The Philomath High School junior varsity boys basketball team continued its winning ways this past season with an overall record of 19-1. The Warriors haven't lost in conference play for at least the past four years.
In fact, since 2011, Philomath's JV boys have a remarkable 132-13 record for a .910 winning percentage. The lone loss this season came to a 6A program in Mountain View, and it was by just one point, 37-36, in a tournament at Elmira.
Freshman Michael Lundy proved to be a scoring machine for the JV squad with a per-game scoring average of 19 points. Lundy only played part-time in many of those games, especially during the second half of the season when he was swinging up to the varsity and scoring points there as well. He had a season-high 30 points in a Feb. 16 win at Cascade.
Several other players scored in double digits over the course of the season. Sophomore Ben Reams scored 18 in a victory over Newport. Sophomore Dylan Bennett hit his high of 15 against Stayton. Junior Dakota Kantor's season high came against North Marion with 14. Sophomore Devan Hunsaker hit for 11 in the same North Marion game.
Combined, the JV boys and girls basketball teams went 42-1 for the 2017-18 season. As reported in last week's Sports Notebook, the girls completed a 23-0 campaign.
FOOTBALL: Philomath High School confirmed last week its football schedule for this coming fall.
The Warriors will play nonconference games against Junction City, Siuslaw and Elmira.
Philomath defeated Junction City on the road, 19-12, in its opener last season in Rob Shader's first game as head coach. The Tigers went on to a 3-6 season. Siuslaw had a 1-7 campaign in 2017 and finished fifth out of six teams in the Far West League. Elmira was 3-5 last fall and was fifth out of six teams in the Sky-Em League.
The Warriors were 2-6 with the other victory coming over Yamhill-Carlton, 29-20, in their season finale.
The Oregon West Conference slate will also have a new twist to it with the latest realignment. The league's newest members will be Sweet Home, Sisters and Woodburn. Along with Philomath, the conference also retained Newport and Stayton.
Sweet Home had an 8-2 season that included runner-up in the Sky-Em League and a first-round appearance in the state playoffs. Sisters had a 3-5 record and was fourth in the Sky-Em. And Woodburn had a 3-6 record as a Class 5A independent with no conference affiliation in football.
OREGON TECH: The Oregon Tech men's basketball team qualified for the NAIA Division II tournament and will open Wednesday morning against No. 11 Briar Cliff in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
Philomath High graduate Cal Stueve plays for the Owls.
Oregon Tech earned an at-large bid to the tournament with a 22-10 overall record. The Owls were seeded No. 6 in the Naismith Bracket.
The 6-foot-5 Stueve has seen limited time on the floor in his freshman season. In 19 games, he's averaging 1.2 points and 1.0 rebounds per game. With the Warriors, Stueve collected several player honors at the conference and all-state levels and was a major part of the 2016 title squad. During his senior year, he averaged 20.5 points per game and had a career-high 40 against Scappoose.