Gaston softball falls to Yoncalla
Gastons promising softball season ended last Friday in the quarterfinals of the Class 2A/1A state playoffs with an 11-4 loss on the road against Yoncalla.
The Lady Hounds (22-6) stormed to their third consecutive Northwest League title this season, losing only one league game all year, and they made short work of Riddle (16-10) last Wednesday in the first round of the playoffs, posting an 11-1 victory in five innings.
That set up a quarterfinal showdown against third-ranked Yoncalla (24-4), but the Hounds couldnt get much going against junior pitcher Brianne Joslyn, and the Eagles pulled away for an 11-4 victory and a trip to the state semifinals, where they were scheduled to face league rival Glendale (26-3) on Tuesday afternoon.
The winner of that game will advance to play for the 2A/1A state championship on Friday at the Oregon State Softball Complex in Corvallis. Tuesdays other semifinal pitted fifth-ranked Union/Cove (24-3) against 10th-ranked Perrydale (14-6).
Gaston advanced to the state playoffs for the seventh consecutive season, but failed to get past the quarterfinals for the fourth year in a row. The Lady Greyhounds advanced to the state semifinals in 2009.
FGHS alum earns All-America nod
Taylor McCahon, a 2010 Forest Grove High School graduate, earned All-American status in the womens pole vault last week at the NAIA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, staged Thursday through Saturday in Marion, Ind.
A junior at Biola University in Southern California, McCahon had a best mark of 11 feet, 7¾ inches in cool and windy conditions, and she finished tied for seventh place with freshman teammate Nicole Falkenstein and Siena Heights (Mich.) senior Lenzey Stidham. Indiana Tech freshman Jeslyn Zimmerly won the event with a clearance of 12-1½. The next eight competitors all cleared 11-7¾, with placements being decided on misses.
According to Forest Grove track coach Scott McCahon, who was in attendance at the national meet, the event was just the third of the year for his daughter, who has been dealing with a quadriceps injury.
Taylor McCahon won the Class 6A girls state pole vault title as a senior at FGHS and has now earned three All-American citations at Biola, including the 2012 indoor and outdoor track and field seasons.
Summer tennis program on tap
Forest Grove High School boys tennis coach Peter McKinnon is offering a summer youth tennis program for players in grades one through 12.
The program, open to beginners and advanced players, begins the third week in June and will run every Tuesday through Friday through the end of August, except for the week of July 4. There will be a total of 10 weeks of the program. Cost is $12.50 per week for grades one through six, $25 per week for grades seven through 12, with one week free for every three paid weeks. Players in grades one through six will play for an hour in the morning, annd older players will play for two hours (grades seven and eight) or three hours (grades nine through 12) in the afternoon.
The program will focus on developing and improving all facets of singles and doubles play, with emphasis on footwork, strategy, strength and fitness, ground strokes, match play, and mental focus.