Seven Falcons named all-stars

Four members of the Liberty boys basketball team made the Northwest Conference all-star team, as did three Falcons girls.

Two players were accorded with first team honors. For the boys, sophomore point guard Koby Alvarado was named to the league’s top five, while senior guard McKenzie Oster was one of six players named to the girls first team.

Alyssa Grenfell and Andrea Gallegos also made the girls all-star team. Grenfell, a sophomore guard, was a third team pick, while sophomore post Gallegos earned honorable mention status after Liberty went 8-16 overall and tied for fifth in the league at 6-8.

Milwaukie’s Merrily Jones and Sherwood’s Mallory Shields shared the NWOC girls player of the year award, while Rex Putnam’s Otis Oliver was named coach of the year.

For the Falcons boys, sophomore wings Jacob Mast and Blake Walker were second team picks, and junior post Byron Greenlee received honorable mention.

Alvarado, Walker, Mast and Greenlee keyed Liberty’s boys to a 17-9 overall record, including 10-4 (tied for third) in a highly competitive NWOC. The team, which started three sophomores and two juniors, won a play-in game to make the 16-team Class 5A playoff field, where it lost to Bend in the first round.

Jordan Kurahara of Sherwood was named the player of the year, while Wilsonville’s Chris Roche earned coach of the year honors.

Benefit dinner planned for April

The Hillsboro Hops will host an inaugural benefit on Saturday, April 19 at the Tuality Health Education Center, with proceeds going to support youth activities in the greater Hillsboro area.

The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a cocktail hour and silent auction. The dinner and program will begin at 7 and will feature the 2014 Hops coaching staff, including manager J.R. House, pitching coach Doug Drabek, hitting coach Mark Grace and consultant Ben Petrick.

The purpose of the Hillsboro Hops Fund is to develop and establish a community benefits program, the purpose of which is to promote, foster and support education, health, culture and youth activities — including activities for underprivileged youth — in the greater Hillsboro area.

Funds raised will be used to refurbish youth baseball fields over the coming years. The Hops are currently focused on fundraising for the first project that will refurbish a Hillsboro baseball field with synthetic turf, allowing year-round use for the youth of Washington County.

To purchase tickets to the event, call the Hillsboro Hops office at 503-640-0887 or purchase online at

Falcon 15K Relay

The Falcon 15K Relay will be held on Saturday, April 19. The race starts at 9 a.m. at Liberty High School and will be preceded by a 300-meter Falcon Flyer Kids Race.

Relay teams will cover the 15 kilometers in teams of three. Runners also have the option of running 15, 10 or 5 kilometers solo. Walkers also are welcome in the 5K.

Registration fee varies from $30 to $90 depending on event and date.

The Falcon 15K relay supports the Liberty Fit program, a student fitness club in which participants train for a half marathon each spring.

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