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The Energizer

Dave Valencia described as ‘ideal community citizen’ “a level of community involvement that few others could match.”

By Mary Owen

A man who inspires his friends and community members and lends a hand whenever needed is the recipient of the Stayton-Sublimity Chamber of Commerce’s 2015 Distinguished Service Award.

Since his arrival in Stayton, Valencia has been active in the Stayton Rotary Club, serving a term as president and acting on the Rotary board for a number of years.

Dave Valencia was nominated for the award by his fellow Stayton Rotarians.

Rotarian Jennifer Niegel said Valencia serves as the Rotary Club’s membership chair.

“The best kinds of awards are those given to you by your peers,” said Valencia, who has managed a State Farm agency in Stayton for the past 18 years. “When your peers think you’ve done a good job, then that’s really worth something.” Valencia, who has been with State Farm for 32 years, was quite surprised when he learned of the honor. “You could say I was floored,” he said.

“He’s a fabulous finder of some pretty awesome people,” Niegel said. “He’s really good about reaching out to people and bringing them into the fold and making them feel welcome.”

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His fellow club members say he has proven his effectiveness in leading many Rotary activities, including the club’s dictionary drive and golf tournament.

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project,” Niegel said. “Ten Salem-area clubs, including Stayton, jointly hold a golf tournament every summer and then use the funds raised to purchase dictionaries for every fourth grader in the Stayton, Sublimity, Aumsville, Turner, Scio and Salem areas. He has been a long-standing member of the Rotary Golf Tournament committee and also oversees distribution of the dictionaries on our end. Stayton alone provides dictionaries to fourth-graders at 11 area schools.” Valencia has participated in the Rotary Wine Tasting Event, the Ducky Derby at SummerFest, strawberry and fireworks sales, and many volunteer work projects, such as canned food and bottle drives, and building many of the play structures at parks around the community.


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“Dave is the Energizer bunny,” Rotarian Janine Moothart said. “He is passionate about the community and supporting youth. He is often the one who gets the rest of us organized and inspired.” Rotarians agreed in a nomination letter that Valencia epitomizes the “ideal community citizen,” commending him for being a selfless example to other community members and having a “can-do” attitude. In addition to his Rotary activities, Valencia serves on the chamber’s board of directors, has been active in the North Santiam Chamber of Commerce, and has served as a student mentor for Regis High School’s ASPIRE program. “Dave has been a valuable member of ASPIRE,” Regis counselor Mike Bauer said. “He is an excellent mentor to our

students and has been active in helping students determine their career path, educational options, and providing insights into the values that are important as they move forward with their lives. Dave has been a real gift to our school and students.” Valencia also serves on the Stayton Police Advisory Board, the GROW Santiam economic development board, and the Stayton United Methodist Church Council. “As if all of the above wasn’t enough, Dave recently had the idea to start an annual non-denominational breakfast in the community, and we’re excited to help him make that happen,” Niegel said. “Dave is a great guy with a big heart who is never without a handshake and a smile. He’s a great asset to our club and our community!”

Awards of Excellence winners for 2015 The Stayton-Sublimity Chamber of Commerce will present the 2015 Distinguished Service Award, and the awards listed below, at the the Hats Off Awards Celebration Luncheon Feb. 18, 11:30 a.m. at Foothills Church in Stayton. The event is sponsored by Columbia Bank. For tickets , contact the Chamber at 503-769-3464 or SSCOC Awards of Excellence winners are: Dave Valencia, 2015 Distinguished Service Award Santiam Hospital, 2015 Large Business of the Year Where to Start Fitness, 2015 Small Business of the Year Stayton Veterinary Hospital, 2015 First Impressions Award Our Town will have stories on these winners in the Feb. 1 edition. The award selection committee for the chamber included Mike Bochsler, Priscilla Glidewell, Paula Mabry, Janine Moothart, Alisha Oliver, Jill Peters and Christine Shaffer.


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Long a popular Mehama eatery, Trexler Farm is now open in Mill City. “I’m now a chain owner!” said Sharlene Trexler of the second location. “We’re so excited to have a real commercial kitchen and a great Highway 22 location.” Trexler said her customers have asked if her restaurant could be open more than just 15 hours a week. When approached by the owners of the building in Mill City, she jumped at the opportunity. “They wanted to find a business that would benefit the community,” she said. “We were offered the building to use for catering in the spring, since it has a commercial kitchen with a flat top grill and walk-in cooler. We were in need of a larger kitchen since our current kitchen is only 8-by-8 feet, about 65

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square feet.” Trexler opened to the public at her new location on Halloween.

