Talent boosts Buffs' spring sports outlook

by: Photo By Gary Lindberg - After being the Intermountain Conference player of the year last season, Jake Prow returns for his senior season with Madras baseball.

   Last year: 8-6 in IMC (tied for second), 12-11 (overall). Won first-round state 5A playoff game, 5-1 in eight innings at Willamette, lost 8-5 at Corvallis in second round.
   Coach: Stann Dymtryk
   Notable graduates: Jansen Harrington (2B, HM, .308), Bobby Thurby (OF, HM, .340).
   Key returnees: Jake Prow (C/P, sr., IMC player of year, All-State C, .455, 5-1, 3 save, 2.51), Albert Adams (1B/P, sr., 1st Inf. HM P, .451, 2-1, 3.79), Turner Gill (SS, moved from 3B and now P, so., .386), Ethan Adams (OF, jr., .282), Darrell Ceciliani (OF/P, sr.,.353, 1-2, 6.86), Zach Quinn (DH, also OF/Inf, now P, sr., .227), Rod Smith (C, also 2B/P this season, so., .400), Josh Farrester (LF, sr.).
   Promising newcomers: Josh Roth (3B/P, jr.,), Spencer Ellsbury (2B, so.), Martin Brown (3B, jr.), Keenan Stovall (OF, jr.), Josh Parsons (Inf., sr.).
   Last year in IMC: Summit won IMC title with 12-2 record. Madras, Pendleton and Hermiston all tied for second (8-6). The IMC went 5-4 in the 5A state tourney with Hermiston and Pendleton losing to eventual champion Crater. Summit lost to Churchill in the quarters.
   IMC performers to watch: Non-senior All-IMC first team players were: Jeff Nelson, P, Summit; Brandon Broadus, Inf, Summit; Tommy Richards, Inf, Bend (also 2nd team P). Non-senior All-IMC second team players include: Taylor West, P, Pendleton; Tyler Sustare, C, Mountain View; Jacob Vetter, Inf., Mountain View; Derek Goyne, OF, Summit; John Stanley, OF, Bend; Casey Schertenlieb, Util., TDW; Ryan Jones, DH, Summit.
   Last year: 6-8 in IMC (fifth), 12-12 (overall).
   Coach: Shawna McConnell.
   Notable graduates: Shirelle Adams (OF, 1st all-IMC) the team MVP finished with .577 average and Whitley Ruiz (OF).
   Key returnees: Sarah Leutwiler (SS/P, sr., .333, .404 OBP, 3-3, 4.00), Destry Begay (3B, sr., .212) Holly Martin (CF, sr., .300, 14 RBI, 7 SB), Danny Palmer (C, sr., .361., 425 OBP), Marisa Hulsey (P, jr., 7-7, 2.97 ERA), Hansina Martin (2B, jr., .243, .361 OBP), Kara Katchia (1B, jr., .313).
   Promising newcomers: Rachel Aimone (P, jr., 1-2, 2.35), Oliva Parkins (OF/C, jr.,), Kaylin Preston (C/3B, so.), Maycee Abendschein (P, fr.,), JoElla Smith (C, 3B, fr.), Lauren Short (Util., fr.).
   Last year in IMC: The Dalles-Wahtonka went unbeaten in IMC play with Pendleton second (11-3), Summit third (10-4) and Hermiston fourth (7-7). At state, the IMC went 2-4 with three teams losing in the second round. TDW lost to eventual finalist Glencoe, Pendleton to semifinalist Corvallis and Summit to Churchill (a loser to eventual champion Crater). Hermiston lost a first-round game to Ashland.
   IMC performers to watch: Non-senior All-IMC first-team players were: Caitlin McCleary, C, TDW; Santana Reece, C, Crook County; K-Lei Helyer, Inf., TDW; Shanna Treloar, Inf., Pendleton; Jennifer Sweet, Inf., Summit; Lindy Garrett, OF, TDW; Tess DeBoer, OF, TDW.
   Boys' tennis
   Last year: Scored four points in IMC district to finish eighth.
   Coach: Margaret Kincaid.
   Notable graduates: Sebastian Baum (exchange student played third doubles).
   Key returnees: Mervyn Garcia (sr.) and Sklyer Sensibaugh (sr.) return at No. 1 doubles. Brian Anderson (sr.), Ezra Pasikatan (sr.) and Daniel Serrano (sr.) will all play doubles. Jon Hutchins (sr.) will play No. 1 singles with Jason Garcia (jr.), Daniel Bueno (jr.) and Josriel Pasikatan (jr.) also playing singles.
   Promising newcomers: Trevor Schongalla (sr.) will play doubles with Anderson. Jake Hair (sr.) will also play doubles.
   Last year in IMC: Hermiston won district title with 30 points, followed by Summit (21) and Bend (15). At state, Summit finished third with 8.5 points with doubles entry Alex Walentine and Cody Kohlmoos finishing second while Josh Guyer and Tyler Walsh advanced to the consolation semifinals.
   IMC performers to watch: Kohlmoos was a junior last season while Guyer and Walsh were sophomores. As a junior, Hermiston's Jacob Crowther won his first state singles match. Mountain View doubles' entry Riley Tronson (a junior last year) and Ryan Coe (a sophomore) won their first state match.
   Girls' tennis
   Last year: Scored three points in IMC district to tie for seventh with Pendleton.
   Coach: Julie Marino.
   Notable graduates: Chelsey Asbury (single), Sandra Stovall (singles), Addie Estimo (singles), Tamera Moody (doubles).
