No. 1 Kennedy captures conference tournament title, top playoff seed over No. 6 St. Paul

PHIL HAWKINS - St. Paul sophomore Erin Counts (left) and Kennedy sophomore Sophia Carley were all smiles after being named to the Tri-River Conference First Team on Friday. Carley was later named Conference Player of the Year, and the two teams combined to field nine all-conference selections.
With both the Kennedy and St. Paul girls basketball teams having already paved their way to the state basketball tournament, the only thing left to play for on Friday night in Mount Angel was pride.

That, and the top seed playoff coming out of the Tri-River Conference.

And once again, the top-ranked Kennedy Trojans proved they are the team to beat in this year's state tournament, taking out the No. 6 Buckaroos for the third time this season by a 50-39 margin.

The victory matched the Trojans' school-record 25 wins the team recorded in 2016, the year the team won its first state championship in program history.

With seven players remaining from that team, Kennedy has amassed a 25-1 record this season, its only loss coming against the 3A No. 2 Dayton Pirates (25-1, 12-0).

Following the conclusion of Friday's game, the Tri-River Conference all-league awards were announced, and top two teams in the league dominated the top honors.

Kennedy sophomore Sophia Carley was named Conference Player of the Year, while head coaches Kerry and Peter Hall were selected as Coaches of the Year.

Carley was one of five all-conference selections for Kennedy, and was joined on the First Team by senior Kalyssa Kleinschmit.

Kennedy's Second Team honorees included seniors Hannah Arritola and Kaylin Cantu, while senior Molly Jaeger rounded out the team's selections with Third Team honors.

The Buckaroos were similarly honored, with sophomore posts Isabelle Wyss and Erin Counts each garnering First Team consideration.

Junior guard Emma Connor was selected to the Second Team, while senior forward Logan Robinson was named to the Third Team.

Both teams now set their sights on the state playoffs, which are set to kick off this weekend.

Kennedy will play host on Friday to the No. 16 Vernonia Loggers (13-9, 11-3 Northwest League), which fell to the Trojans 67-21 at the beginning of the season.

St. Paul (21-5, 10-2 Tri-River Conference) opens at home against the Bonanza Antlers (16-10, 8-6 Mountain View Conference) on Friday.

Both games are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.

Kennedy boys basketball

The No. 9 Kennedy boys basketball team (15-13, 7-5 Tri-River Conference) punched its ticket to the postseason last week after defeating the No. 8 Santiam Wolverines (17-9, 9-3) 42-37 in the conference playoffs on Thursday.

The victory was the first in three attempts for the Trojans over the Wolverines this season, losing both regular season contests.

The Trojans followed with a 57-38 loss to the No. 1 Western Mennonite Pioneers (23-3, 12-0) in the league championship game on Friday.

Kennedy moves on to the first round of the playoffs, when the team will make the five-hour drive to Pilot Rock to face the Columbia Basin Conference champion No. 7 Rockets (18-6, 8-0) on Saturday.

Kennedy swimming

Kennedy sophomore Jacob Miller represented the Trojans at the 4A/3A/2A/1A State Swimming Championships on Friday.

Miller qualified for state in the 500-yard freestyle in the program's inaugural season at Kennedy.

Miller placed ninth in the event with a time of 5:27.24, more than a second better than the time he posted to qualify for the event.

North Marion swimming

North Marion sophomore Lucas Toth qualified for the 4A/3A/2A/1A State Swimming Championships on Friday in two events, representing the Huskies in both the 200-yard individual medley and the 100-yard freestyle events.

Toth took home a 10th-place finish in the 200 IM with a time of 2:09.74 and placed 11th in the 100 freestyle with a time of 53.23.

Gervais girls basketball

The Gervais girls basketball team's 2018 season came to a close early after the Cougars were defeated 39-32 by the Jefferson Lions in the consolation game of the PacWest Conference playoffs.

The Cougars (14-11, 6-6 PacWest) finished the regular season in third place in the PacWest after the team's best season in years, but were forced into an elimination game against the Lions (17-9, 5-7) after dropping their first league playoff game to the No. 5 Blanchet Catholic Cavaliers (19-7, 10-2) 37-29 on Thursday.

Jefferson defeated the Colton Vikings 37-28 in their league playoff game to forge a rematch against the Cougars at Sprague High School on Saturday.

The two teams had split the season series, with Gervais taking a 40-38 win in January and Jefferson winning the second game 40-39 on Feb. 3.

The third game was similarly close, with Gervais grinding out a 5-3 lead in the first quarter before Jefferson went on an offensive run in the second to take a 15-10 lead going into the half.

The Cougars cut their deficit to 21-20 entering the final quarter and took a 25-23 lead after a pair of free throws from Lily Welburn, but the Lions hit two dagger 3-point shots in response to take a 31-27 lead midway through the quarter that they never relinquished.

Gervais freshman Araceli Vasquez led the team with eight points in the loss, followed by seven from Welburn and six from senior Daisy Correa, who led the team in the loss to Blanchet with six points.

Woodburn boys basketball

The Woodburn boys basketball team dropped back-to-back games last week.

The Bulldogs (6-16, 2-10 Mid-Willamette) opened the week with a 74-44 loss at home to the No. 1 Silverton Foxes (20-1, 12-0) on Feb. 13 and followed with a 55-42 loss at Crescent Valley (12-10, 7-5) on Friday.

Woodburn enters its final week of the regular season, sitting one game behind Dallas (4-17, 3-9) for the last play-in spot awarded to the conference.

The Bulldogs were scheduled to host Corvallis (9-13, 5-7) on Tuesday before hosting the Lebanon Warriors (3-19, 2-10) on Friday.

Woodburn girls basketball

The Woodburn girls basketball team will wrap up the 2018 season with a pair of road games this week.

The Bulldogs (1-20, 0-12 Mid-Willamette Conference) celebrated senior night on Friday in a 68-18 loss to No. 8 Crescent Valley (18-4, 9-3) following the team's 57-9 loss to No. 5 Silverton (17-5, 10-2) on Feb. 13.

Woodburn was scheduled to travel to Corvallis on Tuesday, followed by a trip to Lebanon on Friday.

North Marion boys basketball

The North Marion boys fell in back-to-back games last week, dropping a 55-53 contest to No. 9 Philomath on Feb. 13, followed by a 69-63 loss at Stayton on Friday.

The Huskies were scheduled to finish the regular season hosting Cascade on Tuesday.

North Marion girls basketball

The No. 10 Huskies (15-8, 5-4 Oregon West) split a pair of conference games last week, beating the Philomath Warriors 43-25 on Feb. 13 followed by a 35-22 loss at No. 6 Stayton on Friday.

The Huskies were scheduled to finish the regular season hosting Cascade on Tuesday.

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