The Week In Review; Football News From Around Oregon
- PSU Lands Another Star: Wow the PSU Viks are really just rolling in the recruits now. And not just any recruits but Top athletes like Nicholas Rothstein, Paris Penn, Jamarr Graves, and Steven Long to name a few. This time they pick up a Blue Chip kid in 6’7″, 270 pound hooper Dalton Milburn from Marshfield. This small Coastal Town athlete had flirted with Duck and Beaver offers before choosing PSU over D-1 Idaho; a trend that is occuring often now which seems to be a result of the Staff and the Elite Facility that is Jeld-Wen Field.
- Alex Balducci Receives his All American Jersey: The big man from Central Catholic and top Oregon Ducks recruit took his turn at receiving the All American Jersey in a nice presentation at Central Catholic; becoming the 3rd such recruit in school History joining 2007 Myles Wade (Texas Tech-PSU), and 2010 Brennan Scarlett (Cal). Alex is approaching 6’5″, and 280 pounds and is slated to be a big time defensive tackle for the Ducks!
- Isaac Seumalo Receives Under Armour All American Jersey: In a nice ceremony yesterday Isaac received his Jersey and bid to play in the Under Armour All American Game. The game will take place on Jan. 5, 2012 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersberg, Fla. The game will be televised by ESPN at 5 p.m. Seumalo was credited with his Hard work ethic by his Coaches and will be no doubt a Star at OSU where he is committed to play. He will likely play Offensive Line early next year and could start; He is that good!
- Lakeridge Star Gains First Offer: Two Way Star Blake Dutton will be a lot more relaxed about his recruiting which went from nothing to a Full Ride at National Champion Eastern Washington University this week. There is a great story about Blake here who plays QB tonight again as Tommy Knecht appears to be out for the season with a Broken Hand and had surgery to repair some damage.
- Rothstein May Return 11-11-11: It appears that Nicholas Rothstein who has been the engine behind the Jesuit Crusaders is going to be back on that day and may be close to 100%. If that happens is appears to coincide with the return of all other injured Jesuit Starters. That might mean a wounded animal that was hurt wiill come roaring back into the fray…and I would not want to be in there way if that happens. Do not forget about the Crusaders who at times have looked just brilliant!
- Jake Lacoste Runs Into the Records: The West Albany Bulldogs literally ran over the Silverton Foxes and won 35-21 in a Mid-Willamette Conference game, on the back of West sophomore standout RB, Jake LaCoste, crushing state rushing records tearing up 508 yards. The previous state rushing record of 481 yards was set by Joel Williams of North Douglas in 1998. LaCoste told Oregon Preps two weeks ago that his personal goal was to rush for a couple of 300 yard games, after he put up 244 on the beat down of Crescent Valley. Well, he certainly accomplished that goal and he still had 200 yards extra.
- Grant Taylor Will Return: I will say this. This young man is blessed and amazing. After taking an incredibly hard blow two weeks ago he went into seizures and was rushed to OHSU where he was put into a Coma for a day. After being completly analyzed he was released but with concerns that was something detected in his brain. A mass or aneurysm was detected and he had to go through a couple of weeks and some intense medical procedures and there were concerns. But a due test of his veins and brain proved it to be a harmless calcium deposit and he is going to resume practice and his roll as a starter in the playoffs. This is nothing short of a miracle and surely a blessing for the Taylor family as well as the LO community. Welcome back Grant Taylor.
OTHER REALTED NEWS:
North Medford Coach- Nate Becksted Steps Down or?? The Mail Tribune is reporting that former Heritage head football coach Nate Becksted has resigned as the head football coach at North Medford high school in Medford Oregon.
Becksted had stepped down at Heritage last spring after 5 years of leading the Timberwolves football program. According to the article on Becksted was under enormous pressure as the once tradition rich North Medford football program was not even competitive in most games this season as they have struggled to a 1-6 record so far. The Balck Tornado have been outscored 301-41 in their 6 loses and have just the one 46-44 win over a South Eugene team that is 0-7 on the season.
OregonPrepSports.net is reporting that along with the poor on-field performance, Becksted’s resume had been called into question as to weather he had provided an accurate account of his coaching past.
- OSAA Rule Changes: Replace the State Board of Education’s Oversight with a Hearings Officer. RATIONALE: Currently, decisions made by the OSAA Executive Board and OSAA Eligibility Appeals
Board regarding hardship appeals for academic eligibility, fifth years, age, transfers, etc. may beappealed to the State Superintendent of Public Instruction under OAR 581‐021‐0035. Action taken bythe 2011 Oregon Legislature will remove the State Board of Education’s oversight of the OSAA,effective January 1, 2012. Amending the aforementioned Rules and creating two new Rules throughwhich decisions of the Executive Board and the Eligibility Appeals Board may be appealed to a HearingsOfficer will replace the step in the appeals process removed by legislative action.