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Wednesday, December 27, 2017
‘A LOT TO LIVE UP TO’
Senior living up to ‘Roth’ expectation at Silverton H.S.
When Silverton’s Cade Roth goes a certain amount of time without scoring, he’ll often rely on the other Foxes’ scoing options, such as sophomore David Gonzales, seen
here, junior wing Josiah RothCQ and junior post Levi Nielsen. PHOTOS BY BILL POEHLER/STATESMAN JOURNAL
BILL POEHLER SALEM STATESMAN JOURNAL
USA TODAY NETWORK
hen a person with the last name of Roth grows up in
Silverton and plays basketball, there are going to
be expectations. • And there are going to be
questions of how they are related to the other Roths. • Cade Roth
has lived up to the first part; the second is more complicated. •
Growing up on the family farm in Silverton – the one he
affectionately refers to as “the basketball hoop farm” – Roth
was always one of the youngest and smallest of a dozen or so
cousins trying to earn a place on the court. • Now a 6-foot-5
senior wing, he has combined his determination and a high
basketball IQ to become a premier player for the Silverton High
School boys basketball team.
Though Roth is good against
high school competition, at home he
plays against cousins that either
played college basketball or still do.
“It is a lot to live up to,” he said.
“From 5 or 6 years old, I’ve been
playing with my cousins and
they’ve been pushing me around
and everything. Sometimes I get
frustrated, but I know I’ve got to get
up there. I don’t have to, but it’s a
The Foxes started the season 4-0.
That undefeated start – even
though it’s still early – is promising
under first-year head coach Jamie
Roth, who averaged 15.8 points,
4.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists as a ju-
nior, credits McCarty’s emphasis
on defense and passing for the Fox-
es’ strong opening.
And no one has to remind Roth
that last season’s Silverton team un-
derperformed with a 12-14 record in
the 2016-17 season with pretty much
the same roster they have this sea-
Silverton earned a reputation
last season by upsetting some of the
top teams in the Mid-Willamette
Conference, but didn’t play consis-
“Some nights I’d step up and I’d
score some, but I wouldn’t distrib-
ute, I wouldn’t play solid defense,”
said Roth, a first-team all-league
player as a junior.
“It just needed to be an all-to-
gether team, and that’s what we
have this year.”
It’s hard to imagine how a player
who scores 30 points in a game has
to be encouraged to shoot the ball
But there are times in games
when Roth will have an open look
yet pass the ball.
He’s not exactly a point guard,
but is a stellar distributor.
“Cade Roth, he is so unselfish
and he can flat light it up any time
he wants yet he’ll always choose to
make the right play,” said McCarty,
also known for his years as coach at
“I’ve actually had to be on him a
little bit more that we need him to
shoot the ball. We need him to step
up and finish plays and finish
games off. He’s just the ultimate
teammate. He loves to make people
Silverton senior Cade Roth drives with the ball against Springfield at the Capitol
City Classic. Roth averaged 15.8 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists as a junior.
"Cade Roth, he is so unselfish and he can flat light it
up any time he wants yet he’ll always choose to
make the right play."
JAMIE MCCARTY, SILVERTON HIGH SCHOOL BOYS BASKETBALL HEAD COACH
around him better.”
Roth can go through a 12-minute
stretch without scoring, but have
more influence on a game than if he
is shooting the ball.
That happens as Roth relies on
the Foxes’ other scoring options
such as sophomore point guard Da-
vid Gonzales, junior wing Josiah
Roth and junior post Levi Nielsen.
“He’s an amazing scorer and can
score from pretty much anywhere,
but he’s a very unselfish player and
can distribute the ball as much as he
can score it,” Nielsen said.
As for the question of how Cade
is related to the other Roths is more
Josiah Roth, for instance, is his
first cousin. Silverton’s former
head coach Steve Roth, who
coached the team to a 5A state
championship in 2015, is his uncle.
Former West Salem player Alex
Roth is not related.
As for Silverton senior Maggie
Roth: “Maggie is our third cousin, I
think. I don’t even know.”
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