WALDPORT — It hardly seemed fair to the student-athletes poised to compete in a multi-team wrestling meet scheduled for Wednesday evening in the gym at Waldport High School, but after about an hour delay, Steve Cooper, Waldport High School athletic director, took to the microphone and told those in attendance that the school was forced to cancel the event.
According to Cooper, Oregon School Activities Association-sanctioned officials he’d scheduled to referee a competition between the host school, Siletz Valley, Toledo, Santiam and Sheridan, were not notified. As a result, no referees showed up, and Cooper canceled the meet.
“Really our hands are tied,” Cooper said shortly after announcing the meet’s cancellation. “I can see in my old emails where I set up the scheduling, but it looks like there was a gap in communication.”
It was a tough pill to swallow for the wrestlers, who learned of the cancellation shortly after a brief Senior Night celebration for soon-to-be Waldport wrestling graduates Jeff Burton and Kaleb “Chavi” Chavez. Cooper said on Thursday morning that miscommunication between those who bill the school for use of officials and those who do the actual scheduling for referees was to blame to the snafu.
Cooper worked the phones in order to try to get an exemption from OSAA to allow Waldport to host unsanctioned exhibition wrestling after he learned officials were unavailable.
“As it was explained to me, not having certified officials becomes a liability issue for the school,” he said. “But not having sanctioned referees, not only we, as the host school, could be subject to a violation and fine by OSAA, but every school that participated could’ve been fined as well. And these are some pretty significant fines.”
Cooper said he even reached out to the pool of sanctioned officials based in Salem, but none were closer than two hours away.
“We just didn’t want to keep the kids here another two hours before we even got started,” he said.
The wrestling teams from Waldport, Newport and Toledo are scheduled to compete beginning at 6 p.m. today (Friday) at Siletz for another scheduled meet.
Taft earns split
After the 3A-3 Coastal Range League Tigers dropped a 39-21 decision May 31 at Corbett, Taft rebounded to post a 31-20 league win the next day at Rainer.
“We faced some adversity leading up to this game, being stuck on a hot bus ride for 4 1/2 hours and then faced a tough opponent in a hot gym,” Taft coach Jake Tolan wrote in his media report for the loss to Corbett. “We started the game well, exchanging scores, and executed well when Corbett extended their pressure to a full-court press.“
Tolan added that fatigue became a factor as the Tigers fell behind 25-9 at halftime.
“After struggling to score in the first half, the girls played much better in the second half, executing the offense and getting some better shots,” Tolan wrote.
On June 1, the Tigers claimed a share of first place in the Coastal Range League with the road victory over the Columbians. The win boosted Taft to 2-0 in league play, 2-2 overall.
Taft’s next scheduled action is a 7 p.m. home conference game Monday against Willamina.
Waldport 33, Toledo 23
At Toledo, the Irish ran their winning streak to three games on June 1 with the 2A-4 Sunset Conference win over the rival Boomers.
Game information was not provided to the media prior to the News-Times sports deadline.
The Irish (4-1, 4-2) were scheduled to face conference foe Reedsport at home Thursday before closing the week Saturday with a home game against Myrtle Point.
Philomath 70, Newport 34
At Philomath, the undefeated Warriors proved too much for Newport in the teams’ Tuesday evening non-league matchup.
The defeat dropped the Cubs to 0-5 overall headed into their scheduled Wednesday night 4A-3 Oregon West Conference home game against Stayton. The result of the Stayton-Newport game was unavailable as of the News-Times’ print deadline.
The Cubs were slated to travel Thursday for a nonconference game at Woodburn.
Taft drops a pair
After Corbett handed the Tigers a 65-32 road defeat May 31 in a nonconference game, Taft fell June 1 at Rainer, 69-41.
Information from both contests was not reported to the media.
The Tigers (0-4, 0-7) were scheduled to travel Thursday to face Harrisburg in a non-league tilt.
Toledo 78, Waldport 49
At Toledo, the Boomers remained undefeated with the lopsided 2A-4 Sunset Conference win.
Toledo improved to 4-0 in league play and overall, with scheduled league games Thursday at Bandon and at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at home against Gold Beach.
Waldport, which dipped to 2-3, 2-3, was slated to host Reedsport on Thursday and Myrtle Point/Powers at 2 p.m. Saturday.
Newport loses two
The Cubs fell twice this week, dropping a 53-21 non-league contest Tuesday at Spangler Court in Newport before falling 74-49 Wednesday at Stayton in a 4A-3 Oregon West Conference game.
With the losses, Newport, which was scheduled Thursday to host Woodburn in the Cubs’ third game in as many days, fell to 1-2 in league play, 1-5 overall.