From Sheridan To Silverton

By Jeremy McDonald

jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com

LEBANON, Ore.–  Sheridan’s own Alyssa Ogle has taken over the reins of one of the top 5A Girls Basketball Programs in Oregon over in Silverton after spending four years under former Foxes Head Coach Tal Wold.

It’s interesting, points out the 2009 Spartan-graduate, in that she sees the similarities from the community that she is from to the one she’s currently apart of as a teacher and a coach.

“It’s kind of interesting.  You look at Sheridan and Silverton, they’re both small communities…both communities are bought in.  You spend enough time there and the community loves everything there.  All sports, all clubs and activities.  It’s big time. It seems like the big city, but it’s awesome,” said Ogle.

Ogle was part of the Silverton staff that went 21-6 and reached Gill Coliseum and has seen the expectations and the standards that have been set and established through the four short years she’s been up in the Foxes community as she now takes over the program moving forward.

“It definitely comes with the expectations of Silverton Girls basketball and think about what they’ve done with Tal over the last nine years.  For me, it’s like you go on knowing what the expectations are, but at the same time I know I got people in my corner and we’re going to keep doing things that we’ve done and winning basketball culture,” Ogle said.  “That’s the part of Silverton…the culture is there.  Teaching the girls, hanging out at hoops practice and coaching the sport.

“Of course there’s the expectations.  I’m nervous but this is going to be an awesome opportunity and I know I’m excited.”

Wednesday kicked off the first of a three-week Summer Basketball League that Silverton is apart of as they went to Lebanon High School to start things off against South Salem before finishing the day against McNary on the road.  The Foxes will host the second round of the League schedule next Wednesday, playing Crescent Valley (4:30pm) and Cascade (8:30pm) before they head to Cascade to finish up the three week schedule with Sprague (6:30pm) and McKay (8:30pm).

Photos By Jeremy McDonald

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