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THE DAILY ASTORIAN • TUESDAY, APRIL 11, 2017
Gary Henley | Sports Reporter
Athletes honored for efforts
boys still at Daily Astorian Invitational
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BANKS — The Seaside boys
golf team continues to lower scores
and climb the Cowapa League
rankings, as the Gulls finished sec-
ond behind Valley Catholic in the
Banks Invitational, held Monday at
Quail Valley Golf Course.
It was the fourth time in four
events that the Gulls have low-
ered their team score, finishing at
361 in Monday’s tournament. Val-
ley Catholic posted a 325 for the
team title, with Banks (387) third
and Astoria (408) fourth.
Individually, the top four spots
went to Valley Catholic golfers, led
by medalist Cole Schmidlin with a
Seaside’s Samson Sibony was
fifth overall with an 87 (42-45),
with Jackson Kunde (88) one
Astoria’s Kirk Fausett and Sea-
side’s Connor Merrell tied for sev-
enth with a 90.
Seaside was within eight strokes
of the Valiants at the turn.
“We looked really good for the
first 10 holes today,” said Seaside
coach Jim Poetsch. “It looked like
we might get four guys into the
80s. Samson was just two strokes
off the lead at the turn and Jack-
son and Connor were just a stroke
back. Colby (Lupfer) was just a
couple of strokes behind them.
“I saw a lot of good shots out
there and saw guys starting to
scramble after hitting errant shots,”
he said. “We still need to work on
that part of our game. As young as
we are, we sometimes let bad shots
lead to more bad shots. I think as
we mature we will be able to avoid
those kinds of mistakes and then
we will be able to compete with the
top teams for a full round.”
See Scoreboard for complete
The eight Athletes of the Meet for
the Daily Astorian Invitational were
For the girls, Astoria’s Natalie
Cummings and North Marion’s
Emily Scanlan were awarded Ath-
letes of the Meet for the track events,
while Astoria’s Taylor Cosner and
Ilwaco, Washingtonn’s Eliza Bannis-
ter won for the field events.
Cummings won the 100- and 200-
meter races, and took part in both
winning relay teams. Scanlan was
second in the 100, third in the 100-
meter hurdles and ran for the third-
place 400-meter relay team.
Cosner was first in the javelin, sec-
ond in the discus and third in the shot
put, while Bannister won the triple
On the boys’ side, the Athletes of
the Meet for the running events were
Vernonia’s Clay Sullivan (first in the
110 hurdles, second in the 300 hur-
dles, second in the 100) and Seaside’s
Juneau Meyer (first in the 400 meters,
took part on both winning relays).
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Seaside’s Juneau Meyer was one of eight athletes named Athlete of the
Meet, following Saturday’s performance at The Daily Astorian Invitational.
Field event winners were Asto-
ria’s Tim Barnett (won the shot put
and discus, second in the javelin) and
Warrenton’s Tyler Whitaker (first in
long jump and triple jump, second in
the 200 and 400 races).
Baseball — Valley Catholic at Astoria, 5
p.m.; Tillamook at Seaside, 6 p.m.; Knap-
pa at Neah-Kah-Nie, 3 p.m.
Softball — Tillamook at Astoria, 5 p.m.;
Banks at Seaside, 4 p.m.; Knappa at
Neah-Kah-Nie, 3 p.m.; Ilwaco at North
Beach (2), 3 p.m.
Track — Seaside at Corbett, TBA
Baseball — Warrenton at Gaston, 4
Softball — Winlock at Ilwaco, 4 p.m.
Warriors 6, Cougars 1
P.Adventist 000 010 0—1 3 2
Warrenton 121 020 x—6 6 3
WP: Niqui Blodgett (8 K’s, 2 walks). LP:
Tori Johnson (5 K’s, 2 walks). RBI: PA,
Grant; War, Blodgett 2, Duncan 2, Dyer.
