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Lady Vikings earn state playoff bid

Forest Grove’s fifth-place finish in the Pacific Conference standings earned the Lady Vikings a home match in the play-in round of the Class 6A state volleyball playoffs on Saturdaiy, and they turned that into a three-set sweep of Crater.

Forest Grove (10-11, 6-8) wrapped up the regular season with a loss to Tigard last Tuesday, then tuned up for the postseason with a gritty five-set victory on the road against Aloha on Thursday. The Vikings dropped the second and third sets of that match, but battled back for a 27-25, 19-25, 18-25, 25-16, 15-9 victory.

The confidence from that win carried over into Saturday’s match, with Forest Grove surging to a big early lead and never looking back in a 25-9, 25-20, 25-16 victory that secured a spot in the 32-team state playoff bracket.

The Lady Vikings were scheduled to travel to third-ranked Roseburg (23-3) on Wednesday. Results were not available at press time, but the winner advances to the second round to face either Glencoe or Southridge.

Banks XC season comes to an end

The Banks girls cross-country team concluded its season on Wednesday at the Cowapa League district meet, staged at Camp Rilea in Warrenton.

Jamie Borchers led the Lady Braves to a fourth-place team effort. Banks finished with 77 points. Scappoose just edged Seaside, 50-51, for the league title, and Tillamook finished third with 63 points.

Borchers, a sophomore, took ninth place individually in 23 minutes, 23.08 seconds, on the 5K course. Amy Hilger finished just behind Borchers in 10th place (23:29.75), while Anna Klein was 17th in 24:33.05. Jaime Evers took 24th in 25:04.77, Cassie Streblow was 26th in 25:45.78, and Tiffany Jansen finished 31st in 26:33.75.

The Banks boys completed their season with a sixth-place team finish at the meet. The Braves earned 167 team points, finishing behind Tillamook (49), Scappoose (65), Seaside (69), Astoria (76) and Yamhill-Carlton (96).

Junior Dallin Shurts led the way for Banks, finishing the 5K course in 19:16.38, good for 21st place. Also running for Banks were Erik Stepken (33rd, 21:15.28), Erik Larsen (34th, 21:22.78), Hamza Iqbal (39th, 23:17.08) and Madison Meeuwsen (40th, 24:33.5).

Vikings will host play-in game

The Forest Grove football team dropped its regular-season finale against Tigard last Friday, but the Vikings’ 29th-place position in the OSAA power rankings earned the team a home game this week for the Class 6A play-in round.

Forest Grove (4-5) will host Crater (2-7) on Friday at 7 p.m. The winner advances to the first round of the state playoffs, which begin on Nov. 8.