This is the fourth in a four-part series of articles reviewing sports that occurred in 2022. This fourth installment breaks down the period of Oct. 1 to Dec. 31.

PHS senior Hailie Couture makes a save on Lanie Cox’s penalty kick in the 75th minute to keep the game tied, 2-2. (Photo by Brad Fuqua/Philomath News)

2022 Year in Review — Sports: July to September

This is the third in a four-part series of articles reviewing sports that occurred in 2022. This second installment breaks down the period of July 1 to Sept. 30. AUGUST • Aug. 14 — Philomath High’s sports teams officially open fall practices in soccer, volleyball, cross-country, dance/drill and cheer with an estimated 18-0 students participating.…

OCTOBER

• Oct. 1 — Philomath’s volleyball team won two of five matches at the Mt. Hood Invitational.

• Oct. 1 — The Philomath High girls cross-country team easily won the Woahink Lake Invitational and the boys were a close second. Adele Beckstead and Ben Hernandez had second-place finishes individually.

• Oct. 3 — The Philomath High School volleyball team rolled to a three-set sweep over Stayton in an Oregon West Conference matchup, 25-21, 25-20 and 25-21.

• Oct. 4 — The girls soccer team crushed Sweet Home, 8-0, with Elizabeth Morales providing a highlight by scoring on a corner kick. Morales, Kamilla Grimmer and Ana Candanoza each had two goals.

• Oct. 4 — Philomath’s boys soccer team went to 6-0-1 with an 8-0 road victory over Sweet Home. Senior Seth Arthurs had three goals and two assists in the win.

• Oct. 6 — The Philomath High School girls soccer team shut out its second straight opponent and junior Kamilla Grimmer recorded a hat trick in a 5-0 victory over Stayton.

• Oct. 6 — The Philomath High School volleyball team made a couple of good runs in an Oregon West Conference matchup against visiting Cascade, but the opponent always recovered and ended up closing out a three-set win to remain unbeaten in league play.

• Oct. 6 — Philomath High’s boys soccer team played to a scoreless tie against Stayton in a matchup of the top two ranked teams in the Class 4A.

• Oct. 7 — Philomath and Cascade — two programs that have played some memorable football games over the years — were in a one-point dogfight at halftime but the Cougars were able to pull away in the second half with 24 unanswered points and a 38-20 win.

• Oct. 8 — Philomath High School’s Joe Fulton received a prestigious honor recently when the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association named him as its Oregon Coach of the Year for girls track and field.

• Oct. 8 — Philomath’s boys and girls cross-country teams both won the Paul Mariman Invitational on its home course. Adele Beckstead won the girls individual title. Ben Hernandez was a runner-up for the boys. Former Warriors standout Gordy Byers served as a special guest.

• Oct. 8 — The volleyball team went to 12-7 on the season after an appearance in the Clearwater Classic in Bend. The Warriors defeated 5A Caldera in bracket play.

• Oct. 11 — The Philomath High School girls soccer team won its third straight game by downing Cascade on the road, 5-1. The Warriors pulled away early with three goals in the game’s first 14 minutes. Junior Kamilla Grimmer recorded a hat trick with Philomath’s final two goals of the first half and the team’s only goal in the second half.

• Oct. 11 — Silas Pittman and Seth Arthurs scored goals in Philomath’s 2-0 win over Cascade.

• Oct. 11 — The Philomath High School volleyball team rolled to a straight-set victory over an overmatched Newport squad, 25-13, 25-8, 25-17.

• Oct. 13 — Philomath High’s volleyball team defeated North Marion in straight sets on Senior Night, an evening that featured an appearance on the floor by senior student manager Ashley Hamblin.

• Oct. 13 — After leading just 1-0 at halftime, Philomath High’s girls soccer team steamrolled Newport in the second half to end up with a 6-0 win. Kamilla Grimmer had her latest hat trick.

• Oct. 13 — Philomath High senior Mateo Candanoza figured into all four of the team’s goals in a 4-0 road victory over Newport. Candanoza had a hat trick with goals in the 13th, 60th and 72nd minutes and then recorded an assist on the team’s fourth goal by senior Seth Arthurs.

• Oct. 13 — The Philomath High School girls cross-country team took first place at the Clash in the Cascades at Sisters despite not entering three of its top varsity runners.

• Oct. 14 — Marist Catholic, last season’s 4A state runner-up, defeated Philomath, 49-7. The Warriors scored with 3:05 remaining on an improbable pass play from Caleb Russell to Warwick Bushnell.

• Oct. 15 — Philomath High’s Kamilla Grimmer is in a groove in front of the opponent’s soccer goal. For the fourth straight game, the Warriors junior recorded a hat trick — this time in Philomath’s 4-1 victory at Junction City.

