It was another big year for the Tualatin seniors
TUALATIN — The 2018-2019 school year was, again, a successful one for Tualatin High School when it came to athletics.
It was an absolutely huge year for some Timberwolf teams, such as the boys track and field squad, which won the Class 6A state championships — marking the first track and field title in school history.
The Tualatin softball team won the Three Rivers League championship, and came oh so close to winning a second straight state title, as the Wolves were edged 5-4 by Sheldon in the Class 6A state final.
Other Tualatin teams also found plenty of success. Both Timberwolf cross country teams qualified for the Class 6A state championships. Both Tualatin lacrosse teams claimed Northwest Oregon Conference championships.
The Tualatin football, volleyball, boys soccer, girls soccer, boys basketball, girls basketball and baseball teams all qualified for the Class 6A state playoffs.
And, as usual, the senior class at Tualatin 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 Kyle Dernedde, who stepped up big for the Wolves the past school year.
Nano Kis helped propel the Tualatin boys track and field team to the state title, as he won Class 6A state championships in both the discus and shot put events.
Gavin Moore was a three-sport star during his senior year at Tualatin. He was a powerhouse lineman during football season, he won a Three Rivers League district title, and went on to place third at state, at 220 pounds during wrestling season, and he played at first base, or third base, for the Tualatin baseball team.
Emily Johansen helped lead the Tualatin softball team to the state championship game as a hard-hitting first baseman/shortstop. She was named the Three Rivers League Player of the Year, in addition to being a Class 6A All-State first-team selection.
Caden Dickson was a high-scoring guard for the Tualatin boys basketball team. He also was a playmaker on both offense and defense for the Timberwolf football squad.
Sarah Hanson was named the Northwest Oregon Conference girls lacrosse Player of the Year. She also helped the Tualatin girls cross country team qualify for the Class 6A state championships.
Dominique Loggins was a star running back for the Tualatin football team. He also was part of the Timberwolves' 4 x 100-meter relay team that won a Class 6A state title.
Natali Denning was a four-year star for the Tualatin girls basketball team, earning All-Three Rivers League first-team honors as a senior.
Jalen Hale was a key receiver for the Tualatin football team and he also placed in the 110 high hurdles at the state track and field meet.
Kwabena Lynn was a star sprinter for the track and field team, anchoring the 4 x 100 relay team in addition to having top-three finishes in both the 100 and 200 at the Class 6A state meet. He also played on the football team.
Jett Searle was a key player for both the Tualatin football and baseball teams.
Gennavieve Marion qualified for the Class 6A state track and field championships in both the 4 x 100 relay and the 400. She also played for the Timberwolf volleyball team.
Mario Quiterio shared the Three Rivers League Player of the Year honor during the boys soccer season.
Derek Leneve started at guard for the Tualatin boys basketball team. He also ran for the Wolves' 4 x 400 relay team that placed at the Class 6A state track and field championships.
Sami Victoriano, at 126 pounds, and Justin DiCola, at 195, each won Three Rivers League district wrestling championships.
Connor Florey reached the finals in both the 100-yard breaststroke and 200 freestyle events at the Class 6A state swimming championships.
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