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Year in review: 2013-14 in Wilsonville High School sports

by: GREG ARTMAN - Timmy Bourque, the NWOC boys soccer player of the year, led Wilsonville to its first state semifinal appearance since 2002.Football: In a season followed by what-if wondering, Wilsonville still managed to emerge with a winning record, a second-place finish in the Northwest Oregon Conference and a fourth-straight trip to the state playoffs under fourth-year coach Adam Guenther. If not for losses to Putnam (double overtime), Bend-Mountain View (penalties), Milwaukie (forfeit) and Crescent Valley (fourth-quarter heartbreaker), the Wildcats could have been 10-1 and advancing in the postseason. Still, their actual record of 6-5 came with notable accomplishments on both sides of the ball. Senior running back Derek Sunkle set a school record for rushing yards in a season (1,888) while adding 14 touchdowns on 255 carries. On defense, Wilsonville held seven opponents to 14 points or fewer and limited five of those teams to seven points or fewer. Sunkle, senior tight end Parker Nielsen and senior linebacker Tyler Carskadon earned first-team all-league honors.

 

Boys soccer: After losing a dozen seniors to graduation, Wilsonville emerged in 2013 with a potent combination of talent and teamwork and put together one of the best seasons in school history. The Wildcats won a league title for the first time since joining the Northwest Oregon Conference — they outscored NWOC opponents 28-7 — en route to earning a spot in the playoffs for the fifth year in a row and reaching the state semifinals for the first time since 2002. They went 12-4-1 overall, including 6-0-1 in the regular season, and finished their campaign with a 2-0 loss to Bend-Summit. Versatile senior Timmy Bourque was named the NWOC player of the year and joined teammates Garrett Bonnell and Sam Parker on the all-league first team. Ian Reschke was honored as the conference coach of the year.

 

Girls soccer: Of the 12 goals that Wilsonville gave up in 17 games all season, one will probably be the most difficult to forget. Playing in the state semifinals for the second time in three years, the Wildcats surrendered an own goal in a 1-0 loss to Portland-Wilson on their home turf. That demoralizing result capped an otherwise phenomenal campaign for the Wildcats, who posted a 12-4-1 record and won their second-straight Northwest Oregon Conference title with a 6-1 mark. They also closed out their league rivalry against Class 6A-bound Sherwood on a high note, their second-consecutive victory doubling as one of senior goalkeeper Bess Kitzmiller’s six shutouts. Junior midfielder Ali Bourque, junior forward Kendall Tate and sophomore defender Alex Glavey earned spots on the all-NWOC first team.

 

Volleyball: In its first season under coach Kristen Rott, Wilsonville seemed to have a penchant for the dramatic. The Wildcats reached the state quarterfinals for the first time since 2007 — only after defeating Crescent Valley 3-2 ... despite trailing 2-1 early in the match ... and without Rott, who left early due to pregnancy complications. They finished with a 16-6 overall record, a 12-2 mark in the Northwest Oregon Conference and a 4-0 tally in five-set matches. They also snapped a nine-match losing streak against Sherwood with a 3-0 sweep at home Sept. 17. Junior outside hitter Lexy Thompson and sophomore middle blocker Genna Florig made the all-conference first team, while junior setter Hailey Hayes earned a spot on the Class 5A all-tournament second team.

 

Boys cross-country: No returning starters? No problem. Wilsonville continued its reign over the Northwest Oregon Conference with an entirely different lineup than the one it had in 2012, capturing its fourth-straight league title. The Wildcats were represented by three runners in the top 10 at the district finals and ended up placing 10th at the Class 5A championships with 237 points as Bend-Summit (38) cruised to an OSAA title. It was Wilsonville’s 13th trip to the state competition in the last 14 seasons. Wildcats junior Josh Meyer and senior Alex Tomlinson received first-team all-league recognition.

