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NOTEBOOK: Quarterback Derek Anderson bids farewell to NFL after 14-year pro career

COURTESY PHOTO: MELISSA HOLM - Katie Holm (left) and Tiffany Thompson had high finishes in competition at the recent Oregon High School Equestrian Team state meet in Redmond.EQUESTRIAN

Several St. Helens competitors enjoyed major success at the Oregon High School Equestrian Team state meet May 7-10 at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds Expo Center in Redmond.

Katie Holm finished first in barrel racing and took second in pole bending.

Tiffany Thompson placed second in keyhole. Holm and Thompson also won the state championship in team birangle.

Both qualified for the regionals, which are scheduled for the same facility in Redmond. They'll compete in that event on June 15.

In steer daubing, Kyle Parnell took first and William Chalk fourth at the state meet.

Parnell, Chalk and Thompson were fifth in team penning.

St. Helens also made it to regionals in drill, after placing sixth out of 22 teams.

St. Helens placed fourth at the state meet as a team, behind first-place Canby, runner-up Oregon City and Roseburg.

PREP FOOTBALL

Rainier High's Mike King has been named Oregon Class 3A coach of the year by the Oregon Athletic Coaches Association.

Rainier went undefeated in 2018 and won the state championship game 44-14 against Cascade Christian.

The Columbians (13-0) outscored their 3A title game opponent 30-0 in the second half at Cottage Grove.

Rainier outscored its 13 foes 551-171 and defeated Madras 44-0, Clatskanie 18-7 and Vale 40-13 in the playoffs to reach the championship game.

The title was Rainier's first since 2010.

COLLEGE SOFTBALL

The Oregon Ducks' season ended with one win in their last nine games, going 0-3 at home last weekend against Arizona State. Oregon was 22-30 overall and 5-19 (last) in the Pac-12.

Freshman Hannah Galey from Scappoose finished with a .175 batting average (17 of 97), playing mostly right field and sdtarting 39 games. She drove in 15 runs and scored 18 times, hitting four home runs and two doubles and drawing 21 walks.

• Oregon State wound up with a record of 26-19, including 8-14 (sixth out of nine teams) in conference, with two wins in three home games versus Utah in the final week.

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Senior Michelle Sass from St Helens, a utility player who patroled right field much of the season, hit .200 (11 for 55) this year, with two RBIs, seven runs scored and five doubles.

• Idaho State bowed out of the Big Sky tournament with losses of 2-1 to Northern Colorado in 12 innings and then 15-0 to Sacramento State in five innings. Mariah Mulcahy, a senior pitcher from St. Helens, fell to 4-11 with the second-game loss.

• Freshman catcher/infielder Hadley Enos did not play as Mt. Hood Community College lost twice at Centralia and slipped to 26-2 in the Northwest Athletic Conference and 32-7 for the season.

• Freshman Gabie Krueger from Scappoose and Yavapai College (Prescott, Arizona) had their season end with two losses in the NJCAA Region I Division I tournament.

Krueger, a catcher/utility player, was 2 for 4 with an RBI in an 11-5 losers' bracket loss to Pima CC. She finished with a .385 season batting average(25 for 65), with 10 RBIs and 18 runs scored, along with five doubles, one triple and three home runs in 24 games.

COLLEGE BASEBALL

Freshman pitcher Willie Weiss, a former Scappoose High player, took the loss in relief as Michigan fell to Indiana on May 11. Weiss is 2-2, with nine saves and a 2.93 ERA in 19 appearances and 30.2 innings.

COLLEGE TRACK AND FIELD

Portland State freshman Linnaea Kavulich ran 15th in prelims for the 1,500 meters at the Big Sky championships in Missoula, Montana. The top eight advanced to the finals. She clocked 4:44.10.

• Portland Pilots freshman John Kavulich set a PR in the 5,000 at the West Coast Invite at Salem. He finished ninth in 14:57.09. He previous best was 15:38.05, set in his only other collegiate attempt at the distance, on March 16.

NFL

Veteran quarterback Derek Anderson from Scappoose announced his retirement last week.

Anderson was on the Buffalo Bills' roster, but his status for the 2019 season became unclear when the Bills signed undrafted free agent QB Tyree Jackson out of xxxxx. That move gave Buffalo four quarterbacks — and NFL teams typically carry three.

Anderson and Matt Barkley were on board as backups to starter Josh Allen — but Buffalo general manager Brandon Beane revealed last week that Anderson had indicated to him before this year's draft that he was seriously contemplaing retirement.

"Before the draft, we did a little more work on quarterbacks and watched some guys once we got this word regarding Derek," Beane told nfl.com. "We were thrilled with the opportunity to bring Tyree in here and let him compete. Especially since he was going to have the chance to start as the No. 3 instead of the No. 4, if 'DA did retire. Which he did."

The 6-6, 235-pound Anderson, 35, leaves the NFL playing ranks after playing 14 seasons.

He was a sixth-round draft pick out of Oregon State, chosen by the Baltimore Ravens in 2005. He never played for Baltimore, which waived him. But he was signed the next day by the Cleveland Browns, and played with them for five seasons. He led the Browns to a 10-5 record in 15 starts in 2007 — the club's first 10-win season in 24 years.

Anderson went on to serve mostly as a backup with the Arizona Cardinals (2010) and Carolina Panthers (2011-17), before going to Buffalo last season.

In his career, he passed for 10,878 yards and 60 touchdowns in 78 games.

Anderson made the Pro Bowl in 2007.

Anderson tweeted a farewell note on Monday, tagging the teams he played for in the NFL.

"Well here we are," he wrote. "I was just a guy. But still it took a village to help me thru this journey. The teammates, coaches, staff, trainers, eq, friends and most importantly my wife and family. But it's made me who I am today!"

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