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2011 Sports Year In Review

Tribe excels with 2011 team cross country, individual track titles
by: John Brewington CHARLIE DAVIDSON (left) was a freshman last spring when she won the 4A state 1,500-meter relay.

What the Scappoose High girls' cross country team accomplished at the 4A state meet last November was remarkable not only for being the team's first championship, but for the determination and tenacity they showed in winning it.

Tia Carnahan said at district after the team had a near perfect score to win that title and the trip to state, 'We're a pretty close group. I would trust these girls with my life.'

That closeness and trust helped carry the team at the state meet, shocking a heavily favored Klamath Union by a single point and finishing just six points ahead of Sisters in the annual November competition at Lane Community College

Each of the seven girls on the team made a significant contribution to winning the title.

Carnahan, a junior, has been the leader of the team for three years. That role was eclipsed just slightly at district when sophomore Charlie Davidson finished ahead of her to win the district title. Carnahan had run half the race with an untied shoe, but was happy for the entire team and that they finished just one point from a perfect 15.

Her experience at state helped lead the remainder of the squad. She would finish fifth overall, third for scoring purposes.

'Tia always saves her best race for state,' coach David Harley said. 'She was fifth for the second year in a row. Charlie made an attempt to go out a little fast and it caught up with her. Skylar Fuller and Anna Hernandez had their best races of the season. Elise (Harley) didn't have her fastest race but her placement helped. Sarah Carrier and Kathryn Taylor both ran strong races and were consistent all season long in pushing runners back in the team scoring.'

Davidson, the state 1,500-meter champion as a freshman, was also playing soccer and competing in cross country when available. Soccer was her primary interest, but she was an important cog in the wheel of runners that won the state title. She finished 17th overall, but 12th in the team scoring.

The unsung heroine of the team was Elise Harley, a senior and the coach's daughter. She was the last scoring member for Scappoose in 32nd, but just before the finish she passed a Klamath Union runner. Had she not done so, Scappoose would have finished with one more point and KU with one less and won the title.

In the team scoring, Fuller was 20th, Hernandez 21st, Carrier 42nd, and Taylor 44th.

Notable: St. Helens Ryan Byrd won the Northwest Oregon Conference district title this fall, and finished sixth in the 5A state meet.

'Obviously the last two state competitions for the track and field and cross country teams ended very well for Scappoose athletes,' Harley said. 'It is always a pleasure to work with such outstanding athletes, but over the years it has become even more enjoyable to have the opportunity to get to know each of them as students and young adults.'

Indians win four state track titles

The Scappoose Indians got stunning performances from Adonis Siscoe, the 4x100 boys relay team, and freshman Charlie Davidson in the girls' 1,500 meter run.

Adonis Siscoe was the biggest part of the boys' efforts during the state meet at Hayward Field in Eugene.

Siscoe won the 4A boys' 100-meter title with an 11-second flat time, and then was something of an upset winner in the 200 in :22.19. The first finals event, though, was the 4x100 relay. Siscoe ran the anchor leg after Jadyn Harris, Stephen Bowe, and Jason Amick had helped keep it close.

'Our boys in the 4x100 easily ran their best two (prelims and finals) races of the season and were very pleased to win the final,' coach David Harley said.

It was Siscoe's senior year and his last competition for the Indians.

'Adonis did everything we asked of him this spring in terms of school and track - and it was rewarded with three state championships.  I think he is really satisfied with how things turned out and understands that hard work and discipline can make achieving the things we really want more likely to happen,' Harley said.

'I think there is a lot to be learned from the athlete who sets high goals (realistic of course) and then does everything a coach asks, and then achieves their goal as a reward for that hard work and sacrifice,' he added. ' In sports, it doesn't always end the way it is planned or hoped for, but to see Adonis and the boys relay get theirs this past spring, and then this fall have a group of girls reach the highest pinnacle of their sport was very rewarding as a coach. Charlie winning the 1,500 was pretty amazing also - just of the unexpected kind!'

Perhaps the best race in the 4A meet was the come-from-behind win by Davidson in the 1,500-meter race.

Davidson trailed three state champions (in cross country and track events) coming off the final turn of the race.

'I thought I might be able to get fourth,' she told her coach later about rounding the last turn, 'then I thought maybe I can get third, and then I thought maybe I can win this.'

Win it she did, showing gritty determination in running down the field and nipping them at the wire. That race may have been enough to convince her to turn out for cross country and have an immediate impact this past season (see state cross country championship story).

'Charlie ran an incredible race in the 1,500 and I believe has given us a glimpse as to how good she can become,' Harley said after the race.  'I took it very methodically with a long term approach to her training this spring.  It was fun to watch her racing the last lap of the 1,500 with the current state cross country champion (Alisha Luna), and former state cross country and track champions Kellie Foley and Ally Manley. '

Later in the day, Davidson tried to add an 800-meter title to her resume, but got boxed in on the last lap. She would finish a respectable fourth. Not bad for a freshman.

