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Johnson excels on the court and on the track

The stand-out junior won three events at the district track championships


by: ESTACADA NEWS: DAVID BALL - Johnson is all smiles after climbing out of the pit with a clearance in the high jump.Estacada High junior Tori Johnson likes being in the middle of things. If you’re asking her to take a timeout, it had better be on the basketball court. And even then, she is eager to get back into the fray.

To be fair, Johnson did take off for a week in Hawaii shortly after the school year, but the rest of her summer. Well, it’s booked. There’s summer basketball, a volleyball camp in Corvallis, working as a counselor at Bible Camp and a track camp down in Eugene.

“Summer is definitely not the ‘off’ season,” she says. “I truly enjoy all kinds of sports.”

Johnson is the go-to player at the net for the volleyball team, helping the Rangers to a runner-up league finish last season. She also led the basketball team in scoring and has already garnered college interest in track and field where the coach for George Fox came to watch her compete at the Tri-Valley district meet.

“She doesn’t want to lose and that’s what drives her,” Estacada track coach Jon Erickson said. “Practices can be a grueling time, but she has quite the fire in her and you see that come out on meet days.”

“I knew he was watching and I was feeling the pressure,” Johnson said.

She responded well, leaving the track with three medals hanging around her neck — wins in the 100-meter dash, the 200 and the high jump.

Johnson is quick to credit a former teammate for helping her find her legs on the track, modeling her work ethic after former Rangers’ sprinter Genna Settle, who just completed her rookie season at Portland State.

“She helped me calm down and she also pushed me — I was lucky to practice with her everyday,” Johnson said.

Her coaches are quick to see how her skill-set has crossover appeal.

“She jumps off the ceiling and just has that athletic ability to do all those sports and to do them all well,” former Rangers girls basketball coach Michael Pomerenke said.

“She just has a wide variety of skills and is willing to take on whatever role we ask of her,” Erickson said.

Johnson also was active in soccer and softball in middle school before narrowing her focus slightly to one sport per season in high school.

“I have so many memories from my different sports and all the people I’ve played with,” Johnson said. “It gives me the ability to be more flexible in my sports — there’s a bigger range to the things that I can do.”




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