Individual golfers earn trips to state tournament
PREP BOYS GOLF
St. Helens finished fifth and St. Helens sixth in the Special District 1 regional tournament Monday and Tuesday at Indian Creek Golf Course in Hood River — neither team earning a trip to the Oregon School Activities Association Class 5A tournament.
But two golfers from St Helens and one from Scappoose will play in the state tourney, Wilsonville and Ridgeview.
Scappoose junior Chase Elliott already had secured his state berth by leading all Northwest Oregon Conference golfers at the April 30 district tournament.
From St. Helens, Tyler Tolleshaug and Kalvin Budge played well enough in the regional to qualify for state as well, as individuals not on an advancing team. Tolleshaug had a two-day score of 198, and Budge shot 199, good for 14th and 15th at Hood River.
Elliott had a rough two days, especially on his opening nine of the 36-hole event. He was 12-over-par after eight holes. He rallied, playing his final 10 holes in 5-over on Monday, then shooting an 8-over 80 on Tuesday. His 167 total was third, eight behind first-place Tyler Vassar of The Dalles.
"Tough couple of days for our guys. We really struggled on the toughest course we've played all year," Scappoose coach Ryan Svenson said. "We dug ourselves a hole on Monday and could never get out of it. The wind and the speed and slope of the greens really gave us trouble."
But, he added, "it was a great learning experience for our guys, especially Cooper, Caleb and DJ, who are all relatively new to competitive golf. They all work hard on their games, so hopefully the experience will serve them well in the future.
"We only lose Jaden from this year's group, and the returners seem to enjoy playing and working on their games, so I expect to have a great group back next year."
PREP GIRLS GOLF
St. Helens placed fifth in the Special District 1 tournament Monday and Tuesday at Meadow Lakes Golf Course in Prineville, but Alexus Burgoyne of the Lions earned a trip to state.
Ridgeview was first with a 36-hole score of 795 to claim the team berth to the OSAA 5A tournament, joining conference champions Pendleton and Wilsonville as qualifiers. St. Helens shot 875.
Burgoyne was third individually at Meadow Lakes among golfers not on a qualifying team. She had rounds of 100-89 for a 189 total. The fourth and final individual spot went to Samantha Stansbury of The Dalles at 191.
Next on the scoreboard was St. Helens' Emme Paullus, who shot 93-101 for a 194 total. She tore up the opening nine of the tournament, shooting 38.
• For Scappoose, which didn't have a complete team, Callie Enos led the way, shooting 234.to tie for 27th. Molly Hagen of Scappoose was 30th at 247. Kylee Nutt placed 36th at 253.
Scappoose coach Joe Girres said it was a rewarding spring for his group. One of the highlights was when the Indians finished the regular season with a third-place finish in a NWOC match at Charbonneau — fielding a full varsity team to help complement the play of Enos. Enos came through with a strong score of 52 in the modified Stableford system, placing third, but Girres said he was also highly impressed by the play of his freshmen, who were led by Hope Grogg's 27 points.
Nutt, Hagen and Dlan Dietz helped round out the squad for the Charbonneau match.
"The girls have come so far in such a short period of time," Girres said. "Their success is a direct result of putting in the time, being coachable, and dedication.
"This has been an amazing season of growth for our entire program. I'm very pleased to have had a great ending to our regular season."
Enos wound up second in the league's regular-season standings.
"She had a wonderful year of consistency on the various golf courses we played this season," Girres said. "She is a tremendous leader for our team and someone who leads by example."
PREP BOYS TENNIS
The St. Helens doubles team of Jakob Nelson and Tanner Waid won in the first round of the Northwest Oregon Conference district meet this week at Parkrose High. They beat a team from the host school 1-6, 6-2, 6-2, before falling in the second round.
The other Lions victories in the tournament came in doubles as well. Gianni de Cristofaro and Pablo Gomez-Aparici Vega teamed for a 6-4, 6-4 opening win over a duo from Putnam and later won a consolation match over a Parkrose squad, 8-3.
