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Jumping his way to glory

Calvin Anderson won track and hoop titles as a Horizon senior


by: DAN BROOD - THE TAKEOFF -- Calvin Anderson, a 2013 Horizon Christian graduate, soars in a long jump competition early in the season. Anderson won state titles in both the long jump and the triple jump. TUALATIN — Being part of a team that wins a state championship can be special.

Winning an individual state championship can also be special.

That said, Calvin Anderson had a very, very special senior year at Horizon Christian High School.

Anderson, a 2013 Horizon Christian grad, had quite a title-winning year. First, he helped the Hawks boys basketball team win the Class 3A state championship. Then, he followed that up by jumping his way to a pair of state titles at the Class 3A state track and field championships.

“It was a great year,” Anderson said last week, looking back at his senior year at Horizon Christian. “I’ve relived it every day so far. It’s been such a blessing.”

A championship-filled blessing.

“It exceeded my expectations,” Anderson said. “In basketball, we were hopeful and confident that we might win. But, in track, it was unexpected.’

That’s not because Anderson isn’t athletically gifted — he definitely is.

He’s shown that on the basketball court the past three years.

The 6-foot-5 Anderson has been a potent weapon on the hardwood for the Hawks, who have played in the last six Class 6A state championship games. Whether he’s slashing to the basket for a layup — or thunderous dunk — or drilling a three-pointer with a feathery touch, Anderson has excelled for the Horizon Christian boys hoop team.

But track was a different story.

In fact, Anderson didn’t even turn out for the Horizon Christian track and field team as a junior. Instead, he opted to to play spring basketball.

He decided to come back out for the Horizon Christian track team as a senior.

“That was the plan — to come back out,” Anderson said. “I hoped I’d do something.’

Wow, did he ever.

Anderson ended up winning the long jump at the Class 3A state meet, held at Hayward Field in Eugene, with a distance of 21 feet, 1.25 inches. He also won a state crown in the triple jump with a distance of 43-5.5.

“That was so crazy,” Anderson said.

by: DAN BROOD - FLOATING ON AIR -- Calvin Anderson (35) goes up to the basket during the Hawks' game with Pleasant Hill. In the May 23 long jump event, Anderson and the other competitors had to deal with a storm that hit the area near the time that finals began.

In the May 24 triple jump event, Anderson found himself trailing two other competitors with just two jumps remaining in finals. But that didn’t deter him.

“I looked over at my coach (Scott Olson) and said ‘I got this,’” Anderson said.

In his fifth jump of the finals, Anderson hit his winning jump of 43-5.5, which bettered his previous personal-best mark by 14 inches.

“I was praying the whole time,” Anderson said. “I hit the jump, looked over at my coach and put my arms up in the air.”

With his two victorious jumps, Anderson claimed his first individual state titles.

“That meant so much to me,” he said. “With individual sports, you get out what you put into it.”

But, while the track titles were special, the basketball crown may have meant even more.

“It’s my true passion,” Anderson said of the basketball. “This year, track was pretty cool, but to win the state championship in basketball as a senior, with guys I love, is what I’ve been working for.”

The Hawks looked to have a strong senior group heading into the basketball season, but senior standout Wyatt Houston missed the entire campaign due to a football injury and senior Zack Selland was injured right before the Class 3A state tournament began.

That left the senior leadership roles to Anderson and Michael Loomis.

“Michael has been my best friend since we were freshmen,” Anderson said. “After Zack got hurt, Michael and I looked at each other and said ‘we’ve got to do this.’ But a lot of other guys stepped up.”

In his senior basketball season at Horizon Christian, Anderson was a first-team All-West Valley League selection, a first-team Class 3A All-State pick and a Class 3A All-State Tournament selection.

But, while the accolades are nice, there’s something else that means a lot to Anderson — dunking.

“It’s my favorite part of basketball,” Anderson said. “It’s crazy.”

And his prowess in the jumps in track season certainly seemed to help Anderson when it came to dunking during basketball season.

“The long jump and triple jump carried over,” he said. “And the Euro-stepping you do for jumps carried over.”

Anderson will next be taking his basketball skills — and dunking ability — to Eugene’s Northwest Christian University and new coach, and former University of Oregon star, Luke Jackson.

“It’s a great place,” Anderson said. “I think we’ll make some noise.”

Anderson will have a chance to show his new coach exactly what he can do this Sunday when he competes in Jackson’s fundraising Barnstorm All-Star game, which will start at 7 p.m. at Churchill High School in Eugene.

Anderson will be on an all-star squad of high school graduates.

That team be taking on a squad that includes Jackson, Luke Ridnour, E.J. Singler, Aaron Brooks, Maarty Leunen, Bryce Taylor, A.D. Smith and others.

“It’s going to be a lot of fun,” Anderson said.

Tickets for Sunday’s game at Churchill are $12 for general admission and $25 for preferred seating.

For Anderson, it looks to be another chance to jump and to score — he’s a champion at both.



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