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Morse leads Cleveland to baseball upset; Mong breaks Franklin record; Lincoln boys primed for PIL tennis championships; Jesuit girls tennis packs deep punch

TRIBUNE PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Franklin High's Gracie Elliott slides into home plate in a softball game against Cleveland. The Quakers won, 6-0. Franklin entered the week leading Roosevelt by one game in pursuit of its second consecutive PIL title. PORTLAND INTERSCHOLASTIC LEAGUE

Benson

Freshman Micah Williams had a PR of 10.78 seconds in the 100 at Saturday's Nike/Jesuit Twilight Relays. He ranks third in Class 6A.

Williams and two teammates, senior Jacoby Kelly and junior Elijah Johnson, are 1-2-3 in the PIL. Kelley had a PR of 11.33 on Saturday. Johnson has run 11.37.

Cleveland

University of Portland-bound senior Eli Morse led the Warriors to a 2-0 upset of Lincoln — the Cardinals' first PIL loss since May 12, 2016, and only their third league defeat in three seasons.

Morse gave up four hits and one walk while striking out nine over seven innings Friday night at Ron Tonkin Field in Hillsboro. He also had an RBI single in the sixth inning for Cleveland's second run.

The Warriors took the lead on an infield throwing error in the second, and their defense snuffed out Lincoln scoring opportunities in the first three innings.

In the first, Cleveland nailed a runner at home on a first-and-third double-steal play for the third out. In the second, sophomore catcher Jacob Cobb threw out a would-be base stealer at second to end the inning. The third out in the third inning came when senior left fielder Simon Dimmick hit senior shortstop Riley Oh, who fired to junior second baseman Jordan Kendig for the tag on a batter trying to take an extra base.

Meanwhile, Morse had three pitches working well.

"I felt really good, and our defense was really good," he said, after the 97-pitch outing. "I've pitched well against them for four years, so it felt great to finally get a win against them.

"My curveball was on, and we started calling a few more of them after the third inning, and I had good fastball location, and I was throwing the change-up to keep them off balance."

Morse plays on a Portland Baseball Club summer team with a few of the Cardinals, and Lincoln center fielder Gabe Skoro will be his roommate at UP next school year.

At one point during Friday's game, with two Lincoln runners on base, Morse took a step off the mound and did a quick breathing exercise he learned from UP pitching coach Gregg Swenson. It helped him "breathe into" the situation, and get out of the jam.

"I'm really excited about going to play for the Pilots, and being able to maximize my potential with him," Morse said.

• In softball, the Warriors went into the week 7-3 and third in the PIL.

Seniors Katie Linkhart and Marci Roberti, who may try to walk on at Oregon State, have led the pitching staff and been part of a balanced offense that includes senior catcher Hailey Teftt. Sophomores Anna Hawking and Mia Baker are next in line on the mound.

• Roth Morgan, a junior, set a PR by nearly 10 feet in the javelin at the Nike/Jesuit Twilight Relays on Saturday. His throw of 183-8 ranks fourth in 6A.

• Junior Sophia Smith got over 10-0 in the pole vault Saturday, a PR by a foot, and is tied for second in the PIL.

Franklin

Senior Henry Mong broke an 18-year-old school record in the 800, winning in 1:51.38 at the Dean Nice Invitational at Gresham High on Saturday. The record of 1:53.5 was set by Mike Tierney in 1989; he won the state title that year. Mong's mark also ranks seventh in the nation this season and 11th all-time in Oregon.

In the pole vault, Franklin junior Evan Johnson cleared 11-0, a PR by six inches that tied him for second in the PIL season rankings.

• Quakers senior Delaney Hartmann ran her best 3,000 of the year, 10:33.21, on Saturday and is No. 2 in the PIL.

• Franklin's baseball team picked up its first wins of the season with a three-game sweep of winless Benson.

The Quakers won 11-2, 6-1 and 4-2. Winning pitchers were Junior Ross Lapping (three-hitter, six strikeouts), senior Colby Bottler (six-hitter, six Ks) and senior Quentin Perry (two-hitter, eight Ks). At the plate, Perry was 6 for 10. He and sophomore Dash Peterson each had two RBIs in the opener. Sophomore Sam Brinda was 2 for 4 in each of the first two games. Bottler was 5 for 8 with four RBIs in the final two games.

