VolleyballROCKAWAY BEACH - The Knappa and Warrenton volleyball teams took part in the Neah-Kah-Nie Tournament Saturday, with the Warriors sweeping the Loggers in the meeting of the two Northwest League teams.

Warrenton defeated Knappa 25-19, 25-20 in round one of pool play.

The Warriors went on to lose two games against Gaston and split with Central Linn.

The Loggers split with both Central Linn and Gaston, the two finalists of the tournament.

"We served much better, which was great; but when your serving picks up and you're not passing as well, you're still not going to win many games," said Logger coach Terry Hardy.

Knappa hosts Naselle tonight, while Warrenton hosts Corbett Thursday.

Cross Country

Morrissey sets recordMOLALLA - Astoria's Tomas Morrissey set a course record Saturday, as he led the Fishermen boys to a third-place finish in the Molalla Invitational cross country meet.

Morrissey finished the race in 16 minutes, 42 seconds, winning the race and breaking the old course record of 17:16.

Astoria's Gordon Eckert placed 17th in 17:47.

Camas (Wash.) and Siuslaw scored 48 points apiece to tie for the boys' team title, with Astoria (78) placing third.

"When you lose to teams of that caliber, you can't come away too sad about it," said Astoria coach Spence Barker. "It turned out to be a great meet competition-wise. Half the teams there were in the top 10 in the state, and two teams were from the top 10 in Washington."

The girls' team title was won by Sisters (61), followed by Siuslaw (83) and Sherwood (95) - all three teams that finished in the top five at state last year. Astoria finished 6th with 154 points.

Individually, Katie Choate was Astoria's top runner, placing sixth in 21:23. Also running were Danielle DeBoer (17th, 22:36) and Amy Landwehr (30th, 23:24).


Fishermen lose twoESTACADA - Two games in two days was a little too much to handle for the Astoria girls soccer team, which wrapped up the weekend with a 7-3 loss at Estacada Saturday.

The Fishermen were in it early when Maia Fastabend scored on a breakaway for a 1-0 lead. Fastabend added another goal, and Alisha Niemann scored her second goal of the season just before halftime, going to the break tied at 3-3.

The lack of players and the heat finally caught up with Astoria, which gave up four second-half goals.

On Friday, the Fishermen were playing with just one senior and one junior, and the rest freshmen and sophomores against visiting Catlin Gabel.

And that was no match for the Eagles, who cruised to an 11-0 win.

Astoria opens Cowapa League play Thursday at home against Rainier.


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