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I Wednesday, March 23, 1994, The Sun 7 By Travis Moore Staff Writer, The Sun The Sheridan track team opened its season in the Grizzly Bear Open at McMinnville High School last Thursday. About 10 teams from the Willa- mette Valley ranging from class 2A to 4A participated in the meet. Coach A1 Ashcroft said his girls team did well at the meet. Summer Gibbons finished in the top six in the shot put, discus and javelin. Gibbons went to the state meet in the discus and shot put last season. "She has got a real good athletic attitude this year," Ashcroft said. "She is going to score a lot of points for us this season." Jennifer Colton had her best jump ever in the high jump at 4-8. She will also compete in the long jump. Christina Rentsch jumped 4-6 in the high jump. Rentsch jumped 4-8 at last year's district meet and went to the state meet. Amy Schouten competed in the 800. Coach Ashcroft said she looks good in the event this season. Rachel Stockham will be. the sprinter on this year's team. She will also compete in the long jump and shot put. Linda Repplinger also will com- pete in long jump and shot put. Rikki Harris will throw the javelin. "'We are hoping to get a couple more girls out," Ashcroft said. "We don't have many runners right now. When we get some more runners we should be a competitive team." The Spartan boys 400 relay team won their heat in 46.4. The team includes Darren Wilson, Matt Man- ago, Jamezz Kramer and Steve Man- iey. "It was a good time," Ashcroft said. "We don't have any blazers on that team but they are all fast and our handoffs were good, especially since we didn't have much time to work on them." Kramer will run the 400 and relays for the team. He will also probably run the 800. Manage will run the sprints and possibly the 400. Manley will also be a sprinter. Kris DeJong jumped 36-7 in the triple jump. He will also compete in the sprints and long jump. Nathan Wiede will compete in the long jump. Phil Watkins won the district championship last year in the 3000. He returns this season to run the distance races. Greg Sigrist will concentrate on the 800 this season and will proba- bly Compete in the 1500. Jacob Pelzer and Joey Smith will also be distance runners for Sheri- dan. "We'll be real strong in the longer distances," Ashcroft said. John Repplinger, Denver Richter, Josh Tishmack and Jeff Hadley will be the throwers for this year's team. Josh Ashcroft, Matt Ekstrom and Mark Mahe will compete in the pole vault. Mahe jumped 9-6 at the Grizzly Bear Open. "Mark looks real good and he hasn't been able to get any quality practices because of the weather," Ashcroft said. "He is doing really By Travis Moore Staff Writer, The Sun A small Willamina track team competed at the Grizzly Bear Open last Thursday at McMinnville High School. The rain and cold temperatures made for some tough competing conditions. Matt Aalto returns to the Bulldog team after winning the district meet in the high jump last year. Aaito started this season off by winning the high jump competition at the Grizzly Open, despite class 4A competitors. All other competitors went out at 6 feet. Aalto jumped 6-3 for the win. Then Aalto decided to go after the meet record. He wanted to go for the 6-7 record right away because of the poor weather conditions. He just missed it. well." Ryan Torrence, Robin Hibdon and David Johnson will run hurdles. Ashcroft said Hibdon and Johnson were taught well at the junior high level. "We should be a real solid dual meet team," Ashcroft said. "Nes- tucca looks like the team to beat again in the district. They are loaded." Matt Thomas placed 5th in the shot put at 39-6. Coach Dan Halter said, "It was so cold and everyone was just standing around. A lot of the marks weren't as good as they would have been." Halter said this year's team was smaller than normal. Willamina has 17 boys and one girl out for the team. Halter said Micah Dickey will do well in the long distance running events. Marcus Taimadge got a mark of 9-6 in the pole vault. Halter said he has shown a lot of improvement over last year. The coach said Nick Willis will be the Bulldogs' top sprinter. Willis ran the 200 in 25.0 at the Grizzly Open. Willamina's next meet is Tuesday at home against Neah-Kah-Nie and Gervais. Sheridan's Mark Mahe clears the pole vault bar at last week's Grizzly Bear Open in McMinnville.--Photos by 1Pavis Moore. ull ogs By Travis Moore Staff Writer, The Sun The Bulldog baseball team split its first two non-league contests of the season last week against Ken- nedy and Scio. Willamina lost to Kennedy at home last Monday, 7-5. The teams only managed five hits in the game. Both teams scored four runs in the second inning, but Kennedy jumped on top 6-4 in the third. Both teams scored a run in the fourth. Neither team could score in the fifth, and the game was called because of darkness. Willamina had two hits. Seth Morley hit a solo home run in the fourth and Dan Reed had an RBI single. Willamina jumped all over the Loggers at Scio last Thursday. The Bulldogs scored five runs in the top of the first inning. The Dogs scored runs in each of the next three innings and easily took the six inning game, 8-2. Morley was 3 for 4 at the plate, scoring 3 runs. J. Klingler was 3 for 4 with a run and 2 RBI. Tony Montgomery was 2 for 3 with a run. Freshman Trevor Johnson picked preseason up his first win of the season, pitching 5 2/3 innings. He gave up 4 hits and struck out 3. Willamina lost in the first round of the state playoffs