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Highlights abound for Tribe in 2011

Efforts by Adonis Siscoe, Charlie Davidson, Scappoose Cross Country team highlight 2011
by: Self-portrait Sports Editor John Brewington

It was a good year for the Scappoose High track and cross country teams.

Coach David Harley had some quality athletes this year and he got the most out of them.

The Lady and #8200;Indians didn't have the top runners in the state, but they had some good determined runners. Tia Carnahan was fifth overall and third in the team scoring. That finish, plus some gritty efforts by the rest of the team earned them a 4A state championship by a single point. The finish stunned a heavily-favored Klamath Union.

Scappoose could have lost the title anywhere along the way, but everything came together. If you don't think all the runners really count consider this-Elise Harley, the coach's daughter, went all out to finish ahead of a Klamath Union runner. She was fifth on the Scappoose team, the last counting runner. She didn't run her best race ever, but it certainly was an important finish for the team. Had she not done it, KU would have won by a point.

Give also some credit to the Scappoose track team. They didn't finish high among teams (fifth overall), but they certainly made their presence known.

I've always liked Adonis Siscoe. He's an affable kid and always has something to say.

It was good to see his effort at state. He won not only the premier 100 and 200 sprints, but he anchored the 4x100 relay team. It was easy to see he was focused before all the races, he wasn't his usually ebullient self. The others on the relay team-Jadyn and #8200;Harris, Stephen Bowe, and Jason Amick-did a good job of getting the baton to him with a chance to bring it home.

And then there was then-freshman Charlie Davidson. She ran down the field, which included three state champions, to win the 1,500-meter run. An incredible feat. She finished fourth in the 800 and this fall was a big part of the cross country championship. She was also district cross country champ. Oh, she was also playing on the soccer team that went 13-2-2 and into the quarterfinals of the state playoffs. She almost had a phenomenal trifecta, three state championships in three sports in a single year.

I should also mention a non-running sport, wrestling. and #8200;Travis Hill brought home a well-deserved and hard-fought title at 171 pounds. Great effort for the senior.

Those are our candidates for local Sports Person of the Year. I couldn't pick from them, and maybe we shouldn't. and #8200;They are all deserving.