gaston rolls to another big win, lady braves take second at district, locals perform well at 15k race
gaston rolls to another big win
Gaston took care of business against Neah-Kah-Nie on Friday night, beating the Pirates 44-6 on the road and clinching the program's first outright Northwest League championship since 1989.
The Greyhounds used their explosive running attack to control Friday's game, rushing for nearly 400 yards and dominating time of possession. Gaston (8-0, 4-0) led 20-6 at halftime and pulled away in the second half while limiting Neah-Kah-Nie (4-5, 1-3) to just one first down.
'We started kind of slow but we turned it on,' Gaston coach Reeve Woodward said. 'Our running game was working, and when things work we stick with them.'
Senior running back Kevin Reynolds rushed for 183 yards and two touchdowns, and fullback Sam Wismer added 110 yards and three scores. Senior quarterback David Carr (pictured above) attempted only three passes all game, but did rush for 77 yards and a touchdown.
Defensively, Gaston got three sacks from Dillon McCathron and one apiece from Tyler McCray and Levi Watkins. Dusty Brown added an interception in the runaway victory.
'No matter what happens this week (against Nestucca), we're league champs,' Woodward said. 'Officially we can't be beat.'
lady braves take second at district
Scappoose ran away with the girls team championship at last Thursday's Cowapa League district cross country meet at Gearhart Golf Course, but a patient and consistent Banks squad quietly slid into second place and earned a bid to the Class 4A state meet.
Scappoose, a favorite to win the state title this weekend in Eugene, placed five runners in the top six individual positions at the district meet last week, led by race winner Charlie Davidson, who completed the 5,000-meter course in 20 minutes, 24 seconds.
The Indians won the district title with a near perfect team score of 18 points, leaving second place wide open. Astoria got an early boost from junior Aurora Olson, who finished third overall, but it was Banks' consistency as a team that allowed the Lady Braves to slide into second place.
Sara Reaser claimed ninth place in 21:48, followed by sister Amanda Reaser in 12th place (22:15). Banks' other scoring runners were Kiana Shurts in 14th place (22:27), Ariana Daskalakis in 20th (23:11) and Macy Smith in 29th (25:33), giving the Lady Braves 84 team points to Astoria's 85. Yamhill-Carlton finished fourth with 92 points.
Banks will now run as a team on Saturday at the Class 4A state championships at Lane Community College in Eugene. The girls race will start at 11:15 a.m.
locals perform well at 15k race
Barb Schimmel of Forest Grove was the first female across the finish line Oct. 15 at the Oregon Road Runners Club Blue Lake 15K in Troutdale. She beat 50 other women in a time of 1:08:03. Shimmel, 38, held a pace of 7:19 for the win.
In the accompanying 5K, Kathy Gardner of Forest Grove took first place among women in the 65-69 age category with a time of 31:34. Steve Steiner of Banks was first among men in the 35-39 age group 18:25.