• Oct. 15 — The Philomath High School boys cross-country placed six runners among the top eight in a dominating performance that easily won the Country Fair Classic. Senior Ben Hernandez ran his fourth sub-17-minute race of the season and was the individual winner.

• Oct. 18 — Philomath and North Marion played to a scoreless tie in boys soccer, the second time this season the two schools had tied.

• Oct. 18 — The Philomath High School girls soccer team issued payback to North Marion while extending its winning streak to six straight with a 1-0 victory on the road.

• Oct. 18 — For the first time in seven years, one month and 15 days, Philomath High defeated Sweet Home in volleyball. The Warriors, playing on their home court, took out the Huskies in four sets, 25-22, 22-25, 25-14 and 25-21.

• Oct. 20 — Philomath High School’s Senior Night in boys soccer didn’t quite go as planned with the game moved to Sweet Home because of poor air quality. As a result, the Warriors recognized their 13 seniors on an opposing school’s field. What did go as planned was a 6-0 victory.

• Oct. 20 — The Philomath High School girls soccer team scored seven goals in the first 30 minutes en route to an 8-0 mercy rule victory at Sweet Home.

• Oct. 20 — The Philomath High School volleyball team lost its regular-season finale, 25-16, 25-21, 25-21, on the road to Stayton.

• Oct. 21 — Philomath’s David Griffith sprinted 70 yards for a touchdown on the team’s first offensive play and the Warriors scored 29 points in the second quarter in a 35–6 homecoming victory over Klamath Union.

• Oct. 25 — With a straight-set volleyball victory over Cottage Grove, the Warriors played their way into the Class 4A state playoffs. Philomath entered the playoffs as the No. 12 seed.

• Oct. 25 — Philomath’s girls soccer team defeated Stayton, 8-0, to conclude the regular season. Seven different players scored for the Warriors.

• Oct. 25 — In a showdown between the top two boys soccer teams in the Oregon West Conference, Philomath and Stayton played to a 1-1 tie. Stayton finished first with a 7-0-3 conference record with Philomath second at 6-0-4.

• Oct. 28 — Philomath came back from a 12-7 halftime deficit to defeat Sweet Home, 33-20, in football. Philomath finished with a 3-6 record overall and 2-4 in Special District 3.

• Oct. 29 — Philomath’s boys and girls cross-country teams both won Oregon West Conference titles. Ben Hernandez and Adele Beckstead were individual champions. Philomath High hosted the meet.

• Oct. 29 — The Philomath High School volleyball team’s season ended in the first round of the Class 4A playoffs with a loss at Baker. The Warriors finished with a 16-9 overall record.

Warriors senior Ben Hernandez, who placed fifth overall and was the team’s top runner, enters the track for the final stretch. (Photo by Brad Fuqua/Philomath News)

NOVEMBER

• Nov. 1 — Philomath High’s boys soccer season ended in the first round of the playoffs with an upset 2-1 loss to Phoenix in overtime.

• Nov. 2 — The PHS girls soccer team eliminated Henley in the first round of the state playoffs with a 3-2 victory. The game came down to penalty kicks and Warriors senior Hailie Couture came up big.

• Nov. 5 — Philomath High’s girls cross-country team placed second at the state meet in Eugene. Adele Beckstead placed fifth individually and the Warriors had three in the top 20 — the others being Ana Candanoza (17th) and Ingrid Hellesto (18th).

• Nov. 5 — The boys cross-country team missed winning the Class 4A state title by just three points. Ben Hernandez wrapped up a memorable senior season with a fifth-place finish overall. Mateo Candanoza (ninth), Brody Bushnell (14th) and Leo Pausch (16th) were other PHS runners in the top 20.

• Nov. 5 — Philomath’s girls soccer team lost 2-0 to No. 1 Marist Catholic in the 4A quarterfinals in Eugene. The Warriors finished the season with a 12-4 record.

• Nov. 11 — Several PHS athletes were recognized on all-conference teams. In boys soccer, goalkeeper Teddy Benbow earned the Oregon West Player of the Year honor.

• Nov. 22 — PHS boys basketball players raised thousands of dollars through its annual pie auction. Cole Beardsley’s chocolate peanut butter pie brought in a bid of $650.

Senior Ty May shoots in the first half against Ketchikan. May scored 18 points. (Photo by Brad Fuqua/Philomath News)

DECEMBER

• Dec. 1 — Philomath High opened the boys and girls swim seasons with dual victories over Sisters.

• Dec. 2 — The Philomath High School boys and girls swim teams combined their squads for the Highlander Relay Meet at North Eugene. The Warriors found strength in numbers to win the three-school event.

