PREPS: Notes from around Portland
Portland Interscholastic League
Tech football is coming off a 3-6 season as an independent, with one win by forfeit over Parkrose. The Techmen had one close loss (Fort Vancouver) and four blowout defeats.
Benson also had only one home game at Buckman Field; Tech defeated The Dalles, 14-0, for homecoming.
Benson probably will play the same opponents as last year and be at home more often, though dates and sites have not been finalized.
The cast of returnees includes quarterback Tyler Phillips, who will be a senior. But a junior-to-be, Andrew Ketal, who started on the junior varsity, could make it a good competition for the job, and give the coach some options.
"Both those guys have great leadership abilities and athleticism and are very smart," coach Devarieous Sky-Clay says. "Both are receivers who happen to be able to play quarterback."
One of the skill players to watch is Micah Williams, who recently placed third in Class 6A 100-meter dash as a freshman and might be the fastest prep in the state next year. Williams was a key football player for Benson in 2016, and "we want to utilize him," Sly-Clay says.
The Techmen will have more speed, too, in tracksters Eijah Johnson (100-400), Tariq Walker (100-200) and Michael Morgan (400, long jump, triple jump).
But, "I think our strength still lies with our defense," Sly-Clay says.
Depth is a concern.
"Last year, we played with 17 guys pretty much, and we'll probably still have a lot of guys go both ways," the coach says. "Our kids know they have to be able to play on both sides of the ball and on special teams, so they are learning all about having the grit and ability to fight through stuff and do that."
"Royal C" spring sports honors go this year to Eli Morse (baseball), Marci Roberti (softball), Peter Gregory and Anna Rollins (boys and girls track and field), Ismayn Ditter and Riyaz Ditter (boys tennis), and Lewis Nolf (boys golf).
Also, Haiying Kuang was named Most Valuable in girls tennis.
In baseball, Morse also won the Silver Slugger award, Riley Oh earned the Gold Glove, and Terrel Cunningham captured the Dwight Umbarger Award.
In softball, Katie Linkhart (Best Offense), Maya Goines (Best Defense) and Anna Hawking (Rookie of the Year) also were recognized.
The boys track Most Improved honor went to Sean Neuman, and the girls track Rookie of the Year award went to Tessa Robinson.
Johnny Carr was named Most Improved in boys golf, with Alex Cheriel picked as Most Inspirational.
In boys tennis, Josh Allers and Owen Thomas received coaches awards.
Elana Breedlove was the girls tennis Rookie of the Year.
• Will Tsai, a Cleveland junior, placed sixth this year in the Summit Decathlon at Bend. He totaled 4,416 points in the 10 events over two days. Twenty-one prep athletes competed, with scores ranging from 5,392 to 1,923.
Quakers track star Henry Mong, the state champion at 800 and 1,500 meters, is one of three finalists for Boys Track Athlete of the Year, to be presented at the 65th Oregon Sports Awards on Sunday night, June 18, at Nike's Tiger Woods Center. Other finalists are Braden Lenzy of Tigard and Andrew Monroe of Crater.
Senior Andrew Finkelman is one of three finalists for the Oregon Sports Awards' Boys Tennis Player of the Year Award. The winner will be announced at the annual show, June 18 at Nike's Tiger Woods Center.
• Three Generals earned all-Columbia Conference boys lacrosse honors: Griffin Butler, attack; Liam Montgomery, midfield; and Max Alvord, defense.
Grant's Bob Perna was voted assistant coach of the year.
Geno West, who led the Democrats to the state championship in 2017, is one of three finalists for the Oregon Sports Awards' Boys Basketball Player of the Year honor. Others still in the running are Elijah Gonzales of Clackamas and Zach Reichle of Wilsonville. The award will be presented on stage during the June 18 OSA show at Nike.
Four Cardinals were chosen to play in the June 3 boys lacrosse state All-Star game: attack man Will Swindell, midfielders Isaac Baker and Blake Phillips and goalie Nic Hoffman.
Phillips, a junior, also was an all-state selection.
Joining Swindell, Baker and Phillips on the all-Columbia Conference team were long-stick midfielder Luke Walters and defenseman Will Duffy.
