HILLSBORO — Marshfield’s dreams of ending a quarter century-long football state title drought will have to wait at least another year.
The Pirates lost in the Class 4A championship game Saturday when Cottage Grove took advantage of Marshfield miscues and its own big-play offense to beat Marshfield 48-14 on a rainy afternoon at Hillsboro Stadium.
The Lions built a 28-14 halftime lead and then shut out the Pirates in the second half as several Marshfield drives stalled in Cottage Grove territory. Marshfield also turned the ball over four times and committed several costly false start penalties that hampered drives.
“I don’t think we played as well as we have played,” Marshfield coach John Lemmons said. “I don’t think we coached as well as we have coached.
“We win as a team. We lose as a team.”
Cottage Grove, on the other hand, only committed one penalty and never turned the ball over in the game.
“They played a perfect game,” Marshfield defensive coordinator Greg Mulkey said.
The Lions, coached by Marshfield graduate Gary Roberts, won their first football title in school history.
“I’m proud of our kids,” Roberts said as his team celebrated with family and friends. “When I started here 10 years ago, I said it was my goal to get Cottage Grove to a state championship. I didn’t realize how hard it was.”
Cottage Grove quarterback Dylan Graves connected with explosive receiver Jacob Woods on three touchdown passes in the game, two of them screen passes with great downfield blocking that went for scores of 43 and 38 yards. Juice Claflin had a touchdown run and also returned a Marshfield fumble 60 yards for a score.
Marshfield’s highlights included an 85-yard catch-and-run touchdown by speedy senior receiver Zach Kellar on a crossing pattern in the first quarter that briefly tied the score at 7-all and a 3-yard touchdown pass from Grant Woolsey to tight end Cory Stover near the end of the first half that pulled the Pirates within 28-14. That score capped Marshfield’s best drive of the night, which was keyed by the powerful running of Tristin Lemmons, who finished the night with 102 rushing yards.
Lemmons, Woolsey and Stover are three of a number of key players returning next season for Marshfield, when the Pirates hope to break through with the elusive title.
“I have confidence we are going to make it back,” Stover said.
The Pirates will hold their heads high after their best season since also reaching the championship game in 1994, two years after their last title.
“I think we did a lot of good things,” Kellar said of the season, before reflecting again on the championship game. “We could have done better.”
For more details from the game, see a story on Page B1.
WASHINGTON — Michigan Rep. John Conyers, under investigation over allegations he sexually harassed female staff members, said Sunday he will step aside as the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee while fiercely denying he acted inappropriately during his long tenure in Congress.
In a statement, the 88-year-old lawmaker made clear he would prefer to keep his leadership role on the committee, which has wide jurisdiction over U.S. law enforcement, from civil rights and impeachment of federal officials to sexual harassment protections.
But Conyers acknowledged maintaining the post would be a distraction "in light of the attention drawn by recent allegations made against me."
"I have come to believe that my presence as ranking member on the committee would not serve these efforts while the Ethics Committee investigation is pending," he said. "I cannot in good conscience allow these charges to undermine my colleagues in the Democratic Caucus, and my friends on both sides of the aisle in the Judiciary Committee and the House of Representatives."
Denying the allegations, Conyers, a member of the Congressional Black Caucus who was first elected to the House in 1964, urged lawmakers to allow him "due process."
"I very much look forward to vindicating myself and my family," Conyers said.
News website BuzzFeed reported last Monday that Conyers' office paid a woman more than $27,000 under a confidentiality agreement to settle a complaint in 2015 that she was fired from his Washington staff because she rejected his sexual advances. BuzzFeed also published affidavits from former staff members who said they had witnessed Conyers touching female staffers inappropriately — rubbing their legs and backs — or requesting sexual favors.
Conyers says he will fully cooperate with the Ethics Committee, which said it will review the allegations of harassment and age discrimination as well as using "official resources for impermissible personal purposes."
At least one House Democrat, Rep. Kathleen Rice of New York, has called on Conyers to step down from Congress. Two others, Rep. Gregory Meeks, D-N.Y., who is a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, as well as Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz., co-chairman of the largest group of congressional liberals, had said Conyers should at least step aside from his leadership role on the Judiciary committee.
In a statement Sunday, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said she welcomed Conyers' decision to give up the committee leadership post.
