2014 Fall Sports Preview

2014 Fall Sports Preview

Pick up a hard copy on news stands beginning Aug. 29 Get the season schedule, team photo and the...

The Krupsky connection: Senior twins star for Scappoose football

The Krupsky connection: Senior twins star for Scappoose football

After dreaming for a decade, it's finally his time to shine It's fairly common to hear athletes...

New St. Helens boys soccer coach plans to stick around

New St. Helens boys soccer coach plans to stick around

Opperman, a St. Helens resident of 14 years, will "stay here as long as they want me." Nearly 50...

Take me out to the ball game: Hops baseball a home run for family fun

Take me out to the ball game: Hops baseball a home run for family fun

Hillsboro Hops have brought professional baseball back to the Portland area, and they don't plan...

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Photo Credit: JOHN WILLIAM HOWARD - Tribe senior Jacob 'Wendy' Wendelschafer cracks a smile as the team runs on to the field for their annual intra-squad scrimmage on Aug. 23.
August 29, 2014

FSP: Indians begin and end with running game

by John William Howard
Plenty of speed on the ground, deep corps of young receivers Looking at the big names missing from the Scappoose football roster from last fall, it can be easy to see why one might expect the…
Photo Credit: JOHN WILLIAM HOWARD - Hannah Carrey (2) will be a standout among the Tribe this season along with sophomore Alyssa Spang. Out of 28 total players in the program, 17 are freshmen.
August 29, 2014

FSP: Tribe volleyball overrun by wave of freshmen

by John William Howard
Scappoose program has 28 athletes, 17 of which are freshmen Every few years, a coach and a program is generally dealt a young team. Maybe they’ll have a freshman on varsity, or have just a…
August 28, 2014

St. Helens football in state playoffs is a safe gamble

by John William Howard
Talented youth and an experienced line should give way to the first playoff win for Lion football since 1996 As much as I tend to enjoy wallowing in cynicism, I’m always a sucker for a positive…
August 29, 2014

FSP: Lady Lions set for strong year, boys look for new leadership

by John William Howard
St. Helens cross country prepares for what could be an excellent year on the girls side of the league The cross country scene in the Northwest Oregon Conference is likely to look decidedly…
Photo Credit: JOHN WILLIAM HOWARD - Behind the two power hitters are not only a cast of capable varsity starters, but a long list of talent 'waiting in the wings.'
August 29, 2014

FSP: Lions aim 10 repeat as NWOC champions

by John William Howard
Especially with Sherwood out of the mix, the Lions figure to be a frontrunner in the NWOC race Headed into last fall’s volleyball season, the goals for St. Helens were fairly simple: beat…
August 29, 2014

Cowapa league title 'up for grabs' for Scappoose boys

by John William Howard
Girls team looking for leadership after the loss of all-star Charlie Davidson It’s been three years since any conversation about girls’ cross country in the Cowapa League could be had without a…
August 29, 2014

FSP: Lions hopeful for first playoff win since 1996

by John William Howard
Running backs Terry, Rea, Allen will shoulder ground game with quarterback Levi Norton, who's not afraid of a little contact The last time the Lions made the playoffs, St. Helens was swatted…
Photo Credit: JOHN WILLIAM HOWARD - Asa Flanagan, right, already holds the school record for most goals in a single game at six, and hopes to continue his success as a senior.
August 28, 2014

FSP: Scappoose boys team ready for next step

by John William Howard
Indians made the playoffs last season, and ever since the girls won a state title, they've wanted one of their own Over the first two seasons as the head coach for the Scappoose boys’ soccer…
Photo Credit: JOHN WILLIAM HOWARD - The 2014 St. Helens Lions warm up before practice on Aug. 26. New head coach Bob Opperman hopes to lean heavily on his seniors for scoring and to lead the defense, but doesn't rest success on wins and losses.
August 28, 2014

FSP: St. Helens hopes to reverse downward trend

by John William Howard
Lions still looking to shed two difficult seasons with two different coaches, coaching styles Stepping back into the coaching profession after a 14-year hiatus, Bob Opperman has a big challenge…
Photo Credit: JOHN WILLIAM HOWARD - The 2014 Scappoose Girls Soccer team has a big goal on defense - five exactly, and head coach Nicholas Heffernan think's it's a realistic one: Conceed five goals or less for the entire season.
August 28, 2014

