Bowmen seniors step up during past year
SHERWOOD — To probably no surprise, the 2016-2017 school year was one full of success for teams and athletes at Sherwood High School.
Leading the way for Sherwood during the past school year was the Lady Bowmen girls soccer team.
That team did what no other Sherwood squad had done — win at team title at the Class 6A level.
The Lady Bowmen girls soccer went 16-2-1 on the season, capping things off with a 2-1 win over Sunset in the Class 6A state championship match.
Sherwood sophomore Gaven Jolley won his second straight Class 6A state wrestling title.
The Bowmen football team had another big season. That squad, after recovering from a slow start to the season, ended up placing second in the powerful Three Rivers League and then went on to reach the second round of the Class 6A state playoffs.
The Sherwood boys soccer, volleyball, girl basketball, baseball, boys lacrosse and girls lacrosse team all qualified for postseason play at the state level. The Bowmen also had individuals qualify for state-level competition.
And, as usual, the Sherwood seniors played a big part in all of the Bowmen success during the 2016-2017 school year.
Here's a brief look at some of the seniors, in addition to Times Athlete of the Year Luka Nixon, who stepped up big for the Bowmen the past school year.
Calahan Crawford won the Three Rivers League district title in the javelin event, and she went on to place sixth place in that event at the Class 6A state track and field championships. She also was a rebounding machine in the post for the Lady Bowmen girls basketball team.
Kaillen Fried picked up all sorts of honors as she helped lead the Sherwood girls soccer team to the state title. She was named the Three Rivers League Player of the Year, the Class 6A Player of the Year, the Gatorade Girls Soccer Player of the Year for the state of Oregon and the Oregon Sports Award winner as the Female Girls Soccer Player of the Year.
David Morris was tabbed as the Class 6A Defensive Player of the Year during the football season. He also was a second-team Class 6A All-State pick at running back.
Lindsay Howard was a high-scoring forward for the girls soccer team, earning first-team Class 6A All-State honors.
Joshua Bowcut was a second-team football all-state pick as both an offensive lineman and a defensive lineman.
Sarah Penner had a big season at the net, and also while playing in back, for the Lady Bowmen volleyball team.
Emma Smith, Madison Reimer and Daria Brandt all earned second-team all-state accolades as they helped the Lady Bowmen claim the Class 6A state soccer crown.
Jordan Craig and Sam Criscola both played big roles for the Sherwood boys lacrosse team, which reached the second round of the state playoffs. They also played for the Bowmen football squad.
Kevin Skurdahl was a Class 6A All-State first-team pick at punter during the football season. He also played for the baseball squad.
Cami Reuter was a lock-down defender, ball-handler and scoring threat for the Sherwood girls basketball squad.
Harrison Grow was a big-time power hitter for the Bowmen baseball team.
John Sandilands was a key outside shooter for the Sherwood boys basketball team. He also played for the baseball squad.
Blayne Eckenberg was a power-running fullback for the Bowmen football squad. He also played for the boys golf team.
Brady Pierce won a Three Rivers League district track and field title in the shot put.
Carson Brinkley and Drew Francois both qualified for the Class 6A boys golf state tournament.
J.T. Ruff was a starter for the boys basketball team. He also had a strong season in doubles play for the boys tennis team.