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PHS cross-country: Hannah Hernandez

Philomath's Hannah Hernandez placed second at the Ultimook Race Saturday.

Hey Warriors fans, today is Sunday, Sept. 8.

Four of the five fall sports teams were in action Saturday with boys and girls soccer, cross-country and volleyball.

Let’s start with boys soccer where Philomath posted a 2-0 victory over Gladstone. The Warriors scored off the opening kick-off for a quick 1-0 lead when Mark Grimmer buried one in the net. At the 10-minute mark, Grimmer scored a second goal. The Gladiators were shut out for the second straight game by an Oregon West opponent (Stayton beat Gladstone, 5-0, although it was later officially changed to a 1-0 forfeit because of an ineligible player).

The girls also played Gladstone but on the road. Philomath lost 2-1 and now has an 0-2 record. The Warriors are a talented group, though, so don't get too worried. Both of their losses came to a couple of teams that could go deep into the playoffs this year.

By the way, have you noticed that there is no JV girls soccer team this year?

“Right now, our numbers are at 19 and that’s one team,” PHS coach Mat Phelps said during the preseason. “I am hopeful that all of the girls will get some good playing time.”

At the jamboree, when I talked to Phelps about this particular subject, he got all of his players onto the field despite having games that were only 30 minutes in length.

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“I think we’ve got some games hopefully on our schedule, where we can get some quality time to help those girls develop,” Phelps said.

Elsewhere, Philomath’s cross-country teams both did pretty well at the Ultimook Race. Coach Joe Fulton emailed me this morning to report the results were incorrect with one of our athletes not included (freshman Brody Bushnell finished third overall in a field of 241 runners). I'm holding off on writing that story until the coach can get me the corrected results.

For the girls, Philomath was second by one single point behind Tillamook. Hannah Hernandez placed second, Rivers Nuno was eighth and Madison Bushnell ninth — if those are correct!

In volleyball, Philomath went up to Cascade for a tournament, emerged from pool play in good shape and advanced into the top bracket. But Creswell eliminated the Warriors with a two-set victory.

Philomath didn’t appear to be at 100 percent at the tournament. Coach Denee Newton, for example, mentioned that Joelle Berger was having shoulder issues. Let’s hope that’s not a nagging problem in her final high school season.

Thanks for reading and I’ll see you at the next game.

— Brad Fuqua, Philomath Express

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