Oregon City came out of nowhere to grab the Class 6A title and nab the top spot in our rankings. The team took down perennial powers Jesuit and Roseburg and won 11 of its final 12 contests to grab the crown. State runner-up Thurston and Class 5A champ Wilson round out the top three.

Here's a look at the top of the rankings:
1. Roseburg (20-3) — last week No. 1
2. Lake Oswego (21-4) — last week No. 2
3. Thurston (22-4) — last week No. 4

Click here for the full POWERADE Oregon Weekly Rankings.
Playoffs are in full swing this week and several teams have a legit shot at a title, beginning with No. 1 Roseburg. The team entered the postseason with plenty of momentum after it clinched the Southern Oregon crown. Oregon failed to produce a regionally ranked squad this week but the eventual 6A champ could earn a spot in the final ranking.

Here's a look at the top of the rankings:
1. Roseburg (20-3) — last week No. 1
2. Lake Oswego (21-4) — last week No. 2
3. Thurston (22-4) — last week No. 4
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Roseburg finished the regular season on a five-game win streak and heads into the postseason No. 1 in the state. A couple of teams underwent significant repositioning in this week's top 10, with former No. 3 Sherwood dropping to No. 8 and Thurston entering the top five for the first time this year. Westview is still clinging to its spot in the rankings and is a candidate to turn it on come playoff time, while a hot South Salem squad bumped Southridge from the list.

Here's a look at the top of the rankings:
1. Roseburg (21-2) — last week No. 1
2. Lake Oswego (21-4) — last week No. 2
3. Jesuit (20-4) — last week No. 2
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Oregon Week 7 POWERADE baseball rankings

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Southridge's 13-10 record may not look all that impressive but the Skyhawks have beaten several teams that were ranked at some point this year and also have a one-run loss to No. 2 Lake Oswego. Therefore, we gave them the No. 10 spot in this week's rankings. Roseburg remains at the top after an unbeaten week, while Lake Oswego is red-hot on the diamond and moves up to No. 2 and Sherwood dropped a contest to slip to No. 3. Summit moves up three spots to No. 5 and Thurston also rises to No. 7.

Here's a look at the top of the rankings:
1. Roseburg (19-2) — last week No. 1
2. Lake Oswego (16-4) — last week No. 2
3. Sherwood (16-1) — last week No. 2
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Oregon Week 6 POWERADE baseball rankings

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Westview's hold on No. 2 was short-lived as Beaverton took a pair of games from the Wildcats to knock them out of the top three. The loss reopened the door for Jesuit, which checks in at No. 3 behind Sherwood. Lake Oswego is a big mover this week, rising three spots to No. 4. Roseburg keeps its spot at the top and holds strong at No. 18 in the Regional rankings.

Here's a look at the top of the rankings:
1. Roseburg (17-2) — last week No. 1
2. Sherwood (16-1) — last week No. 3
3. Jesuit (15-3) — last week No. 4
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Oregon Week 5 POWERADE baseball rankings

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We knew coming into the season that Westview would be a beast of a squad with MLB prospect Carson Kelly back. After a bit of a slow start, the Wildcats proved us right in recent weeks. Westview made a huge statement by beating last week's No. 1 Jesuit twice last week. The wins shook up the top 10, with Roseburg emerging as the new lead dog and Westview vaulting Jesuit and Sherwood into No. 2. Jesuit dropped to No. 4 behind one-loss Sherwood and Thurston moving up to No. 5. New to the rankings is No. 9 Summit, which is hot after seven consecutive wins.

Here's a look at the top of the rankings:
1. Roseburg (14-1) — last week No. 2
2. Westview (12-3) — last week No. 5
3. Sherwood (13-1) — last week No. 3
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Oregon Week 4 POWERADE baseball rankings

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This week offers a pair of matchups that could affect next week's rankings significantly. In Class 6A, No. 1 Jesuit begins a three-game set with fifth-ranked Westview, while third-ranked Sherwood (No. 3) and newcomer Sandy (No. 9) square off in 5A action. Not much movement to report this week as Jesuit held on to No. 1 after sweeping Sunset. Sherwood moved up a spot after Lake Oswego struggled and Westview is back in the top five on the heels of a six-game unbeaten streak.

