Cross country, soccer, and Scappoose football advance directly to state playoffs

With play-in games beginning, regular seasons ending, and district championships last week it’s nice that there are quite a few congratulations to hand out.

Let’s start with cross country. The Scappoose girls, as expected, handily won the Cowapa League championship—their eighth in the last 10 years. The Tribe’s Tia Carnahan and Charlie Davidson ran side-by-side most of the race at Camp Rilea. Davidson tried to sneak ahead at the finish, but Carnahan had the slimmest of SELF-PORTRAIT - Sports Editor John Brewington

The Scappoose boys showed how much they have improved by also winning the Cowapa title, their third in four years. Hunter Hoyt led the charge for Scappoose and the rest of the team finished high enough for the win. Both boys and girls head to the 4A state meet this Saturday at Lane Community College.

St. Helens also had their moments at the Northwest Oregon Conference meet at Blue Lake. Bryan Strang ran close to Ryan Byrd’s championship time of last season to lead the Lions to second place and a trip the 5A championship race.

And give the Scappoose High girls some credit in both volleyball and soccer. The volleyball team had four matches last week, three of them on the road. They came back from a long, long trip to Baker with a play-in win and a berth in the state playoffs. That, too, will be on the road, but they’re a little more seasoned now. Not bad for a team that a year ago had just one win.

And the Scappoose girls’ soccer team has been a treat all year. By going undefeated in league (taking a win over Tillamook on Tuesday for granted), the team earned the right to a home match when the playoffs begin next Tuesday. With their No. 2 power ranking, Scappoose could have a lot of matches at home.

The St. Helens High volleyball team also did their part last week. They beat Liberty to clinch second in the NWOC, but did lose to Sherwood. They were to host Hermiston in a play-in game on Tuesday. They may be on the road to Marshfield or somewhere else for the first round of the state playoffs. A really good season for St. Helens, and they’re not done yet.

Also very much in the state championship hunt this season is the Scappoose Indians football team. The Indians finished the regular season with an impressive 57-6 win over longtime rival Astoria. The Tribe hadn’t won the Cowapa League title since 2005. And with their 8-1 record, they moved up to No. 1 in the OSAA power rankings. That ranking gives them home field advantage most of the playoffs. Perhaps until the finals.

The Tribe has a lot of weapons on offense, and a pretty stingy defense. They’ve come a long way since their opening loss to 5A Roosevelt, 48-41.

Scappoose sits out this Friday with a bye, waiting for the lowest ranked winner of the play-in round. Their first playoff game will probably be Nov. 9.

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