Welcome to the 2021-22 school year! While Covid is still with us and still wreaking havoc on many aspects of our life, as of right now, our kids are able to participate in athletics! For that, we are very grateful. Fall is off and running with soccer, cross country, volleyball and football all in full swing. Before looking ahead to this year, it is appropriate that we take a look back to last year. Tanner Fixen was the state champ in not one swimming event, but two! Mauro Michel was a wrestling state champion, and this year he has a chance to be a four-time state champ! Baseball won league for the first time since 2006, and boys' soccer, a perennial powerhouse, won the state title! A banner year indeed for Eagle Athletics.
As we look to what this year might be, things look promising. Boys' soccer is the favorite to repeat as state champs; participation numbers continue to go up across the board including three full volleyball teams and 55 kids playing football. Winter teams will feature some outstanding wrestlers, experienced basketball teams for both boys and girls, the return of Stayton Cheer, some strong swimmers, and the return of the Stayton Highlights. Winter will bring the inevitable rain, but it will also bring tremendous competitors for Eagle Athletes.
Spring will see the Eagles return key players in both baseball and softball, strong track athletes, and game tennis players and golfers. Fingers crossed that all sports will be played without a hitch. It is great to see kids back in school and our athletes competing. It is indeed a great time to be an Eagle.
Degrees and Certifications:
BS Language Arts Western Oregon University MA Language Arts Western Oregon University Initial Administrator's License, George Fox University
Darren Shryock ~ Athletic Director
Darren Shryock became the Athletic Director/Assistant Principal at Stayton High School in 2014. Prior to joining the administrative ranks, Darren taught high school English and coached boys' basketball for 25 years. Although he taught and coached at McKay High School and Silverton High School, Darren and his family have been Stayton residents for many years. His two older girls both graduated from Stayton, and his wife Janet teaches Kindergarten at Sublimity Elementary. After playing basketball at Corban University (formally Western Baptist College), Darren went on to earn his master's degree from Western Oregon University and his Initial Administrator's License from George Fox University. Darren has lived all over the world including Virginia, Ohio, California, and the Philippines.