Sienna Higinbotham

West Albany High's Sienna Higinbotham fends off Lebanon's Alyssa Babcock earlier this year. The Bulldogs are in position to claim their second straight conference title. 

Mark Ylen, Mid-Valley Media

The West Albany High girls soccer team is two wins away from its second consecutive Greater Valley Conference title.

Despite a slip-up at South Salem last week, the Bulldogs (8-2-1, 5-1) still control their own destiny heading into Tuesday’s regular-season home finale against Sprague (2-7-1, 1-5). West Albany then closes its GVC slate Oct. 17 at West Salem (6-3-2, 4-0-1).

The Titans, who finished second behind West Albany a season ago, also have conference matches remaining with McKay (2-8, 1-4) and McMinnville (4-6, 3-2). The Bulldogs won last year’s matchup with West Salem 3-2 at Memorial Stadium.

West Albany has allowed just six goals through 11 matches with eight shutouts. The Bulldogs did surrender a season-high four goals in their 4-0 loss at South Salem (7-1-2, 4-1).

Sprague has dropped five in a row entering Tuesday’s match.

Scio, Blanchet to clash

The PacWest Conference football title will be on the line Friday night in Scio.

The Loggers (5-1, 4-0), who have won four straight games since a 21-20 loss at Estacada, will host unbeaten Blanchet (6-0, 3-0) in a matchup of 3A heavyweights at Newcomb Stadium.

Blanchet has the PacWest’s top scoring defense at 10.2 points allowed per contest. The Cavaliers have won every game by double digits.

Scio is averaging a conference-best 43.7 points per game while holding opponents to just 15.3.

The Loggers, Cavaliers and Salem Academy shared last year’s PacWest title with identical 5-1 records.

Rebels enjoy MWC matchups

Mid-Willamette Conference play has brought the best out of South Albany’s football team.

The Rebels (3-3, 3-0), who are set to host Silverton (4-2, 2-2) Thursday night, dropped their three nonconference games by 56 combined points. But against MWC foes, South has allowed just 9.3 points per game while putting up 19.7.

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Last Friday at Dallas, the Rebels scored two touchdowns in the closing minutes to steal a 22-18 road win. It was the Dragons’ (2-4, 0-3) third consecutive one-possession loss.

South has back-to-back home games against the Foxes and Lebanon (4-2, 1-2), the defending MWC and 5A state champion, before closing the regular season at conference-leading Crescent Valley (6-0, 4-0).

The Raiders have a nonconference game against 6A Forest Grove this week.

Sissel to speak at West

West Albany’s baseball and softball teams will receive a visit from motivational speaker Mike Sissel on Thursday afternoon.

Sissel, a 1990 West Albany graduate, is the owner and operator of Phoenix-based KaleidoEye, a youth leadership development company.

Sissel recently spoke to the San Jose State baseball team, which is coached by fellow West Albany graduate Jason Hawkins.


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