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Cross country team sets
pace as Cowapa League
Seaside’s Katie Za-
gata, left, runs along
the course during the
Cowapa League Champi-
onships, slightly ahead
of teammate Josie
Smith. Both qualified
for the state meet.
By Gary Henley
EO Media Group
JOSHUA BESSEX/EO MEDIA GROUP
When it comes to Class
4A boys cross country,
the top three high school
teams in Oregon were all
on display Wednesday,
Oct. 21, at Camp Rilea,
site of the annual Cowapa
And the best of the
Seaside settled that
question with a dominat-
ing performance on the
soggy, ,000-meter course.
The Gulls had three
of the top four ¿nishers
and literally ran off with
the Cowapa boys’ team
championship, as Seaside
¿nished with 3 points,
followed by Tillamook
(48) and Valley Catholic
Along with the entire
boys’ team, the Seaside
girls will send two ath-
letes to the state meet,
Oct. 31 in Eugene.
Coaches around the
state have already voted
Seaside as the best boys’
team at the 4A level — and the Gulls
will be the favorites once they line up to
run at Lane Community College.
Seaside’s ¿rst si[ runners ¿nished
in the top 21 in Wednesday’s race, and
(“Good grief,” says the rest of the Cow-
apa League) none of them are seniors.
“We knew this meet would be a
smackdown,” Seaside coach Neil Bran-
son said. “In the hypothetical results, the
Cowapa meet was Tillamook, ourselves
and Valley Catholic (for ¿rst, second
and third); and statewide, it’s Tillamook,
Valley Catholic and ourselves.”
Individually, the Gulls picked up
the bulk of their points with a 2-3-4
¿nish. After Tillamook senior Eulis-
es Cru]-Vieyra (¿rst in 16 minutes, 44
seconds), it was Seaside junior Bradley
Rzewnicki (second, 16:49); junior Hunt-
er Thompson (third, 16:6); and sopho-
more Ra¿ Sibony (fourth, 16:8). -unior
-ackson -anuik was eighth in 1:11.
A key ¿nish came from sophomore
Colton Carter (18th, 1:6).
was real happy with (the
Teamwise, “I really
wanted our team to make
it this year,” he said. “It’s
the ¿rst time we’ve had a
really good team.”
Said Branson, “From
the 3,000-meter mark on,
the boys really got after
it today. It was a sight to
Branson said this will
be the best representation
at state for the Seaside
boys, “By far. It’s been
31 years — 1984 was our
last one (league champi-
The top ¿nisher for
Astoria was junior Lucas
Caruana, 10th in 1:13.
The state e[pectations
are de¿nitely high for
Seaside — from the Gulls
“Teamwise, I hope we
win,” Thompson said.
“We should. This (meet)
was harder than the actu-
al state meet. That’s what
we were thinking.”
“-ust do our best,” Rzewnicki said. “I
think if we all have a really good perfor-
mance, we’ll place well.”
In the girls’ race, Scappoose soph-
omore Linnaea Kavulich was the run-
away winner in 19:, ahead of Tilla-
mook’s Kara Putman (20:43).
Tillamook won the team title, fol-
lowed by Scappoose, Banks, Seaside,
Valley Catholic and Astoria.
Individually, Seaside freshman Katie
=agata and junior -osie Smith ¿nished
fourth (20:3) and ¿fth (21:03), respec-
tively, both qualifying for state.
“Katie and -osie ran great races,”
Branson said. “Katie really stepped it
up, and -osie, with about 900 meters to
go, was running with (Astoria’s Kaylee)
Mitchell, and you can’t get into a sprint
with her. -osie responded right away and
created some distance there.”
Mitchell ¿nished seventh in 21:23,
and teammate McKenzie Burnett was
16th in 22:42.
Seaside runners are on
“When they scored the hypothetical
meet, Colton was 2th,” Branson said.
“We knew he wasn’t going to be back
there. And he will be even tougher at
state, as far as being competitive.”
Seaside junior -uneau Meyer was
21st in 18:2.
Thompson, Sibony, -anuik, Meyer
and Carter — all soccer players — had
played a game the night before vs. Til-
Not a concern, Branson said.
“It is what it is. It doesn’t do a lick
of good to get e[cited about it,” he said.
“They just do what they do. They’re
kids,, and I just knew that everybody
would come out here and get after it.
“Our theme was ‘courage’ — let’s
just show courage,” he said. “And they
did. This is the largest contingent we’ve
had in many, many years. We had 3
kids running today, and we haven’t had
that in a long, long time.”
The second-place Rzewnicki said,
“I felt good. It’s a slower course, and I
JOSHUA BESSEX/THE DAILY ASTORIAN
Astoria’s Megan Bergeron, No. 13, fights for possession
with Seaside’s Lizzy Barnes, No. 4, during their soccer
game at CMH Field Thursday, Oct. 15.
Girls soccer closing
in on WoS WKree ¿nisK
By Gary Henley
EO Media Group
Seaside 3, Tillamook 0
TILLAMOOK — The
Seaside Gulls are closing
in on a WoSWhree ¿nish in
the Cowapa League, as
they scored another shut-
out win Tuesday, Oct. 20,
3-0 at Tillamook.
Seaside improves to
4-4, tied with Banks for
third place with two regu-
lar season games remain-
ing. Tillamook drops to
0-12 overall. The Chee-
semakers have been out-
scored 89-1 this season.
Seaside 2, Tillamook 1
The Seaside boys
locked up a share of the
Cowapa League title
Tuesday, Oct. 20, at Tilla-
mook, as the Gulls defeat-
ed the Cheesemakers 2-1.
Elsewhere in Cowapa
boys soccer, Valley Cath-
olic defeated Astoria, 2-0.
The volleyball playoffs
are set for two local teams.
Warrenton, ranked 21st
in the latest OSAA rank-
ings, hosted 18th-ranked
Portland Christian Thurs-
day at 6 p.m. in a Lewis &
Clark League playoff.
The Royals and War-
riors both ¿nished -6 in
played at Gaston Thursday
(6:30 p.m.) in a Northwest
The winner of that
match advances to play
the winner of Vernonia vs.
Nestucca Saturday, and
the winner of Saturday’s
match secures the league’s
No. 3 seed to the state
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