Repeat champ challenges are all over in football

Hillsboro, Marist move up to cause problems
By Cliff Pfenning,

It just might be the year for the Jefferson Democrats.

For the past four seasons, the Democrats of the Portland Interscholastic League have moved one step closer to winning the school's first football state title in more than 50 years.

They reached the Class 5A state title game last year before losing to Hillsboro.

Although the Spartans return a key part of their team in state Player of the Year Colt Lyerla, Hillsboro isn't a 5A team anymore after moving up to 6A through reclassification.

Class 4A ranks headed for stellar race

Class 5A opens up with Crook County's reclassification
By Cliff Pfenning,

It’s not often that a state title race features a pair of defending state champions, but that’s how Class 4A volleyball will open the season.

Crook County won its fourth-straight Class 5A title last season, then dropped to Class 4A as part of the reclassification plan.

Sisters won its second Class 4A title in three years in November. The Outlaws have played in the past three finals.

In Class 6A, Central Catholic figures to be a strong contender to repeat as champion with Jesuit, last season’s runner-up, again posing the most significant challenge.


Summit keeps dominance going

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

  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.


Roseburg heads list of team winners at state meet

Hermiston, Burns, Culver keep streaks alive
By Kevin Mealy,

PORTLAND - In a night dominated by traditional powerhouses, Roseburg reclaimed its spot atop the class 6A ranks while Hermiston, Burns and Culver all continued title runs at the OSAA/U.S. Bank/Les Schwab Tires state wrestling championships at Memorial Coliseum.

Roseburg won the 6A title for the third time in four years by scoring 298.5 points, just missing the record of 303 set last year by Hermiston at the 5A level. Hermiston finished with 269 points and its fourth-straight title since the OSAA expanded from four classes to six in 2006-07.

Burns won it’s ninth-straight title at Class 3A and Class 2A Culver matched Hermiston with it’s fourth-straight title.

Scappoose scored only its second title by upending defending championg Sweet Home, 195 to 182. The Indians, with a long tradition but only one title in 1974, built an early lead in the tournament and matched the Huskies the rest of the way. Both teams finished with nine place-winners.

The tournament’s traditional powers showed up in several finals that featured intrasquad rivalries. In the round of finals at 119 pounds, CJ Dircksen and Joey Delgado of Hermiston fought it out for the 5A championship one mat from Dan Faas and Reed Van Anrooy of Roseburg who were wrestling for the 6A championship. “It really sucks, because we’re both good buddies,” said Faas, the top-ranked wrester at the weight. “We got milkshakes and Slurpies together this morning, but when it comes to the mat we’re supposed to hurt each other.”

Faas, a senior, won his second state title against his unranked freshman teammate. That match was followed by a pride battle between Reed Van Anrooy’s older brother Drew, and second-place Newberg’s three-time champion Tommy Siciliano. In a spirited and controversial match that had half the Coliseum’s spectators on their feet, Siciliano did just enough to hold off Van Anrooy and become the 18th wrestler in Oregon history to win four titles.

Siciliano survived an apparent late takedown by Van Anrooy - which was reversed for the two being out of bounds, and won 3-2 as fans booed for his stalling in the final 15 seconds.

Siciliano was so nervous that he spent much of his post-match celebration throwing up in a garbage can while being slapped on the back by jubilant teammates.

In Class 3A, Burns, which won the title last year by just 2.5 points, scored a 38-point victory over Reedsport, which won a pair head-to-head championship finals.

Burns senior Dallas Root won the 125-pound title for the Hilanders as well as his family.

“I’ve wrestled since the fourth grade, so that’s nine years, and I have two older brothers who wrestled,” Root said. “It’s always been a dream to have a state champion in the family and in my final year, now we do.” Culver took home the Class 2A title by outscoring Lowell 139.5-95.

The Bulldogs have won or finished runner-up in eight of the last nine years.

Hood River boys snap long, frustrating streak

Jesuit girls claim team title
By Cliff Pfenning,

GOVERNMENT CAMP - Hood River Valley, led by a dominating performance from its boys team, won the combined title for the first time in more than 15 years at the Oregon Interscholastic Ski Racing Association state finals Thursday and Friday at Mt. Hood Meadows.

Colton Swearingen won the giant slalom and finished third in the slalom to claim the boys individual title and lead the boys team to the top combined finish.

Hood River's girls got a seventh-place finish from Morgan Nance, but its depth helped it finish second in the team standings.

Mckenzie Burns of West Linn won the giant slalom and finished third in the slalom to claim the girls individual title.

