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THE DAILY ASTORIAN • MONDAY, APRIL 10, 2017
Gary Henley | Sports Reporter
can top it
By ANNE M. PETERSON
PORTLAND — Moments after
scoring a franchise-record 59 points
in Portland’s victory over Utah,
Damian Lillard said he believed he
could top it.
The declaration was quintessen-
“A lot of players have played
here, so just to think about that it’s
a great honor, but hopefully I’ll beat
it. Hopefully I’ll get past that,’ the
Trail Blazers’ focused point guard
said. “I think I will.”
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Something else that happened
following Saturday night’s 101-
86 win was also typical of Lillard:
He gave the game ball to Utah vet-
eran Joe Johnson, who scored his
20,000th career point during the
“That’s an accomplishment for
him as well,” Lillard said.
Lillard’s step-back 3-pointer
with 1:49 left pushed him past
Damon Stoudamire’s previous fran-
chise record of 54 points, set in New
Orleans on Jan. 14, 2005. He also
surpassed Brandon Roy’s Moda
Center record of 52 set back in 2008.
He pointed to his wrist, indi-
cating “Lillard Time” — which
becomes a thing in Portland when
he takes over games — and then
raised his hands before pounding
his chest. He shouted to the standing
Moda Center crowd: “I got this.”
He finished with nine 3s to
match his career high and the Blaz-
ers’ record. He set another team
record with his 27th game of 30 or
more points this season. He is also
the only Blazers player to have three
games in a season with 50-plus
Oh, and he didn’t have a single
Coach Terry Stotts said simply,
“Damian was phenomenal.”
“When he gets it going, it’s fun
to watch,” Portland forward Meyers
Lillard came oh-so-close to
reaching the 60-point milestone, but
two missed free throws with 23.1
seconds left kept him at 59.
Earlier in the week at Utah, Port-
land fell 106-87. Lillard finished
with 16 points, well below his aver-
age of 27 a game.
“I think he kind of knew in the
back of his mind that he struggled
last game against us, and he came
in on a mission,” Utah’s Rodney
Hood said. “He started off hot and
it was hard to slow him down. Once
a guy like that gets hot, there’s only
so much you can do.”
But more important than the
points, at least to Lillard, was the
Portland (40-40) clinched the
eighth and final playoff spot on
Sunday when Denver fell 106-105
to Oklahoma City.
Photos by Damian Mulinix/For The Daily Astorian
LEFT: Astoria’s Natalie Cummings crosses the finish line first in the girls 4x100 relay — and in the rain — at Saturday’s meet in Seaside.
RIGHT: Ilwaco’s Alex Kaino, Astoria’s Jacob Olson and Jewell’s Ben Stahly rocket to the finish line of the boys 100-meter dash in Seaside Sat-
urday. Kaino won the race in a time of 12.03. More photos from the invite available online at DailyAstorian.com/sports
Invite: More than 300 students
from 12 area schools competed
ing together to make each other better. You usually
don’t see Astoria and Seaside working together like
that, but those two do it well.”
Seaside’s Will Garvin added a victory in the 300-
meter hurdles, after a rough start left him fourth out
of five runners in the 110-meter hurdle race.
“I look at the 300 as my redemption race, for
whenever something doesn’t go as planned in the
110s,” Garvin said. “Ultimately, I’d like to get to
state and make it finals. I’ve yet to make it finals
individually, so that’s my main goal. Pretty much
everybody in the Cowapa League has a hurdler
who’s out there ready to compete, so it’s going to
be a fun year.”
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Even with a late set-up, “I don’t know if we’ve
ever been better prepared for this meet than we
were today,” Kilday said. “We had eight National
Guard volunteers helping us out, and with all the
adults, from (Seaside athletic director) Jason Boyd
to the coaches and other kids … we got through
everything just great.”
Weather-wise, “I don’t think we’ve ever had hail
like that, and it was a little cooler than I expected,”
he said. “But just from the fact that we didn’t have
to cancel any events, I thought it was a great meet.”
The annual “Daily A” meet showcases athletes
from the local schools, plus a few out-of-towners
for a one day event, hosted this year by the Gulls.
The meet is never team-scored, but with a few
state champions and state-placers in most of the
events, there’s never a shortage of excitement at the
Twelve schools took part, with 300-plus ath-
letes competing. Athletes from Astoria and Seaside
won 19 of the 34 events, with only one near-meet
Of course, the defending state champion Asto-
ria girls had a dominant day on the track, with wins
and impressive performances from, among others,
Natalie Cummings, McKenzie Burnett and new-
comer Sam Hemsley. Early-season leg issues lim-
ited Darian Hageman, who finished second in the
high jump, long jump and triple jump.
