PREPS: Local high school sports notes
PORTLAND INTERSCHOLASTIC LEAGUE
Freshman Micah Williams goes into the PIL district track and field meet, Wednesday and Friday at Franklin (Marshall campus), as the fastest sprinter (10.78, 22.06 seconds in the 100 and 200 meters).
Sophomore Haiying Kuang, the No. 4 girls seed, earned a trip to state and took third in the PIL district tennis tournament last week, winning her final match, 6-1, 6-1.
• The Warriors boys have four PIL leaders going into the district meet. Senior Peter Gregory has a slim edge in both hurdles, with season-bests of 15.49 and 40.42. Junior Gabe Knepper is No. 1 in the 400 (51.01), and junior Sean Neuman has a one-inch lead in the long jump (21-9).
The Quakers (14-1 in league) can clinch their second PIL softball title outright with a win in one of their final two regular-season games (Tuesday vs. Cleveland at Lents Park, Wednesday at Madison), or another loss by second-place Roosevelt (10-4).
Franklin went 5-0 in four days last week.
"It was a haul," coach Gina Aman says. "Our kids had to be physically and mentally tough. We played some good ball."
A key game came Wednesday at Delta Park, where Franklin beat Roosevelt 9-2.
"Our kids came to play," Aman says. "We had 16 kids and played great defense (behind pitcher Samanthan Brauckmiller). The girls put everything together that we'd been working on, and they battled through the 82-degree weather we hadn't seen all season. They were loose and excited and had a lot of fun."
The Quakers have won 13 games in a row.
"I'm enjoying watching these girls," Aman says.
That includes watching them hit up and down the lineup, with the occasional long ball, like the 230-foot blast by catcher Maggie Brauckmiller off Roosevelt ace Grace Ferres.
"We're more about hitting line drives, hitting the ball hard up the middle, hitting a lot of doubles and going base to base," Aman says. "Hitting is contagious, so once a couple girls get hits, things start to happen. Everybody wants to get that next hit."
• Senior Sarah Duran capped her PIL tennis play with a runner-up showing in the district tournament.
Senior Andrew Finkelman, who has been second and first in the state the past two years, claimed his first PIL boys singles tennis crown last week at Portland Tennis Center.
Finkelman predictably cruised to the finals, where he won 6-2, 6-0 over Lincoln senior Will Leach.
• The Generals have some girls star power going into the Wednesday/Friday district track meet.
Senior Cassin Wright has the PIL's best marks in the 100, 200 and 400 (12.86, 26.14, 59.75) and is expected to run two individual events and in two relays (Grant leads the league in the 4x400 and is close to Lincoln in the 4x100).
Junior Judith Baxter Game is No. 1 in the long jump (18 feet, 10 inches) and triple jump (37-10 3/4) and is a relay contributor, too.
Senior Khiarica Rasheed has the longest discus throw in the PIL (105-9).
If Wright sits out the 400, Grant still could get first, as versatile sprinter Zoe Shaw has the No. 2 PIL time (59.90).
• Grant entered the week third in the PIL in softball (9-6) and tied for second with Wilson in baseball (12-2).
The Democrats won't have their potential 1-2 punch in the PIL girls shot put this week, as defending champion Tiana A'au and twin sister/senior Tiara A'au are going ahead with plans to focus on rugby.
"I could have seen both of them go 40 feet (in the shot)," coach Larry Warren says. "But they have a love and a passion for rugby, and that comes before anything for them."
• Up in the air heading into this week was the status of senior Ramontre Williams, who took the PIL boys lead in the high jump with a leap of 6-5 last week — in his first action since April 18.
"He had to bring his grades up," Warren says, adding that Williams, a senior, will have to keep them there this week in order to compete at district.
Williams hadn't run track since 2014, when he entered only three meets. He's had "little to no training," but Warren says he's always had great potential.
"When he came to Jeff as a freshman, I told him he could be the best athlete to ever come out of here," Warren says.
Classroom work always got in the way, the coach says.
"Some kids who are really good athletes, unfortunately, aren't able to perform as they should in the classroom," Warren says. "Ramontre could be an Olympian. I've been coaching for more than 25 years. You can spot that talent."
Williams is third on the 2017 PIL list in the long jump (20-9).
