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Scappoose keeps swinging well in Northwest Oregon Conference play.

The Indians, led by Chase Elliott, took first in Monday's match at Stone Creek Golf Club in Oregon City. They turned in a score of 362 on a wet day to beat the host school, La Salle Prep, by 12 shots. Wilsonville was third at 388, and St. Helens took fourth at 397.

Elliott fired a par 72 for a 10-stroke edge on runner-up Owen Tunstill from La Salle Prep.

Elliott had three birdies, two of them as he shot a 2-under 34 on the front nine. He birdied the 10th to get to 3-under before finishing the longer, more difficult back nine in 38.

"Chase was really good once again … on a course that is state tournament quality," coach Ryan Svenson said.

Cooper Ragan was the second-low scorer for Scappoose with a career-best 90. He had a 43 on the back nine.

"Cooper continues to play better every round," Svenson said. "He made a couple of little changes to his swing recently, and that's start to pay off for him. He's hitting the ball really well."

Kalvin Budge paced St. Helens with a 92, and Tyler Tolleshaug was second for the Lions with a 95.

Scappoose has moved into a tie with Wilsonville for first place in the league season with three tourneys to play.

"It's pretty simple — if we win two of our next three, we are league champs and automatically qualify for state," Svenson said. "Our guys are working hard to make that happen, and we feel like our best golf is ahead of us."


The young St. Helens Lions continue to compete and improve.

Through Wednesday, they'd played three matches, all at home, falling to Hood River and La Salle Prep and edging Woodburn 5-4.

Against Woodburn, the Lions won three doubles matches and claimed points in the two other doubles spots due to forfeits. Woodburn prevailed in singles, though St. Helens senior Pablo Gomez-Aparici Vega, in the No. 1 spot, put up a strong fight in a match that lasted three hours.

Another big effort came in singles from senior Trevor Johnson. He trailed 5-1 in the first set but got it to 6-4, then won the second set before falling in the third.

The Lions' top doubles team, featuring juniors Tanner Waid and Jakob Nelson, dropped their first set against Woodburn and were down 5-6 and love-40 in the second set before rallying to extend the match and eventually win 6-2 in the third set. That match took two hours.

The No. 2 doubles pairing of senior Zachary Wegner and freshman Samuel Moehring came through as well against Woodburn.

St. Helens coach Ryan Ward also has been impressed by freshmen Kodi Miller and Dylan Shafer in the No. 3 doubles spot.

"They just picked up a racquet three weeks ago and are doing well already. I'm excited to watch them play," Ward said.


The St. Helens Men's Golf Club, following its annual spring meeting on March 20, has announced its 2019 summer schedule, with play set for 14 weeks at Wildwood Golf Course.

League play will be on Mondays and Tuesdays, with the weeks of May 27 (Memorial Day) and July 15 bye weeks.

Individual membership in the club costs $60 per person, with seniors (over 60) paying $50 and team sponsorship $70. With paid dues, golfers will become members of the Oregon Golf Association. OGA membership provides each player with a USGA handicap index, subscription to Golf Digest, numerous rate reductions on golf courses in Oregon, periodic passes to Nike, Adidas and Columbia Sportswear stores, summer league play (as a team member or sub) and tournaments held by the club (league championship, club championship, turkey and ham shoots).

To join or for information, contact Bob Medley, president, St. Helens Men's Club, 503-781-0271, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Oregon freshman Hannah Galey from Scappoose High helped the Ducks go 3-1 on a trip last weekend to Columbia, Missouri. Oregon (16-19) beat Pittsburgh 9-1 in five innings and 4-3, and split with host Missouri, winning 4-1 before losing 8-0 in five innings. Galey started in right field and was a combined 2 for 7, with two walks, two runs scored, one double and one RBI.

The Ducks go to Los Angeles this weekend for three games against UCLA, ranked No. 1 in the nation.

• Oregon State (19-14) was able to play only one of three scheduled games at home against Stanford last week because of wet conditions. Starting OSU right fielder Michelle Sass, a senior from St. Helens High, doubled for one of the Beavers' three hits in a 3-2 loss.

Oregon State plays three games at California this weekend.

• Idaho State senior Mariah Mulcahy, from St. Helens High, has been a key pitcher again this season for the Bengals (14-19, 4-3 in the Big Sky). She leads the team in starts (11) and appearances (19) and is 3-8 with one save and a 4.71 ERA. In 71 1/3 innings, she has allowed 98 hits, with 50 strikeouts and 31 walks.

ISU is tied for third in the conference and has eight regular-season games remaining. The top six finishers go to a double-elimination postseason tournament.


Michigan freshman pitcher Willie Weiss, a former Scappoose High player, picked up a win and a loss last week. He got the victory in a three-inning closing stint as the Wolverines beat Minnesota 5-3, then took the loss in two innings of bullpen work in an 8-7, 10-inning defeat to Indiana State. He gave up two hits and one run in each outing.

Weiss struck out the side in one inning versus Minnesota and, after allowing a walk and single in the ninth inning, got a ground ball double play to end the threat.

Wolverines coach Erik Bakich told The Michigan Daily that Weiss "shows tremendous poise unlike a typical freshman when he's out there. He stays in control, doesn't seem to get rattled … that's a very important trait for a pitcher to have that type of demeanor."


John Kavulich, a freshman at the University of Portland, ran a personal-best 4 minutes, 3.27 seconds in the 1,500, placing 16th in last week's John Knight Twilight in Monmouth. His previous best of 4:06.24 had come two weeks earlier at the Willamette Invitational.

• Linnaea Kavulich, in her first year at Portland State, clocked an outdoor PR of 2:21.22 in the 800 at the same meet. She finished second out of 13 runners and behind Corban sophomore Sydney Nichol (PR 2:20.98).

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