College update: Gengler finishes strong at PSU

April 2017 Posted in School, Sports

James DayFormer Silverton High standout Zach Gengler played his way into the record books during his four-year career at Portland State.

Gengler, a 6-2, 175-pound senior, played 114 games for the Vikings, third on the all-time list. His steals mark of 120 also is third all time and he finished fifth in free throw percentage at 83.1 percent. Amazingly, he committed just 96 turnovers in those 114 games.

In his senior season Gengler started all 31 games and averaged a career-high 8.9 points for the 15-16 Vikings. He led the squad in steals (52) and free-throw percentage (85.7 percent), finishing seventh in the Big Sky Conference in steals.

In high school Gengler appeared in the state tournament three times, helped lead the Foxes to third-place finishes in 2010 and 2013 and a sixth-place finish in 2012. He was state Class 5A player of the year his senior season when he averaged 23.4 points, 4.1 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 4.6 steals per game.

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Former Silverton High standout Zach Gengler, left, looks for a passing lane against North Dakota. Gengler finished up his Portland State career with 114 games played, the third most in men’s basketball history. Troy Wayrynen

An economics major at PSU, Gengler is scheduled to graduate this June.

Here is a look at how other athletes with Silverton-area ties fared during the winter college season:

Morgan Anderson, Silverton: The senior distance runner at Oregon State University had a strong indoor season, running the anchor leg on a Beavers distance medley relay team that set a school record of 11:24.59 while finishing fifth at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation championships.

Anderson also finished 19th in the 3,000 at the MPSF meet, with her 9:43.11 clocking good for fourth on the all-time OSU list. Anderson’s 4:50.65 mile performance at the Husky Classic led the Beavers in the event during the indoor season.

Maddie Fuhrman, Silverton: The freshman runner at the University of Hawaii ran a leg on the Rainbow Wahine squad that took 12th at the MPSF meet in 12:24.66, eighth all-time at the school. Fuhrman’s 3:01.15 1,000 meters at the UW Indoor Preview led Hawaii runners this indoor season and is fourth all-time. Fuhrman also ran a 2:19.57 800 at the Husky Classic and a 5:12.33 mile at the UW Invitational.

Lakin Susee, Kennedy: The freshman for the Chemeketa women’s basketball team led the Storm in scoring with 17.1 points per game. The 5-6 guard started fast with 32 points in the opener, an 82-72 win against Blue Mountain. Susee, who helped lead Kennedy to the state Class 2A title her senior year, scored more than 20 points seven times for the 7-20 Storm, averaged five rebounds and 2.5 assists per game, hit 76 percent of her free throw attempts and made 30 3-pointers. She was a second-team all-NWAC Southern Region all-star.

Toby Roth, Silverton: The 6-2, 175-pound Corban University senior averaged 4.1 points and played in 33 of the 34 games for the Warriors. He made 56.3 percent of his 3-pointers and shot 89.7 percent from the foul line. Both marks led the team. He also was named an NAIA scholar athlete for the second consecutive year. The award requires a grade-point average of 3.5 or above.

Izaak Tobin, Silverton: The former two-time state runner-up for Foxes wrestling, had an 0-4 record in open competition for Oregon State. The 141-pound junior has a 17-18 collegiate record for the Beavers.

Blake Cosgrove, Silverton: The freshman at Peninsula College in Port Angeles, Washington, played 13 games for the Pirates, scoring five points and adding eight rebounds.

Alia Parsons and Sam Roth, Silverton: Parsons, who led the Foxes to the 2016 Class 5A girls basketball title, redshirted for Grand Canyon University. Roth, who led Silverton to the 2015 boys 5A hoops title, redshirted for Northwest Nazarene.

Dance: Silverton took seventh in Class 5A at the OSAA state championships in Portland. The Foxes scored 75.08 in the preliminaries, 2.03 points away from the sixth and final qualifying spot for the finals. South Albany captured the state title.

Youth swimming: The Silverton YMCA swim team took fourth in their division at the March 3-5 regionals at Osborn Aquatic Center in Corvallis.

Luke Horner took first in the 8-under category after swimming 1:38.25 in the 100 IM, 1:18.75 in the 100 free, 42.63 in the 50 back, 21.73 in the 25 fly, 16.16 in the 25 free, 35.89 in the 50 free and 19.85 in the 25 back.

Lily Horner finished second in the 11-12 category. Her marks were 1:09.04 (100 IM), 2:11.60 (200 free), 31.50 (50 back), 27.16 (50 free), 58.51 (100 free), 1:09.43 (100 back) and 2:29.76 (200 IM).

Also competing for Silverton were Catherine Hyde, 12, Melia Horner, 10, and Nolan Horner, 9.

Running: Approximately 400 runners participated in the 5-kilometer and 10K Wurst Run in Mt. Angel on Feb. 25. Nicole Friedman of Portland won the 10K in 40:50.5, more than 35 seconds ahead of runner-up Conner Locke of Dallas, the first male finisher in 41:27. Nathan Conrad of Salem won the 5K in 17:29.7, followed by Hunter Matthies of Salem (17:49.9) and Kennedy senior Noe Jines (19:25.3). Maya Velez of Salem was fourth – and the first woman finisher – in 19:38.7. Complete results at

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