Cascade 4th at State: Teammates Sanchez, Christman battle in final

February, 2018 Posted in Columnists & Opinion, Community

James DayThe Cascade High wrestling team took fourth in the Class 4A state wrestling tournament, which ran Feb. 16-17 at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Portland.

The Cougars produced an all-Cascade 220-pound final as top-seeded Louie Sanchez wound up facing unseeded junior teammate Macoy Christman for the title. Sanchez concluded an unbeaten season with a 5-1 victory, but Christman’s efforts gave the Cougars’ team standing a huge boost.

Also winning a title was top-seeded sophomore 126-pounder Kane Nixon, who pinned second-seeded Zachary Mauras of Crook County at 5:27 in
the final.

Also making the finals was senior 145-pounder Kade VanDeHey, who was defeated 5-2 by top-seeded William Jantzer of Marshfield.

Noah Thompson, meanwhile, took third at 132 pounds for Cascade by pinning Coltyn Ringen of North Bend.

Also participating for the Cougars were David Villegas (113), Joseph Baxter (120) and Matthew Clark (182).

Cascade finished with 132 points. Crook County won the 4A title with 238.5, followed by Marshfield (155.5) and Sweet Home (145).

Earlier the Cougars finished second behind Sweet Home in the district meet, with Sanchez, VanDeHey and Nixon all winning their weight classes. Thompson and James Van Agtmael (182) took second, Baxter and Christman were third and Villegas and Clark were fourth.

Basketball: The boys and girls basketball teams from Stayton and Cascade will be in action this weekend in the Class 4A playoffs. And if the right circumstances come to pass the Eagles and Cougars will wind up playing each other in the quarterfinals of the state tournament in Forest Grove.

In girls play on Friday, March 2, No. 3 Cascade hosts Henley at 7 p.m. and No. 6 Stayton entertains Mazama at 5:30. Winners play at 6:30 p.m. March 8 at Pacific University. Because of their high seeds the Cougars, Oregon West champions, and runner-up Eagles earned byes in the play-in round.

In boys games on Saturday, March 3, Cascade, No. 12 in 4A boys, visits Valley Catholic and No. 13 Stayton goes to La Grande. Both games are at 6 p.m. Winners play at 3:15 p.m. March 8 at Forest Grove High School. Cascade and Stayton both scored impressive play-in round wins last Saturday, with the Cougars eliminating North Bend 76-47 and the Eagles ousting Scappoose 65-45.

In the Class 2A playoffs the 12th-seeded Regis boys were eliminated last Saturday by No. 5 Oakland, and No. 9 Santiam fell to No. 8 Grant Union, 66-51.

Swimming: Stayton’s Eric Steitz took third place in the Class 4A boys 100 breaststroke in a time of 1:02.54 at the state championships Feb. 16-17 at
Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham. Steitz’s race earned the Eagles four team points in the boys competition.

Also competing individually for Stayton were Megan Mak (9th, girls 100 fly, 1:07.51) and Chris Linton (10th, boys 500 free, 5:27.57). The Eagles sent three relay squads with the boys 200 medley relay team of Lincoln, Steitz, Josh Ptacek and Tanner Fixsen finishing ninth in 1:53.29 and the girls foursome of Hannah Mitzel, Mak, Kylie Mannix and Sydney Maurer taking 10th in the 200 free relay in 1:53.01 and 11th in the 400 free relay in 4:11.45.

The Cascade girls scored two points on Min Wei’s fifth-place swim in the 100 fly (1:03.43). Wei also took seventh in the 100 breast (1:11.67) and teamed up with Chloe Lone Elk, Shelby Devilliers and Allya Sierra to take 10th in the 200 medley relay (2:09.03). Brandon Scaglione of the Cougars finished 12th in the 100 breast in 1:06.64.

Cheerleading: Regis claimed fourth place in the Class 3A-2A-1A championships held Feb. 10-11 at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Portland. The Rams were credited with 133.50 points, trailing champion Central Linn (161.50), runner-up Delphian (160.20) and third-place Cascade Christian (151.40).
Stayton finished eighth and Cascade
11th in Class 4A.

OSAA reclassification: Cascade’s appeal of its move by the Oregon School Activities Association to Class 5A was heard Feb. 14 by hearings officer Michael Gillette. The Cascade administration is arguing that its enrollment numbers should allow the school to continue to compete at Class 4A. No decision on
the appeal had been announced as of
Our Town presstime.

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