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Sherwood's seniors come up big again


The veterans led the Bowmen to success in NWOC finale

by: DAN BROOD - SUPER SENIOR -- Jordan Kurahara was a key player for the Sherwood football and boys basketball teams during the 2013-14 school year. SHERWOOD — Sherwood High School last year playing in the Class 5A Northwest Oregon Conference was, well, somewhat spectacular.

The Bowmen, in finale before moving up to the Class 6A Three Rivers League, won conference or district titles in football, boys basketball, boys lacrosse baseball and boys golf. The Sherwood football team ended up reaching the Class 5A state championship game for the fourth straight year and the boys golf squad finished in second place at the Class 5A state tournament.

Meanwhile, the Bowmen boys basketball team claimed the fourth place trophy at the Class 5A state tourney and the Sherwood baseball squad advanced to the semifinal round of the Class 5A state playoffs for the fourth straight year.

And, as usual, the Sherwood seniors played a big part in all of the Bowmen success during the 2013-2014 school year.

Here’s a brief look at some of the seniors, in addition to Times Athlete of the Year Keegan Lawrence, who stepped up big for the Bowmen the past school year.

Jordan Kurahara came up big, literally, for the Sherwood football and boys basketball squads. The 6-foot-9 standout earned first-team Class 5A All-State honors at defensive end during football season and he was a second-team all-state pick for his post play during basketball season.

Elyse Cuthbertson won a state championship in the girls discus event at the Class 5A state track and field championships. She also placed fourth in the girls shot put event.

Travis Kotowski was a powerhouse offensive lineman for the Bowmen football squad, earning first-team all-state honors, and he was a power-hitting first baseman for the baseball team, garnering second-team all-state accolades.

Hunter Pfefferkorn claimed a state title in the 400-meter run at the state track meet. He also finished in fourth place in the 200.

Kevin Larkin and Mickey Schaefer each shined for the Sherwood football team, and they also helped lead the Bowmen boys lacrosse team to the NWOC title.

Andrew Rice had a strong season on the offensive line and at linebacker for the Sherwood football team. He also placed at the Class 5A state wrestling tournament.

Alex Castaneda was a star player for the Bowmen boys soccer team and he provided some strong depth in the backcourt for the boys basketball team.

Lucas Johnson was a sharp-shooter for the boys basketball team and a key pitcher for the baseball squad.

Nic Clarke stepped up for the Sherwood football, wrestling and boys track and field teams.

Riley Moore was named the NWOC and Class 5A Pitcher of the Year during baseball season.

Ryan Jurgens was solid for the Bowmen football and wrestling teams, placing third at 195 pounds at the state tournament.

Jake Reimer was the NWOC Defensive Player of the Year during football season.