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Thursday, March 26, 2009
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Girls' Track - Summit


The Summit girls' track team is not your average squad, and head coach Dave Turnbull is no regular coach. Turnbull runs a tight ship by administering random drug tests to his athletes and coaches, and he forces parents to run laps for using profane language. "There's a level of pride here," he says. "All the kids have to do is say, 'Hey, I'm on the track team' and everyone leaves them alone. They have that type of reputation." The team also has a rep for being unflappable at the state level. Led by junior Kellie Schueler, the Storm tallied a large school-record 112 points last year to capture their second straight Class 5A championship. The victory validated Turnbull's assertion that the program would be a statewide power after he was hired in 2001. "I was going to build a program that was going to win championships,"he says. "We set a goal to win [a state title] in four years."Maybe if Turnbull had the current cast of stars back then, his prediction would've came to fruition on schedule. Schueler, the reigning Gatorade State Track & Field Athlete of the Year, won the 100, 200 and 400 crowns. Alyssa O'Connor, a senior, returned from an injury to win the 800 and 1,500. Senior Christy Mosier took second in the shot put, while classmate Maddy Wurm was eighth in the high jump. A three-peat could be on the horizon with junior Kelsey Zimmerman and senior Brooklin Brummund ready to make the leap to elite status in the high jump and distance events, respectively.

Baseball - Tualatin


Tualatin was riding high with 20 wins until running into eventual state champ Clackamas in the second round of the Class 6A playoffs last year. With the return of a pair of All-State players, the Timberwolves could be poised for an even deeper run this season. Senior catcher John Grill is one of the area's best backstops and is a two-time All-State third team selection. He returns along with senior 2B/OF Zach McPherson, who was an honorable mention pick.

Girls' Track St. Mary's


Marist looks to clinch back-to-back Class 4A crowns after taking a 1-0 thriller over Henley in the finals last season. Then-freshman Nyree White spun 9.2 innings, fanning 18 while scattering four hits in the win. White and then-junior leadoff hitter Kayla Braud earned Class 4A Co-Player of the Year honors. Skipper Bob Hammitt, who was named Coach of the Year last spring, will also welcome back junior All-State infielder Danielle Gehrke.

Boys' Track - Damascus Christian


Led by senior Sean Lewis, Damascus Christian finished second in Class 1A last spring after winning back-to-back titles in 2006 and 2007. Lewis racked up wins in the 100 and 200 and the 110 and 300 hurdles to guide the Eagles to 43.50 points, just a half-point from first-place Southwest Christian. Damascus also returns senior javelin thrower A.J. Ikemoto and sophomore Matthew Young, who tied for fourth in the high jump in 2008.

BREAK OUT TEAMS

GIRLS' GOLF  LINCOLN Senior Avery Sills returns after winning the Class 6A individual crown the last two seasons. BOYS' LACROSSE  HOOD RIVER VALLEY Last year, the Eagles advanced to the final four before falling to eventual runner-up Lincoln. GIRLS' TENNIS  HERMISTON The Bulldogs have claimed the last two Class 5A titles under head coach Curt Berger. BOYS' GOLF  WESTSIDE CHRISTIAN The Eagles shot a state-record 306 to open play last spring en route to a three-peat in Class 6A.