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Walker McCrae

Walker McCrae, Staff Reporter

Before Walker McCrae, senior, realized his dream of becoming a sports manager, he was faced with one task, one court and one orange leather ball.

“Walker! Get on the bench!” belched his eighth grade basketball coach, distinguishable by his lopsided scowl and aggravated temper.

Now staring back down to the ball, McCrae watched as the grips slipped from his fingers and the ball hit the court with a bounce and a resounding thud. Another game, another bench, another hour and a half watching the ball pass from player to player while he sat on the sidelines.

Yet this time, as he took his seat, he reached a sudden epiphany.

“I realized that I sucked at sports,” McCrae said, “So, logically, I became interested in sports management.”

Today, instead of framing his daily life around school sports, McCrae punches his alarm at 7:15 a.m., parks his red Honda Pilot in spot 86 by 8 a.m. and, after the day ends, pulls into his driveway after fighting 20 minutes of after-school traffic. McCrae still incorporates Intramurals Basketball and tennis into his schedule during winter and spring, yet he is more invested in sports management than any other athletic interest.

“Last year, I was the editor for the Athletics section, and I still contribute a large amount of articles to Athletics,” McCrae said. “My love of journalism has fed into my desire to manage a sports team by boosting my knowledge of sports culture. It has also made me respect the media immensely, as I am well aware how difficult it is to be a journalist.”

McCrae hopes to pursue financial/economic studies at his school of choice-- Barrett, The Honors College at Arizona State University. Once accepted to Barrett or another college with a Business program, McCrae plans to take every opportunity available, such as job shadowing and internships, to climb the management ladder.

“Sports Management is a rigorous, competitive pursuit,” McCrae said, “but I’m super excited. I really have to bring it, not only in the classroom but also when I’m building connections with people. That’s what’ll make the difference.”

For now, McCrae can be seen in the halls with a few friends, laughing at inside jokes while watching play-by-plays on his phone.

“All of my friends want to be biologists, statisticians, mathematicians,” McCrae said. “I’m one of the few people I know who wants to go into my field. That doesn’t mean other kids aren’t interested in it nationwide, so like I said, I’ll still have to bring it.”

 

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March 19, 2015

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March 13, 2015

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Qatar’s World Cup: How FIFA and Qatar have taken the world’s most beloved sport and turned it into a death sentence for thousands

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March 12, 2015

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Rooter Bus schedule set for Wednesday playoff game

March 9, 2015

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Boys ski team off to hot start despite lack of snow

Boys ski team off to hot start despite lack of snow

February 13, 2015

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Led by Payton Pritchard, Lions dominate Timberwolves

January 21, 2015

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Boys ski team places first overall; girls place sixth

January 21, 2015

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Both boys and girls swim team have sights set on state

January 20, 2015

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From math teacher to administrator

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A Heisman winner for the ages

A Heisman winner for the ages

December 18, 2014

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December 16, 2014

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Oregon Ducks to take on Arizona Wildcats for the second time this season with  Pac-12 Championship on the line

Oregon Ducks to take on Arizona Wildcats for the second time this season with Pac-12 Championship on the line

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State Football Quarterfinal matchup

State Football Quarterfinal matchup

November 21, 2014

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Ravin’ About Cavin’

Ravin’ About Cavin’

November 18, 2014

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West Linn sports weekend recap

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November 3, 2014

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Breast Cancer awareness to be in full force Friday night

Breast Cancer awareness to be in full force Friday night

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Football team’s early season success brings fans closer than ever

Football team’s early season success brings fans closer than ever

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West Linn falls to Sherwood for first loss of the season

October 16, 2014

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October 3, 2014

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West Linn takes on Lake Oswego in hopes to take down Lakers for second year in a row

West Linn takes on Lake Oswego in hopes to take down Lakers for second year in a row

September 19, 2014

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West Linn Football tops Oregon City in season opener, 28-21

West Linn Football tops Oregon City in season opener, 28-21

September 9, 2014

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September 5, 2014

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West Linn Basketball stays on top with second state championship in a row