“So Mill City is just an addition to what we already do,” Trexler said. “We will still host events of all sizes at the Mehama location, which used to be the old Mehama fish hatchery.”

“So every year when we celebrate, we can have a costume party,” she said. To start, the Mill City Trexler Farm is open to the public on the weekends for breakfast and lunch, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. “We are also open any time by appointment or reservation and for catering,” Trexler said. “By spring or summer, we plan to add days that we are open in Mill City.”

Trexler credits her team for helping to make the Mill City location a reality.

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are all about bringing friends and family together.” Trexler said without the support of the community, the Mill City expansion would not have been possible. “When we opened, we went for the Oregon state record for cheapest restaurant ever opened,” she said. “We borrowed some equipment from Jim and Kathy Clough, who purchase the Bird Restaurant in Gates a few years ago. We decorated with garage sale art and coffee bags from Ticos coffee.” Trexler said both Trexler Farm restaurants feature locally produced products whenever possible.

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Stayton Lions Club, Noon Tuesday. Covered Bridge Café, 510 N Third Ave., Stayton. 503-769-4062 Al-Anon Meeting, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

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Friday. Foothills Church, 975 Fern Ridge Road, Stayton. 603-990-0861

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10 a.m., Maurice’s Bistro, 390 SE Church St., Sublimity. Open to all. 503-769-3499

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5:30 - 6:45 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Evening of coloring for adults. Supplies, music provided. Free. 503-769-3313

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6 - 7:30 p.m., Santiam Hospital, 1401 N 10th Ave., Stayton. Eight-week Circle of Security parenting class. Every Thursday. To register, call Debbie, 503-769-1120

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6:30 p.m., Chester Bridges Memorial Community Center. Open to the public. Agenda available. 503-749-2030

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7 p.m., Chester Bridges Memorial Community Center. Open to public. Agenda available. 503-749-2030

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Tuesday, Jan. 12 Commissioner’s Breakfast

7:30 a.m., Covered Bridge Cafe, 510 N Third Ave., Stayton. Meet Marion commissioners. All welcome.

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4 p.m., Stayton High. Wrestling vs Yamhill-Carlton, Newport.

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6:30 p.m., Regis High. Girls then boys.

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Santiam vs Jefferson Wrestling

Regis vs JFK Basketball

6:30 p.m., Regis High. Girls then boys.

5 p.m., Santiam High.

Trivia Night

Friends of Stayton Pool

Thursday, Jan. 14

Cascade vs Philomath Girls Basketball

10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Santiam Senior Center. Trusts, wills, powers of attorneys, advance directives, more. Free. Appointment: 503767-2009

5:30 p.m., Santiam High. Girls then boys.

Wednesday, Jan. 20

North Santiam Watershed Council

SHS Booster Club

Stayton vs North Marion Basketball

Santiam vs Neah-Kah-Nie Basketball

7 p.m., Stayton High School. New members welcome. 503-769-2171

Friday, Jan. 15

Thursday, Jan. 21 Young Professionals Meet-Up

Stayton vs Tillamook Basketball

5:30 p.m., Stayton High. Girls then boys.

Cascade vs Madras Basketball

5:30 p.m., Cascade High. Boys then girls.

Game On!

9 - 11 a.m., Foothills Church, 975 Fern Ridge Road, Stayton. For mothers of children birth to 6 years old. Meet other moms, share stories.

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8 a.m., Trexler Farm, 20146 SE Ferry Road, Stayton. Young Professionals is open to business people throughout the canyon under 40. Sponsored by GROW-EDC. 503-769-3464

6:30 - 9 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Internet, Wii, board, card games. All trading card games welcome. Grades 6 - 12. Free. 503-769-3313

Lego Club

Saturday, Jan. 16

Reem Jubran Speaks

3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Children under 6 must be with adult; adults must with child. 503-769-3313

2 - 4 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Popular movie, drinks, popcorn. Family friendly; all ages. Free. 503-769-3313

7 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Reem Jubran, Palestinian student, speaks about challenges of daily life in Palestine. Wine, cheese reception. Free. 503-769-3313

Cascade vs Crook County Basketball

NSSD Board

Saturday Movie

5:30 p.m., Cascade High. Boys then girls.

