Philomath High School’s fall sports teams all qualified for state following successful regular seasons and they will all see action in the coming days.
The Warriors have already seen state playoff action in volleyball from this past weekend. Philomath rolled through a first-round matchup against Mazama with a 27-25, 25-20, 25-11 victory. The Warriors had qualified for state by winning a play-in match in straight sets at Hidden Valley.
Philomath’s spikers will now play Tuesday on the road against Baker, a school located on the other end of the state. The match is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. The Warriors (11-9) represent the lowest-seeded team still alive in the tournament at 13th. Baker (16-6) won the Greater Oregon League title and is seeded No. 5.
The quarterfinal match will be offered for viewing on the NFHS Network (subscription required).
If the Warriors defeat Baker, the team would move on to the state semifinals at Corvallis High School with a match at 6:30 p.m. Friday.
In girls soccer, Philomath earned a No. 6 seed and will open the 4A playoffs at home against No. 11 Henley. The game is set for 3 p.m. Tuesday on the PHS pitch. The Warriors come into the postseason with a 9-2-3 record. The Hornets have a 10-4 record and have the opportunity to play Philomath after defeating Cascade in a play-in game on Saturday, 6-0.
If Philomath wins, the team would likely play at No. 3 North Marion on Saturday, Nov. 6, in the quarterfinals. The Huskies will be favored to defeat Astoria in their first-round game. If Astoria pulls off the upset, however, the Warriors would host at PHS.
The boys soccer team will hit the 4A playoffs on Wednesday with a first-round contest against Estacada. The game is scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. start on the turf field at Crescent Valley High in Corvallis.
The Warriors, seeded No. 2, will also be the host team in the quarterfinals and semifinals, if the team advances that far. The championship match is scheduled for Nov. 13 at Liberty High in Hillsboro.
Philomath is coming off a stellar regular season that included a 13-1 record. Estacada comes into the game with an 8-3-4 record, advancing to state with a 3-1 victory over Newport in a play-in game.
The football team qualified for the 3A playoffs and will open with a first-road road game at 7 p.m. Friday against Warrenton at CMH Field in Astoria. The 13th-seeded Warriors (6-3) finished third in its special district and will face a fourth-seeded Warrenton team that sports a 6-2 record. The two teams have one opponent in common — Blanchet Catholic. Philomath won that game, 27-25, and Warrenton defeated BC by a 32-0 final.
If the Warriors win, they would move on to the quarterfinals against the winner of Amity vs. La Pine.
The PHS boys and girls cross-country teams both won district titles and will compete at the state meet on Saturday at Lane Community College in Eugene. The girls are scheduled for an 11:45 a.m. start with the boys to follow at 12:20 p.m. Both teams are expected to be in contention for a team trophy.
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