Here's a look at the top of the rankings:
1. Jesuit (11-1) — last week No. 1
2. Roseburg (12-1) — last week No. 2
3. Sherwood (11-0) — last week No. 4
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Central Catholic was the lone team to fall out of our top 10 this week as the Rams dropped to 7-4 on the season. There was little movement to the rest of our top 10 as the top five teams remain intact and we welcomed undefeated Thurston to the mix. Jesuit is ranked regionally (No. 19) and has a shot at representing Oregon in the POWERADE FAB 50 if it continues to dominate its competition. The Crusaders have held five opponents to two runs or fewer during their strong start. Also look for Roseburg and Lake Oswego as candidates to supplant Jesuit should it falter in the coming weeks. In 5A, it appears to be a two-team race between Sherwood and Pendleton. Sherwood is still undefeated while Pendleton is looking for some stability after going 3-2 in recent weeks.

Here's a look at the top of the rankings:
1. Jesuit (8-1) — last week No. 1
2. Roseburg (8-1) — last week No. 2
3. Lake Oswego (9-2) — last week No. 3
Click here for the full POWERADE Oregon Weekly Rankings.

Pendleton's Richards a rising star on the diamond

April, 5, 2012
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This story originally appeared in the April 2012 issue of ESPNHS Oregon.

It’s easy for gifted athletes to gain national exposure in this generation of social media and camera phones, right?

Yeah, try telling that to Lane Richards. The Pendleton senior 2B/SS made a name for himself locally with his exceptional defense and ability to spray doubles all over the park. But when it came to love from pro scouts and Division I schools, Richards was pretty much slept on. It felt like typical big-fish, small-pond swag.

That was the case until an eye-opening performance at last summer’s Area Code Games led to a meteoric rise in his stock.

“Going there and playing well proved I could play with anyone in the country,” says Richards. “I was always looking for an opportunity like that.”

It didn’t take long for Richards to garner the attention he craved from those in attendance. His deft glove work and pinpoint lasers to first and home during infield drills were enough for scouts to cosign him a certified stud. Soon after, messages from big-time programs flooded his inbox and Richards rose to the state’s No. 2-ranked prospect by Perfect Game, trailing only good friend Carson Kelly of Westview.

His confidence soared, too, something the Notre Dame recruit hopes carries over and helps him improve on last year’s production (.460/school-record 42 runs).

“He’s a guy who gives you confidence when the ball is put in play,” says head coach Greg Whitten. “Lane can handle the bat: drag bunt, sac bunt, hit-and-run, anything. I feel confident he will get the job done.”

The Buckaroos have reached the state finals four times and have been knocking on the door in recent seasons. With Richards’ renewed confidence and a supporting cast that includes sophomore Tommy Lane and senior Reese Merriman, this team is ready to make people take notice. Stay tuned.

David Auguste covers high school sports for ESPNHS. Be sure to follow him on Twitter @ESPNHS_Auguste or email him at David.Auguste@espn.com.

Oregon Week 2 POWERADE baseball rankings

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Week two is in the books and a pair of new squads have emerged in the top 10. Crater is undefeated and posted a win over preseason No. 1 Westview to land at No. 5 in the rankings. North Medford is also unbeaten and can make a statement by knocking off No. 2 Roseburg later this week. Jesuit moves into the top spot and Roseburg jumps seven spots to second place atop the rankings. Lake Oswego holds strong at No. 3, while Westview tumbles to No. 7.

Here's a look at the top three teams:
1. Jesuit (6-1) — last week No. 2
2. Roseburg (7-1) — last week No. 9
3. Lake Oswego (7-2) — last week No. 3

Oregon Week 1 POWERADE baseball rankings

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The baseball season is in full swing and already we've had some major reshuffling to the top 10. Our top two of Westview and Jesuit remain intact despite a loss apiece, but Lake Oswego vaults two spots to No. 3 on the strength of the Lakers' 4-1 start. Sherwood comes in at No. 4 and Clackamas closes out the top five at 4-1. Sunset and Class 4A champ Astoria make their debut at Nos. 8 and 10, respectively. It's still very early so expect a lot more movement over the next few weeks.

Here's a look at the top three teams:
1. Westview (3-1) — last week No. 1
2. Jesuit (4-1) — last week No. 2
3. Lake Oswego (4-1) — last week No. 5

Jesuit, Corvallis top final hoop rankings

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The hoop season came to an end this past weekend and things look awfully similar to the close of the 2011 year. Jesuit and Corvallis capped the season by taking titles in Class 6A and 5A, respectively, and occupy the top two spots in the rankings.

