North Marion baseball program ranked No. 1 in 4A after going unbeaten in the first week

PHIL HAWKINS - The Woodburn softball team opened the 2018 season with a 16-4 loss at Molalla and an 11-4 loss in their home opener against McKay on Friday.

Woodburn softball

The Woodburn Bulldogs kick off their season last week with home and road games, falling 16-4 to the Molalla Indians on March 12, followed by an 11-4 loss to McKay in the team's home opener on Friday.

Gervais softball

The Cougars jumped out to a strong start last week, going 2-1 in their first three games of the season for the first time since 2011. Gervais opened with a 28-3 win at Chemawa on March 12 and followed with a 13-3 loss at Willamina on Thursday.

The Cougars rebounded with a 12-5 win in their home opener against Sheridan on Friday.

Kennedy softball

The Trojans got off to a rough start last week, falling in a pair of 3A non-conference games. On March 12, Kennedy lost 5-4 to the Scio Loggers, a fellow state semifinalist last year.

The Trojans followed with a 7-3 loss in their home opener to 3A Clatskanie on Friday.

PHIL HAWKINS - St. Paul junior Rachel Vela threatens to score from third base in the Buckaroos' 27-3 home loss to Toledo last week.

St. Paul softball

The Buckaroos split a pair of lopsided games at home last week, beating the Mohawk Mustangs 32-12 on March 12 before losing 27-3 to the Toledo Boomers on Wednesday.

PHIL HAWKINS - North Marion pitcher David Page attempts a pick-off attempt in the Huskies' 6-2 win over Astoria last week.

North Marion baseball

The Huskies got off to an unbeaten start in four home games last week.

North Marion defeated Valley Catholic 2-1 on March 12 to open the season and followed with a 6-2 win over the Astoria Fishermen on March 14.

The Huskies returned to the diamond for back-to-back games over the weekend, defeating the Gladstone Gladiators 4-1 on Friday and the Estacada Rangers 8-1 on Saturday.

It's the first time since 2009 that North Marion has four straight wins to open the season.

Kennedy baseball

The Trojans opened the season with an 8-6 win over Scio on March 12, but was forced to cancel or postpone their remaining four games due to rain.

North Marion track

The North Marion track and field team opened its season at the Forest Grove Icebreaker on March 14.

The team was led in the field by senior Ramon Organiz, who placed second in the discus with a mark of 93-02 and placed in the top six in shot put and javelin.

Senior Felipe Ortega picked up a pair of fourth-place finishes in the 400 meters and 110 hurdles, while the team's 4x400 relay team of Parker Barton, Parker Swanson, Gavin Hurst and Eithan Routledge came in third.

The girls team was led by freshman Danielle Christianson, who placed second in the 800 with a time of 2:55.93.

Senior Peighton Hazen placed third in the 100 hurdles in 18.91, while senior Camry Jones added a fourth-place finish in the long jump with a mark of 13-00.75.

Kennedy track

Led by first-place finishes from juniors Hallie Sprauer and Makayla Massey, along with senior Abby Frey, the Kennedy girls track and field team placed third at the J-Town Small School Invitational hosted at Jefferson High School on Saturday.

A two-time state placer in the javelin, Frey took home first place in the event with a mark of 90-11.

She was joined in the winner's circle by fellow thrower Massey, who led the shot put field with a mark of 30-10.

Sprauer added a third victory in the field with a first-place mark of 32-11 in the triple jump. The Kennedy junior also placed second in the high jump with a mark of 5-00 and added top-six finishes in the 100 meters and discus.

On the boys side, junior Nick Suing led the way with a third-place finish in the shot put, setting a personal-best mark of 36-04.50.

Sophomore Jannick Schneider placed fourth in the 400 with a time of 59.13, and freshman Gianni Velazquez placed fifth in the pole vault with a mark of 9-00.

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