Tide AD Scott Ellis has been busy hiring several new coaches

The Glencoe athletic department has been busy in recent weeks filling head coach positions for its boys soccer, girls basketball and football programs.

The last of those appointments, new Crimson Tide football coach Mike Fanger, was hired in late April.

“That was a lot on our plate, so we’re ready to go now,” Glencoe athletic director Scott Ellis said last week.

Both Jonathan Brubaker and Dave Immel, the boys soccer and girls hoops coaches, respectively, are familiar faces. Brubaker served under former Tide head coach Tom Stephens as an assistant for six years, while Immel led the boys basketball program to its only state championship in 1983 and was named state player of the year before playing college ball at UCLA. He also coached both the girls and boys programs at Southridge, among other positions.

Fanger also boasts plenty of experience, most recently at West Linn, but also at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, plus Lincoln and La Salle high schools.

Brubaker works in the technology field, while Immel and Fanger will have in-building positions. All three coaches have already been getting to work, Ellis said.

“They’re all quality people and quality coaches, and they’re all experienced,” Ellis said. “They’re just good guys. They fit right in with us.”

Gulley moving on from post as Liberty boys basketball coach

While Glencoe has recently filled its coaching openings, Liberty is looking to fill one after O.J. Gulley stepped down as the boys basketball coach last month.

Gulley has taken a position as vice principal at the school, where he currently works. Per district policy, Liberty athletic director Dave Erickson said, administrators may not also coach.

“Definitely going to be missed here but ... a good career move for him and something that he’s wanted to do,” Erickson said.

A former star at Reynolds, Gulley departs after three seasons and with the program in great shape. With three sophomores and two juniors starting this past winter, the Falcons went 17-9, tied for third place in the Northwest Oregon Conference and made the Class 5A state playoffs.

The school is looking to fill the open position quickly. Erickson said late last week that the position was to open Wednesday and remain open for a week before the interview and hiring stages.

Miller’s albatross helps Liberty girls golf to runner-up finish

Liberty junior Stephanie Miller led the Falcons to a second-place finish on Tuesday with the rarest shot in golf.

On the 352-yard, par-5 14th hole at Mountain View Golf Course in Boring, Miller holed out her second shot with a 6 iron from 150 yards. The ball bounced once on the green, then hit the flag stick and dropped into the cup for an exceedingly rare double eagle.

“The double eagle, also known as an ‘albatross,’ is the most rare shot in golf,” Liberty golf coach Stuart Kivett said. “The odds of an amateur scoring one is 1-in-2.5 million. For comparison, the odds of scoring a hole-in-one is 1-in-12,500.”

Miller’s albatross helped her to individual medalist honors at the tournament with a score of 68 points using the Modified Stableford scoring system. It was Miller’s fifth medalist performance of the season.

Liberty finished second as a team, falling by two points to Wilsonville (186 to 184).

Individually, Sandy senior Brooklyn Dobson finished second (57 points), while Wilsonville senior Audrey Chames and freshman Kaitlyn Howe tied with Liberty senior McKenzie Oster for third (56).

The runner-up finish kept Liberty in second place in the Northwest Oregon Conference standings heading into the season-ending district tournament, which will be held on Monday and Tuesday at The Reserve Golf Club in Aloha.

Glencoe boys tennis team rolls to a victory over McMinnville

The Crimson Tide boys tennis team rang up its 10th win of the season Monday, topping McMinnville 7-1. That result slotted the squad (10-3) second in the Pacific Conference behind Tualatin (12-0) and Newberg (10-2) heading into a regular season finale against the Timberwolves on Wednesday.

Against the Grizzlies, Daniel Kolesnikov, Brendon Sommers, Nathon Sexton and Jacom Gerber swept the singles matches with straight sets victories. The Crimson Tide’s second through fourth doubles teams of Ryan Barger and James Hardy, Zach Jarvis and Spencer Gaston, and Ashwin Datta and Hayden Miller also were straight sets winners.

Results of Wednesday’s contest were not available at press deadline. The district tournament kicks off next Thursday at Linfield College and Cowls Courts in McMinnville. The quarterfinals will be staged next Friday, with semifinal and championship rounds taking place at Linfield College on Saturday, May 17.

The concurrent girls tournament will start at Pacific University and Forest Grove High School next Thursday and Friday before moving to McMinnville that Saturday, with semifinals and finals championships also scheduled at Linfield.

Hilhi and Glencoe alums shine at college meet in Corvallis

Three former Hillsboro-area track and field standouts showed great form close to home at last Friday’s OSU High Performance Meet.

Now competing for the University of Portland, Kaylie Van Loo broke the school record to win the women’s javelin. A 2012 Glencoe graduate, Van Loo threw 152 feet on her sixth and final attempt to eclipse Teri Hines’ 147-5 school standard from 1990.

Van Loo had come close to Hines’ mark this season before breaking through at Friday’s meet, staged at Whyte Field in Corvallis. She also broke the record on the first and second throws of her sequence but saved her best for last.

Van Loo’s mark puts her in position to qualify for the NCAA West Preliminary Rounds. She currently ranks 32nd in the West Region. The top 48 individuals per event in the region will qualify for the West Preliminary later this month in Fayetteville, Ark.

Also at the OSU meet, University of Portland junior Melissa Baller finished seventh in the women’s 200 meters and Portland State sophomore Sydney Johnson took sixth in the women’s discus.

Baller, who graduated from Glencoe in 2011, finished in 25.58 seconds. That would have bumped her from fifth to fourth on Portland’s all-time list, but the wind during her race was just over the 2.0 meters-per-second maximum allowable.

Johnson had a best throw of 151-5. The 2012 Hillsboro grad set the Vikings’ school record (156-7) last year. Her current season best of 155-11 came at the Oregon Relays in mid-April.

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