Tigard High School seniors have another big year
TIGARD — The 2018-19 school year was big for Tigard High School when it came to athletics.
The Tigers had a proficient year in many sports. Among those teams leading the way was the Tigard girls basketball team, which won the Three Rivers League championship and then went on to claim the fourth-place trophy at the Class 6A state tournament for the second straight year.
The Tigard football team had another strong run, reaching the quarterfinal round of the Class 6A state playoffs. The Tigard boys basketball team, getting an amazing 85-74 state playoff win over Barlow, reached the Class 6A state tournament for the first time since 2002.
The Tigard boys soccer team claimed the Three Rivers League championship, while also reaching the second round of the state playoffs. The Tigard softball team ended rival Tualatin's 45-game winning streak while also reaching the second round of the state playoffs.
The Tigard girls soccer, baseball and boys lacrosse teams also earned state playoff berths, with the baseball squad picking up its first postseason victory since 2014.
And, as usual, the senior class at Tigard played a major role in that success.
Here, in no particular order, is a brief look at some of the seniors, in addition to Times Athlete of the Year Fletcher Ahl, who stepped up big for the Tigers the past school year.
Campbell Gray, a four-year starter at guard for the Tigard girls basketball team, was named the Three Rivers League Player of the Year for the second straight year. She also was a first-team Class 6A All-State selection, and she was a first-team Class 6A all-state tournament pick, as she helped the Tigers claim the fourth-place trophy.
Stevie Schlabach was named the Three Rivers League boys basketball Player of the Year, and he also was a Class 6A first-team All-State selection. Schlabach also scored 36 points in the state playoff win over Barlow, propelling the Tigers to their state-tournament berth.
Jazz Ross was a standout receiver/linebacker for the Tigard football squad, while also shining at both ends of the court for the Tiger boys basketball team.
Luke Ness was a big-play receiver for the Tigard football team, he was a key player off the bench for the boys basketball squad and he overcame an injury to earn a berth to the Class 6A state track and field championships in the high jump event.
Maddie Hoover, the only senior on the Tigard softball team, shined at shortstop for the Tigers. She also started at the libero spot for the volleyball squad.
Ben Miller wrapped up a standout high school swimming career at Tigard by claiming the state championship in the 100-yard butterfly event at the Class 6A state meet. He also finished in second place in the 200 individual medley.
Nicole Mazzeo teamed with sophomore Ali Dreves to win the girls doubles consolation championship at the Class 6A state tennis tournament. She also was a key player for the Tigard volleyball team.
C.J. Rivers, playing at first base and pitching, was named the Three Rivers League Player of the Year during baseball season.
Isaia Porter was a powerhouse on both the offensive and defensive line during football season. He also shined in the shot put and discus events for the Tiger track and field team.
Sajjad Al Rikabi was a big-time player on defense for the Tigard boys soccer team, sharing Three Rivers League Player of the Year honors.
Kaitlyn Wornath took fourth place in the 100 butterfly event at the Class 6A state swim meet.
Emilio Jimenez, at 132 pounds, and Javier Velasquez, at 285, won championships at the Three Rivers League district wrestling tournament.
Carter Dennis was a big-time hitter for the Tigard football team, and he also earned a Class 6A state tournament berth during wrestling season.
Gabby Brown was a high-scoring forward for the Tigard girls soccer team.
Lance Kreisberg was a first-team All-Three Rivers League baseball selection as a second baseman, and he was a second-team pick at pitcher.