North Marion's Cervantes, Boonstra qualify for 4A state tennis championships

PHIL HAWKINS - Woodburn junior Giovanni Bravo won the Mid-Willamette Conference title in the 1,500-meter run last week with a personal-best time of 4:04.41  to qualify for the 5A State Track and Field Championships on Saturday.
Woodburn junior Giovanni Bravo will be heading to the 5A State Track and Field Championships for the first time after winning the conference title in the 1,500-meter run at last week's Mid-Willamette Conference Championships on Wednesday and Thursday.

Bravo punched his ticket to the event by virtue of the best showing of his career in the 1,500, beating out a packed field of athletes to win in a wild race to the finish.

The Woodburn junior entered the conference championships coming off a career-best performance two weeks prior in the Bulldogs' final home meet against Corvallis.

But he needed to one-up himself and then some in order to make it to Eugene, putting up a personal-best time of 4:04.41 that beat out his previous best by nearly eight seconds.

Bravo won out in a climactic footrace down the final 100 meters of the race, beating Silverton rival Haile Stutzman by several steps, who finished just behind at 4:05.10 to earn the conference's other berth.

It wasn't the lone PR over the two-day event for the Woodburn distance runner, who set a new best in the 3,000 with a time of 8:58.67.

Unfortunately, Bravo was left on the outside looking in, finishing fourth in the race and missing out on a second berth to state.

North Marion Boys Tennis

North Marion seniors Abe Cervantes and Matt Boonstra will represent the Huskies at the 4A/3A/2A/1A Boys Tennis State Championships on Thursday after qualifying in the district doubles tournament last week.

Boonstra and Cervantes finished fourth at the Special District 3 tournament to earn the final berth.

The pair will open the state tournament against top-seeded partners Louis Ye and Grant North of Catlin Gabel.

This is Cervantes' second consecutive trip to the state doubles tournament after advancing to the consolation finals last year with former teammates Hunter Martin.

Kennedy Baseball

The Trojans (19-3, 11-1 Special District 2) went 4-for-4 last week, winning three games against conference opponents to come within one victory of winning the Special District 2 title.

St. Paul Baseball

The Buckaroos brought their streak of consecutive shutouts to three games after blanking the Regis Rams 14-0 on May 9, followed by a 22-0 win over East Linn Christian on Saturday.

Phil Hawkins can be reached at 503-765-1194 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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