Sage Kramer cutting down basketball net
Philomath High’s Sage Kramer takes a turn at cutting down the net in the Warriors gym back in March after the team returned from Forest Grove. Earlier that day, the team learned about the cancellation of the tournament. (Photo by Logan Hannigan-Downs)

In Monday’s installment of Warrior Nation, I wrote about the boys basketball team and attention received by the website. Well, anyone who knows anything about Warrior basketball should know that the girls deserve a little attention of their own.

It makes sense that the website would pick Philomath to win the Oregon West this season (if we have one).

“Only a global pandemic kept the Philomath Warriors from winning the state title last season,” the website wrote in a preview of “South Valley” conferences and teams. “Player of the Year Sage Kramer and Coach of the Year Ben Silva were 23-0 against 4A opponents last season and will return to pick up where they left off this season.”

The write-up mentions the loss of Emma Pankalla to graduation and how that will impact the team, but overall, the program returns eight of 12 varsity players, including all-state honorable mention guard Mia Rust.

“… They are our favorites to win it all this season,” the article states.

I hope they get a chance to prove it on the court and PHS doesn’t lose another opportunity at a state title.