State champions came from track
Looking back at 2012, there was a lot of success in the St. Helens and Scappoose team sports. There were league titles, exciting games, and many clutch performances.
In the end, though, it was only in track and cross country where the teams excelled at the state level.
Thats not to demean the efforts of teams like the Scappoose football team. They went into playoffs, won a playoff game, but then fell to the eventual champion. The Scappoose High girls soccer team was one of the best teams in the state, but they would lose a hard-fought game to the defending and soon-afterwards repeat state champions.
The Scappoose baseball team won its first Cowapa League title since 1995, but bowed out in the playoffs. The St. Helens High girls softball team lost a tight playoff game, their first state appearance in many years.
All in all it was a fun year to watch teams compete and many exciting moments. Track and cross country for both St. Helens and Scappoose had the most success.
There were some exciting moments at the state track meet, but few like the performances of St. Helens Ryan Byrd and the Scappoose 4x400 relay team.
The St. Helens Lions qualified just four individuals for the 5A state meet in Eugene. Byrd was a little down after a sluggish third place in the 3,000 on the first day of the meet. He said he hadnt eaten enough before the race, and just didnt have enough energy.
The 1,500 was bunched up almost from start to finish. It was a mess, Byrd said. It was like a movie. I felt I was going slow and my muscles (werent working), but it was magical.
He was able to find his way through the pack and passed four others. I knew I had them right then, he thought. It just felt so good. Its my last high school race and Im a state champion.
Byrd is now competing at Boise State University.
Another senior on the team, Will Lawrence would set a St. Helens record with a fourth place in the 400 meter run.
The Scappoose Indians also won a state title at the 4A state track championships (held in conjunction with the 5A and 6A meets).
In the last race of the year, the Tribe 4x400 relay team won it all. The best news was that three of them were sophomores and return again this spring.
The team of Mychal Hortert, Matt Shoun, Justice Oman and lone senior Stephen Bowe were just off the school record by a half second in wining the event.
It wasnt an easy race either. The Indians trailed after the first leg of the race, but moved in front on the second lap. They had to fend off an aggressive La Salle team to win the title. Bowe said the La Salle runner was just a little too close.
I punched a guy, Bowe said. He ticked me off. He was really close all the way around. He tried to cut me off. I knew hed be running a longer distance and just kept him off.
He added, We missed the school record by just a half-second. These of the team). That was fun.
The Scappoose girls also had some exciting moments at state. Charlie Davidson, who won the 1,500 as a freshman, would finish second in the 1,500 last spring. She was third in the 800, an event she finished fourth in the year before. Tia Carnahan was fifth in the 3,000.
2 The story that probably drew the most attention locally was Ariel Viera on the Scappoose High girls soccer team. The soccer team was very good and would finish the season tied for third in the state with a 14-2 record. Their only losses on the season came to teams that would win state championships, OED and Gladstone.
Leading the Lady Indians, as she did all her four years, was Ariel Viera. Viera made television news when she scored four goals to hit the century mark. That came against Tillamook. She would go on to score 116 goals in her career, third best in state history. After graduation, Viera will play for soccer powerhouse, the University of Portland.
The Lady Indians went through the Cowapa League unbeaten and then sat out the first round of the playoffs. They drubbed Brookings-Harbor 13-0 in their first playoff game. They followed that with a hard-fought 2-1 win over a feisty La Salle team. That put them into the semifinals with Gladstone, a team they had beaten earlier in the season with a last minute goal. The two clubs were tied 0-0 in the playoffs after a half, but Gladstone would get an early second-half goal and then score again. Scappoose pressed but ended up losing 3-1. Gladstone would go on to beat Mazama for the state title, 1-0.
3 The Scappoose High girls cross country team had the top finish of 2012 among the local teams, taking fourth overall. It wasnt the 4A state championship they had won the year before, but it was still a good accomplishment.
The Tribe girls had handily won the Cowapa League district championship the week before, Carnahan edging Davidson for individual honors. The boys were also some of a surprise district champion, and they were even more surprising with a fifth place at state.
Davidson had one of her best cross country effort. When she hit the track for the last 300 meters of the race she was around 11th. She passed a bunch of girls to finish seventh and earn all state honors.
I think that if someone had told the team (boys and girls) at the start of the season that they would finish fourth and fifth in the state they would have been excited about that possibility, and I believe now that they have done that they really are, Coach David Harley said.
