The Bowmen teams set to run in the Three Rivers League

Photo Credit: DAN BROOD - BACK AND RUNNING STRONG -- Senior Madison Budge, shown here at last year's NWOC district meet, could be one of the leaders for the Lady Bowmen cross country team this season. SHERWOOD — The Sherwood High School girls cross country teams loos to be facing some challenges this year.

Not only are the Bowmen squads moving up from Class 5A competition to the Class 6A level this year, but they are jumping right into the powerful Three Rivers League.

“I really don’t know what to expect,” Sherwood coach Wendell Otto said. “But I know we will take on the challenge, and I believe our kids will be up for it.”

The Sherwood girls, who finished in third place in the team standings at last year’s Northwest Oregon Conference district championships, will face their challenges with a talented, veteran team.

Madison Budge will likely lead the way for a strong group of Lady Bowmen seniors. Last year, Budge ran to seventh place in the individual standings at the NWOC district meet.

Also returning for the Lady Bowmen are seniors Sam Mckibbon, who was ninth at last year’s district meet, Bridgett Palmer, who was 14th at last year’s district meet, and Molly Fettig, who was 26th at last year’s district meet.

Junior Kelly Roth, who finished in second place in last year’s district meet junior varsity race, also should be in the top five for the Lady Bowmen this year.

Filling out the rest of the varsity lineup are junior Kamryn Price and sophomore newcomer Lindy Voss.

“I feel we have a good chance to be in the top four of our league,” Otto said of the Sherwood girls.

The Sherwood boys will be led by a pair of returning seniors, Josh Moats, who ran to 13th place at last year’s NWOC district meet, and Connor McLaughlin, who finished in 21st place at district a year ago.

“Both boys had a solid summer of training and should vie for the top 10,” Otto said.

Junior Andrew Peters is another varsity returnee.

“He’s looking strong,” Otto said.

Seniors Matthew Brooks and Fred Resch round out the Bowmen’s top five. Freshman Josh Quaglio could also contend for one of the varsity spots.

“I believe we will have a chance of being I the middle of the pack in our league,” Otto said.

The Bowmen teams will open their inaugural Three Rivers League schedule Wednesday when they host Canby and Newberg in a double dual meet at Sherwood High School.

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