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ANOTHER SPECTACULAR YEAR: The 10 best sports stories of 2015

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SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: JOHN WILLIAM HOWARD - The Scappoose baseball team beat twice-defending champion Henley 11-6 for its first state championship in five years.Everywhere you looked in 2015, Scappoose and St. Helens teams challenged for OSAA state championships.

The following are 10 stories of teams and individuals who came through with breakout seasons.

¦ Scappoose girls’ soccer wins second state championship in three years

The Indians were absolutely untouchable as they finished 18-0 with a 5-0 shutout of Brookings in the Class 4A state championship at Liberty High School in Hillsboro.

“It’s pretty surreal,” Scappoose senior forward Eleanor Jones said. “I’ve been chasing this high since I was 16. You talk about all the hard work paying off — it wasn’t luck, we had to work for it, and we were able to finish it out with all these girls.”

The second-seeded Cowapa League champion Indians outscored opponents 103-6 this season.

Scappoose beat La Grande 3-1 for its first Class 4A championship in 2013.

¦ Scappoose baseball swats Henley in state championship

The eighth-ranked Indians beat the top-seeded and twice-defending Class 4A state champion Hornets 11-6 at Volcanoes Stadium in Salem for their second state title in five years.

“I was up there watching in 2010, and I just really wanted it, bad,” Scappoose senior catcher Robby Backus said. “I couldn’t wait to be here again, and to win it — Just amazing, and now I get to go to graduation and have fun with my classmates. Just a great day.”

Scappoose also won the Class A-2 state championship in 1968 and took the Class AA title in 1982.

¦ Myles Terry wins 182-pound state wrestling title

Terry, a top-seeded sophomore, beat Hillsboro’s senior defending Class 5A champion TJ Cavender 4-3 in ultimate overtime at Memorial Stadium in Portland and become St. Helens High’s first state wrestling champion since Jason McCoy at 178 in 1994.

“I just wanted to come out on top,” Terry said. “I was trying to come out on top of him whatever way I could, and I wasn’t even thinking about score at that point. I was just going. I just had him on the mind.”

Terry got to state with the top seed after besting Cavender for the Northwest Oregon Conference title two weeks earlier.

¦ Scappoose basketball nets state championship

The Indians rallied from a 10-point second-quarter deficit to beat North Marion 51-48 for the Class 4A title at Liberty High School in Hillsboro, their first since repeating as Class AA champions in 1972-1973.

“It hasn’t sunk in,” Scappoose coach Rahim Tufts said. “It won’t sink in, probably, for a month. I’m so happy for these kids. They’re crying, they’re so happy. They worked so hard for it. I’m just ecstatic.”

The Indians won the Cowapa League title for the fifth state seed.

Scappoose also claimed the AA-2 state championship in 1957.

¦ Scappoose football reaches state championship game

The third-ranked Indians defended their Cowapa League title and met No. 9 Cascade — which had beaten them 47-34 in the season opener in Turner — in the Class 4A title game at Hillsboro Stadium, which the Cougars won 37-28 for their first state title since 1980.

Scappoose last reached the state final in 2002.

“I don’t think, coming into this season, people gave us much of a chance,” Indians coach Sean McNabb said. “I want to give it up to all the seniors — we were never rebuilding. They were determined with a refusal to give up. They never had any doubt they were going to get after you. Something inside of them loves to play and persevere.”

Scappoose is on a four-year state playoff streak after reaching the quarterfinals in 2012 and 2013 and the semifinals last year.

¦ Scappoose wrestling pins fourth at state

The Indians won the regional title and finished fourth with 121.5 points as Crook County (327 points) won its third Class 4A title in a row at Memorial Coliseum in Portland.

Devin Ray was second at 220 pounds as he fell to Cowboys senior and top-seeded defending champion Trevor Rasmussen — to whom he’d fallen four times throughout the season — in 5:01 in the championship match.

Colton Wheeler, who battled through a leg injury to earn the 15th seed at 285, finished second after falling to No. 1 Elmira senior defending champion Zane Wardwell in 1:26 in the title bout.