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March 15, 2014

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West Linn Boys Basketball advances to Final Four

West Linn Boys Basketball advances to Final Four

March 14, 2014

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West Linn Basketball advances to Rose Garden with win over Grant Generals; Girls fall to South Salem

West Linn Basketball advances to Rose Garden with win over Grant Generals; Girls fall to South Salem

March 11, 2014

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West Linn Basketball clean sweeps Lakeridge and Lake Oswego

West Linn Basketball clean sweeps Lakeridge and Lake Oswego

February 19, 2014

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February 14, 2014

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David Pulaski, junior, Matt Wright, senior, Colin Shearmire, sophomore, and  Manager Ben Baldwin, junior, watch as West Linn takes on Rival Oregon City.

Ben Baldwin manages State Champions

February 12, 2014

State Champions: star athletes, coaches, fans. Unheralded State Champs: Team managers. The manager’s job goes unnoticed by many but they are equally important in the quest for a title. March 9, 2013....

West Linn Basketball clean sweeps Oregon City at home

West Linn Basketball clean sweeps Oregon City at home

February 6, 2014

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Lions basketball moves into first place with win over Lakeridge

January 29, 2014

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West Linn Basketball earns first league victory against Clackamas

West Linn Basketball earns first league victory against Clackamas

January 21, 2014

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West Linn Swim Team looks to improve on last season’s success

January 17, 2014

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West Linn Varsity Wrestling Team sets its sights on state championship

January 16, 2014

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West Linn Varsity Basketball scores victory against Tigard

January 8, 2014

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West Linn Basketball falls to Jefferson in highly anticipated matchup

West Linn Basketball falls to Jefferson in highly anticipated matchup

December 17, 2013

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West Linn routs Tualatin as mindset shifts to matchup with Jefferson Friday

December 12, 2013

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Shreddin the streets of West Linn

Shreddin’ the streets of West Linn

December 6, 2013

You can hear Jeff Lofurno, junior, long before you can see him. And when you do see him, it’s not for very long. Lofurno flies past on his longboard at speeds of at least 30 miles per hour, weaving around...

Head football Coach Mike Fanger resigns

November 20, 2013

Head Coach Mike Fanger resigned yesterday citing “personal reasons” according to Athletic Director Kevin Mills. “We want to thank Coach Fanger for his hard work and dedication for the past two...

Blake Hepburn voted Player of the Week for boys soccer

Blake Hepburn voted Player of the Week for boys soccer

November 15, 2013

The West Linn Boys Varsity Soccer Team gained statewide recognition when Blake Hepburn, senior, was voted Player of the Week. Hepburn guided the Lions through the playoffs and pushed them to the semifinals...

Lions Varsity boys Soccer Team takes on Jesuit Crusaders with a berth in the state championship on the line

Lions Varsity boys Soccer Team takes on Jesuit Crusaders with a berth in the state championship on the line

November 12, 2013

  The West Linn Lions Varsity soccer team (17-1-2, 10-0 Three Rivers League) will take on the Jesuit Crusaders (18-1-1, 10-0 Metro League). The Lions take on the Crusaders tonight at 4 p.m. at...

Volleyball loses in four sets to Roseburg; falls to Clackamas the next day

Volleyball loses in four sets to Roseburg; falls to Clackamas the next day

November 12, 2013

The West Linn Lions volleyball team (11-12) took on the Roseburg Indians (23-4) early Friday morning in hopes of advancing in the playoffs. But the Lions fell in four sets to the Indians and dropped into...

West Linn Lions fall to Southridge in playoffs

November 12, 2013

The West Linn Lions (4-6, 1-4 Three Rivers League) took on the Southridge Skyhawks (6-3, 3-2 Metro League) in the first round of the OSAA football state playoffs. West Linn fell to Southridge 28-20, ending...

Lions football advances to playoffs with rout over Grant Generals

Lions football advances to playoffs with rout over Grant Generals

November 4, 2013

The West Linn Lions (4-6, 2-4 Three Rivers League) bulldozed the Grant Generals (2-8, 0-1) 42-20, to advance into the 32 team playoff bracket with the OSAA state title on the line. The Lions started...

