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Crusaders remain unbeaten with big win

Columbia County team clobbers West Linn 44-0


by: JOHN BREWINGTON - Scappoose's Victoria Horecky breaks free for a score during Saturday's rugby match at the Scappoose Middle School field. The Columbia County Operators, a club team of Scappoose and St. Helens girls, is unbeaten on the season and appears bound for the state playoffs.The Columbia County Crusaders, a local high school club, stayed unbeaten on the season with a 44-0 win over West Linn on Saturday in Scappoose.

The team is made up of players from Scappoose and St. Helens.

The squad got off to a quick start on Saturday, scoring three trys and two conversions. Victoria Horecky scored two trys, Destiny Quezada scored one, and Jackie Asher made the first two conversions.

Molly Eisenschmidt completed a controlled drive by the Crusaders to score on a 5-yard try just five minutes before the half. After the ensuing kickoff, Horecky broke free and scored again just before the halftime whistle. It was 29-0 at the break.

“The Crusaders victory is attributed to their hard work,” coach Ashley Baggett said. “Rugby is a physically and mentally demanding sport. It’s imperative that the girls work cohesively together.”

She said that in the second half West Linn continued to play aggressively but had no defense against the speed of the Crusader’s back line.by: JOHN BREWINGTON - The Crusader's Destiny Quezada broke out of this pack and moved the ball down the field during Saturday's rugby match.

On their first possession of the second half, Kayleigh Horecky, Victoria’s sister, picked up a try on a long run. Just a bit later, Victoria broke free from midfield and scored a try, making it 39-0. Molly Eisenschmidt picked up a loose ball from a ruck near the end of the game, broke through the West Linn defense, and went down the middle of the field for a try.

The win boosted the Columbia County team to 4-0 on the season, four points ahead of Newberg.

A week earlier, the Crusaders beat the previously unbeaten Newberg team 22-15. Victoria Horecky scored the first try for the Crusaders within the first few minutes of the match starting. Angela VanHoomissen made the conversion kick to make it 7-0. Arie Adams then scored and it was 12-0. Newberg scored before the half to make it 12-5 and then had the first two trys of the second half to take a 15-12 lead.

Newberg was approaching the Crusader goal again, but the ball ended up in Kayleigh Horecky’s hands and she rambled in for a long score. Columbia County had a 17-15 lead. Newberg threatened again, but gave up the ball on a penalty. The Crusaders moved the ball back down the field and Kayla Leatherman ran it in for the try.

The Crusaders host Linn Benton this Saturday at the Scappoose Middle School field. The team is at Linn Benton on April 20. They finish up the season at the Valley Panthers (McMinnville) on April 27. That will put them into the state playoffs at Delta Park in Portland. They also beat the Valley Panthers earlier, 17-5.

Rugby Oregon

Girls Division Two

(Unofficial Standings)

W L T Pts

Columbia County 4 0 0 12

Newberg 3 1 0 9

Valley Panthers 1 2 1 6

Linn Benton 1 3 0 4

Cleveland 0 3 1 2

West Linn 0 2 0 0

(Note: West Linn dropped into the division midway in the season. Standings reflect some non-counting, cross-division games before they dropped.)

April 13

Linn Benton @ Columbia County

West Linn @ Valley Panthers

Newberg @ Cleveland

April 20

West Linn @ Cleveland

Newberg @ Valley Panthers

Columbia County @ Linn Benton