High School Sports Zone December 21

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COTTAGE GROVE – Saturday night’s Battle of I-5 Holiday Tournament girls final was quite a test of wills. Crosstown rivals Pleasant Hill and Creswell weren’t backing down from one another.…
Billies come up big in I-5 tourney 
COTTAGE GROVE – Saturday night’s Battle of I-5 Holiday Tournament girls final was quite a test of wills. Crosstown rivals Pleasant Hill and Creswell weren’t backing down from one another.…
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CRESWELL – Any team that has hopes of contending late in the season for a league or state title hopes to be battle-tested early in the season. Mission accomplished for…
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HSSZ: Week of Dec. 21 Capsules
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HSSZ: Week of Dec. 21 Capsules
BOYS & GIRLS BASKETBALL PREVIEWS Pleasant Hill Billies boys: 7-1, ranked #2 тЦа Tipping off: The Billies boys team, fresh off a Battle of I-5 Tournament win, head down to…

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McClain bringing youth, energy to Billies athletics

By Pierre Weil / [email protected]

BOB WILLIAMS / THE CHRONICLE. Pleasant Hill Athletic Director Kyle McClain is in his second year at the helm. The former wrestling coach is building his team and culture with big goals in mind.

PLEASANT HILL – You might say that athletics is in Kyle McClain’s blood. McClain, the athletic director at Pleasant Hill High School since the beginning of the 2022 school year, is the grandson of Dick McClain. 

Grandpa McClain was the founding athletic director at Linn-Benton Community College, was the head coach for the American Legion team the Corvallis Marketmen, and was executive director of the Northwest Athletic Conference. In 1969, he became the only Oregon coach to win an American Legion World Championship and was named National American Legion Coach of the Year. The 1969 Legion team was later inducted into the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame.

Growing up around his grandfather influenced young Kyle’s career aspirations, he said. 

“A big reason was my grandpa. Just because I grew up going to all these hall of fame dinners, these functions and events that were centered around the work that my grandpa did,” McClain said. “There’s these keynote speakers that are talking about how he impacted their lives, and so that really inspired me to pursue that career.”

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