Here we go! The 2019-20 school year is upon us. New principal Susanne Stefani has been using the phrase "On the Rise" to talk about where Stayton High School is overall. That phrase certainly fits when talking specifically about Eagle Athletics. Last year was a banner year that saw the girls' soccer team win their first league championship in school history, both girls' and boys' basketball teams crowned as league champions, and the Stayton Highlights dance team add to their collection with another state championship trophy! Add in a number of play-off appearances and state placings, and the Eagles were very successful during the 2018-19 campaign.
Things look good again this year. The football team, led by legendary Coach Randy Nyquist, has been turning heads. Competing primarily against schools larger than Stayton, the boys more than held their own winning many 7 on 7 games this summer. They are set up to have an excellent season. Both soccer teams return some key players and look to build on the success they had last year. Volleyball has a mix of veteran players and some youngsters eager to prove themselves at the varsity level. Cross country returns stand out runners Ben Kirby and Hailey Notman, who each recently broke school records, so good things should be in store for XC. Cheer is eager to perform as they begin year two with Coach Jacalyn Reddy. And that only covers the fall!
Overall, things are looking good for the Eagles. The Boosters and facilities team here at school have made the grounds look great with new projects happening all the time. As always, we encourage you to come support our athletes. Remember to cheer for our athletes, support our coaches, stay off the officials, and respect our opponents. It is shaping up to be another fantastic year!
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.