Prep

Grant battles to key victory

The Generals' offense doesn't quite click, but they beat Lincoln 61-50
By Cliff Pfenning, oregonsports.com

PORTLAND - A season-low total of points in the first quarter might have been just what the Grant Generals needed as they head toward the state playoffs.

After putting up just six points in the first quarter and trailing by as many as 10 points in the half, Grant rallied behind solid defense and strong passing to overcome an inspired performance by Lincoln, 61-50, in a PIL boys basketball game Tuesday at Lincoln.

Grant got 15 points from junior Kelton Samore, and 14 points each from senior Noel Bangsberg and sophomore Aaron Deloney to improve to 14-8 overall and 12-3 in league play with one game left against Benson. The Generals are ranked No. 9 by the OSAA calculations, which would put them in position to play host to possibly two games in the state playoffs next week.

"I told them that's playoff basketball, at it's best for us," Grant coach Robert Key said of his post-game team meeting. "One of the best wins on the road for us all season."

Lincoln got 15 points from junior Bryce Sloan, but got outscored 22-6 in the fourth quarter and dropped to 13-8, 10-5 with its OSAA ranking at 16. At No. 16, the Cardinals would play host to a first-round playoff game.

Grant entered the game with the idea a win would boost its resume to a ranking of No. 8, with a key factor being its strength of schedule that includes top-ranked Jefferson twice as well as No. 2 West Linn twice. All four games were among its eight losses. At No. 9, they would only play host to the first-round game and play the second round at the 8th seed unless that team lost in the first round.

The resume boost looked shaky in the first eight minutes as the Generals missed lay-ups and an array of outside shots, scoring just six points and trailing 14-6 after one quarter. The team ramped up its offense to trail just 29-24 at halftime and finally got the lead at 37-36 on an offensive rebound by the 6-foot-9 Samore with 3:16 left in the third quarter.

Lincoln finished out the quarter with an 8-2 run and led 44-39 with eight minutes left. But, the Cardinals scored only one point in the first five minutes of the quarter and strong free-throw shooting by Deloney - who made nine of this 10 free throws, boosted the Generals to the win.

 

 

 

Jesuit, Sunset snag swim titles

Sunset's girls, Jesuit's boys keep Metro League in control
Staff report

GRESHAM - In one of the closest finishes in the state's history of swimming, Sunset rallied in the final event and won the Class 6A girls title by slightly less than four seconds at Mt. Hood Community College Saturday.

The Apollos won the final event, the 400-meter freestyle relay, by 3.38 seconds to beat Jesuit 203-199 in the overall standings. With Jesuit out of entries and not in the final, Sunset needed to win the event to overtake the Crusaders, and did when freshman Tia Lindsey hit the wall, finishing in 3 minutes, 36.50 seconds to score 32 points. Lakeridge finished second in 3:40.38.

Jesuit, which featured three seniors on its final relay squad, won the 400-freestyle relay on the boys side and easily outscored Sunset, 246-113, to win the state title for the third consecutive year, a string that followed four-straight titles by Sunset.

A team from the Metro League has won the girls title for 13 consecutive years.

Individually, Centennial senior Jamie Stone won the 50 and 100 freestyle finals for the fourth consecutive year, making her one of the state's top individual at a historic level.

In other finals, Bend won the Class 5A girls title for the second time in three years, while Hillsboro won on the boys side.

At Class 4A, Sweet Home won both the boys and girls championships, defending its girls title from a year ago and winning a boys title for the first time since 2010.

 

 

 

 

Benson eyes PIL title, playoffs

Techsters dispatch Cleveland, gear up for playoff run
By Cliff Pfenning, oregonsports.com

PORTLAND - Benson's season of success kept moving forward Friday with a 74-36 victory over host Cleveland in PIL girls basketball action.

Sophomore Taylor LyDay scored 20 points, sophomore Makenzy Porter added 15 and sophomore Mahogany Menefee hit four three-point shots and finished with 12 points in the win, which helped the team get one step closer to its ultimate goal: reach the state tournament for the first time since 1996.