3B: PA, Holme. HR: War, Blodgett, Dun-
can. LOB: Portland Adventist 7, Warren-
Cougars 9, Warriors 7
P.Adventist 401 040 0—9 7 5
Warrenton 203 021 1—7 9 3
WP: Tori Johnson (4 K’s, 2 walks). LP:
Niqui Blodgett (7 K’s, 6 walks). RBI: PA,
Holme 2, Blank 2, Baker, Grant, Willis;
War, Kapua 2, Little, Dyer, Blodgett, Ram-
sey. 2B: War, Blodgett. HR: War, Blodgett.
LOB: Portland Adventist 4, Warrenton 5.
(at Quail Valley GC)
Team: Valley Catholic 325, Seaside
361, Banks 387, Astoria 408.
Medalist: Cole Schmidlin, Valley Cath-
Samson Sibony, 42-45—87
Jackson Kunde, 43-45—88
Connor Merrell, 43-47—90
Colby Lupfer, 45-51—96
Mason Shamion, 52-46—98
Kirk Fausett, 45-45—90
Josh Olson, 49-52—101
Brian Wilder, 51-55—106
Connor Long, 58-53—111
Trevor Altheide-Nielson, 76-70—146
AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer
Portland Trail Blazers guard Shabazz Napier, third left, jumps onto forward Noah Vonleh, center,
with forward Jake Layman (10) in front of San Antonio Spurs guard Bryn Forbes (11) after Vonleh
hit the game-winning shot during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Portland Monday.
Vonleh’s layup gives
Blazers win over Spurs
By ANNE M. PETERSON
PORTLAND — Noah Vonleh
is not sure how the ball ended up
with him, though he thinks it may
have bounced off of teammate
No matter how it happened,
Vonleh’s layup at the buzzer gave
the Portland Trail Blazers a 99-98
victory over the San Antonio
Spurs on Monday night despite
resting starters Damian Lillard
and CJ McCollum.
“I didn’t know the ball was
going to bounce that way,” Von-
leh said. “It just magically fell into
my hands and we ended up win-
ning the game.”
Shabazz Napier scored a
career-high 32 points for Portland,
which won its third straight a day
after Denver’s loss to Oklahoma
City gave the Blazers the eighth
and final playoff spot in the West.
Kawhi Leonard led the Spurs
• Portland Trail Blazers (41-40)
at New Orleans Pelicans
• Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.
TV: ESPN, KGW
with 18 points.
Portland took an 88-87 lead
on Napier’s 3-pointer before Bryn
Forbes answered with a 3 for the
Spurs. San Antonio extended the
lead on Jonathon Simmons’ dunk
and Kyle Anderson’s basket.
After Pat Connaughton’s long
jumper for Portland, Jake Layman
dunked to narrow the gap to 98-97
with 12 seconds to go. The Spurs
threw an inbound out of bounds
to give the ball back to Portland,
and Vonleh’s layup fell amid the
scramble under the basket.
Vonleh finished with 12 points
and 11 rebounds.
“I have no idea what hap-
pened,” San Antonio’s David
Lee said about the final sequence
of events. “It was one of those
weird bounces, we looked at in on
replay like 10 times and we still
don’t know what happened. It was
a ricochet play, it went off Kyle’s
shin and someone’s leg ... I can’t
explain that one.”
The Blazers, who became
playoff-bound on Russell West-
brook’s buzzer-beating 3-pointer
in Denver, will open the playoffs
against the defending conference
The Spurs were assured of fin-
ishing second in the standings to
Golden State. San Antonio will
have home-court advantage for
its first-round series against the
Memphis Grizzlies, who clinched
the seventh seed on Friday.
