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Sandy lands four on all-state team

Sandy High put five players on the 5A all-state softball team with Sammie Byron being named Pitcher of the Year, while teammates Chelsea Spanier and Meghan Luebbert shared Player of the Year honors. Luebbert will be playing at Concordia next spring, while Spanier will play softball at Mt. Hood CC.

Also making the first team all-star list was outfielder Molly Nutt and catcher Rachel Rutledge. Sandy’s Kellie Wilkerson was named Coach of the Year. Cheyenne Baker earned third-team honors as a Designated Player.

Bierly and Skidmore place in decathlon

Hood River Valley freshman Parker Kennedy won the Barlow decathlon meet last weekend with 5,505 points, beating runner-up Brendan Thurber-Blaser of Newport by more than 400 points. Kennedy won four of the 10 events, finishing first in the long jump (5.88 meters), shot put (11.15m), 100-meter dash (11.99 seconds) and 400 (52.93).

Sandy’s Robert Bierly was fifth with 4,430 points after winning the high hurdles (17.65) and taking second in the shot put (10.95m) and 400 (54.13). Sandy’s Ryan Skidmore placed sixth with 4,347 points, highlighted by a second-place finish in the high jump (1.85m) and 100 (12.12) and a third-place finish in the long jump (5.86m).

Barlow’s Auston Burns came in third with 4,630 points, highlighted with a win in the 1,500 (4:46.53) along with top-five efforts in the 400, javelin and long jump. Barlow teammate Tanner Derrick won the pole vault (3.81m) and was second in the high hurdles.

Newport’s Mackenzie Folkerts won the girls heptathlon with 3,465 points with best marks in the high jump and 200. Barlow’s Peyton Lewis came in second with 3,261 points — a personal best by more than 200 points. She had top marks in the long jump (4.65m), high hurdles (17.39) and 800 (2:41.17).

by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Sandys Natalie Paul moves ahead of Astoria on the third leg of the winning 400-meter relay at the middle school state championship track meet.

Sandy relay team wins state title

The Sandy girls 400-meter relay team of Sophie Burton, Ayaka Jones, Tana Eri and Natalie Paul won the middle-school state championship two weeks ago in Lapine, covering the lap in 53.93 seconds — .10 hundredths ahead of Astoria.

Burton was second in the 200 and fourth in the 100, while Eri was sixth in the 400, Paul was seventh in the long jump and Terra Uhler was sixth in the 1,500.

Olivia Schroder of Cedar Ridge/Welches was third in the discus and eighth in the shot put.

Berg finishes second at Blue Lake

Matt Berg, 40, of Troutdale finished second overall at the Olympic-length triathlon at Blue Lake on Sunday. He was the leader through the half-mile swim, coming out of the water in 19:30 — almost 20 seconds ahead of anybody else. He finished the three-phase race in 1 hour, 56 minutes, 59 seconds — hitting the line just seven seconds behind winner Blair Bronson, 25, of Corvallis.

Ann Davidson, 49, of Portland won the women’s race in 2:13:33.

Craig Dean, 38, of Portland won Saturday’s sprint triathlon in 1:02:01 with Jason Schroeder of Boring coming in fifth. Portland’s Sara Cannon, 44, was the top women’s finisher in the shorter event with a time of 1:07:42.

Chinooks knock off reigning champs

The Portland Chinooks defeated reigning International Basketball League champion Bellingham 121-113 on Tuesday, getting a team-high 29 points from Kevin Ford who shot 13 for 17 (.765) from the field. Teammate Jared Cunningham added 25 points, while David Lucas poured in 21 in the victory.

The Chinooks exploded for 40 points in the second quarter to turn an early one-point deficit into a double-digit lead by halftime.

Late goal lifts Portland U23s to win

Zack Foxhoven came off the bench and tallied the game’s only goal in the 83rd minute off an assist from Evyn Hewett to lead the Timbers U23s to a 1-0 win over Seattle on Sunday. Timbers goalie David Meves made three saves to earn the shutout, as the Timbers turned away five corner-kick chances in the second half.

Portland (5-1-1) leads the Northwest Division — three points ahead of Victoria and Vancouver.