The Techsters, who made 11 three-pointers and improved to 18-3 on the season, 13-1 in league play, while Cleveland dropped to 12-8 overall, 9-6.

Junior Julia Downing scored 15 points to lead the Warriors, who honored their three seniors: Elena Matt, Luisa Potestio and Tynesha Parnell prior to the game.

Benson beat No. 3 Grant a week earlier, and sits atop the PIL standings tied with the Generals with two regular-season games to play. Cleveland plays at Benson Monday in its season finale, while Benson follows Tuesday with it's final game at home against Franklin.

The Class 6A state playoffs begin March 1 with the first of two play-in rounds. The state tournament is set for March 9-11 at the University of Portland.

A year after reaching the

Benson started the season with narrow losses to Jesuit and Canby, but has won 18 of its last 19 games, falling just to Grant, 64-44 on Jan. 28. Defense has been the key, coach Eric Knox said Friday, to those wins. Only Grant has been able to score more than 50 points per game against the Techsters. Benson has scored more than 50 points in all but five games - three of them losses.

 

 

 

West Linn aims for historic boys 5-peat

The post-Payton Pritchard Lions are still solid as tournament play nears
By Cliff Pfenning, oregonsports.com

In what would be a first for boys basketball in Oregon, West Linn high is on a path to win five consecutive titles as the state playoffs near.

The Lions rode standout Payton Pritchard to Class 6A titles the past four seasons, and are ranked No. 2 according to the OSAA.

Only Jesuit has won four-straight titles in boys basketball, ironically, winning those the four years prior to West Linn's run.

Standing in West Linn's way is North Portland power Jefferson, which has won five titles in the past nine seasons. All of them, though, have been at Class 5A. This season, Jefferson is ranked No. 1 having a win over West Linn, 90-77, under its belt. The Lions have won 12-straight games since that loss, Jan. 16.

Jefferson, 20-1, lost only to Gonzaga College of Washington, D.C., during the Les Schwab Invitational in December.

State playoffs begin for 6A, 5A and 4A teams Feb. 28 with the round of 32 for 6A teams. The state tournaments are set to begin March 8 at the Chiles Center for 6A, Gill Coliseum for 5A, and in Forest Grove for 4A.

The round of 16 begins for 3A, 2A and 1A schools on Friday with defending 3A champion Dayton is ranked No. 1 heading for a home game against St. Mary's of Medford. The 3A tournament plays out March 1-3 in Coos Bay, while the 2A tournament is at the Pendleton Convention Center, and 1A is at Baker High School.

The Class 1A tournament heads for its round of 16 play Friday after eight opening-round games Tuesday that sent winners to match-ups for the eight league champions.

 

 

 

 

 

McMinnville finally steps up

Grizzlies win first cheerleading state title
By Cliff Pfenning, oregonsports.com

PORTLAND – McMinnville officially joined the ranks of the state's elite cheerleading programs Saturday by winning it's first state title in the annual OSAA championship at Memorial Coliseum.

The Grizzlies upset four-time defending champion Thurston to win the Coed Large division, setting off a massive celebration amongst the teams athletes and coaches.

In the all-day competition, Newberg won it's fifth consecutive title, edging David Douglas for the Coed Small title, while Westview returned to the ranks of title winners in the 6A division after a five-year layoff.

South Albany defended its title at 5A, Gladstone won at 4A after finishing second last year and Delphian of Sheridan defended its title in the 3A division.

McMinnville's program has been on the cusp of a title for years, finishing second in 2009, '13 and last year. But, the win this year was somewhat out of the blue as the team had finished second in competitions five times in January to three different teams: Centennial, Lebanon and Thurston. Saturday, the Grizzlies performed near flawlessly, and edged the Colts 181.40 to 178.20 in overall judging. Lebanon finished third, and Centennial placed fifth behind Hidden Valley.

The title was the first in an OSAA sport or activity since the girls swim team won in 2004.

