High-SchoolOregon: Corvallis

Friday football pick 'em

October, 21, 2011
We're abandoning the standings for another week as Steven Long wasn't able to make his picks. We should be back rolling next Friday, though. Taylor Walcott did return to make some picks for this week's top action. Like always, we love fan participation and we want to shout out LakeOswegoFootball for going 4-0 in round 3.

If you want to get involved, leave your picks in the comments section and we will chart your results in next week's challenge. You can also make your picks on Twitter by tweeting me @ESPNHSAuguste with who you think will win in Week 8. On to the picks.

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Corvallis gets top billing in POWERADE Oregon basketball rankings

October, 19, 2011
While the state's top player, Landen Lucas, suits up for No. 2 Westview, Oregon's No. 1 team is the Jake Ehlers-led Corvallis Spartans. The team is fresh off its Class 5A conquest last season and most of its starting lineup returns. Westview has plans to unseat defending 6A champ Jesuit, which opens the year at No. 3 despite graduating current Kentucky freshman Kyle Wiltjer. Also look out for North Salem and Lincoln as teams who could make some noise come playoff time.

Here’s how the top three looks like heading into the 2011-12 season:
1. Corvallis
2. Westview
3. Jesuit

Go here for the entire POWERADE Oregon Basketball Rankings.

Stock rising for ESPNHS All-State first-team duo

September, 28, 2011
It's time for the All-State Stock Watch, as we look at All-State football players who saw their potential value rise or fall over the past week. A player could have performed well in a game, gotten a big-time scholarship offer, broken his leg or just had an off game.

UP — Junior Espitia, South Salem, QB
Espitia pledged to Oregon State earlier in the fall, but he called an audible last week by switching his commitment to Cal. The 6-foot-3 senior could move to fullback with the Bears after previously being recruited as a receiver. No matter where he lines up, Espitia should be a major asset on offense. He has been a bright spot for the winless Saxons with 16 touchdowns (eight rushing, eight passing) this fall.

DOWN — Nathan Halverson, Grant, DB
The Generals are off to a 3-1 start despite Halverson having not played a down this fall. The junior is considered the team’s best pure athlete and is a shutdown corner, but he has yet to make an impact due to a fracture in his ankle. Halverson could return to action in the next few weeks and should help fortify a defense that is allowing a whopping 33.7 points a game.

UP — Isaac Seumalo, Corvallis, DL
Seumalo took up permanent residence in Jefferson’s backfield during Friday night’s 56-6 win over the Democrats. The Oregon State commit anchored a defense that forced five fumbles, held Jefferson to one-yard passing and six yards on the ground. The Seumalo-led defense has yielded 54 points during its 3-1 start.