In 1986, the first year that the Woodburn Bulldogs made the state playoffs, Ronald Reagan was president and Pixar Studios had just opened. The kids from the 2010 team were not yet born. The town of Woodburn was a small, mostly white agricultural town.
Over the next 25 years, partially as a result of new federal laws signed by Reagan, the town of Woodburn transformed into Oregon’s largest Hispanic community. And every year, the Bulldogs made it back to the playoffs, setting a post-season record unparalleled in the state of Oregon by any high school team in any sport.
But, Los Perros could never win it all. Three trips to the state championship resulted in three losses. They called it The Woodburn Curse.
The curse ended Saturday, November 20th, when the Woodburn Bulldogs defeated long-time rival Corvallis Spartans 2-1. Congratulations Bulldogs! It’s been a long time coming.
Let’s not wait 25 more years for the next one.