Jesuit became the first Oregon squad to pull off a four-peat at state, toppling Lake Oswego in the finals behind 19 points from junior guard Khyan Rayner. The Crusaders (No. 40 in the POWERADE FAB 50) buried seven treys in the finals. Corvallis beat Benson in the semifinals then took down upstart Milwaukie in the finals. Jake Ehlers pumped in 17 points to punctuate his career with back-to-back titles.

Class 4A winner Central and 3A champ Dayton also made the final top 10, joining a contingent of 5A squads that were ranked for most of the season. Three of our preseason ranked teams collected titles and four finished ranked at the end of the year.


Here's a look at the final top three:
1. Jesuit (26-2) — last week No. 1
2. Corvallis (24-4) — last week No. 5
3. Lake Oswego (22-6) — last week No. 2

Click here for the full POWERADE Oregon Weekly Rankings.

Top 10 rankings unchanged as playoffs enter quarterfinals

March, 6, 2012
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We're still awaiting the first major upset in the large school playoffs. The top seeds have held serve through the first two rounds and move on to the quarterfinals, where we're bound to have some classic matchups. Jesuit remains on top but has a tough contest in the quarters with a hot David Douglas squad in the mix.

The smaller schools have already crowned their champs with a pair of defending champs going down. Dayton capturing the 3A title over last year's winner Horizon Christian, while East Linn dethroned Western Mennonite by four in 2A action. Horizon Christian-Hood River held off McKenzie for the 1A trophy.

Here's a look at the top three teams:
1. Jesuit (23-2) — last week No. 1
2. Lake Oswego (20-5) — last week No. 2
3. Benson (22-2) — last week No. 3

Click here for the full POWERADE Oregon Weekly Rankings.

Carson Kelly ready to pen next chapter in promising baseball career

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Carson kelly Westview, BBDustin Snipes/ESPNHSOregon commit Carson Kelly is rated the No. 4 corner infielder by ESPNHS.
This story originally appeared in the March 2012 issue of ESPNHS Oregon.

It seems like everyone in Oregon can regale you with a story about what makes Westview senior Carson Kelly a rare talent.

Some point to the astounding power he displayed while cranking a mammoth homer (450 feet, some say) against Jesuit. Others bring up Kelly’s brilliant outing against Lake Oswego, in which he was one strike shy of a perfect game.

And there are numerous stories about his penchant for delivering in clutch situations, like his five-K effort that clinched a gold medal at the 2011 Pan Am Games.

But the story Kelly wants people to tell is still unwritten.

“Just looking back on the last couple of years has been great,” he says. “But there’s no finish line in my life. There’s always work to be done to become the person I want to be.”

The person Kelly was last spring was the leader of Westview’s first title-winning squad and the Gatorade State Player of the Year. He tagged opposing pitchers for 13 homers and 48 RBIs and was nearly unhittable on the mound, posting a 9-1 mark with a 1.72 ERA and 67 K’s.

“Without him, there’s no way we’re playing for our fourth straight Metro League or back-to-back 6A titles,” says coach Steve Antich.

Expectations are even higher for Kelly this spring as the team was rocked by graduation and pro scouts are sure to occupy any ballpark the Westview bus pulls into.

“It doesn’t get overwhelming because I love the game,” Kelly says of the pressure.

Kelly is hoping the next chapter of his story includes another state crown and a selection in the upcoming MLB draft. But even then you won’t be able to place the final period just yet; with Kelly the best is yet to come.

“Carson has big dreams, and he knows he has not achieved them yet,” says Antich. “He could easily say, ‘I’m a good high school player,’ and cruise. But he wants to be great.”

David Auguste is an associate editor for ESPNHS and ESPNHS.com. Follow him on Twitter @ESPNHSAuguste or email him at David.Auguste@espn.com.

Oregon All-State baseball team revealed

March, 1, 2012
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ESPNHS has announced its preseason All-State baseball teams, so feel free to start debating the Oregon selections.

It's no surprise that guys like Westview's Carson Kelly and Pendleton's Lane Richards earned a spot on our first team squad. But check out the entire list for who else made it, and then hit up Twitter @ESPNHS_Auguste to let us know who else should've made the cut.

Click here for the Oregon All-State baseball team.

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