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Santiam, Scio runners qualify for state meet

Reporter for The Canyon Weekly

Santiam High sophomore Averie Peterson and Scio senior Athena Lau have qualified for the Class 3A-2A-1A girls state cross country meet.

Peterson ran 20:50.60 for the 5-kilometers and finished in 6th place at the Special District 2 meet Oct. 27 at Cheadle Lake in Lebanon. The mark was a personal best by more than one minute. Peterson’s top mark had been 22:07.3 at the Silver Falls Oktoberfest Invitational at Silver Falls State Park on Sept. 14.

Lau took 7th in 21:04.50 to earn her slot at state.

Peterson and Lau will run Saturday at 10 a.m. at Lane Community College in Eugene in the OSAA state meet.

Lau helped the Loggers finish 7th in the team race with 156 points. Also running for Scio were Emily Zamudio (55th, 27:48.00), Elizabeth Emmons (56th, 27:50.00), Richelle Bentley (61st, 28:32.20) and Grace McOmber (69th, 32:07.60). 

Two of Peterson’s Santiam teammates ran in the boys district meet, with Tico Irving taking 44th in 22:10.20 and Parker Hanna 50th in 21:51.00. Scio’s Levi Forson took 19th in the Class 3A boys district meet in 19:24.50, with teammate Jacob DeWilde finishing 33rd in 21:37.70.

Football: Santiam and Scio both finished 5-4 but fell just one slot short of the playoffs. 

The Wolverines closed the regular season with a 20-8 Senior Night home loss last Friday night against Regis that squared their Tri-River record at 3-3, tied for 4th with Willamina behind Colton, Regis and Culver. Only the top 3 earned automatic 2A playoff berths.

The Wolverines took an 8-0 lead with a 31-yard pass from junior quarterback Sam Schroeder to senior wide receiver Gage Twede with 4:02 left in the first period. The score came on 4th-and-18, with Twede beating two Regis defenders to make the play. Trenton Stafford ran for the two points.

But that was all the scoring for the Santiam offense. Although the power running of senior Stafford (27 carries for 85 yards) and the sweeps of sophomore Lukas Lebahn (16 for 49) kept moving the sticks and dominated time of possession, the Regis defense kept the Wolverines out of the end zone the rest of the contest.

“I was happy with our defense,” Santiam coach Josh Ruby told The Canyon Weekly. “Pass coverage has been a weak spot for us, but we did a pretty good job of that tonight. Offensively, we had trouble picking up their blitzes. They (Regis) had a good scheme going.”

The Wolverines again played without two-way standout Quentin Clark, out with a leg injury. 

Scio, meanwhile, claimed a 43-0 win vs. Jefferson on its Senior Night at Newcomb Stadium to finish 3-4 in Class 3A’s Special District 2. The win lifted the Loggers to 4th place behind Kennedy, Santiam Christian and Dayton. Only the top 3 received automatic berths.

Volleyball: Scio, the No. 9 seed in the Class 3A playoffs, traveled to Medford to face St. Mary’s on Oct. 29 but fell 3-0, ending its season with a 16-7 record. St. Mary’s moves on to the state quarterfinals in Springfield.

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