Westview won five title in six years through 2012, but crosstown rival Aloha won three of the next four years at 6A. Saturday, Westview edged Aloha 190.50-180.90.

Newberg won the past four years in the 6A Small division, but moved to the Coed Small division this year after adding a male teammate, who girls on the team had been urging to join for three years, they said. Moving to that division put the Tigers up against David Douglas, which won the division last year, and had won at 6A Large in 2015.

Although David Douglas had a strong performance, scoring 200.70, Newberg hit the day's top score at 210.90. South Albany had the second highest score at 204.40, winning by 21 points over The Dalles.

South Albany had the day's top score for its overall routine, edging David Douglas in that category 59-58.

Gladstone's win at 4A reversed last year's top finishers as the Gladiators beat defending champion Sweet Home by just 0.20 points: 175.80-175.60. Henley placed third at 172.20.

Delphian's performance, scoring 170.30, would have put it in the top five in the next highest divisions despite having only one senior on its roster.

TEAM ROSTERS

DELPHIAN DRAGONS

CAPTAINS: Eva Drazkowski, Jr., Maxine Anderson, Jr.

Agatha Sanchis, Sr., Andrea Prado, Jr., Cat Veliz, Jr., Chiara Gentile, Jr., Fernanda Careaga, Jr., Ivy Ramos, Jr., McKenna Anderson, Jr., Alba Arguello, Soph., Claudia Prado, Soph., Daniella Porras, Soph., J'aena Arellano-Desirey, Soph., Lou Ella Taufer, Soph., Pruette Karl, Soph., Siena Schofield, Soph., Emer Dayton, Fr., Jolie Ramos, Fr., Lexi Lorenzini, Fr., Quinn Bennett, Fr. Alt: Haleigh Simington, Fr.

COACH: Kelly Olivares.

GLADSTONE GLADIATORS

CAPTAIN: Salina Scharbrough, Sr.

Hannah Meyer, Sr., Kylee Schassen, Sr., Taylar Schassen, Sr., Adrianna Hauge, Jr., Kiley Vasquez, Jr., Madison Mogil, Jr., Makaila Kribs, Jr., Aly Rice, Soph., Aaliya Feinberg, Fr., Alma Leal, Fr., Evie Garber, Fr., Kalia Ortiz, Fr., Leah Marchello, Fr., Malia Chan, Fr.

COACH: Angie Schassen.

MCMINNVILLE GRIZZLIES

CAPTAIN: Maranda McCormick, Sr.

Daniel Salewski, Sr., Haley Schoenthal, Sr., Jordan Burgess, Sr., Julian Lemus, Sr., MaKinzee Duddles, Sr., Malayna McCormick, Sr., Merica Zoch, Sr., Nancy Macias, Sr., Rochelle Schoenthal, Sr., Roho Rosales, Sr., Valeria Solan, Sr., Eliza Payne, Jr., Maddie Farley, Jr., Mariana Flores, Jr., Sandra Marin, Jr., Abby Brown, Soph., Danyell Duffey, Fr., Kristina Fornof, Fr., Lexi Esperanza, Fr. Alt: Jessie Bevan, Jr., Mady Chesnik, Jr.

COACH: Tracy Brandt.

NEWBERG TIGERS

CAPTAINS: Breanne Craig, Sr., Emma Dummer, Sr., Kalia Thornton, Sr., Kylie Ragust, Sr.

Adam Merkle, Sr., Kaitlyn Russo, Sr., Sierra Bates, Sr., Darien Payne, Soph., Jade Spensley, Soph., Katie Raugust, Soph., Natalie Nelson, Soph., Raechel Thomson, Soph.,

Sophie Odam, Soph., Theresa Lundgren, Fr. Alt: Yazmin Jones, Soph., Olivia Brodeur, Fr.

COACH: Lisa Berg.

SOUTH ALBANY REBELS

CAPTAINS: Courtney Legore, Sr., Jade Verdugo, Sr., Paige Sadowsky, Sr., Sam Huff, Sr., Addy Marks, Jr.