West Linn boy’s soccer; Three Rivers League Champions

West Linn boy’s soccer; Three Rivers League Champions

October 28, 2013

Last season, the West Linn Boy’s Varsity Soccer team was facing an identity crisis. Coming off a 4-9-1, 3-6-1 Three Rivers League record, the Lions didn’t look like they could be league champions the...

West Linn fall sports teams dominate rival Lake Oswego; have yet to lose

West Linn fall sports teams dominate rival Lake Oswego; have yet to lose

October 28, 2013

One of West Linn’s biggest rivals has always been the Lake Oswego Lakers and beating them has been something almost every Lion athlete dreams of. This season, West Linn has gone a combined 10-0 against...

West Linn Lions fall fourth week in a row

West Linn Lions fall fourth week in a row

October 28, 2013

The West Linn Lions football team (3-6, 1-4 Three Rivers League) took on the Lakeridge Pacers (7-2, 3-2 TRL) on a night devoted to senior football team members and breast cancer awareness. West Linn...

West Linn loses third conference game in a row, fifth overall

October 21, 2013

After starting the season 1-2, then going on a three game win streak that included a win over arch rival Lake Oswego, the Lions fell for the third consecutive week in a row to the Canby Cougars (4-4, 2-2...

West Linn Varisty Boy’s Soccer Team undefeated in league with two games to go

October 17, 2013

The West Linn Lions varsity boy’s Soccer team (9-1-2 8-0 Three Rivers League) have completely turned face after last season’s disappointing season, and having missed the playoffs. In 2012, West Linn...

 Ski team underappreciated after success of other major sports

Ski team underappreciated after success of other major sports

October 17, 2013

The West Linn Boys Ski Team is coming off three consecutive state titles and is considered the best in the state of Oregon. Yet despite this dominance, the ski team flies under the radar of recognition...

West Linn Lions lose Battle of the Bridge rivalry second year in a row

October 14, 2013

The West Linn Lions (3-4, 1-2 Three Rivers League) took on the Oregon City Pioneers (6-1, 2-1 TRL) in the annual Battle of the Bridge rivalry, the oldest high school football rivalry west of the Mississippi,...

Lions lose on homecoming night

Lions lose on homecoming night

October 8, 2013

The West Linn Lions (3-3, 1-1 Three Rivers League) were coming off a huge win against Lake Oswego the previous week but couldn’t continue their three game winning streak as they fell to the Clackamas...

West Linn Lions end 14 year losing streak to Lake Oswego Lakers

West Linn Lions end 14 year losing streak to Lake Oswego Lakers

September 30, 2013

West Linn (3-2, 1-0 Three Rivers League) battles all night and makes history by beating Lake Oswego (1-4, 0-1 TRL) 7-3. For the past 14 years, the Lake Oswego Lakers have beaten West Linn in every annual...

West Linn Lions battle Lake Oswego in annual rivalry

West Linn Lions battle Lake Oswego in annual rivalry

September 27, 2013

            Tonight, the West Linn Lions (2-2, 0-0 Three Rivers League) will take on the Lake Oswego Lakers (1-3, 0-0 TRL) in a critical road conference game, 7 pm at Lake Oswego High School. Lake...

Admit it, we want ‘Bama vs Oregon

Admit it, we want ‘Bama vs Oregon

September 26, 2013

The sun rises on a cold October saturday morning in Eugene, Ore. Autzen Stadium is flooded with early morning light as the Ducks prepare to take on the University of Washington Huskies. At the time, Oregon...

West Linn Football routs South Salem

West Linn Football routs South Salem

September 23, 2013

The West Linn Lions (2-2, 0-0 Three Rivers League) took on the South Salem Saxons with revenge on their mind. The Lions lost last years’ matchup 43-34 at South Salem but this year was much much different....

West Linn Football Team scores first win of the season

West Linn Football Team scores first win of the season

September 17, 2013

         The West Linn Lions (1-2, 0-0 Three Rivers League) won its first game of the 2013 season after beating the Barlow Bruins (1-2, 0-0 Mt. Hood Conference) 42-28.             West...

