By Renee Martin
North Eugene boys basketball team really worked hard at their first game of the season against Roseburg. It looked bleak going into the third quarter, down by ten, 7-17, Roseburg in the lead. At the start of the first quarter we had been down by even more, 15-29, Roseburg still pulling ahead.
But North wasn’t about to give up so easily in the fourth. Brett Snyder, sophomore, fouled out in a desperate attempt to stop the other team from scoring. DJ Wright, also a sophomore, attempted shot after shot, 0 for 9 attempted shots until he made a two-pointer. Blake Dawson, senior, had an amazing steal, rushed it down the court, succeeded in making a very difficult looking layup, got fouled by Roseburg, and made his free point shot. He had six points by the end of the game. Chandler Sand, senior, had ten points. Matt Ferrrenburg, senior, scored seven points. The final score was 31-40, Roseburg managed to take the win. North made more points in the fourth quarter than all the other quarters. Roseburg only scored eleven points in the fourth while North scored sixteen points in the fourth quarter.
North Eugene High School has a new varsity coach this year named Aaron Schermerhorn. He is also a social studies teacher and teaches U.S. History and Government. Schermerhorn has a lot of coaching experience. Though this is his first year as head coach at North, he has been assistant many times. He was the head coach of Elmira High School for five years and head coach for four years at South Umpqua High School. He has over 30 years of coaching experience.
When asked what the team needs to work on he responded that they need to work on cutting down on turnovers, improving shooting, and shutting down the other team with defense.
The second game of the season at South Eugene High School on December 13th showed a similar determination, also resulting in a close first three quarters, but ultimately a loss, 42-68 (the Silverton game was cancelled due to snow). Last Tuesday’s home game against Corvallis, however, the varsity squad turned things around, and after a tight first half, they put it away easily in the fourth, 55-45. Ferrenburg got seven rebounds. Sophomore Nick Friesen pulled down several important rebounds and held Corvallis’s Eli Lininger to just eight points, a significant feat, considering Lininger scored 26 points in the game the night before.