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Watchmen climb to third in Casco League with two wins

High school sports round-up — C.S. Lewis Academy closes with wins over Columbia Christian and Southwest Christian


When C.S. Lewis Academy fell 2-1 at City Christian in its third game of the season the Watchmen soccer team hadn’t quite found their rhythm under first-year head coach Mike Reimer.by: SETH GORDON - Playoff bound -- Tajanae Perkins controls the ball during C.S. Lewis Academy's 4-0 win over Southwest Christian Monday in Newberg. The victory propelled the Watchmen into third place in the final 3A/2A/1A Special District 5 standings and ensured a spot in the league's four-team playoff.

But by beating league cellar dwellers Columbia County Christian and Southwest Christian to finish the season, the CSLA has given itself another shot at the Lions and possibly a league title.

That’s because the six points the Watchmen earned pushed them into a tie for third-place with Horizon Christian. By virtue of its 1-0 win over the Hawks, C.S. Lewis earned the No. 3 seed in Special District 5’s four-team playoff and will face No. 2 City Christian Oct. 28.

“I think we fit there, our talent level fits there,” Reimer said of the playoff in the league comprised entirely of 1A schools. “We’ve had little struggles here and there along the way and so many finishing opportunities in different games that we didn’t put away. But we’re getting better and tightening up on defense a bit. And we’re playing different than when we played those top teams early on.”

The defense has been an important part of the team’s steady improvement, as the Watchmen have recorded six consecutive shutouts, compiling a 5-0-1 record, to close the season.

“We had a little lighter schedule later than early on, but my two center backs are just reading the game better, winning balls better and just playing smarter,” Reimer said. “And we’ve got our outside backs tied tight to them, so my back four is playing fairly well.”

The team’s offensive prowess was on full display in a 7-0 win over Columbia County Christian Oct. 17. Katelyn Reimer notched two goals in the win, while Matt Warren, Ryan Brooks and Cole Evans all scored for the first time this year.

Isaak Swan opened the scoring in that win and the 4-0 victory over Southwest Christian on Monday, but it was the first of Seth Baird’s two goals, a leaping header, that provided the insurance goal that allowed the Watchmen to settle into the game.

“He just came out of nowhere,” Reimer said. “Seth’s that way. Every once and a while he just does something that amazes you.”

Reimer said the key to beating City Christian will be finishing scoring chances and containing senior forward Bui Bao, who scored both goals in the first meeting.

Volleyball

Nike Tournament of Champions — St. Paul made its annual trek to Arizona to test itself against bigger schools, but was unable to come away with a victory, falling to Veritas Prep (Arizona) 25-15, 25-16, Valor (Colorado), 25-17, 25-13, and Deer Valley (Ariziona) 25-16, 25-16 in bracket play. The Bucks will play in the district championship at 5 p.m. Saturday at C.S. Lewis Academy.

C.S. Lewis Academy 3, Country Christian 2 — In the first of two consecutive meetings with the Cougars, Mikaela Raudsepp powered the Watchmen to a 18-25, 25-20, 23-25, 25-16, 15-10 victory with 30 kills and three blocks Oct. 15. Halah Grobey handed out 29 assists in the win

Country Christian 3, C.S. Lewis Academy 0 — The Cougars won 25-16, 28-26, 25-14 Oct. 17 to even the season series. Raudsepp racked up 23 kills in the match. The Watchmen will face Veritas at 11 a.m. Saturday in a district quarterfinal at the CSLA gym.

Veritas 3, Willamette Valley Christian 0 — The Vanguard prevailed 25-17, 25-19, 14-25, 25-19 Oct. 17. Brianna Stoppa slammed eight kills and Natalie Anderson added six to go along with her 19 assists and eight digs.

Veritas 3, Falls City 1 —Tess Johnson uncorked 14 kills as the Vanguard swept to a 25-16, 25-22, 25-18 victory. Stoppa added nine kills and four aces, with Anderson accounting for 22 assists and six aces.

Football

St. Paul 70, Jewell 18 —The Bucks scored 54 points in the first half en route to the team’s largest output of the season. Tyler Smith carried the ball 12 times for 236 yards and four scores. On the defensive side of the ball, Keenan Phillips led St. Paul with 13 tackles, while Mario Dela Rosa added eight. The victory gives the Buckaroos (4-4, 2-0 Special District 1) the inside track toward one of the conference’s two playoff berths with two games remaining in the season. No. 8 St. Paul plays its final two games of the regular season at home, hosting Falls City this Friday before wrapping up the season against Perrydale.

Boys soccer

Forest Grove 1, Newberg 0 — The Tigers (6-3-2 overall, 2-2-1 Pacific Conference) allowed a cheap goal just before halftime to fall into a tie with Hillsboro for fifth place. Newberg came out in an aggressive 4-3-3 formation in the second half, but did not finish its chances.

Girls soccer

Newberg 2, Forest Grove 1 — The Tigers moved into sole possession of second place in the Pacific Conference thanks to a pair of goals from Megan Myers. The Vikings scored with six seconds remaining in regulation to spoil the shutout. Newberg (7-3-1, 4-1) put 15 shots on goal to just four for Forest Grove.




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