COTTAGE GROVE — Looking to repeat its success from a year ago, the La Pine boys got off to a great start on the first day of the Sky-Em League track and field championships at Cottage Grove High School on Thursday.
Jeremy Desrosiers and Justin Petz earned victories in the long jump and pole vault, respectively, to guide the Hawks to 59 team points, putting the defending state champions atop the six-team standings ahead of Elmira’s second-place 50 points.
Austin Smith took second in the 3,000-meter run, while Dillon Patrick and Ben Harrison went 2-3 in the discus.
For Sisters, which rounded out the team standings with eight points, it was Jake McAllister leading the way, finishing second in the long jump with a leap of 20 feet, 3 inches.
Elmira leads the girls standings with 47 3⁄4 points after the first day of competition. Cottage Grove was second (38 points) and Sisters ended the day in third (33 3⁄4).
Outlaw senior Alisha Haken won the high jump by clearing 5 feet, and freshman Michaela Miller earned a trip to next week’s state meet with a runner-up effort in the long jump.
The top two finishers from the Sky-Em meet qualify for the Class 4A state championships in Eugene on May 24 and 25.
The Sky-Em championships continue Saturday.
In other Thursday action:
Sisters 7, Scappoose 5: SISTERS — The Outlaws moved on to the first round of the Class 4A state playoffs after topping the Indians in play-in action. Maddie Edwards went 3-for-3 with an RBI, Lauren Cantwell added two hits and Harley Rowe sparked a four-run third inning with a two-run double. Cassidy Edwards fanned 12 and scattered 10 hits in the circle to earn the victory. Sisters (18-6 overall) will be on the road Wednesday against a yet-to-be-determined opponent.
Madras play-in game postponed: MADRAS — The Buffs were knotted up with North Marion/St. Paul 1-1 in the top of the third inning of a Class 4A play-in game when the skies opened and rain fell heavily. The contest was called and rescheduled for Saturday at 2 p.m., when the game will pick up from the point of interruption.
Yamhill-Carlton 10, Ridgeview 0: YAMHILL — The Ravens fell to the Tigers in five innings in a Class 4A play-in game, ending Ridgeview’s season with a 16-10 overall record.
Redmond 7, Clackamas 3: REDMOND — The Panthers smacked around four Cavalier pitchers for 10 hits and used four runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to dispatch Clackamas, which was No. 4 in the final Class 6A rankings, in a nonconference matchup. Cam Peters went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI for Redmond (19-6), and Adam Rainville was 2-for-3 with an RBI. J.D. Abbas doubled and drove in a run as the Panthers dealt Clackamas just its third loss of the season, snapping the Cavs’ 10-game winning streak. The Panthers, No. 3 in the final 5A rankings, will host a state playoff first-round contest on Wednesday against a yet-to-be-determined opponent.
Sisters 4, Santiam Christian 1: CORVALLIS — Justin Harrer threw six innings of four-hit, one-run ball to pick up the win, as the Outlaws defeated the Class 3A Eagles in nonconference play. Joey Morgan went 2-for-3 with a home run for Sisters (24-2), with Eli Boettner adding a double and two RBIs. Sam Calarco was 2-for-2, and Jardon Weems earned the save on the mound. The Outlaws, No. 4 in the final Class 4A rankings, await their opponent for the first round of the state playoffs, which will be played in Sisters on Wednesday.
La Salle 3, Ridgeview 1: MILWAUKIE — Collin Runge went 2-for-4, and the Ravens jumped ahead 1-0 in the top of the third inning, but two runs by the Falcons in the bottom of the third and another in the fifth helped the Tri-Valley Conference runners-up get by Ridgeview in a Class 4A play-in game. Sam Walker picked up a hit and scored the Ravens’ lone run, and Mitch Springer logged Ridgeview’s other hit. The Ravens finish the season 13-13 overall.
Central 19, La Pine 1: INDEPENDENCE — The Hawks dropped their fourth straight, this one coming in the Class 4A play-in round to the Panthers. La Pine ends its season with a 7-19 overall record.