- Portland Tribune - Sports
Central Catholic's deep boys cross country team is planning to nail down a lineup this week for its state title defense, while Lincoln is expected to win PIL 6A boys and girls championships.
Taylor Morgan and Samot Turina are running well for the Rams going into Wednesday's Mount Hood Conference meet at Sandy. Luke Wiltshire, Kevin O'Malley, Nick Turner and Zach Marx are among the other Rams either looking good or getting over health issues, coach Dave Frank says.
David Douglas and Reynolds also have formidable boys teams. The Scots can count on Luke and Jared Correll and Tim Roady, while Karim Shakalia and Daniel Vo are the leaders for Reynolds.
In the PIL 6A races, Franklin and Grant are likely to battle for state meet spots behind Lincoln, which has two-time defending PIL girls champ Marsha Lampi and several contenders among its boys.
The top two teams and four other individuals, boys and girls, qualify for state.
Franklin edged Grant in both dual meets this season. 'We realize it's going to be a battle at district,' Grant coach Greg Cotton says.
The Quaker boys feature district favorite Bryce Burgess, who is backed by Charlie Hutchens and Jake Caplener. Elise Manley, Joy Shufelt and Jenna Passalacqua lead the Franklin girls. Grant's top runners include Nathan Knutson, Preston Orr, Kristen Delwiche and Julia Liedel.
Cleveland and Madison figure to be the two teams in both boys and girls advancing to state from the PIL 5A.
All 10 PIL teams will run together in the district meet, which starts at 3:15 p.m. Thursday at Grant.
• In volleyball, Benson and Grant could wind up in a playoff at a neutral site for second place in the PIL 6A behind Lincoln. Benson began the year as a young, rebuilding team. 'We have seniors who are really stepping up,' coach Linda McLellan says. 'Libero Teresa Hartley is doing a great job leading our group.'
• The PIL 6A boys soccer title could be decided when Grant plays at Lincoln at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. The Generals haven't lost since falling to defending state champion Jesuit in the preseason.