by: DAVID BALL St. Mary’s Academy sophomore Paige Rice captures the Mt. Hood Conference district championship. She has the fourth-fastest time this season among 6A girls. The state meet is Saturday at Lane Community College.


Postseason games Friday include (all 7 p.m.) -Class 4A: Estacada at Roosevelt; Class 5A: Parkrose at Jefferson, Franklin at Liberty, Benson at Sherwood, Wilson at Wilsonville; Class 6A: Hillsboro at Lincoln.


The 32-team 6A boys playoffs begin Saturday. Among the local games: Newberg at No. 2-ranked Grant, Hillsboro at Lincoln, Clackamas versus No. 7 Central Catholic at Delta Park, and Lakeridge at No. 3 Jesuit. In 5A boys, fifth-ranked Wilson has a play-in game at noon Saturday, facing St. Helens at Cleveland. Cleveland is the No. 1-ranked team, awaiting the start of the 16-team tournament on Tuesday.

The 6A girls begin bracket play Saturday with top-ranked Jesuit at home against Lake Oswego, No. 9 Grant welcoming South Medford, No. 10 Central Catholic playing host to Lakeridge, Lincoln at Roseburg, and St. Mary's Academy at Grants Pass. In the 3A/2A/1A girls ranks, Catlin Gabel is ranked No. 1 and has a postseason game at 6:15 Monday at home against a team to be determined, and No. 4 Oregon Episcopal School is at home at 4 p.m. Monday versus No. 5 Valley Catholic.


The eight-team 6A and 5A state tournaments are Nov. 11-12 at Liberty High. The 6A first-round matches were Wednesday night. In 5A, Wilson goes to Hermiston on Saturday for a first-round match.


The state meet is Saturday at Lane Community College in Eugene.

In the PIL 5A district meet last week at Franklin, the Quakers' Jackson Baker and Cleveland sophomore Bryn McKillop won individual titles to lead their teams to first place. The winning times (15:42 for Baker, 19:42 for McKillop) were course records. Baker and fellow Franklin senior Fletcher Hazlehurst (16:08) finished 1-2 as the Quakers scored 22 points; Cleveland's boys, with juniors Christopher Hinkle and Adrian Hinkle placing third and fifth, respectively, also earned a trip to state with 38 points, good for second place. The Cleveland girls, who got a third from freshman Emma Wren and a fourth from Hannah Spencer, totaled 25 points to outduel Franklin, which qualified for state with 40 points. Franklin sophomore Margarita Lauer placed second, three seconds behind McKillop.

Central Catholic's boys and St. Mary's Academy's girls won at the Mt. Hood Conference district meet at Centennial. Central Catholic sophomore Kyle Thompson ran the course in 15:26 to win by 29 seconds, while sophomore Paige Rice of SMA went around in 17:54 for a 55-second victory.

Grant finished first in the girls standings and third in the boys at the Three Rivers League district meet at Clackamas Community College. The Generals girls had 41 points to easily beat second-place Lakeridge, which had 65. In the boys totals, Lakeridge had 55 points, Lake Oswego 61 and Grant 70 to edge fourth-place Oregon City (71). Grant's top three girls finishers were seniors Lily Martin Chamberlain (fourth) and Christina Mulch (fifth) and freshman Libby Kokes (sixth). Grant senior Andre Walker won the boys title by nearly three seconds, finishing in 15:45.82.

Lincoln senior Claire DeVoe (17:51.18) beat Jesuit senior Adrienne Demaree by nearly six seconds to win the Metro League district crown at Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation Center. Jesuit senior David Leavy (15:33.34) captured the boys title by about 7 1/2 seconds.

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