last season after winning the West Valley League title with a 13-1 record. The Dogs have three varsity retur- ners to this year's team: Morley in centerfield, Noah Fox on the mound and second base and James Reardon who will play third, catcher and pitcher. Coach Ron Caligure said Santiam Christian will be the league cham- pion this year. Sheridan and Gaston will probably challenge for the second and final playoff spot, he said. Caligure said his team will have to get good pitching to play in postseason. "We've got some guys back that can hit the ball," he said. "We need to get solid pitching. We've got a young team with a lot of spots to fill." Caligure said Fox, Morley, Klin- gler, Johnson, Mike Locke and pos- sibly Dennis Phipps will pitch for the Bulldogs. The Dogs will travel to Kennedy for a rematch Monday. By Travis Moore Staff Writer, The Sun The Sheridan girls softball team finished in the top eight teams in the state in Class 2A division last season and hope to place even higher this season. i!:ii T The Lady Spartans return all but one of its varsity players from last year's roster. Coach Carol Grauer returns two all-state players to the squad this season. Senior Wendy Thomas was named to the first team all-state last year. Thomas will be Sheridan's- catcher. Junior Mandi Kadell was second team all-state pitcher last year. Grauer said Kadell has improved her pitching skills over last season. "She has done a lot of pitching in the off season," Grauer said. "She has more control this year and a good change up." Senior Nichoi Moore returns to the team after not playing last season. Moore tore her ACL liga- ment in basketball last season and wasn't able to play softball. Moore was first team all-West Valley League her freshman and sophomore seasons. Grauer says Moore will play shortstop this sea- son. Junior Lisa Plough was first team all-league last season and will play first base this year. Senior Vicki Gourley will proba- bly play third base. Gourley was honorable mention all-league last season. Other Lady Spartan returners are Autumn Kasper, second base; Keri Yoder, outfield and pitcher; Amanda Simpson, outfield; Robin Houston, outfield; Carmen Olds, outfield; Sara Cox, infield; and Trina Cran- fill, infield. Two freshmen will also see var- sity time. Kelli Prough should play some infield, and Kristen Wilson will be backup catcher and outfiel- The coach said the team's confi- dence was helped by the success experienced by the Sheridan girls basketball squad. "I think they picked up a lot of confidence after doing so well in basketball," Grauer said. "They got third in the state in basketball and they are looking to do that well in softball." Sheridan lost to the eventual state champion Jefferson in the state quarterfinals last season. The Lady Spartans are scheduled to play at Jefferson on Monday. "We only lost that quarterfinal game to Jefferson 4-0 last year," Grauer said. "They beat everybody else worse than that so we feel like we might have been the second best team in the state last season." She added, "Jefferson has its entire team back this year. But I feel like we are a better team this season." Along with the absence of Moore on last year's squad, Gourley was out with a sprained ankle. "Vicki was hitting .400 and lead- ing off when she got injured," Grauer said. "Nichol fills the clean- up spot for us." The coach says practices have been going well and her team is focusing on hitting. Grauer said this team has always been strong defen- sively. The weather has put a cramp on the Lady Spartans' practice sched- de,r~ ule. Sheridan has only had one | Sheridan's Mandi Kadell returns to a strong Lady Spaa .r.n ' We have a well-rounded team," outside practice. , eli; " team this season. Kadell was an all state pitcher last yea. Grauer said. "We have a lot ofThe Lady Sparts first game will i experience. Most teams in thebe a doubleheader Saturday at lp,~ league seem to be picking us to Salem Academy, weather permit- win. ting. West Valley t Willamina at Kennedy ................................................... 1 p.m. Willamina vs. Y-C at Willamina ...................................... 4 p.m. Sheridan vs. Jefferson at Sheridan ................................ 4 p.m. WUlamina JV vs. Y-C at WiUamina ................................. 4 p.m. Sheridan vs. Toledo at Sheridan .................................... 4 p.m. Sheridan JV at Regis .................................................... 4 p.m. High School Baseball Sheridan JV at Salem Academy ..................................... noon Sheridan vs. Salem Academy at Sheridan ...................... noon Willamina at Kennedy ................................................... 1 p.m. WUlamina vs. Neah-Kah-Nie at Willamina ..................... 4 p.m. Willamina JV vs. Neah-Kah-Nie at Willamina ................ 4 p.m. Sheridan JV at Regis .................................................... 4 p.m. Sheridan vs. Toledo at Sheridan .................................... 4 p.m. Willamina JV vs. Regis at Willamina .............................. 4 p.m. West Valley Babe Ruth is organizing two 13-15 year old baseball teams. We also have a 16-18 year old team. If you are interested in playing on either of these teams please fill out this form and return it to the address above. Try outs will be April 9th at the Sheridan High School baseball field. A participation fee of $25 will be paid pnor to try outs. For more information call 843-4810. Name Address Phone Birthday ........... III IIIII I I i,iii | i I i I "11 i I I I IIIII March 25 March 28 March 28 March 28 March 29 March 30 March 25 March 26 March 28 March 29 March 29 March 29 March 29 March 30 March 29 High School lYack Willamina hosts meet ............................................... 