KNAPPA - The host team was the best team Thursday afternoon at Knappa High School.

The Knappa cross country team ran off with a pair of Northwest League titles as the Loggers lapped the rest of the field in both the boys' and girls' races in the annual league meet.

On the boys' side, Portland Lutheran's Sean McGuire (17 minutes, 41 seconds) and Scott Burris (17:49) finished first and second, but the Loggers had runners finish third, fourth, fifth, seventh and eighth to earn 27 points for the team title. Portland Lutheran took second with 37 points, with Vernonia (73) a distant third.

Knappa's Brent Salisbury ran an 18:05 to take third, with Curtis Olds (18:31) fourth.

Gretchen George of Knappa ran the 5,000-meter course in 22:03 to win the girls' race, helping the Loggers score 26 points to finish ahead of Neah-Kah-Nie (58).

Adding points for the Loggers were Amanda Nichols (3rd, 23:03), Kirsty Coghill (7th, 24:42) and Lana Salisbury (8th, 24:56). Janessa Gramson (9th, 25:08) was Warrenton's top finisher.

See results in Scoreboard.

The Loggers and Warriors will both take part in the District 1/2A meet Thursday at Pier Park.

VOLLEYBALLAstoria def. RainierRAINIER - Astoria held off Rainier in five games in a Cowapa League volleyball match Thursday, 25-19, 25-10, 22-25, 23-25, 15-8.

"We were just a blocking machine the first two games," said Astoria coach Angee Hunt.

Wendi Agalzoff and Sophie DeWitt did the bulk of the blocking as Agalzoff finished with nine total blocks. She also had 16 kills, with DeWitt adding 14 kills.

Kristen Saulsbury contributed nine kills and solid passing, along with A.J. Johnson and Amelia Hernandez.

Astoria held a 13-3 lead in Game 5 before a brief rally by the Columbians.

Warrenton def. PAAWARRENTON - Warrenton cruised past Portland Adventist in three games Thursday night, 25-18, 25-7, 25-18.

The Warriors were spectacular from the service line, sparked by Ashley Poole's 18-for-18 performance. Justine Marxer, Katie Wolfe and Jordane Marxer were a combined 18-for-18.

Poole led a solid offensive attack with nine kills on 13-of-14 hitting.

The victory snapped a four-match losing skid for the Warriors, who host Knappa to end the regular season Tuesday.

Seaside def. BanksBANKS - The Seaside volleyball team picked up a huge victory Thursday night, a 25-20, 20-25, 25-20, 25-20 win at Banks.

The Gulls' win pulls Seaside into a first-place tie with the Braves and Tillamook at 6-2.

It was a "great match," said Seaside coach Jason Boyd. "Both teams played really well. We passed well and hit the ball hard. We were aggressive - something that has been missing in our game."

Jamie May led the Gulls with 14 kills, followed by Brenna Archibald with 12 and Jenna Archibald with 11.

"Jamie May was a force tonight," Boyd said. "She had seven kills on eight attacks in Game 1 alone. The (Archibald) twins reclaimed their power and accuracy. Jennna had two big kills in Game 4 to seal the match."

Melissa King had a 36 percent assist ratio, while the Gulls served at 90 percent with 10 aces.

"I am very proud of our girls," Boyd said. "They went into a hostile environment against a good team and won. I don't think there was ever a moment in the match when our girls didn't believe they were going to win.

"We knew Banks was going to play their best tonight," he added. "They wanted two things - the league title and revenge (for an earlier loss to the Gulls). We just played better."

North Clackamas def. JewellOREGON CITY - The 2005 Casco League title is officially up for grabs again, as North Clackamas handed the Jewell volleyball team its first league loss of the season Thursday night.

The Saints managed to push past the Bluejays in four games, 25-22, 25-21, 9-25, 25-22.

Frances Dugan had an all-around solid match for the Jays in the loss.

Jewell and North Clackamas are now tied at 10-1 in league play, while Damascus (which plays Jewell tonight) has two losses.

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