Hounds back in the win column

Ian Mann turned in a monster day running behind a revitalized offensive line, and Gaston steamrolled Neah-Kah-Nie 44-8 last Friday to snap a three-game losing streak and get back into state playoff contention.

The Greyhounds improved to 3-3 overall and 1-1 in Northwest League play with three games left — one more win clinches a playoff berth, while sweeping all three could get the Hounds a home game in the first round of the postseason.

Friday’s victory was largely attributable to the stellar play of the offensive line, which dominated the Pirates and cleared out lots of running room for Mann, who finished with 269 yards and four touchdowns.

“We played pretty well,” Gaston head coach Reeve Woodward said. “Our offensive line was amazing. We ran basically the same play over and over and over and they couldn’t stop it.”

Mann was already on his way to a big day in the third quarter when he broke a 60-yard touchdown run.

“He just kept his feet moving and then all of a sudden he came out of the pile and broke it for 60,” Woodward said. “It was an amazing run.”

Austin Morey rushed for 141 yards, and he also tossed a highlight-reel 30-yard touchdown pass to Alex Sweet, who caught the ball with one hand while falling backward into the end zone. Nate Lewis added a 45-yard scoring pass to Sweet later in the game.

The win snapped a three-game losing streak in which the Greyhounds were shut out twice.

“The competition we’ve been playing the last five weeks has been pretty high,” Woodward said. “It’s been a long time since we’ve lost, so losing three in a row was tough for them. It was getting kind of frustrating, so this was a good win. The kids were really excited afterward.”

Gaston returns to action this Friday with a home game against Nestucca.

Registration for FG Junior Viks

The Forest Grove Junior Viks wrestling program will be holding sign-ups from 6-7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 7, at the Forest Grove High School wrestling gym.

Registration forms and other info can be picked up in advance at Frye’s Action Athletics. Practices will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-7 p.m., with an intense practice session available until 7:30. Matches will be held on Saturdays and some weeknights. Uniforms will be provided, but athletes will need to provide their own wrestling shoes.

As part of the Junior Viks wrestling program, beginning wrestlers will be exposed to a series of fun yet challenging games, drills, and exercises that will help them master the elements of balance, rhythm, spatial orientation, and the ability to react to both auditory and visual stimuli. Youth wrestling also helps equip kids with a healthy dose of competitive spirit and self-discipline. Because they are grouped by size and ability, all of the kids will be challenged within reason.

For more information, contact Ricci Oberg at 503-535-9165 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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