Lions travel south but its not a happy road trip

Lions travel south but it’s not a happy road trip

September 11, 2013

The West Linn Lions (0-2, 0-0 Three Rivers League) took on the Grants Pass Cavemen (1-1) but the three and a half hour journey didn’t seem worth it as West Linn lost 44-30. The Lions gave up two first...

West Linn athletes go all out winning awards

June 11, 2013

Girls Lacrosse: Three Rivers League Kayla Bouchard, attack, 12, 1st Team All League Annie Longtain, midfield, 12, 1st Team All League Hanna Morford, midfield, 10, 1st Team All League Mariah Gatti,...

Miami Heat advance to third straight NBA Finals appearance

Miami Heat advance to third straight NBA Finals appearance

June 5, 2013

“Too old, too worn down, not enough talent.” Those phrases have been used to describe the San Antonio Spurs, and every year they’re dead wrong. The Spurs swept the Memphis Grizzlies in four games...

West Linn Lions Lacrosse lose state title in a heartbreaker to the Lakeridge Pacers

June 3, 2013

The West Linn Lions Boys Lacrosse team (17-4, 8-2 Three Rivers League) took on the Lakeridge Pacers (20-3,10-0 TRL) with the Oregon High School Lacrosse Association state title on the line. It was an up...

Girls lacrosse wins state in a rematch with Lake Oswego

May 28, 2013

The West Linn Lions (17-1) girls lacrosse team waited a year to extract its revenge over rival Lake Oswego Lakers (12-3) and did so in bold fashion, winning 19-13 for the state title. Natalie Byrne, freshman,...

Girls Lacrosse advances to State for second straight year

May 23, 2013

The West Linn Lions girls lacrosse team defeated the Sunset Apollos 8-6 in what head coach Meg Elston called, “a head case game,” when talking with the press afterward. The Lions, ranked number one...

Lions receive first team all league honors

May 21, 2013

Four members of the West Linn Lions softball team were awarded first team all league honors recently along with two other honorable mentions. Those granted first team all league are outfielders Briana...

Girls golf places second at state

May 15, 2013

The West Linn girls golf team placed second in state with a total team score of 641, behind Sheldon who had 624. “I was disappointed at first but we did play really well,” Kristin Elich, junior,...

Head coach Glen Lee resigns from girls basketball team

May 10, 2013

Glen Lee, the varsity head coach for the girls basketball team, resigned on Friday May 2, after a reign of 12 years. Lee has been a varsity head coach for over 20 years and coached the Central Catholic...

Former University of Oregon football players selected high in the 2013 NFL Draft

April 26, 2013

The 2013-2014 National Football League season began last night and the University of Oregon was represented well in the first round. Dion Jordan, a defensive end/outside linebacker, was selected third...

The Civil War comes to West Linn

April 23, 2013

On Saturday April 20, the University of Oregon and Oregon State men’s lacrosse team took the field at the West Linn High School with the Pacific Northwest Collegiate Lacrosse League title on the line....

Lions win big over Sunset Apollos

April 9, 2013

The West Linn Lions (4-1, 0-0 Three Rivers League) took on the Sunset Apollos last Friday night and won in commanding fashion, 12-6. The Lions were led by Ryan Klose, freshman, and Dalton Tuor, senior,...

Eric Viuhkola named Oregon class 6A state basketball head coach of the year

April 1, 2013

Over Spring Break, the boys varsity coach, Eric Viuhkola, was awarded the 6A Coach of the Year after guiding the Lions to their first state title since 1997. “It’s nice to win this award, but winning...

Destination: Atlanta

March 19, 2013

The 2013 Men’s NCAA Basketball Tournament is about to commence and it’s another year of March Madness. Last year’s national champion, the Kentucky Wildcats, failed to make the tournament this year,...

Tennis team looks to rebuild in highly skilled league

March 19, 2013

Team captains Craig Wright and Andre To, seniors, hope to make the season successful with added talent. The team has eight returning varsity players and six new faces, many with not a whole lot of experience....