Other competitors had decent performances at state. David Mayo had won an unprecedented four individual titles at the district meet. He would finish sixth in the discus, seventh in the javelin, and eighth in the shot put. He was 12th in the high hurdles.

Diminutive Ashley Amick added a fourth place in the 100 hurdles, a more than respectable effort since she only started running the event the year before.

Notable: St. Helens junior Will Lawrence took second in the 5A 400-meter run, not the title he wanted but a good effort, setting a new school record. Dumitri Malnasi, also a junior, had a sixth in the high jump with a 6-foot, 2-inch leap. The Lions were won of the favorites in the 4x100 relay, but were disqualified for stepping on the inside line too many times.

Travis Hill wins state wrestling title

Scappoose's Travis Hill capped six years of hard work with a 4A state wrestling championship at 171-pounds in his senior season.

Hill, 18, won four straight bouts at the state tournament to take the final. He started with a pin, won a major decision, and then a slim 4-2 decision over Kevin Knox of Junction City to gain the finals. He pulled off a 2-0 victory over Trevor Ough of Crook County for the title.

Hill had finished fourth the previous two years, and last season had to get through an extra regional tournament before he even got to the state tournament.

'This was easier,' Hill said, 'because I actually won. I had older kids to wrestle the last two years.'

He had struggled a bit in the semifinal bout, but came up with a late reversal to pull off the win.

'I was really tired,' he said after semifinal bout. 'I was really nervous and had a lot on my mind.'

It was another battle in the finals, but Hill scored the only points with a takedown.

Scappoose coach Jim Jones was impressed with his effort. 'Travis is just a hard worker,' Jones noted. 'He does everything he's supposed to do. He's an outstanding kid to have on the team-a great leader. He's everything you want in an athlete.'

Notable: Scappoose's Chris Wagner finished third at state. He drew No. 1 seed and defending state champ Jake Stigall in the semifinals. Wagner was unseeded in the tournament because he wrestled (to a state title) in Montana the previous year. He came back to win three matches to take state.

A tragic baseball season

Just when things were going well for the St. Helens High baseball team last season, the roof caved in and it just got worse.

The Lions were riding high in the early spring, staying unbeaten and ranked No. 1 in the state power rankings. Second-year coach Tim Lokken was pleased with his team's progress and looking forward to the season.

Lokken, 51, began feeling ill on a spring break road trip and would end up in the hospital with a virulent form of pneumonia. He was put in an induced coma on March 30, never was brought out of it, and passed away April 8. Minutes after his death, his team would win a close baseball game.

Lokken left behind his wife, son and daughter, brother and sister, grandson and his mother.

The team never really recovered from the loss. Seven players were later suspended due to an overnight incident, an assistant coach faced criminal charges, another coach was dismissed, and the team ended without making the playoffs.

It was a disappointing season anyway you look at it.

Little League Juniors win state

The Scappoose Little League Juniors baseball team won the state tournament and advanced to Western Regionals where they won their first three games before being eliminated.

Scappoose won all their pool play games at state and advanced to the finals where they faced Parrish of Salem at Cascade High School.

The team got a solid gold performance from pitcher Will Sprute. He got in the full game on just the 95 pitches allowed, struck out 15 batters, and limited the other team to just four hits-three of them by one batter.

'I knew I had to throw strikes,' Sprute said of the last inning. 'I finished with zero.'

'Will Sprute is one of my many phenomenal pitchers,' Scappoose Manager Jeff Hering said. 'He's the guy I go to for my work horse to send out and get it done. Even though things go bad he battles back and takes care of business. His 15 Ks were impressive.'

Sprute, of course, wasn't the only player on the team. Others contributing significantly in the championship game included Lionel Sandoval, Justin Hering, Stephen Johnson, Wyatt Patton, Anthony Bernal, Logan Brooks, Owen Fortney, Jake Ford, Robby Backus and Owen Fortney.

Soccer team

in playoffs

The Scappoose High girls soccer team didn't advance as far as their previous season, but still were impressive on a state-level.

The Lady Indians had only one setback in league, a 0-0 tie with Astoria. They advanced into the play-in round and easily dispatched Estacada, 9-0. That match put them into the first round of the playoffs against Cottage Grove. They posted another easy 5-0 win. In the quarterfinals, they travelled to Gladstone and were outplayed in a 3-0 loss. Gladstone would go on to beat Sisters 1-0 in the championship round.

Scappoose posted a 9-0-1 league record and a 13-2-2 season record. Their loss to Gladstone in the quarterfinals was only the second time they had been beaten, only the second-time they had been held scoreless and their biggest loss in two years. They scored 84 goals on the season and gave up just 8. They had 11 shutouts on the season.

The team was lead by all-state striker Ariel Viera and an experienced team. Ellie Mullen made the all-state honorable mention.