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Boys, girls soccer teams win conference titles, volleyball team gets sportsmanship nod

PMG PHOTO: PHIL HAWKINS - The North Marion boys soccer teams senior class celebrated the programs second consecutive league title after defeating the Molalla Indians 2-1 on Thursday. Top row (from left): Erick Gonzalez, Parker Swanson, Josue Gabriel and Brady Marure-Muro Bottom row: Jessie Garcia, Johan Vazquez and Isaias Zurita.The North Marion boys soccer team concluded its 2020 regular season the same way it had in 2019 — atop the Tri-Valley Conference standings.

Entering a the final week of the regular season, the Huskies found themselves in a three-way race for the league title with fellow rivals Estacada and Madras.

Having gone 1-2-1 against the Rangers and White Buffaloes in the weeks prior, North Marion needed to sweep the Molalla Indians in order to secure its place at the top of the standings.

The Huskies did just that, traveling to Molalla to take a 2-1 victory on March 30, followed by a 2-0 win over the Indians on senior night at the North Marion football stadium

North Marion (5-2-1) finished its first season under head coach Carlos Perez by winning three of its final four games, boasting four shutouts and leading the Tri-Valley Conference with 17 goals scored.

The Huskies' five wins and one draw netted the team 16 points, followed the standings by Estacada (4-2-2) and Madras (3-1-4) with 14 and 13 points, respectively.

The team's senior class includes captains Parker Swanson, Jessie Garcia and Leonardo Mercado, as well as Johan Vazquez, Isaias Zurita, Erick Gonzalez and Brady Marure-Muro.

North Marion now turns its attention to the 4A Elite 8 Showcase, where the 6-seed Huskies will travel to Sutherlin High School to face 3-seed Phoenix (8-1).

The winner will advance to the semifinals to face either 7-Henley or 2-Marist.

Girls soccer

The North Marion girls soccer team continued its mercurial run through the regular season last week and has its eyes on a familiar opponent as the Huskies prepare for the eight-team championship tournament.

The Huskies (8-1) concluded its regular season with a pair of blowout victories over the Molalla Indians, winning 8-0 at home on senior night in just 56 minutes on March 30, followed with a 7-1 win at Molalla on Thursday.

North Marion has torched opposing teams since tallying its only loss of the season on March 11 against Gladstone. In the three weeks since, the Huskies have gone 5-0, winning those games by a combined 40-2 margin — four of which were decided by the OSAA's new eight-goal mercy rule.

By splitting the season series with Gladstone, the Huskies secured a share of the league title with the Gladiators, who also went 8-1 in Tri-Valley play.

It's the first league title for North Marion since the Huskies went 9-0-1 in the Oregon West Conference in 2018, the inaugural season for this year's graduating class that includes Carter Crawford, Danielle Christenson, Katie Zapata, Hailey Welch and Mya Hammack.

The quintet is making its fourth consecutive state tournament appearance after 4A coaches put together an eighth-team bracket for the 2021 season.

North Marion was scheduled to host Woodburn (4-3-2) Tuesday in a rematch of the 2019 semifinal that the Bulldogs won 3-1 en route to the 2020 4A state title.

The winner will advance to the semifinal scheduled for Thursday, with the championship game set for Saturday.

Volleyball

The North Marion volleyball team wrapped up its first season under head coach Lindy Wing with a pair of victories to finish second in the league standings while garnering the attention of the OSAA.

The Huskies were nominated for the OSAA Sportsmanship Award following the team's 3-0 victory (25-21, 25-22, 25-21) over the Molalla Indians on Thursday's senior night celebration.

"This is a recognition program that gives OSAA sport officials the opportunity to highlight the positive sportsmanship that they see on the court," wrote OSAA Associate Director Kelly Foster in the nomination. "In a recent match, your varsity volleyball program exhibited the great qualities that the OSAA looks for in teams, programs and communities across the state, and your match official noticed."

North Marion (8-2) swept the Indians on the week, traveling to Molalla on March 30 to take a 3-2 win (25-16, 25-19, 19-25, 24-26, 15-5).

The Huskies bid farewell to seniors Hailey Fowler, Lili Piercey, Feodora Zenuhin and Kayla Hudock.

Football

After a slow start to the 2021 season, the North Marion football team is rolling with momentum as the Huskies head into the final week of the season.

North Marion (2-3) ripped off a 41-0 victory over the hosting Molalla Indians Friday afternoon, giving the Huskies their second consecutive blowout victory after going winless in its first three weeks of the season.

The Huskies were led by sophomore Marcus Ledesma, who tallied 120 yards and four touchdowns in the team's first shutout since a 6-0 win over Henley on Sept. 8, 2018. The team's 41-point margin of victory was its biggest since the Huskies routed Seaside 50-6 on Sept. 2, 2016.

North Marion's win comes on the heels of a 34-7 home win over Valley Catholic on March 26.

The Huskies look to finish with a .500 record in their final game of the season when they travel to Woodburn on Friday to take on the hosting Bulldogs (1-4).

The two teams have split their rivalry series since Woodburn joined the 4A classification three years ago. The Bulldogs won 21-0 in 2018 while the Huskies took a 28-7 victory in 2019.

Kickoff for the game is 7 p.m.


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