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Check out our best photos from Week 13 of the high school football season

Sun, 11/29/2015 - 00:25

The best teams.

The biggest games.

The most prominent venues.

There were a whole lot of important things that came together Saturday in the Class 6A state semifinals.

And along with those best teams, best games and best venues ought to come ... the best photos, of course.

So here, ...

Week 13 high school football playoff scores are here

Sun, 11/29/2015 - 00:25

The biggest day of the year in the 2015 high school football season was, well, huge.

West Linn and Jesuit's teams punched their tickets to next week's Class 6A state championship game — set for noon Saturday at Providence Park — while five other teams capped their seasons with state ...

Football: Trojans lose big in state final

Sun, 11/29/2015 - 00:25

Kennedy offense held in check by state champion Heppner in 48-0 blowout

History has a tendency to repeat itself, and Saturday's 2A state football championship was a perfect example, as the Heppner Mustangs crushed the Kennedy Trojans 48-0 at Hermiston High School.

For the Mustangs, the victory was a sweet ...

High school football hits another milestone in Week 13 of the 2015 season

Fri, 11/27/2015 - 00:18

Teams in Class 5A, 4A, 3A, 2A, and 1A levels play for state titles on Saturday

It's time.

For almost 85 percent of the state's high school football teams, Saturday is it — championship day.

And the stakes are almost as high for Oregon's Class 6A squads — they square ...

Funding for urban renewal lower than expected

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 09:11

First Street project will be impacted; City Council to review financial information in January

The Woodburn City Council, which also serves as the Urban Renewal Agency, has already decided to prioritize the remainder of the urban renewal district’s borrowing capacity for a capital improvement project on First Street.

Unfortunately, it ...

St. Paul to resurrect softball program with familiar face at the helm

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 00:09

Carl Kordenat, who has coached at Woodburn and North Marion, will be first to coach the sport for the Bucks in 20 years

It’s not every day that a high school starts a new athletic program. So when Carl Kordenat got word that St. Paul High School was resurrecting their ...

Bulldogs hungry to prove themselves this winter

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 00:09

Despite lack of star athletes, Woodburn wrestling features its deepest team in years

Looking up and down the roster for this year’s Woodburn wrestling team, you won’t find any athletes favored to win their respective weight class in the district championships this spring.

In fact, the Bulldogs don’t even boast ...

Heppner is biggest test of the season for Kennedy

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 00:09

Mustangs bring state's best offense and defense to 2A championship

The 2015 2A state football championship all boils down to the two best teams from the two best conferences, and by all metrics, the No. 2 Heppner Mustangs (12-0, 5-0 Columbia Basin) are the favorites against No. 4 Kennedy (10-1, ...

North Marion to rely on offensive powerhouses

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 00:09

Coach: Dennis Melcher

2014 season: The Huskies finished with an 8-16 overall record and their 3-7 record in the Oregon West Conference was good for fourth place. The team boasted a 3-1 record against the bottom dwellers in conference, Yamhill-Carlton and Newport, but lost all six games against the top ...

Kennedy returns strong team

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 00:09

Coach: Kerry and Peter Hall

2014 season: 22-8, 11-3 Tri-River Conference — second place; fifth place at state tournament

Graduated seniors: Amelia Grosjacques (Second Team all-league), Hannah Kloft (Honorable Mention all-league)

Returning impact players: Lakin Susee (First Team all-state), Taylor Brown (Honorable Mention all-league), Kenzie Ratliff (Second Team all-state)

Preview: ...

Woodburn looks to improve on last year

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 00:09

Coach: Enrique Sandoval

2014 season: 3-19, 2-12 Mid-Willamette Conference — eighth place

Graduated seniors: Damian Espinoza, Daniel Vasquez, Leo Garza, Eric Guerrero, Jose Manzanares, Alan Delgado

Returning impact players: Jose Salazar, Luis Salazar, Andy Ellingson, Salvador Bustos

Preview: The Woodburn boys basketball team struggled through a transition year in 2014. ...

Vasas takes reins of veteran Cougars team

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 00:09

Coach: Adam Vasas

2014 season: 15-11, 6-6 PacWest Conference —fourth place

Graduated seniors: Kylor Kelley (PacWest Player of the Year), Sergei Cam (Honorable Mention all-league), Shawn Guerrero

Returning impact players: Jose Esquivel (Honorable Mention all-league), Chris Mendoza, Brandon Gieselman, Kopy Zharkoff

Preview: Last year’s Cougars enjoyed their best season ...

Bucks finish season on a high note

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 00:09

Reflecting the St. Paul volleyball’s stellar 2015 campaign, which included an undefeated run to the Tri-River Conference regular-season title and later a sixth place finish at the 2A state tournament, all five Bucks nominated by head coach Lesli Hiller were named to either the all-league first or second team.

Leading ...

Police reports

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 00:09

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Woodburn Independent publishes the names of people arrested based on information from city police logs. Times listed represent the time the crimes were reported to police. The newspaper does not normally publish the names of individuals younger than 18. Arrested suspects are innocent until proven guilty. Police ...

Church group assembling gift baskets for disadvantaged women

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 00:09

Awake Woodburn Women’s Ministry of Faith Christian Fellowship is partnering with local service organization Love In the Name of Christ (Love INC) to put together gift baskets for disadvantaged women in Woodburn during the holiday season.

“As moms, we naturally provide for our children first, and if there’s anything ...

Firefighter food and toy drive is Dec. 5

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 00:09

The North Marion County Fire Fighters Annual Food and Toy Drive will start at 9 a.m. Dec. 5.

North Marion County firefighters will be driving through their respective communities to collect nonperishable food, toys and monetary donations, which will go to St. Vincent de Paul?Society and Love ...

Marion County population increases 1.1 percent in a year

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 00:09

Preliminary July 1 population estimates from Portland State University show Oregon’s population increased by 1.3 percent over the past year to 4,013,845.

The new milestone is largely due to net migration, researchers say. Oregon has a declining fertility rate and the annual number of deaths has risen due to the ...

Gervais High School hosts regional trades day, partners with local businesses

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 00:09

Former Dallas High School educator Frank Pender recalls how he became interested in woodworking as a legitimate career.

“It was a high school teacher,” Pender tells a group of students at Gervais High School. “He taught me to be patient with wood. He taught me to do it the right ...

Funding for urban renewal lower thanexpected

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 00:09

First Street project will be impacted; City Council to review financial information in January

The Woodburn City Council, which also serves as the Urban Renewal Agency, has already decided to prioritize the remainder of the urban renewal district’s borrowing capacity for a capital improvement project on First Street.

Unfortunately, it ...