The Cougars went to Culver and split the doubleheader, earning a 16-14 win in the first game to end their drought.


In the midst of a five-game losing streak, Gervais took to the road to compete against Culver in a doubleheader on April 29 and walked away with its second victory on the season. The Cougars won the first matchup 16-14 and were defeated in the second 17-13.

The team was led by freshman shortstop Addy McCargar, who had five RBIs, two hits and three runs in three at-bats. Junior catcher Sofia Contreras chipped in three RBIs, and sophomore third baseman Oliva Boyd had two RBIs. From the mound, pitcher Sarah Saalfeld won the game despite giving up 13 walks in the process.

Gervais scored in every inning except the fourth. Culver managed to tie the game up at 14 apiece in the bottom of the sixth inning with a grand slam courtesy of junior Shanti Rosales. In the top of the seventh inning, though, it was McCargar scoring on a passed ball and Boyd stealing home to get the two-run lead. The Gervais defense did its job in the final inning to secure the win.

PMG PHOTO: ANDREW DIECKHOFF - Gervais sophomore Olivia Boyd not only had a big day on the track, but also contributed to the softball teams second victory of the season over Culver.

In the second matchup of the day, Culver leapt out to a 9-0 lead in the first inning and never relented. Gervais managed to get 10 hits and 13 runs on the board, but the Cougars also committed eight errors that sealed their fate. Boyd was the leading offensive player in the second game, racking up five RBIs, three hits and two runs scored. McCargar took the mound in the second game, striking out six batters and walking nine.

Gervais (2-12) will face Western Christian (0-8) on Monday, May 2.

Track and field

Gervais competed against C.S. Lewis Academy, Falls City, Perrydale, Delphian and Salem Academy on Thursday, April 28, and wound up falling in the middle of the pack. The boys team took fourth with a 40.25 points total, while the girls took third place with a point total of 90.

Sophomore Olivia Boyd took first place in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 16.81 seconds, further improving upon her school record time in that event. Boyd also took second place in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 52.50 seconds, establishing a new Gervais High School record. The previous record holder was Natali Herinckx, who posted a 53.05 second-time as a senior in 2018.

Junior Lilly McCargar took first place in the javelin with a throw of 108 feet, 10 inches. McCargar is currently second in the school record books in the javelin.

The Cougars are expected to compete at the Regis Community Twilight Meet on May 6, the last event before the Special District 2 Championship meet on May 13-14.

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