   Key returnees: Kat Green (singles), Meagan Fine (singles), Amanda Goodson and Samantha Blann (first doubles), Paige Jorgensen (doubles), Kadie Manion (doubles), Maria McCool (doubles), Ana Reynoso (doubles).
   Last year in IMC: Hermiston won district with 21 points, followed by Hermiston (18), Crook County (17) with Bend and The Dalles-Wahtonka in fourth (12 each). Hermiston won the state title (13 points) by taking first and third in doubles. The Bergers sisters (graduate Rebecca and then sophomore Richole) were first with Chelsey Vandewall and then-junior Alison Hawman third. Summit tied for third (eight points) as then-sophomore Laura Krull won the singles title.
   IMC performers to watch: In addition to those mentioned, a pair of IMC singles players played for the singles' consolation championship. Barb Sneckner (then a junior) beat Skyler Nelson of Bend (then a sophomore).
   Boys' golf
   Last year: Finished seventh in IMC district with a two-day stroke total of 734 (24 behind Crook County and 98 ahead of Mountain View).
   Coach: Dan Hiatt.
   Notable graduates: Cameron Rosenfield was the team's fourth golfer.
   Key returnees: Nathan Gerhardt (jr.), Chance Squiemphen (sr.), Kasey Johnson (so.).
   Promising newcomers: Derek Ceciliani (so.) is among 14 turning out.
   Last year in IMC: Bend won district title by 27 strokes over Hermiston (614-641). At state, Bend finished second by an eight-stroke margin to Crescent Valley. Damian Telles of The Dalles-Wahtonka was the IMC's best individual, tying for third with Derek Stamos of Bend tied for sixth (3-over-par 147).
   IMC performers to watch: Telles was a sophomore and Stamos a junior. Madras' top player last season, Josiah Thompson, is playing at Pendleton.
   Girls' golf
   Last year: Played a junior varsity schedule, did not compete at IMC district.
   Coach: Spud Miller.
   Notable graduates: None.
   Key returnees: Courtney Freshour (jr.) is the lone returnee. She will be in varsity tournaments after playing junior varsity tourneys last season.
   Promising newcomers: Moriah Pugh (fr.) will start the season playing varsity tournaments. Five other freshmen and a sophomore will play in junior varsity tournaments, aiming to move up to varsity tournaments.
   Last year in IMC: Summit won the district title by more than 100 strokes over Bend. At state, Summit led by 45 strokes the first day and won by 98 over Bend.
   IMC performers to watch: As a junior, Bend's Jennifer Hills finished seventh at state. Then-freshman Nadia Telles of The Dalles-Wahtonka was eighth with then-sophomore Kathleen Adame ninth.
   Boys' track
   Last year: Finished eighth in IMC district with 29 points.
   Coach: Paul Brown.
   Notable graduates: Matt Bruck (PV, Jav), Mark Waunsch (Jav).
   Key returnees: Andrew Flu (800, 1,500), Atcitty Begay (1,500, 3,000), Freddy Hernandez (1,500, 3,000), Jeremy Killoran (100, 200, relays), Kelby Mills (110H, 300H, LJ), Patrick Benham (100, 200, 400, relays), Lex Anguiano (800, LJ, TJ), James Rodriguez (SP, Disc), Ron Smith (SP), Tyler Bruck (SP, Disc), Justin Brown (PV, TJ, relays), Samuel Aguirre (800, 1,500), Evan Taylor (TJ, HJ).
   Promising newcomers: Tyler Fording (sprints, relays) and Brent Williams (800, 1,500). Teams have a combined 60 turning out, up by 20 from last season.
   Last year in IMC: Summit won the district title by five points over Hermiston (131-126) with Bend third (93) and Pendleton fourth (84). At state, Hermiston was fifth with 38 points, just two behind fourth-place Marshfield.
   IMC performers to watch: Hermiston was led by the Ringe brothers with then-junior winning the 800 and finishing third in the 1,500. Then sophomore Jordan Ringe was fifth in the 3,000. Pendleton's Michael Ducker was the lone non-senior on the winning 4x100. Summit finished fourth in the 4x400 with a quartet of juniors including Robin Miller who was also fourth in the 400. Bend's Kyle Westerman won the discus as a junior.
   Girls' track
   Last year: Finished eighth in IMC district with 33.6 points.
   Coach: Paul Brown.
   Notable graduates: Griselda Reyes (sprints), Chihura Noma (exchange student, sprints).
   Key returnees: Britney Lindgren (SP, Jav, Disc, sprints), Brittney Devore (hurdles, PV, middle distance), Courtney Lindgren (Jav, Disc, SP), Megan Brown (PV, hurdles), Victoria Katchia (SP, Disc), Sonya Perez (LJ, TJ), Brianna Vaughn (hurdles, PV), Karlen Yallup (800, 1,500, 3,000).
   Promising newcomers: Hannah Mikkelson (PV, sprints, LJ, TJ), Allison Kovari (Disc, PV), Megan Grieve (SP, Disc), Rachel Woods (Disc, SP), Elizabeth Perales (sprints).
   Last year in IMC: Summit rolled to the district title with 173.5 points. Hermiston was second (136) with Mountain View edging out Pendleton for third (83.5-81.6). At state, ran away with the 5A title by scoring 80 points. Hermiston edged Thurston by a half point.
   IMC performers to watch: As a freshman, Summit's Kellie Schueler won the 100, 200, 400 and was part of the winning 4x1000. Summit also won the 4x400 with just one senior. Hermiston returns Sarah Von Arx, third in the triple jump, and Michelle Coombs, third in the javelin. Briana Stacona, last year at Madras and this season at Hermiston, finished second in the long jump and was fifth in the high jump. Katie Bostwick of Pendleton was third in the 300 hurdles.
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