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Football team continues to cruise through league competition; volleyball begins to see fruits of hard work.

Football

Despite stumbling against Heppner (6-0) in week four, Kennedy (6-1) has been on an absolute tear this season. The Trojans have dominated every other team they've played and it hasn't been particularly close. Sitting squarely atop the 2A Special District 2 with a 4-0 league record as well as No. 2 in 2A state rankings, Kennedy has been taking it to opponents every week. The team has amassed 270 total points on the season, and only conceded 74.

PMG PHOTO: TANNER RUSS - Sophomore Elijah Traeger has been a part of well balanced Kennedy offense that has led the football team to a 6-1 record thus far in the season.

With just two games left against league foes Culver (1-4) and Salem Academy (2-4), Kennedy will rightfully be the favorite heading into both of those games. Barring any major upsets, the Trojans should remain among the top ranked squads in the state heading into the postseason.

Volleyball

If ever there was a rebuilding season, Kennedy's volleyball squad has been in one. The team that went 16-0 last year started off its season going 0-3, and then 1-9 in the first 10 contests. It's been tough sledding but there appears to be some silver lining in the grey clouds.

Recently the Trojans found themselves in the midst of a three-game winning streak. First a three-set sweep (25-16, 26-24, 25-11) over the Columbia Christian Knights (0-14) on Monday, Oct. 4; then a 3-2 win (25-21, 20-25, 25-23, 24-26, 15-7) over Santiam (4-10) on Wednesday, Oct. 6; and most recently a 3-2 win (25-16, 25-10, 23-25, 17-25, 15-8) over Colton (2-14) on Monday, Oct. 11. The Trojans made the trek to Culver on Thursday, Oct. 14, to try and extend the streak but were swept 3-0. The team has one last crack at victory when they face off against Gervais (6-11) on Monday, Oct. 18.

Cross country

A pair of Kennedy's boys cross country runners are showing out this season. Sophomore Jeremiah Traeger set a PR when he ran the 15th fastest time in the 2A/1A District 2, posting a 19:32.4 on Oct. 9 at the Paul Mariman Invitational. Junior Raul Juarez also posted a top-50 time for the 2A/1A District 2 at the Mariman invite with a 21:39.9 mark.

The girls cross country team also had a pair of representatives set PRs and top-50 times in the 3A/2A/1A classification. Freshman Rachael Kintz put up a personal best of 20:19.7 at the Vernonia Invitational on Oct. 14, a mark that turned out to be the 11th fastest in the classification. Also at the Vernonia Invitational, sophomore Nora Brenden set a PR to take the 44th fastest time this season. Brenden recorded a time of 22:20.8.


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