St. Helens surprised a few teams itself, taking second in district and sending the boys team on to state. They were a respectable 10th overall.
4 Its been awhile since the Scappoose Indians have had as good a football season as they did this year.
The Tribe finished the regular season ranked first in the state and appeared to be something of a juggernaut. The Tribe spanked Astoria in their final regular season game, 57-6. The Indians scored the first six times they had the ball, and threw in an interception return at the end of the half for a 50-0 lead at the break.
Diminutive receiver Paul Revis scored four times in the game, two pass receptions, a rush, and a 100-yard interception return. He would later be named to the 4A all-state first team.
Scappoose got a break after the regular season, and would face Madras in the first round of the state playoffs.
The Indians easily handled Madras, posting a 50-6 win.
It would be a different showing their next time out. The Tribe offense that had racked up 432 points in 10 games and catapulted itself to a 9-1 record and the top spot in the OSAA power rankings couldnt take advantage of their opportunities against Baker. They lost 22-0. The Indians hopes of a state championship came to an end. Small consolation was that Baker would go on to win the title.
5 The Scappoose Indians hadnt won a Cowapa League baseball championship since 1995, but they scratched out one in 2012.
The Indians did it by beating perennial powerhouse Astoria twice in their first two meetings, and then coming up with crucial wins at the end of the regular season.
The Indians faced North Marion in a play-in game that turned out to be one of the longest playoff games in state history. The game was tied in the fourth inning and it wasnt until the 10th that they broke it.
Lead-off batter Paul Revis started the frame with a single that was bobbled by the left fielder. The speedy Revis stretched it, putting the winning run on second with no outs. Hunter Hoyt then hit a hard grounder between third and short and Revis went home with the winning run. The Tribe prevailed 6-5.
Our kids went into the game loose and confident, Coach Robert Medley said, and played with enough energy to get it done.
Medley was leery about facing Molalla in the first round of state, and it turned out for good reason. Inclement weather that had plagued all the ball clubs last spring had left Scappooses field soggy at best. The game was moved to Tigard.
The Tribe just couldnt get the ball to drop into the right spots and finished the day with just two its in a 1-0 loss. The Indians played a tough defense, but couldnt take advantage of their opportunities. They finished the season with a 19-7 record.
St. Helens Softball
6 The St. Helens Lady Lions didnt win the Northwest Oregon Conference, but they came mighty close with a second-place finish and established their bonafides as a team to deal with this coming season.
The squad played a grueling schedule that because of inclement weather forced them to play six games in seven days to finish the season. They won six of those and only lost one by one run, 1-0.
Leading the way for the squad was freshman pitcher Mariah Mulcahy who made her presence known. Not only was she tough to beat from the pitching rubber, but she was also solid at bat. In her first varsity game, she led off with a home run and would hit for the cyclea homer, triple, single, and double. She also threw a three-hitter in the win.
Mulcahy was Pitcher of the Year in the NWOC and Jeff Edwards was Coach of the Year.
The Lady Lions made it to the state playoffs with a convincing 4-0 win over Wilson in their play-in round. Mulcahy gave up just one hit.
The win sent St. Helens to The Dalles-Wahtonka for the first round of state. The Lady Lions could get just two hits off TDWs Ann-Marie Guischer. Mulcahy gave up just five hits, but three of them accounted for the 2-0 loss.
We thought that if we could have gotten past that first round (playoff) game we could have won it all. Thats our goal for the next three yearsto win a state championship, Edwards said afterwards. With most of the team returning this year, the Lady Lions already have their goal.
In girls swimming, top finishes for Scappoose came in the girls 200 medley relay. Erin Heath, Adrianna Martinez, Cami Miltich, and Anna Ford eclipsed the 2005 school record by two seconds to take second place overall. The swim team broke every school record last season.
Ryan Rafferty took second in the 100 breaststroke for the Indians.
The Scappoose girls would finish seventh as a team.
Cole Charbonneau qualified for the 5A state tennis tournament, but lost a close first round game.
The Scappoose High boys golf team of Alex LaChance, Alex Lukinbeal, Nick Nguyen, Cody Stutzer, and Ryan Karp also qualified for the state tournament. They finished fifth overall.
Eddie Martinez was the lone St. Helens High golfer to qualify for state. He finished tied for ninth.
Scappoose wrestler Luke Mills was the only Indians to place at the state tournament, taking sixth.