Jesuit won the girls combined title, but its boys team finished sixth and it took third in the combined standings, one spot behind 2009 state champion Summit.

Oregon Interscholastic Ski Racing Association
State Championships, March 4-5
Mt. Hood Meadows

1. Hood River Valley, 2. Summit, 3. Jesuit, 4. Bend, 5. South Eugene, 6. West Linn, 7. Oregon Episcopal, 8. Ashland, 9. Southridge, 10. Lake Oswego, 11. Corvallis, 12. Lakeridge, 13. Sunset.

1. Ricki Swearingen, Hood River Valley, 1:27.33; 2. Alicia McCord, Oregon Episcopal, 1:30.85; 3. Mckenzie Burns, West Linn, 1:30.89; 4. Dena Horstkotte, Jesuit, 1:31.29; 5. Ciara Timm, Bend, 1:31.93.
1. McKenzie Burns, West Linn, 1:53.92; 2. Ciara Timm, Bend, 1:53.92; 3. Ellie Mattson, South Eugene, 1:54.15; 4. Kate Puddy, Mountain View, 1:55.18; 5. Morgan Nance, Hood River Valley, 1:56.08.
1. Mckenzie Burns, West Linn; 2. Ciara Timm, Bend; 3. Alicia McCord, Oregon Episcopal; 4. Kate Purdy, Mountain View; 5. Anna Rischitelli, Oregon Episcopal; 6. Kori Coggin, Bend; 7. Morgan Nance, Hood River Valley; 8. Tessa Yost, Jesuit; 9. Maddie Chaves, Ashland; 10. Angelina Mayer, Summit.
1. Jesuit, 2. Hood River Valley. 3. Summit, 4. Bend, 5. Oregon Episcopal.

1. Christian Schuster, Summit, 1:16.08; 2. Jordan Schiemer, Summit, 1:16.23; 3. Colton Swearingen, Hood River Valley, 1:17.26; 4. Mark Whittier, Churchill, 1:17.89; 5. Steven Lantz, Southridge, 1:18.11.
1. Colton Swearingen, Hood River Valley, 1:48.58; 2. Alex Ramsey, West Linn, 1:50.30; 3. Kristoff Fowler, Hood River Valley, 1:51.85; 4. Pierce Whalen, Hood River Valley, 1:52.78; 5. Juhyun Shin, South Eugene, 1:52.84.
1. Colton Swearingen, Hood River Valley; 2. Christian Schuster, Summit; 3. Alex Ramsey, West Linn; 4. Mark Whittier, Churchill; 5. Juhyun Shin, South Eugene; 6. Pierce Whalen, Hood River Valley; 7. Theo Wogan, Klamath Union; 8. Tommy Keil, Grant; 9. Nick Wogan, Klamath Union; 10. Froncisco Soldevilla, Lake Oswego.
1. Hood River Valley, 2. Summit, 3. South Eugene, 4. West Linn, 5. Klamath Union.

Snowboarders dazzle judges as season closes

Halfpipe numbers increase for state finals
By Kevin Mealy,

Boys and girls snowboarders closed out the state meet in the halfpipe at the Oregon Interscholastic Snowboard Association (OISA) Saturday.

  The 11th state championships brought more than 200 prep athletes from nearly 30 schools across Oregon to Mount Hood Meadows Ski Resort for three days of competition beginning on Thursday.

  "The girls did awesome. The guy are throwing down great runs," OISA President Chip Treadwell said. "I think most of the kids had a great time."

  Friday's boy's slopestyle winner Kenny Srofe put on a show for the judges in the halfpipe, putting together back-to-back spins and hoping for his second win of the contest.

  "This pipe's fun, it's nice and fast today," Srofe said following his second run.

  Ryan Jacobsen, head coach of Wilson High School was impressed. "The boys are looking really strong, they've got their tricks down," he said.

  Nathan Langer, head coach of Sandy High School had reason to be optimistic standing at the top of the hill.

  "Our girls took our team slopestyle, our guys took the team slopestyle, the girls took team halfpipe and we've got first and second for halfpipe so far for girls." Langer's team is composed mostly of sophomores and juniors, including sophomore, and girl's slopestyle winner, Sarah Gall.

  "I was just really nervous my second round because my first round I fell, so I had to get my second round otherwise I would have nothing," Gall said. Gall left with the victory in slopestyle Friday and contributed to her team's halfpipe victory Saturday.

  Treadwell felt the weekend was a success, paraphrasing the OISA's mission statement, Treadwell said, "We want to develop high school snowboarders through coaching excellence, individual excellence through team development, and competitive events. If we can do that then we'll have accomplished something."

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