Grant

The Generals are No. 1 in both girls relays after running 50.52 and 4:05.89 at the Nike/Jesuit Twilight on Saturday. The short relay foursome was Marin Leonard, Judith Baxter Game, Zoe Shaw and Cassin Wright. The long relay crew was Anna Dreher, Leonard, Shaw and Wright.

• In baseball, Grant swept Madison, 7-5, 8-1,10-2, to keep pace with Wilson for second in the PIL, both 9-2. Wilson has a three-game series remaining with Cleveland and first-place Lincoln, while Grant will finish against the league's bottom two teams, Benson and Franklin. Grant also went 2-0 against Wilson.

Jefferson

The Democrats will be host to Benson and Roosevelt for a three-way PIL track and field varsity meet at 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Lincoln

The Cardinals boys tennis team figures to dominate the PIL district tournament, which is Wednesday through Friday at Portland Tennis Center.

No. 1 singles player Will Leach, a senior, is coming off a three-set match last week with Grant star Andrew Finkelman, who prevailed 6-4, 2-6, 6-1 at Irving Park, as the Cards won the dual, 7-1.

Experienced seniors Elliott Nuss and Riley Wilson are hoping to be among the top three seeds in doubles for the state tourney, May 18-20 at Tualatin Hills Tennis Center.

Freshman James Chen and sophomore Danny Luo have been a formidable No. 2 doubles pairing.

Sophomore Allen Song is Lincoln's No. 2 singles man.

Versatile senior Fritz Hergenhan is playing doubles and aiming for a third consecutive trip to state, along with senior Maya Iman.

• Junior Sawyer Christopher bettered his school record in the javelin with a heave of 189-11 at the Nike/Jesuit Twilight Relays on Saturday. He ranks No. 2 in 6A. His previous best was 183-4.

Chrisopher also upped his discus all-time best by nine inches, throwing 131-11, which has him third on the 2017 PIL chart.

Senior Dominic Arce is among the PIL's best in the distances in a year with exceptional talent. He had a 1,500 PR of 4:02.55 in Saturday's Nike/Jesuit Twilight Relays and ranks fourth in the league in that event and third in the 3,000.

"I'm pleased with how Dom is running," says Lincoln co-head coach Eric Dettman. "He was one of the best sophomores in the state, but since then it's been a bit of a struggle and it seemed like the confidence wasn't there, so we've been working on that. He had a great race at the Oregon Relays (April 15 in Eugene)."

• Lincoln posted the first-, third- and fourth-fastest girls 1,500 times of the spring, all PRs, at the Jesuit meet. Sophomore Kyla Becker ran 4:43.09, sophomore Kendall Accetta 4:49.63 and soph Bridget Price 4:51.79.

Senior Colette Jesson's four-inch PR of 121-10 in the javelin at Jesuit has the PIL season lead.

Madison

Senior Abdi Hassan improved his shot put best by a foot with a throw of 49-0 at Saturday's Portland Christian Invitational. Hassan has the best 2017 marks in the PIL in the shot and discus (135-8). Also at Portland Christian, he set a PR of 153-5 1/1 in the javelin, which is No. 4 in the PIL.

• In the girls pole vault, sophomore Rosie Folger-vent cleared 10-3, a PR by seven inches, to claim first place on the PIL season list.

Roosevelt

Senior Josiah Greene's 110 hurdles PR of 16.52 at Saturday's Nike/Jesuit Twilight Relays vaulted him into second in the PIL this spring.

Gene Taka, a senior, unleashed a shot put throw of 45-5 at Jesuit, which ranks second in the PIL this season. His previous PR was 44-8.

• In the girls shot put, Ahliah Nordstrom had a PR by nearly two feet Saturday, stretching to 34-10, which ranks second in the PIL.

Wilson

Senior Caleb Seely (6A-leading 3:53.73) is still on pace to make a run at the 6A 1,500 title in a state filled with middle-distance talent. Teammate Alex Slenning, a junior, ran 3:59.77 at Saturday's Nike/Jesuit Twilight Relays, which ranks sixth in the state, but he's No. 2 in 6A in the 3,000.