And the Seaside boys flexed their muscle on the
track, from sweeping the relays to the middle dis-
tances (Juneau Meyer in the 400 meters, Jackson
Januik in the 800); to the long distances (Bradley
Rzewnicki in the 1,500, Rafi Sibony in the 3,000
The highlight race of the meet was a familiar
one — Astoria’s Lucas Caruana going head-to-
head with Januik in the 800.
Caruana — third place in the state meet last
Astoria’s Darian Hageman placed second in the
girls long jump with a distance of 15-feet-5.5.
year — led for over half the race, before Januik —
the defending state champion in the 800 — passed
Caruana on the final lap to win in 1 minute, 59.31
seconds, just off the meet record of 1:59.27, set by
Astoria’s Jeremy Matlock in 1993.
“That was just fun to watch,” Kilday said.
“Without each other, I don’t know if they would
have been able to run what they did.
“I’d say those two are the top two, not only
in the Cowapa League, but in the state at the 4A
level,” he said. “And they do a great job of work-
Other notables — Ilwaco’s Alex Kaino and
Ryan Schenk swept the 100 and 200 meter sprints,
respectively; Astoria junior Tim Barnett won the
second in the javelin; and Warrenton senior Tyler
Whitaker swept the long jump and triple jump
Meanwhile, on the girls’ side, Cummings was in
mid-season form, winning the 100 and 200 meters,
anchoring the winning 400-meter relay, and lead-
ing off for the 1,600-meter relay, which also won.
“I was expecting some competition, but I
seemed to push through pretty well,” said Cum-
mings, who received a full-ride scholarship last
week to compete at Portland State. “I’m definitely
progressing. This is only our second meet. I’m con-
tent with where I’m at, for sure.”
For Seaside, “Anna Huddleston did a great job
in the javelin, with two PRs,” Kilday said. “Josie
Smith had a good day on the track (winning the
1,500), and Katie Zagata had a second-place finish
(behind Astoria’s McKenzie Burnett) in the 3,000.
Astoria sophomore Andrea Harris won the 100-
meter hurdles, and Warrenton freshman Kaisa Lil-
jenwall took the 300 hurdles. Astoria throwers Kes
Sandstrom and Taylor Cosner won the discus and
shot put, respectively.
LEFT: Knappa’s Spencer Teague set a new personal record with his height of 5-feet-2 in the boys high jump at Saturday’s meet in Seaside.
RIGHT: Seaside senior Josie Smith placed first in the girls 1,500 Saturday in a time of 5:31.55.
Girls Golf — Seaside Invitational (at As-
toria Golf), 11 a.m.
Baseball — Ilwaco at Wishkah Valley, 4
Baseball — Valley Catholic at Astoria, 5
p.m.; Tillamook at Seaside, 6 p.m.; Neah-
Kah-Nie at Knappa, 4:30 p.m.
Softball — Tillamook at Astoria, 5 p.m.;
Banks at Seaside, 4 p.m.; Ilwaco at North
Beach (2), 3 p.m.
Track — Seaside at Corbett, TBA
TRACK & FIELD
AP Photo/Steve Dykes
Portland Trail Blazers guard
Damian Lillard drives to the
basket between Utah Jazz’s
Rudy Gobert, left and Joe
Johnson during the second
half of an NBA basketball
game in Portland Saturday.
Daily Astorian Invitational
at Seaside HS
Teams: Arlington, Astoria, City Christian,
Faith Bible, Ilwaco, Jewell, Knappa, North
Marion, Rainier, Seaside, Vernonia, War-
100: 1, Natalie Cummings, Ast, 13.33. 2,
Emily Scanlan, NM, 13.63. 3, Kaisa Liljen-
wall, War, 14.22.
200: 1, Natalie Cummings, Ast, 28.42. 2,
Alayna Marsh, Ilw, 29.01. 3, Neziah Castillo,
400: 1, Devin Vandergriff, Kna, 1:04.86. 2,
Alayna Marsh, Ilw, 1:05.68. 3, Lene Jacob-
sen, Ver, 1:09.37.
800: 1, Lauren Ely, Ver, 2:52.85. 2, Adri-
ana Dejesus, War, 2:53.10. 3, Samantha
Hemsley, Ast, 2:53.98.
1,500: 1, Josie Smith, Sea, 5:31.55. 2,
Taileigh Cole, Ast, 5:32.32. 3, Eliza Bannis-
ter, Ilw, 5:34.89.
3,000: 1, McKenzie Burnett, Ast, 12:01.75.
2, Kathryn Zagata, Sea, 12:35.04. 3, Kathy
Perez, Ast, 13:23.86.
100 Hurdles: 1, Andrea Harris, Ast, 18.11.
2. Kaytlenn Whelden, Ilw, 18.15. 3, Emily
Scanlan, NM, 18.30.
