Cheesemaker Volleyball dominated both games this past week, beating Astoria 3-1 and Seaside 3-0. Both wins come off losing the final game in a tournament in Sisters over the weekend. The loss is the only loss the Cheesemakers have experienced since the 8th of September. They have won 8 out of the past 9 games they have played.
The Cheesemakers have been dominant in their games this season. They have found themselves winning 3 sets to 0 or 3 sets to 1 for most of their games.
The Cheesemakers success is in part to players putting high numbers up. They are also gaining attention around the state and from colleges. Senior Makinely Johnson has been rated as one of the best Middle Blockers in the state by the Oregonian, while Senior Isabel Hurliman has been rated as one of the top hitters by the Oregonian in the State of Oregon. This is impressive, considering the competitive level at the 5A and 6A level, while Tillamook sits at the 4A level. Hurliman has also been recruited to play college volleyball. She'll be headed to West Texas A&M. Tillamook Volleyball also has 3 other players being watched by recruiters.
The Nestucca Bobcats hosted county rivals Neah Kah Nie Pirates on the volleyball court on Tuesday.
The two previously met earlier in the season at the home of the Pirates, with Nestucca winning that meet up 3-0. The Bobcats were able to dominate this match up as well, winning again 3 sets to 0.
Both Neah Kah Nie and Nestucca faced Gaston later in the week. Neah Kah Nie hosted Gaston on Thursday, losing 3-0. Nestucca traveled to Gaston on Friday, falling to the Greyhounds in a rare loss 3-1.
The season for the two northwest league teams seems to be a tale of two polarized teams. Nestucca has been dominant on the court. Nestucca's loss on Friday was their first defeat since the 5th of September. Their 9 game winning streak between the 5th and Friday's losss saw the Bobcats only drop 1 set. Otherwise, they were flawless in competition. They currently sit 11-5 overall, 6-2 in league standings. They are ranked 23rd in the 2A division.
Neah Kah Nie, on the other hand, has been struggling this season. They were able to snag two wins early in the season, but have not seen a win since the 8th of September when they hosted a round robin volleyball tournament. The Pirates luck has been low; while Nestucca has been dominating their match ups, the Pirates have been swept every game since their win on the 8th. They have a 2-9 overall record, 1-6 for the season. They are currently ranked 39th in the 2A division.
The Neah Kah Nie Pirates faced county rivals Nestucca Bobcats on a rare Saturday meeting last week. Due to a limited amount of referees, the game was moved to Saturday the 22nd of September.
The Pirates traveled from Rockaway to the Bobcats home field in Cloverdale. They dominated the game early, scoring often through the first half of the game. The Bobcats, appeared to be tired as they went into the locker room at half time.
It was the Pirates that would appear sluggish and complacent in the second half of the game. Although they were able to put points on the board, they made mistakes on simple plays. The Bobcats, hoping to grab a win against the Pirates, capitalized on those mistakes, scoring three touchdowns in the half. In the end, it wasn't enough for the Bobcats to pull off a win at home.
Neah Kah Nie Pirates 56 -- 22 Nestucca Bobcats
The Cheesemakers Football team hosted the Banks Braves Friday night, wrapping up a week of sports duals between the two schools. Though the Cheesemakers were successful earlier in the week, the football team fell to the Braves.
There seemed to be an excitement in the air as this was the first home game since school started. A large crowd had arrived, despite the humid and wet weather that followed. Tillamook not only hosted the Braves, but also Tillamook's Class of 1968.
Banks started the game with a quick offense and a strong, difficult defense to penetrate. They were able to hold the Cheesemakers from scoring all through the first quarter. Meanwhile, the Braves were able to put 28 points on the board before the end of the first quarter.
The pressure from the away team slowed in the second quarter, allowing the Cheesemakers to capitalize on opportunities, scoring a touchdown part way through the quarter. Banks was able to put one more touch down on the board before the half.
The Cheesemakers were able to hold the Braves run in the second half, while scoring another touchdown. They ended the game losing 56-13 to Banks. Tillamook heads into next week's Homecoming game with a 2-2 record. They will be facing Molalla, who also is 2-2.
Credit is due to the cheer squad, as well as the student and band section for providing an awesome atmosphere for the game!
The Nestucca Bobcats hosted the Columbia Christian Knights on Tuesday, while the Pirates from Neah Kah Nie hosted Portland Christian.
The Bobcats came out strong against the Knights, winning the first set 25-13. The Knights grabbed the lead early in the second set, but were not able to hold it, with The Bobcats coming back to win it 25-21. With the opening of the third set, it was obvious the Bobcats weren't going to back off, winning the final set to sweep the Knights from Columbia Christian 3 sets to 0 (25-13, 25-21, 25-18).
Neah Kah Nie Pirates
The Pirates hosted Portland Christian, but did not fare well. Unlike their county rivals, the Pirates weren't able to find success, losing 3 sets to 0 (25-8, 25-7, 25-7),
The Bobcats have won six in a row, dominating their opponents. Their domination shows as they have only lost two games out of ten. They sit ranked 19th in the 2A Classification, with an 8-4 overall record and a 4-1 league record.
The Pirates, on the other hand, are searching for more wins. They saw early season success against City Christian and Clatskanie, but wins have been hard to come by since. They are 2-7 overall, and 1-4 in league play.
