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Notebook/League play to begin for Scappoose, St. Helens girls soccer teams/Lions will host Saturday volleyball tourney

COURTESY PHOTO: JOHN BREWINGTON - Jezarel Ortiz of St. Helens battles for the ball during a home game Tuesday against Liberty.Two new head varsity coaches are in place in Columbia County.

Jake Ramiskey will guide the St. Helens boys basketball program, and Lindsey Johnson has taken over Scappoose softball.

Ramiskey is a former Lions player (Class of 2013), and he has been on the St. Helens hoops staff since 2014, serving last season as varsity assistant.

Johnson played softball at Scappoose, then competed one year at Western Oregon University. She has been teaching in the Scappoose School District for about 14 years, having started with fourth-grade classes at Otto Petersen Elementary. She is in her fourth year at Scappoose Middle School as a physical education instructor. She was an Indians assistant softball coach last year.

Prep girls soccer

After being tested in several challenging preseason games, Scappoose and St. Helens are about to begin Northwest Oregon Conference play.

Scappoose (4-2-1) is ranked second in Class 5A by the Oregon School Activities Association heading into a showdown with No. 8 Wilsonville at Scappoose, 4:15 p.m. Wednesday.

"I'm pleased with where we are and how we did this preseason," Scappoose coach Summer Jark said.

The Indians' most-recent game was against a 6A contender, Tualatin (6-1-0). The Timberwolves won 3-0 at Scappoose.

"Tualatin was a great challenge for us," Jark said. "They had a big-time superstar (forward Cally Togiai), so it was a good foreshadow because Wilsonville is going to be very tough as well next week. It was good to see some things and fine-tune some things.

"I was really proud of the girls. I thought they worked until the final whistle and stayed positive. They did a really good job with a lot of things things. It was very clear that Tualatin had one girl (Togiai) who was very dangerous. That was the tough piece for us. Other than that, we had opportunities. We just have to finish those when they do come against a really strong, solid team."

St. Helens' first NWOC game is 7 p.m. Wednesday at Putnam. The Lions hope to be close to full strength, after injuries to junior midfielder Maria Reardon, senior defender Kelsey Elliott and freshman forward Hannah Hayduk.

"They're all really good teams in our league," St. Helens coach Angie Nichols said. "It's going to be a challenge for us, being that we are such a young team and dealing with injuries."

St. Helens used a 4-5-1 formation in a 5-0 Tuesday loss at home against Liberty. Nichols said the score didn't reflect how well her team played, as the Lions hadn't practiced the defensive-minded formation but implemented it on the fly. They'll probably use it against some of the more high-powered NWOC teams.

Prep boys soccer

St. Helens came close to its first win, taking Barlow to the wire in a 3-2 road loss on Tuesday. The Lions led 1-0 at halftime on a goal by Kaleb Edwards. The Bruins got the next three goals before St. Helens' Jeimar Gonzales-Becerra struck on a penalty kick.

"We pushed through and had some chances, even after we went down a man to a second yellow (card)," St. Helens coach Clark Lawrence said. "The boys are excited. Upset after the loss, but they see the difference between this year and last, and they continue to want to learn and develop more."

• Scappoose is in the midst of a two-week layoff after a 4-0 loss to 2018 4A semifinalist Valley Catholic. That game fell after 19 hours after the Indians' 5-0 victory at Astoria, and about 16 hours after the team got home from that trip.

"We started strong for the opening 20-30 minutes (against Valley Catholic), created some good chances and kept the ball in their half for the majority of that time," Scappoose coach Scott Stanton said. "Then we got undone by a couple of set pieces just before half that was really the result of tired legs and tired minds.

"The boys came out energized to start the second half and gave it their best, but as the game went on some of the overuse and fatigue injuries started to creep in, and it became difficult to stay up at Valley's level."

Still, "I'm extremely proud of the boys for their efforts and how well they dealt with an otherwise impossible situation. It takes 72 hours for a player this age to recover fully from a soccer game, so had we been on five days rest like Valley was I think it would have been a much closer game."

Prep cross country

Scappoose and St. Helens runners competed last week in the Nike Portland XC at Blue Lake Park, where the Indian boys placed 13th out of 39 teams in their division, led by Rowen Suchoski (24th) and Gage Ekstrom (44th). Ekstrom's time was only two seconds off his best this season.

Scappoose coach Kevin Pinkstaff said he thinks his boys crew has "the potential to be better than we've been racing the past few weeks. I'd like to see all of the boys put in a strong race together, racing for each other, to see where we're really at."

Prep volleyball

St. Helens plays host to a tournament on Saturday that will include Grant, McKay, South Albany, The Dalles, Sisters and Rainier. Pool-play games start from 8:30 a.m. till 1 p.m., followed by best-of-three championship and consolation playoffs. St. Helens is set to meet Rainier at 10 a.m. and McKay at 11:30 a.m. during pool play.

College women's soccer

Former Scappoose High standout Alyssa Bakkensen got the win in goal with four saves as Linfield College defeated Lewis & Clark 3-0 on Sunday at McMinnville.

The Wildcats sophomore took over after regular starter Madi Reimer, a junior from Sherwood High, had some lingering shoulder soreness from a Saturday game against Puget Sound.

Linfield improved to 3-5-0 overall and 2-2-0 in the Northwest Conference.

College cross country

Columbia University sophomore Linnaea Kavulich from Scappoose High ran sixth for the Lions and 35th overall in the Roy Griak Invitational, a meet in Falcon Heights, Minnesota, on Saturday.

She finished in 22 minutes, 34.7 seconds as the Lions, ranked No. 24 in the nation, finished second to California Baptist out of 16 teams.


Linebacker David Mayo from Scappoose High started for New York and led the Giants with eight tackles on Sunday as they knocked off the visiting Washington Redskins 24-3.

Mayo, 26 and in his fifth NFL season out of Texas State, had four solo stops. One of his assists came late in the first half, when he helped bring down running back Adrian Peterson for a 2-yard loss on second-and-goal from the 1-yard line. The Redskins' only score on 11 possessions came two plays later; it cut the New York lead to 14-3.

Strong safety Jabrill Peppers, a former Michigan star and first-round draft choice, was second on the Giants in tackles with six.

The Giants led all the way and held the Redskins to 55 yards rushing on 17 carries and 121 yards passing (15 of 28), with four interceptions.

New York improved to 2-2 with its second win in a row. Washington fell to 0-4.

The Giants' next outing will be at home at 10 a.m. PT Sunday versus the Minnesota Vikings.

New York then will meet the New England Patriots at 5:20 p.m. PT Thursday, Oct. 10 at Foxborough, Massachusetts.

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