Emma Bartley, Sr., Keya Guyette, Jr., Sam Dittmer, Jr., Jenna Levit, Soph., Macayla Rodarte, Soph., Serra Seyler, Soph., Alyssa Marstall, Fr., Grace Sitton, Fr., Sabrina Luckenbach, Fr., Summer Ohling, Fr. Alt: Yeimi Lopez Leon, Sr.

COACH: Courtney Schamp.

WESTVIEW WILDCATS

Deanna Garzillo, Sr., Emily Brant, Sr., Emma Short, Sr., Rina Easterday, Sr., Tessa Thalmann, Sr., Tori Bloodworth, Sr., Caelan Stein, Jr., Danielle Shook, Jr., Jacki Sanchez, Jr., Kaila Gallion, Jr., Kaileen Wolfe, Jr., Kendall Beranek, Jr., Sam Casani, Jr., Anna Squitieri, Soph., Amanda LeFore, Fr., Annika Brewer, Fr., Harley Hicks, Fr., Maria Prestidge, Fr., Olivia Beranek, Fr. Alt: Mia Capetillo, Fr.

COACH: Melissa Hoekert.

 

 

 

 

State hoop finals begin

Top seeds among champions in first weekend of tournaments
March 5, 2015 / Staff report

The first wave of state basketball championship tournaments played out during the weekend at sites across the state.

At Class 3A, sixth-seeded St. Mary's of Medford beat No. 4 seed De La Salle North of Portland 59-53 in a stellar boys final at Marshfield High School.

Top-seed Dayton ran out to a 40-25 edge after two quarters and won the girls title 56-42 over Amity.

St. Mary's had a 7-2 run in the final two minutes in the boys final.

Teddi Hop had 18 points and Shawnie Spink added 12 points and 12 rebounds for Dayon in the girls final.

 

At Class 2A, second seeded Vernonia beat top seed Regis 57-49 to win the boys title, while top-seed Kennedy beat Burns 52-32 in the girls final at the Pendleton Convention Center.

Tristam Adams led three Vernonia players in double figures with 14 points.

Kenzie Ratliff scored 25 points to lead Kennedy in its win.

 

At Class 1A, the Sherman boys and Country Christian girls won titles in the tournament at Baker City.

Sherman rallied in the second half to beat Columbia Christian 53-45, winning the second two quarters 35-22.

Country Christian forced 22 turnovers in its 54-37 win over North Douglas. Kennedy Nofziger scored a game-high 18 points for Country Christian.

 

Jesuit ends with perfection

Crusaders dominate the state tournament for another title
Nov. 7, 2015

HILLSBORO - They were almost perfect - the Jesuit Crusaders.

Powered by 6-foot-3 middle blocker Jasmine Gross, Jesuit won the OSAA Class 6A Volleyball tournament Saturday night at Liberty High School, beating crosstown rival Central Catholic 22-25, 25-23, 25-15, 25-22 to finish the season 32-0.

The unbeaten record was nearly perfect, too, as the team lost just two games all season, including the first game of the final to the Rams.

Gross and outside hitter Nicole Peterson were named to the all-tournament first team.

In other finals, Summit of Bend beat LaSalle of Milwaukie in three games for the 5A title at Liberty High as well.

In Forest Grove, top-seeded Banks beat Sisters in three games for the 4A title, while Vale outlasted Creswell in five games for the 3A title, earning the win 15-11 in the fifth game.

And at Redmond's Ridgeview High, top-seeded Burns swept through Culver in three games for the 2A title, and Country Christian beat Hosanna Christian in three games for the 1A title.

 

 

Donaghu, Wilson score at PIL meet

Grant senior preps for state title defense, Wilson eyes a surprise
Oct. 21, 2015 / By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal

PORTLAND - Grant senior Ella Donaghu got the kind of run she hoped for as preparation for the state cross country meet - even if she didn't get the race she wanted.