 

Girls cross-country: After missing out on a team state berth by the narrowest of margins in 2012, Wilsonville powered its way back to the Class 5A championships with a second-place finish at this year’s district finals and took 10th at the OSAA meet. Star senior Taryn Rawlings, who led the Wildcats by winning her third NWOC title in 19 minutes 38.0 seconds, wrapped up the fall with the fourth top-10 state finish of her career. She also set the program’s 5,000-meter record with the 17:59.7 that she ran Oct. 11 at Sandelie Golf Course. Of course, Wilsonville wouldn’t have been able to advance past the league meet without the efforts of freshman Haley Prusse (fifth), juniors Emily Gillett (10th), Chloe Tomlinson (13th) and Toni Gowen (15th) and senior Christie Halverson (16th). Rawlings and Prusse were first-team all-league honorees.

 

Boys basketball: It seemed poetic that a freshman extended Wilsonville’s incredible state streak considering the team overcame its relative youth to engineer yet another stellar season. With a clutch overtime free throw in the Wildcats’ win over Portland-Wilson in the round of 16, Zach Reichle vaulted the Wildcats into the OSAA quarterfinals for the sixth year in a row. Wilsonville finished with a 20-8 record — its seventh-straight season with 20-plus victories — and took sixth place at the state tournament. Sophomore wing Tyler Hieb, who received all-state honorable mention and first-team all-conference recognition, bolstered a roster that also featured Reichle and fellow all-league selections Zach Malvar, Sam Bullock Tyler Martin. Chris Roche was named the Northwest Oregon Conference coach of the year.

 

Girls basketball: Wilsonville found its rhythm just a little too late. The Wildcats went 4-3 in their final seven league games after starting Northwest Oregon Conference play at 2-5, but they finished at No. 25 in the Class 5A rankings and narrowly missed out on one of the 24 postseason berths for the second year in a row. Wilsonville went 9-14 overall and 6-8 in the NWOC to tie Liberty for fifth place behind Putnam, Sherwood, Milwaukie and Sandy. Among the highlights for coach Cindy Anderson’s squad was a home win over Liberty in which junior guard Kendall Tate scored the game-winning basket off a steal. ChiAnn Morris and Jocelyn Welberg received all-league honors.

Wrestling: Standout senior Justin Hamilton took fifth place in the 195-pound bracket of the Class 5A championships to become Wilsonville’s first athlete on the state podium in three seasons. Hamilton and eight teammates — Andrew Love (106), Eli Day (132), Colin Cubbage (138), Josiah Day (145), Matthew Dyer (152), Jakob Fulbright (170), Sam Garrison (220) and Tony Munoz (285) — placed at the Northwest Oregon Conference finals, where the Wildcats took fifth place. All nine received all-league recognition. Hamilton, Cubbage, Josiah Day, Fulbright and Munoz qualified for the state tournament to lead Wilsonville, which took fifth place in the NWOC with a 3-4 record in dual meets. The Wildcats, who were also fifth at the district championships with 149 points, took 24th at the OSAA finals with 20 points.

Boys swimming: Standout sophomore Noah Norris made a major impact in his first year at Wilsonville. The North Marion transfer took second place in the Class 5A boys 50-yard freestyle race with a time of 21.80 seconds after winning a district title in the event with a 21.75. Norris added a third-place state finish in the 100 butterfly with a 52.64. He was also a member of the Wildcats’ state-qualifying 200 free relay squad, which also included sophomore Drew Zimmerman and freshmen Chris Glaess and Derek Webb. Wilsonville took third place in the Northwest Oregon Conference behind Liberty and Sherwood before placing ninth at the state competition with nine points.

Girls swimming: Christie Halverson wasn’t going to let a disqualification ruin her last appearance at the state championships. After having a 200-yard freestyle victory nullified for a false start, the star senior edged Bend-Summit junior Mackenzie Halligan to capture an OSAA title in the 500 free with a time of 5 minutes 1.02 seconds. Halverson wrapped up her Wilsonville career with seven combined top-four finishes at Class 5A meets. She won district titles in both of her individual races this season and also qualified for the state championships in two team events, joining Carolina Ramirez-Islas, Hannah Cesario and Bri Fernandez in the 200 free relay and swimming on the 400 free relay with Ramirez-Islas, Cesario and Emma Harms. The Wildcats earned runner-up district honors behind Sandy and took 11th place at the OSAA state meet with seven points.

