A look back in celebration at spring 2018
It was quite a spring.
There were a ton of highlights in Scappoose and St. Helens sports, some missed opportunities and a bundle of lifelong memories.
So here, in brief, is a look back at some of the many great moments your Lions and Indians created over the past three months.
• SCAPPOOSE BOYS GOLF: A year after winning the first state golf championship in school history, the Scappoose boys were tasked with an even more daunting challenge — how to do it all again. While the 2018 Indians didn't quit match the heights of the 2017 squad, they came pretty darned close, playing to second place in their district tournament, then matching that effort with a second-place finish at the Class 4A state tournament. Sophomore Chase Elliott placed fourth in the individual standings while senior Jake Gray was sixth.
• DAKOTAH CAMBERG, ST. HELENS BOYS TRACK: Dakotah Camberg, a senior on the St. Helens boys track team, worked through a late-season battle with patellar tendinitis to win his second straight Class 5A state championship in the high jump. Camberg, after struggling to clear 6-foot-2 and tie for first at district, came back strong at state, soaring to 6-5 and a second consecutive 5A crown.
• SCAPPOOSE BOYS TRACK: The Scappoose boys track team continued — and expanded on — its tradition of excellence this spring, winning the Cowapa League district meet for the eighth straight time and then stepping up to place third at the Class 4A state meet. Highlights from the state meet included senior John Kavulich's win in the 3,000 meters and second-place finish in the 1,500, a win by the 4 x 100 relay team of Brennan Cox, Tevin Jeannis, Connor McNabb and Tyler Holcomb, and Brisyn Maller's third- and fourth-place finishes in the 110 high and 300 intermediate hurdles.
• PEYTON STRADE, ST. HELENS GIRLS GOLF: St. Helens senior Peyton Strade made the most of her final high school golf season. On the team front, Strade's Lions stepped up to post a team score for the first time in six years. On a personal front, Strade and teammate Abby Austin qualified for spots at regionals, and Strade then won one of that tournament's five individual berths to the Class 5A state tournament. At state, she finished 25th in the individual standings.
• SCAPPOOSE GIRLS TRACK: The Indian girls were no slouches this spring either, running to second-place in the Cowapa district meet and coming back to grab seventh at state. At the Class 4A state meet, senior Linnaea Kavulich capped her incredible Scappoose career in style, sweeping to victory in both the 3,000 and 1,500 meters races, and teaming with Tess Conway, Leila Jeannis and Emma Jones to place fourth in the 4 x 400 relay. Jones made her mark at state, too, finishing third in both the 100 high and 300 intermediate hurdles.
• JARED BRADFORD AND COLE MARTINSON, ST. HELENS BOYS TENNIS: Seniors Jared Bradford and Cole Martinson led the Lion boys team all year long and saw no reason to stop when it mattered most. The Lion duo — St. Helens' No. 1 doubles team all year long — played their way to fourth place at the Northwest Oregon Conference district tournament, won a berth to the Class 5A state tournament and finished their careers competing against the state's best players.
• SCAPPOOSE GIRLS GOLF: After a year away from the Class 4A/3A/2A/1A state golf tournament as a team, the Scappoose girls made a triumphant return this spring, finishing third at district to win a state berth, then finishing seventh in the biggest tournament of the year. Seniors Morgan Hall and Kaitlyn Bakkensen both notched top-20 finishes to pace their team at state, with Hall 16th and Bakkensen 20th.