Monday, Jan. 18 Martin Luther King Jr. Day Free Books at Last

Friends of the Library

Mom to Mom

7 p.m., Cascade High.

6 p.m., Stayton Community Center. Open to public. 503-930-8202

VFW Meeting

Wednesday, Jan. 13

Tuesday, Jan. 26

7 p.m., Stayton Community Center. Open to public. 503-569-1392,

6 p.m., Stayton Public Library. History of the Santiam Canyon, surrounding area. Open to public. Refreshments served. 7 p.m., Stayton Fire Station, 1988 W Ida St. Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5638 and Ladies Auxiliary meet. All veterans are eligible to join. VFW also meets Jan. 26. John Koger, 503-743-3117

7 p.m., Aumsville Community Center. Open to public. 503-749-2030

7 p.m., Ugo’s Pizza, 190 E Ida St., Stayton. Join Stayton Public Library for friendly competition, trivia. Prizes. All ages.

11 a.m. - 2 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday with free book for every child who comes to the library. 503-769-3313

Santiam Historical Society

Stayton Planning Commission

11 a.m, Stayton Public Library. Open to public. 503-769-3313

Red Cross Blood Drive

1 - 6 p.m., Foothills Church, 975 Fern Ridge Dr., Stayton. Appointments: 1-800-REDCROSS, Walk-ins scheduled at door.

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7 p.m., Stayton Community Center. Open to public. Agenda available.

7 p.m., Stayton Elementary, 875 Third Ave. Open to public. Agenda available.

Aumsville Planning Commission

6:30 p.m., Chester Bridges Memorial Community Center. Open to the public. Agenda available. 503-749-2030

Friday, Jan. 22 Stitches In Bloom Quilt Show

10 a.m. – 4 p.m., J. Frank Schmidt Jr. Pavilion, The Oregon Garden, 879 W. Main St., Silverton. Pacific NW Quilts, lectures, demonstrations. Admission included in Garden admission: $11 adults, $9 seniors, $8 students, $5 children 5 - 11. Free for children 4 and under, garden members. Repeats Jan. 23-24. 503-874-8100,

Senior Legal Help

5:30 p.m., Stayton High. Boys then girls.

Cascade vs Yamhill-Carlton Basketball 5:30 p.m., Cascade High. Boys then girls.

Mill City Council

6:30 p.m., Mill City City Hall, 444 S First Ave. Open to public. Agenda available.

Lyons City Council

6:30 p.m., Lyons City Hall, 449 Fifth St. Open to public. Agenda available.

Wednesday, Jan. 27 Teen Makerspace

3 - 5 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Technology, creativity collide with invention and innovation. Grades 6 - 12. Free. Registration necessary at main desk. Repeats Dec. 30. 503-769-3313

Tea Time for Book Lovers

5:30 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Monthly discussion group for adults. This month: The Signature of all Things by Elizabeth Gilbert. Tea, cookies provided. Free. 503769-3313

Friday, Jan. 29 Stayton vs Cascade Basketball

5:30 p.m., Stayton High. Boys followed by girls.

Santiam vs JFK Basketball

6 p.m., Santiam High. Girls then boys.

Sunday, Jan. 31 Regis Information Day

1 - 3 p.m., Regis High. Tour campus, meet teachers and coaches, Aspire college and Career mentors, earn about educational and religious programs. Free. 503-7692159,

Monday, Jan. 25 Random Readers Book Club

3:30 p.m., Stayton Public Library. For youth who want to read longer chapter books than Book Bobs. Sign-ups recommended. 503-769-3313

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HatsTo Off You! Principal Rick Schmidt of St. Mary School and Principal Scott Coulter of Regis High School are working together to align curriculum and grow faith formation.


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“Mr. Coulter has done a tremendous job of ‘reaching across the aisle,’ and I’ve enjoyed how he makes working together a priority,� Schindler said. “His and my conversations always start with what we can better do as a PK-12 system.� Coulter said his staff has worked diligently with St. Mary’s to grow faith formation, a practice that will continue. “In addition, we share one member of our teaching faculty in mathematics and another member in theater arts,� he said. “Opportunities for professional development in the application of technology to facilitate learning have been shared. Sharing staff for first aid training has been a constant for many years.� Teachers from each school meet to discuss math and science curriculum, and Regis hopes to partner with St. Mary to form a Science Olympiad Team later this winter and spring, Coulter added. “We are both working on a Google platform for delivering technology in education to our students,� Schindler said.