FSP: Defending state champs 'want that feeling again'

by John William Howard
The Scappoose girls soccer program is once again loaded with talent, and will gun for their second consecutive state title this fall Late on the evening of Nov. 16, little more than nine months…

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Photo Credit: JOHN WILLIAM HOWARD - Senior center back Sydney Nett was a bright spot in a difficult season for the Lions in 2013, as St. Helens missed the post season yet again, and by a hair's breadth. Nett will anchor the St. Helens back line with the hope that she will be the first captain to ever lead a team to the playoffs.
Aug 28, 2014

FSP: Lady Lions poised for best season in program history

by John William Howard
St. Helens has yet to make the post season in their 25-year history, dating back to their first season in 1989 The end game for the St. Helens girls’ soccer program is fairly simple in the mind…
Aug 22, 2014

Opinion: Concerned parents can always sit in on practice

by John William Howard
Refrain from passing judgement until the upcoming trial, and show up to practice - you'll discover that there's nothing to worry about When the news about former St. Helens soccer coach Ryoma…
Photo Credit: JOHN WILLIAM HOWARD - Listed at 6-foot-1, 225 pounds, Levi Norton is a far different quarterback than any of the signal callers seen out of St. Helens in the several seasons. Many quarterbacks also see the field as receivers and defensive backs, but not Norton - He was a linebacker and right guard in youth football.
Aug 22, 2014

Sophomore Levi Norton takes quarterback role in St. Helens

by John William Howard
Norton may not be as speedy as Gage Bumgardner, but he's got a strong arm and is more than willing to take a hit If any spectators had shown up to football practice at St. Helens High School…
Photo Credit: JOHN WILLIAM HOWARD - Colton Bird's interception and run near the end of practice provided a highlight for the Indians, who will look to retool and fill the holes left by last year's standouts.
Aug 22, 2014

Tribe begins full football practice

by John William Howard
Joey Krupsky will take over as the team's starting quarterback For those familiar with the 2013 Scappoose football squad, peering at the numbers on the back of a few jerseys would be a little…
Aug 22, 2014

Russell wins again, takes Sportsman Division lead

by John William Howard
Justin "Bud" Russell wins for the second week in a row to take a lead in the Sportsman Division at River City Speedway Whatever slump might have been ailing the two-time defending Sportsman…
Aug 22, 2014

No new info on Ajisawa arrests, relay fills streets, Columbia…

by John William Howard
The Washington County Sheriff's Office has decided to withhold further information regarding the arrest of former St. Helens High School soccer coach Ryoma Ajisawa until his hearing on Aug. 25.…
Photo Credit: ODFW - A hunter holds up his catch, a ring-necked pheasant, during a hunting workshop near Medford in 2008. The ODFW will host workshops on Sauvie Island in September.
Aug 15, 2014

Hunting, Fishing workshops offered on Sauvie Island

by Spotlight Newspaper
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, in an effort to boost falling sportsman numbers, will offer beginning hunting workshops in several areas across the state It's a classic in the Norman…
Ryoma Ajisawa
Aug 14, 2014

Child porn charges put former St. Helens soccer coach behind bars

by John William Howard
Ryoma Ajisawa, who coached the Lions for three seasons, is in the custody of the Washington County Sheriff's Office Former St. Helens High School soccer coach Ryoma Ajisawa has been arrested on…
Aug 14, 2014

Lions go local for new boys' soccer coach

by John William Howard
Local the perfect direction for St. Helens boys' soccer coaching find After nearly eight months of waiting, the St. Helens boys will finally have a head coach for their soccer program, and just…
Though it will only be used about half as much as the other five courses chosen, McCormick has a chance to be a part of history: the first ever professional disc golf world championships in Portland.
Aug 08, 2014

Disc Golf World Championships will visit St. Helens park

by John William Howard
The PDGA World Championships will be at McCormick Park on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday For most, Frisbee golf is a fun, relaxing activity between friends: throw a Frisbee around for a couple of…