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Wrestling champions 2008

Philomath High won the state wrestling title 25 years ago in the spring of 1994.

A quarter of a century ago this academic school year, Philomath High School crowned two state champions in the team sports. A third team had a runner-up finish.

Competing at the time in Class 3A, the Warriors won state titles in boys cross-country and wrestling and finished runner-up in girls track and field.

Let’s take a look back at these teams as they mark their silver anniversaries.

So we’re talking about the 1993-94 school year and among the fall’s team sports, Philomath’s boys cross-country team earned the 3A state title by 14 points over runner-up Hood River Valley. Coached by Paul Mariman, PHS had no individual runners finish any higher than 19th (14th for team-scoring purposes) but did have five in the top 40.

Tim Peterson was Philomath’s top runner in 19th with a time of 17:00.5 on the course at Lane Community College in Eugene. Mike Cruise and Tyler Bushnell finished close together in 27th and 28th (20th and 21st for scoring) with times of 17:11.7 and 17:11.9, respectively. Stephen Cruise finished 33rd in 17:19.5 and Eric Thompson was 37th in 17:24.8. Stephen Cruise and Thompson were 26th and 29th as far as team scoring goes.

Over the winter of 1993-94, Philomath won the 3A state title in wrestling. C.A. Rath was the head coach of the squad that took first place with 108 points over runner-up Hood River Valley’s 103.5. Individually, Diego Hernandez won state with his performance at 123 pounds. Hernandez went up against Bryan Coulter of Sweet Home in the championship bout and won on a 9-7 decision.

Philomath racked up a considerable amount of team points with four third-place medals. Miguel Boriss (115), Will Williams (141), Justin Stevens (157) and Greg McAlpine (191) all won their third-place bouts on decisions. Morgan Kovacs (106) reached the third-place match but lost and had to settle for fourth.

In the spring of 1994, the Warriors’ girls track and field team finished runner-up behind Henley at the 3A state meet at Hayward Field in Eugene. Mariman’s team had its top performances in the field events.

Discus thrower Kortni Murphree won with a throw of 128 feet, 9 inches. Cathy McNeely was another champion with her 17-1-1/2 in the long jump. Others winning medals were McNeely in the high jump (2nd, 5-6) and triple jump (6th, 34-10-1/2), Murphree in the shot put (4th, 37-10-3/4), Melissa Gale in the javelin (5th, 114-4) and Whitney Bushnell in the 1,500 (6th, 4:52.97).

SOFTBALL: Philomath High’s Kamden Combs, Kaili Saathoff, Hannah Williams and Amie Russell all earned recognition on the Class 4A all-state team, released early last week.

Combs, a sophomore, was named to the second team as a pitcher. Saathoff, also a sophomore, was a second-team pick as an outfielder. Williams, a senior, made the second team as an infielder. Russell, a senior, was on the third team as an infielder.

In addition, PHS coach Erik Remington said Williams participated in an all-star game on championship weekend at the University of Oregon’s Jane Sanders Stadium in Eugene. Williams played shortstop on the 4A team.

TAHOE: The Philomath High boys basketball program will take players again this summer to the South Tahoe Shootout in California.

Coach Blake Ecker said the team will be gone from June 20-23 and will be staying in a rental house.

“It’s always good to get out of town and see some different things,” Ecker said. “We make a few stops along the way and try to see some historical items."

The primary focus will be on basketball with an emphasis on team-bonding and development.

VOLLEYBALL: Philomath High School’s volleyball team plans to host its Gold Medal Squared camp June 24. One of the coaches on hand will be Makayla Lindbergh, a Division I middle blocker and alum of Crook County High.

PHS will also host its Future Warrior Volleyball Camp Aug. 5-8. The Little Warrior youth camp for second through sixth graders will run those dates from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., and an advanced clinic for seventh through 12th grades will be the same four days from 3-5 p.m.

The costs are $45 per player for grades 2-6 or $70 for families with two or more children; and for grades 7-12, $10 per session or $30 for all four sessions.

A $10 discount is offered for the Little Warrior camp for those who preregister. For information, email Joelle Berger at joelleberger10@gmail.com or Denee Newton at denee.newton@philomath.k12.or.us. Or, call or text 541-521-2640.

BASKETBALL: Philomath High School’s girls basketball team is hosting a youth skills camp on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. The camp is for girls that will be in the third through eighth grades.

The $35 registration fee covers instruction, T-shirts and prizes. Those who miss the first day will still be accepted for Thursday and Friday. For anyone interested or for questions, email PHS coach Ben Silva at ben.silva@philomath.k12.or.us.

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