• Lincoln junior Eleanor Kruse has been chosen as one of seven in-state U.S. Lacrosse All-Academic players, who must have a 3.7 or higher GPA
The baseball program named Riley Powers as 2017 MVP, with Michael Bennett winning the Wise/Dressler Pitching Award and Joe Crandall voted for the Supreme Senator honor.
In softball, Ally Shuell was selected as MVP, Doniinha Macedo-Stock garnered the Gold Glove, and Marley Johnson was named Best Bat.
For boys and girls track and field, the Andrew Austin Award went to Justin Feng and Rosie Folger-Vent. In other categories, Abdi Hassan and Lily Rupp were named Best Throwers, Gus Harquail and Alyssa Fault Best Runners, and Siyat Mohamed and Folger-Vent Best Jumpers.
The Most Outstanding Players in boys and girls tennis were Danny Tran and Grace Lee. Most Improved players were Hezekiah Bernadas and De'ja Charleston. Most Inspirational were to Anoudeth Vongdara and Elizabeth Tran. The girls Rookie of the Year honor went to Jessica Lee.
Madison's MVP girls golfer was Aline Terpstra, with Lydia Brandt voted Most Improved and Maddie Cahill recognized as Most Consistent.
Trojans softball coach Steve Walmer says these are "very exciting times" for the program, which is expected to return nine varsity players next season.
That list includes two pitchers who were freshmen this past season, Kailin Gilzow and Kaija Shreeve. Between them, they pitched more half the innings as Wilson went 10-12 overall and 7-10 in the PIL.
"Our freshman class was outstanding this year," Walmer says.
Rookie Maddie Sticka hit over .300 and played center field. Ava Hergenhan hit nearly .300 and played catcher.
"The rest of the freshmen were good enough to start, as well, but we carried 14 kids on varsity, so we had to spread the innings around because of the lack of JV games (only seven or eight because of poor weather and field conditions around the city this spring)," Walmer says.
Next year's squad isn't likely to have a senior. Top juniors figure to be Olivia McKinnon and Ellie George, who both have played two years of varsity, and hopefully McKenna Spencer, who has been out with two ACL surgeries dating to her freshman year.
All nine varsity returnees are playing summer softball, too, with five on a 14-and-under team. And, Walmer says another half-dozen or so incoming Wilson freshmen are playing for a combined Wilson/Lincoln West Portland Softball Club squad.
OTHER CLASS 6A
Rams midfielder Eric Pence and defenseman Cesar Rojas Martinez were picked for the June 3 boys lacrosse state All-Star game.
Pence also was chosen as an Academic All-American.
The all-Columbia Conference first team included CC's Ronan Dooney, attack; Bobby Burgess and Pence, midfield; Luke Walters, long-stick midfielder; and Rojas Martinez.
• Junior Jada Pierce, competing for Albina Roadrunners, won the shot put (36-7 1/4) and javelin (107-4) at the June 4-5 Portland Track Festival Youth Meet at Liberty High.
Freshman Amara Christensen placed second in the age 13-14 finals of the 800 with a PR of 2:25.11.
The Scots have honored McKinley Riggs as Male Athlete of the Year and Fernanda Rodriguez as Female Athlete of the Year.
Riggs lettered two years in cross-country and track and field. The track team's 2017 captain made it to state in the 300 hurdles and ran on both relays. He also played in the school band for four years.
Rodriguez swam varsity all four years and captained the team as a senior. She has four top-10 times in David Douglas' illustrious swimming history in the 50- and 100-yard freestyle, the 100 breaststroke and the 200 individual medley. She made it to state last season in the 200 IM and 100 breast; she qualified the year before for Junior Nationals in the latter event.
A 3.75 student, she'll be on a partial swim scholarship next school year at Oregon State. She also has received an $11,000 scholarship from the Multnomah Athletic Foundation Board.
The 65th Oregon Sports Awards are Sunday night, June 18, at Nike's Tiger Woods Center. Up for prep honors from Jesuit as one of three finalists in their categories are Kathryn Decker, for Volleyball Player of the Year; Joshua Schumacher, for Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year; Emily Cook, for Girls Swimmer of the Year; Peter Murphy, for Boys Tennis Player of the Year; and Emily Steele, for Girls Lacrosse Player of the Year.
