants to win right away, he’s in it for the long … [Read more…]about Jimmy Watts aims to turn Pacers around
Austin Sechrest takes over a team that finished third in the state last season. There’s new leadership at one of the state’s best boys water polo teams. Austin Sechrest has taken the helm at Lakeridge and hopes to keep the Pacers competitive in the toughest league in the state. “I’m excited to get to work with a program that has had a lot of recent success,” Sechrest … [Read more…]
The left-handed pitcher is selected as the 51st overall pick in the 2023 MLB draft. Life is pretty good for Paul Wilson. Wilson, a 2023 graduate of Lakeridge High School, has committed to play college baseball for Oregon State University and was drafted by the Detroit Tigers on Monday, July 10, in the third round of the Major League Baseball amateur draft. Wilson, a … [Read more…]about Pacers’ Wilson drafted in third round by Tigers
Football, volleyball and soccer officials are among the OSAA’s immediate needs. The Oregon Athletic Officials Association and the Oregon School Activities Association are recruiting officials for the high school fall sports seasons. There is an immediate need for officials in football, volleyball and soccer. Becoming a high school official has several benefits including … [Read more…]about OSAA recruiting new officials now
Jake Holmes is named MVSJ’s Athlete of the Year for West Linn for 2022-23. It was a year like no other. Jake Holmes, a graduated senior from West Linn, led the Lions football team to a state championship. He was a member of the West Linn basketball team that took second in the Class 6A state tournament. And he lifted the Lions baseball team to a second straight 6A title, … [Read more…]about On top of the world
The incoming senior at Lake Oswego proves herself against the country’s best sprinters. The Laker Laser did it again. Mia Brahe-Pedersen, an incoming senior at Lake Oswego High School, proved once again that she belongs among America’s best sprinters, racing to seventh place in the 100 meters at the USATF Outdoor Championship at Hayward Field in Eugene on Saturday, July … [Read more…]about Brahe-Pedersen seventh at USATF nationals
McCurry, a 2017 grad of WLHS, is the first dedicated girls XC coach at the school. Emma McCurry and the West Linn girls cross country team are ready to build something new. McCurry, recently hired as the WL girls team’s head coach, believes that she and assistant coach Heidi Noce can help build a new culture that will eventually lead to even greater success. “I am … [Read more…]
Lake Oswego High School inducts a new class into its Athletic Hall of Honor. Lake Oswego High School welcomed a new class of greats into its Athletic Hall of Honor on Saturday, June 3. The Class of 2023 included: Dick Curtis, Elijah Greer, Don Kieling, Kelsey Lavender, Sean Magee, Tate Murray, Doris Popple, Jess Rhodes and the 2004 state championship baseball … [Read more…]about Lake Oswego celebrates new ‘Hall’ members
West Linn grad extends her volleyball career at USC after four years at Portland State. If there was just one match left to play, Ellie Snook would be there. If there was just one set remaining, Snook would be all over it. Indeed, if there was just one point to play, Snook would play it for all it was worth — and then she’d probably ask to play it again. Snook, who … [Read more…]about Ellie Snook still getting after it
Gates, a 1999 WLHS grad, believes that the Lions will be competitive in 2023. There’s a new hand on the tiller of the West Linn boys soccer team. For the coming 2023 fall season, the Lions will be steered by new head coach Ryan Gates, a West Linn graduate who returns home after a successful 10-year run at Molalla High School. Gates, 42 and a 1999 WLHS alumni, … [Read more…]about Ryan Gates comes home to lead West Linn boys soccer
The graduated Lakeridge senior gives his all for Willamette team on Saturday. The 2023 Les Schwab Bowl wasn’t quite everything that graduated Lakeridge seniors Jace Swygard and Baylor Corbin had hoped for. But it was close. For Swygard, a wide receiver who will play next year for Linfield University, his Willamette team ended up on the wrong end of a 42-13 loss to the … [Read more…]about Swygard makes six catches in Les Schwab Bowl
Two of the Pacers’ best get one more chance to play high school football. It’s time. It’s time for the best of the best to take their best shots. It’s time for the 2023 Les Schwab Bowl, set for 6 p.m. Saturday, July 1, at Linfield University’s Memorial Stadium. The Les Schwab Bowl is an annual high school football all-star game featuring the best players of all grade … [Read more…]
The Lions baseball team just keeps rolling in the summer of 2023. The beat goes on. The West Linn baseball team finished the 2023 spring season on an absolute roll — winning their final 10 games and their second straight Class 6A state championship — and has just kept going in the summer season. After going 1-3 in their first four summer games, the Lions have ripped … [Read more…]about West Linn wins Battle of Omaha
Lakeridge shortstop Dawson Santana is named MVP of the two-game series in Corvallis. This probably shouldn’t have come as a surprise. But as it turns out, the Three Rivers League’s best baseball players flexed once more in their final high school games. Led by the TRL’s best — including Dawson Santana and Erik Hoffberg of Lakeridge, Jake Holmes of West Linn and Grant … [Read more…]about Local stars lead North to Oregon All-Star Series sweep
Carlo Cremona is named MVSJ’s Athlete of the Year for Lake Oswego for 2022-23 He couldn’t have done any more. He couldn’t have won any more. He left almost nothing on the table. In response, Lake Oswego’s Carlo Cremona has been honored as the 2023 Athlete of the Year by Miles Vance Sports Journal. The Athlete of the Year honor goes to the top graduated senior … [Read more…]about Updated: No one was better
The Lakers’ new coach brings decades of experience and a desire to win now. Mark Swenson may be “just a placeholder.” He may be “just the interim boys basketball coach” at Lake Oswego High School. But that doesn’t mean Swenson doesn’t want to win, doesn’t expect to win and won’t coach to win. Indeed, Swenson’s resume indicates that he may be able to have a positive … [Read more…]about Mark Swenson hired to lead Laker boys hoop
Additionally, West Linn’s Harcek and Sclater are both named Academic All-Americans. It was worth the wait. While the 2023 Oregon High School Lacrosse Association season came to an end back on June 3, it wasn’t until Tuesday, June 20, that the OHSLA disseminated its lists of All-Americans, Academic All-Americans and all-state players. After their team’s stellar regular … [Read more…]