PREP GIRLS TENNIS
St. Helens senior Olea Opdahl won twice in consolation singles at the NWOC district tournament this week at Parkrose.
After falling to top-seeded and eventual champion Ashley Smith of La Salle Prep, Opdahl downed opponents from Parkrose and Milwaukie, each 8-1, as she reached the consolation semifinals.
Drew Erickson of St. Helens won one singles conso match, 8-3 over a Milwaukie player.
In doubles, the St. Helens team of Maggie Wheeldon and Gurki Kaur opened with a pigs-tail round, 6-4, 6-4 victory and later won their first consolation match, 9-7.
Two other Lions doubles teams — Amanda Taylor and Sofia Strandjord, and Erin Sullivan and Annabelle Robitz — also won once in consolation.
St. Helens and Scappoose are on the outside looking in at the Class 5A playoffs. They're fifth and sixth, respectively, in the Northwest Oregon Conference as the regular season heads into its final week. The top four teams automatically get into the postseason.
St. Helens plays at La Salle Prep at 5 p.m. Friday, then finishes with three games against Hillsboro. Only one of those will be at home — 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 15.
Scappoose has three games next week with Wilsonville — with the Indians at home only on Wednesday, as well, at 5 p.m.
• Last Friday, St. Helens got hitting throughout the lineup as well as a six-hit complete game from pitcher Kaleb Edwards as it beat visiting Milwaukie 7-4. Eight Lions had one hit, and Justin Olson went 2 for 4. Jared Horn and Drew Sullivan each had a double. They also had an RBI, as did Garrett Harris, Jacobi Allen and Cody McKay. Edwards struck out seven and didn't walk a batter.
The Lions dropped games to La Salle Prep 3-0 and 8-4 on Tuesday and Wednesday.
• Scappoose lost its NWOC game last Friday at home against Hillsboro, 7-1. But the Indians scored in the first inning and had a 1-0 lead until the sixth. Hillsboro got two runs in the top of the sixth and five in the seventh, taking advantage of a couple of Indian errors as well as a walk and wild pitch. Scappoose had six hits, one each by six players, with Jordan Buchanan getting a triple. The Indians also drew seven walks while striking out only five times. And the pitching of Logan Travis kept Scappoose in the game most of the way. He struck out nine batters in scattering seven hits over 6.2 innings.
Scappoose also fell 9-8 at Milwaukie on Tuesday and then won a 17-16 wild one at home against the Mustangs on Wednesday.
The Oregon Ducks dropped two of three games at Utah and were eliminated from NCAA playoff contention. Hannah Galey, freshman from Scappoose High, played center field and went 1 for 7, walking twice and scoring two runs. Oregon (22-27, 5-16 Pac-12) will close its season with three home games this week against Arizona State.
• Idaho State senior Mariah Mulcahy, from St. Helens High, picked up a complete-game, Senior Day victory, 6-4, on the mound against Sacramento State. ISU began play in the Big Sky Conference tournament on Wednesday.
• Freshman Hadley Enos helped Mt. Hood Community College go 4-0 last week and improve to 30-5 overall and 24-0 atop the South Division of the Northwest Athletic Conference.
In two wins at Clark CC, Enos played first base and was 5 for 7 with five RBIs, one walk and one run scored.
• Yavapai College freshman Gabie Krueger was 2 for 3 and scored twice in an 8-6 road loss to Chandler-Gilbert CC to close the regular season. Yavapai is 46-12 overall, went 37-11 in the Arizona Community College Athletic Conference and now heads into the May 10-11 National Junior College Athletic Association Region I Division I tournament.
The Michigan Wolverines have won the last five times they have used freshman pitcher Willie Weiss, a former Scappoose player. They downed host Maryland 10-7 last week, with Weiss earning his ninth save. To end the game, he tossed 1.1 hitless innings, with one walk and one strikeout.
COLLEGE TRACK AND FIELD
John Kavulich, a freshman at the University of Portland, recorded a PR of 3:59.11 in the 1,500 meters last week at the Portland Twilight at Lewis & Clark College.
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