Regis and St. Mary This provision will make the transition from middle to high school “more smooth and seamless,� he added. “Students are already very familiar with the Google environment when they graduate from St. Mary, so it’s one big leg up for when they enter high school.� Coulter added, “When teachers develop common vocabulary and share content themes, students can hit the ground running. It can reduce time spent having to reteach concepts.� The two schools also share resources, whether it’s simple things like tables and chairs for St. Mary’s auctions or need for shared personnel, Schindler said. “We share a business manager, development director, math teacher, drama teacher, counselor and technology support,� he said. “Earlier this year, St. Mary was very generous in allowing us to use their more comfortable bus to travel to a professional development workshop in the Seattle area,� Coulter said. “They also allow our volleyball team access to their gym when ours is off limits in preparation for the Green and Gold Auction.� Both campuses work hard to provide “a consistent and loving, faith-filled environment,� Schindler said. “Our combined faith formation efforts for both students and staff are probably the most noticeable in addition to the large crossover in staffing,� he said.

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George Smith follows in family’s footsteps

By Mary Owen

“I must emphasize what a huge thing this is for any business, to be supported by the community it is located in. We thank the Stayton community for that.”

NORPAC President/CEO George Smith was “so to speak, born” into the food business. “My grandfather was the first manager of Stayton Canning Co. when it was founded in 1924, my uncle, Fernando Smith, was the second manager, and my father, Walter Smith, was the third,” said Smith, who began working at the Stayton plant every summer from age 16 until graduating from college. But Smith’s connection to the plant started even earlier, when, as a young lad, he accompanied his dad on his rounds to check production at the plant. “So I was raised in the business and became very familiar with the plant and the people,” Smith said. “I did every job there was in the plant. And I saw the food business as a promising and important life career.” Born and raised in Stayton, Smith attended St. Mary Grade School and Regis High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a minor in food science from Oregon State University before beginning his career with East Point Seafood Co., a Seattle food company with commercial fishing and production facilities in Alaska. After his tenure in the seafood industry,

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Smith was hired full-time in 1978 as an aide to Art Christensen, then production manager of corporate Stayton Canning Co., now NORPAC.

time employees and about 700 seasonal harvest-time employees, Smith said of the food plant that successfully competes in a global food supply business.

When Christensen was name president and chief executive officer of the canning company, Smith was promoted to Christensen’s position as vice-president of operations.

NORPAC also supports local schools and charities, and Smith credits the Stayton community for encouraging the company’s community outreach.

Eventually, he became the chief operating officer under then president and CEO Rick Jacobsen. In 2006 following Jacobsen’s retirement, Smith became the sixth CEO of NORPAC. NORPAC Stayton employs 250 full-

“I must emphasize what a huge thing this is for any business, to be supported by the community it is located in,” he said. “We thank the Stayton community for that.” NORPAC recently closed its sales office in Lake Oswego and moved those employees and Stayton’s corporate-management personnel into a consolidated corporate headquarters in

Salem, Smith said. “The consolidation was aimed at creating synergies and efficiencies of these corporate functions to better serve the business,” Smith said. “The Stayton plant management, Research and Development, Technical Services, and Agricultural Services departments remain in Stayton. “While being in Salem is good, I miss the day-to-day interaction with the Stayton community,” he added. NORPAC recently celebrated its 90th anniversary, and Smith said, “We look forward to even greater success in the next 90 years. The Stayton plant is a very important part of our success, and will remain a very important part of our future success.” Smith and his wife, Angela, raised five children, four of whom are now married. The couple has played an active role in the community, serving on various boards and in school fundraising events. In his spare time, Smith enjoys playing golf, fishing reading, and playing with his eight grandchildren. “Growing up in the Stayton area, with its close proximity to the Cascades, I enjoyed fishing, hiking, and climbing in the mountains,” Smith said. “A friend and I once hiked the Oregon section of the Pacific Crest Trail, a 400-mile, six- week adventure!”

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Rempel said the community seems excited by ACT’s move. Prior to locating to the school house, the theater company performed at the Chester Bridges Memorial Community Center in Aumsville, the Macleay Grange just east of Salem, back to the Aumsville community center, and for one show, The Grove in Stayton. “I know we are all super excited to open to the audience,” Rempel added. “Many people have stopped by to check out what’s happening in this school house.” ACT recently performed The House at

Rehearsals for ACT’s recent holiday show.

