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Previewing the OSAA 6A Semifinals

Previewing the OSAA 6A Semifinals

This Friday at Hillsboro Stadium, the OSAA 6A Semifinals between Jesuit vs. Lake Oswego and Barlow vs. Central Catholic will kickoff.

First, at noon, No. 9 Barlow (10-2) will get a re-match with No. 4 Central Catholic (10-2). Their previous game ended with the Rams winning 53-14, the 14th victory in a row for the Rams over the Bruins. The last time Barlow made the state semifinals was in 1991, but an upset to No. 1 Tigard in the round of 16 paved the way for their surprise appearance. The Bruins have won their three playoff games by a combined 11 points.

The Rams should roll Barlow given their talent advantage. Their senior class is headlined by three-star wide receiver and future Stanford Cardinal Silas Starr. In addition, the Rams’ senior class has three other three-star recruits in Kalvin Sounders, Elijah Elliot and Miles Jackson. After winning back-to-back state championships in 2013 and 2014, Central Catholic has been up and down. They do have a championship appearance since then but also underperformed given their talent level last season. Their seniors look to end their playing careers on a high note.

Then, at 5pm, the other match-up kicks off of No. 2 Jesuit (10-2) versus No. 3 Lake Oswego (10-2), another re-match of a regular season game, but this one was a 44-41 thriller where Lake Oswego came out victorious. But, Jesuit was without their star linebacker Andy Alfieri. Jesuit recently returned arguably the state’s best player in Andy Alfieri who committed to California. He was thought to be out for the season with a cracked vertebra, but has played in the last two games. 

However, the Lakers will field Casey Filkins who also has a case to be the state’s best player. Filkins not only led the Lakers to a state championship last season but he has committed to play for Stanford. Then, this season with the Lakers’ inability to pass the ball, Filkins has amassed an even larger workloud. In their round of 16 victory over West Salem, Lake Oswego ended the game running their offense from the wildcat formation. Filkins even threw a touchdown pass.

Who will advance? A 6A OSAA Quarterfinal Preview

Who will advance? A 6A OSAA Quarterfinal Preview

It’s been a tumultuous season so far for 6A OSAA high school football. This week should turn out to be no different.

KGW’s Nate Hanson joined The Bridge to preview the four quarterfinal matchups in the 6A OSAA bracket this week. 

The most surprising matchup of the week has to be #9 Barlow (9-2) hosting #16 Mountainside (8-3). Barlow enters the game with only two losses. One of those losses was to #1 Tigard, who Mountainside shocked last Friday giving the Tigers their lone loss of the season. After Mountainside’s improbable 34-31 victory, no team will finish undefeated this season. 

The winner of that matchup will play the winner of #4 Central Catholic (9-2) and #5 West Linn (8-3), a rematch from the first week of the season where the Rams defeated the Lions 35-27. This could be the final game for West Linn coach Chris Miller who will be moving onto the XFL at the season’s end. 

On the other side of the bracket, #7 Tualatin (9-2) will travel to #2 Jesuit (9-2). If anyone is underseeded in this tournament, Tualatin would be the pick. They finished with their only two losses being to #1 Tigard and #5 West Linn. They also blew out #3 Lake Oswego. But Oregon State commit John Miller and the Timberwolves will have their hands full against the Crusaders, even if they’ll once again be without four-star recruit Andy Alferi. 

The final quarterfinal game is between #3 Lake Oswego (9-2) and #22 Lakeridge (5-6). Defending champion Lake Oswego survived an upset bt by a talented West Salem team by riding Stanford commit Casey Filkins who accounted for six total touchdowns. Lakeridge played in the Three Rivers League which is widely regarded as the cream of the crop in the state. Despite having only three wins going into the playoffs, they have defeated back-to-back higher ranked Metro League opponents by the play of their star running back and Arizona commit, Jalen John. Also, this matchup will be a rivalry game.

Teams announced for 2019 Les Schwab Invitational!


Teams announced for 2019 Les Schwab Invitational!

The storied tradition of one of the nation's premiere high school basketball tournaments continues in 2019 as the Les Schwab Invitational (LSI), presented by Express Employment Professionals, returns to the Northwest!

The 2019 LSI tips off on Dec. 26 and runs through Dec. 30 for its "The 16" bracket. The event will take place at Liberty High School in Hillsboro, Oregon and includes the following teams:

The 16

  1. Barlow
  2. Battle Ground
  3. Central Catholic
  4. Clackamas
  5. Churchill
  6. Crater
  7. Grant
  8. Jefferson
  9. Jesuit
  10. Lake Oswego
  11. West Linn
  12. Wilsonville

National Teams

  1. Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, NV)
  2. Eastside Catholic (Seattle, WA)
  3. Mater Dei (Santa Ana, CA)
  4. Norcross (Atlanta, GA)

The schedule for "The 16" is as follows: Thursday (Opening Round), Friday (Quarter Finals), Saturday (Semi-Finals), Sunday (Slam Dunk & 3 point contest), Monday (Finals). 

