Cardinals and Generals win one, lose one
Prep Watch • Grant boys, Lincoln
The PIL's two best dual-meet teams - Grant and Lincoln - unfortunately had to go head-to-head last week, before the season has warmed (and dried) up.
Both squads were minus some key competitors. Grant was missing some recuperating boys basketball players from its state championship team, along with a handful of distance runners.
The Grant boys still had the depth to win 92-53 Thursday at Grant, but the Lincoln girls used their numbers and some solid individual performances to beat the Generals 78-67.
• Grant-Lincoln boys highlights and notes:
Lincoln sprinter Jordan Polk's 11.00-second 100-meter victory put him atop the state's best list.
Lincoln's Aaron Holtz got nipped at the wire twice, with Grant's Seth Linn winning the 200 and the Generals' Grant Runyan claiming the 400.
Grant distance ace Nathan Knutson doubled in the 1,500 and 3,000.
Another General senior, Branden Shimada, is off to a good start in the hurdles; he swept both races in the dual meet.
Grant expects to have another good crop of pole-vaulters, led by senior Igor Zadniprovskiy, who has cleared 13-6 this season.
Basketball guard Michael James entered the long jump, and Grant coach Greg Cotton says he expects Paul McCoy, Karl and Kenneth Acker and others to join the team after spring break.
Middle distance standout Nathan Mathabane was unable to compete because he was at a speech and debate competition, Lincoln assistant coach Suzanne Parry says. But he ran 5 minutes, 40 seconds in an intrasquad 2,000 two weeks ago and looks 'unbelievable … in excellent shape,' she adds, noting the junior's work with his personal coach Julius Achon, a 31-year-old Ugandan middle distance runner.
Mathabane probably will focus on the 1,500 this spring, while running some in both the 800 and 3,000. Mathabane ran a 1:53.93 in Saturday's Oregon Preview at Eugene, placing fifth in the 800 behind Matt Scherer, Gabe Jennings, Joaquin Chapa and Brandon Lopez.
Still a no-show for the Cardinals is weight man Ethan Johnson, who has signed with Notre Dame football.
Lincoln's Aaron Macoubray won the dual-meet high jump at 6-4 and has made 6-5 this year.
A new Cardinal to watch: senior Ellis Freedman, whose 22-5 long jump ranks second in the state.
• Lincoln-Grant girls highlights and notes:
District cross country champion Betsy Kolberg of Lincoln ran a five-minute 1,500 to win by 17 seconds. A junior, she also breezed to a win in the 3,000 and looks to be the class of the league.
Cardinal junior Megan Macoubray won both hurdles, and basketball player Tresa Palmer went 5-3 in the high jump.
Lincoln sophomore Kema Harvey won her primary event, the 800, and is part of a good spring crew that includes promising freshman Hailey Stewart.
Sprinters led the Grant girls, with senior Christene Jones posting state bests of 25.91 in the 200 and 59.35 in the 400 and senior Anaiah Rhodes winning the 100 in 12.95.
n The PIL has made arrangements to have its district track meets (for 6A and 5A) at Lewis and Clark College on May 15. Lincoln used to host the event, but the school's grandstands were condemned last year, and no decision has been made on when and how to replace them.
Jesuit, with 13 players from last year's co-Metro League champion and state quarterfinal team, is 5-1 going into Wednesday's game at Grant.
The Crusaders have an impressive senior class, with outfielders Zane Norris and Doug Kincaid, pitchers Cameron Love and Alex Keudell, shortstop Marshall Yanzick and catcher Michael Payne. Kincaid has been sidelined, however, and will miss a couple more weeks with a knee injury.
Plans for next year have Kincaid at Oregon State, Love at San Francisco and Keudell at Oregon. Norris has gotten looks from several schools, including Oregon State. And Jesuit coach Don Lovell calls Yanzick 'one of the two or three most outstanding middle infielders in the state.'
Jesuit has won five in a row after a 3-2 loss to Sandy and has allowed only eight total runs, with just two middle-infield errors. The Crusaders have beaten Clackamas, Wilson, Central Catholic, Centennial and David Douglas. Keudell tossed a one-hitter in the 3-0 win over Centennial, and junior Kyle Cusick has hurled eight shutout innings.
The Crusaders also have been absent center fielder Austin Cheek (back problems), but he could return soon.
Also about to go on the shelf is Lovell, who is scheduled for shoulder surgery this week. He had surgery when he was playing outfield for Portland State in the 1980s and again last November. 'It didn't heal properly,' he says, 'so I have to go in and get it done again.' This time, he's going to the esteemed Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles. 'Basically, it's just from lots of years of throwing and lifting and hitting,' he says.
• Jefferson's program continues to come back to life, with the Democrats playing a junior varsity schedule.
Various businesses and individuals have helped with donations and equipment. Jesuit's Lovell gave 15 pairs of practice pants. The list of supporters also includes Jugs, Adidas, Frank Bashor Supplies and Marcia Kies, Kirk Cameron and Matt Muramatsu.
On the field, Jefferson showed progress in a 14-2 loss to Benson. The Techmen got 12 runs, many unearned, in the first inning, but senior left-hander Malcolm Byrd allowed only two runs over the next four innings, and senior Michael Kremlacek from the Czech Republic belted a two-run home run.