It’s 700 wins for Regis coach: Plus collegiate athlete updates

July, 2016 Posted in School, Sports & Recreation

James DayBy James Day

Regis High School baseball coach Don Heuberger
is in some rare company. Heuberger’s Rams finished 14-9 this season and shared the Tri-River Conference title with Kennedy and St. Paul before falling to Weston-McEwen in the Class 2A-1A playoffs.

The 14 victories put him at 700 for his 38-year high school career, which includes 34 years at Regis. The Rams have won or shared 18 league baseball titles under Heuberger, who also has served as the school’s athletic director for 29 years.

Heuberger is just the second Oregon high school baseball coach to reach 700 wins, following the still-active Dave Gasser of Astoria.

But as is usual, The Rams started slowly, opening with a 1-4 record, with three games being canceled by the weather affecting the young team’s development.

But Regis caught fire in the league season, going 13-3 and only an 8-7 loss to Kennedy on the final day of the regular season prevented the Rams from claiming the Tri-River title outright.

Regis was led by three pitchers, all of whom will return next season. Sophomore Brandon Piete led the way with a 0.94 earned run average, while juniors Brycen Schumacher (1.74 ERA) and JaVon Logan (2.29 ERA) also turned in fine seasons.

The team’s lone senior, catcher Andrew Schmitt, led the hitters with a .493 average and 26 RBIs. Logan hit .439 and scored 34 runs, while leadoff hitter Piete batted .361 with 31 runs. The Rams hit .310 as a team.

Piete was named pitcher of the year and player of the year in the TRC, with Piete and Logan also earning first team all-state recognition for Class 2A-1A.

“I look forward to next season,” Heuberger said, noting that with all of his pitchers returning the Rams again should be in the thick of things in the Tri-River.

Heuberger also is hoping to add an indoor hitting facility for baseball and softball before the start of the 2017 season.

“We will be actively raising money for the facility to make the dream come true,” Heuberger said.

College results: Here is a look at how athletes with Stayton-area ties fared with college teams this spring (and please get in touch with me if I have missed someone):

Nathan Martin, running for Corban University at the Cascade Collegiate Conference Championships, won the 200 meters in a school-record 21.80 seconds.

Nathan Martin, running for Corban University at the Cascade Collegiate Conference Championships, won the 200 meters in a school-record 21.80 seconds.

Nathan Martin: The Corban University sophomore from Cascade won the 200 meters at the Cascade Collegiate Conference Championships in a school-record 21.80. Martin also ran a leg on the Warriors’ 4×400 relay took which took fifth and was seventh in the 100. Martin also owns the school record in the 100 (10.92).

Lexi Mitzel: The Corban senior from Cascade took second in the 10,000 meters at the CCC meet and finished her career first on the Warriors’ all-time list in that event. Mitzel also is second at 5,000 meters, third in the half-marathon, fourth in the 1,500 and the pole vault and fifth in the 3,000 steeplechase.

Kristen LaChapelle: The Corban sophomore from Cascade was sixth in the 10,000 at the CCC meet, is eighth all-time in that event and fourth in the half-marathon.

Emily Rose: The Corban freshman from Cascade took 14th in the triple jump and 17th in the long jump at the CCC meet.

Liz Ayers: The former Regis High athlete, now a sophomore at Eastern Oregon, took third in the javelin at the CCC meet and added a 10th-place finish in the hammer.

Hunter Gates: The freshman catcher at Chemeketa from Stayton played in 23 games for the Storm and hit. .246 with one homer and five RBIs.

Lindsay Hill: The sophomore pitcher at Chemeketa tied for the team lead in strikeouts with 54 while starting eight games. Hill, a Stayton grad, had one complete game.

Mikayla Jeppsen: The former Cascade athlete played 11 games at first base for Chemeketa, batting .148 with a pair of RBIs.

Ashley Fislar: The Chemeketa freshman third baseman from Cascade played nine games, battled .208 and had two RBIs.

Chloe Jenkins: The former Salem Academy and Stayton athlete from Aumsville participated on the Grand Canyon University beach volleyball squad that finished 18-8 overall.

Hospital run: Nearly 300 runners finished the 10K, 5K and 3K Santiam Hospital runs June 4. Casey Pugh of Stayton won the 5K in 19:38, while sisters Kayla and Kenzie finished 1-2 in the 3K in 14:46 and 15:28, respectively. Other winners were Matthew Frazeur of Stayton (men’s 10K in 40:28), Claudia Garcia (women’s 10K 46:04) and Jasmine Princess (women’s 5K in 24:23).

Soccer camp: Stayton High is running a soccer camp for all incoming first- through eighth-grade boys and girls. This camp, led by Eagles girls coach Lael Anderson and boys coach Chris Shields, will focus on drills to improve soccer skills and knowledge of the game. It will run from July 5-8, 9 a.m. to noon at the Stayton High soccer field. To sign-up:

Sports physicals: Physicals for prospective Cascade High student-athletes for fall sports are scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 10, 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Cascade gym. No appointment is necessary. The physicals cost $10 and are required for all participants in school-sponsored athletics.

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