Knappa celebrates state championship in football

2008 — Knappa's Doug Montgomery holds the Class 2A state championship trophy up for the fans after the Loggers fought their way to a 20-6 victory over the Culver Bulldogs.

10 years ago this week — 2008

For the last four weeks, the Knappa football team has heard a familiar tune from fans across the state: “Great job Loggers! Way to go Loggers! Congrats on getting there Loggers ...”

But when it came down to predicting a winner, week after week, the rest of the state just had a hard time in picking boys in Blue & Gold.

To their credit, the Loggers never listened. Or maybe they did.

Either way, the proved ‘em all wrong, and now they have the hardware to prove it.

Knappa overcame an early 6-0 deficit and scored 20 straight points Saturday afternoon in the Class 2A title game as the Loggers defeated the Culver Bulldogs 20-6 at Hillsboro Stadium to win their first-ever state championship.

As the final days of November 2007 passed, climatologists at the National Weather Service warned about conditions that favored the first winter storm of the season. This year, the end of November is a reminder that the anniversary of possibly the worst storm to strike the North Coast in memory is upon us.

Today is the anniversary of the Great Coastal Gale.

Four people died on the North Coast as hurricane-force winds lashed the region for four days. The storm left a lasting mark on towns, forests — and the way North Coast communities deal with disasters.

It was frightening and prolonged. And folks who weathered the Great Coastal Gale will probably never forget the sound of the wind.

But what some people remember best about the storm is neighbors helping neighbors in the recovery effort.

Some commonalities emerged from stories about the storms. Waiting through the night as the constant wind rattled the windows. The bumping and thumping as trees fell and debris blew through.

Clatsop County Interim Manager Andy Anderson is putting together a committee of experts to analyze the Port of Astoria’s planned purchase of North Tongue Point.

The committee’s job will be to tell the Clatsop County Commission whether the Port’s dream industrial property is a good investment of the county’s video lottery funds.

50 years ago — 1968

Roman Catholic Star of the Sea High School in Astoria will probably be closed at the end of this school year, the Very Rev. Francis J. Maloney said.

The provincial superior of the Sisters of the Holy Name, Sister Rose Veronica, wrote members of St. Mary Catholic church last week that the order would withdraw the three sisters now teaching in the high school because of declining enrollment and increasing duties of the sisters.

The Seaside Signal’s criticism of the Job Corps (that newspaper says it looks forward to the elimination of the corps under Richard Nixon “with considerable satisfaction”) is valid only on the surface.

The Signal says it would be more efficient and less costly to give disadvantaged youth remedial education in their own school districts and vocational training in community colleges near their homes.

The ideas sound fine — much more practical than bringing girls from the Deep South and Chicago, Detroit and Los Angeles to Astoria for training.

The problem is that these young people in the rural South and in the cores of the cities are shackled by substandard schooling, poverty, racial discrimination (many of those in the Job Corps are, after all, Negro), and broken family structures. They are not getting the basic education, the job training or the social acceptance necessary to become self-sufficient, and it is necessary to get them out of those environments.

The Northwest Aluminum company project at Warrenton is “moving ahead,” a spokesman for Bell International corporation said Wednesday in New York.

75 years ago — 1943

Enrollment of boys and girls in Oregon’s vocational work program has more than doubled in recent years, Walter W. Morse, state supervisor of trade and industrial education, told members of the Astoria apprenticeship commission Monday night at the regular monthly meeting at the Imperial grill.

The war emergency has shown the need for vocational training and planned assistance for the youth of the state, Morse said, as he complimented the local commission on its work among Astoria boys and girls.

Barometer fans in Astoria were speculating today upon the meaning of a “high glass” which at noon showed extraordinary high readings of 30.41 at the North Head weather bureau station.

This is below the all-time high reached February 16, 1939, when the glass rocketed to 30.79 and was followed some days later by a southwest gale that swept into the low-pressure area created when the high atmospheric pressure rushed away.

Bob Duke is the author of the weekly Water Under the Bridge column in The Astorian. Contact him at

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