SEVERE WX : Winter Weather Advisory View Alerts

Two-A-Days: Santiam Christian Eagles

Following a solid 2018 campaign, Santiam Christian returns just about every key position in an expectation laden 2019.

Posted: Aug 29, 2019 11:18 PM
Updated: Aug 29, 2019 11:44 PM

Adair Village, Ore. -- When asked about the expectations for this season, Santiam Christian senior Mason Wirth doesn't mince words.

"Championship or bust, almost," he says. "Something like that. I'd say we gotta get depth, more of a deep postseason run is where we wanna be at. I don't think we can accept anything less than that."

High expectations for an Eagles team that some might say overachieved in 2018.

"We were really young last year," explains Santiam Christian head coach Matt Bain. "So we had a bunch of sophomores that were in starting roles. We had a freshman that was starting at quarterback and we had a couple of seniors that were hurt and so basically put a glorifed JV team out there."

Which meant some growing pains then, and may turn into valuiable experience now.

"We were a bunch of young guys and hadn't lost yet but hadn't really been pushed by a good team," Bain says. "Walked out ther and that was Scio and Scio always plays physical. They came and punched us in the mouth and we just thought we'd show up and win and that's not how it works."

The depth of young players and that adversity has meant a higher sense of trust between players.

" It's really good for the team," says senior Deegan Black. "Because now if someone goes down or you need a breather you know that that freshman that's now a sophomore can step up and take your position."

And it helps foster a competitive mentality.

"I think it was just mentality," Black concludes. "I think we had a good mentality last year but I think it kinda started slipping as we started going deeper and started winning more and I think if we keep the mentality we'll start to be pretty good."

So as Mason Wirth said: the expectations are high. Championship or Bust.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 135973

Reported Deaths: 1843
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah28796460
Washington18973176
Marion16475242
Clackamas11866139
Lane8564113
Jackson704390
Umatilla689071
Deschutes510339
Yamhill325447
Malheur318253
Linn317049
Polk251040
Klamath248844
Josephine180535
Benton176914
Douglas173143
Jefferson171825
Union113116
Wasco110223
Columbia105518
Lincoln101517
Hood River96921
Coos96215
Morrow95510
Clatsop6995
Crook63111
Baker5805
Tillamook3682
Curry3235
Lake2375
Grant2131
Harney1794
Wallowa983
Gilliam521
Sherman470
Wheeler201
Unassigned00
Eugene
Mostly Cloudy
46° wxIcon
Hi: 45° Lo: 40°
Feels Like: 42°
Corvallis
Partly Cloudy
48° wxIcon
Hi: 45° Lo: 36°
Feels Like: 43°
Roseburg
Cloudy
45° wxIcon
Hi: 43° Lo: 42°
Feels Like: 42°
North Bend
Cloudy
49° wxIcon
Hi: 47° Lo: 40°
Feels Like: 44°
KEZI Radar
KEZI Temperatures
KEZI Planner

LATEST FORECAST

Community Events