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Vikings in good shape at district

Last year, the Forest Grove girls golf team blew a 13-stroke lead on the final day of the Pacific Conference district tournament, falling from second to third place and missing out on a chance to compete at the Class 6A state tournament.

This year, the Lady Vikings are intent on not reliving that experience, and they built a 22-stroke lead after the first day of district competition at Forest Hills Golf Course on Monday.

“We’re looking pretty good so far,” Forest Grove coach Bobby Rymer said. “It’s a little reminiscent of last year, but we have an extra 10-shot cushion, so I’m hoping we’ll be able to hold on to second place.”

The Lady Vikings were led by Hannah Swanson, who shot a 5-over-par 77 to take a one-shot lead over Tualatin’s Haley Mortensen for individual medalist honors. No other golfer is within 12 shots of the lead.

Forest Grove’s other scoring golfers were Madison Woods (116), Amanda Horne (123) and Emily Keller (124), giving the Lady Vikings a team score of 440 after the first day of competition. Newberg was in third place at 462 and McMinnville was in fourth at 486. Final results were not available at press time.

At the boys district tournament, held Monday and Tuesday at Quail Valley Golf Course in Banks, Forest Grove found itself sitting in fifth place after the first day of competition. The top two teams advance to the state tournament, along with the top three individual golfers not attached to those teams.

Forest Grove’s Ethan Thursam shot a round of 80 on Monday to put himself in position to qualify for state. Thursam was tied for eighth place with Tigard’s Colin McAninch going into the final day of districts.

“Ethan is very close,” Rymer said. “He’s definitely in contention. If he shoots in the 70s (Tuesday) he could be right there. He’s going to be dogfighting for one of those three spots.”

Forest Grove’s other scorers on Monday were Drew Robinson (90), Gavin Haag (95) and Ryan Colter (99).

Former Vikings shine for Pacific

After outstanding performances in the month of April, Pacific freshmen — and former Forest Grove High School standouts — Marissa Reichard and Tyler Shipley were voted as the Boxer Club Student-Athletes of the Month.

Reichard has been a significant factor in the Pacific softball team’s success this season, earning First Team All-Northwest Conference honors as a utility player. During the month of April, she led the squad in the pitching circle with a 3-1 record, including a five-inning victory over defending national champion Pacific Lutheran on April 10. She also threw a 4-0 shutout against Puget Sound on April 16 to help the Boxers secure a spot in the NWC tournament.

Over the month, Reichard compiled a 2.17 earned run average in three complete games. At the plate, she hit .333 (11-for-33) and recorded two doubles, a triple and her first home run of the season. She tallied 10 RBIs and was a perfect 10 out of 10 on stolen bases.

After previously earning the Boxer Club award in November for his cross-country success, Shipley had another outstanding performance in April, this time on the track.

The freshman won two conference titles last week at the NWC Championships and was named the Men’s Track Athlete of the Meet. Shipley opened the meet by winning the 10,000 meters in a time of 31:58.63, and he finished the meet with a victory in the 5,000 meters in 15:10.26. His time in the 10,000 meters is the third fastest in school history.




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