Donaghu, the defending Class 6A state champion, ran to victory by more than a minute at the PIL District championships, helping her team win as well at Fernhill Park in Northeast Portland. Her time of 17 minutes, 42.6 seconds established an unofficial meet record.

Lincoln freshman Kyla Becker finished second in 18:59.4. The Cardinals finished second as a team.

In the boys final, Wilson sophomore Alex Slenning took charge at the mid-point and ran to victory, helping the Trojans upset favored Lincoln in the team race as well.

Slenning won at 15:42.5, with junior teammate Caleb Seely finishing second in 15:54.4.

Lincoln, led by senior Avi Meyer (15:57.3) in third, placed all five of its scoring runners in the top 10, and all seven of its runners in the top 16, but Wilson's second-half surge earned the team win as it placed its five scoring runners in the top 15. Lincoln held five of the top 6 spots at 2,500 meters before fading.

Both Wilson and Lincoln are headed to the state meet with visions of winning, which would give the district its first boys team champion since 1983.

The OSAA championships are set for Lane Community College in Eugene, Oct. 31. Central Catholic has won the past three boys titles and eight of the last 12. South Eugene is the defending girls champion.

 

 

District meets show up on horizon

Cross country teams will pare down to state finalists soon
Oct. 12, 2015 / By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal

With less than a fortnight before the first OSAA state finals, cross country teams across Oregon are beginning final preparations for the district/league/conference finals that will result in the line-ups for the championships, Oct. 31, in Eugene.

Most of the meets will take place Oct. 21, from Portland to Grants Pass.

The state is divided into four classifications for cross country.

Summit enters with the state's longest run of championships, with its girls team having won the past seven Class 5A finals. Union/Cove has a run of four consecutive Class 3A girls titles, the Summit boys have a run of four-straight 5A titles and Central Catholic has won the last three 6A boys titles.

Here are the district meet venues.

CLASS 6A

Wed., Oct. 21

PIL - Fernwood Park, Portland

METRO - Tualatin Hills Recreation Center, Beaverton

METRO - Centennial High, Gresham

THREE RIVERS - Clackamas Community College, Oregon City

GREATER VALLEY - Bush Park, Salem

SOUTHWEST - All Sports Park, Grants Pass

CLASS 5A

Wed., Oct 21

MID-WILLAMETTE - Crystal Lake Sports Park, Corvallis

MIDWESTERN - Jackson County Expo Center, Central Point

NORTHWEST OREGON - Meriwether National Golf Club, Hillsboro

Fri., Oct. 23

INTERMOUNTAIN - Drake Park, Bend

Sat. Oct. 24

COLUMBIA RIVER - Sorosis Park, The Dalles

CLASS 4A

Wed., Oct. 21

TRI-VALLEY - McIver State Park, Estacada

SKYLINE - Jackson County Expo Center, Central Point

SKY-EM - Lane Community College, Eugene

COWAPA - Camp Rilea, Seaside

Thurs., Oct. 22

FAR WEST - Tugman State Park, North Bend

Fri., Oct. 23

GREATER OREGON - Baker City Golf Course

Sat., Oct. 24

OREGON WEST - Willamette Mission State Park, Brooks

CLASSS 3A

Thurs., Oct. 22

DISTRICT 1 - Tualatin Hills Recreation Center, Beaverton

DISTRIST 2 - Bush Park, Salem

DISTRICT 3 - Bush Park, Salem

DISTRICT 4 - Lane Community College, Eugene

 

 

Young runners lead regional meet

Sunset, Summit head Nike XC championships
Sept. 26, 2015 / By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal

PORTLAND - Sunset freshman Ember Stratton helped put her team squarely in the role of favorite to win the girls state cross country title with an individual victory at the Nike XC Portland meet Saturday at Portland Meadows.

And, her teammates followed her lead.

Stratton ran to a six-second victory over the 5,000-meter course, and the Apollos won the team title scoring just 50 points on the sun-filled day.

Sunset easily beat Cherry Creek, Colo., to win the team title, with Summit of Bend third.

 

 

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