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Vandehey commits to Highline College

Emily Vandehey recently led the Banks girls soccer team to its best season ever, and now she knows where she will be playing next.

The Braves senior committed recently to Highline College, a two-year school in Des Moines, Wash., which is a suburb south of Seattle.

In Highline, Vandehey is committing to a current Northwest Athletic Conference power. The Thunderbirds went 18-2-2 overall this season and 15-1-2 in league play, advancing to the quarterfinal round of the NWAC playoffs.

Highline head man Tom Moore was recently named the NWAC West Division coach of the year, and four of his players received Northwest Regional all-star designation, including MVP Jessi Beverlin, a midfielder.

A four-year starter for the Braves, Vandehey led this year’s team with seven goals and a half-dozen assists. Her game-winner in double overtime against Cottage Grove on Nov. 1 propelled Banks (8-6-3) into the Class 4A state playoffs for the first time in school history. The team kept its run going with a 1-0 upset of No. 2 Molalla in the first round before falling 2-1 to eventual state finalist Cascade in the quarterfinals.

Rooker shines for Liberty swimming

Former Forest Grove swimming star Prudence Rooker is already making waves at Liberty University. Last month, the freshman was announced as the Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association women’s swimmer of the week.

During the week of Oct. 27-Nov. 2, Rooker picked up a win in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1 minute, 5.58 seconds, another victory in the 200 individual medley (2:07.27) and a runner-up finish in the 200 breaststroke (2:23.08) against Richmond. Those efforts helped the Flames turn back the Spiders 189-105, and the IM mark also broke the pool record at LaHaye Aquatic Center (Lynchburg, Va.).

Since then, Liberty has competed in one more meet, at the Virginia Tech Invitational the weekend before Thanksgiving. There, Rooker trimmed her 100 breast time to 1:05.51, her 200 breast mark down to 2:22.04 and swam the second leg on Liberty’s eighth-place 400 freestyle relay team (3:28.85).

The freshman already ranks fourth all-time for the Flames in both breaststroke races and fifth as a member of the 400 free relay team that swam 2:28.40 in October.

In the CCSA, Rooker entered this week ranked first in the 50 breast (29.88) and 100 IM (59.30), seventh in both the 100 and 200 breast, 10th in the 200 IM and 20th in the 100 free (52.89). Her 200 medley and 400 free relay teams slotted in at second, while the 400 medley was ranked fourth.

Winter sports info

It’s the first week of December, and that means it’s time for the prep winter sports season to get going.

See below for season openers for Forest Grove, Banks and Gaston basketball, swimming and wrestling teams:

Forest Grove

Boys basketball: Tonight at Aloha, 7:15

Girls basketball: Friday vs. Newberg, 5:45 p.m.

Swimming: Thursday vs. McNary, 4 o’clock

Wrestling: Friday at Tillamook tournament, 12:30 p.m.


Boys basketball: Tonight vs. Yamhill-Carlton, 7 o’clock

Girls basketball: Friday vs. Molalla, 7 o’clock

Wrestling: Saturday at Ranger Classic in Estacada, 8 a.m.


Boys basketball: Tonight vs. Kennedy, 7:30

Girls basketball: Tonight vs. Kennedy, 6 o’clock


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