"He could do just about any event for us," Warren says. "He could still do big things in track (in college), but it would take a lot of focus in the classroom and support."
• Jefferson has other potential scorers for the district boys, including freshman Elijah Elliott (second-ranked in the 300 hurdles and third-ranked in the 110 hurdles) and junior Xavier Miller, who ranks third in the 200.
The Cardinals swept to team titles in last week's district tennis championships at Portland Tennis Center.
The boys and girls both earned the top four places in doubles, while sophomore Maggie Satchwell won the girls singles title and senior Will Leach took second to Grant's Andrew Finkelman in boys singles.
Satchwell was the top seed, and Leach was seeded second.
In boys doubles, seniors and top seeds Elliot Nuss and Riley Wilson beat seniors Fritz Hergenhan and Guido Rahr 6-3, 6-2 in the finals.
In the third-place match, freshman James Chen and sophomore Danny Luo downed seniors Maayez Iman and Aaron Leng, 6-4, 6-2.
Hergenhan and Rahr, who were seeded third, knocked off No. 2-seeded Chen and Luo, 6-4, 2-6, 7-6, in the semifinals. "They were really going after each other," coach Jay Wilson says.
Leach posted a 6-4, 6-4 semifinals victory over No. 3 seed Caden Samcutty of Wilson.
Sophomore Allen Song of Lincoln took fourth in singles.
Satchwell's girls crown came over Franklin senior Sarah Duran, the No. 2 seed, and after a good match with Cleveland sophomore Haiying Kuang, who was seeded fourth.
In girls doubles, sisters Emily and Julia Rees (senior and freshman) took the title from the No. 1 position. Second was the team of senior Carly Allen and sophomore Camilla Morse. Lincoln got third with seniors Jennifer Song and Machik Hunter, as well as fourth with senior Marissa Friedman and freshman Cate Miller.
All eight Cardinals doubles teams are headed to state. The OSAA 6A tournament is May 18-20 at Tualatin Hills Tennis Center.
Emily Rees won state two years ago with sister Taylor, who just finished her sophomore season playing for Portland State. Emily has signed to play for Nebraska.
"Emily and Julia weren't sure at first whether they wanted to play together (in doubles)," Lincoln coach Sue Basham says, "but at the end of the day they did and had fun."
• The deep and talented Lincoln girls track team enters the district meet as the favorite this week, even without one competitor, senior Annika Steele, who has battled hip and knee injuries during her career.
• Lincoln girls golf swept through the PIL season to earn a trip back to the 6A championships, May 15-16 at Emerald Valley in Creswell.
Top players are sophomores Sophia Zhang, Elizabeth Merenda and Anna Reverman, juniors Kelly Ryu and Berritt Heinz-Morris and senior Evelyn Rosendahl.
Zhang has led the way this spring, with Merenda and Ryu next in line. Ryu was the team's top scorer in the PIL finale last Wednesday at Heron Lakes.
In baseball, Cleveland and Madison are tied for fourth place and the final automatic OSAA playoff berth from the PIL. Both are 6-8 in league, with the Warriors playing Roosevelt, and Madison to meet winless Benson in a three-game series this week. Cleveland and Madison split two games.
• Sophomore Rosie Folger-vent cleared a PR 10-6 in the pole vault last week to move into the 6A top 10 this season.
The Roughriders have a handful of boys who figure to contend for state berths or place in their events at this week's district track and field meet.
Sophomore Cabree Figueroa enters as the PIL's top boys triple jumper (43-5 1/2).
Senior Josiah Greene is fourth in the triple jump (40-11 1/4) and second in the 110 hurdles (16.52). He was third in the district hurdles a year ago.
Senior Gene Taka's main event is the shot put. He's been battling a sore elbow but ranks second in the PIL (45-5).
Freshman high jumper Kiesean Sanders improved his best from 5-4 to 6-0 last week, which moved him into a tie for fourth on the PIL chart. "The coaches had been working with him on the individual components, and he put it all together," coach Jonquil Vann-Tessmer says.
And, junior Lammi Kalil is seventh in the PIL at 3,000 meters after cracking the nine-minute mark at the April 28 Nike/Jesuit Twilight.
