by: JEFF GOODMAN - Liliya Benz's district title in the girls javelin competition was among Canby's athletic accomplishments in 2012-13.With the 2012-13 school year in the books, Canby Herald sports editor Jeff Goodman looks back at the three sports seasons at Canby High School with a team-by-team recap.


Canby took its lumps against top-tier competition in preseason play but responded by taking second place behind perennial power Lake Oswego in the conference standings, going 6-5 overall and 4-1 in the Three Rivers League before falling to Tigard in the second round of the Class 6A playoffs. The Cougars dealt with injuries to key players almost every week, leading third-year coach Mike Vaught to call the 2012 edition of the squad “the unluckiest team we’ve ever had.”

Boys soccer

Led by Eddie Sanchez, who was named the Three Rivers League’s co-player of the year, Canby won four of its last nine games after starting the year 0-5-1 to finish with a 4-9-2 record and a 4-5-1 mark in conference play. The Cougars struggled on defense — they gave up a league-worst 3.93 goals per game — and fell 4-0 to Central Catholic in the first round of the state playoffs.

Girls soccer

After an undefeated preseason, star forward Karley Baggerly and Canby slid to fifth place in the Three Rivers League with a 4-6 record before dominating Salem-McKay, Portland-St. Mary’s Academy and Beaverton-Southridge to advance past the second round of the state playoffs for the first time in program history. The Cougars’ landmark campaign came to an end in the state quarterfinals against Portland-Grant, which they had defeated in a nonleague game two months earlier.

Boys cross country

Canby was hoping to qualify for the state finals as an underdog, but it ended up tying Oregon City for fifth place at the Three Rivers League district championships with 115 points. The Cougars’ five scoring runners were junior Brendan Seehaver (13th place, 17 minutes 8.88 seconds), senior Cameron Huffman (20th, 17:30.42), sophomore Ethan Patterson (21st, 17:33.25), junior Morgan Webber (23rd, 17:51.97) and freshman Quinton Wiltshire (38th, 18:31.96).

Girls cross country

Canby, which had little varsity experience entering the season, took seventh place at the Three Rivers League district championships with 165 points a year after finishing in third. The Cougars’ five scoring runners were junior Brenna Wolf (18th place, 21 minutes 51.79 seconds), sophomore Sarah Gent (32nd, 21:57.81), sophomore Hannah Stobie (35th, 22:17.85), freshman Ginny Link (39th, 22:28.26) and senior Krissy Peterson (41st, 22:35.49).


Under first-year coach Caitlin Gustin, standout senior Emilie Wilmes and Canby finished with a 10-16 record and captured their first league win since 2010, nearly tripling last year’s number of sets won with 30. The Cougars managed to advance to Class 6A playoffs with a sweep of South Eugene in the play-in round before falling in straight sets to Hillsboro-Century in the first round.

Boys basketball

Despite its defensive prowess, Canby had trouble stringing wins together in a tough conference that featured top-ranked Lake Oswego and eventual state champion West Linn. The Cougars finished with an 8-16 overall record, including a 3-7 tally in the Three Rivers League, took fifth place in the conference standings and did not reach the state playoffs for the first time since 2009-10 with a play-in loss to Forest Grove.

Girls basketball

Canby finished its first year under coach Brooke Cates with a 12-11 record, a 5-5 mark in the top-heavy Three Rivers League, a tie with West Linn for third place in the conference standings and a first-round loss to Roseburg in the Class 6A bracket. The Cougars have reached the state playoffs seven years in a row but have not won a playoff game since 2006-07.

Boys swimming

Canby didn’t have the depth to contend for a team title in the highly competitive Three Rivers League, but it held its own in the sprints and relays. Cougars sophomore Ryan Cully won a district championship in the 50-yard freestyle race with a time of 23.10 seconds and was the squad’s only male representative at the Class 6A state finals, where he clocked a 23.29 to finish 16th in the prelims.

Girls swimming

Led by senior Carrie Kralovec, Canby placed fifth out of seven teams with 122 points at the Three Rivers League district finals. Kralovec, the Cougars’ only female representative at the state championships, reached the event finals in the 50-yard freestyle and 100 butterfly races to finish her prep career.


Canby went 3-2 in its Three Rivers League schedule, falling to eventual dual-meet champion Oregon City and West Linn by three points combined. Without senior Keith Nichols, who came down with chickenpox days before the regional tournament, the Cougars advanced three athletes to the state meet and placed 22nd in Class 6A with 22 points. Noel Hygelund took third in the 152-pound bracket.


