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Kennedy baseball goes 3-1 in California tournament, North Marion baseball remain unbeaten

Kennedy baseball

The Trojans opened spring break with a trip to Redding, California last week, going 3-1 in the American Christian Academy Tournament.

Kennedy picked up wins of 12-1 over Fall River and 11-1 over Quincy on Thursday before falling in a 3-1 contest to Woodland Christian on Friday. The Trojans finished their bracket with a 5-1 victory over Los Molinos on Saturday.

Kennedy (5-1) has built a strong resume over the first two weeks of the season, particularly on the defensive side of the game where the team has surrendered just seven runs in six games.

The Trojans return home for a non-league game at Toledo on Friday before opening its league schedule in April with a three-game series against Country Christian starting on April 2.

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North Marion baseball

The No. 1 Huskies kept humming along last week, adding a pair of home victories to remain undefeated through six games this season.

North Marion scored a 10-0 win in five innings over the Scappoose Indians on March 19 led by a strong offensive performance from the top of the batting order. Leadoff hitter Nic Iliyn went 3-for-4, including a pair of triples, to go along with three runs batted in and two scored.

Junior teammate Brady Hansen followed in the order, going 2-for-3 with two RBIs, three runs scored and a pair of stolen bases. Hansen also pitched ac omplete game for the Huskies, giving up just two hits and no walks to go along with three strikeouts in five innings.

North Marion followed on Thursday with a 3-1 victory over No. 4 Banks, handing the visiting Braves (4-1) their first loss of the season.

Senior Griffin Henry picked up the win on the mound, striking out 12 while giving up just one unearned run in five and two-thirds innings of play. Grant Henry relieved him in the sixth inning, going hitless the remainder of the way to pick up the save.

Iliyn, Grant Henry each scored in the first inning, while Hunter Wierstra added an insurance run in the bottom of the fifth on an RBI from Granty Henry.

The Huskies were scheduled to host Marist on Monday, followed by home games against Seaside on Thursday and Philomath on Friday.

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Kennedy track

Senior Lilly English continued her impressive early-season production at last week's Silverton Cloudbreaker meet, setting a pair of new personal records in the shot put and discus events.

English took home second-place in the shot with a throw of 31-10, beating her previous best from 2018 by 14 inches. She added a first-place throw in the discus with a distance of 110-06, breaking her previous record of 105-11 set at last year's state championship meet.

Junior Sophia Rodriguez set a new PR in the long jump with a third-place distance of 15-05.25, while Caitlyn Kleinschmit placed second in the javelin with a throw of 96-03.

Senior Hallie Sprauer added a season-best mark in the high jump, hitting 5-0 to place third, and made her season debut in the triple jump with a second-place mark of 31-11.75.

Senior Nick Suing led the boys with a PR of 108-04 in the discus and a second-place throw of 43-00 in the shot put.

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St. Paul track

Junior Isabelle Wyss picked up a pair of victories for the St. Paul track and field team at the MidValley MatchUp hosted by Molalla High School on Thursday.

Wyss led the field in the 100-meter dash with a season-best time of 13.52 and added a victory in the triple jump with a distance of 32-05.

Junior Stephanie Morales added the Bucks' only other victory, placing first in the high jump with a height of 4-06.

The boys team was paced by its 4x400 relay team of Francisco Vargas-Ayala, Gianni Grasso, Jaden Thompson and Wyatt Bean, which led the field with a time of 3:53.39, taking first place by a 12-second margin.

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