Kennedy and St. Paul girls march their way to the state quarterfinals, Woodburn boys qualify for play-in


Kennedy 53, Vernonia 17

For the fourth consecutive year, the Kennedy Trojans are back in the 2A State Quarterfinals after defeating the Vernonia Loggers in the first round of the state playoffs on Friday.

No. 1 Kennedy (26-1, 12-0 Tri-River Conference) hosted Vernonia (13-10, 11-3 Northwest League) in Mount Angel and overhwelmed the Loggers, holding them to a season-low in points scored.

Vernonia's previous season-low was also against Kennedy, in a 67-21 loss at the beginning of the season.

The Trojans were led by senior Kaylin Cantu, who connected on three 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to finish as the game's lone double-digit scorer with 11 points.

She was followed by sophomore Sophia Carley with nine, junior Clarissa Traeger with eight and freshman Ellie Cantu with seven.

Sophomore Lauren Ely led the Loggers with five points.

Kennedy returns to the quarterfinal tournament where they placed fifth in 2015, first in 2016 and third in 2017.

This year's team returns seven members from the 2016 team that won the first State Championship in the program's history.

The Trojans will open the quarterfinals against the winner of Saturday's first round game between No. 9 Central Linn (18-8, 8-4 Tri-River) and No. 8 Heppner.

The 2A Girls Basketball State Championship tournament will begin March 1 at the Pendleton Convention Center and will run through March 3.

St. Paul 66, Bonanza 28

After a three-year absence, the St. Paul girls basketball team is back in the state quarterfinals. Only this time, the Bucks are heading to Pendleton instead of Baker.

No. 6 St. Paul (22-4, 10-2 Tri-River Conference) defeated the Bonanza Antlers by nearly 40 points on Friday at St. Paul High School in the first round of the state playoffs.

The victory propelled the Bucks to the quarterfinal championship tournament held next weekend at the Pendleton Convention Center.

St. Paul has missed the playoffs the previous three seasons since moving up to the 2A Classification. The Bucks will drop back down to the 1A level next year, where they were regulars at the 1A state tournament held at Baker High School.

The Bucks placed in the top four seven times from 2005-14, winning a state title in 2007 and finishing second in 2008 and 2012.

St. Paul will open the quarterfinals on March 1 against the No. 3 Oakland Oakers (26-2, 12-2 Mountain View Conference).

The Oakers are in the midst of one of their best seasons in school history, and return to the state quarterfinals for the first time since back-to-back fourth-place finishes in 2012 and 2013.

Oakland's two losses this season have come against the defending state champion No. 2 Monroe Dragons (24-3, 14-0 Mountain View).

Both Oakland and St. Paul possess some of the best defenses at the 2A level, holding opponents under 30 points a game.

Lebanon 65, Woodburn 25

The Woodburn Bulldogs wrapped up their 2017-18 season on the road on Friday, falling to the Warriors.

It was the final game for seniors Victoria Rodriguez, Hailey Oliva, Maritza Gabriel and Madison Castro.

The Bulldogs finished the season with a 1-22 record, going 0-14 in the Mid-Willamette COnference.


Woodburn 60, Lebanon 50

The Woodburn Bulldogs secured a berth to the play-in round of the 5A state playoffs on Friday, defeating the visiting Warriors to finish sixth in the Mid-Willamette Conference.

The Bulldogs (8-16, 4-10 Mid-Willamette) entered the final week of the regular season on the outside of the playoff picture, one game behind the Dallas Dragons (4-19, 3-11) for the last spot awarded to the conference.

But Woodburn rallied for a 52-45 win over Corvallis on Wednesday and followed with the 10-point victory over Lebanon on Friday to leap over the Dragons, who fell out of the playoffs with back-to-back losses to finish the regular season.

It was a remarkably similar finish to last year's team, which also needed two wins in the final week of the regular season to move into sixth place for a play-in berth.

Woodburn will open their play-in game next week at No. 3 Thurston (17-6, 9-5 Midwestern League).

The two teams met in last year's play-in round, with the Colts defeating the Bulldogs 55-40.

Henley 58, North Marion 57

The North Marion boys basketball team was eliminated from the playoffs after a one-point loss to the No. 7 Hornets in the 4A state play-in round on Friday.

The Huskies (10-15, 3-7 Oregon West Conference) were looking to right the ship after dropping seven of their final eight league games to finish fifth in the OWC standings.

But the team made the play-in round thanks to their strength of schedule and had aspirations to knock off Henley (19-5, 7-3 Skyline Conference).

It was the second consecutive year the two teams have met in the post season. Last year, Henley knocked North Marion out in the first round of the state playoffs by 70-63 margin.

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