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Page 2 UVINTfD Pnrvlrw ~l~e - November 28, 2012 J Assistant principal's return to court ..... takes hirn back to position he "loves" Ames REALTY (541) 258-2175 www.crocKerscars.com 3210 Highway 20, Sweet Home (541) 367-2111 www.cascadetimber.com 29034 Pleasant Valley Sweet Home, OR 97386 541-367-8365 By Sean C. Morgan Of The New Era Assistant Principal and District 55 Curriculum Director Tim Porter will lead the high school boys basketball team this year. He succeeds Kostanty Knurowski. "I love basketball coaching," Porter said. "I always have. I started coaching many years ago when I was a teacher." When Porter got into administration, he got out of coaching, he said; but the bug was still there. He coached his son.Christian Porter's youth team for a couple of years around the fifth and sixth grade. Christian is now a senior playing on the high school team. The opportunity came up to coach varsity, Porter said. and he decided to apply for it. He has previously coached high school varsity at Maranatha High School in Pasadena, Calif., and Weston- McEwan in eastern Oregon. "I loved playing basketball when I was growing up," Porter said. Baseball has been called "the beautiful game," but "that's basketball for me." Basketball teaches youths to work as a cohesive unit on offense and defense. Porter said. "There's something orchestrating that I find fascinating." In his position as an administrator, it doesn't get too emotional, he s~d. It's different coaching. He cam put a different part of himself into the sport. Tim Porter Even when he hasn't coached, he is addicted to it; and his son has been a victim of it. Watching games on TV. usually college games, Porter stops the games and analyzes what's going on with his son. "To be honest, it probably came from my high school coach." Porter said. Porter will change things up a bit this year, he said. "I like to play up-tempo with a lot of pressure" under the motto, "play hard. play smart and have fun. "You can play hard. but you also have to play smart." By up-tempo. Porter means that the team should score in transition off a strong defense. "I believe in defense," he said. "I'm not going to run an up- tempo game at the cost of defense. I want it to be fast-paced because the defense is." Porter is optimistic about the team and thinks it will do pretty well this year. "I think we have some pretty good players," Porter said. "We don't have a lot of varsity playing experience. From what I've seen so far, they pick things up quickly. They work extremely hard." Four players return with varsity experience, Porter said, while only two have significant varsity time. Based on the experience level, it could be classed as a rebuilding year, especially with a new coach and a completely new system, he said. "It's going to take some time. I think by league, we're going to be very competitive." This is Porter's fourth year in the distrRzt. He came to Sweet Home as assistant principal and athletic director. The following year. he served as assistant principal and curriculum director. Previous to Sweet Home. Porter served as principal at Condon's kindergarten through eighth-grade school and at the high school. He graduated from high school in Helix, a town of about 150. He earned his bachelor's degree from Oregon State University in 1991. He earned his master's degree from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena in 2004. He will complete his doctorate at George Fox University by the end of the summer. From page 1 in the 152-pound division at state, but Thorpe said he expects more this year. "We expect some big things from Trever and both the Malloy brothers," he said. "They're doing well. We need to have some good things happen from everybody." Also returning are junior Jus- tin Nicholson, who placed fifth at state, sophomores Tyler Schilling and Anthony Hardy, and junior Dy- lan Elder - all of whom qualified for state, though they didn't reach the medal round. What's missing thus far are freshmen. The Huskies only have six - which, Thorpe said, is the lowest he can remember in his 17 years as head coach. "We don't have a lot of fresh- men out, but of the 36 guys I have on my team, only one has never wrestled before," Thorpe said. "I think we're running into a genera- tion of video gamers and people saying that they're going to lift to make themselves better at compet- ing. "You've got to compete to get better at competing. I really think the kids should be doing multiple sports. We're just running into a generation that doesn't think that." The rest of the team is com- posed of juniors Nick Dadey, Troy Hazelton. Ty Kirkland, Ian Search, John Sims, Ben Terry, JT Weld and Cody Hall, sophomores Ryan Ad- ams, Cole Ashcraft, Jason Miller. Travis Petersen, Colyn VanEck and Sam Woosley, and freshmen Gavin Baskin, Aaron Blanchard, Kevin Corrington. Brandon Keenon. Tyrel Miller and Joseph Rasmussen. "We'll see how things work out this year," Thorpe said. "We may have some holes in our lineup for a little while because guys are between weights. Everything we do for a long time here will be pre- season. My focus is at the end." In addition to Thorpe, the coaching staff will include 32-year veteran assistant Tim Boatwright, Steve Hummer, Steve Schilling and Tomas Rosa, along with for- mer three-time state champion Clint Sieminski, ex-champ Bryan Coulter and Christian Whitfield. Last year's champion. Cas- cade, is a favorite again this year. he said, along with Henley, which placed second, ahead of the Hus- kies. and Crook County. But Thorpe said he's looking forward to this season. "I'm excited about this year. I like the direction of Sweet Home wrestling." Sweet Home will open its schedule at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, with a four-way meet with Leb- anon, Rainier and Junction City. They will also host a tourna- ment on Dec. l 1, hosting Siuslaw, Molalla, Stayton and North Mari- on. and an endowment dual on Jan. 3 against Glide. Their final home meet will be Jan. 31, crossover duals against Stayton, Cottage Grove and Cas- cade. The rest of the schedule in- cludes two trips to Cascade, the Lebanon Duals, the Oregon Clas- sic and Reser's Tournament of Champions, which all feature some of the most competitive programs in the state. "We're going to wrestle a tough schedule again," Thorpe said. "We need to keep people healthy, and keep them eligible and train them right to get them ready for the regional and state tourna- ments, the ones that matter. "Right now we're focusing on getting in good shape. We'll start worrying about the wrestling end of things later. It's tough to try to learn and train when you're not in shape. We're just trying to get in shape to wrestle."