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Softball team falls to 0-2 to open season, boys and girls track team make impressive debut Wednesday


The St. Paul softball team dropped an 18-2 contest at Santiam on April 20 to fall to 0-2 to open the 2021 spring season. The Buckaroos kicked off its season with a 26-6 home loss to Perrydale on April 15.

The Bucks return to the diamond this week for a slate of four games in five days, beginning with a Monday contest that was scheduled against Jefferson (0-3). St. Paul follows with a road game at Kennedy (4-0) on Wednesday, before traveling to Perrydale (1-1) Thurday. St. Paul returns home to finish the week against Colton (5-0) on Friday.


The Buckaroos made their season debut on April 21 with a home dual against C.S. Lewis Academy, along with student-athletes from Perrydale and St. Stephens Academy.

St. Paul smashed the competition on both sides of the track, with the boys scoring 102 points to easily outpace St. Stephen's (41), C.S. Lewis (36) and Perrydale (35). The girls team won by a similar margin, raking in 94 points to lead C.S. Lewis (50), St. Stephen's (29) and Perrydale (14).

On the boys side, the Bucks won eight of 15 events, led by Jaden Thompson's trio of first-place finishes. In his first high school track meet since competing in the 2019 1A state championship, Thompson set three personal records on the day, starting with a mark of 17-9 in the long jump, followed by a 37-2.75 distance in the triple jump. Thompson shaved 0.19 seconds off his previous best in the 100-meters with a time of 11.54 seconds to lead the Bucks to a one-two-three finish in the event, along with senior Adam Cook (12.04) and freshman George Pohlschneider (12.34).

Broden Lear's 5-2 PR in the high jump gave the Buckaroos a sweep of first place finishes in the jumping events, while sophomore Mike Hiller added a victory in the discus with a throw of 99-4.

On the track, junior Matthew Petrjanos took first in the 400 (55.04) and teamed with Pohlschneider, Gage Cook and Jackson Cook to set their time to beat in the 4x400 relay in 3:59.60 as the lone competitor in the event. Adam Cook was likewise the only entrant in the 110 hurdles, adding a win for his team with a PR-time of 17.0.

The girls matched the boys with eight victories of their own, led by Mary Davidson, Halsie Hempfling, Gracie Koch and Stella Koch. Davidson picked up a rare combination of wins by topping both the 100 in 13.64 while holding down the top spot in the shot put at 28-9.

Hempfling, a sophomore, won the 200 (28.14) and the 400 (1:06.94) while joining Gracie Koch, Stella Koch and Genevieve Hurliman for a 4x400 time of 5:01.90 as the only entry.

Gracie Koch added a win in the 100 hurdles in 18.34, while Stella Koch took first in the long jump with a distance of 13-8.5. The final event victory came from junior Cristina Lopez-Delgado, who won the discus with a heave of 72-7.

St. Paul returns to competition on Saturday at Jewell for a seven-team invitational scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m.

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