Pooh Corner, directed by Kathy Crawford, at the Aumsville center. February’s show, directed by Kevin Crawford, will be Butterflies are Free. In May, the group then will produce Things My Mother Taught Me, directed by Rempel. The upcoming Butterflies are Free performance runs 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays on Feb. 12-14, 19-21 and 26-28. It features Kyle Doty, Anna Lulay, Katie Fleming and Josh Baumgartner. ACT’s current season runs through June 30. Membership begins at $25, with added benefits at each level. Members can serve on the board of

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“We want to continue to bring great theater to this community,” Rempel said. “As always, it is our goal to build or move into a permanent theater building. I think this venue will be great for building up to that goal.”


For information an Aumsville Community Theatre, visit or follow ACT’s activities on Facebook.

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Friday, Dec. 18 was a night of memory and history and community acknowledgment at Stayton High. The court at the Eagles’ gym was rededicated to honor legendary longtime coach Don Carey.

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Carey, a fixture at the school from 1959 to 1998, won 486 games in hoops and a pair of state titles and added nine state crowns as a golf coach. He was honored between the boys and girls games where the Eagles faced Estacada. School board chairwoman Laura Wipper was the MC, with speakers including Superintendent Andy Gardner and Mike Miller, a state champion golfer under Carey. Stayton Boosters President Randy Forrette presented a plaque to Carey. Carey’s son, Jon, the former longtime athletic director at Western Oregon University, thanked the school and the crowd on behalf of the family. College update: Here is a look at how athletes from the Stayton area performed for local college squads during the fall season (and please report any omissions using the contact information below). Lexi Mitzel, the former Cascade High runner, finished her college cross country career with her name all over the Corban University record book. Mitzel was 12th at the Cascade Collegiate Conference meet, helping the Warriors take fifth as team, and she finished 52nd at NAIA nationals, a record-high finish for a Corban runner. Mitzel turned in five of the top 10 5K performances in Corban university and is No. 2 at 6K.

he forced one fumble and recovered another. Former Scio standout Daniel Harper, meanwhile, played in eight games for Western Oregon, including one start. Harper rushed for 119 yards on 42 carries with a long run of 17 yards. Former Stayton High athlete Reece Hack was one of four individuals to throw passes for Willamette. The freshman QB played in six games and was 9 for 12 for 54 yards. All-state: Stayton, which finished second in the Class 4A boys soccer tournament for the second consecutive year, placed its two top playmakers on the all-state team. Ivan Navarro was a first-team selection and cousin Freddy Navarro was a second-team pick. The Eagles’ lone loss was 2-1 against Sisters in the state final.

Meanwhile, Regis placed four athletes on the Class 2A all-state football team. Tight end-linebacker Eric Gustin was a two-way first-team pick, while wide receiver Austin Moore also was a firstteamer. Defensive back Sam Nieslanik Don Carey, accompanied by his wife Helen, was named to the second team and holds the plaque he was presented with defensive lineman Austin Voltin received at the Dec. 18 rededication of the Stayton honorable mention. The Rams finished High gym in his honor. 8-4, advancing to the 2A semifinals before losing to Heppner 26-3.

Two other former Cascade runners also contributed at Corban. Sophomore Kristen LaChapelle was 35th at the CCC meet, while junior Calvin Vetter was 65th in the men’s meet.

The Farr brothers, Jordan and Nic played key roles in a sterling season by the Corban men’s soccer team. The former Cascade athletes and their Warriors teammate finished second in the Cascade Conference with an 11-2-0 record and advanced to the NAIA national tournament before falling to Biola and finishing 17-3-1. Sophomore Jordan had a 16-3 record in goal, allowing just 10 goals while pitching 12 shutouts. He stopped 56 shots. Freshman Nic, meanwhile, was the second leading scorer for Corban with seven goals and one assist. In soccer, former Cascade player Kayla Loukojarvi scored eight goals and Jazmin Ramirez of Stayton also scored a goal for the Chemeketa women’s soccer team, which finished 10-6-2. John Enriquez of Stayton played in eight games with one start for Willamette University men’s team. In football, former Cascade standout Justin Kruse was a tower of strength in the defensive line at George Fox. Kruse, a 6-1, 265-pound sophomore, had 41 tackles, including 6.5 tackles for loss and two sacks. In addition

