The Saxon boys basketball team is on a winning streak, racking up 15 wins out of 19 games so far, with three of their four losses coming early on in the season as an outcome of the Les Schwab Invitational in December.
With a record of 8-1 in league competition, South is in first place in the Mountain Valley Conference. With just five games remaining, the Saxons are placed as second in state and are turning their focus onto playoff berth.
Throughout the season, Portland State University commit Jaden “Skinny” Nielsen-Skinner ‘19 has been a valuable resource for the Saxon, averaging 20 points per game with a complimentary nine assists.
Setting a new bar for South basketball, Skinny holds the highest point total of any player, scoring 1500+ through his four years in the program.
Skinny has high expectations for his team, expecting to be “State champs, baby!”.
The girls basketball team placed 13 in state over 19 games. Going 14-5 with just five games remaining in the regular season.
“We really just want to build onto the first half of the season,” said guard Gretchen Olsen ‘20. “Just continue to keep it rollin’.”
Placed first in the Mountain Valley Conference, the Saxons are going 8-1 in league play with their last five opponents all in conference.
South’s Victoria Stafford ‘20 has been an important and useful resource all season. Averaging over 11 points and nearly seven rebounds per game. Her best performance came against Milwaukie in the Nike Interstate Shootout, where she dropped 20 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in a 50-point win for the Saxons.
Expecting playoff berth, the Saxons’ season last winter came to a rough halt in the first round of the state tournament against Jesuit. They hope to get farther this season, as they are already ranked higher than they were last year.