Scappoose girls soccer and cross country teams look good

Nothing ever goes just right for every local team at the start of the fall season, but there have been a number of good things to note. It is way too early to predict how things will finish, but there’s hope.

The Scappoose football team lost their opener to Roosevelt not quite two weeks back, but they did seem to find their way as the game wore on. They fought back from a 42-14 deficit to lose by just seven, 48-41. That’s something Coach Sean McNabb can work SELF-PORTRAIT - Sports Editor John Brewington

They did that with a more impressive effort against Estacada last Friday, posting a 26-20 win. This time is was Scappoose with the lead holding off a comeback attempt.

The Tribe improved in just a week, but they still have lessons to be learned and plenty of room for more improvement.

St. Helens picked up an impressive win in their first week out, but had their own lessons to learn in a loss to league foe Wilsonville on Friday. St. Helens doesn’t lack for determination and tenacity, but they were outgunned by the Wildcats. They’re short in numbers this year, but will have some success in the league. They have a good shot this Friday, but will find things difficult in another week when they play top-ranked Sherwood.

The Scappoose Lady Indians showed they haven’t lost a step on the cross country paths since winning the 4A state meet last year. The team had a full compliment of runners at a unique meet near Tillamook. The girls finished second behind defending 6A champs.

Charlie Davidson and Tia Carnahan were seventh and eighth in the meet, behind only a handful of South Eugene runners and one from Beaverton and another from Wilsonville. A big bonus for the Tribe is the addition of freshman Lucy Davidson, Charlie’s sister, who finished third for Scappoose, 13th overall. That fills a gap left by departing seniors and makes the team strong. The girls are currently ranked first, just ahead of Klamath Union, the team they edged by a point last year for the title.

Both the Davidson girls are also playing soccer and were a big part of the Tribe’s 10-1 win over Cascade in their opener on Thursday. The Lady Indians overwhelmed the visitors with three early goals and a 7-0 lead by halftime.

The team has a good shot at making the state playoffs for their third straight year. Ariel Viera, now a senior, is one of the best players in the state. The program also added five freshmen. Eleanor Jones scored three goals in her first varsity match, all in the first half. A nice debut for a freshman. Even when Viera graduates at the end of the year, the program looks strong for years to come.

Scappoose volleyball also showed some spunk this past week, downing Molalla in their first match of the season. The team followed that with a good performance at a tournament on Saturday. They may not be the top team in the state, but they are making big strides towards becoming a power in their league. It’s a marked step forward for a team that won just one game last season.

The Scappoose boys soccer team lost their first match, but they demonstrated definite improvement from past years with 18 shots on goal, and a scoreless second half. The team should be among the best in the league this season, and should be back in the playoffs this year.

The St. Helens soccer teams get their show on the road this week, so an assessment of them will have to wait for awhile. The Lady Lions also begin regular volleyball matches this week, but are expected to be among the elite teams in the powerful Northwest Oregon Conference.

St. Helens cross country got a good performance from their boys last week, better than expected. Their varsity girls had a disappointing effort, but will get better as the season wears on.

Right now, everything is just a snapshot in time. For Scappoose, league games and matches are aways down the road. The preseason won’t last long in St. Helens, though, as NWOC play gets under way very soon.

Predictions on how high school teams might finish is a guessing game for most. However, we like the chances for many of the local teams. Several could go deep into the state playoffs.

By the way, we like the new soccer field in Scappoose, although they could trim the grass a bit lower. The best thing is that, from our standpoint, all the matches there will be played in daylight. There are not field lights, so we can get much better photos. We’re sure that’s what they had in mind when they built it.

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