Boys hoops: It promises to be another wild season in the Oregon West Conference. The league placed three squads, Cascade, Philomath and North Marion into the Class 4A state tournament last season, with North Marion finishing second, Philomath third and the Cougars fourth. Stayton finished third in the league before being eliminated by Madras (sixth at state) in the playoffs. “The Oregon West will be a very strong league this year,” said Cascade Coach Steve Ball. “I wouldn’t be surprised to see five teams from our league make the playoffs.” The Cougars boast key returners John Schirmer, Cameron Molan, Tyler Walker and Garrett Coffey but there might be growing pains. Schirmer, Molan, Coffey and Lucas Bjorklund all played on the school’s championship football squad. “It may take a couple of weeks to make the full transition,” Ball said. “But this is a very special group of young men and expectations are high.” Expectations are high at Stayton, which turned in a 6-4 league record last year. “We have a scrappy group of kids,” said Coach Joseph Kiser. “We’ll be able to defend, but we need to find a way to get shots for everybody. I think we can compete for a league title.”

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Cascade wins state 4A football title for a second time

By James Day

Cascade Football 2015

Somehow it all fits. A coach named

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Turner coaches a Turner team to a state title, 35 years after he was an assistant coach on the last Cascade High team to capture a state football title.

Cascade had six first-team slots. The Cougars claimed two of the three top awards: Steve Turner earned coach of the year, and running back Garrett Coffey earned offensive player of the year.

“Around here everybody is happy,” Steve Turner said a few days after the Cougars vanquished Scappoose 37-28 at Hillsboro Stadium to win the Class 4A title. “It’s real good to see. It can be a springboard to other activities.”

Offense: Coffey was joined on the first team by wide receiver Cameron Molan and lineman Aiden Littau. Quarterback John Schirmer was a second-teamer. Center Dominic Federico and kicker Lucas Bjorklund earned honorable mention as did Stayton QB Kyle Schwarm, his top target, wide receiver Everett St. Clair, and lineman Devon Garber

It was the first Cascade football title since Karl Elliott coached the Cougars to a title in 1980, with a young assistant coach named Steve Turner on the staff. Turner eventually moved on to head coaching positions at Rainier, Crook County and Mountain View (state title in 2011) while also winning a state title at North Medford as a defensive coordinator. In 2012, he came back to Turner to coach the Cougars (while taking over for Elliott, who also had come back to Cascade). In year one, Cascade lost in triple overtime in the state semifinals to eventual champion Baker. A loss in the first round of the 2013 playoffs to North Bend was followed by a trip to the quarterfinals in 2014. This year Turner and the Cougars hit the jackpot, scoring a thrilling 35-34 win against league rival Philomath in the quarterfinals and overcoming a 14-0 deficit to beat Scappoose 37-28 in the championship game. “So many things were involved,” Turner said. “Commitment from the kids and coaches. They did a lot of extra stuff and hard work that people don’t see. Offseason weight training. Competing in other sports.” Turner strongly encourages his players to participate in multiple sports. “You can get toughness from wrestling, skills from baseball and basketball and conditioning from track. It all came together.” The Cougars were an offensive machine in the playoffs, scoring at least 35 points in all four games, led by workhorse running back Garrett Coffey and the leadership of quarterback John Schirmer. Coffey pounded his way to 2,548 yards

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Cascade High School football coach Steve Turner holds the state championship trophy the Cougars won with a 37-28 victory in the Class 4A title game. James Day

and 30 touchdowns, but he had tons of help from tight end Kyle Braff, blocking back Isaiah Roniger and the offensive line of Dom Federico, Malachi Gonzalez, Aiden Littau, Tristyn Combs and Cody Teal. “We can’t do the things that we do without those guys,” Turner said of the O-line while noting the contributions of offensive line coach Josh Beckett. “And it’s not just the offensive line, but the defensive line, too,” Turner said. Cascade used a nine-player rotation on the defensive front, with line coach Nick Thompson using Gonzalez, Littau, Combs and Teal as well as Gabe Pointer, Mitchell Bell, Kade VanDeHey, Lane Bogenoff and Chris Allen. Cascade played a five-man D-line vs. Scappoose, allowing defensive coordinator Steve Miller to drop six defenders back to take on the Scappoose passing game. And the Cougars didn’t panic, despite falling behind 14-0 in the first quarter. “They are a fast-starting team,” Turner said. “They did some things defensively we weren’t ready for and we had to adjust. That fast start wore them down. You could see it in their faces. We’re physical. We wear teams down. From