• Dec. 3 — The PHS girls basketball team opened the season in promising fashion with a 50-18 win over Junction City.

• Dec. 3 — Philomath never trailed and dominated throughout in a 59-33 boys basketball victory in its season opener.

• Dec. 3 — A half-dozen Philomath High wrestlers placed among the top six at Cascade’s Perry Burlison Invitational. As a team, the Warriors settled for seventh place out of the 21 schools that sent teams to the season-opening tournament.

• Dec. 6 — The Philomath High School girls basketball team dropped to 1-1 on the season with a 35-30 loss at South Albany.

• Dec. 6 — The Philomath High School boys basketball team improved to 2-0 on the young season with a decisive 65-23 victory on the road over 5A South Albany.

• Dec. 8 — Philomath’s girls won and the boys lost in a swim dual against Marist Catholic.

• Dec. 9 — The Warriors wrestling team easily took the team title at its own tournament. Ben Hernandez, Caleb Blackburn, Chase Ringwald, Riley Barrett and Lake Mulberry all won their weight divisions and Ellie Morton won for the girls.

• Dec. 9-10 — The girls basketball team lost games to Gladstone and Marist Catholic at the Marist Classic in Eugene.

• Dec. 9-10 — The Philomath High School boys basketball team rolled through Gladstone, 71-35, and Henley, 71-41, at the Marist Classic in Eugene.

• Dec. 15 — Philomath High School senior Carrson Hirte broke the school record in the 100-yard backstroke in a home dual against Kennedy with a time of 57.00. The boys and girls both won the meet.

• Dec. 15 — The Philomath High School boys basketball team continued its winning ways by knocking off previously unbeaten Class 5A Redmond, 50-42, in the Les Schwab South Coast Tournament in Coos Bay.

• Dec. 15 — Freshman Emily Taunisila scored inside to give Philomath the lead, senior Abigail Brown hit key free throws late and the defense came up with big stops to help the Warriors to a 32-27 victory over Mazama in the team’s first game at the Les Schwab South Coast Tournament.

• Dec. 16 — The Philomath High School girls basketball team advanced to the championship game of the Les Schwab South Coast Tournament with a solid 36-31 victory over Class 5A Redmond.

• Dec. 16 — The Philomath High School boys basketball team defeated Junction City for the second time this season with a 56-49 win in the semifinals of the Les Schwab South Coast Classic.

• Dec. 16-17 — Philomath High freshman Riley Barrett took first place, seniors Ben Hernandez and Chase Ringwald settled for runner-up and junior Gradin Fairbanks placed third at the Grants Pass Winter Kickoff. Ellie Morton placed second in the girls’ portion of the tournament.

• Dec. 17 — A PHS girls basketball comeback against Astoria fell short with a 51-43 overtime loss to Astoria in the Les Schwab South Coast Tournament championship game.

• Dec. 17 — Philomath’s boys basketball team remained unbeaten with a 47-44 victory over Cascade Christian in the Les Schwab South Coast Tournament championship game.

• Dec. 21 — In wrestling, Riley Barrett remained unbeaten and along with five other champions helped the Warriors win the Benton County Championships for the second straight season.

• Dec. 23 — Oregon State University announced Thursday that Philomath native Terry Boss had stepped down as men’s soccer coach in order to move into a coaching position at the pro level.

• Dec. 28 — Philomath’s girls basketball team opened the Clarke Cochrane Christmas Classic in Ketchikan, Alaska, with a come-from-behind 35-31 win over Metlakatla (Alaska).

• Dec. 28 — Philomath’s boys basketball team crushed Barrow (Alaska) in the opening round of the Clarke Cochrane Christmas Classic in Ketchikan, Alaska.

• Dec. 29 — The Philomath boys were third and the girls fourth in a swim meet at Sweet Home.

• Dec. 29 — The Philomath girls had their best half of the season and defeated Barrow (Alaska), 67-39, in the semifinals of the Clarke Cochrane Christmas Classic in Ketchikan, Alaska.

• Dec. 29 — Fighting through a raucous crowd on the opponent’s home court in one of the community’s biggest sporting events of the year, the Philomath High boys basketball team stood tall with a 68-51 victory over Ketchikan in the semifinals of the Clarke Cochrane Christmas Classic.

• Dec. 30 — Philomath’s girls took Ketchikan into overtime in the championship game of the Clarke Cochrane Christmas Classic but came up short, 42-40.

• Dec. 30 — Going up against an Anchorage school with 1,600 students that many predict will win the state title with a lineup that includes a couple of major college prospects, the Warriors dropped a close 56-52 decision to Dimond in the championship game of the Clarke Cochrane Christmas Classic in Ketchikan, Alaska.

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