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Wolverines, Loggers open with football wins

Reporter for The Canyon Weekly

The Santiam High and Scio High football teams both opened the 2022 season with impressive victories.

The Wolverines, playing in the Oregon School Activities Association’s new 9-man Class 2A, went on the road to Knappa and thumped the Loggers, 30-0.

Santiam, in its second year under coach Josh Ruby, will have its game with St. Paul postponed due to a power outage. The Wolverines begin Tri-River Conference play Sept. 16 with a home contest vs. Culver.

Scio, meanwhile, also opened strong, taking a 38-14 win at Rainier. The Loggers, coached by Justin Guest, took on North Marion on Thursday in its final nonleague matchup. Scio opens Class 3A Special District 2 play with a 7 p.m. home game Sept. 16 vs. Amity.

Volleyball: Scio has raced off to a 4-0 start heading into PacWest Conference play. The Loggers, who are ranked 5th in Class 3A, have won 12 sets to just three for its opponents. Santiam, meanwhile, is looking for its first win after losses to Monroe, Scio and Sheridan. 

Youth baseball: Two teams from the Mill City-Gates Recreation Association and one from Scio took part in Junior Baseball Organization state tournament play. 

The MCGRA minor national squad took third in its division July 15-17 at North Clackamas Park in Milwaukie. The squad lost its opener 9-8 to Estacada, then rallied with lower bracket wins against West Albany (14-11) and Scio (9-5) and a forfeit victory before falling to McMinnville 13-8. 

MCGRA’s Grant Hansen won the tournament’s top player honor, the individual sportsmanship award. Scio, which won its opener before falling to MCGRA, took home the team sportsmanship trophy.

The MCGRA junior national team participated in state competition July 15-17 at Erv Lind Park in Portland. The squad dropped its opener 6-5 against Dayton before taking an 11-3 lower bracket win against Neah-kah-nie. The team bowed out of the tourney via an 8-5 loss to Vernonia. 

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