Boys and girls will hit the road Friday in Northwest Oregon Conference openers

      -      Lions boys' hoops will open Northwest Oregon Conference action Friday at Hillsboro, eager to keep themselves atop the heap.

St. Helens (6-4 overall) is scheduled for tip-off against the Spartans (4-6), who have won all six head-to-head since coming down from Class 6A three years ago, at 7:15 p.m. Friday after the Lions won 50-40 Wednesday at Hood River Valley (4-8).

St. Helens' girls, 4-6 after a 41-40 loss at Hood River Valley Valley (8-5) Wednesday, will precede the boys against Hillsboro's girls (3-7) and Northwest Oregon Coach of the Year Sara Harsin and all-conference seniors Katherine Salas (a guard) and Isabel Mosley (a forward) at 5:45 p.m.

The Spartans girls have also beaten their rival Lions six times since joining Class 5A, but, as fate would have it, St. Helens can banish Hillsboro to its sixth loss in a row.

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