Crushing Warrenton 48 to 0, the Rainier High School football team continued its dominance of the Lewis and Clark League Friday, Oct. 26.
Senior running back Parker Dean carried the ball nine time, scoring twice and gaining 158 yards. Charlie Vestal also scored two touchdowns on nine carries. He gained 108 yards.
Tight end Sala Clark rushed for 74 yards, running in one touchdown. Clark had an 18-yard pass to Ethan Langley for another.
Quarterback Oliver Bolden ran in one Columbian touchdown.
Coach Mike King commented, “We played very well, special teams were outstanding.” He said the offensive line was great!” King pointed to Bolden, Dean, Jason Larson, Langley and Clay Wimmer as standouts.
Rainier is currently first in the Lewis and Clark League and ranked seventh in the state. Assuming the Columbians win against Valley Catholic Friday, Nov. 2, they will end the regular season 7-3 and undefeated in league play.
In the unlikely event that Rainier falls to Valley, they would be tied with Clatskanie for first in league. Either way both teams will enter the state playoffs.
“This was a muddy sloppy football game. Both teams had to fight the conditions as well as each other.” said Clatskanie High School (CHS) football coach Tim Warren of the Tigers’ Oct. 27th win over Valley Catholic in Beaverton.
The first quarter ended 7 to 0 after Tiger quarterback Nick Donaldson connected with Kyle Sharek on a 13-yard pass play.
In the second quarter, Donaldson threw three more touchdown passes. Colten Puzey caught two, one for 69 yards and another for 20 yards. Sharek caught another for 39 yards, giving Clatskanie a 27-16 lead over the Valiants.
In the third quarter, the Tigers switched to a running game. Cedet Bailey had a 25 yard run for a touchdown. Micah McLeod then ran in a 40-yard touchdown.
Donaldson completed nine out of 13 passes gaining 189 yards and four touchdowns. Donaldson threw one interception. Sharek caught three of the passes for 77 yards, including two touchdowns. Puzey received five passes from Donaldson adding 108 yards and the two other touchdowns.
McLeod led the team in rushing with 62 yards
Defensively, Shaine Warren led the team in tackles with 12. Mica Karber made 10 tackles and Tyler Sherwin had 9. Coach Warren said, “Seth Makinson played well on the edge.”
John Carver, Morgan Keyser, and Karber all had fumble recoveries.
Despite several injuries early in the season, Clatskanie ends league play 3-1, placing them second in league with a playoff slot. Rainier is currently first in league and scheduled to play Valley Nov. 2, the Columbians are likely to win and be league champions.
Clatskanie takes on Sanitaim Christian this Friday, Nov. 2, to finish off the regular season.
In honor of the volunteers and donors who contributed to the purchase and installation of the new scoreboard at the Dick Manick Athletic Field, the administration of Clatskanie Middle/High School invites the public to a dedication ceremony during Friday night’s game.
Clatskanie and Rainier high school cross country runners completed the season Oct. 25 at the 3A/2A/1A District 1 championships in Beaverton.
Neither school qualified athletes for the state championship race Nov. 3.
All Clatskanie runners were able to achieve personal records at the district meet according to Clatskanie coach Amber-Dawn Ingwerson.
Clatskanie boys competing on the 5,000-meter Tualatin Hills recreation center course were: Jacob Kent, 36th, 19:31; Drexler Martin, 43rd, 20:07; Chase Berg, 46th, 20:17; Austin Deanhardt, 66th, 22:15; Alex Gaylin, 76th, 23:23, and Jack Meussdorffer, 78th, 24:19.
Tommy Miller ran the 5,000-meter junior varsity race in 25:52 and 41st place.
Lady Tiger racers over the 5,000-meters were Lynn Siltala, 22nd, 23:01; Taryn Clappé, 32nd, 24:42; Megan Strom, 36th, 25:05; Alyssa Moore, 46th, 27:03; Brooke Hamilton, 47th, 27:24, and Arlee Nosack, 55th, 31:46.
“We had an inexperienced team, only three of the 17 high school runners had participated in cross country before,” said Coach Ingwerson. “The team had a drive and desire to work hard and do their best and their dedication to training showed in their performance. Even though we didn’t always rank that well against other teams, as individuals they continued to improve.”
Rainier Runs at District Championships
Rainier boys fielded varsity and junior varsity teams of six at the District I championships while entering only two girls.
Columbian junior Brian Guisinger led the varsity team in 14th place in a time of 18:16.
Other Rainier boys were Jared Thomas, 28th, 18:59; Emmett Earlywine, 57th, 21:22; Trevor Lefebvre, 63rd, 21:53; Tyson Griffith, 73rd, 22:50, and Alex Gates, 74th, 22:52.
The Columbian junior varsity team included: Bailey Heacock, 21st, 22:23; Colton Verhoff, 32nd, 23:53; Tyson Lorentson, 33rd, 24:40; Michael Morton, 34th, 24:58; Malte Pyroff, 39th, 25:45, and TJ Thompkins, 43rd, 28:39.
Lady Columbians were Hayley Strenke, 24:38, for 31st in the varsity race, and Bryanna Kotkins, 37:40, 11th for junior varsity.
Fall sports are winding down for Clatskanie high and middle school students, but winter sports are just getting started.
Clatskanie Middle School (CMS) girls basketball teams have already started practice and will see a season opener against Jewell on Nov. 7 in the CMS gym. Seventh grade action begins at 4 p.m. with the eighth grade game to follow.
CMS wrestling practice is set for Monday, Nov. 5, from 3:30-5:30 p.m in the CMHS upper gym.
CHS winter sports begin Nov. 12.
All athletes are reminded to turn in their paperwork by CMHS athletic director Amy McNeil.
McNeil also announced impact testing set for Friday, Nov. 2, from 11 a.m. to 12 noon in CMHS room 106 and again on Wednesday, Nov. 7, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the school’s library.
CHS varsity football closes out the season against Santian Christian at home on Friday, Nov. 2, with a 7 p.m. game. The first round of the state football playoffs get underway Friday, Nov. 9.
Volleyball and cross country seasons have already concluded.