As the fall sports season winds down, the focus shifts from regular-season action to post-season play. Those schools whose athletic teams are still playing after this week are among Oregon's cream of the crop.
Brookings-Harbor High School is one of them.
Currently, the Bruins have either secured, or are close to securing, post-season play in both girls and boys soccer, plus football and cross-country.
While the playoff picture for some of these teams may still be hazy until this weekend’s regular-season play concludes, a discussion with Brookings-Harbor assistant athletic director Jean Shearer has provided these likely scenarios. (Remember, these are predictions based on the best information available going to press.)
The Lady Bruin soccer team under coach Kyla Siri is 9-0-1 in league play and 12-1-1 overall, having amassed an impressive 36 field goals while allowing only 9-against along the way.
Ranked No. 6 in the state, the 3A Special District-4 back-to-back league champions have the potential to go deep into playoff territory.
The state’s top eight squads are guaranteed a home appearance in the opening round. Although their opponent at press time was unknown, we can say the Bruins will be playing at home on Tuesday.
The Brookings-Harbor boys soccer team is ranked No. 3 in the state and the Bruins have their eyes on a state championship, after falling last year in the second round in overtime to Riverside, 3-4.
Undefeated in both league (7-0) and overall (13-0), Jess Beamon's squad opens state playoff action this coming Wednesday at home.
As with the girls’ team, a win in the first round, combined with both teams’ high rankings, would mean a second match-up at home, according to Shearer.
After a meteoric rise to 6-0 to begin the season, the Bruins face a tough final season foe against Hidden Valley. A win here is a ticket in, no questions asked A loss still has a silver lining with the possibility BHHS Football earning the coveted 'at large' position based on playing some of the highest ranked teams in the state right in their own league.
Coach Shaun Bavaro is hopeful.
"I think there is a very high chance that we will be that team,” said Bavaro, “but we will have to wait and see what the Oregon Schools Athletic Association says."
Shearer predicts "the probability right now looks like a game against Santiam Christian in the Salem area," should the Bruins get the nod.
Coach Terry Axel has back-to-back sistrict championships under his belt, after reshuffling his starting lineup due to an unfortunate car accident that had sidelined one of his Bruin runners.
"I thought, 'Oh, noooo! How is this going to go?' but my guys stepped up and now we have seven qualified to run at Lane (Community College),” said Axel.
The Brookings-Harbor cross-country standout with the best shot in the field is sophomore Kaleb Barnes, who ran the 5K course in Eugene 17:08. Joining Barnes are brothers Zack and Everest Abblet, as well as Daniel Strom, Robbie Rowe and Dane Steendahl.
Oregon’s cross-country championships will be held in Eugene on Nov. 9.
Randy Robbins has covered Curry County sports for 20 years on radio and in print. Follow the Brookings-Harbor fall team playoff results here on line at currypilot.com and in the Wednesday and Saturday print editions of the Pilot.