KNAPPA - The Knappa cross country team hosted a District 1/2A "preview meet" Monday afternoon, and the Loggers went all-out for their guests, providing a soggy course and November-like weather.

And if the predistrict meet is anything like the real thing, the Knappa boys are in good shape.

Led by a dramatic first-place finish from junior Curtis Olds, the Loggers topped the field for the team title, placing four runners in the top 10.

Olds ran on the heels of Portland Lutheran's Sean McGuire for nearly the entire race before making his move with 50 meters left, sprinting past McGuire to win in 18 minutes, 11 seconds.

"Curtis ran an intelligent race," said Knappa coach Gary Jacobson. "I didn't know how much either of them had at the last, but they ran the first mile in 5:58, and they were both at 12 minutes after the second mile. So Curtis actually ran faster in that third mile."

McGuire took second in 18:12, with Jonny Long of Portland Adventist a distant third (19:58).

Knappa senior Blake Gerttula provided big team points with a fifth-place showing as he crossed the finish line in 20:07, one second behind Portland Adventist's Brandon Plubell.

Logger sophomore Paul Isom ran a 20:31 for eighth place, followed by teammate Brentin Salisbury (20:54) in ninth.

Other Knappa competitors in the field of 43 runners were Ryan Isom (13th, 22:04) and Darin Clayton (23, 23:27). Warrenton's Jon Sago placed 41st.

There were no complete teams on the girls side, although Portland Waldorf had two runners place in the top seven, including junior Hannah Rowley, who cruised to a first-place finish.

Rowley, a junior who took 13th in last year's state meet, finished Monday's race in 21:54 - well ahead of the second-place time (23:26) turned in by Knappa freshman Gretchen George, who was running her first 5,000-meter race.

Logger teammates Amanda Nichols (eighth, 25:48) and Brittany Dugan (11th, 27:39) also competed in the field of 22 runners, along with Warrenton's Rebecca Fisk, who took sixth in 24:48. The Warriors' Janessa Gramson was 12th in 27:48.

Pre-District 1/2A Results at KnappaBoys Team - Knappa 28, Portland Adventist 54, De La Salle 76, Neah-Kah-Nie 94, Vernonia 100, Portland Lutheran, Portland Waldorf, inc.

Individual (5,000 meters)

1, Curtis Olds, Kna, 18:11. 2, Sean McGuire, PL, 18:12. 3, Jonny Long, PAA, 19:58. 4, Brandon Plubell, PAA, 20:06. 5, Blake Gerttula, Kna, 20:07. 6, Rowan Karas, PW, 20:14. 7, Sam Thornton, Ver, 20:15. 8, Paul Isom, Kna, 20:31. 9, Brentin Salisbury, Kna, 20:54. 10, Scott Burris, PL, 21:02.

13, Ryan Isom, Kna, 22:04. 23, Darin Clayton, Kna, 23:27. 41, Jon Sago, War, nt.


(No complete teams)

1. Hannah Rowley, PW, 21:54. 2, Gretchen George, Kna, 23:26. 3, Elizabeth, NKN, 23:34. 4, Kristin Kelly, Ver, 23:25. 5, Monika Maier, PL, 24:13. 6, Rebecca Fisk, War, 24:48. 7, Alex, PW, 25:32. 8, Amanda Nichols, Kna, 25:48. 9, Jasmine Santos, NKN, 26:58. 10, Natalie, Ver, 27:19. 11, Brittany Dugan, Kna, 27:39. 12, Janessa Gramson, War, 27:48.

Girls SoccerSeaside 3, Yamhill-Carlton 0YAMHILL - The Seaside girls soccer team picked up a 3-0 win over Yamhill-Carlton Monday afternoon as three different players scored for the Gulls.

Micah Cerelli put the first goal on the board in the 11th minute, taking a pass from Jackie Bermingham and launching a shot from 35 yards out.

In the final minute of the first half, Abby Frank sent a ball through the center, where Laura Romine picked it up and beat a Yamhill-Carlton defender and their keeper for the goal and a 2-0 halftime lead.

Four minutes into the second half, Seaside's Jodi Symonds sent a pass down the left wing for Bermingham, who collected the ball on the run and delivered a low grounder past the keeper for the final goal.

Seaside plays tonight at Wilsonville.

VolleyballGulls go 8-2SEASIDE - The Seaside volleyball team won the consolation final in its own tournament Saturday.

The Gulls won eight games and lost two on the day, placing third in their pool before defeating Tillamook in the consolation final.

"We learned a lot and plan to use it to take another step closer to our goals," said Seaside coach Jason Boyd. "Serving was not our strength. We missed an average of five serves per game. Our defense and communication on the other hand was working well all day.

"For the first time in two weeks our team was at full strength," he added. "Tenisha Stock returned from an ankle injury. It took a little bit of time for us to become familiar again with a 6-2 offense. By the final match we were playing great."

Seaside plays at Taft today.


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