JO WHEAT - Lane Stigall won the 4A 145-pound state championship as a sophomore in March, avenging a loss in the finals the year before.It was a banner year for local high school athletic programs in the Woodburn Independent coverage area. Records were set, titles were won and fought for and playoff runs were deep and plentiful.

It seemed that every season of the athletic calender in 2015 was packed with momentous occasions and memorable events.

Each school in our coverage area — Woodburn, North Marion, Gervais, Kennedy and St. Paul — each had their share of greatness to celebrate and important events that impacted their athletic programs in the past 365 days.

Lane Stigall boasts state championship win

Coming off of a loss in the state finals his freshman year followed by devastating knee injury shortly after, sophomore wrestler Lane Stigall bounced back to go undefeated in the 2014-15 season, culminating in the 145-pound state championship.

Stigall became the fourth member of his family to win a state title, joining his two older brothers and his father.

He is listed among the best wrestlers in the country in his weight class and enters the 2015-16 season as the odds-on favorite to come home with the 4A 152-pound title.

Baseball and football teams step it up

The Husky baseball team advanced to the state semifinals in the spring, and the football team became giant-killers in the fall, felling a pair of top-10 teams on their way to the quarterfinals.

JO WHEAT - The North Marion boys basketball team came three points away from winning a state championship â€' a remarkable run from a team that finished fourth in the conference standings.

Boys basketball finalists in unprecedented season

Despite finishing the regular season in fourth place in the conference standings, the North Marion boys basketball team marched its way through the playoffs.

The team came within three points of winning a state championship in March, losing 51-48 to Scappoose in the 4A finals.

Boys soccer advances to semifinals

North Marion attempted to recapture the magic of the 2014 season, posting another great regular season record and a top-five ranking heading into the state playoffs.

The Huskies advanced to the semifinals, but fell to the Sisters Outlaws in an overtime shootout.

INDEPENDENT FILE PHOTO - Angela Sprecher set a new school record in the shot put, as she and teammate Marisa Jones gave the Huskies their best finish at the state meet in more than a decade.

Girls track team shines

Seniors Angela Sprecher and Marisa Jones combined for the best performance at the state track meet in more than a decade for the North Marion girls track team.

Jones set career-bests in both the long jump and triple jump to place in the top four of each event, while Sprecher set a new school record in the shot put to place fourth overall.

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