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C.S. Lewis Academy sports round-up: Watchmen off and running in cross country

GRAPHIC PHOTO: GARY ALLEN - While there are no seniors on the C.S. Lewis roster, the team is led by five juniors.

The C.S. Lewis Academy volleyball team is learning the lessons that often come with a lack of experience. A young Watchmen squad with no seniors on the roster and just five juniors is struggling to put together victories this season, but has been able to pick up a couple.

C.S. Lewis is 2-8 on the season and is in the midst of a five-game losing streak. Since dropping three of five games in its home tournament in late August, the team has been busy with Casco League and non-league contests. The team is developing, according to coach Jenna Kuiper, who has previously said this year is one for the program to build itself up and gain valuable experience against tough competition.

The Watchmen's two wins were at the tail end of the C.S. Lewis Invitational, a pair of 2-0 victories over Oak Hill and Glendale. Its most recent five games are losses to Falls City, Yoncalla, Eddyville Charter, Crosshill Christian and Livingstone Adventist Academy. In that dubious streak, they have won just two total sets.

Kuiper's squad hosted Willamette Valley Christian on Tuesday night after press time, and it looks ahead to another home game on Thursday against Jewell. The Watchmen will then go on the road Saturday to play Mapleton and East Linn Christian – with both games played at Mapleton High School.

Cross-country competes in Oregon City

The C.S. Lewis cross-country team – a small group of distance runners – made its way to Oregon City over the weekend for the first official meet of the season. The Watchmen had a single competitor on the boys' side and girls' side.

For the boys, sophomore Nicolas Hurst was the only varsity runner. He finished 92nd out of 121 competitors with a time of 19:56.99 in the 5,000 meter jaunt.

The girls' lone runner was sophomore Jenessa Hoekema, who is recovered from an injury she suffered during basketball season last year. She finished 86th out of 87 competitors on the girls' side with a time of 28:06.12.

C.S. Lewis looks ahead to the Champs Invite meet this Friday in Lebanon. Beyond that, the team is slated to compete at the Southwest Christian Invitational on Sept. 27, the Warner Pacific XC Classic on Oct. 19 and the Valiant Invitational on Oct. 22. The 3A/2A/1A Special District 1 championships are on Nov. 1 at Tualatin High School.

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