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    Sprague
Quick Hits
Sprague had a winning football team last
year, and coach Jay Minyard expects to do at
least as well this year.
The Olympians went
6-4 in 2014, ending up
6-3 in the Greater Valley
Conference before losing a
playoff game.
Lost to graduation are
Matt Kleinman, running
back and linebacker; Levi
Long, tackle and tight end;
and Austin Brown, receiver
and defensive back.
Not all positions were
decided at this writing, but returning offen-
sive starters include quarterback Justin Cul-
pepper, tackle Ryan Morgan, guard Bryce
Webber, center Jake Nelson, tight end David
Prosser, receiver Nick Brot-
ton and tailback Anthony
Nunn.
Returning on defense
are end Kyle Rosenau,
linebackers Andrew Axel-
son and Prosser, and tackle
Nelson.
The special teams had
yet to be determined; the
coach said they were “still
by committee.”
Asked how the rest of
the conference looked, Minyard said, “It’s
tough to say.” He noted that W. Salem and S.
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Salem have many returning players.
Minyard will be in his fourth year as the
Olympians’ head coach and his 18th year
overall in that capacity.
He and line coach Pat Patpileggi will
share the offensive coordinator duties. Luke
Buchheit is the defensive coordinator.
Other coaches are Ryan Cash, quarter-
backs; Kary Hadden, running backs; Rod-
ney Eudy, receivers; Aaron Lawson and
Soren Sorensen; defensive linemen; Jimmy
Roberts and Bryan Smith, linebackers; and
DG Gier, defensive backs.
“We’re just excited it’s football season
again,” Minyard said.
- Herb Swett, for the Keizertimes
McKay
Brett Rhodes, head coach at McKay, is rebuilding the Royal Scots
team.
Last year, McKay went 2-7. Seniors of 2014 who must be
replaced include Orlando Lupien, Kris Williams and Kaholy Wu.
Rhodes, who at this writing is not ready to name any promising
newcomers, noted that two sophomores have joined the varsity.
Likely receivers are Hector Diaz, Noah Tavera and Nick
Brown. Candidates for fi rst-string running back positions
are Demaris Bailey, Manny Miranda, fullbacks Matthew
Jardine and Jaden Wolf, and wingback Andre Kipko. Mat-
thew Ritchie is expected to start at quarterback.
On the offensive line, Nate Hochsperier is likely to start at
center, sophomore Ben Surov at left tackle, Tahj Ferro at one of the
guard positions, Nolan Araujo at right tackle and Tristan Nelson
at tight end.
Surov, Hochsperier, Tajh and Oscar De La Cruz are the candidates
for the fi rst-string defensive end positions. Araujo will be a defensive
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tackle. Linebacker contenders are Kipko, Jardine, Bryce Clifton and
Wolf.
In the secondary, Diaz and Justin Kimble are the cornerbacks,
and Miranda, Bailey, Tavera and Brown are safety candidates.
The only special-teams decision Rhodes had reached
when interviewed was that Kipko would be a punter and
placekicker.
Saying he had seen little of his 2015 opponents, he called
S. Salem a tough defending champion and observed that W.
Albany seemed strong.
He runs a wing-T offense and multiple defenses.
Rhodes is his own offensive coordinator. Caleb Sin-
gleton is the defensive coordinator. Kenny Mace coaches
the offensive line, Joe Finnemore the defensive line and
Greg LaFontaine the backs and special teams.
“We’re excited to get started,” Rhodes said.
- Herb Swett, for the Keizertimes
5 YEAR
HISTORY
2010-2014
North Salem
West Salem
South Salem
McNary
McKay
Sprague
West Albany
Forest Grove
McMinnville
League
6-22
14-4
20-8
12-16
5-23
20-8
29-7
13-23
14-22
Overall
10-40
44-12
29-23
12-32
12-36
32-21
43-14
19-32
19-31
2010
W. Salem
S. Salem
Forest Grove
W. Albany
McKay
Sprague
N. Salem
McNary
McMinnville
9-2
8-4
7-5
5-4
4-5
4-7
2-9
2-8
2-8
2012
W. Salem
Sprague
W. Albany
McMinnville
S. Salem
McNary
McKay
Forest Grove
N. Salem
10-2
10-2
9-2
5-5
5-5
4-7
3-7
2-8
0-10
2011
W. Albany
W. Salem
McMinnville
Sprague
Forest Grove
S. Salem
N. Salem
McNary
McKay
10-3
7-4
5-5
5-5
3-7
3-7
4-6
3-7
0-8
2013
W. Albany
Sprague
McMinnville
McNary
W. Salem
Forest Grove
S. Salem
N. Salem
McKay
12-1
7-3
6-5
6-5
6-5
4-6
4-6
2-8
1-9
2014
South Salem
West Salem
West Albany
McNary
Sprague
Forest Grove
North Salem
McMinnville
McKay
9-1
10-3
7-4
5-5
6-4
3-6
2-7
1-8
2-7
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