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Boys track team knocks off Liberty

The Sandy boys track team picked up a pair of 1-2-3 sweeps last Wednesday to get past Liberty 84-61. Ben Ritter led the charge in the 100-meter dash (11.85 seconds), while Ryan Skidmore did the same in the long jump (19-feet-11 1/2-inches). The Pioneers also caused a 20-point swing in the team score by winning both relay races.

The most hotly contested events of the day came in the throws where Sandy earned a three-point advantage helped by Kevin TenEyck’s win in the discus (129-8) where the top three were separated by about five feet. Sandy freshman Christopher Salmela picked up key second-place points in the shot put and discus.

Other Sandy winners were Jimmy Frasier in the 800 (2:01.71), Isaac Mitchell in the 3,000 (9:44.25), Nathan Miller in the high jump (5-8), Josh Visan in the pole vault (12-0) and Kaden Walker in the triple jump (39-9).

Sandy (4-1) is second in the NWOC standings heading into Wednesday’s final dual meet — a four-team showdown at Sherwood High.

The Sandy girls dropped an 81-63 decision, despite holding a five-point edge in the field events. Kaitlyn Klahn led that effort with wins in the pole vault (9-0) and long jump (15-10), while Rachel McKinnis won the discus (93-4). On the track, Zayna Salveter won the 200 (26.96) and Madison Kansala was first in the 300 hurdles (51.29).

Warren competes at Oregon Twilight meet

Mt. Hood CC freshman McKenzie Warren finished seventh in the shot put, moving up a spot on her final throw with a heave of 40-feet-6-inches. She also placed eighth in the hammer throw (162-2), getting her best effort at the start of the finals.

Sandy riders win final meet

Sandy’s equestrian team won the final Northeast Region regular-season meet last week, finishing with 731 points in the large-school division to beat runner-up Barlow by 130.

The Pioneers swept the top three spots in the Steer Daubing event, led by Valerie James in 3.36 seconds and followed by teammates Morgann Bartz and Adam Schachner. James also finished first in Breakaway Roping (3.76 seconds) and Barrels (14.76 seconds). She paired up with Billy James for a second-place finish in the 2-man Bi-Rangle. Billy James also won the Individual Flags race in 8.48 seconds.

Hayley Ritschard won the Keyhole event (7.18), while Elecia Bennett and Jennifer Knapp combined for a win in Working Pairs with a score of 82 points. Bennett also finished second in Reining and Working Racher, while Natalie Burback was second in Showmanship.

Mt. Hood softball gets sweep

The Mt. Hood CC softball team scored a pair of mercy-rule wins to sweep a doubleheader against Chemeketa on Saturday.

The Saints overcame an early 4-2 deficit in the first game, taking the lead with a three-run spurt in the third inning and pulling away for the 12-4 win with runs in each of the next three innings as well. Kali VanCleave hit 2 for 3 with a double out of the lead-off spot and was one of five Saints to finish with multiple hits. Mt. Hood pitcher Ann-Marie Guischler struck out four batters to claim the win.

The Saints took the second game 12-2 by banging four balls out of the park. Teauna Hughes highlighted the offensive explosion with a grand slam, while Maycee Abendschein, Kylee Gaspar and Jamie Martin also connected for home runs.

The Saints (13-3) hold a one-game lead over Clackamas in the South Region standings.

Volleyball team holds fundraiser

Sandy’s volleyball program is hosting a “Bunco” night fund-raiser in the high school gym, inviting members of the community to play the dice game and enjoy a dessert bar from 6:30-9 p.m. Saturday, May 18. Tickets are $20 per person. Childcare is available.

For more information, contact coach Chris Meyers by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Harrelson hits hole-in-one

Payton Harrelson of ZigZag used his driver to ace the 227-yard, third hole Thursday at Greenlea Golf Course in Boring.

Saints solidify hold on first place

The Mt. Hood CC baseball team extended its win streak to five games with a sweep over SW Oregon on Saturday. The Saints won the first game 3-1 behind a five-strikeout effort on the mound by Zane Bambusch, while Hunter Weiss went 3 for 3 at the plate and Shea Coates hit a double.

Mt. Hood scored in each of the last three innings to claim a 3-1 win in the second game. Ian Erickson led the attack by hitting 2 for 2, while relief pitchers Brandon Williams and Zev Egil closed out the win with three shutout innings.

The Saints picked up a sweep over Linn-Benton on Tuesday, overcoming an early 4-0 deficit to win the first game 7-4 on back-to-back two-run singles by Sandy High graduate Marcus Blackmon and Logan Grindy in the fifth inning. Hunter Weiss hit 3 for 5 and scored twice, while Saints’ starter Jon Bjorklund struck out 10 batters. Mt. Hood closer Zev Egil came on in the ninth and struck out two batters, keeping the tying run in the batter’s box.

Mt. Hood had no trouble in the second game, taking quick command with a seven-run second inning. Cole Hamilton led the way by hitting 3 for 5 with three RBIs, while Saints starter Eric Huson struck out five through five innings.

Ryan Degner hit 5 for 9 on the day with a double and a home run in the second game.

Mt. Hood (17-5) holds a three-game lead over Linn-Benton in the South Region and hosts Lane (13-9) in a doubleheader at 1 p.m. Saturday.