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PHS boys basketball: Dylan Edwards

Philomath High senior Dylan Edwards pulls up for a jump shot during last week’s intrasquad scrimmage. For a preview of this season’s boys basketball team, see page A7.

The Week Ahead

Boys basketball — In a change from the original schedule that had been published, the PHS boys will not open the season until Saturday at home against Junction City. The game at Banks, which had originally been slated for Dec. 4, was moved to Dec. 16. This coming Tuesday, Dec. 10, the Warriors will host 5A Central.

Girls basketball — The girls are scheduled to play at home Wednesday against Banks with a prime-time start of 7 p.m. This should be an interesting season opener for two teams considered to be among the best in Class 4A. Philomath will then host Junction City at 5:30 Saturday and Central at 5:30 Tuesday.

Wrestling — Philomath heads Saturday to the Perry Burlison Classic at Cascade High to open the season. Joining the host school and the Warriors will be Central, Cottage Grove, Crescent Valley, Crook County, Dallas, Elmira, Junction City, Lebanon, Marshfield, McKay, Scappoose, Sisters, South Salem, Stayton, Sweet Home, Tigard and West Albany.

Swimming — The swim team continues preseason preparations this week with its season opener not arriving until Dec. 13 with the Rhonda Relays at Clemens Community Pool. Cascade and Stayton will join the Warriors for the meet.

Five Things

• The PHS boys soccer and boys cross-country teams both deserve recognition for their classroom accomplishments this fall. The boys soccer team was No. 1 in Class 4A with a 3.68 grade-point average. The boys cross-country team was No. 1 with a 3.87 GPA. PHS had an all-around good academic showing in all of the fall sports with volleyball tied for seventh (3.66), girls soccer 10th (3.57), girls cross-country 11th (3.66) and football 11th (3.02).

• The tennis courts project looks like it may be close to wrapping up but in reality, it might be next spring until the surface can be coated for the final time. PHS Principal Mike Bussard said “they’re going to need an extended period of warmer weather and drier weather.” The fencing portion of the project took longer than expected and caused delays this fall. “Personally, I’ve got a feeling — and I could be wrong — that they will have to start at Ashbrook and sometime (later in the spring) they’ll be able to come over.” Besides the surfacing, the only remaining preparations involve painting on the lines and putting up the nets.

• The girls basketball team earned the No. 1 ranking in the coaches’ preseason poll as published on OSAAtoday.org. The Warriors received 102 votes and six first-place votes with Marist Catholic second with 75 points and one first-place vote.

• Philomath’s boys basketball team was ranked a solid No. 9 in the OSAAtoday.org coaches’ poll. Banks was No. 1 with Seaside at No. 2 and Marist Catholic at No. 3. Others Oregon West teams ranked included Cascade at No. 6, the Warriors at No. 9 and Woodburn tied for No. 10. Newport was among the teams that also received significant votes.

• According to the swim team records that hang on the wall at Clemens Community Pool, there are two that date back to the 1970s — one for the boys and one for the girls — and they both could stand forever. That’s because the records are for 1-meter diving, an event that PHS no longer competes in. The records belong to Kelley Campbell (1972) and Rhonda Flatz (1979).

By the Numbers

333 — The number of kills recorded during the regular season for Oregon State’s Haylie Bennett. A Philomath graduate who is a redshirt junior with the Beavers, Bennett led the team in hitting with 3.00 kills per set. She also finished with a .244 hitting percentage, well above the team average of .191.

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58 — The number of students participating in boys and girls basketball (as of last week). That includes 33 in the boys’ program and 25 in the girls’ program.

3 — The number of home appearances this winter on Philomath High’s wrestling schedule. So if you want to catch the Warriors, open up your schedule for Jan. 10 (quadrangular), Jan. 15 (dual vs. Junction City) and Feb. 5 (dual vs. Elmira).

In the Books

100 years ago — The athletics scene a century ago in Philomath consisted of more than the handful of teams that had been seen on the high school campus. Philomath College had also fielded squads over the years in various activities, including basketball.

Philomath hosted a noteworthy meeting on Dec. 1, 1919, for a number of small institutions participating in the Independent College Conference of Oregon. Colleges at the event included Albany College, Eugene Bible University, McMinnville College, Pacific College, Pacific University, Philomath College, Reed College and Willamette University.

As published by the Oregon Daily Journal, a Portland newspaper, here are rules they introduced:

• All intercollegiate contests shall be directly under the control of the college or faculty or that member of the faculty responsible for the direction of physical education.

• There shall be no paid coaches.

• No admission shall be charged to games. All expenses incidental thereto shall be provided by the college budget.

• The number of games in a single season shall be limited. There shall be no intercollegiate leagues involving long series of contests culminating in a championship award.

• Intercollegiate contests will be conducted by the conference teams to further intramural athletics and to offer every student the opportunity to develop a sound body.

So there you have it — a glimpse into the small college world of athletics in 1919.

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