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Track standout: Emma Bayer leads Kennedy at state meet

James Day

Emma Beyer of Kennedy put on a terrific show May 22 at the Class 2A state track and field championships at Union High School. Beyer, a senior, won the triple jump with a personal best 33-3, took third in the 100 (13.26), fourth in the 200 (28.01) and ran the anchor leg on the Trojans’ 4×100 relay squad which took fifth in 54.33. Assisting on the short relay were Alyse Williams, Haley Kline and Kylee Rodriguez.

Williams, Cassie Traeger, Kline and Rodriquez, meanwhile, took second in the 4×400 relay in 4:31.58 to help Kennedy score 33 points, good for sixth overall.

The Kennedy boys squad had two placers and scored 8 points. Freshman Jeremiah Traeger was fourth in the 110 hurdles in 18.45 and Ruben Ramirez was sixth in the javelin with a throw of 138-4. 

Wrestling: Senior Camryn Biegel became the first state placer in the four-year history of the sport at Kennedy. Biegel, who also won the district title, finished fourth at 220 pounds in the Class 2A-1A meet June 25-26 at Sweet Home. Biegel advanced to the semifinals before falling to the third place match, where he was defeated by Tom Riley of Coquille.

The Trojans finished with 39 points and took 11th in the team race. Also scoring for Kennedy were Kira Boitano (106), Daniel Beltran (126), Lucas Bischoff (160), Thomas Bischoff (182), Cole Boen (195) and Briggs Snell (285).

Girls hoops: Kennedy rallied from a second-place league finish behind Gervais to take third place in the Class 2A tournament. The Trojans defeated Union and Bandon before falling to Salem Academy in the semifinals. Kennedy then won the third place game, 57-33, against Central Linn. The Trojans were 10-4 in their first year under coach Tony Miller.

Kennedy teams finished 71-13 in the COVID year, led by the 16-0 showings by volleyball and softball, 18-1 by baseball and 5-1 by football.

Hoops camps: Silverton coach Tal Wold is hosting a shooting clinic for girl players getting set to enter sixth through eighth grades.

The clinic runs from 1 to 3 p.m. on Aug. 4 and 5 in the Pine Street gym.

Wold, who will be aided by his assistant coaches and players, said that there will be contests and games but that the majority of the time will be spent on shooting fundamentals. 

“This clinic is geared toward the girls who love playing but could use some help shooting and expanding the distance they can shoot from effectively,” Wold said.

The camp costs $30 and includes a T-shirt.

For further information or how to register email coach Wold at [email protected].

Fall sports: The leaves are starting to drop from my neighbor’s catalpa tree. So, it almost must be fall. Here we go. The first official practice date for the fall sports of football, soccer, volleyball and cross country is Aug. 16. First contest date for all but football is Aug. 26. The first football Friday is Sept. 3. Silverton hosts Class 6A Grant and Kennedy will visit Gaston. 

Running: The annual Homer Classic races return at 9 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 8. On tap are a 2-mile run/walk and an 8K run that includes a pass through the Gallon House Bridge. For more information and a registration form, go to https://runsignup.com/Race/OR/Silverton/HomerClassic. The registration deadline is 10 p.m. Aug 7, with packet pickup available on race day.

Correction: In my earlier column on state 5A wrestling I failed to note that Jacob Moore of Silverton took fifth at 126 pounds, thrashing his Pendleton foe 16-5 in the match for fifth.

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