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McNabb in all-star game; Scappoose athletes go to regionals; Weiss reaches College World Series

All-star football

Scappoose High's Connor McNabb will represent the Indians on the South team in Saturday's Les Schwab Tires Bowl at Hillsboro Stadium.

Kickoff against the North is 6 p.m.

McNabb was chosen for the 35-play South squad as one of eight players from Class 5A Special District 1. The others all hail from Wilsonville or Pendleton.

The annual all-star football game pits North versus South, each side featuring top graduating seniors from 6A and 5A high schools.

The North won 24-7 last year to take a 34-33-4 lead in the series, which began in 1948 as the Shrine Game and has been a fundraiser for charity ever since.

Indian equestrians

COURTESY PHOTO - Equestrian athletes from Scappoose include (from left) Miranda Heller, Gracie Krauter, Caitlyn Ulvi.Several Scappoose athletes are headed to regional action this weekend at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds Expo Center in Redmond, after placing high in the state meet there May 7-10.

In the state rankings, Shayla Matsumoto was golden in reining, with Elois Farnsworth fifth. Farnsworth also took bronze in hunt seat over fences, while Kaitlin Davis earned bronze in barrels and teamed with Molly Gray for fifth in birangle.

Davis was the year-end senior champion in district in high point timed events and was first in individual timed events, with a record time in pole bending. She was first in barrels, keyhole and figure 8, and with Gray took second in birangle.

Farnsworth was ranked first in distrit in hunt seat over fences and third in reining, where Jordan Roth was first and Matsumoto third.

Gray was second in barrels.

Davis, Miranda Heller, Farnsworth and Gracie Krauter took silver in the district rankings for team versatility.

Carolyn Ulvi, Heller and Krauter got the bronze in district for team penning.

The regional Pacific Northwest Invitational Championships are Friday through Sunday.

Notice to Lions fans

The St. Helens Sports Booster Club is warning sponsors aware of a scam involving ad sales in the Yellow Calendars. According to the club, an outside agency (Sports Media) from Omaha, Nebraska, has been sending St. Helens area businesses invoices for St. Helens Sports Calendars.

The club says it does not outsource that task. So anyone suspicious about correspondence from the boosters can contact the St. Helens athletic department, 503-397-1900.

Wolverines hurler

Willie Weiss, a former Scappoose pitcher, is headed to the College World Series as a freshman with the University of Michigan.

Michigan's first game in the eight-team, double-elimination tournament at Omaha, Nebraska is 11 a.m. Saturday against eighth-ranked Texas Tech.

The unranked Wolverines (46-20) knocked off No. 1-ranked UCLA on its home field in last weekend's NCAA Super Regionals, taking the third game 4-2 on Sunday night.

Weiss, a 6-3, 205-pound right-hander, appeared in relief in Game 2 against the Bruins (52-11). The first batter he faced led off the top of the 11th and got on base via a throwing error by Michigan's second baseman. The right fielder committed an error on the next play, putting runners on second and third. Then Weiss intentionally walked a batter to load the bases before giving way to a fellow Wolverine.

Michigan got out of the jam with a double play and ground out, but UCLA scored in the 12th for a 5-4 victory.

Michigan had opened the Super Regional at Los Angeles with a 3-2 victory over UCLA on June 7.

Weiss made two appearances, one each versus Cincinnati and Creighton, in the regional round at Corvallis' Goss Stadium as Michigan advanced by winning three of four games May 31-June 3.

He totaled 1.2 regional innings, allowing no hits and one run, with two walks and three strikeouts.

This season, he has pitched 38 innings in 26 stints, allowing 25 hits and posting a 3.08 ERA, with 50 strikeouts and 32 walks.

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