“Coming out of nowhere, just coming all the way to finals,” said Wheeler of his run at the championship. “I didn’t get it, but I had a fun time gettin’ there.”

Johnathan Tardif was third at 170 pounds with an 11-2 major decision over Henley senior Hayden Aubut.

Tyson Broadbent was fourth after falling 2-0 to Elmira senior Matt Engholm.

Braxton Sue came fifth at 120 with a pin of Cottage Grove junior Bryce Allen in :53.

Ben Gadbois finished fifth by beating third-ranked Cottage Grove junior Alan Bordeaux 3-2.

Eleven of the Indians’ state championship entries won at least one match, and 10 of 12 qualifiers followed their first losses with a win.

¦ Scappoose boys’ golf drives to fourth at state

Nathan Mapes and the Indians shot a two-day 349-351—700 at the Class 4A state championships behind champion Seaside (301-322—623), which defended its championship at Quail Valley Golf Course in Banks.

Mapes (79-80—159), who rallied from 19th, made par on five of the final six holes and tied for 10th with Marshfield senior Jacob Klein.

Tyler Lukinbeal (83-81—164) carded two birdies and seven pars in the final round to tie for 15th with Valley Catholic senior John Woodruff.

Braxton Sue (92-97—189) tied for 37th with Stayton senior John Enriquez, Junction City junior Seth Bolton and Valley Catholic freshman Cole Schmidlin.

Jake Gray (95-99—194) was 42nd and Robert Lohman (x-93—93) was 57th.

¦ Scappoose girls’ cross country runs to sixth at state

Cowapa League girls’ individual champion Linnaea Kavulich was fourth in 19 minutes, 24 seconds as the Indians finished with 152 points at the Class 4A state championships.

She became Scappoose’s first two-time all-state runner since Jenny Nelson’s four-year all-state career from 1985-1988.

Georgia Benner was 40th in a season-best 21:43, Grace Rieman was 50th (22:12), Erin Reardon was 52nd (in a personal-best 22:13), Emily Marquardt was 56th in 22:22, Macy Gray was 82nd in 23:28 and Lisbeth Melgar was 84th (23:41).

“I think we had our best race as a team since probably mid-September, and it was a great time for that to happen,” Indians coach David Harley said. “The girls were in a great frame of mind all week long, and I think they were able to just go out without any big pressure and run like they were capable of doing. Great efforts by each of them to be able to do that. The future is bright if they want to take the next step in 2016, and if they are willing they can do it — They have all the talent needed.”

¦ Scappoose boys’ track and field sprints to eighth at state

Braden Clark finished third in the 100-meter dash in 11.24 seconds (just behind Elmira senior Zach Beltz’s championship 11.12) and was third in the 200 dash in 22.74 (behind champion Philomath senior Trevor Sartnurak’s 22.40) at the Class 4A state championships at Hayward Field in Eugene.

Senior Joey Krupsky was fifth in the 200 in 22.94.

Clark, Joey Krupsky, Michael Gift and David Krupsky were fourth in 43.43 in the 400 relay behind champion North Bend (42.93).

“We want to break the [400 relay] state meet record,” Clark said. “42.73, I think is what it is. We’ve got a good shot at it. That’s motivation, to break records, but I want to win a title. That’s the most important thing to me now. I want to win a state championship before I’m out of high school. Times will come, but I want to win a title more than anything.”

Asa Flanagan was fifth in the triple jump at 42 feet, 4 1/2 inches behind champion Bryce Norris of Henley (44-02).

Scappoose won its fifth Cowapa League championship in as many seasons.

¦ Scappoose softball makes state quarterfinals

The ninth-ranked Indians fell 4-1 at top seed Cowapa League champion Banks in the teams’ fourth showdown of the season.

Scappoose finished second in the league and defeated visiting Junction City 12-3 in the play-in round and upset No. 11 Elmira 12-3 on the road in the quarterfinals.

The Indians reached the Class 4A state tournament for the second year in a row after last qualifying in 2011.