• Steele was one of six Oregon players selected as a U.S. Lacrosse All-American. She has committed to play next year for the University of Hartford.
• In boys lacrosse, two Crusaders made the all-state team: junior attack Sam Handley and senior midfielder Tucker Dordevic, who also was voted Player of the Year in Oregon.
Dordevic and Handley were named to the Oregon High School Lacrosse Association U.S. Lacrosse All-America team.
Two Jesuit boys have been selected for the state All-Star Game: Jake Therrow and goalie Beckley Groh.
The all-Metro team includes Handley, Dordevic, Therrow, Groh and fellow Crusaders Peter Burpee (attack), Jarred Daul (defense) and Jack Meier (defense).
Peter and Christopher Burpee were Academic All-Americans.
St. Mary's Academy
Mattie Ziegler has won the 2017 Jackie Pitts Award for girls lacrosse. The award goes to a senior who "truly honors the game of lacrosse, is invested in the development of the game in her community, is an exceptional player who continually strives to improve her game, and is an exemplary member of her team" and "exemplifies the spirit of the game, on and off the field" with academic excellence and role-model status at her school.
• Senior guard Bendu Yeaney is one of three finalists for Girls Basketball Player of the Year, among the categories in the annual Oregon Sports Awards. Her remaining competition: Aleah Goodman of La Salle Prep and Evina Westbrook of South Salem. The winner will be revealed at the show, June 18 at Nike.
La Salle Prep
Senior Aleah Goodman is a finalist for the Girls Basketball Player of the Year Award, one of numerous high school honors to be presented at the June 18 Oregon Sports Awards hosted by Nike at its Tiger Woods Center.
• Falcons senior Quinten Pearson made the state All-Star game roster as a senior midfielder. He also was all-Northwest Conference.
Junior attack Zac Foreff was second-team all-conference, and sophomore goalie Andrew Shireman made honorable mention.
• Senior Jasmine Gloden had a personal-best long jump of 16-6 1/2 at the Portland Track Festival Youth Meet, June 5 at Liberty High, and won the age 17-18 division.
The Broncos football team will be young next year, but coach Brian Davis says it's a group "willing to learn, internally driven, focused and highly coachable."
Last year, Parkrose went 0-9, and seniors such as Joe Moeaki, Elias Hardman and De'Andre Pickett will be missed.
The Broncos have two big cornerstones coming back, though, in middle linebacker/fullback Spencer Tatafu and center/defensive tackle Sione Tokelau, both of whom will be seniors.
Other top players for 2017 are sophomore Kimball Moeaki, a running back/linebacker, linemen Mardre Sykes, Kobe Roebeck, Jon Slossar (also at linebacker) and Josh Weir, plus tight end Viliami Tokelau and running back/linebacker Alfredo Ruiz (also a kicker).
Freshmen Taydrian Jackson and Jay Jay Hudson are quarterback candidates, though Hudson could start at wide receiver.
"Both players have intangibles of future greatness," Davis says, adding that "we aim to develop our passing attack focus this season" with a hybrid spread attack.
Also, the coach says, "the receiving and defensive back core will be our deepest set of athletes." Along with Hudson, the Broncos will count on sophomores Yeilast Peter and Ty Singkhek.
"Our goal as a team is to compete every day, on the field and off," Davis says. "As always, we emphasize being champions in life. Wins don't have to be on the scoreboard.
"Our goal for the team this season is simple: Get better every day. The rest will take care of itself."
State boys lacrosse champion Oregon Episcopal School put four players on the all-state and all-Columbia Conference teams: Alex Slusher, attack; Henry Morissette, midfield; John Fitzhenry, defense; and Jack Schlendorf, goalie.
Cam Tafish was voted coach of the year in the conference and assistant coach of the year for the state.
Slusher and Schlendorf also were on the U.S. Lacrosse All-America list.
• OES senior Catherine Lawliss, a senior, is one of six Oregon players awarded U.S. Lacrosse All-America stats. She has committed to play for Tufts University.
Lawliss also is one of three finalists for the Oregon Sports Awards Girls Lacrosse Player of the Year honor to be announced in the annual show, June 18 at Nike.
OES senior Alexandra Tracy was one of seven Oregon players recognized as all-Academic by U.S. Lacrosse.