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Top-ranked Scio hosts Amity in league opener

Reporter for The Canyon Weekly

The Scio High football team will take the No. 1 ranking in Class 3A into its 7 p.m. Special District 2 opener Friday night against visiting Amity. 

The Loggers defeated Rainier 38-14 and North Marion 50-14 in their non-league games. Amity, meanwhile, is 0-2 after losses to Warrenton and Yamhill Carlton.

The district is drawing high numbers from the OSAA computers. In addition to top-ranked Scio, Special District 2 squads Kennedy, Dayton and Santiam Christian are ranked 2, 3 and 5, respectively. All four teams are 2-0 and the tight bunching of district teams in the rankings promises some strong league matchups in the weeks to come.

Santiam, meanwhile, takes a 1-1 record into its Class 2A Tri-River Conference opener against visiting Culver, also 1-1. The two teams tangle at 7 p.m. Friday in Mill City. 

The Wolverines lost 45-6 to Class 1A St. Paul a week ago, while Culver defeated Irrigon 48-20. St. Paul is ranked No. 2 in Class 1A and it should be noted that such 1A-2A matchups make more sense now that 2A is playing 9-man, a much easier to manage match with the 8-man units in 1A.

Cross country: Scio senior Athena Lau is ranked 16th in girls cross country for Class 3A-2A-1A. Lau ran 22:31.4 for 5,000 meters on Sept. 3 at the Ultimook event in Tillamook, Santiam sophomore Averie Peterson, meanwhile, is ranked No. 31. Peterson ran a 23:19.0 on Sept. 10 in an invitational meet in Stayton.

Volleyball: Scio is 7-1 overall, 2-1 in the PacWest Conference and ranked No. 4 in Class 3A. The league contains two unbeatens, No. 11 Sheridan (3-0) and No. 3 Santiam Christian (2-0). Scio fell to SC 3-1 on Sept. 6. Santiam, meanwhile, has rallied from an 0-3 start to take 3 matches in a row and is 2-0 in the Tri-River and ranked 15th in Class 2A. Blanchet Catholic and No. 2 Salem Academy are 1-0, while top-ranked Culver and No. 5 Willamina are 1-1.

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