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Quite a sports week for local athletes


Local teams and athletes did well in the last week of competition

The St. Helens and Scappoose High school athletic teams did pretty well in the regular season with a lot of teams and individuals moving on to post-season play.

Swimming actually ended its season this past weekend with the state meet at Mt. Hood Community College. Both Scappoose and St. Helens sent individuals on to state, and St. Helens also sent three relay teams. Only the Lions’ Andrew Collson managed to make the finals on Saturday, taking fourth in the 50 free relay. Still, in all 12 locals kids were able to compete.by: JOHN BREWINGTON - Sports Editor John Brewington

In basketball, the Scappoose Indians clinched the league title last week with wins over Yamhill-Carlton and Astoria. Scappoose thumped YC in the second half to earn first place, and then came from behind to beat the Fishermen for a little icing on the cake.

Coach Rahim Tufts thought Scappoose could win the league crown this season, but even he didn’t expect to lose just one game in league. Sadly for the Indians, they didn’t finish ranked high enough for a home playoff game so they will be on the road.

The St. Helens Lions will also be moving on to state, but will have a play-in game first. They had two games left this week, and if they can keep their ranking high, they could even have a home play-in game. If they can win that, they will have to face one of the top three or four teams in the state rankings. They are capable of winning. A win over Sandy on Tuesday night would have helped them in the rankings.

The Lady Lions were out of the running for a play-in game, but the Lady Indians of Scappoose still had the chance if they could win a league playoff game at home on Tuesday. They Indians had some starters missing last week in losses to YC and Astoria, and they were to host the winner of their playoff on Tuesday. A victory and they will have a post-season game on the road.

Over in the wrestling side of things, the Scappoose Indians are sending 10 wrestlers to the 4A state tournament this Friday and Saturday. The Indians had three regional champions at a tournament they hosted this past Saturday. Those three kids, Isaiah Goodrich, Ryan Bond, and Kurt Mode join seven other Indians. Devin Ray had a second, and six others were third.

The Tribe has a strong program and they usually do quite well at state. They won the tournament just a couple of years ago.

St. Helens’ program was in a bit of flux this year but three Lions managed to qualify for the state tournament. Headed to state Friday and Saturday are Andrew Duggan at 132 pounds, Jon Luttrell at 152 and Dustin Ford at 195.

So that’s a lot of kids seeing some kind of post season play (at least potentially in one case)--12 swimmers, 13 wrestlers, and 30-45 basketball players. That’s a pretty good year.

Will there be any state champions? Potentially, there could be. It will be tough in basketball, but the St. Helens and Scappoose boys’ teams at least have a shot. If Scappoose wins their playoff round, they'll be in the top eight and anything can happen then. St. Helens has to win two games to get to that point and their second opponent could be tough.

There are some good prospects among the wrestlers, particularly for the Indians—Isaiah Goodrich, Branden Bailey, Devin Ray, Ryan Bond, Kurt Mode and some others if their brackets work out right.

Swimming, as we said, is done and it didn't happen there.

We'd give all the coaches this winter kudos, well, with one exception. They've done good with the hand they've been dealt. Even those, that didn't make state. We've seen improvement in each sport, and the teams have been playing together well. Some have a longer ways to go, but we can see the effort the coaches put in.

It will be an interesting couple of weeks as the remaining games and matches play out.