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Boys and girls soccer trend towards league titles as season winds down; volleyball looks strong in Tri-Valley play

Boys Soccer

After starting out the season 0-2-2, the North Marion boys soccer team turned things right around when it hit league play. After scoring just one goal in their first four games, the team has rattled off 26 goals against the Tri-Valley Conference competition thus far. That includes a pair of 8-0 victories over Corbett. Conversely the team has allowed 0 goals on them in those seven games.

PMG PHOTO: TANNER RUSS - North Marion sophomore Aden Carrillo has been a big part of the boys soccer teams success so far in league play.

North Marion's 7-2-2 overall record has it ranked eighth in the state at 4A at the time of this article being written. The Huskies 7-0 league record thus far has it firmly atop the Tri-Valley Conference. To finish out the season North Marion will host Estacada and take to the road against Madras and Molalla.

Girls Soccer

The Huskies have stamped out their place among the best teams at 4A. Now No. 3 in the state, they trail only league foe Gladstone and unbeaten Hidden Valley (9-0-2) in the rankings. The two Tri-Valley Conference juggernauts clashed on Thursday, Oct. 19 in a rematch where Gladstone took a convincing 3-1 victory. North Marion won the first matchup against Gladstone on Thursday, Sept. 23. The Huskies now trail the Gladiators by one game, showing the chase for league title is still very much alive.

North Marion's path to the league title won't be easy though. After Gladstone the team is set to square off against Estacada on the road and Madras and Molalla at home. North Marion shut out those three opponents the first time they matched up earlier in the season.

Volleyball

In non-league competition, North Marion's volleyball team has seen mixed results. The Huskies amassed a 3-5 record in non-league and tournament play, the highlight of which was a 2-1 (25-13, 20-25, 15-13) victory over 10th ranked Tillamook at the North Marion Tournament on Saturday, Sept. 25.

But in the Tri-Valley Conference? The team has been just about perfect. Aside from a 3-0 loss to league leader Molalla, North Marion has rattled off seven victories against the rest of the league. They beat Corbett three times (once in tournament play); they swept the season series against Gladstone and Estacada; and they won first matchup against Madras. The toughest test remaining for the Huskies will be on Monday, Oct. 18 when they travel to Molalla (11-5) to rematch the only team to defeat them in league play.

Cross Country

Things are looking good for the North Marion boys cross country team. The squad has the top spot in the Tri-Valley Conference thanks to the efforts of top-five runners Eli Gonzalez, Owen Alvord, Thomas Bonser, Mitch Doubrava, and Peter Crosby. A projected hypothetical meet has those five taking first over Estacada, Molalla, Corbett, and Gladstone with a low-point total of 57. In addition, the team also took second place in the Estacada Invitational on Wednesday, Oct. 13. Bonser, Alvord, Gonzalez, and Doubrava finished 10th through 13th, respectively. Freshman Peter Crosby finished 40th, and senior Eren Martinez finished 50th.

The small collective of runners that makes up the girls team has seen solid results this season as well. North Marion sophomore Emersyn Alvord set a PR earlier in the season, and this past Wednesday took 10th at the Estacada Invitational with a time of 23:46.2. Fellow sophomore Kenley Doubrava was a couple spots behind her at the invitational with a time of 23:50.60 to nab the 12th spot. Senior Josafine Carbajal set a season best at Estacada as well.

Football

It's been a rough season for the football team that just two years ago reached the state quarterfinals. North Marion has amassed just 12 points in the entire season and given up a whopping 167 points in four games. That's in addition to a forfeit loss to league foe Gladstone.

New head coach Michael Bicknell, hired just two weeks before the start of the football season, has had his hands full trying to navigate injuries and implementing an offensive and defensive scheme. The tail end of North Marion's schedule won't be any easier; in addition to hosting league foes Madras and Molalla, the Huskies (0-5) must also take to the road to face off against the No. 2 team in the state, Estacada.


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