Gladstone wins 2-0 in nonleague encounterWARRENTON - Gladstone's well-balanced attack had Seaside boys' soccer coach Jon Broderick filled with envy following Tuesday's opener at the Warrenton Soccer Complex.

The Gladiators pretty much dominated from start to finish in the nonleague contest, scoring one goal in each half for a 2-0 win over the Gulls.

Gladstone held an 8-to-1 shots-on- goal advantage in the first half, before Seaside evened the shots on goal, 4-4 ,in the final 40 minutes.

But the Gulls couldn't find the net, as the Gladiators used their superior passing game, a little speed and a lot of muscle to maintain control.

"They're a good team," Broderick said. "They remind me of what we used to look like. They look like what I want my team to look like."

Gladstone scored in the 22nd minute as Josh Southmayd converted on a free kick just outside the penalty box.

The Gulls had the first three shots on goal in the second half - all from Max Broderick - but a header and another shot were knocked down by Gladstone keeper Zach Travis. Broderick's third shot sailed over the cross bar.

Gladstone eventually wore down the Seaside defense and scored again in the 71st minute, a perfectly placed shot from outside the box by Cody Huddleston.

"We came out in the second half and did exactly what we talked about doing - possessing the ball and making easy passes," coach Broderick said.

"It was a good game," he added. "I was more pleased than you might imagine with the result.

"Considering how bad we looked at the jamboree last week, I thought at least defensively we made progress. Gabe (Wahrmund) did a fine job at goalkeeper for us. He misjudged that one (the goal by Huddleston), but only Jeff Budnick (the former star keeper) would have saved that.

"That was a beautiful shot. Other than that, Gabe made some good choices and showed some pretty sure hands. He saved most of 'em."

The Gladiators are in the tough District 2, which includes La Salle, Estacada and Valley Catholic.

"They've got a tough league, so they're used to tough competition." Broderick said. "This was a good experience. I'm pretty happy with the result. We'd like to win, but the goals we gave up were good, honest goals. Fundamentally we were good."

VOLLEYBALL

Gladstone defeats AstoriaGLADSTONE - The Astoria volleyball team opened its 2004 season at Gladstone Tuesday night, with the Gladiators posting a 25-20, 25-20, 25-21 win over the Fishermen.

Shyra Merila had 10 assists and teammate Nicole McBride added 10 digs, two kills and two aces for Astoria. Laura Ferguson led the Fishermen offense with four kills and no errors.

Astoria takes part in the Tillamook jamboree Thursday, then hits the road for a tournament at Central Saturday.

CROSS COUNTRY

Logger boys win at PAAPORTLAND - The Knappa boys cross country team was victorious in its first meet of the season Tuesday, as it won the team title in the Portland Adventist Invitational, held at Gladstone Park.

Knappa topped the boys' field with 40 points, followed by Portland Adventist (50) and De La Salle (74). Portland Lutheran, Vernonia and Warrenton ran with incomplete teams.

There were no complete girls' teams.

Knappa's Curtis Olds was fourth in the boys' race, finishing in 20 minutes even. Olds led midway through the race before developing cramps in his right leg.

Logger teammate Blake Gerttula placed sixth in 20:11, followed by Brentin Salisbury (eighth, 20:12), Paul Isom (ninth, 20:42), Ryan Isom (13th, 21:58) and Darren Clayton (19th, 24:34). Warrenton's Jon Sago was 26th in 30:09.

Vernonia's Kristin Kelly won the girls' race in 23:56, while Warrenton's Rebecca Fisk took third in 25:20. Knappa's Amanda Nichols was fourth (25:38).

Also running for the Warriors were Janessa Gramson (sixth, 29:34) and Anne Dodge (50:24).

FOOTBALL

McGrorty, Archibald join practice squadsTwo Clatsop County graduates will be on NFL rosters this fall. Warrenton's Dusty McGrorty and Seaside's Ben Archibald were signed to the practice squad for their respective teams, after being released earlier in the week.

McGrorty was among the final cuts of the St. Louis Rams Sunday, but returned to the team Monday via the practice squad - meaning McGrorty will be on the roster, but will not play in games.

The same holds true for Archibald, who was cut by the New Orleans Saints, but was signed a day later to the practice squad.

Girls Soccer

Class 3A Coaches Poll1. Catlin Gabel (8) 80

2. Sherwood 64

3. Philomath 52

4. Marist 44

5. Pleasant Hill 40

6. Gladstone 36

7. La Grande 34

8. Phoenix 32

9. Wilsonville 20

10. Valley Catholic 16

Others receiving votes: Oregon Episcopal 4, Sisters 2, Hidden Valley 2, Henley 2, Blanchet, Madras.

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