Last year: Finished 8-12 in 2A/1A Special District 3 play (seventh) and 9-15 overall.
Coach: James Macy.
Notable graduates: Michael Williams (P/SS, 2nd team Inf), Terry Nelson (P/Inf/OF), Andrew Hansen (3B/P, HM Inf).
Key returnees: John Decker (C), Brandon Senn (P/CF, HM OF), Jeremiah Calvin (P/OF), Ben Fisher (2B/SS), Nick Barany (P, 3B), Blake Anglen (LF), Riley Gibson (OF/P).
Promising newcomers: Austin Barany (SS/2B).
Early look: Culver is looking to replace several graduated pitchers to help Calvin who had a strong freshman season.
"We have lots of new arms," Macy said. "Jeremiah is our only returning pitcher though."
Those new pitchers will have plenty of chances for work during spring break. Culver plays doubleheaders on March 24, 25 and 29. The first two are part of a tourney at Boardman with the final two games at home.
Macy is impressed with the team's determination.
"This is one of the most focused and hardest-working baseball teams I've coached here at Culver."
Last year: Finished in a four-way tie for second place at 13-5 (with Blanchet, Scio and Santiam). The Bulldogs won 12 of 13 games to move into the tie. Culver's season ended with a 3-1 district loss to Scio, finishing the season at 17-7.
Coach: Kevin Urbach.
Notable graduates: Tiffany Adams (P, 1st P), Meagan Hamlin (OF), Brittney Call (1B), Jessica Pollock (2B).
Key returnees: Maria Ruiz (CF, moved from SS, 1st Inf), Kayley Cook (C, HM C), Sarah O'Gorman (P/1B), Evangeline Hood (P/1B), Lindsay Meeks (3B), Justine Parker (RF), Amanda Treadway (LF, moved from DH), Delta Symons (OF).
Promising newcomers: Alysha Urbach (2B), Kymber Wofford (SS).
Early outlook: Urbach has to replace veteran Adams who logged 92 innings with a 1.28 ERA and 144 strikeouts last season. O'Gorman and Hood will share the pitching and first base duties.
"Both of them had varsity pitching experience last season," Urbach said.
Ruiz is back at her natural center field spot after playing shortstop last season. Wofford, a freshman, will be the shortstop.
"Kymber has a lot of range at shortstop, even if she's used to playing third," Urbach said.
Track and field
Last year: The boys won a district title and the girls tied for first in their first seasons in the Tri-River League. The boys outscored Kennedy by a 160-133 margin with the girls tying Kennedy at 124 each at district. At state, the Bulldog boys were fifth, just three points out of a top-four trophy.
Coach: Mike Dove.
Notable graduates: Travis Beebee (6th in 800, on third-place 4x400).
Key returnees: Boys-- Nevin Lewis (1st 2A HJ, 4th 2A LJ, 7th 100), Gerald Speas (TJ, HJ, relays), Thomas Griffin (110H, 300H, relays), Joel Vega (6th 2A 3000, 1500), Juan Vega (400, 800), Colin Briggs (TJ, LJ, PV), Austin Alley (PV, also throwing events this year), Daniel Stirewalt (110H, 300H). Girls-- Keeley Kinley (sprints, relays), Lynsey Fisher (sprints, relays), McKaylee Speas (HJ, PV), Katherine McWilliams (sprints, relays), Justine Lofting (throws), Beth Bunch (100H, throws), Hillary Hawk (100H, 300H), Iorbelit Gutierrez (multiple), Amanda Gangstead (multiple), Caitlin Knight (distance).
Outlook: Lewis was the only sophomore to win an individual event at 2A boys' state last season, clearing 6-7 in the high jump and just missing 6-8. He scored 17 individual points. Joel Vega was the lone freshman to place in the 2A 3,000 (sixth). Gerald Speas competed in the TJ and 4x400 while several other Bulldogs just missed trips to state. All four of the girls' seventh-place 4x400 return with McWilliams and Kinley also competing in individual events.