Seniors shine again for Tualatin teams
TUALATIN — The 2016-2017 school year was, again, a successful one for Tualatin High School when it came to athletics.
It was a big year for some Timberwolf teams, such as the softball squad, which reached the semifinal round of the Class 6A state playoffs, and the girls soccer team, which made it to the second round of the Class 6A state playoffs. The boys golf team won the Special District 2 Regional Tournament and took eighth place at the Class 6A state tournament.
Other Tualatin teams all found success, as the football, boys basketball, girls basketball, boys soccer, volleyball and baseball squads all qualified for the Class 6A state playoffs. Both Timberwolf lacrosse teams also qualified for postseason play.
And, as usual, the senior class at Tualatin played a major role in that success.
Here's a brief look at some of the seniors, in addition to Times Athlete of the Year Kate Intile, who stepped up big for the Wolves the past school year.
Jordan Mitchell was the top scorer and point producer for the Tualatin girls lacrosse team that reached the quarterfinal round of the state playoffs. She also shined as a libero for the Timberwolf volleyball team.
Jared Ellisen used his combination of speed and strength to come up big at both a receiver and defensive end for the Tualatin football team.
Jen Crane was the top scorer and a leader for the Tualatin girls basketball team. She also stepped up for the girls tennis squad.
Ryan Cavinta ran to victory in the boys 300-meter intermediate hurdles event at the Class 6A state track and field championships.
Jordan Anderson and Kennedy Oleson have both been standouts for the Tualatin girls soccer team for a number of years. They both also competed in this past spring's Class 6A state track and field meet.
Amanda Reser was named the Three Rivers League Softball Player of the Year, as she helped the Wolves reach the semifinals of the state playoffs.
Jacob Berggren was the top scorer for the Tualatin boys water polo team. He also was a key defender for the boys lacrosse squad.
Joshua Chandler was a key performer for the Tualatin football, wrestling and track and field teams.
Donovan Tafua was a big target at tight end for the Timberwolf football squad. He also was a key player, proving inside and outside scoring, for the Tualatin boys basketball team.
Cody Brown used his tenacity to star at both fullback and safety for the Timberwolf football team. He also was a key player for the boys lacrosse squad.
Gabby Bates was a key midfield for the Tualatin girls soccer team. She also was a strong competitor in the sprints for the girls swim team.