PREPS: Local high school sports notes
Portland Interscholastic League
Mfon Udoka, former Benson basketball star, WNBA player and captain of the Nigerian women's basketball team, recently was inducted into the DePaul Athletic Hall of Fame.
Udoka was a standout in the 2004 Athens Olympics. Her brother is San Antonio Spurs assistant coach and former NBA/Portland State guard Ime Udoka. She graduated from Benson in 1994.
Youth is being served at Cleveland. In track, freshman Tessa Robinson made it to the state meet in the 100, but failed to qualify for the finals. In girls tennis, sophomore Haiying Kuang reached the second round of the Class 6A singles. And in boys golf, freshman Alex Cheriel tied for 62nd in the state tournament at Quail Valley in Banks. Warriors sophomore Jonny Carr tied for 73rd.
Franklin will be in its rebuilt school for 2017-18, and the Quakers athletic department is excited about its new facilities.
"Thanks go to the taxpayers of the city of Portland," athletic director Scott Santangelo says.
Franklin students have spent two years on the Marshall Campus, 2 1/2 miles away from the original school, which opened in 1914.
Franklin's new gym is all but ready to go. It will have three courts, including an auxiliary floor upstairs. It will seat 1,700 and have a capacity of perhaps 2,000, Santangelo says. It has been built much in the style of the gym at the new Sandy High.
Franklin will play host to a "high-end" girls basketball tournament the week after Christmas 2017, with teams from out of state as well included. Franklin won't be in the tourney this year because it has committed to play a tournament at Summit, but the Quakers plan to be part of the holiday tournament at their school the following year.
While the PIL has yet to nail down sites for district competitions next school year, the new Franklin gym is being considered as the possible site for a new PIL Wrestling Showcase in midseason.
Several district meets now take place on the Marshall campus, in part because that facility offers 450 parking spaces. But the PIL and Franklin will have a new Quakers track at its disposal.
The new football/soccer field will be aligned north-south instead of the old east-west configuration, with new grandstands on the western, 52nd Avenue side of the facility.
Football/soccer in the Franklin bowl will have artificial turf. So, too, will the upper-level baseball infield and softball center field (both teams will play there).
And, talks are ongoing with a local soccer club after a deal that would enable the baseball/softball outfield to also get artificial turf.
Junior Jackson Heath tied for 73rd in the 6A boys golf tournament at Quail Valley.
The Democrats football team, 6-3 last season despite playing only three home games, will play at Jeff six times during the 2017 regular season, barring any late changes by the PIL.
The first game is Sept. 1 at home against Redmond, and another big game figures to be on Sept. 8, when Westview visits Jefferson for a rematch of last year's state playoff game, won 52-38 by the host Wildcats, who got pushed to the wire in the first-round matchup.
In boys golf, Lincoln was 11th out of 12 teams in the 6A tourney, with sophomore Nate Stember tying for ninth. He had back-to-back 76s for an 8-over 152 total at Quail Valley in Banks. Winner Sam Pyon, a Clackamas sophomore, shot 144.
• The Lincoln girls golf team took 12th in the 6A tournament at Emerald Valley in Creswell. Sophomore Sophia Zhang, the PIL champion, tied for 30th.
Four underclassmen made the all-PIL softball second team, including the battery of freshman pitcher Marley Johnson and sophomore catcher Nina Madeco. The others were infielder Mackenzie Villegas, a sophomore, and outfielder Ally Schuell, a junior.
Three of four Roughriders on the all-PIL softball team figure to be back next season — pitcher Grace Ferres and catcher Dominique Deo, both juniors this year, and fellow junior Anna Mills in the infield. The other all-PIL Roosevelt player in 2017 was senior outfielder Jenesis Spires.
The Trojans baseball team made it to the second round of the OSAA playoffs, losing 5-1 at Grant on Wednesday.
In the classroom, Wilson ranked No. 1 in 6A with a team GPA of close to 3.65 and seven players carrying 4.0s.
OTHER CLASS 6A
Rams senior Allie Slingsby tied for 30th out of 86 players in the 6A girls golf tournament at Emerald Valley..
Former David Douglas softball standout Destiny Kuehl, a senior third baseman at Western Oregon, was named to the all-Great Northwest Athletic Conference team for the second time in three years. She was chosen unanimously by the league's coaches.
