Class of 2012 heads for spring championships

Golf, tennis, track and field, softball and baseball close out prep sports year
April 9, 2012

The third and final season of high school sports is underway with OSAA state championships in five sports ready to play out beginning in mid-May.

Golf, tennis, track and field, softball and baseball have state finals that lead to the Class of 2012 graduating in six classifications.


The golf season concludes for boys and girls at four courses around the state, Monday and Tuesday, May 14-15.

The Class 6A and 5A boys tournament is held at Emerald Valley Golf Club in Creswell, while the 6A and 5A girls tournament is held at Trysting Tree Golf Club in Corvallis.

Quail Valley Golf Course in Banks plays host to the 4A and 3A boys tournament, while Eagle Crest Resort in Redmond is host to the 4A and 3A girls tournament.


The prep tennis community features three classifications, with championships at three sites, May 17-19.

Boys in Class 6A and 5A play out their seasons at the Tualatin Hills Tennis Center, while 6A and 5A girls close at the Portland Tennis Center. The Class 4A tournament is held at the University of Oregon.


Track and field is the lone spring sport with six championships, with two sites each playing host to three classifications.

The Class 3A, 2A and 1A meet is held at Western Oregon University, May 18-19, while the 6A, 5A and 4A meet is held at the University of Oregon's Hayward Field, May 25-26.


The complex at Oregon State University plays host to the five classifications with finals, June 1 and 2.


Volcanoes Stadium, the home of the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes of the Northwest League, is host for Class 6A through 2A finals, June 1 and 2.

Softball Series takes over Southwest Portland

Southern teams again figure as favorites
By Cliff Pfenning, oregonsports.com

The world of youth softball celebrated another year of championship play at Alpenrose Dairy Wednesday.

Ten teams, including one from Beaverton and four from international locales, showed off their tournament uniforms during the opening ceremony of the Little League Softball World Series. The tournament begins Thursday with pool play, and concludes Aug. 17. The semifinals and final will be televised live on ESPN2.

Midway of Waco, Texas, returned after a two-year absence and will attempt to win its 12th Series title against a field of almost complete newcomers. Of the six U.S. teams, only Sterling, Illinois, the Central champions, have been to the tournament.

Wilkes County is the first team from North Carolina to appear in the Series.

Willow Creek, from the host District 4, is making its first appearance as well.

Warner Robins, Ga., the defending champion, lost in its state tournament.

Summit keeps dominance going

Bend team wins fourth girls title in five years
By Cliff Pfenning, oregonsports.com

  The state's spring high school sports championships began Monday and Tuesday with golf tournaments across the state, and Lake Oswego and Corvallis carried the day by winning their first titles - both on the Trysting Tree course in Corvallis. The state gets back to prep title action this weekend with tennis and 3A/2A/1A track and field.

  The golf highlights:

  Lake Oswego, powered by a standout effort from senior Tye Gabriel, expanded its two-stroke lead to a 10-stroke win over Redmond to win its first title since 1972. Gabriel rebounded from a round of 76 to shoot even-par 72 and close at 148, which tied for the individual title. Senior Landon Moore shot 150 to lead the Panthers to second place, the second time it's finished there in three years. Gabe Robles-Elles, a senior from Westview, also shot 148 to tie for the individual title.

  West Linn shot the low round of the tournament and overcame first-day leader Jesuit to win its first title by 14 strokes over the Crusaders. Junior Morgan Thompson led the second-day surge by shooting 1-over 73 to finish at 145, two shots form the individual title. Junior Sharon Shin shot 147 to back Thompson's score. Jesuit had three scorers under 80 on the first day, but no one under 80 on Tuesday. Tualatin senior Seshia-Lei Telles, the first-day leader at 71, shot 72 and won the individual title at 1-under 143.

  Corvallis held its 7-stroke lead from day one and won its first team title, while Summit finished second. Senior Roan Dickey shot 148 - three strokes off the individual title, to lead the Spartans, who also got a 149 from freshman Hogan Arey. Wilsonville senior Jesse Salzwedel shot 145 for the two days for the individual title.

  Summit of Bend won its fourth title in five years with a 7-stroke cushion over Crescent Valley, which trailed by just two strokes after the first day. Sophomore Kristen Parr led the Storm with a 157. Churchill sophomore Caroline Inglis shot 1-under 143 to win the individual title by one stroke over Wilsonville sophomore Juhee Lee. Summit's title run includes a win in the final year of four classifications, when it beat Jesuit by 20 strokes.

  Marist maintained its eight-stroke lead from the first day to beat La Salle and win its third title in five years. Sophomore Brent Pollock shot 152, which tied for second, to lead the Spartans. Gladstone junior Austin Landis shot 150 for the two days to win the individual title. Senior Kyle Dearing of Henley also shot 152.

  Molalla blew up from its first-day lead, but still won by three strokes over St. Mary's. The Indians led by 15 strokes after the first day after shooting 339, but shot 356 on the second day. St. Mary's dropped from 354 to 344 to make the margin exciting. Junior Lindsay Harmon of Valley Catholic won the individual title at 149.

  Catlin Gabel turned its 10-stroke lead from Day 1 into a 25-stroke win to defend its title, alb by senior Matt McCarron, who won the individual title at 147.


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