Willamette Valley Christian Improves To 2-0 On Year

By Jeremy McDonald

jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com

BROOKS, Ore.–  Willamette Valley Christian came out firing in the first quarter of their 77-54 victory over Portland Waldorf Monday night.  Jumping out to a 29-9 lead on the Wolfpack with the help of 12 first quarter points by Jake Higgins.

Interestingly enough, with a team as solid as the Warriors are this season in returners like Higgins and Ben Sellers, they have an athletic little freshman playing up with them this season in Aydn Dallum.  Both Higgins and Dallum accounted for 41 of the WVC 77 points in their second win of the season, Dallum had 20 to Higgins 21.  Setting up for a possible 1A Playoff push this season for the Brooks-based squad after coming so close to the postseason last year.

“It was pretty important for us to be out there.  I think our team could’ve had it any other way.  It feels good to know that my teammates can trust me to help lead the team as a freshman,” Dallum said.  

“I love playing with Aydn, we’ve always played tournament ball together and we always seem to just click.  This is our first year together on a High School team, everyone else on the team, we all click together and just play well as a team, it was a good game,” adds Higgins. “We had a talk at the beginning of the season about our goals and one of our goals is to make the State Playoffs.  We try to take it one game at a time, we just love playing together and we want to be in the moment and play and don’t take any moment for granted.  When State comes, we’ll be so happy and excited for it.”

WVC freshman Aydn Dallum scored 20 points in Monday nights win over Portland Waldorf at home (Picture By Jeremy McDonald)

For Portland Waldorf, playing in their first Varsity game since the 2019-2020 season, they took advantage of a second quarter opportunity to get back into the game.  Making it 29-17 before the Warriors clamped down and adjusted.  Keeping the Wolfpack in the distance, they led 42-26 at the half and led 53-40 going into the third quarter before putting the game to bed in the fourth quarter.

“Just locking into some of the easier things and playing a bit cleaner,” Dallum said of how they can improve.

With Perrydale coming to town on Thursday in the two squads Casco League opener, that game will be crucial in the long-haul of making the postseason knowing how tough the Pirates were last season.  Perrydale, Crosshill Christian and St. Paul all finished ahead of the Warriors in the league standings and all three made the postseason as it’s expected the four will duke it out once more this season.

“Continuing to improve with the small things.  Not letting things get to our heads, it got a little rocky out there (today), but we bounced back and were like, ‘ok we got this.  We’ll do great’ and we ended up playing the best we could,” Higgins said.  “And that’s all you could ask for from your teammates is the best that they can do.”

Tip-off against the Pirates will be at 7pm.  The Wolfpack were led by Leo Renzerma and Ezra Cohen with each scoring 14 points for the Milwaukee-based school.

Photos By Jeremy McDonald

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