Featured Stories


St. Helens all-conference, all-state fall athletes awarded

SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: JAKE MCNEAL - From left, soccer forward Eduardo Estrada, running back Michael Bowen, soccer midfielder Georgie Gross and Logan Clark of the cheer squad received Best Teammate awards from the Lions Booster Club. Not pictured: soccer goalkeeper Beau Mason.St. Helens High School fall athletes received all-OSAA Class 5A Northwest Oregon Conference and all-state awards on Wednesday at Olmschied Auditorium in St. Helens.

Junior Josie Hanna won the Northwest Oregon Conference girls’ individual cross country championship in a personal-best 19 minutes, 39.9 seconds on Oct. 21 at Meriwether National Golf Club in Hillsboro.

She was 50th (21:31) in the girls’ 5,000 meter race at the OSAA Class 5A State Championships on Oct. 31 at Lane Community College in Eugene.

The St. Helens girls won the Northwest Oregon for the first time in 17 years and finished 12th with 263 points at state.

Hanna, freshman Mackenzie Trainer (43rd at state in 21:09) and junior Ben Johnstun (the boy’s team representative who came 29th in 17:01 in his first state venture) are Northwest Oregon Conference first-teamers.

Junior Krista LaMunyon (eighth at the conference championships in a personal-best 20:47.3) and Genny Luttrell (68th at state in 22:02) are second-teamers.

Sophomore Ross Munro (17th in the conference in a personal-best 17:35.6), freshman Cheyenne Trainer (82nd at state in 22:56) and senior Angela Willson (78th at state in 22:34) received honorable mention.

In volleyball, senior outsider hitter Logan Kalauli is first-team all-state and the Northwest Oregon Player of the Year.

Senior outside hitter Hannah Spears and junior setter Brianna Cathers are second-teamers.

Junior libero Mercedes Massey and junior setter Emilee Webster are honorable mentions.

The No. 4 defending state champion Lions (21-5 overall, 15-1 Northwest Oregon) split the conference title with fifth-ranked La Salle Prep and reached the first round of state.

In football, senior Bryce Bumgardner is a first-team wide receiver and a second-team cornerback.

Junior Myles Terry is a first-team running back and safety and an honorable mention punter.

Junior Tyler Rea is a second-team linebacker and an honorable mention running back.

Junior quarterback Levi Norton, senior linemen Colton Albertson and Wade Peterson, senior linebacker Justin Johnson, junior linebackers Colton Beisley, Haidon Allen and senior center Aaron Hastings received honorable mention.

The 13th-ranked Lions (6-4 overall, 5-3 Northwest Oregon) finished fourth in the conference after defeating Parkrose, Putnam, La Salle Prep, Milwaukie, Sandy and independent North Eugene, and reached the state playoffs for the first time since 2011.

In boys’ soccer, senior forwards Eduardo Estrada and Dillon Gonzales are second-teamers.

Senior forwards Gus Francisco and Ryan Ward, senior goalkeeper Beau Mason, junior defender Jacob Olson and senior midfielder Victor Omboke are honorable mentions.

The Lions boys (7-8, 2-6) were eighth in the conference after defeating Class 6A Benson and Sprague, Class 5A The Dalles, Dallas, Milwaukie and Sandy, and Class 4A Valley Catholic. This season was the boys’ best since they finished 8-6-4 and went to state in 1998.

In girls’ soccer, senior forward Ashley Giesbers and sophomore midfielder Sophia Estep are second-teamers.

Senior defender Nicole Hamilton, sophomore defender Braya Hutton, sophomore goalkeeper Morgan Bingaman and freshman midfielder Kennady Brown are honorable mentions.

The Lions girls (4-9-1, 1-6-1) were seventh in the conference after defeating The Dalles, Lebanon, Milwaukie and Class 4A Astoria.

Estrada, Mason, running back Michael Bowen, soccer midfielder Georgie Gross and Logan Clark of the cheer squad received Best Teammate awards from the Lions Booster Club.