West Linn wins State, beating Central Catholic in another close finish

West Linn wins State, beating Central Catholic in another close finish

March 11, 2013

For the next year, when thinking of the West Linn Boys Varsity Basketball Team, two words will come to mind: State Champions. The West Linn Lions (23-6 8-2 Three Rivers League) defeated the Central Catholic...

West Linn advances to state title game with win over Lake Oswego

West Linn advances to state title game with win over Lake Oswego

March 8, 2013

EDITOR'S NOTE: The State championship game, which will be on March 8 at the Rose Garden at 8:30 p.m, will be between West Linn and Central Catholic. The West Linn Lions (21-6, 8-2 Three Rivers League)...

Lions advance in playoffs thanks to clutch free throws from Jarrod Howard

Lions advance in playoffs thanks to clutch free throws from Jarrod Howard

March 8, 2013

The West Linn Lions (20-6, 8-2 Three Rivers League) not only won in dramatic fashion, but showed anyone can step up and perform when needed to. Defeating the Grant Generals (21-4, 6-2 Southwest Conference)...

West Linn advances to Rose Garden with win over Westview

March 5, 2013

Next stop: the Rose Garden. The West Linn Lions (18-6, 8-2 Three Rivers League) battled tooth and nail with the Westview Wildcats (13-11, 6-4 Metro League) and emerged victorious 69-54 to advance to the...

West Linn runs over McMinnville, advances in playoffs

February 27, 2013

The West Linn Lions (18-6, 8-2 Three Rivers League, #2 seed) battled the McMinnville Grizzlies (13-10, 8-5 Pacific Conference, #7 seed) in a win-or-go home playoff game the Lions dominated The Grizzlies...

West Linn wins season finale on senior night, turns focus to playoffs

February 20, 2013

The West Linn Lions (18-6, 8-2 Three Rivers League) battled the Oregon City Pioneers (11-12, 1-9 TRL) on senior night and concluded their season with a hard-fought 69-55 victory over the rival Pioneers. The...

West Linn wins big over Canby as playoffs loom

February 20, 2013

The West Linn Lions (17-6, 7-2 TRL) took on the Canby Cougars ( 7-15, 2-7 TRL) and every win counts for the Lions as the 2013 Oregon State Playoffs draw near. West Linn started off right, gaining a 12...

West Linn shows domination in big win over Lakeridge

February 13, 2013

The West Linn Lions (16-5, 6-1 Three Rivers League) took on the Lakeridge Pacers (13-7, 4-3 TRL) and right off the bat, the Lions had the game in their hands. West Linn sustained an early 21-18 lead...

Late game scoring propels West Linn over Clackamas

February 7, 2013

The West Linn Lions (15-5, 5-1 Three Rivers League) took on the Clackamas Cavaliers (9-10, 2-4 TRL) on a night when the West Linn Survivor challenges took the crowd’s attention during halftime. The...

West Linn overcomes slow first half, defeats Oregon City

February 7, 2013

The West Linn Lions (14-5, 4-1 Three Rivers League) took on the Oregon City Pioneers (10-8, 0-5 TRL) at Oregon City High School and earned a gutsy road victory after struggling in the first two quarters...

West Linn controls fourth quarter, defeats Canby

January 30, 2013

    The Lions (13-5, 3-1 Three Rivers League) beat the Canby Cougars (6-11, 1-3 TRL) with a late 76-69 victory. The crowd was fired up after the girls basketball comeback overtime victory and helped...

Lake Oswego crushes West Linn to extend undefeated season

January 25, 2013

The West Linn Lions (12-5, 2-1 Three Rivers League) battled the visiting Lake Oswego Lakers (17-0, 3-0 TRL) on a night when the West Linn community honored Steve Forsyth, who was killed in the Clackamas...

UPDATE: Chip Kelly goes

UPDATE: Chip Kelly goes

January 9, 2013

Update: According to National Football League sources University of Oregon's head coach Chip Kelly has taken the head coaching job for the Philadelphia Eagles. It had been reported that Kelly was going...

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