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Some sports actually require some work

These athletes work hard for their accomplishments
by: Self-portrait Sports Editor John Brewington

I thought about writing this column and talking about what a stunning victory our golf team had last week. The team has struggled all season and just barely squeaked by into the playoffs. Last week, we had to face the top team in the league and were already planning some non-league outings for this week. Our chances seemed a lot slimmer than none. Turned out we played well, the other team not so much and we won 7-1.

Okay, so I got a plug in for our Mt. View Electric team. We played in the second round Tuesday and undoubtedly will revert to form and not make the semifinal round.

There were some other teams and individuals that had better and more well deserved showings than we were able to muster.

Take Sarah Havlik, she's riding in the national bike competition at the end of the month. She works hard and well deserves to be where she is. She also writes lovely thank-you notes.

Frank Weber, 87, won seven gold medals in two track and field competitions this year. He didn't start competing until he was 81. Now that's pretty special. His medals were in shot put, discus, javelin, and softball throw.

Cody Jackson, 15, might be 72 years younger than Frank, but he has already made a mark by winning his division in Greco Roman wrestling at the national tournament in Fargo, North Dakota. He'll be a freshman at Scappoose this year. Coach Jim Jones has to be pleased.

Young Lilly Grau, 12, won a whole bunch of ribbons this past summer in competition with her horse. She's still in middle school and is looking forward to someday competing in high school.

Another story we ran this week mentions a number of girls competing in national softball tournaments. Michelle Sass and Mariah Mulcahy came back with third-place hardware from their Northwest Blaze team's effort in a 98-team Western Nationals tournament near Sacramento. They went through the bracket and were just one of two teams without a loss remaining. They dropped a couple to finish third, but both were one-run games. Both are freshman this year at St. Helens. Head softball coach Jeff Edwards is definitely pleased.

And don't forget the Scappoose Juniors. They went through district and state tournaments unbeaten to earn a trip to Western Regionals. Then they won their first three games there. Pretty strong effort. They might have been eliminated with two losses, but they gave it a good go.

We don't mean to leave anyone out, but wanted to call a little more attention to those that work hard and achieve success.

It's a lot more fulfilling than reading about my golf team pulling off a 'big' upset. Still we were pretty pleased with ourselves last week. I'm pretty sure we won't be that pleased this week, but we did have that one match and won't forget it soon.

It's been a good summer for a lot of local athletes.