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'Tis the season for high school winter sports action at Scappoose, St. Helens

It won't be long now.

Some players are dribbling balls instead of running with them. Instead of blocking opponents, some athletes are trying to pin them. Some who were running through parks and on trails will be now getting their cardio work in a swimming pool.

Fall sports are over for 2019.

Hello, winter sports for 2019-20.

Official practices began on Nov. 18, and the first competitions will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 4.

First up is basketball, with the Scappoose High boys and girls teams playing in a doubleheader that day at Hood River Valley.

The St. Helens boys and girls basketball teams will do the drill on Thursday, Dec. 5, with back-to-back games at Reynolds.

The wrestlers and swimmers go next.

The St. Helens swimmers will have their first meet on Dec. 5 at Eisenschmidt Pool, welcoming Hillsboro and Milwaukie.

Scappoose's swim team opens its season on Dec. 7 at the Tillamook Invitational.

Both Scappoose and St. Helens in wrestling action on Friday, Dec. 6. St. Helens will compete in the six-team Tillamook Smoker Invitational at Tillamook High while Scappoose heads to Hillsboro High for the Ron James Round Robin that includes Barlow, Century and Hillsboro.

The winter season also includes cheerleading competition for the St. Helens Lions and the Scappoose Vision dance team on display into April. Scappoose's first winter season dance competition is set for Saturday, Dec. 7, in the Category championships hosted by Lakeridge High.

Basketball league play begins in January. The boys and girls teams will meet twice in doubleheaders: Jan. 17 at Scappoose and Feb. 12 at St. Helens.

The St. Helens girls are coming off an 11-12 season in which they finished 5-8 in the Northwest Oregon Conference. The Scappoose girls were 2-21, 1-13.

In boys hoops, St. Helens finished 5-17 last season, going 3-10 in the NWOC, and Scappoose was 2-21, 0-14.

St. Helens has a new varsity boys coach in former Lions player Jake Ramiskey, who has worked on the staff in recent years.

In wrestling, St. Helens took third in district and 21st at the state meet, and Scappoose placed fourth in district and 14th at state.

The district wrestling meet this season will be Feb. 21-22 at St. Helens. The state championships are Feb. 28-29 at Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

The Scappoose boys were 14th in Class 5A swimming last season.

This season's district swim meet is scheduled for Feb. 14-15 at Parkrose High, with the 5A championships Feb. 21-22 at Tualatin Hills Aquatic Center in Beaverton.


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