Casey Campbell | Gazette-Times. (12/3/07) Philomath’s David Sturner grabs a rebound against Cottage Grove. Sturner had 22 points and 13 rebounds in the victory.

History of the Program

  • Coach Blake Ecker, 2002—present (Ecker was an all-state performer for the Warriors. He also played at Linn-Benton Community College and San Joaquin Delta in California before playing in France.)
  • Eddie Van Vlack, assistant
  • David Timpe, assistant
  • Coach Dave Garvin, 1985—2002 (In 17 seasons at Philomath, Garvin's record stands at 261-149).

Game Details By Year

Games We'll Never Forget

A family affair: After three tries, Dave Garvin and Philomath can finally savor a state title, March 10, 2002

Boys Basketball in the News Gazette-Times File photo/Mid-Valley Sports Former Philomath coach Dave Garvin hugs son Logan after the Warriors' 2002 state title victory. Dave Garvin was named 2002 national coach of the year. Pride and joy (Former Philomath coach named nation's best), March 31, 2003

The next chapter (Philomath's Garvin leaves coaching after 26-year career), March 25, 2002

Alumni Watch

2007-2008 standout David Sturner is a walk-on with the Beavers. WIGGINS | Gazette-Times (1-28-09) Philomath High graduate David Sturner, a walkon freshman with the Oregon State men’s basketball team, shoots a jumper at the November 8 game in the 82-57 win against Concordia.

2006-2007 standout Ben Motter is a walkon with the OSU Beaver football team. For more info check out "alumni news" under Football.

Valco League player of the year in 2004, Jake Kettles went on to play for Clackamas Community College and Colorado Christian University.

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Memory Lane

Image links courtesty of the Gazette-Times archives. In order to view the article accompanying the image, "click" on the date. Andy Cripe/Corvallis Gazette-Times (12/16/06) Philomath defenders Derek Davis, left, and Ben Motter try to block the shot of Marist post Rahkim Price during Friday night’s nonleague game in Philomath. Tiffany Brown/Mid-Valley Sports (3/13/04) Philomath's Greg Oliver shoots for two over the Ontario Tigers' Jake Lacey at Gill Coliseum Friday morning. The Warriors rallied late in the game to advance to today's fourth-place game. Ryan Gardner/Mid-Valley Sports (3/10/04) Jake Kettles, the ValCo League's player of the year, is making his fourth appearance in the tournament. Ryan Gardner/Mid-Valley Sports (3/2/04) Philomath's John Gaskill is fouled as he drives to the basket Tuesday evening.