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Scappoose is headed to state yet again

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Longtime Scappoose High School scorekeeper Jim Davison also volunteers to help the OSAA each year at the 4A State Basketball Tournament at Gill Coliseum. by kyle boggs sports@thechronicleonline.com

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or the 15th time in the last 16 seasons, Scappoose is headed to Gill Coliseum in Corvallis for the OSAA 4A Basketball State Championships. Even though both the boys and girls teams finished their seasons already, the Indians will send representatives to both the boys and girls tournaments. Jim Davison and Don Hill have volunteered at the tournament since it moved to Gill Coliseum on the Oregon State University campus in 1999. Prior to that, they were helping out at the Chiles Center at the University of Portland as well For Davison, volunteering his time is nothing new. While he prefers his contributions go unnoticed, that’s hardly possible. Davison has kept the scorebook for both the boys and girls basketball teams at

SHS for the last decade. Before he added the girls’ games to the mix, Davison was the scorekeeper for just the boys games for a number of years, getting his start at a Christmas tournament in Scappoose. While it’s been a few decades, Davison still remembers his first game. La Salle Prep was playing Naselle of Washington at the tournament. Both teams scored around 100 points, meaning the new blood at the scorer’s table stayed plenty busy. Even though Davison claims his memory is fading as he approaches his 80th birthday this summer, he still quickly recalls who was officiating that first game. “Dale Schlueter, a great big guy, about 6-10. He used to play for the Blazers. He was the referee and I told him it was my first game,” Davison recalls. Since that day, Davison has been a fixture not just on the Scappoose sidelines, but also at the state

tournaments. While he doesn’t run the scorebook at the state tournaments – unless Scappoose is playing – Davison said he and Hill find other ways to keep busy. They arrive at the arena by 9 a.m. for the tournament’s morning games and are there until midnight. They do everything from bring out racks of basketballs to make sure the water is put away after the championship rounds are over so the students rushing the court don’t make too big of a mess. Davison has missed the tournament at Gill just once since ’99, and that was because he was battling a bout of laryngitis. Going back even further, he hasn’t missed a game at Scappoose. While he finally gave up his duties along the chain gang at football games last season, he was at every home game this year rooting on the Indians. And there he is at center court for every home basketball game. He’s not doing it for his kids

any more – his youngest daughter graduated in 1990. But they helped get him involved in the beginning, and he said he just enjoys being around the students. “If you didn’t enjoy it, you couldn’t do it,” he said. While a local sportswriter dubbed Davison “Mr. T” for his habit of yelling while his girls were in school, he’s lowered the volume lately. In any given game, if you see Davison talking at all, as a matter of fact, the words usually come from a smiling face. Davison keeps a positive outlook and seems to thoroughly appreciate the opportunity to be around high school athletics as much as he is. “I have never met a bad kid, never had a problem with a parent,” he said. When he says that, he’s not talking only about folks from Scappoose. Even though on the court they might be the Indians’ enemies, Davison doesn’t see it that way.

“How can you root against them? Who are you gonna root against? St. Helens? After the game they’re gonna grow up together and be friends,” he said. Not only has he had a chance to meet quality people, he’s seen some very high quality talent on the fields and courts. He was around for Derek Anderson and Scappoose’s 40-game winning streak, he saw Burns High School alum and current NFL quarterback Kellen Clemens return to Corvallis to root on his sisters while Clemens was quarterbacking the Oregon Ducks, and he’s watched former NBA player Luke Jackson lead his Creswell Bulldogs to a state title. “Luke Jackson is probably the best I’ve seen in our classification. He just had remarkable vision,” Davison said. Then, of course, there are the local folks that he reflects fondly on. See davison, Page A12

football

Scappoose’s Loss is picked to Shrine Game Scappoose High School senior Taylor Loss has been selected to play quarterback in the 2014 East-West Shrine Football Game. Loss could be joined in Baker for the annual AllStar game by his teammate, fellow senior Kenny Klippel. Klippel was picked as an alternate. Klippel plays offensive and defensive line. During his senior campaign, Loss completed 162 of his 250 pass attempts (65 percent) for 2,306 yards and 21 touchdowns with eight interceptions. The QB was a capable runner as well, carrying the ball 40 times for 138 yards (3.45 yards per carry) and seven touchdowns. Loss was a two-year starter for the Indians, finishing his career with 4,828 passing yards and 58 TD passes with 19 interceptions. He averaged 241.4 passing yards per game. Loss and Klippel both represent the West Team. Rainier linebacker Jason Larson is also on the team.

kyle boggs / The Chronicle St. Helens High School student-athletes, from left, Gage Bumgardner, Lauren Chambers and Mario Olmedo were presented awards for being named best teammates at the SHHS winter sports banquet.

Best teammates rewarded The Chronicle file photo

Scappoose QB Taylor Loss was picked to the 2014 Shrine Game.

Clatskanie lineman Sawyer Weldon and Rainier lineman Jesse Hutchins were both picked as alternates as well. The 62nd annual East-

West Shrine Game will be on Aug. 2 in Baker City. The game will be televised on ROOT Sports Network. – By Kyle Boggs

wrestling

St. Helens Club puts up a good showing at Parkrose tournament PORTLAND — A handful of middle school members of the St. Helens Wrestling Club competed at the Middle School Developmental Tournament at Parkrose High School on March 8. St. Helens wrestlers Caleb Carter, Hayden Laughlin and Cody Leanna all won

their divisions. Joe Elliott took third. Trevor Jackson and Jose Olmedo both took fourth. Dylan Kessinger ended up in fifth place. This group is coached by St. Helens High School head wrestling coach J.R. Jackson. – By Kyle Boggs Courtesy photo

Middle school wrestlers from St. Helens display their hardware following a tournament at Parkrose High School recently.

ST. HELENS — Four St. Helens High School studentathletes were presented plaques and $100 checks at the school’s winter sports banquet last week. Senior basketball player Gage Bumgardner, senior swimmer Lauren Chambers, sophomore swimmer Kevin Christenson and junior wrestler Mario Olmedo all earned the Best Teammate Award from the St. Helens Sports Boosters Club. The award was created

this year to recognize up to five student-athletes each season. The criteria for the award are character, leadership, scholastics and community service. Winners of the award are each presented a certificate and $100. Student-athletes are nominated by their coaches. Those nominations are then submitted to the Booster Club’s executive board, which votes to determine the winners. Other awards presented

at the banquet included the Bi-Mart Spirit of a Champion Award. Winners of this were sophomore three-sport athlete Hannah Spears and senior three-sport athlete Tanner Long. Spears plays volleyball, swims and plays tennis. Long plays football, basketball and runs track. The Spirit of a Champion Award recognizes studentathletes who exmplify qualities of sportsmanship and character. – By Kyle Boggs

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