Skiing: Kevan Gahan and Jack Knutson led Wilsonville to seventh place at the Oregon Interscholastic Ski Racing Association state championships March 6-7 at Mt. Hood Meadows. Gahan took third place out of more than 100 competitors in the boys individual slalom with a time of 1 minute 31.13 seconds over two runs, while Knutson was third out of more than 100 skiers in the boys individual giant slalom with a 1:21.05 in two runs. Jordan Jaffe led the Wildcats on the girls side, taking 40th in the girls giant slalom event.

 

Snowboarding: Thomas Previs took third place in boys slopestyle to lead the Wilsonville snowboarding team at the Oregon Interscholastic Snowboard Association state championships March 13-15 at Mt. Bachelor. Previs earned a score of 76 on his best run, putting him behind only Sandy’s Jeremy Nylund (88) and Tualatin’s Graham Fletcher (79) on the individual leaderboard. As a team, the Wildcats took 11th place in the event with 186 points. Jonathan Goddard scored 61 points in the event to take 18th place. Griffin Frigaard was 45th with 49 points. Kylee Allen represented Wilsonville on the girls side, taking 16th in slopestyle.

 

OHSET: Three riders represented the Wilsonville equestrian team at the state championships May 15-18 at Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center in Redmond. Wildcats freshman Emily McCarthy tied for fourth place in hunt seat over fences at the state competition after tying for fourth in the Tri-River Valley district standings, leading the program to 12th place out of 33 state teams in the small-school division. Emmerson Smith was 17th in showmanship, and Caitlin Kauer took 22nd in steer daubing after earning a district title in the event. Wilsonville entered the state meet after taking second place behind Colton in the small division of the district. 

 

Baseball: In a fitting yet frustrating end to the season, Wilsonville fell 2-1 to Eugene-Churchill in the Class 5A play-in round and missed out on a playoff spot for the first time since 2009. It was the last of six heartbreaking one-run losses for the Wildcats in their inaugural campaign under Bryn Card, who left his post at La Pine to replace Matt Kosderka at Wilsonville. The Wildcats compiled an overall record of 10-16 under Card, including an 8-9 mark in the Northwest Oregon Conference, and took fifth place in the league standings. They finished their year on a seven-game skid. Versatile senior Tanner Crooks received first-team all-NWOC honors as an outfielder and second-team recognition as a pitcher. Junior pitcher Ryan Howe, junior infielder Matt Kelly and senior first baseman Parker Nielsen also made the all-league second team.

Softball: Young players showcased strong potential in Wilsonville’s first season under Mick Johnson, who replaced Dan Kane at the helm. Although the Wildcats went 6-21 overall and 4-10 in the Northwest Oregon Conference, they managed to sneak into the play-in round with the No. 24 ranking in Class 5A before falling 2-0 to Eugene-Marist. They were competitive in many losses, dropping eight games by three runs or fewer. Five of Wilsonville’s six all-league honorees — senior pitcher Sarah Harms, sophomore center fielder Skyler Matthews, sophomore pitcher Lauren Bell, freshman catcher Katie Enbody, junior infielder Hannah Lopez and junior infielder Stephanie Stamnes — are eligible to return next year.

 

Boys tennis: It was a stupendous season for Wilsonville, whose doubles lineup spearheaded a dominant run through the Northwest Oregon Conference under fourth-year coach Matt Snyder. Not only did the Wildcats win the regular-season title with a perfect 12-0 record, but they also captured a district tournament championship and sent three pairs to the Class 5A state doubles championships. Garrett Wright and Husam Zaidan took first place in the district doubles bracket en route to reaching the OSAA quarterfinals, Mikael Karlsson and Ben Scott earned runner-up honors and Quinn Everts and Austin Miller finished in fourth place. All six players earned first-team all-NWOC honors. Wilsonville has produced at least one state-qualifying doubles pair every season since 2007.

Girls tennis: Haley Moss defended her district singles title as she led Wilsonville in a magnificent season under first-year coach Kurt Casad, who replaced Jen Tinker at the helm. The Wildcats, who lost just one match during their Northwest Oregon Conference slate, combined to go 13-4 in singles competition and 8-4 in doubles play at the league tournament. Moss fell to Eugene-Marist star Madisyn Bryant in the state quarterfinals for the second year in a row. Also representing Wilsonville at the Class 5A competition were doubles partners Jessica Small and Madi Wardle, who reached the state quarterfinals, and freshman singles player Keely Petticord. Moss, Small, Wardle and Petticord received first-team all-NWOC recognition.

