After sitting around for days, held captive by snow and ice, many athletes were happy to return to solid ground Monday.

'I'm sort of looking forward to going back to school,' Reynolds senior Caitlyn Shortt said Sunday night. 'It's better than being trapped at home day after day.'

Shortt, the defending state swim champion in the 100 backstroke and 200 individual medley, missed two practices last week.

'When you're used to practicing every day, it definitely affects you,' she said. 'It's going to throw me off in my training for this week.'

Shortt and the rest of the Reynolds swim team face a key test when they meet Barlow at the Reynolds pool Thursday. Barlow features senior Felecia Castaneda, the defending state champion in the 100 backstroke.

Shortt, Castaneda and numerous other swimmers in the metro area are gearing up for the U.S. Senior National meet in February.

Shortt, who lives in Troutdale Ñ the 'Winter Storm' outpost of numerous television reporters Ñused her free time to watch movies, including her favorite flick 'Ace Ventura, Pet Detective.'

Keith Lampton, a Madison assistant boys basketball coach, spent part of Thursday watching a neighbor take an hour freeing a truck from the ice. Then Lampton freed his own vehicle from a similar predicament.

'I thought if he could do it, I could probably do it, too,' Lampton said with a laugh.

Grant's boys basketball team, off to a 7-0 start, finally got to practice on Saturday, and coach Tony Broadous said his team looked good.

'There was a lot of energy in that practice,' Broadous said. 'I thought they might be sloppy, but that wasn't the case at all.'

On Monday, the Portland Interscholastic League made up one of the two rounds of games that were postponed. The round might have been played Saturday, but officials weren't available, according to PIL Athletic Director Greg Ross.

'It's probably a case of first-come, first-served with the referees,' Ross said. 'And other leagues got to them first.'

The Metro League made up games scheduled for Jan. 6 on Saturday. No. 1 Jesuit beat No. 7 Sunset 38-33. Sunset had senior center Sam Rayburn, who had missed much of December, including the Les Schwab Invitational, with a leg ailment. Rayburn, who will play for the Cal Bears next year, led all scorers with 13 points.

Jesuit improved to 3-0 in the Metro and 8-0 overall. The Crusaders had scored from 60 to 74 points in every previous game.

Tonight, Three Rivers League play finally begins. Lake Oswego travels to Putnam, which could use a victory over the high-flying Lakers to boost its playoff hopes.

In girls basketball, Oregon City plays host to Three Rivers League rival Lakeridge tonight.

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