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State berths are on the line as NWOC, Pacific Conference stage their tourneys

The Pacific Conference is staging its boys and girls district tennis tournaments this week in Forest Grove and McMinnville, and heading into the tournaments — which started Thursday — several players from Hillsboro schools were primed to earn berths to next week’s Class 6A state tournament.

In girls singles, Century sisters Eka and Neyen Essien are seeded first and third, respectively, and could potentially meet in the championship final. Caitlan Baker of McMinnville is the No. 2 seed, while Forest Grove’s Margaret Connors is the fourth seed.

And in boys singles, Century freshman Tommy Edwards is the second seed, and Glencoe senior Wesley Upton is the fourth seed. Newberg’s Anthony Croteau is the No. 1, and Randall Tainer of Tualatin is No. 3.

No doubles tandem from any Hillsboro school earned a seed. The top four finishes in singles and doubles from both tournaments will advance to state, slated for May 16-18 in Portland and Beaverton.

On Thursday, first-round matches were staged in McMinnville for girls and in Forest Grove for boys. Results were not available (after press deadline.) The second round of singles and doubles play is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. today at Linfield College for girls and at Pacific University for girls. Consolation play will begin at the same time at Cowls Court and Forest Grove High School for girls and boys, respectively. Singles and doubles quarterfinals will also be played at Linfield (girls) and Pacific (boys) later today.

All boys and girls singles and doubles semifinals, third-place matches and championship finals, as well as consolation semifinals and championships, will take place in McMinnville beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday. The consolation semifinals will be staged at Cowls Courts, while all other matches will take place at Linfield.

The Northwest Oregon Conference staged its boys and girls tournaments Monday through Wednesday in Beaverton. Before districts, Liberty’s boys finished first in match play with an undefeated record, while the Lady Falcons went 5-9, tying for fifth place.

At the tournament, Liberty’s Michael Jensen — the No. 1 seed — breezed into Wednesday’s semifinal round, as did No. 2 seed Sean Thean. In doubles, No. 1 Aspen Russell and Cooper Kamps advanced to the semis with three wins in straight sets.

For the Liberty girls, No. 4 seed Marisa Nichols fell to Sandy’s Christan Schlaht in three sets in the quarterfinals. Results of Wednesday’s semifinals and finals matches were not available (after press deadline).

Former Hilhi thrower set to compete in Forest Grove

Portland State freshman thrower Sydney Johnson is expected to compete in the women’s discus throw this week at the Big Sky Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Forest Grove.

The meet, being hosted by Portland State at Lincoln Park Stadium, began Wednesday and continues through Saturday. In addition to Portland State, Eastern Washington, Idaho State, Montana, Montana State, North Dakota, Northern Arizona, Northern Colorado, Sacramento State, Southern Utah and Weber State will be represented at the competition.

As for Johnson, the women’s discus throw is slated for 2 p.m. on Saturday. In high school, Johnson was a three-time state meet participant in the discus for the Spartans. She finished third in Class 5A in 2010 and second in Class 6A in both 2011 and 2012. Last year as a senior, she set her prep personal best of 138 feet, 4 inches, and she helped the Hilhi girls to a Pacific Conference championship.

On April 19, Johnson placed third in the discus at the Oregon Relays with a mark of 156-7 for the Vikings, breaking the school record of 150-10 set by Judith Burnett in 2006.

Local fans of Pacific Conference and Northwest Oregon Conference high school track and field may also recognize meet entrants Kristi VandeBergh, a Forest Grove High School graduate and Montana State sophomore who will square off against Johnson in the discus and also contest the shot put, as well as Portland State’s Amber Rozcicha (Newberg; 1,500 and 5,000) and Sean MacKelvie (Wilsonville; long jump, javelin and triple jump), Sacramento State’s Emily Kersting (McMinnville; javelin), and Northern Arizona’s Brittany Price (Sandy; javelin).

Field events begin at 10:30 a.m. today and Saturday. Track events begin at 2:15 p.m. today and noon on Saturday. Admission is $8 adults and $5 students per day, or $14 adults and $8 students for a two-day package. For more information, go to goviks.com and bigskyconf.com.

OSAA redistricting update

The final public meeting of the OSAA’s Classification and Districting Committee for the 2012-13 school year is scheduled for 9 a.m. on May 20 in Wilsonville. The Committee has been holding closed work sessions and public meetings this school year while working toward determining league and classification affiliations for member schools during the 2014-18 time block.

The most recent closed work session took place on April 30, after which the committee released its seventh draft. The committee continues to favor a six-classification system. In the most recent draft, the committee did away with its two possible Class 6A options, one of which would have disbanded the Pacific Conference and sent Century and Glencoe to the Metro League.

Instead, the seventh draft aligns more closely with the other Class 6A option in the sixth draft. The seventh draft keeps the Pacific Conference almost identical to its current form, with member schools being Century, Glencoe, Forest Grove, McMinnville, Newberg, Tigard and Tualatin.

As with more recent previous drafts, Hillsboro drops down to Class 5A and joins Liberty in the nine-school Northwest Oregon Conference. La Salle is also slated to move up a level from Class 4A into the NWOC, while the proposal moves Sherwood from the conference into the Class 6A Metro League.

Feedback and suggestions on proposals can be sent to the OSAA through Kyle Stanfield at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and will be shared with the committee.

The committee will meet for a final time on Sept. 23, and it will make its recommendations to the OSAA in October. For more information, including the current classification proposal, go to osaa.org/committees/classification/.

Hillsboro road race on tap

The Dick Inukai 5K Birthday Run is slated to take place in Hillsboro on May 25. The 5-kilometer run/walk will benefit the Inukai Family Foundation, which looks to support youths, students and teachers, seniors and Japanese Education and awareness.

The race’s namesake, Dick Inukai, was the owner of Dick’s Auto Group and a philanthropist. Inuaki died in July 2011, and May 25 would have marked his 70th birthday.

The 5K run/walk will begin at 9 a.m. at Dick’s Country Chrysler Jeep Dodge at 767 S.W. Baseline St. and the course mainly will wind through parts of northwest Hillsboro before finishing back at the auto dealership.

The registration fee is $35 with a T-shirt for participants age 12 and older or $25 with no T-shirt, or $10 for participants ages 6 to 12. Those age 5 and younger may take part for free. Registration is available now at inukaifamilyfoundation.org/Events.html or in person starting at 7:30 a.m. on race day.

For more information, go to inukaifamilyfoundation.org.

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