Spring sports are in full swing around the state, and without question, there is a lot to catch up on. Let's take a quick peek at the stuff you may have missed in this edition of the Weekly Roundup.
Softball state statistical leaders —April 20: A glance at softball state statistical leaders, as reported by coaches, through Wednesday. Some interesting standouts: Savannah Watterson of Grant Union leads the state with a .731 batting average. Four players (Abby Carsley of McMinnville, Delaney Hoyle of Lakeridge, Despina Seufalemua of The Dalles, and Carlee Strand of La Grande) are all tied for the state lead with 8 home runs. As a pitcher, Hoyle also leads the state with 147 strikeouts. READ MORE
Baseball Notebook: Sandy outscored Reynolds, 43-0, in three wins last week. That wasn’t the best part for the Pioneers, however. Sandy not only yielded zero runs for the week, it also gave up ZERO hits! It wasn't just Sandy. Pitching was the story all week, as Sherwood sophomore Connor Parry threw the first reported seven-inning perfect game of 2023. The righty shut out Canby, 3-0, and fanned 13 in the win. READ MORE
Girls track — For Tualatin's Bakke, PR points to bigger things: Tualatin junior Kyra Bakke added to her school record Saturday when she cleared 5 feet, 8 ½ inches to win the high jump at the Wilsonville Invitational. It is the best mark in the state this season by 2 ½ inches, but according to Bakke, there is much more to come. READ MORE
Tennis — Binder on course with tournament title: Coming off a runner-up finish in the 6A boys tennis tournament last year, Beaverton senior Tannor Binder is intent on making the most of his final chance this season. Binder underscored that he is a serious title threat last weekend by winning the Oregon High School Tennis Championships at Tualatin Hills Tennis Center. READ MORE
Baseball — Gladstone doubles up The Dalles: Senior RHP Hayden Smith threw a complete game, striking out 12, to lead Gladstone, the away team, past The Dalles, 4-2, on Monday afternoon. The game was played under partly cloudy skies with temperatures in the 50s. Hayden Smith gave up one earned run and two runs total in the first inning but shut out The Dalles the rest of the way. READ MORE
Softball — 3A power Burns emerges from deep freeze: As bad as the cold, wet spring weather has been for softball throughout the state, perhaps no team has had it worse than reigning 3A champion Burns. Up until last week, the Hilanders were unable to practice on their field because it was covered by about a foot of snow. They had their first practice on their field [last] Thursday and will play their first home game Saturday when Umatilla visits for a doubleheader. READ MORE
Boys basketball — Ex-Redmond star Leunen takes over Ridgeview: Redmond basketball runs deep for Maarty Leunen. He led the Panthers to their only state title in 2003 and was named the state player of the year. The school retired his No. 11 jersey in 2008. He coached his three sons in Redmond's youth program. And he assisted the high school team the last two seasons. But now the former University of Oregon standout is moving over to the other side. He has accepted the head coaching position at Ridgeview, Redmond's crosstown rival. READ MORE