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Taylor Blackwell wins pair of timed events, Sandy sixth-graders claim hoops title

PMG PHOTO: DAVID BALL - Sandys equestrian team beat Estacada by 32 points to win the second league meet of the season earlier this month in West Linn.

Sandy riders edge out Estacada in league meet

Sandy High's equestrian team won the large-school team competition during a league meet March 7 in West Linn. The Pioneers scored 679 points to finish 32 ahead of runner-up Estacada.

Lily Brown won in Dressage (185.5 points), while Kylee Carmony won Saddle Seat Equitation (67) by a single point.

Taylor Blackwell won the Barrel run in 15.141 seconds — a full half-second ahead of her nearest competitor. Lexi Dukart won Keyhole in 7.984 seconds. The Pioneers piled on the points by claiming the top five finishers in the Figure 8 drill with Blackwell posting a winning time of 18.598 seconds. Sandy got second-place points from Carmony in Pole Bending, and Ariana Milne in Individual Flags.

Sandy went 1-2 in the Two-Man Birangle with Calia Thompson and Blackwell posting a winning time of 27.37 seconds. Teammates Mikayla Brown and Milne came in a split-second behind in second place. The Pioneers were also runners-up in Freestyle Fours and the Canadian Flag race.

Barlow High's Janessa Teachout won judged events in Hunt Seat Equitation with 102 points, Hand Trail (83), Trail Equitation (72), Driving (93) and Showmanship (87) at a league meet held March 6, in West Linn. She was part of the winning side in Team Versatility (35) and also paired up with Salerno for first-place point in Team Sorting with 14 cows in 1:52.39.

Savannah Greeley caught two steers with a total time of 4.523 seconds to win the Steer Daubing event.

Sandy wins sixth-grade league tourney

Sandy's sixth-grade boys basketball team won the Three Rivers League silver bracket, finishing with a 39-36 win over Lake Oswego in the championship game. The Pioneers scored the first 13 points and never trailed in the finale.

"They were a team that had beaten us twice during the regular season, so the boys really wanted to win that game," Sandy youth coach Jesse Sievertsen said.

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Sandys sixth-grade basketball team won the silver bracket at the Three Rivers League tournament on Sunday, March 8.

Bryce Galster led the team in scoring over the weekend, while Josiah Cochran led the way on the boards and Brodie Sieversten led the Pioneers in blocked shots.

The Pioneers won all three of their pool-play games, clinching a spot into the title game with a 54-52 win over Lakeridge. Sam Johnson knocked down a pair of late free throws to supply the winning points.

Sandy opened the tournament with a 39-34 win over Barlow and finished pool play with a 55-29 win over Gladstone.

Other members of the championship team are Carter Boyes, Cody Christie, Hayden Harding, Kamden Luebbert, Logan Carpenter and Ryan Pinheiro, along with assistant coach Garet Luebbert.

Sandy went 13-3 while playing at the bronze level during the regular season and was bumped up a notch for the season-ending tournament.

Leonard Dixon makes all-region team

Mt. Hood Community College sophomore Leonard Dixon, a Barlow High graduate, was named to the all-South Region men's basketball team in the Northwest Athletic Conference of Community Colleges.

PMG PHOTO: DAVID BALL - Mt. Hood CC sophomore Leonard Dixon earned all-South Region honors.

He started all 29 games for the Saints and averaged a team-high 19.3 points per game. Dixon was top-10 in the Northwest for 3-pointer percentage (43.6%).

Mt. Hood forwards Emily Webber and Rose Gwillim were named to the South Region women's second team. Webber, a sophomore, was the team's leading scorer at 12.6 points per game, while rookie Gwillim ranked among the top-10 in the Northwest in rebounds at 10.1 per game

These briefs are scheduled for our March 18, print edition.

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