Then on Jan. 24, "The 8" Tournament takes place (also at Liberty High School). The schools participating are:

The 8

  1. De La Salle
  2. Sandy
  3. Sherwood
  4. Sunset
  5. Tigard
  6. Western Christian
  7. Mt. Spokane
  8. Pacifica Christian

The LSI has a long and storied tradition in Northwest high school basketball. Many of the NBA's top stars have come through the NW and played at this tournament over the years including: Carmelo Anthony, Zach Collins (Blazers), Marvin Bagley III (Kings), Kevin Durant (Nets), Ben Simmons (76ers), and Kemba Walker (Celtics) just to name a few. 

The fact that this is a national tournament held in the state of Oregon is a fantastic opportunity for high school hoops. President of Prime Time Sports John MacCallum, who joined Rip City Radio with Travis on Friday to announce the teams, said: "The thing that people don’t understand is these other schools come to Oregon and think ‘Oregon schools are very well coached… These kids can play hoop. We struggled to deal what they threw at us.’”

Tickets are on sale at www.lesschwabinvitational.com

There have been some epic moments in LSI history as well. 

December 18-21, 2001 – Mater Dei Meltdown. Coach Gary McKnight’s Mater Dei Monarchs traveled to Portland with intentions of winning the 2001 LSI and were focused to meet up with Carmelo Anthony’s Oak Hill Academy in the Championship. However, after an opening round victory over Roseburg, Mater Dei lost their final 3 games to Jesuit, Churchill and Thurston. The three losses to Oregon school’s to a Nationally ranked program sent shock waves to the national media and helped put Oregon High School basketball on the map.

December 22nd, 2003 – Jesuit over Lake Oswego in an All-Oregon Final. Seth and Josh Tarver led Jesuit to a 64-42 victory in the Championship Game at the Chiles Center. Jesuit overcame a tournament MVP performance by Lake Oswego freshman phenom, Kevin Love. The win by Jesuit was only the 2nd time in the LSI’s history that an Oregon school has captured the title.

December 29th, 2006 – Kyle Has No Love For Kevin In a Classic Singler vs. Love Rematch. In a rematch of the 2006 Oregon State Championship, the defending State Champion Lake Oswego Lakers battled South Medford in front of the biggest crowd ever assembled at Liberty High School. The game featured two of Oregon’s most decorated basketball players in history in Lake Oswego’s UCLA bound Kevin Love and Duke bound Kyle Singler of South Medford. The Panthers jumped out to an early lead and never looked back to get revenge on the Lakers with a convincing 71-63 victory. The win prompted South Medford’s coach Dennis Murphy to dance a jig on the court as time winded down and the win was secure.

December 29th, 2014 – Oregon Teams Make a Statement! In front of an electric crowd with NBA Players Damian Lillard, Wesley Matthews, Will Barton, CJ McCollum, Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan on hand, Central Catholic battled eventual National Champion Montverde Academy down to the wire. The game was filled with highlights including Ben Simmons alley-oop to himself which brought praise from the NBA stars in attendance. Simmons knocked down a clutch free throw to tie the game with 27 seconds and Marquez Letcher-Ellis who won the slam dunk competition earlier in the day, sank the winning free throws with under a second to play in regulation. Earlier in the evening West Linn stunned nationally ranked Wheeler 70-62 behind the incredible performance of Anthony Mathis who scored 38 points – 18 in the fourth quarter to rally the Lions from an eight point deficit in the final period.

December 30th, 2016 -- Liberty High School, Hillsboro, OR
LSI Championship: Marvin Bagley III vs. Michael Porter Jr. - With the gym at capacity and as raucous of an environment as you will ever see in high school basketball, Nathan Hale defeated Sierra Canyon 67-65 in the LSI Championship. Michael Porter Jr. capped off one of the greatest performances in tournament history, scoring 27 points and pulling down 15 rebounds out-dueling Marvin Bagley III who led the way for Sierra Canyon finishing with 22 points and 10 rebounds. At the time Porter Jr. was the #1 senior in the country and Bagley III the #1 junior. Nathan Hale would go on to finish the season undefeated and #1 in the nation en route to winning their first ever 3A Washington State Championship.