the second quarter on we dominated.” Coffey battered his way for 155 yards and three touchdowns on 40 carries. Quarterback Schirmer was 12 of 20 for 232 yards, averaging nearly 20 yards per completion. Receivers Camreron Molan (4 catches for 90 yards), Lucas Bjorklund (4 for 50), Michael Biddington (2 for 55) and Hunter Thomas (1 for 29) made big play after big play. “Schirmer doesn’t get a lot of credit for being the outstanding quarterback he is,” said Turner, who praised the work of assistant coach Brandon Bennett. “He was our team leader. It’s like having a coach on the field. He was the best quarterback we saw in the state playoffs. The key to the championship game was for us to be able to throw.” And don’t forget the special teams, Bjorklund, who scored a school-record 281 points in his Cascade career, produced a critical 32-yard field goal that gave the Cougars a nine-point lead with just 3:21 left in the title game. During the interview with Our Town, Turner brought out a yellow legal with individual statistics that he had kept from the team until the end-of-theseason banquet. As good as Coffey was he had no idea of his rushing totals.

Defense: Cascade lineman Malachi Gonzalez, linebacker Cota Wakem and defensive back Bjorklund were slotted on the first team, with lineman Littau and defensive back Garrett Yunker on the second team.

“I didn’t want them to be worrying about numbers,” Turner said. Coffey’s influence was huge. He carried the ball a totel of 76 times in the semifinals and finals and was tackled for just 4 yards in losses. “”He’s got great vision and great knowledge,” Turner said. “He watches a lot of film of himself and guys who played here in the past. I can’t think of too many guys who had a greater senior year.” Guys from the past … a coach named Turner returning to Turner. It all fits. “The people were waiting for this team to come,” Turner said. “When we went through Aumsville the day of the (championship) game on the bus people were lining the streets and waving signs. Guys from the 70s and 80s came back to support these guys. It doesn’t matter what sport it is … they support the teams tremendously, both boys and girls. They expect us to win. “Just because you expect something doesn’t mean you are going to get it. You’ve got to put in the work. That’s the philosophy for this community: Work hard and good things will come to you.”

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Here we are again, standing on the precipice of an entirely new year. It’s a blank slate that we will fill in for the next 366 days — 2016 is a leap year.

speech. I often wonder whether I — or many other folks — think about that when we whine about how Uncle Sam treats us. I wonder whether it’s Uncle Sam who could use our help and support these days. I know veterans and active members of the military have done their part. What about the rest of us?

I just hope we do a good job. Some folks start the year with a list of resolutions. I am usually one of them. My resolutions tend to be annual, in that I never accomplish what I set out to do — lose weight, be nicer, act my age, start a garden. They just don’t happen. So this year, I’m changing tactics. Instead of recycling resolutions, I’m offering myself some words to live by. I find myself inspired by some of the ideas I run across. If I could just live up to those words, I’d be way ahead of the game. The words are filled with wisdom, and truth. Here are some: Don’t believe everything you think. I don’t know who originally said this. I think I saw it on a bumper sticker or on a book title. Anyway, there’s a lot of wisdom in it. These days, many people seem to go off half-cocked. They hear or read something on the Internet, and they

adopt it as gospel. Similarly, they come up with some sort of theory about politics, the climate — or anything else — and they assume it must be true because they thought of it. Trust but verify. Ronald Reagan — or his speech writers — came up with this when he was dealing with the old Soviet Union. I think we should all do the same thing, but in a different way. We need to trust each other to do the right thing, but we also should verify it. At the same time, we should trust our instincts but verify that they are based on fact or realityor both. Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country. John F. Kennedy famously offered this challenge to Americans in his inaugural

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Wag more, bark less. I know, this is another saying off a bumper sticker, but I like it. I believe I and others spend too much time girding for battle instead of enjoying life and each other’s company while we’re here together on this planet. Too much of a good thing is — wonderful. Mae West had it right. We spend a lot of time fussing about whether we should have had that second piece of pie, or whether we deserved to get that gift. In the overall scheme of things, it matters not. As long as we don’t overindulge, it’s all good. Enjoy! There you go — words to live by in 2016. My only worry is that I won’t make it through the first day before forgetting about them. Oh, well. There’s always next year. Carl Sampson is an editor and freelance writer.

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