North Marion roundup: Baseball secures Tri-Valley Conference gold
North Marion continued its winning ways in the Tri-Valley Conference, securing the league title with a trio of wins over the week and etching a perfect 14-0 record in the conference.
On May 9 the Huskies traveled up to Estacada (10-14) and handed the Rangers an 8-1 defeat; then on May 10, North Marion played host to Madras (14-9) and soundly defeated the White Buffaloes 9-1; and finally, the conference champions traveled to Gladstone to defeat the Gladiators 6-2 on May 11.
A canceled game against Corbett on Thursday postponed the end of conference play until May 17, when North Marion will make the trek up to face the Cardinals (0-19). After that, a single nonleague game against 3A Blanchet Catholic (16-3) is all that stands between North Marion and the playoffs. That nonleague contest will be on Wednesday, May 18.
Track and Field
North Marion will send seven athletes to the state championship at Hayward Field in Eugene on May 20-21.
The Huskies will be represented by Tri-Valley Conference (TVC) champions in seniors Owen Alvord, Tony Lewis and Jaedyn Bryan. Alvord placed first in the 800 meters with a season best time of 2:08.54, barely edging out Molalla's Antuan Peterson by two one-hundredths of a second.
Lewis earned his conference championship in the triple jump with a distance of 41 feet, 6.5 inches, nearly four feet farther than second place. In addition to triple jump, Lewis will be competing in the long jump as well after taking second place with a leap of 19 feet, 11 inches.
Bryan was the lone girls champion for the Huskies, taking first place in the triple jump with a mark of 32 feet, 1.5 inches. Like Lewis, Bryan also will be competing in the long jump after taking second.
In addition, North Marion senior Thomas Bonser will compete in the 3,000 after taking second place; senior Caedyn Laninga will be competing in the pole vault after a second place finish; freshman Fia Swanson will compete in the 400-meter race; and junior Esmerelda Pacheco will vie in both the shot put and discus.
After building up a three-game win streak the previous week, North Marion suffered a disappointing series of setbacks in the four ensuing games. The Huskies were defeated 15-8 by Estacada on May 9; suffered a pair of losses against Corbett in a doubleheader on May 10; and on May 11 Gladstone handed North Marion its fourth consecutive loss 10-3.
North Marion just has a pair of games left to play Monday, May 16, against Corbett (11-9) and Madras (12-11). The doubleheader will be hosted by Estacada High School.
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