• On the girls side, soph Ahliah Nordstrom's best event is the shot (she ranks second in the PIL at 34-10), and she will be favored to win. She also has a chance to make state in the discus, where she is tied for third in the league.
The Trojans (12-2 in the PIL) go into their final PIL baseball series with an outside shot at a league title. Wilson is tied with Grant for second place, both one game behind Lincoln (13-1), and the Trojans and Cardinals are scheduled to meet three times this week.
Wilson (15-6 overall) upped its winning streak to 13 games last week with a sweep of Cleveland, 9-0, 8-1, 2-1.
The Trojans will play host to the Cardinals on Thursday and Friday and play Lincoln on its home Ron Tonkin Field in Hillsboro on Wednesday.
OTHER CLASS 6A
The Rams baseball team rebounded from a six-game skid with three wins in a row going into this week.
A 7-0 victory came at Gresham in their April 29 series finale, shortly after the Rams learned that longtime Central Catholic staffer and sports supporter Sister Jerome Zerr had died at age 72.
"No doubt that gave us a little extra motivation," coach Brian Grant says. "But that was a tough day for all of us, and you never know how teenagers and players are going to react to the loss of someone who was so loved and revered."
The Rams' turnaround on the diamond also seemed like it was just a matter of time. Central Catholic had taken Gresham to eight and 13 innings in the first two games of the series. The Rams led into the seventh inning in both games before falling 5-3, 6-4 to the second-place team in the Mt. Hood Conference.
"I felt we were on the brink of getting out of our slump," Grant says.
Some adjustments in the field and batting order helped change the fortunes of the Rams, who beat David Douglas 11-1 and 8-0 last week. Senior Cade O'Toole moved from shortstop to third base, with the Rams putting junior Will Sprouse at short.
Some good pitching performances helped a lot, too. Senior John Hallman tossed an eight-strikeout two-hitter in the win over Gresham. Junior Sam Matterazzo blanked David Douglas on three hits, with nine strikeouts.
At the plate, sophomore Patrick Muskat homered against Gresham and David Douglas.
"I've never lost faith that this team can play with anybody," Grant says. "I always felt we had some good depth and a lot of tools. We just had a rough patch where a lot of things weren't going our way, and we were shooting ourselves in the foot at inopportune times.
"Baseball rewards good baseball, and we were playing consistently good baseball through seven innings."
The Rams hope to make the postseason; they'll finish league play with games today at Reynolds and Friday against the Raiders at Walker Stadium.
"This team's best asset, which they showed me through the losing streak, is that they've never doubted one another and never stopped pulling for one another," Grant says. "They've really come together as a team."
• The Rams boys tennis team has been running second to Clackamas all season in the MHC. Senior Joey Schwartz is the No. 1 seed at the district tournament, which ends Wednesday at David Douglas. He's backed by sophomore Henry Anderson at No. 2 singles. CC's top doubles is the senior duo of Noah Grabe and Santi Giordano. The No. 2 doubles crew consistes of Max Diess and Grayson Robbins.
Paul Wallulis is back as coach, after a long run, and his son and former Rams player Erik is his assistant. Erik played tennis for Bard College in New York and then spent three years teaching English in Japan.
The Scots softball team was ranked 30th in 6A after its 11-1 victory over Central Catholic on Saturday. Junior Sydney Wallstrum got things started with a two-run double in the first inning, when DD took a 5-0 lead. She had two of the team's four doubles in a 12-hit day. Junior Bailey Haines had a two-run single, and sophomore Chloe Matthews hit a walk-off double in the sixth.
The Crusaders are third in the state RPI in girls lacrosse and on a six-game win streak. Jesuit leads the Metro at 8-0 and is 11-3 overall with regular-season matches remaining at home against Tigard on Tuesday and at Southridge on Thursday.
Leading scorers for the Crusaders: Emily Steele (45 goals, 18 assists), Ella Smith (41, 11), Margaux Rajotte (39 goals, 13 assists), Isabella Sobol (29, 17), Grace Lee (17, 9) and Taylor Hamper (13, 5).
St. Mary's Academy
Indiana-bound senior Bendu Yeaney was named to the all-state girls basketball team by USA Today, one of four guards and a forward/center on the top five. She averaged 28.3 points per game last season.