David Douglas hasn't won a state swimming title in nearly two decades, and the Scots don't figure to win this year, either. But they'll be among the teams dueling for a trophy at the Class 4A state meet that starts today at Mt. Hood Community College.
David Douglas won 12 boys titles and 13 girls titles from 1967 to 1985. Since then, the Scots have had individual champions but haven't been able to hang with stronger programs from Tualatin, Jesuit, Sheldon and Bend.
This year, the Scots have realistic goals.
'We don't have enough power to win, but we would like to get a trophy,' coach Burt Stratton says. 'They give them out to fourth place, and it looks pretty competitive for fourth place behind McMinnville, Tualatin and Jesuit.'
Jesuit is the defending champion.
Junior Jenni Stratton, Burt's daughter, is the Scots' top individual competitor. She's seeded second in the 200-yard freestyle and third in the 500 freestyle. She'll be competing against Lincoln junior Jane Kestner in both events. Kestner is seeded fourth in the 200 freestyle and first in the 500 freestyle.
Stratton and Kestner finished second and third, respectively, in the 500 last year.
Lincoln also expects to be in the running for the fourth-place trophy, as sophomore Jessica Embick is seeded second in the 100 breaststroke. The Cardinals' 200 medley relay team is seeded fourth.
Lincoln and David Douglas tied for fourth in the girls' state standings last year.
Jesuit senior Kristen Kilroy is the top seed in the 50 freestyle and the 100 butterfly, events that run back-to-back during the meet. Kilroy is defending champion in the butterfly and the 100 freestyle, also back-to-back events.
Caitlyn Shortt, a junior at Reynolds, is the top seed in the 100 backstroke and the 200 individual medley. Her district meet time in the individual medley is a full three seconds faster than her nearest rival. She finished second in that event last year when she attended Hood River Valley. She's the defending champion in the backstroke.
WRESTLING: Parkrose went into the Class 4A state meet Thursday with eight entrants, a strong showing for the Broncos, who finished 36th last year.
The Broncos' top wrestler is senior Travis Gardner, the No. 1 seed at 215 pounds. Parkrose also has a number of strong underclassmen, led by freshmen Cameron Arkills and Henry Sexsmith.
'We've got a good group of kids,' sixth-year coach Bob Lee says. 'We had 11 guys finish in the top four at district. Hopefully, we can keep that going next year, too.'
GIRLS HOOPS: Jesuit's 53-41 victory over Glencoe on Feb. 11 set the Crusaders up for an automatic berth in the Class 4A state tourney March 4-8 at the Chiles Center. The Crimson Tide beat Jesuit in the first meeting between the teams, but Glencoe lost to Westview on Feb. 6 before losing to Jesuit in their rematch.
Jesuit could run into Lincoln in the first round at state if the Cardinals play their way through the sub-tournament qualifier.
FOOTBALL: Central Catholic Athletic Director Mark Horak says applications for the head coaching job, which became available when Joe Bushman was hired by Lakeridge last week, will be accepted only through next week.
'There's been strong interest,' Horak says. 'We'd like to have a coach fairly soon, but there's no real timeline. It's just dependent on getting the right person.'
A number of local players have been named to the North team for the annual Les Schwab Bowl on June 28 at PGE Park. Central Catholic will be represented by quarterback Ryan Gunderson and receivers Nick Miller and J.J. Johnson. Other Mount Hood Conference picks include linebacker Kyle Moore of Reynolds, Darren Wood of David Douglas and Will Hurtt of Centennial. PIL champion Wilson will have receiver Zach Christopherson and lineman Eric Snow in the game. Other PIL players selected include Matt Stark of Marshall, Paul Wright of Franklin and Tyler Colville of Lincoln. Linemen Andrew Stephens and Mike Lovelin will represent Jesuit.