In 2016-17, the Crusaders boys athletic program won three state titles (swimming, golf and tennis), with lacrosse in the quarterfinals as of last week. Also, Jesuit's boys placed second in track and field, third in cross country and reached the state semifinals in soccer.
The Jesuit girls were state champions in cross-country and track and field. The Crusaders were second in swimming, third in golf, fourth in volleyball and tennis and a semifinalist in soccer.
St. Mary's Academy
The Blues are sending several athletes to the ranks of college athletics.
The list includes Bendu Yeaney, basketball, Indiana Hoosiers; Lara Rix, cross-country/track and field, Washington University; Mackenzie Fedota, volleyball, Loyola Maryland; Hanna Brush, sailing, Tufts; Claire Adams, volleyball, Dominican (Chicago); Camille Marshall, soccer, Whitman; MaryCatherine Morgan, track and field, Colorado School of Mines; and Caroline Hall, swimming, Linfield.
La Salle Prep
The Falcons finished sixth in the 5A boys golf tournament at Quail Valley, 17 shots ahead of seventh-place Thurston and 11 back of fifth-place Marist Catholic.
A junior, Matt Werner, led La Salle, placing fifth with a 13-over 157. Three shots back, senior Jonah Pemberton tied for ninth.
The Broncos boys basketball team is seeking a new head coach.
After three years at Parkrose, JC Alexander is taking over the program at his alma mater, Mountain View High in Vancouver, Wash.
"It's one of those dreams come true for coaches, being able to go back — whether it's college or high school," Alexander says.
Alexander took over the Parkrose program in 2014 and got the Broncos to the state playoffs all three seasons. A trip to Corvallis for the final eight in 2016 was Parkrose's first state tournament appearance in more than 25 years. The Broncos finished seventh that year and third this past season.
Parkrose will have a younger team next season, but Alexander believes the success can continue for Broncos basketball.
"I think they can keep sustaining postseason play and being one of the best teams in the league. There is definitely some young talent there," Alexander says.
A 2004 Mountain View graduate who played for the Thunder, Alexander has been working at nearby Evergreen High while coaching at Parkrose. He will have a position at Mountain View beginning in the fall. He says being able to work close to home was a big factor for his wife and young son.
As a freshman at Clark College, Alexander suffered a knee injury that ended his dream of playing high-level basketball. He went on to earn bachelor's and masters degrees from Warner Pacific, and began coaching as an assistant for at Vancouver's Union High in 2008.
He credits Parkrose basketball alumni for helping him return the program to the state playoffs and says he already has reached out to former Mountain View players.
"Being able to bring (former Parkrose players) back and share their experiences with the current kids was big," Alexander says. "I think the kids really took to it and realized that they're part of something bigger. I think in the generation today, seeing a bigger picture is really challenging for kids."
He says connecting with former Broncos helped his players to "create their own (legacy) within the rich history of Parkrose.".
In boys golf, Oregon Episcopal School was second in the 3A/2A/1A tournament at Eagle Crest, two spots higher than in 2016.
OES had a 670 total, 94-over, which trailed Cascade Christian by 12 shots but was 29 better than third-place Blanchet Catholic.
Portland Adventist Academy was fourth at 700, and Columbia Christian took ninth at 747.
OES junior Alden Felstiner tied for fourth at 13-over 157, and Aardvarks junior Will Ackerman tied for 13th (164).
Catlin Gabel senior Will Conyers was eighth at 159.
PAA's top three finished in the top 22 — senior Mark Janta (165, tied for 15th), freshman Damon Wong (167, tied for 18th) and senior Jack Stinson, (173, 22nd).
Typhoon Thongprakob, a Columbia Christian junior, was 17th at 166.
n In girls golf, OES took third in 4A/3A/2A/ 1A. The Aardvarks' 767 total, 90-over, led fourth-place Blanchet Catholic by 13 strokes. St. Mary's of Medford won at 706, and Heppner/Ione was next at 740.
OES freshman Anna Li nabbed sixth place with a 23-over 165 total at Trysting Tree in Corvallis. Sophomore Rhea Mehta was 17th at 194, senior Clem Dorsey tied for 19th at 196, and sophomore Lucy Hu tied for 30th at 212.