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Warriors Today: Bryce Beeton

Philomath High senior Bryce Beeton throws in the ball during a boys soccer game last week against Newport. Beeton has earned a reputation for his accurate and powerful throw-ins, something he said began clear back in fourth-grade soccer. In fact, in the first game in which he attempted a throw-in, he scored a goal by hitting the goalkeeper hard with the ball.

The Week Ahead

Football — As promised, PHS athletic director and coach Tony Matta added a Week 9 football game to the schedule and the Warriors will face Woodburn at 7 p.m. Friday at Clemens Field.

Volleyball — With the play-in match occurring Tuesday after the newspaper’s press run, information about Philomath’s next opponent has not been determined as of this writing (assuming the team wins). The Warriors would compete in a first-round match on the road, most likely on Saturday.

Boys Soccer — The Warriors were hoping to nail down a play-in game and probably did even if they lost to Woodburn Tuesday (played after deadline). Go to OSAA.org or check online at PhilomathExpress.com for information. The game would likely be Friday or Saturday on the road.

Girls Soccer — Philomath will earn an automatic berth into the state playoffs regardless of how things turned out Tuesday (game vs. Woodburn played after deadline). The Warriors will most likely play Tuesday, Nov. 5 at home.

Cross-country — The cross-country squads will head up to Stayton Saturday for the Oregon West Conference Championships. The running begins with the varsity girls at 11:30 a.m. with the varsity boys to follow at 12:15 p.m. Based on recent results, the Warriors could be in for a great day as they try to qualify for state.

Five Things

• Philomath’s boys were ranked No. 1 in last week’s OSAAtoday poll. The Warriors attracted a lot of attention during its own Paul Mariman Invitational when they beat out a lot of the state’s top teams. They followed up with a good showing last week at a Salem meet. Philomath is ranked No. 3 in the girls poll.

• The volleyball program is making a habit out of qualifying for state but would like to get past the first round. If Philomath won Tuesday as expected in its play-in match, the team would qualify for state for the fifth straight year. In those past four appearances, the Warriors lost in the first round each time (2015 to Crook County, 2016 to Banks, 2017 to Scappoose and 2018 to Hidden Valley).

• The girls soccer team extended its incredible streak of never finishing the season with a losing record. Since the program was established in 1992, the team has finished above .500 now for 28 straight seasons.

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• Philomath’s boys expect to not only make a play-in game but continue on past the first round of the state playoffs. Heading into Tuesday’s game against Woodburn, it appeared that Philomath might be headed to Baker for a play-in game. If not Baker, perhaps Hidden Valley — a team the Warriors barely lost to on the road in their season opener.

• During the last OSAA realignment, Woodburn came down from 5A and was placed in the Oregon West Conference. Later, Cascade won its appeal to continue playing in 4A and the league had too many teams. To help solve the issue in football, the Bulldogs moved to another league. Philomath plays Woodburn Friday night.

By the Numbers

11 — The number of offensive plays that Philomath’s football team got off in the second half Friday at Cascade. With the Cougars leading by more than 42 points, the half was playing with a running clock.

4:41 — The amount of time PHS freshman Ingrid Hellesto has taken off her 5,000-meter time so far this season. Hellesto ran at 25:06 at the season-opening Northwest Classic and last week, came in with a 20:25 at the Creekside Cross Classic.

16 — The average number of points Philomath’s volleyball team allowed per set in season sweeps over Stayton, Cascade, Newport and Woodburn.

In the Books

55 years ago — A couple of school swim records were broken during a home meet on Oct. 29, 1964. Philomath defeated North Salem, 57-38, to run its dual meet record to 7-3. The Warriors won nine events.

The school records came in the 100-yard freestyle when Dave Lowther came in with a time of 56.4 seconds and in the 100-yard butterfly with Rich Moore’s time of 1:06.0. Other winners that day included Dave Lowther in the 200 freestyle, Steve Beyerlein in the individual medley, Dan Eastman in the 100 backstroke, David Smith in the 400 freestyle, Steve Lowther in the 100 breaststroke (tied), the medley relay of Eastman, Moore, Steve Lowther and Don Anderson, and the freestyle relay of Moore, Beyerlein, Anderson and Dave Lowther.

— Compiled by Brad Fuqua

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