300 Hurdles: 1, Kaisa Liljenwall, War,
50.78. 2, Kaytlenn Whelden, Ilw, 50.99. 3,
Nara Van de Grift, Ast, 51.57.
400 Relay: 1, Astoria (G.Cummings, Har-
ris, Van de Grift, N.Cummings), 52.43. 2,
Ilwaco, 53.56. 3, North Marion, 54.85.
1,600 Relay: 1, Astoria (N.Cummings,
G.Cummings, Van de Grift, Hemsley),
4:38.49. 2, Ilwaco, 4:43.25. 3, Seaside,
Discus: 1, Kes Sandstrom, Ast, 106-7. 2,
Taylor Cosner, Ast, 104-4. 3, Katie Fajer,
Javelin: 1, Taylor Cosner, Ast, 103-3. 2,
Anna Huddleston, Sea, 101-1. 3, Gretchen
Hoekstre, Sea, 97-5.
Shot Put: 1, Makenzie Kaech, Ilw, 37-6.
2, Gretchen Hoekstre, Sea, 35-10.5. 3, Tay-
lor Cosner, Ast, 32-7.
High Jump: 1, Emily Scanlan, NM, 5-2.
2, Darian Hageman, Ast, 5-0. 3, Brianne
Femrite, NM, 4-6.
Long Jump: 1, Elizabeth McMullen, Ilw,
15-5.75. 2, Darian Hageman, Ast, 15-5.5. 3,
MarDelSol Verasteugi, NM, 15-1.
Triple Jump: 1, Eliza Bannister, Ilw, 33-6.
2, Darian Hageman, Ast, 33-5.5. 3, MarDel-
Sol Verasteugi, NM, 32-5.
Pole Vault: 1, Ashley Campbell, FB, 8-0.
2, Shrida Sharma, Ast, 7-6. 3, Cadyn Carr,
100: 1, Alex Kaino, Ilw, 12.03. 2, Clay
Sullivan, Vern, 12.16. 3, Jacob Olson, Ast,
200: 1, Ryan Schenk, Ilw, 24.63. 2, Jacob
Olson, Ast, 25.30. 3, Tyler Whitaker, War,
400: 1, Juneau Meyer, Sea, 56.22. 2, Ty-
ler Whitaker, War, 56.97. 3, Levi Card, Sea,
800: 1, Jackson Januik, Sea, 1:59.31. 2,
Lucas Caruana, Ast, 1:59.88. 3, Luke Lilj-
enwall, War, 2:09.51.
1,500: 1, Bradley Rzewnicki, Sea, 4:22.53.
2, Hunter Thompson, Sea, 4:32.25. 3, Dan-
iel Whiting, Ilw, 4:43.55.
3,000: 1, Rafi Sibony, Sea, 9:54.23. 2,
Johnathan Guisinger, Rai, 9:55.13. 3, Dan-
iel Whiting, Ilw, 10:25.22.
100 Hurdles: 1, Clay Sullivan, Ver, 16.82.
2, Michael Kee, Ast, 17.50. 3, Ian Hunt, Ast,
300 Hurdles: 1, Will Garvin, Sea, 44.27.
2, Clay Sullivan, Ver, 45.31. 3, Nikolas
Caruana, Ast, 47.98.
400 Relay: 1, Seaside (Card, Teubner,
Kiser, Meyer), 46.41. 2, Astoria, 47.23. 3,
1,600 Relay: 1, Seaside (Meyer, J.Januik,
Thompson, Garvin), 3:39.34. 2, Astoria,
3:42.38. 3, Ilwaco, 3:42.51.
Discus: 1, Tim Barnett, Ast, 147-6. 2,
Shawn Hauner, Arl, 124-1. 3, Devon Bows-
er, War, 112-1.
Javelin: 1, Thomas Evans, Arl, 160-5. 2,
Tim Barnett, Ast, 149-0. 3, Sean Hinson,
Shot Put: 1, Tim Barnett, Ast, 47-11.5. 2,
Devon Bowser, War, 41-11. 3, David Merry,
High Jump: 1, Brett Jones, Ver, 5-10.
2, Karsten Johnson, Ast, 5-8. 3, Phoenix
Johnson, Sea, 5-8.
Long Jump: 1, Tyler Whitaker, War, 19-
1.75. 2, Phoenix Johnson, Sea, 18-11.5. 3,
Andrew Schauermann, Ast, 17-8.
Triple Jump: 1, Tyler Whitaker, War, 39-7.
2, Javier Arenas Oliver, Ver, 39-4.5. 3, Alex
Burchfield, Ast, 39-3.5.
Pole Vault: 1, Cole Olson, Ast, 9-6. 2,
Javier Arenas Oliver, Ver, 9-0. 3, Justin Vil-
la, Ast, 9-0.