Team captains lead fall sports to success

Team captains lead fall sports to success

Tyler Post

Tyler Post is a senior captain on the football team. He plays left guard and defensive tackle.

“I’ve played my whole life, but I started playing in the first grade in flag football and started tackle football in the fifth grade,” Post said.

According to Post, his inspiration for playing football came from watching football.

“I started playing football because I was always watching college and NFL football on the TV. I want to be like those guys,” Post said.

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Marshfield vs Brookings Varsity Boys Soccer

Marshfield vs Brookings Varsity Boys Soccer

Last Tuesday, Marshfield boys varsity soccer played their sixth Far West League game. Marshfield fell to the visiting Brookings-Harbor Bruins with a final score of 4-0. Head soccer coach Drew Jones said he is pleased with how his team performed.

“We had at least 40 minutes where we played, even with the best team in our league,” Jones said. “We had a 13-man roster and given everything that happened, we definitely played as well as we could.”

This is an improvement over how Marshfield played against Brookings-Harbor earlier this season in their 7-1 loss to the Bruins.
 

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Young golf team seeks strong season finish

Young golf team seeks strong season finish

As the end of the 2016 season nears, the boys golf team is optimistic. According to head coach Scott Banks, the main goal is to take the team to the OSAA state tournament and finish in the top three.

"I think we have probably the third or fourth best team in the state, but three of the top five teams in our state are from our region," Coach Banks said.

The team lost three seniors last year so younger, less experienced players have stepped up.

Senior Kasey Banks, junior Jack Larson and sophomores Dhiren Charitar, Justin Banks and Jake Gerhardt make up the varsity team.

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Bringing skateboarding back

Bringing skateboarding back

Some Marshfield students are getting on board with skating. The concept of skateboarding was invented in the 1940s and continued to grow until it gained nationwide popularity in the 70s and 80s. People choose to skateboard for many reasons, including for recreation activity, as a mode of transportation or as an extreme sport.  Skating is still prevalent today with many students at Marshfield. Skating has been the target of negative stereotypes over the years and is often associated with “skate punks.” However, it is becoming recognized as a legitimate sport.

Senior Bojames Weatherston said he started skating at a young age because he thought he would enjoy it.
 

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Bill Otton starts 32nd year as assistant softball coach

Bill Otton starts 32nd year as assistant softball coach

Assistant softball coach Bill Otton said he will stop coaching when it stops being fun. “But as of right now, I don’t see it ever being not fun,” Otton said.

Otton is back for his 32nd season with Marshfield softball. According to senior captain Khalani Hoyer, Otton’s many years of experience have helped create a culture of respect on the team and closeness between players.

“Bill is really the heart of the program. There isn’t a single practice that I don’t see him on the field working with the team getting every player to improve their abilities and play hard 100 percent of the time,” Hoyer said.

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Sophomore excels at wrestling

Sophomore excels at wrestling

Sophomore Travis Wittlake Jr. is fighting his way to the top. With 12 years of wrestling experience, __ national championships and two state championships, Wittlake Jr. has high goals for his future.

After high school he plans to go to a university and try to make the Olympic team.

He said his first step is to go to Ohio from June 2 to June 5 to compete to be on the High School World Wrestling Team.

“Making the World team would definitely be my biggest achievement,” Wittlake Jr. said.

According to Marshfield wrestling coach Travis Wittlake Sr., his son has everything needed to meet his goals for the future.

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Remembering Some Of The Greatest Athletes In MHS History (Michelle Menkins)

Remembering Some Of The Greatest Athletes In MHS History (Michelle Menkins)

Michelle Menkins While at Marshfield, in 1973-74 Menkens swam at the state meet, placing first in the 50 freestyle and second in the 100 freestyle. Menkens was the first woman to win a national title in any sport at University of Oregon (UO). She qualified for nationals every year and in 1975 was a national champion. By the end of her freshman year of college, in 1975, she held six records. In her career at UO she acquired four All-American certificates for freestyle sprinting. She was also a ten-time All-American and voted Oregon’s Athlete of the Year in the spring of 1975. 

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Remembering Some Of The Greatest Athletes In MHS History (Fran Worthen)

Remembering Some Of The Greatest Athletes In MHS History (Fran Worthen)

While at Marshfield, Worthen was one of the top track and field athletes in the country and a multiple time state champion. Worthen also participated in cross country, field hockey and volleyball. She was also a member of the Girls Athletic Association. During her high school career, she broke the national high school long jump record twice. Worthen went on to win ten state titles and is the only person in class 4A to score more than 100 career points in a state meet. After Worthen graduated, she participated in track and field at Southwestern Oregon Community College and became the first woman to participate for a men’s junior college track team.

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