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It was a wet, but wonderful, spring

by: DAN BROOD, THE CHAMPS — The Tualatin High School girls golf team, including (from left) Emily Weiglin, Hayley Mortensen, Emily Peterson, Katie Nolan, Bridget Nolan and coach Nancy Lee, claimed the Class 6A state championship this spring.

It rained.

It rained some more.

Sometimes, it seemed like it may never stop raining.

But all of that rain that fell this past spring didn't seem to dampen the performances of area athletes and teams.

Despite the cold, wet weather, the area squads and athletes turned in some red-hot performances throughout the spring season.

Here's a quick look a back at the spring sports season in the form of some unofficial - very unofficial - awards from the successful spring.

Team of the Spring

That award would have to go to the Tualatin High School girls golf team, which captured the Class 6A state championship.

The Timberwolves' success may have come as a surprise to some people, but it wasn't unexpected by others.

In fact, as the season started, Tualatin coach Nancy Lee came out and said that the team had a chance to be very, very good and that the girls could do something special.

Well, special it was.

The Wolves cruised to victory at every single regular-season Pacific Conference tournament. Tualatin then continued its domination in winning the league's district tournament.

At the state tournament, the Wolves turned things up a notch. After trailing first-place Jesuit by a single stroke at the end of the first round of the two-day tourney.

Day two of the tourney saw the determined Wolves storm to the front and never look back as they won the school's first girls golf state championship by seven strokes.

Making things more impressive is the fact that Tualatin won the state crown without any one single superstar. Instead, it was a strong group of golfers, all ready to step up when needed, that led the Wolves to the crown.

There was determined senior Emily Weiglin, who bounced back from an off day during the first round of play at state to storm back in the second round, helping Tualatin clinch the title.

There was athletic senior Katie Nolan, the setter for the Tualatin volleyball team last fall, who always seemed to hit big shots when she needed to. There was sophomore Hayley Mortensen, who seemed to excel all season when it came to focus and consistency.

And there was vivacious senior Emily Peterson, who stepped up her game to turn in personal-best rounds of 85 strokes at both the district and state tournaments. And she did that while always smiling and chattering away and, at times, being just goofy enough to pose for the camera after sinking a long putt or hitting a big drive.

By the way, the state championship was the second on the year for Peterson, who also was part of Tualatin's title-winning cheerleading squad.

There were other teams that had big spring seasons. The Sherwood baseball team won the Northwest Oregon Conference championship and made it all the way to the semifinal round of the Class 5A state playoffs.

The Tualatin and Horizon Christian baseball team each captured league championships. Both Sherwood tennis squads won league titles, with the Lady Bowmen going on to place fourth in the team standings at the Class 5A state tournament. The Tualatin girls tennis team won its 12th straight league championship.

Performance of the Spring

Tigard High senior Sean McGetrick earned this honor.

Heck, he earned it twice.

McGetrick sprinted to title-winning victories in both the 110-meter high hurdles and the 300 intermediate hurdles events at the Class 6A state track and field championships.

McGetrick, running smoothly in both races, wasn't going to be denied in his senior season. In the high hurdles race, he edged his Pacific Conference rival, Newberg senior Jacob Petrie, who placed second.

There were many other big individual performances at the Class 6A state track meet. Tualatin senior Cameron Ericksen soared to second place in the boys pole vault event. Meanwhile, Timberwolf freshman Ariana Pumpelly was second in the girls 400-meter dash and fourth in the 200. Oregon State University-bound Tualatin senior Kristin Coffman was third in the high jump and fifth in the 800.

Tigard senior powerhouse Jeremy Moore took second place in the boys shot put. Moore also set new Pacific Conference district meet records as well as new Tigard High School records in both the shot put and discus events

At the Class 3A level, the Horizon Christian track team got a state title-winning performance from its 4 x 100 relay team of Ryan Sederstrom, Tyler Forrester, Ben Smith and Cameron Straton.

On the baseball diamond, Tualatin senior Travis Johnson was named the Pacific Conference Pitcher of the Year and he also earned first-team all-league honors as an infielder. Horizon Christian senior catcher Jordan Pearson was named the West Valley League Player of the Year.

Game/Match of the Spring

Now, I can't even pretend that I saw every game that every team played this spring, but, of the games I saw, one really stood out.

That would be the Class 5A quarterfinal baseball game between Sherwood and Ashland, played at Wilsonville High School. The Bowmen ended up winning this game 4-3 in nine innings - but that's only part of the story.

This game was wild, and it had thrilling moment after thrilling moment.

Sherwood, trailing 3-2 in the bottom of the seventh, was down to its final strike as senior Connor Munro faced a 3-2 pitch with two outs. But coming through in the clutch, Munro drilled the next pitch for a single to left, driving in junior Joseph Balfour with the tying run.

In the bottom of the ninth inning, the Bowmen had two outs and nobody on base. But they turned two walks and two batters hit by pitches into the game-winning run.

The runner-up for this honor would have to go to the Sherwood High School girls tennis doubles team of juniors Courtney Mostul and Nancy Nguyen, who scored a 6-2, 2-6, 7-6 (9-7) win over Summit's Hannah Shephard and Morgan DeMeyer in the Class 5A state tournament third-place match. I don't know if I've ever seen a pair of girls more determined not to lose.

Stat of the Spring

You have to go back to the Sherwood girls tennis team for this one. The Lady Bowmen went 55-0 in doubles play in Northwest Oregon Conference matches this season.

Things aren't going to get any easier for Sherwood's NWOC opponents next year, as the Lady Bowmen potentially could return all of those doubles teams intact next year.

*****

As some people may, or may not, know, I was battling some heath issues this past spring.

To be exact, I was brought down by a severe case of sciatica - and it hit me hard.

With that, I want to thank the area high school coaches and administrators for their kind words and well wishes during my ordeal, which I'm still sort of dealing with.

And I also want to thank them, as well as my colleagues here at The Times, for going out of their way to help me get my job done during that time of suffering.