Local teams qualify for state — Three Central Oregon high school club teams qualified for state competition in the Oregon State U.S. Bowling Congress District 6 semifinal tournament, held Jan. 27 at Lava Lanes in Bend. The qualifying boys teams include Madras, which placed third, and Bend High Blue, which was fourth. Qualifying girls teams include Bend High Blue, which placed second. Members of the Madras boys team, coached by Kalani Kepaa, are A.J. Morgan, Garrett Goelze, Andrew Short, Reed Surber, Bobby Letlow and Seth Baker. Bowlers for the Bend Blue boys squad, coached by Toby Cundell, are Aeron Burkhardt, Carson Hall, James Nickless, Zachary Zahniser and Gabe Bowers, a Mountain View High student who is a co-op member of the Bend High team. The Bend Blue girls team is coached by Merri Chilcutt and includes Mykiah Hill, G.G. Johnson, Kaytlin Nickless, Jessie Wiest and Anona Francis. As top-five all-star placers in the district tournament, Bend High’s Hall, Zahniser, Wiest and Francis qualified to represent District 6 at a state all-star tournament March 9-10 in North Bend.
Fiona Max wins Gatorade honor — Summit’s Fiona Max has been named the 2018-19 Gatorade Oregon Girls Cross-Country Runner of the Year. According to a news release, the award recognizes athletic excellence, high academic achievement and exemplary character. Max, who has maintained a 4.0 GPA, is now a finalist for the Gatorade National Girls Cross-Country Runner of the Year award, to be announced later this month. The junior raced to the Class 6A state championship this past season, leading the Storm to the team state title. She also placed 11th at the Nike Cross Nationals in Portland, earning All-American honors and leading Summit to the team national championship. “Fiona distinguished herself by her personal hard work, but she also earned respect for her ability to foster growth in her younger teammates,” said Summit coach Carol McLatchie.
Summit’s McLatchie named national coach of the year — Summit High cross-country coach Carol McLatchie has been named the national girls coach of the year by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, according to www.ustfccca.org. McLatchie, who coaches alongside her husband, Jim, helped lead the Storm to their 11th consecutive team state championship last November. The team went on to win the Nike Cross Nationals Northwest Regional Championships, then took the title at Nike Cross Nationals. Summit became the first girls program west of Minnesota to win at NXN.
Storm start season’s 1st winning streak — Summit has won consecutive games for the first time all season, and the Storm’s modest two-game winning streak comes at an opportune time as just six games remain in the regular season. Summit charged to an 11-1 lead and led from start to finish in a 55-52 Mountain Valley Conference victory over McNary on Saturday night in Keizer. Junior Jacob Tompkins scored 24 points to lead the Storm, who are now 3-5 in league play and tied with Mountain View and Bend for fifth place in the MVC. Summit (6-12 overall) entertains Mountain View in a key game for both teams Tuesday night.
Bend tied for second in league — The Lava Bears dominated winless Sprague 48-16 Saturday to enter into a three-way tie for second place in the Mountain Valley Conference with West Salem and McNary. The victory was Bend’s third straight after defeating West Salem 43-33 Thursday. “It’s great to be on a winning streak,” Bend coach Allison Gardner said. “We just keep emphasizing our fundamentals of defense and composure on offense. We’ve been rebounding well and sharing the ball. Trusting each other has been huge. These girls have grit.” The Lava Bears, 6-2 in the MVC and 10-8 overall, play at McKay in Salem Tuesday night.
Summit avenges loss — The Storm opened the second half of league play Saturday with a 46-36 win over McNary in Keizer. Sophomore Hope Neibauer went 5-for-6 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter to help finish off the Celtics. Sophomore Healy Bledsoe scored 15 points and recorded five blocks. Senior Olivia Loberg added 11 points and five assists. Summit made 19 of 24 free throws. “Our kids played very well,” Storm coach Lynnette Landis said. “Our free throws and defense won this game.” McNary opened league play 6-0, including a 49-41 win at Summit on Jan. 8, but has now lost two in a row. The Storm, 4-4 MVC and 9-9 overall, host Mountain View Tuesday night.
Central Oregon girls qualify for state — Ten girls from five Central Oregon high schools placed in the top two in their weight class Saturday at the OSAA Southern Division state qualifier at Thurston High School in Springfield. Champions were Olivia Flack (100 pounds, La Pine); Charli Stewart (120, Bend); Taylor Ohlson (130, Mountain View); Alexandra Byrne (140, Mountain View); Evangelina Toruno (170, La Pine); and Bailey Dennis, (190, Madras). Finishing second were Kyleigh Cuevas (110, Bend); Kerrilee McMahan (135, Gilchrist); Fatima Albanian (155, Bend); and Jasmine O’Neill (190, La Pine). The state tournament is Feb. 22-23 at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Portland.
Ridgeview tops at Tualatin — Ridgeview was first in its division and also won the Grand Champion trophy at the Tualatin Last Chance Cheer Competition, held Saturday at Tualatin High School. Among Central Oregon teams in the competition, Ridgeview took first place in 5A Varsity, Sisters was third in 4A Varsity, Bend High was third in Large Coed, and Summit was third in Small Coed. Ridgeview also was first in Group Stunt and claimed Grand Champion honors for recording the highest score of the day among all teams in the competition. The Ridgeview squad is coached by Shantell Bourgeois and includes Alexis Gresser, Grace Larkin, Ashlea Stevenson, Gracee Potter, Kaytlyn Barber, Jordyn Haser, Chaela Baker, Jamie Drake, Madison Princehorn, Marissa James, Kaylen McAdams, Vivian Landon, Peyton Browning and Jayda Kunkel. The OSAA cheerleading state championships take place this Saturday at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Portland, and Central Oregon schools expected to be represented include Ridgeview (Class 5A), Sisters (4A), Bend (Coed Large), Redmond (Coed Small) and Summit (Coed Small).
Members of the Summit girls track team, competing as Mondo Track Club, finished second in the 4x800-meter relay Friday at the Nike Boise Indoor track and field meet. Runners on the relay team included Azza Borovicka Swanson, Liv Downing, Fiona Max and Izzy Max. The Storm finished in 9:24.57. The winning relay team, Menlo i Greyhounds Track of Menlo Park, California, finished in 9:23.94. The Boise meet included 36 club and high school teams from throughout the country.
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