Sophomore Keating Hinkley's 124-7 PR in the discus at the PIL JV Classic ranks fourth on the league's varsity list for 2017.

• Wilson has some PIL district scoring potential in the girls distances. Sophomore Annika Sundstrom is fifth in the 1,500 after her PR of 4:58.29 at Jesuit. One spot behind her is sophomore Francesca Ierulli, and sophomore Jillian Van Vleet is eighth after a PR of 5:01.97 at Jesuit.

In the 3,000, Ierulli (10:45.94) and senior Eleanor Stein (10:52.42) had PRs on Saturday and are 3-4 on the PIL list.

• Three starters and three relievers, working 18 and three innings, allowed 10 hits and one run as Wilson swept Roosevelt in baseball. Winning hurlers Ben Haxby, Cade Conklin and Noah Keough posted nine, seven and five strikeouts, respectively. Alex Taff, Dezi Olivares and Sammy DeVol each pitched an inning out of the bullpen.

PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: DAVID BALL - Central Catholic High junior Majai-Lihn Pham competes in the long jump. OTHER CLASS 6A

Central Catholic

Nine seniors lead the way for the Rams' girls tennis team, which has been deadlocked with Clackamas for first place in Mt. Hood Conference duals, with the teams splitting two head-to-head matches.

CC's No. 1 doubles duo of seniors Catherine Johnson and Luca Breslau is undefeated with Barlow and Oregon City to play before attempting to repeat as champions of the district tournament May 8-10 at Oregon City and David Douglas.

Sophomore Seryna Chin, third in district last year, and senior Valerie Troung, should be among the top four seeds in the MHC tourney this year.

Rain this spring has wreaked havoc for tennis just as much as for baseball and softball.

"We have not had one outdoor practice on our home courts. Most of our 'practice' has been during warmups (for matches)," Central Catholic assistant coach Sherry Rogers says.

• The Rams' 4x400 crew of Austin Hill, Eric Brecht, Korbin Willliams and William Mundy turned in the fastest 6A time of the year (3:21.92) at Saturday's Nike/Jesuit Twilight.

The 4x100 team of Vincenzo Logan, Hill, Williams and William Mundy posted the No. 2 6A mark (42.84).

In the javelin, freshman Joseph Nizich continued his improvement with a PR of 184-5 that is No. 3 on the season 6A list.

• Junior Jada Pierce had a PR of 39-8 1/2 in the shot put, which put her into fourth place on the 2017 6A list.

• Scrambling to make up rainouts, the Rams' softball team split two games on Saturday. Central Catholic's 2-1 win over Reynolds came when senior Grace Dooney and sophomore Kimberly Pulido connected on back-to-back doubles in the fifth to snap a 1-1 tie.

David Douglas

The Scots' softball team lost three games last week by a total of five runs, after nipping Centennial 7-6. Sophomore Chloe Matthews was 2 for 3, while juniors Jennifer Oliva-Lopez and Sydney Wallstrum both homered in the win. The game ended with soph second baseman Lilly Center handling a ground ball while the Eagles had the tying run at third base.

• Golfer Andrew Barker fired an even-par 72 in a Thursday Mt. Hood Conference match at Gresham to finish third behind two players from Clackamas. He followed a double-bogey 6 on the first hole with an eagle 2 on the second, and shot 36-36. The result put him third in the season league standings.

Jesuit

The girls tennis team recently tuned up for Metro League district and state tournament competition with a win at the Bend team tournament.

"I have 18 girls who are all fabulous — I love them to death," 17th-year coach Kirsten Rubacher says. "They all work together on and off the court very well. It's a pretty deep team."

Unbeaten, too, in Metro matches, with two freshmen helping the Crusaders absorb the loss of two-time state champion singles Bess Waldram, 10-4 in singles this season for Notre Dame.

Farida Abdelmoneuum and Nicole Hopman have been 1-2 in singles for Jesuit. Senior Sophia Tran is No. 3, and junior Sydney Evans is No. 4.

The Crusaders are tough in doubles, with senior Danielle and freshman sister Virginia Larner in the top spot, junior Josie Donlon and senior Jules Symmonds tough going to the net at No. 2. Senior Bailey Cook and junior Anna Bergstrom form another good team, and the squad has seven freshmen in all, including Virginia Larner, Kenzie Gross, Grace and Julie Nguyen, and Kaylee Jeong.

