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Paolas finish 1-2 in hoops contest

Sandy’s Dan Paola won The Outlook/Sandy Post’s basketball bracket contest, moving to the top of the standings Monday night after correctly predicting Louisville’s championship run. He tallied 292 points in the contest, finishing four ahead of runner-ups J.P. Paola and Thurston Ohman.

Dan Paola relied heavily on the higher seeds for most of his picks, but put himself over the top on points by being one of the few who predicted No. 4-seed Michigan’s run to the Final Four. He also went an impressive 13-2 in picking the Midwest portion of the bracket.

Saints split against Chemeketa

The Mt. Hood CC baseball team earned a doubleheader split on the road against Chemeketa on Tuesday, winning the first game 4-3 when John Wellborn drew a walk to lead off the ninth inning and worked his way around the bases for the winning run. Chemeketa wouldn’t get the tying run past first base in its half of the inning.

The Saints opened the game with a three-run spurt, sparked by Logan Grindy’s two-run single and followed by Cody Childs with an RBI-single. Shea Coates led the Mt. Hood hitters by going 2 for 4, while starting pitcher Eric Huson struck out eight batters through seven innings.

The Saints fell 5-2 in the second game after giving up a four-run rally in the fifth inning. Ryan Degner and Wellborn led the Mt. Hood hitters — each going 2 for 3 at the plate with Wellborn connecting on a double. Childs hit one out of the park.

The Saints (3-1) host first-place Lane (4-0) in a South Region doubleheader at 1 p.m. Thursday.

Gaines places in three events

Sandy High graduate Eric Gaines, a junior at Western Oregon, finished seventh in the high hurdles, eighth in the long jump and ninth in the 400-meter hurdles at the Willamette Invitational on Saturday.

Saints softball sweeps past Penguins

The Mt. Hood CC softball team opened the South Region schedule with a 9-1, 10-1 doubleheader sweep over Clark on Saturday. The Saints scored in nine of the day’s 10 innings, reaching the mercy rule in each contest. Teauna Hughes led the charge by hitting 5 for 7 with three home runs, a double and six RBIs.

Saints’ pitcher Brittney Dawson struck out four in the opening-game win, while Kristen Crawford struck out seven in the second game.

Mt. Hood is back in action at 2 p.m. Wednesday with a doubleheader at Chemeketa.

College hosts triathlon training

Mt. Hood Community College hosts a triathlon Monday, May 27. The event calls for a half-mile swim at in the outdoor pool, a 13.3-mile bike course and finishes with a 5K road run on campus trails. The event is open to athletes ages 15-and-older with online registration available at series33triathlon.com.

Mt. Hood CC offers a spring term class (PE185TRI) in beginning triathlon to help students prepare for the challenge.