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Scio and Santiam softball players, coaches honored

Scio Loggers

The run by the Scio High softball squad to the Class 3A title game earned the Loggers a slew of postseason awards.

Myleigh Cooper of Scio was named player of the year in Class 3A’s Special District 2 and Jim Mask was named the league’s top coach. The Loggers were 24-2 overall, 13-1 in district play and advanced to the 3A championship in Eugene before falling in 12 innings to undefeated Burns.

Scio grabbed eight other spots on the all-district squad. Catcher Cam Dalke, outfielder Taryn Ramsay, infielder Macy Johnson and utility designee Cooper all made the first team. First baseman Meagan Trissel and infielder Khloe Free made the second team. Outfielders Rilee Nelson and Carrie Jones earned honorable mention. 

Santiam Wolverines

At Santiam, meanwhile, coach Greg Grenbemer was named Class 2A-1A Special District 2 coach of the year after leading the Wolverines to the playoffs for the fifth time in his six seasons.

Santiam was 13-7 in district play and tied with Culver for 4th place in the league. The squad was 15-11 overall, winning its first playoff game against Lost River of Merrill before falling to eventual state champion Grant Union/Prairie City in the round of 16. Santiam started slow and was just 2-5 in mid-April, but the team caught fire, winning 9 of its next 10 contests to move into playoff contention.

“We accomplished our goal of making the state playoffs,” Grenbemer said. “Once again the Tri-River league was strong and sent 5 teams to the state playoffs.”

 

In addition to Santiam and Culver, the league advanced Kennedy, Blanchet Catholic and Monroe to the postseason. Kennedy made the deepest run, falling to Grant Union/Prairie City in the semifinals.

Santiam received good representation on the district all-star selections. In addition to Grenbemer’s coaching honor, first baseman McKenna Dodge and outfielders Kasey Solus and Kielyn Thurston made the first team. Infielder Boston Flores and pitcher Savannah Stanley earned second-team honors, while catcher McKayla Dodge received honorable mention.

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