The sophomore ranks consist of Natisha Ortiz-Rodriguez, Sona Sridharan and Gabby Hanna-Choquette.

One other senior, Aashna Saxena, is on the roster.

At Bend, Jesuit defeated Lake Oswego and West Linn 5-3 en route to a finals matchup with 5A Summit.

Sunset gave Jesuit a fight this season in league play, as the score was 4-4, with the Crusaders getting the victory via the tiebreaker — a 10-9 edge in sets won.

Since 1994, Jesuit has won 15 of 23 state titles, the most recent in 2014 and 2015.

The Crusaders' first crown under Ruchaber came in 2002. Jesuit was second last season, three points behind Lake Oswego.

• Junior Joshua Schumacher ranks first and second in 6A in the 3,000 (8:33.59) and 1,500 (3:54.48).

• In the girls 1,500, sophomore Makenna Schumacher is fourth in the 6A 1,500 after her 4:40.28 on Saturday, and freshman Kelsey Gripekoven moved up to fourth in the 6A 3,000, running 10:04.82.

The girls 4x400 (Greta Anderson, Chloe Jense, Lena Colson and Hallie DeVoe) is second in 6A after its 4:01.08 on home turf Saturday.

Sophomore Jordyn Turner's PR of 39-7 on Saturday moved her into the fifth spot in the 6A girls shot put.

St. Mary's Academy

The Blues' lacrosse team has won four in a row for the second time this season, after dropping four straight.

St. Mary's is 8-4 with four regular-season games to play. The latest victory came Friday, 18-8 at Buckman Field against 9-3 Summit.

Eight SMA players scored in what coach Holly Ziegler calls "our best shooting game of the season."

Milan Lam, Claire LeBlanc, Grace Warner and Zoe Ziegler all had three goals.

• Lara Rix, a Blues senior, is sixth in the 6A season rankings for 3,000 meters. She ran 4:41.42 on Saturday at Jesuit.

CLASS 5A

La Salle Prep

The diamond has been a good friend for the Falcons this spring, as the baseball team is leading the Northwest Oregon Conference with a 10-1 record, and the softball team is in second place at 9-2, a half-game behind Putnam.

The baseball team got a Friday-Saturday split with Putnam (8-3), which left La Salle one game in front of Wilsonville (9-2). After falling 10-3, the Falcons roared back with 12 hits at home to beat the Kingsmen, 11-0. Senior Matt Duarte was 3 for 4 with an RBI single and two runs scored, and senior Ole Arntson hit a two-run home run. Seniors Levi Miles and Miles Norman added two hits each. Miles pitched six innings, allowing five hits, and Duarte needed only six pitches to retire the K-Men in the seventh. LSP sent 14 batters to the play in an eight-run sixth inning.

• The softball team overcame Sandy 4-3 on Wednesday, when senior Rylee Maben hit a two-run home run in the fourth to snap a 2-2 tie.

Friday's 14-2 win at Parkrose gave La Salle an eight-game win streak. Junior Hannah Sisul was 4 for 4 and scored four runs, sophomore Kiriahna Edeline went 3 for 4 with an HR and four RBIs, and senior Jaden Gloden and freshman Maddie Hull each had two hits.

Parkrose

The Broncos' softball team has been able to score only seven runs in the last five games, after beating Sandy, 16-3.

CLASS 3A/2A/1A

Oregon Episcopal School junior Jack Caslino took the 3A season lead in the 3,000 on Saturday with his 9:12.93, a PR at the Nike/Jesuit Twilight.

OES sophomore Stephanie Finley's PR of 4:45.27 in the same meet put her first in the 3A girls 1,500.

In the 3A Lewis & Clark League meet at Catlin Gabel last week, Riverdale's girls took second to Rainier, 87-78, with Catlin third (58). Oregon Episcopal School was third in boys and fourth in girls. Catlin's boys took fourth.

• Portland Christian junior Quinton Strader ranks sixth in 1A in two events after his times of 23.97 and 53.34, both PRs, in the 200 and 400 on Saturday.

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