By Jeremy McDonald
STAYTON, Ore.– The Stayton Lady Eagles will have their hands full this week when they face North Marion and Cascade as the Oregon West Conference enters it’s second week.
For Head Coach Melissa Hollenbeck, she knows the challenge ahead with as all three teams are tied for the Top Spot in the OWC with identical 2-0 league records. But the preparation will be the same.
“These next two games will both be tough games,” said Hollenbeck. “We will prepare the them just like we always have. Practice in game speed with everything we do.
“We don’t take it easy on each other in practice. We know that there is no opponent that will take it easy on us.”
North Marion (11-5, 2-0 OWC) is still behind the Eagles (11-3, 2-0 OWC) in the standings based on overall record; but are entering Tuesday’s game in Stayton after wins over Philomath Friday (56-41) and Yamhill-Carlton last Tuesday (48-34).
As for Cascade, the number one team in the OSAA, their lone loss came way of Kamehameha of Hawaii to start the season.
But, for Stayton, they know that the Cougars await; for now, their main focus is on the Huskies.
“We have to focus on (North) Marion right now and doing the little things,” said Hollenbeck. “Both squads are extremely good and we have to come ready for a physical week.”
The Stayton Men will start Tuesday night’s events at 5:30pm as they look to improve on their 7-7 overall record and their 1-1 OWC record and the Lady Eagles are to follow afterwards at roughly 7pm.
Jeremy McDonald is a professional sports journalist in the Salem/Portland area and is a member of the Society of Professional Journalist in Oregon with B.S. degrees from Southern Oregon University in Journalism (2011) and Health/PE (2013). Got a story idea? Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at @J_McDonald81!