Casey Calls it Quits; Vikings Victorious; McKenzie Downs Mapleton; Ems Move Forward; Prep and Collegiate Schedules:

Casey Calls it Quits

With a blue handkerchief in hand and a noticeable quiver in his voice, Oregon State Beaver Head Baseball coach , Pat Casey announced his retirement yesterday afternoon.  The coach told reporters that the decision came after he realized that he could no longer give the attention the position deserved and had made a promise that when he felt that way he would no longer don the uniform.  Casey told the room that he looks back and see a lot of changes that he would have made, but not regrets.

“I wish I was as good a coach day one as I was the last day, I wish I would have made every player better, I wish I would’ve been a guy that didn’t make any mistakes, that doesn’t happen in coaching.  If you want to be a guy that really influences people’s lives and  you really want to be a coach that gets on the edge you have to get on the edge and you’ve got to know you will make some mistakes and  you can’t be afraid to do that.”

Casey said that if he thanked everyone that made this journey possible he would be there all day.  He says he has no hobbies, no mountains to climb, so he’s not sure what to do now, only that it is time.

Vikings Victorious

Last night the Lady Vikings were victorious on the court at home against the Billies of Pleasant Hill.  The girls took the match in four sets 25-15, 25-8, 13-25, and 25-17.  Tuesday the Viks travel to Sutherlin for a non-league match.

McKenzie Downs Mapleton

Last night in Mapleton Mckenzie downed the Lady Sailors in straight sets 25-4, 25-14, and 25-14.  Next up for Mapleton is a non-league tournament in Glendale Saturday.

Ems Move Forward

The Emeralds will not have to play a game three against the Hillsboro Hops.  The Ems defeated the Hops in Hillsboro last night 3-2 with all three runs coming in the top of the sixth.  The Spokane Indians and the Everett Aquasox have moved to a game three which will be played this evening at Avista Stadium in Spokane. The Ems will meet the winner of that game.

Prep and Collegiate Schedules:

Prep football continues tonight as the Siuslaw Vikings host the Philomath Warriors come calling in Florence.  Tonight’s pregame airs on KCST at 6:45, kick off at Hans Petersen Memorial Field is set for 7 o’clock.

The Mapleton Sailors will take to the road for action against the Irish in Riddle.  Eight man non-league football kicks off at 7 o’clock.

Collegiate grid iron action Saturday begins with the Oregon Ducks taking on  Portland State.  Tomorrow’s pregame on KCST is at 9:30, kick off at Autzen Stadium is at 11am.

Oregon State is at home hosting Southern Utah in Corvallis.  Pregame on KCFM is at 4 o’clock, kick off at Reser Stadium is at 5 o’clock.

Prep Cross Country action for the Siuslaw harriers begins Saturday with the Saxon Invite.  Action gets under way at Salem’s Bush Park at 10am.