Colleen Uzoekwe wins Prep Girls Track and Field Athlete of the Year

Colleen Uzoekwe wins Prep Girls Track and Field Athlete of the Year

Prep Girls Track and Field Athlete of the Year

Colleen Uzoekwe
Westview High School
Class of 2020

12 months ago, the name Colleen Uzoekwe was almost unheard of in the Oregon prep sports sphere. Fast forward to now and it is safe to say this is no longer the case. After taking home four Metro League district titles, she continued her dominance to the state meet, where she took cleaned out and earned first place in the 100 meters, 200 meters, and long jump. Uzoekwe became the first three time state champion in Westview’s history, and was named the OSAA 6A Female Athlete of the Meet for her success.

Southern Oregon softball, head coach Jessica Pistole win George Pasero Team of the Year

Southern Oregon softball, head coach Jessica Pistole win George Pasero Team of the Year

George Pasero Team of the Year

Jessica Pistole

Southern Oregon University softball

Pistole and her Southern Oregon softball team will forever have their names etched in the record books, winning the NAIA Softball World Series this past spring. It was the Raiders’ first championship of any kind in school history. This wasn’t just a one hit wonder for Southern Oregon: Pistole has implemented sustained success since arriving in Ashland, setting the school record for wins for the third consecutive year during her five year tenure. 

Ace pitcher Mick Able wins 2019 Prep Baseball Player of the Year

Ace pitcher Mick Able wins 2019 Prep Baseball Player of the Year

Prep Baseball Player of the Year

Mick Abel

Jesuit High School

Class of 2020

Abel is arguably the best high school baseball player in the country and poised to make a name for himself as early as the 2020 MLB Draft unless he decides to attend Oregon State. Both a right handed pitcher and first baseman for Jesuit’s state championship squad, Abel was named Oregon’s Gatorade Player of the Year in baseball. Abel was almost unstoppable in 2019 with a 10-0 record and 1.26 ERA. Recently, Abel was a participant of the inaugural High School All-American Game, a collaboration event between the MLB and USA Baseball and is in the running for the U-18 World Cup in South Korea. 

Your weekly dose of the 2019 Oregon Sports Awards

Your weekly dose of the 2019 Oregon Sports Awards

From the Prep Football Player of the Year to Portland Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts, another week of the 2019 Oregon Sports Awards is in the books.

Each day, we at NBC Sports Northwest and the Oregon Sports Awards will be announcing winners daily on the Brian Noe Show and The Bridge.

Here is a recap of our winners this week:

EJ Holland wins Prep Boys Cross Country Player of the Year

Kaitlyn Dobler wins Prep Girls Swimmer of the Year

Luke Thornbrue wins Prep Boys Swimmer of the Year

Casey Filkins wins Prep Football Player of the Year

Casey Filkins wins the 2019 Prep Football Player of the Year

Casey Filkins wins the 2019 Prep Football Player of the Year

Prep Football Player of the Year

Casey Filkins

Lake Oswego High School

Class of 2020

After a dominant junior year where he had over 2000 all purpose yards and 37 touchdowns, helping lead Lake Oswego to the 6A football state title, Filkins has much more in store for the future. Committed to Cal but also received interest/offers from a host of other Ivy League and PAC-12 schools, the 5-foot-11, 190 pound 3 star “athlete” is one of two Oregon athletes committed to the Golden Bears, the other being Jesuit’s Andy Alfieri. 

Luke Thornbrue named 2019 Prep Boys Swimmer of the Year

Luke Thornbrue named 2019 Prep Boys Swimmer of the Year

Luke Thornbrue 

Century High School

Class of 2019

Century High’s Thornbrue has been dominant in both the high school and club swimming scene for some time now. On his club team, Hillsboro HEAT, Thornbrue has consistently finished at the top of his events in national meets. After winning the 200 and 500 meter freestyle state title as a freshman, Thornbrue solely focused on club meets during his sophomore and junior year.

In Thornbrue's return to the high school swimming scene for his senior season, he not only “repeated," but also shattered his own state record in the 100. 

Kaitlyn Dobler wins Prep Girls Swimmer of the Year

Kaitlyn Dobler wins Prep Girls Swimmer of the Year

Kaitlyn Dobler 

Aloha High School

Class of 2020

Kaitlyn Dobler is one of the top swimmers in the nation. Committed to the University of Southern California (USC), she has been an elite swimmer, a 6A state champion in both the 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard backstroke.

Dobler is a staple in the USA swimming program, qualifying for the 2020 Olympic Trials and made IRONMAN Official’s top 25 18 and under athletes as a 16 year old. This is her second-consecutive Prep Girls Swimmer of the Year award.