3:45 p.m. Sheridan's Phil Watkins leads the pack in the mile race at the Grizzly Bear Open last Thursday. parts return strong team By Travis Moore Staff Writer, The Sun The Sheridan baseball team returns seven varsity players to this year's team, and coach Mike Stuck says his team is ready to get a game under its belt. Weather has prevented the Spar- tans from playing their first couple of games. "We look like we've got a team that can hit the ball pretty well," Stuck said. "We won't know until we get into a real game situation." Sheridan returners are Ben Daniels, junior, catcher; Steve Man- ley, junior, pitcher; Jason Campos, senior, pitcher; Kevin Hand, junior, second or third base; Brad Black- well, senior, third base or outfield; Virgil Salisbury, senior, outfield or catcher; Brian Diehl, senior, short- stop and outfield. Stuck says he should also have some strong new players. Lord to receive hunter's award Junior Darren Wilson will play shortstop and third base. Nathan Wiede, sophomore, will play first base and pitcher. Sophomore Dennis Erickson will play second base and outfield. Freshman Robbie Diehl will play some time at second base. Stuck said that the success of his team will depend on the pitching. "It always depends on pitching," he said. "Campos, Manley, Hand and Wiede will do most of the pitching for us." Stuck said Dayton, Santiam Christian and Gaston would proba- bly be the toughest competition in league play. The coach believes a tough pre- season schedule will get his team ready for the rigors of the WVL season. "We will be playing a lot of good teams in the preseason," he said. "These are teams that are at the top of their leagues and they should get us ready." Bowling scores The Oregon Hunter Education bronze award will be given to Karen Lord of Willamina by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife for service to the state's hunter educa- tion program. Lord is one of 900 volunteer instructors throughout Oregon who conducts hunter education classes for young hunters. The classes are required of all hunters under age 18 before they can hunt wildlife in Oregon, and are designed to teach young hunters to be ethical, respon- sible and safe in the field. "Hunter education is a success primarily because of our volunteer instructors," says Mike Bickler, hunter education coordinator for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. "I always marvel at the level of commitment by all types of volunteers. They are the kind of people who care enough to get involved. The hard work of the Oregon hunter education instructors pays off not only in reduced hunting accidents but improved behavior and better attitudes about hunting. Without our volunteers, there wouldn't be a hunter education program." Instructors receive award points for the classes and students they teach and can earn the bronze, silver, gold and the highest award, the platinum, for their service. The bronze award will be presented to Lord at the Hunter Education Con- ference in Medford on May 7. Thursday Brunch Bunch Won Lost T&E General Store ......................... 29 15 Mainstreat Books ........................... 28 16 Maynard Stake Mill .................... 27-1216-1/2 Country Companies Ins .................. 26 18 Debby's Flower Shoppe ................. 25 19 HomeTown Drug ............................ 24 20 Gale'sTowing ................................. 23 21 Mac Club ........................................ 23 21 E&S Farms ..................................... 23 21 Canfield's Insulation ....................... 19 25 G&F Logging ............................ 18-1/2 25-1/2 Hagan Hamilton Ins ................. 17-1/2 26-1/2 Shari's ...................................... 17-1/2 26-1/2 Sunshine Care ................................. 7 37 High series: Terry Murtow--611. High games: Debbie Brown--243, Terry Murrow/Bev Madison-.-227, Judy Freeman---215, Linda Mead---206. Sunday Mixed Won Lost Select Market ................................. 37 7 Kustom Kuts ............................. 29-1/2 14-1/2 Bonzai Bowlers ........................ 28-1/2 15-1/2 Happy Campers ............................. 27 17 Automated Office Systems ............. 27 17 Sheddan Family Restaurant ........... 26 18 D Stake Mill .............................. 22-1-2 21-1/2 Abalone Apts .................................. 20 24 Diamond Pools & Spas, Inc, ..... 16-1/2 27-1/2 O Stael ..................................... 16-1/2 27-1/2 Ban-Carb Saw ................................ 16 28 Stuck Electric ................................. 15 29 Mac Club ........................................ 13 31 L. Jepson & Sons Logging .............. 12 32 High men's series: Chris Vermillion,--671. High men's games: Pat Wran---244, Chris Vermillion--244/224/203, Ernie TumiOga-- 232/222, Noah Maynard---227, Marc Daniels-- 211, Gerald Lee~209, Kelly Lux/Kevin Scolt-- 208, Craig Bennett--205, Ed Brickell--202, Pete Schmiol---200. High women's series: Ginny Lux---632. High women's games: Ginny Lux--262, Cindy Brickell--232, Mange May- nard--210, Ira Walker--208, MeloOy Sum- mers/Ursula West/Karen Bell-.-201. Splits picked: Cindy Brickell/Pate Schmidt, 6-7; Noah Maynard, 2-4-6-10; Oe~/al Thompson, 5-6; Elvis Summera/Ursula West/Mange Maynard, 5-7; Mare Daniels/Craig Bennett/Bey Thomp- sorVCyndey Deniels, 3-10.