Winning girls get the Royal treatment
Portland Christian High celebrated the school's first state title in a girls sport with an assembly Tuesday. The Royals won the Class 2A girls basketball title Saturday with a 37-25 victory over Sherman in Pendleton.
'It's a great feeling to be a state champion,' senior Tiara Gunstone said. 'We worked really hard for this.'
Gunstone limped around at the assembly, the result of torn ligaments in her left ankle. She injured the ankle in a workout Saturday morning, but played 30 minutes in the 32-minute game. She said doctors told her she might be limping for two more months.
Gunstone said her hoops career is over now, anyway.
'I'm going to the Art Institute of Portland next year to study interior design,' she said. 'I'm kind of like two people, but now I'm going to focus on my career.'
Royals coach Tom West told the assembled school of about 200 students that the best part of the state tournament was the competition.
'We won most of our games very easily, and as coaches we just told the girls to go out and play,' he said. 'But at state, the teams were very good and we actually had to have a game plan.'
At the same assembly, the school celebrated its state champion chess team, which won the Oregon title in Coos Bay on Saturday. Its path to the title included a 3-2 victory over South Eugene, which won the national title last year.
Track and field
Lincoln High has scheduled festivities Saturday for the official opening of its resurfaced track at Mike Walsh Field. The festivities include an 'elite' mile, which has attracted a number of top prep runners who are set to run at 11:25 a.m.
The girls mile field includes Brianna Anderson-Gregg, the Class 3A cross country champion from Philomath; Erin Gray, a former Class 4A cross country champion; Olivia Bender of Cleveland; and Kate Lilley and Anne Murphy-Hagan of St. Mary's.
The boys field includes Jed Moffitt, the Class 2A cross country champion from Oakridge; AJ Casteel, a top Class 3A runner from Wilsonville; and Kenny Klotz and Scott Wall from Central Catholic.
Catlin Gabel won the national racquetball championship for boys Saturday and finished second in the girls division at the Multnomah Athletic Club. É Oregon City senior Kristen Forristall has been selected to play in the McDonald's All-American High School Basketball Game on March 31 at the Ford Center in Oklahoma City.