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Woodburn State Champs!

Posted November 22nd, 2010 in Uncategorized by steve

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.

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Woodburn Bulldogs Advance to State Championship!

Posted November 17th, 2010 in Uncategorized by steve

From the Woodburn Independent:

WOODBURN — The magical season continues. The Woodburn boys soccer team will play for the Class 5A state title Saturday at Hillsboro Stadium at 1 p.m. after beating Liberty 3-1 Tuesday afternoon at Woodburn High School.

The ’Dogs will play a familiar opponent too, as fellow Mid-Willamette Conference rival Corvallis routed another MWC team, Crescent Valley, 3-0 on Tuesday in the other semifinal matchup. Corvallis is the defending 5A state champion.

Continue reading here:

http://www.woodburnindependent.com/news/2010/November/16/Local.News/woodburn.wins/news.aspx

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New radio interview available online

Posted November 11th, 2010 in Uncategorized by steve

Reporter Chris Lehman of Oregon Public Radio met with myself, Martin, and Angel (two members of the 2005 Bulldogs) for an interview last week. The link is below.

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=131221794&ft=3&f=131221794

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Woodburn wins first playoff game

Posted November 10th, 2010 in Uncategorized by steve

The Woodburn Bulldogs, ranked #1 in Oregon’s 5A classification, beat Milwaukie 5-0 in Tuesday night’s playoff game. The Bulldogs are next scheduled to play against Sherwood on November 13th. This year marks Los Perros 25th straight post-season appearance, a state record among all team sports.

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Woodburn Bulldogs ready for postseason ranked #1 in Oregon

Posted November 3rd, 2010 in Uncategorized by steve

From the Oregonian newspaper:

Woodburn appears ready for a boys soccer state playoff run after winning the Class 5A Mid-Willamette Conference championship with a couple of playoff-type wins.

The Bulldogs clinched the title Tuesday with a 2-1 win over 2009 state championCorvallis. A tie would have been enough to give the title to Woodburn, No. 1 in theOregon School  Activities Association power rankings. But the Bulldogs pressed forward and won when Jaime Veles   scored with 1:20 remaining in the game to break a 1-1 tie.

A week ago Tuesday, Woodburn (7-0-0, 21 points) put itself in position to take the Mid-Willamette with a 2-0 win overCrescent Valley, the eventual second-place team. Corvallis (5-2-0, 15) finished third, one point behind the Raiders (5-1-1, 16).

“Those were state- final type games,” Woodburn coach Luis Del Rio said of playing Crescent Valley (No. 4 OSAA) and Corvallis (No. 7).

Yet, Del Rio said he’s nervous heading into the postseason, which starts  Saturday with an elimination game against Bend (4-8-1).

“We might be overconfident,” Del Rio said. “We’re playing a weaker team on paper, and they might start relaxing themselves and not respond to that kind of team.”

Del Rio said if the Bulldogs take care of business against Bend, “then I can say our confidence is the way we want.”

Del Rio has reason for concern. Woodburn has been ousted in its first playoff game the past two years, including 2008, when the Bulldogs were ranked No. 1 in the state.

– Nick Daschel

http://highschoolsports.oregonlive.com/news/article/674999810375533307/boys-soccer-woodburn-wins-mid-willamette-with-gut-check-victories/

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Woodburn Independent asks: Have Small Schools Worked?

Posted June 14th, 2010 in Uncategorized by steve

When Woodburn High School split into four themed “Small Schools”, each with less than 400 students, nobody knew if the new system would help raise student achievement or not. Across the country, Small Schools have met with mixed results–some schools have done remarkably well while others have not noted any improvements.

After four years of Small Schools at Woodburn, the Woodburn Independent took a look back to see if the change worked. Comparing the results with the previous high school can be a little tricky, since we are comparing a single school to each of the four Small Schools and Success Academy, an alternative high school designed to catch students who are failing at a Small School. In addition, some of the methodology the state uses to measure student progress has changed.

However, comparing each Small School against itself over four years appears to show significant improvement in graduation rates, test scores, and subject proficiency. Teachers and administrators also report some unexpected positive side effects of the smaller communities, such as fewer fights, less bullying, and more student participation in clubs and government.

Read the entire article here:

http://www.woodburnindependent.com/news/2010/June/10/Local.News/small.schools.have.they.worked/news.aspx

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Woodburn High loses small school funding

Posted June 7th, 2010 in Uncategorized by steve

Woodburn High School’s experiment in Small Schools, as described in Boys, has reached a turning point. The switch from comprehensive high school to four themed high schools, each with under 400 students, began in the 2005-2006 school year, using funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. With the end of the 2009-2010 school year, the high school has also reached the end of its grant money. Starting next year, the small school experiment carries on without any extra funding.

The Woodburn Independent is running a series of articles about the high school’s change of operations here:

http://www.woodburnindependent.com/news/2010/June/07/Local.News/woodburn.high.four.years.later/news.aspx

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