The Rams beat McKay to reach soccer finals against Jesuit
Nov. 12, 2013
For the third week in a row, Central Catholic High will be competing for a state championship on Saturday.
With a 3-0 victory over McKay of Salem Tuesday, the Rams will play for the Class 6A boys soccer state title at Hillsboro Stadium. There, they'll meet Portland-area rival Jesuit, which beat West Linn 2-0 in its semifinal.
Central Catholic won the boys cross country state title Nov. 2, and played in the volleyball state final Saturday, losing to Lakeridge to finish second.
One key point of the soccer final is that one of the teams will, at least technically, have to allow a goal. Both teams qualified for the final without allowing a goal. Central Catholic outscored its four opponents 11-0, while Jesuit - the defending champion - outscored its four opponents 18-0, including a 9-0 victory over Barlow in the first round.
Game time for the final is 3:30 p.m.
Saturday's final will feature a new champion as upstart Hood River Valley beat three-time defending champion Woodburn 3-1 in overtime Tuesday. In the final, set for 10:20 a.m. at Hillsboro Stadium, they Eagles will meet Summit of Bend, which beat Wilsonville 2-0 in its semifinal.
A pair of underdogs, Henley and Sisters, will meet in the final at 3:30 p.m. at Liberty High. Henley, seeded fifth in the 16-team playoff bracket, beat North Bend 4-0 in its semifinal, while Sisters, seeded seventh, beat Philomath 2-0.
Eighth-seeded St. Mary's of Medford will meet third-seed Oregon Episcopal after both teams won road games Tuesday. For St. Mary's, the trip will be its third to the Portland-area in eight days. OES made the lengthy drive to Riverside for a 2-1 win.
In the girls semifinals, Tualatin scored a major upset by beating Jesuit 2-0 at Jesuit. The goals Tualatin scored were the only two the Crusaders allowed all season.
In the final, the Timberwolves will face Sunset, which beat neighboring Westview 1-0 in overtime. The game is set for 6 p.m. at Hillsboro Stadium.
Top seed and defending champion Summit will face upstart Wilson in the final at Hillsboro Stadium at 1 p.m. The Storm beat crosstown rival Bend 2-1 in its semi, while Wilson, seeded 15th, beat third seed Wilsonville 3-1 in its third straight road win.
Top seed LaGrande will face third seed Scappoose in the final at Liberty High. Both teams played all three of their playoff games at home, with LaGrande beating North Bend 1-0 in its semifinal, while Scappoose beat 3-1 in its semi.
Top-seeded Oregon Episcopal will face second seed Valley Catholic in the final at Liberty High. Neither team allowed a goal in their two playoff wins.
Last year, the Sunset boys swim team entered the Class 6A state championships as a slight underdog to win the team race. But they did, finishing ahead of defending champion Grant, 46 years after the school’s first title.
This year, Sunset is a clear favorite to win.
The Apollos are coming off a dominant performance in the Metro League district meet and will carry that momentum into the state meet that begins Friday at Mt. Hood Community College.
Cameron Stitt, last year’s star for Sunset, will be looked upon to help carry the Apollos again.
Stitt broke a district meet record in the 500 yard freestyle and also earned All-American consideration with his win in the 200 freestyle. He posted the top qualifying times in both events for the state meet.
“Everyone’s doing really well so it’s looking good,” Stitt said after Saturday’s district finals. “If we do well we definitely have a good chance of winning it.”
Teammate Cole Hurwitz also had a stellar district meet, breaking a district record in the 100 breaststroke and placing first in the 200 individual medley.
Hurwitz edged his brother Jordan and teammate Kasey Kwong in the breaststroke, one of the team’s most competitive events in practices. “We have a lot of great breaststrokers,” he said, “so it’s always kind of a dog fight to see who gets first.
“Getting a lot of people back into state – like 1, 2 or 1, 2, 3 – in a lot of events shows we are going to have a lot of depth.”
Although the district meet proved successful for the Apollos, that doesn’t mean guaranteed success in the state event.
“We have to be smart,” said Jonathon Zoucha, a member of two of the winning relays. “Cooling down and making sure you swim fast in the prelims to make sure you make it to the finals.”
Zoucha also qualified with the third fastest time in 6A in the 500 freestyle.
Sunset was able to qualify into three relays for the state meet and coach Adam Farber pointed to that as a major key for their chance at a repeat.
“Last year we had two so that should be a big help,” Farber said.
Sunset qualified second, behind Tualatin, in the 200 medley relay and second in the 400 freestyle behind McMinnville.
After his team’s domination in the district meet, a meet they didn’t win last year entering the state finals, Farber said his team’s confidence is ready to power it to a repeat.
“We have some guys that are real strong and are going to sit at the top in anything they do,” he said. “We’re looking to do well.”
SUNSET CLAIMS METRO LEAGUE TITLE
The Sunset boys and Jesuit girls swam away with 2012 Metro 6A-1 district swimming titles on Saturday afternoon.
Sunset, the defending boys state champs, earned 435 points, nearly 100 points ahead of second place Jesuit.
Cameron Stitt and Cole Hurwitz came up big for the Apollos as each earned two individual victories and two relay victories.
Stitt took a first in the 200 freestyle and 500 freestyle and earned All-American consideration for both. Stitt broke the meet record in the 500 freestyle with a time, 4:32.39, more than two second faster than the previous record.
Hurwitz also broke a meet record with his first place finish in the 100 yard breaststroke. Hurwitz also took first in the 200 individual medley. Stitt and Hurwitz were both members of the 400 free and 200 medley teams that took first place finishes for Sunset.
“I felt pretty good,” Stitt said of his meet record, “but I think when state comes I'll be able to drop even more time.”
The state meet record in the 500 freestyle, set by Alex Stiles of Lincoln at 4:27.33, is the oldest one left for boys or girls having survived since 1984.
Hurwitz's response to the record was nearly the same as Stitt's. “It feels pretty good,” he said. “I was close last year so it was good to finally get it.”
Jonathan Zoucha and Jordan Hurwitz were the other two members in the winning relays for Sunset. Zoucha also earned a victory in the 100 yard free.
Max Yakubovich of Southridge swam to victories in the 100 yard backstroke and 100 yard butterfly.
Jesuit's Blaise Wittenauer-Lee was the big performer on the girls side as she helped lead the Crusaders, the defending state champions, to the team victory. Wittenauer-Lee picked up individual wins in the 500 yard freestyle and 200 IM. She was also a member of the 400 freestyle relay and 200 medley relay teams that picked up first place finishes.
Sunset's Lotta Novotny earned wins in the 200 and 100 freestyle.
“Excitement. It was a lot of fun to watch,” Sunset coach Adam Farber said after the meet was complete. “It was nice to see us step up and get this meet.”