Oregon City powers through tourney
Beating Oregon City was the goal for teams at the OSAA girls basketball state tournament last week, but none came closer than 20 points.
Oregon City was just too good, beating No. 2 Jesuit 77-49 in the final on Saturday for its third straight title and ninth crown in 12 years.
The Pioneers won big even when they didn't play well. Central Catholic had a 9-2 lead on them and didn't trail until late in the first half of its quarterfinal game at the Chiles Center, but the Rams still lost 59-39.
'We did a great job of playing this year, but we're so young, and that should help us prepare for next year,' Ram coach Sandy Dickerson said after Central captured the fourth-place trophy for the second straight year. 'You can talk all you want about how to beat a team, but there's no substitute for actually playing a game against them.
'The experience of playing well against Oregon City for as long as we did, that's going to be very helpful next year.'
In their trophy game Saturday, the Rams started four underclass players: junior forward Suzanne Doleac, sophomore guard Kelly Mathews, sophomore forward Chelsie Morrison and sophomore point guard Annie McIntyre. Freshman Miranda Holenstein, whose uncle is the track coach at Jefferson, also played well in the tournament.
Jesuit, playing its fourth game in four days, got off to a horrible start and never recovered in the final. The Crusaders trailed by 15 after one quarter and by 26 at halftime. The Pioneer student section chanted 'It's all over' with 6:03 left in the first period. The margin of victory was the most lopsided in tournament finals history.
The tourney was memorable for the Crusaders, nonetheless.
'We got to the final, and that's something no team at Jesuit has been able to do,' said junior Bronwyn Evans, who was named to the all-tournament second team. 'I'm very proud of that.'
Jesuit coach Kathy Adelman Naro said her team won't focus so much on beating the Pioneers next year as it will just getting out of the Metro League, which won three trophies in the tournament.
'We play in a great league, so that's always going to be our focus,' she said. 'Oregon City is a great program, and we're just going to keep doing our thing regardless of what they do.'
CLASS 2A/1A: Kelsey Hill and Tiara Gunstone helped Portland Christian finish third in the Class 2A girls state tournament in Pendleton on Saturday. Hill averaged 10.8 points and 9.8 rebounds and Gunstone tossed in 12.5 points per game as the Royals won a trophy for the third time in four years.
Columbia Christian's boys reached the 1A final for the first time before losing to defending champion Mohawk 48-43 at Baker City. The trophy was the fourth in the last six years for Columbia Christian. Mark Kovalev led the Knights by averaging 10.5 points and 11 rebounds.
Notes: The Portland Interscholastic League's recent fund-raising drive won't affect the PIL banquet, which will be held for the third year on May 28, PIL Athletic Director Greg Ross said. In addition to honoring boys and girls athletes and coaches from each high school, the banquet will honor individuals who played key roles in raising more than $500,000 to fund the spring sports season.
Seniors Kate Benz of Central Catholic and Courtney Fritz of Jesuit were named to the 4A all-tournament first team. Attendance at the tournament, 19,730, was a 20-year low. É Grant senior basketball star Cicely Oaks says the college recruiting process is down to three schools for her: Washington State, Texas-El Paso and Oregon. É St. Mary's volleyball coach Chris Stanley, who guided Portland State's program for six years, has become the coach at Pacific University.
Craig Francis of Lincoln and Ashley Woodworth of Jesuit were the big winners at the state skiing championships at Willamette Pass on Friday and Saturday. Francis won the boys combined title and Woodworth won the girls title. Francis won the giant slalom and was third in the slalom, leading Lincoln to the boys title. Woodworth won both races, leading Jesuit to the girls title.
Catlin Gabel's top finisher in Sunday's Bandon Dunes Speedgolf Classic was Alec MacColl, who was eighth overall with a score of 171 (shooting 103 and playing the 18 holes, in 35 mph winds, in 68 minutes). Other top Catlin players: Sean Rawls, 10th, 177 (shooting 100 in 77 minutes), Alex Mercer, 11th, 178 (105 in 73 minutes) and Alex Roman, 17th, 199 (109 in 90 minutes). 'It was really tiring,' Mercer said.