Terry Stotts said before the
game he met with McCollum and
Lillard on Monday morning and
convinced them to take a night
(at Astoria G&CC)
Team: Valley Catholic 221, Astoria 259,
Scappoose 268, Seaside 302; Ilwaco, Til-
Medalist: Morgan Hall, Scappoose (49)
Jenna Travers, 61
Sadie Wooldridge, 64
Sam Hemsley, 65
Kristen Travers, 69
Sarah Lertora, 76
Maddy Brown, 65
Caroline Kotson, 66
Emma Harvey, 72
Caitlin Hillman, 99
Xcaret Bello, 108
Duck’s Dorsey declares for NBA draft
EUGENE — Oregon sophomore
Tyler Dorsey says he will declare for
the NBA draft and hire an agent.
Dorsey was a key to the Ducks’
run to the Final Four this past season.
It was the first time Oregon had made
it to the national semifinals since they
won the first NCAA Tournament in
He made the announcement on
“I have carefully deliberated this
decision with my family and feel the
timing is now right to pursue my path
to a professional basketball career,” he
said in the post.
The 6-foot-4 two-year starter aver-
aged 14.6 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.7
assists per game last season. His play
picked up as the season went on and he
averaged 23.5 points over the Ducks’
five tournament games.
Dorsey also declared for the draft
last season and went through the evalu-
ation process but never hired an agent.
PORTLAND — League play
is underway for Lewis & Clark
League softball, and two of the
title contenders opened up with
a doubleheader split Monday in
A pair of home runs helped
Warrenton score a 6-1 victory in
Game 1, before Port-
land Adventist had
two big innings
a split with a
9-7 win in the
Warriors are the
official record-holders for the
best softball start in school his-
tory, as Warrenton’s Game 1 win
was the eighth victory in a row
(breaking the mark of 7-0 held
by the 2003 team), before the
Game 2 loss.
Originally scheduled to be
played at Warrenton, the double-
header was moved to Portland,
with the Warriors serving as the
And Warrenton jumped all
over the “visitors” in Game 1,
building a 4-0 lead through three
innings, highlighted by a sec-
ond-inning, two-run homer by
freshman Natalie Duncan.
Niqui Blodgett belted another
two-run shot in the fifth, helping
her cause as the winning pitcher,
as she struck out five and walked
two, allowing three hits over
Warrenton out-hit the Cou-
gars in Game 2, nine to seven,
but Portland Adventist overcame
five errors with two big innings
The Cougars scored four runs
in their first at-bat, highlighted
by a two-out triple by Katie
Blank. The Warriors rallied with
two in the first and three in the
third to tie the game at 5-5.
Portland Adventist scored
another four runs in the top of
the sixth, and the lead held up for
winning pitcher Tori Johnson.
Landree Miethe, Blodgett
and Melia Kapua all had two hits
apiece in Game 2, with Blodgett
blasting another home run with a
double and two runs scored.
Blodgett, who threw 238
pitches on the day, took the loss
in Game 2, striking out seven
with six walks.
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WARRENTON — The Astoria
Golf & Country Club was the host
course for the Seaside Invitational
girls golf tournament Monday.
Golfers from five Cow-
apa League schools and Ilwaco,
Washinton, took part in the invite,
which was shortened to nine holes
because of windy conditions.
Valley Catholic was the team
champion, as the Valiants fired a
221 team score to finish ahead of
Astoria (259), Scappoose (268)
and Seaside (302). Ilwaco and Til-
lamook fielded incomplete teams.
Defending Cowapa League
champion Morgan Hall of Scap-
poose captured medalist honors
with a 49, a stroke ahead of Valley
Catholic’s Caroline Hobson (50),
followed by Valiant teammates
Lizzy Osborn (54), Torrie Webb
(57) and Ann Marie Gallardo (60).
Ilwaco’s Aslyn Fisher carded
a 61, tied with Jenna Travers of
Rounding out the Astoria
scores were Sadie Wooldridge
(64), Sam Hemsley (65), Kristen
Travers (69) and Sarah Lertora
Maddy Brown paced Seaside
with a 66, followed by Caroline
Kotson (66), Emma Harvey (72),
Caitlin Hillman (99) and Xcaret