The two county rivals will face each other next week at Nestucca High School. The game will be Tuesday, September 25th at 7pm. The previous matchup between the two teams saw Nestucca win 3-0.
Tillamook Volleyball opened league play on Monday, hosting the Braves from Banks High School.
The Cheesemakers were able to dominate play throughout the game, but with Banks closely on their tail. Tillamook was able to take the first set 25-19. A few errors and miscommunications in the second set allowed the Braves to break through in the second set. They were determined not to go out without a fight. The second set would go to Banks, this being their only win in the game.
Losing the second set to Banks fueled the fire for Tillamook to come back and win the third and fourth sets to win the game 3 sets to 1 (25-19, 22-25, 25-17, 25-20). The win would be Tillamook's fourth win in a row, fifth for the season. The Cheesemakers now sit 5-3 for the season.
Previous losses were to Sweet Home, Estacada, and Kennedy, all of which were close match up losses. The five wins, though, have been dominating wins, with three games won 3-0, two won 3-1. As of September 18th, the Cheesemakers were ranked 13th in the 4A division.
The team will be heading to Sisters for the Sisters Invitational before returning home for two home games next week. The Cheesemakers will be hosting 10th ranked Astoria on Tuesday, September 25th at 630p, and 19th ranked Seaside on Thursday, September 27th at 630p.
The Pirates loss last week against Amity didn't seem to have an effect on the morale of the team. From the minute the opening whistle was blown, the Pirates dominated the gridiron. They scored early. They scored often, going into the half with a 32-0 lead.
The Gaston Greyhounds weren't able to break through the tough defense of the Pirates, and they struggled even more against the offense. The second half saw some success for the Greyhounds as they were able to capitalize on offensive mistakes by the Pirates, but they were never able to follow through and score. The Pirates were able to bring the lead to 48-0 in the second half. This is where it would stand at the end of game. The Pirates are now 2-1.
The Pirates will face league and county rival Nestucca Bobcats next week. The Bobcats, after having a winless season in 2017, has pulled themselves up and won two out of three games this season. The game between two will be played at Nestucca High School on Friday September 21st at 7pm.
Thursdays game against Estacada was the Cheesemakers final pre season game, and their 4th win. You could see the confidence and excitement in the players on and off the field. The second half saw the ladies down 2 goals to 1, but morale was not low. A penalty kick was called in favor of the Cheesemakers, which was scored, leveling the scoreboard.
Several minutes of back and forth play, as well as a few missed opportunities for Estacada allowed for Tillamook's strength to build back up into the offensive field. It was with less than 10 minutes left in the match that the Cheesemakers were able to really pull ahead, scoring 2 goals in close succession. When the whistle blew ending the game, the stands and bench went nuts.
The program has made a huge turn around this season. The Lady Cheesemakers haven't ever had a winning season. This season is the first time since 2013 that they have gotten a win on their record, let alone the 4 they have garnered so far this season. This puts them ahead of the 2013 campaign, where they only saw 2 wins, both in pre-season play.
But back to the 4 goals scored in this game. Let's emphasis that there were 4 goals scored by Tillamook IN THIS GAME! In the 2017 season, they scored a total of 7 goals throughout the whole season. Games cannot be won without putting the ball in the back of the net. That is something that they have been able to do this season.
With this win against Estacada, the Cheesemakers have gone to a 4-2 record in pre-season, non league play. They will have the first part of next week off before starting league play on Thursday. Banks will be coming to Tillamook with a 2-2 pre-season record.
Thursday, September 20th, 630pm, Home vs Banks
Thursday, September 27th, 715pm, AWAY vs Astoria (played at CMH Field, Astoria)
Tuesday, October 2nd, 715pm, Home vs Seaside
The Bobcats came out strong on Thursday in a home game against the Faith Bible Falcons. The height and strength in Olivia Leslie and Danny Johnson proved to be tough to match. Whether it was blocking at the net, or spikes on offense, the Falcons struggled. Backcourt strength helped with the power at the net, with several good digs from Libero Scarlett Harrison.
It would only be in the third set that Nestucca would weaken. The Falcons were able to take advantage of this, taking the closely contested set 25-23. The other sets where runaway wins, 25-16 and 25-16 in the first and second sets, then 25-10 in the fourth and final set.
The Bobcats win continues their streak of success, winning 6 of their last 7 matches. In league play, they are 3-1, with an overall record of 7-4.
The Bobcats play at home this upcoming week. Catch the excitement!
Tuesday September 18th, 630pm Home, vs Columbia Christian
Thursday, September 20th, 6pm Away, vs Taft
Tillamook Womens Soccer traveled to Junction City yesterday to take on the Tigers. The Cheesemakers played strong and were able to come home with a 4-1 win, adding a third win to the season.
While the Womens team visited Junction City, Tillamook Mens Soccer hosted the Tigers. The mens team had success that closely mirrored the Ladies team. The Cheesemakers dominated the field at home, winning 3-0.
Both the Mens and Womens teams have 3 wins, 2 losses on the record for the season.
The Mens team will travel to Estacada on Thursday for their next match, while the Womens team will host Estacada at home at 7pm on Thursday.