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Scappoose football avenges losses to 5A rival Pendleton, other highlights from the 2019 fall sports season

PMG PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER OERTELL - Scappoose quarterback Jakobi Kessi takes the shotgun snap from center Jerico Archer in the Indians 41-14 victory at Forest Grove on Sept. 13.

Another Scappoose football playoff appearance.

Ditto for St. Helens volleyball.

And for Scappoose girls soccer.

Also, up-and-coming cross-country runners at both schools, and some improving teams in soccer.

PMG PHOTO: STEVE BRANDON - St. Helens wide receiver Hayden Bigham (right) straddles the sideline and eludes Colin Anderson of Wilson, as the Lions Chayton Leake-Morrison moves in to help during a 56-49 Lions victory at Wilson on Sept. 27. Those were among the highlights this fall in Indian and Lion sports.

The Scappoose football team made it to the Class 5A quarterfinals for the second year in a row at that level, and the Indians finished 7-4, knocking off Pendleton 23-14 at Round-Up Stadium in the first round of the postseason, after going 0-4 against the Buckaroos in previous games the past two seasons.

PMG PHOTO: STEVE BRANDON - The Scappoose Indians huddle moments after a late goal lifted them to a 2-1 victory over Putnam, as the Kingsmen goalkeeper heads back to their sideline. The win came on Senior Night, Oct. 24, at Scappoose High, and helped the Indians place second in league en route to a No. 5 state ranking. The St. Helens volleyball team was third in the Northwest Oregon Conference and made it back to the 5A playoffs as well.

Scappoose girls soccer was ranked fifth in the state when it lost 2-0 at No. 4 North Eugene in the state quarterfinals. The Indians went 11-4-1.

In boys cross country, St. Helens senior Waylon PMG PHOTO: STEVE BRANDON - St. Helens libero Dessa Cooper gets a hug from assistant coach Kelly Bailey moments before the Lions state playoff volleyball match at Corvallis on Nov. 2. Nichols was third in the NWOC district meet race at Blue Lake Park, while sophomores Luke and Rowen Suchoski led the way for Scappoose. Rowen Suchoski placed seventh in the district meet, then was the top finisher at state for either the Indians or Lions, placing 26th in the 5A race at Lane Community College in Eugene.

COURTESY PHOTO: JOHN BREWINGTON    COURTESY PHOTO: SOOBUM IM - Sophia Johanson-Phillips (left) of Scappoose and Brynn Austin of St. Helens battle at the net. The Lions swept the two-match series and finished third in the Northwest Oregon Conference.  The Scappoose boys team and St. Helens senior Waylon Nichols are in the throng of Class 5A runners to start the state championship race Nov. 9 at Lane Community College in Eugene. In boys soccer, Scappoose posted a 2-3-2 league record, edging St. Helens 2-0 in their final game.

The Scappoose volleyball team missed the playoffs but had a league co-player of the year in senior outside hitter Darci DeTroy.

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