North Marion roundup: Randy Brack earns 600th coaching win
History was made by North Marion's baseball program. The Huskies defeated Corbett 11-1 on Monday, May 3, and in doing so helped earn head coach Randy Brack his 600th career win.
After defeating Molalla in the next game, Brack sits at 601 wins, just 12 wins behind Wilson baseball coach Mike Clopton who retired from coaching in 2014. The only active coach is Santiam Christian's Matt Nosack (621) in fourth all-time. After Nosack, longtime Regis coach Don Heuberger (717), Tom Campbell (729) and Dave Glasser (750), in third through first respectively.
The longtime coach of North Marion's baseball program has been with the program in three different stretches, first from 1979-81, then from 1984-2002, and most recently reassuming the head coach role in 2009.
Brack graduated from North Marion in 1972, a year after he helped win the school's lone baseball championship. In addition to reaching win No. 600, Brack also is an inductee into the Oregon High School Coaches Hall of Fame.
North Marion (17-4) currently is 11-0 in Tri-Valley Conference play and has wrapped up, at the very least, a partial claim to the league title. After having a third matchup with Madras canceled due to inclement weather, the Huskies have just three games left before the postseason begins. The team has a stretch of three straight road games left, first going to Estacada on May 9.
North Marion has rattled off three straight victories after dropping seven consecutive contests against league and nonleague opposition.
The Huskies started the win streak with a 13-3 victory over Gladstone on April 27 and followed it up with a pair of blowout victories over Molalla in a doubleheader on Wednesday, May 4. North Marion won the first game 16-1 and the second 20-2. Those wins improved the Huskies league record to 3-5 and bumped them up No. 25 in the state at 4A.
North Marion is slated to face off against league leaders Estacada (14-6) on Monday, May 9.
The Huskies hosted league foes Estacada on May 3 and wound up falling 6-2 against the Rangers. The lone victories for North Marion came in the No. 1 and No. 2 singles matches as Gage Hurst and Edwin De Jesus won in straight sets. Hurst won against Estacada's Santiago Herrera Morales (6-2, 6-2) and De Jesus defeated Trey Shibahara (6-1-6-3).
Up next is the Special District 2 Regional Meet that will go take place on May 9, 12 and 13. The first day of competitions will take place at Estacada High School, and the final two days will take place at Salem Tennis and Swim Center.
Like their male counterparts, the girl's tennis team also competed against Estacada, playing to a 3-3 draw on May 3. While the Estacada singles players swept the competition, North Marion's doubles teams stepped up and won three straights. All three doubles pairings swept their opponents in straight sets.
North Marion will play its first day of Special District 2 Regionals at Madras High School on May 9, and then move to Salem Tennis and Swim Center on May 12 and 13 for the final days of the regionals.
North Marion struggled in the first two days of the district tournament for the 4A Special, finishing eighth out of nine teams with a two-day total of 838 strokes. Banks led the way with the low total of 649.
North Marion's Jack Brewer led the way for the Huskies, putting together a 90-stroke first day and 87-stroke second day to earn the 12th-place individual finish. Kohl Kaiser was the next Husky to finish, coming in at the 16th spot with a two-day total of 189 strokes including an 88-stroke day one.
North Marion's other golfers on the day included Charlie Medina taking 36th with a total of 233; Dylan Herron in 39th with 239; and Joe Null taking 44th with 262.
Boys Track and Field
Ahead of the Tri-Valley Conference (TVC) Championships on May 13-14, the Huskies have a handful of athletes who stand to make big moves and secure a berth at the state meet.
According to the OSAA state championship qualifications, the automatic qualifiers are "top two placers in each individual and relay event at each District Meet," and any tie for second place will be determined by the league beforehand. One wildcard entrant will be the next fastest time or mark from the district meet finals.
Going into the TVC championships, North Marion senior Owen Alvord sits within striking distance of state qualification in two different events. Alvord is the third fastest 400-meter runner in the league this season, posting a 54.71-second time in late April, less than half a second behind Madras's Michael Picard. In the 800-meter race, Alvord is the fourth fastest, less than one second behind Madras's Eben Tapia.
In the 3,000 meters, senior Thomas Bonser and sophomore Eli Gonzalez have the second and third fastest times in the league, trailing Madras's Isaiah Wapsheli.
Senior Caedyn Laninga leads the league in the pole vault with a height of 12 feet, 6 inches, besting Madras's Tobias Byrd by 6 inches.
In the long jump senior Tony Lewis's best mark of the regular season is an inch away from tying Madras's Wade Simmelink for the top mark in the league. However, Lewis is the league leader in the triple jump with a mark of 40 feet, 6.5 inches. That mark is the seventh best in the state at 4A.
Girls Track and Field
On the girls' side of the upcoming district meet, it's sophomore Kenley Doubrava leading the way for the sprinters. Doubrava posted a time of 13.52 seconds in mid-April. That mark is 0.06 seconds away from the top spot in the 100-meter dash. Doubrava also led the way in the 300-meter hurdles with a league best time of 52.18 seconds, and was second in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 18.18 seconds.
Freshman Fia Swanson finished up her regular season in the 400 meters with a time of 1:05.89, a little more than a second behind second place Hannah MacDuffee of Madras, and a little more than half-a-second behind Molalla sophomore Kadenlee Greer.
North Marion's 4x100-meter relay of Doubrava, Chloe Comerford, Domnikka Lyon and Jaedyn Bryan posted the second fastest time of the season, clocking in at 54.28 seconds.
As far as the long jump and triple jump, Bryan has the second farthest jumps in the league with 15 feet, 11.5 inches and 31 feet, 9 inches, respectively.
Junior Esmerelda Pacheco is the second farthest discus thrower in the league, tossing the 1 kilogram disc 85 feet, 4 inches in late April. Estacada freshman Abby Berhman has a sizable lead on the rest of the TVC though, with a personal best 108 foot, 4.5 inches.
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