By Jeremy McDonald
PERRYDALE, Ore.– It was weird to see around the 1A Perrydale program during the 2019-2020 season Chandler Campos having to wear two separate jerseys, one for home games and another for away games.
What happened was during their December 27 game against Joseph, the then-Junior Pirate went up for a rebound in their December 27 game against Joseph, unfortunately the Perrydale guard found himself on the wrong-end of a flying elbow. Handing the guard, a concussion in the process of going after the missed shot.
Being cautious around Campos’ head, they cut into the jersey to keep his head stable in case something was off in his neck or head. Thankfully Campos was ok and returned to the court a few games later.
For the remainder of the season, Campos went with the ‘21’ for home games and ‘3’ for away games as the Pirates went 20-7 and 11-3 in the Casco League. It was weird for sure Campos said, but made a reference to his dad doing the same years prior playing with the strong Sheridan teams of the 1980’s.
“It was weird and hard to get used to but my dad in High School wore two different numbers for home and away so for me I thought it was kind of cool following in his footsteps and just wearing two different numbers,” Campos said.
Campos looks up to his father, who was a part of the Sheridan stronghold in the 1980’s. The Spartans program had a guy on the All-Tournament team for a three-year stretch between 1982 and 1984, again in 1986 and in back-to-back years in 1989 and 1990. Sheridan won the State Title in 1982 and 1989 with state Runner-Up appearances in 1986 and to start the 1990’s in ’90.
For Campos, his dad is his hero. He has helped him get to where he is at today entering hopefully one last ride with the Pirates off of Highway 99.
“My dad is my hero and he has really helped me improve my game and pushed me really hard to keep working hard and he is a big part of how I am the player I am today… he was a great shooter just like me and it feels so great following in his footsteps I hope I can win a state championship just like he did,” Campos said.
“The drive to be like him is challenging for sure but I’m really excited to be the leader of the team this year. I think I can get my team to Baker and I think we have a great chance to win it all (this year). I have the drive to lead my team to get that championship for my school and my community.”
Campos is entering his second-year at Perrydale, spending his freshman and sophomore year at nearby 2A Western Christian before coming over his Junior season. Perrydale has been an amazing community Campos points out, being accepted and contributing to a Pirates program that was right there of reaching Baker this past season.
“Perrydale is an amazing community,” Campos said. “Brian is an amazing coach. One of the best coaches I have ever played for, he really knows a lot about the game of basketball and he always pushes us to work our asses off in practice and in games.”
In their final game of the season, against Ione/Arlington February 24 on the road, the Pirates had the Northern Oregon team on the ropes with two minutes to play. Ione/Arlington however, would rally by Perrydale for the 42-38 victory on their road to a fourth-place finish in 1A.
“That game was so heartbreaking,” Campos starts. “But it was such a great experience getting that far and getting that close to Baker. Having the lead with like two minutes to go in the fourth we played our asses off; we just couldn’t finish in the end. It was the most fun I have had in the 11 almost 12 years I have played basketball so far, (and) that was my greatest basketball season I have ever had. I am so excited to get back out there for year 12.”
The Pirates, the rest of 1A and the rest of the State of Oregon’s scheduled to play basketball during the six-week stretch in May going into June. Prime playoff basketball time if you’re a NBA fan.
The Challenge however will be replacing the firepower left by David Domes, Kyler Thorson and Josh Crawford, all three have recently graduated and leaving holes in the program. Something they’ll have to embrace, especially since Crosshill Christian got stronger with the addition of Fall City-stud Jason Lafayette this season.
“Losing Josh, David and Kyler will hurt us (this year), but I think we still have a strong team. I know they can and we can make it to Baker City,” Campos said. “It has been a blessing and a fun experience playing against Crosshill, they are a tough team to play. Now that they added Jason Lafayette to their team they are going to be fun to play they are a gifted team and I think my team is ready for that challenge.”