"Zero tolerance means consequences," Pelosi said. "Any credible accusation must be reviewed by the Ethics Committee expeditiously. We are at a watershed moment on this issue, and no matter how great an individual's legacy, it is not a license for harassment. "
The California Democrat noted that the House in the coming week will vote on requiring anti-harassment and anti-discrimination training for all members and their staffs. She suggested that nondisclosure agreements like the one Conyers signed to settle the 2015 complaint should be made public.
The Senate already has approved a measure requiring all senators, staff and interns to be trained on preventing sexual harassment.
The flurry of activity Sunday comes as Congress prepares to return from its Thanksgiving break, amid increasing attention on the issue of sexual harassment with multiple men in entertainment, media and politics facing allegations of misconduct. On the congressional level, Democratic Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota and Republican Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore also are the subject of accusations.
Earlier Sunday, Pelosi defended Conyers as an "icon" for women's rights and told NBC's "Meet the Press" that he will do the "right thing."
"This is about going forward," she said. "We also have to address it for every person, every workplace in the country, not just in the Congress of the United States. And that's very important. And a good deal of that would be done by the Judiciary Committee."
Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., is the next most-senior Democrat on the Judiciary Committee after Conyers, the only African-American to have held the position of chairman or ranking member on the panel.
"Even under these unfortunate circumstances, the important work of the Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee must move forward," Nadler said. "I will do everything in my power to continue to press on the important issues facing our committee, including criminal justice reform, workplace equality, and holding the Trump administration accountable."
"Ranking Member Conyers has a 50-year legacy of advancing the cause of justice, and my job moving forward is to continue that critical work," he added.
Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., who sponsored legislation to overhaul the system by which sexual complaints are made and settled on Capitol Hill, said Congress must show a greater commitment to addressing sexual misconduct. Last month, she shared her own story of being sexually assaulted by a high-level aide while she was a staffer.
"This is absolutely a priority that we must focus on in terms of fixing the system," she said on ABC's "This Week." ''We say zero tolerance, but I don't believe that we put our money where our mouths are."
COOS BAY — The days of having your own desk in a classroom are ending.
Educators across the state are pushing for more teamwork class settings, where the individual desks are being traded in for tables.
“Education is going into more of a cooperative learning base, so our teachers have wanted more tables in their classrooms,” said Marshfield High School Principal Travis Howard. “Having tables instead of desks lets kids work together, learn from one another, and is a lot more conducive in projects. The kids seem to love it.”
When teachers began requesting tables to replace the desks earlier this year, the district purchased two sets of tables that cost $4,000 to $5,000 per set. Because they were made out of particle board, they didn’t hold up well.
Toward the end of last school year, Howard had approached Marshfield’s manufacturing technologies teacher Glen Crook to see if the district could make its own tables instead.
“I asked him and our woodworking teacher if we could do a joint project to come up with a template and cost it out,” Howard said. “The whole thing would be an entry-level project for both programs. They put it together over the summer and showed a finished product where they had sanded down the tops and then finished them in manufacturing. Manufacturing also designed the table structure and cut out the design on the end.”
Cost-wise, the materials are under $100. The goal is to make one table a week but have been set back by complications in the jig over at manufacturing, which is used to help students create the frame for each table.
“We were almost done with the jig but there was a piece of steel that had a bend to it, so when we went to weld it didn’t line up,” Crook said, but said that the new one is almost complete and will be simple enough to use that “students don’t even need to know what they’re doing.”
“As soon as it’s done, we can start mass producing these things,” Crook said. “The nice thing about doing the new tables is they will be a lot stronger so they should last longer. Even if students wear out the table top, the frame will last. Worst case scenario, the tables go back to woodshop for repairs. If the frame does break, it is a steel students are used to working with so they can fix them as well.”
Once the new jig is finished, the first set of 10 will be made for Marshfield’s Advanced Via Individual Determiantion (AVID) classroom, which is a program meant to keep students from dropping out of school. The program at Marshfield even received $15,000 in grant money from Nike last May.
“Making these tables in-house is great because before this we just didn’t have good furniture in the district,” Howard said. “Now we will.”
COOS BAY — Coos Bay Police released an advisory checklist for internet shoppers to make the public aware that there are cyber criminals out there who are looking to take advantage of those taking advantage of online deals.
Each year, more people choose to fight long lines by getting their holiday shopping done online. According to the research done by Coos Bay Police, at least half of all online purchases will be on a cell phone or tablet. With that in mind, the police department thought it would helpful to put together a checklist to keep people safe.
If a warning about a site's security certificate appears on a site you are visiting, don't provide your personal or financial information to that site.