Four Brookings-Harbor High School teams - football, cross-country, and boys’ and girls’ soccer - made in to the state playoffs this fall.
The Brookings boys’ soccer team advanced to the quarterfinals by beating St. Mary’s of Medford 4-0. Brookings is playing the private Oregon Episcopal School of Portland at 2 p.m. Tuesday.
The Bruins dismantled St. Mary’s Crusaders, 4-0, taking control of the match early, said coach Jess Beamon. “The boys played hard and pressured the St. Mary’s defense,” he said. “I don’t think anybody had done that to them all year long and I think it kind of rattled them.”
Indeed. When Brookings wasn’t stealing the ball and blocking shots, it was blasting the nets with scores of its own. Fabian Villa led the way with three goals, the second coming on an assist from Rylan Bruce. Jair Valdoninos converted the fourth goal to get the win.
Now, the Bruins are in the final four and face Oregon Episcopal, which beat Riverside. Beamon thought the match would be held in Brookings, but the time had yet to be determined.
The Brookings-Harbor High School girls’ soccer team was eliminated in the first round of the state playoffs after falling to the private Blanchet Catholic School in Salem, 2-0, on Nov. 5.
“Our girls were tough and played really hard,” coach Kyla Siri said.
“They are young, so that means we will come back next season strong. I am very proud of them!”
The 2019 Bruin football team ended one of its better seasons in recent memory when the fourth-ranked ranked Amity Warriors outdistanced the Curry County squad, 44-18, on Saturday in the first round of the 3A state playoffs.
Thar game was closer than the score revealed.
Coach Shaun Bavaro’s players didn’t let up or let down, pressing the Warriors at every turn.
Bavaro was heavyhearted at the game’s conclusion, indicating he thought the game was winnable. “We really shot ourselves in the foot several times and it cost us the ability to climb back into the game,” said Bavaro
Amity advances to play Rainier next week in the quarterfinal round, as Cascade Christian and Hidden Valley go at it in their next round.
Also on Saturday, the Brookings boys’ cross-country squad took to the hills and flatlands of Lane Community College near Eugene, the self-proclaimed track capital of the U.S., to test themselves against the best 3A runners the state has to offer.
After winning back-to-back gold medals at district, Bruins coach Terry Axel said, “We gave it everything we had, but my No. 1 and No. 5 runners came down sick and it definitely affected our times.”
Brookings, even hampered by illness, finished ninth as a team, just behind Taft and Creswell, which Brookings had beaten last week to earn the district title. Enterprise/Joseph/ Wallowa would lay claim to the top spot.
The Bruins’ top runner was Kaleb Barnes (17:25.6), who took 22nd in a field of 68. Next were the Abblitt brothers, Everest and Zachary, who finished 38th and 39th, respectively, in times of 18:41.5 and 18:42.1.
Daniel Strom was four places back at 44th (19:10.2), with Robby Rowe in 49th (19:49.7) and Dane Steendahl 59th (21:48.0), followed by Branko Briggs in 60th (22:18.3).