It was a difficult year for Canby, which won just one of its 15 league games and finished with a 6-21 record. Without injured catcher Mike Caruso, the Cougars snapped a 12-game losing streak by topping Hillsboro-Century in the play-in round — their first shutout of the year — before bowing out against eventual state champion Eugene-Sheldon in the first round of the Class 6A playoffs.


With a senior-less roster, Canby finished with a 15-12 overall record and a fourth-place mark in the Three Rivers League with a 7-8 tally. The Cougars reached the postseason for the 20th season in a row but lost in the first round for the second-straight year, this time in a 9-3 loss to West Salem in which they fell behind by six runs in the first inning.

Boys golf

Frustrated that it missed out on a state bid after placing third in the Three Rivers League last year, senior-loaded Canby took second in the conference behind eventual state champion Lake Oswego to capture its first OSAA tournament appearance as a team since 2010. Led by TRL player of the year Bradley Klienstuber, the Cougars shot a two-day 615 to tie Hillsboro-Glencoe for fifth place at Trysting Tree Golf Club in Corvallis.

Girls golf

Canby’s hopes of snagging a team state berth with a second-place finish in the Three Rivers League were dashed at the district tournament, where Lake Oswego pulled ahead on a tiebreaker. Cougars senior Krissy Peterson earned her fourth trip to the state finals, where she placed sixth with a two-day 151, while junior teammate Lilly Pruitt came in at No. 54 with a 201.

Boys track and field

What longtime coach Tom Millbrooke called “the most talented group of sprinters in school history” led Canby to sixth place at the district meet and eighth at the Class 6A state championships. Led by program-best sprinter Devon Fortier, who won district titles in the 100- and 200-meter dashes before placing third in those events at the OSAA meet, the Cougars broke school records in the 400- and 1,600-meter relays with respective times of 42.19 seconds and 3:23.23.

Girls track and field

Canby placed fifth out of seven teams at the Three Rivers League championships, where Liliya Benz won a district title in the javelin. The Cougars’ state-meet contingent also included long jumper Karley Baggerly, who took fifth at the OSAA finals, triple jumper Hannah Knutson and the 400-meter relay squad. The girls have advanced at least one relay team to the state meet every year since 2005.

Boys tennis

Doubles partners Brian Benson and Tyler Landis started their campaign with six victories in a row, and they came within one match of becoming the first Canby pair since 2010 to qualify for the state championships. The Cougars finished their season at the Three Rivers League district finals, where they went 5-6 in doubles play and 3-8 in singles matches.

Girls tennis

Canby had a tough time keeping up with its fellow Three Rivers League competitors, a reality that held true at the district finals. The Cougars, who have not had any state qualifiers since 2010, won just one match in championship-bracket play and went 3-15 over two days at Portland Tennis Center.

Boys lacrosse

Canby went 7-9 overall and 2-8 in the loaded Three Rivers League under second-year coach Justin Blackmore, missing out on the playoffs despite earning the No. 18 ranking in the state. Four players — seniors Konnen Bell and Cody Sibel, junior Trey Bellmore and sophomore Justin Eggimann — earned all-conference honors for the Cougars, whose only nonleague loss came at the hands of eventual state semifinalist Beaverton.

Girls lacrosse

Under first-year coach Caitlin Gustin, Canby was 1-13 and went 0-10 in an elite conference that produced the two state finalists (West Linn and Lake Oswego). The Cougars defeated Newberg 9-7 in their season opener but were outscored by a combined total of 187-52 in their 14 games and did not advance to the playoffs. Kalei McDonald scored a team-high 23 goals.

Boys rugby

Canby posted an overall record of 2-8, earning a 20-14 win over West Linn as part of its 1-6 tally in the regular season. The Cougars ended up placing seventh in the eight-team state tournament after losing 50-15 to top-seeded Portland-Lincoln in the quarterfinals and falling 27-7 to Oregon City in the consolation semifinals. Troutdale-Reynolds won the championship.

Girls rugby

Canby appeared primed for a state title under first-year coach Ernie Espinoza after topping defending state champion Beaverton in its regular-season finale. But the Cougars couldn’t overcome Portland-Grant in their seventh-straight appearance in the championship match, falling 21-17 to take runner-up honors for the second year in a row. They closed their year with a 7-2 record, bringing their five-year total to 43-5.


Canby cruised to its ninth-straight title at the district championships, where Sydney Morgan won the overall high-point performance rider category and Madisyn Churilla captured first place in the timed events. The Cougars advanced 15 of their 21 riders to the state meet in Redmond, where they scored 225 points to take runner-up honors behind Sandy (230).

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