Sage Kramer
Sage Kramer, seen here in the 4A championship game last month, scored 20 in an Oregon vs. Washington all-star game on April 3. (File photo by Logan Hannigan-Downs/Philomath News)

Philomath High senior Sage Kramer put on a pretty good display of her capabilities on the basketball court a couple of weekends ago at an all-star game in Hillsboro. Kramer scored a team-high 20 points for an Oregon squad that lost 126-91 to a group of all-stars from Washington.

Kramer was playing in WAVOR — an acronym for Washington vs. Oregon that showcases top basketball talent from the two states in an interstate matchup (it had formerly been known as the Northwest Shootout). Many past participants of the all-star game have gone on to productive college and professional careers.

Kramer was by far the top scorer on her team with her 20 points and she also had six rebounds and two assists in the game, which was played at Liberty High School.

WAVOR teamed up with the Sport Oregon Foundation and the Maurice Lucas Foundation to put on the 26th annual event. Net proceeds from the boys and girls games went directly to those two nonprofits.

Although from a small school, Kramer has also made a name for herself through club basketball.

René Ferrán of Scorebook Live interviewed Kramer after the all-star game.

“It was just a chance to get to play with some of the best girls in the state,” Kramer was quoted as saying. “It was fun to reunite with them, running up and saying hi to everyone, catching up and getting to play one last time before we all head off to college.”

As many of you probably know, Kramer will be playing at Westmont College, a top NAIA basketball school located in Santa Barbara, California.

Kramer’s not finished with PHS athletics as a member of the track and field team. The all-star game coincided with the team’s first meet at Tillamook so she missed that one but she was throwing discus and javelin at a meet last week in Sweet Home and won both events. The Philomath Invitational is up next on Thursday.

As the Oregon West Conference Player of the Year for each of the past four seasons and likely a two-time Class 4A Player of the Year, Kramer’s basketball accomplishments have been fun to watch and report on. Plus, she’s just a good kid who has worked hard to reach this level and you want to see her succeed. Hopefully she has good days ahead of her at Westmont.

Brad Fuqua, Philomath News

Brad Fuqua has covered the Philomath area since 2014 as the editor of the now-closed Philomath Express and currently as publisher/editor of the Philomath News. He has worked as a professional journalist since 1988 at daily and weekly newspapers in Nebraska, Kansas, North Dakota, Arizona, Montana and Oregon.