Boys golf: Despite outstanding performances by junior Chan Lee and sophomore Jake Bell, Wilsonville missed a team berth to the state championships for just the second time in nine seasons after taking third place in the Northwest Oregon Conference behind Sherwood and St. Helens. Lee, who earned district tournament medalist honors with a 72-74 (146), tied for 15th place in his third-straight appearance at the OSAA competition with a 77-81 (158). Bell, who came in fifth place at the NWOC finals, shot a two-day 178 to tie for 55th at the state event. Lee and Bell both received first-team all-league honors. Blake Crane, Spencer Chames and Kris McCormick rounded out the Wildcats’ district lineup.

Girls golf: With junior Audrey Chames and freshman Kaitlyn Howe leading the charge, Wilsonville put together a season for the ages under coach Mike Nichols. After starting the season with three runner-up finishes, the Wildcats captured their first league title since 2004 with a victory at the Northwest Oregon Conference district tournament. And as if those accomplishments weren’t enough, Wilsonville advanced to the OSAA championships as a team for the third-straight year and ended up in third place — the best state finish in program history. Chames placed sixth individually after taking third at the district tournament, while Howe finished in seventh after a runner-up district finish. Both made the all-league first team and the state all-tournament team. Kara Gilbert, Megan Stites and Annika Oetken also made key contributions.

Boys track and field: Wilsonville’s roster featured several standout athletes, and the prospect of a fourth-straight district-meet title was not unfathomable. But the season disintegrated at the wrong time for the Wildcats, who produced only one state qualifier. Junior sprinter Micco Mills took fifth place in the 100-meter dash at the OSAA championships after taking runner-up honors at the district meet, where league leaders Lane Hull (javelin) and Kyle Roberts (pole vault) did not register marks in their respective events. Wilsonville’s top-seeded short relay squad was disqualified at the NWOC finals because of a faulty handoff. The Wildcats ended up in fourth place behind Sandy, Liberty and Sherwood.

Girls track and field: With top talent and impressive depth, Wilsonville took first place in six events en route to winning its first district-meet championship since 2005. Led by individual Northwest Oregon Conference champions Taryn Rawlings, Rebecca Wenz, Jade Weiss and Bethany Cerdan, the Wildcats took sixth place at the Class 5A finals with 35 points and earned a top-10 state finish for the 10th time in 12 seasons under coach David Barkley. Rawlings, who earned runner-up honors in the 5A state 800-meter run, finished her prep career with school records in the 800, 1,500 and 3,000. Other key contributors included Wenz (throws), Weiss (100), Cerdan (200), Meagan Koeroghlian (pole vault) and relay runners Savannah Stehman and Kendall Tate.

Boys lacrosse: Despite injuries to a couple key defenders, Wilsonville reached the state round of 16 for the second year in a row under second-year coach Joe English. The Wildcats, who fell 20-9 to Jesuit, wrapped up their campaign with a 14-7 overall record and a 4-3 mark in conference play to take second place behind Sherwood. Senior midfielders John Hodson and Andrew Fairrington and junior long-stick midfielder Jason Johnson earned first-team all-league nods. Two attackers, senior Michael Town and freshman Zach Shelton, and senior goalkeeper Evan Richardson received second-team recognition. English was named the Northwest League’s coach of the year. Dan Callahan was honored as assistant coach of the year.

 

Girls lacrosse: What Wilsonville really wanted was a state title, but what the team accomplished this season is nothing to scoff at. The Wildcats compiled an overall record of 14-2, won their second-consecutive conference title with a perfect 12-0 tally and reached the state quarterfinals for the second year in a row before falling 12-5 to Oregon Episcopal. They outscored league opponents 219-23. Wilsonville was dominant in its final two seasons under coach Scott Chase, who is stepping down after five years at the helm. Second-team all-state midfielder Abby Chase, a four-time all-league honoree, graduates as the most prolific career point scorer in Oregon history. Alex Monello, Jocelyn Welberg, Alexa Dube, Sarah Johnson and Olivia Chase also earned all-conference recognition.



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