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Headed to districts: Spring athletes in the final stretch of the season

James DayBy James Day

Kennedy and Silverton participated in district track and field competition this week, with the Trojans hosting their meet Thursday and Friday at their newly remodeled facility and the Foxes competing Wednesday and Thursday at Western Oregon University.

Heading into districts Kennedy athletes led the Tri-River in six events, including Taylor Brown (long jump and triple jump), Loghan Sprauer (400), David Wright (discus), Bishop Mitchell (100 and Alyssa Eklund (pole vault). In addition, 10 other Kennedy athletes were ranked second in their respective events.

Silverton has the top Mid-Willamette marks in five events, including Allyson Ridling (100 hurdles), Cheyenne Partlow (shot put), Lucas Wilson (pole vault) and the girls 4×100 and 4×400 relay teams. Foxes are ranked No. 2 in an additional five events.

Baseball update: Kennedy has clinched a spot in the Class 2A-1A playoffs but also still has a shot at its fifth consecutive Tri-River Conference title. The Trojans were 9-2, 1.5 games behind 10-0 Regis heading into their showdown May 13 against the Rams in Stayton. Regis won 14-1 when the two teams played April 22 in Mount Angel. Silverton, meanwhile, is 9-9 in the Mid-Willamette and in a solid position to make the play-in round after the Foxes close the regular season with a three-game series vs. the Lebanon/Central Linn cooperative team.

Silverton currently is fifth in the Mid-Willamette and if that ranking stays the Foxes would play the No. 4 team from the Midwestern (likely either Marist or Crater) in the play-in round.

Softball update: Silverton is 14-3 in the Mid-Willamette and a half-game ahead of Lebanon heading into the final week of the league season. The Foxes have four games this week, including a doubleheader against 12-5 Central and a single game against 13-5 Dallas.

Victor Point run: Victor Point School hosts the Run for the Hills on May 30, with a 1-mile run for kids 12 and under and 5K and 15K run/walks. All events start and finish at the school, with the 1-mile getting underway at 8 a.m., the 5K at 8:30 and the 15K at 8:45. Races cost $10 for the 1-miler and $20 for the 5K and 15K. T-shirts are free for kids 12 and younger and $10 for others. Fees rise $10 per race after May 22.  Register online by going to https://runsignup.com and entering “Victor Point School’s Run for the Hills.” Proceeds will help pay for school equipment, classroom supplies, field trips, Lego Club and outdoor school.

College track: A pair of former Silverton athletes are performing well for George Fox University in Newberg. Sophomore Devin Geiger took third in the high jump with a leap of 6-2¼ and 12th in the long jump at 20-4 at the Northwest Conference championships. Geiger achieved personal bests of 6-6 and 21-4 ¼ in the events earlier this season in a meet at Lewis & Clark College. Meanwhile, Bruins senior Aaron Molstad took ninth in the 1,500 at the NWC meet in 4:10.77.

Speech: Silverton finished tied for sixth in the OSAA Class 5A speech and debate championships held April 23-25 at Western Oregon University. Individually, Erin Marcellais made finals in after-dinner speaking, Melly Kazel made the semifinals in memorized humorous, Noah Clemmons made the semifinals in memorized serious, Ashley Versteeg made the semifinals in poetry reading and Julie Golan made semifinals in prose reading.

Kennedy coaching opening: The Trojans are looking for a new head volleyball coach. Those interested should look for information and an application on the district website, www.mtangel.k12.or.us.

Tennis: The Silverton girls team carried an 11-4 Mid-Willamette Conference record and a 13-4 overall mark into the final week of the regular season. The Foxes’ boys and girls teams participated in districts after Our Town’s presstime at Crescent Valley.

Boys golf: Silveton’s Michael Kuenzi tied for eighth with a two-day total of 161 at the Special District 1 championships at the Reserve in Aloha. Kuenzi will participate in the Class 5A state tournament on May 18-19 at Emerald Valley in Creswell.

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