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PREP WATCH: Royals make 2A all-state football team

Humphreys competes in All-American Bowl; PIL Showcase set for Saturday; three PIL girls hoops teams above .500


by: COURTESY OF BETH MUMFORD - Portland Christian's Nathan Mumford hauls in a reception during the Class 2A semifinals game against Grant Union.Class 2A football coaches have voted three Portland Christian players to four spots on their all-state team.

Royals junior Nathan Mumford was picked to the first team both on offense as a wide receiver and on defense as a member of the secondary.

Senior kicker Jess Cavatano and senior linebacker Chris DeBusman also were first-team selections from Portland Christian.

The Royals finished 12-1 and reached the state semifinals before losing to Grant Union.

On the all-state second team from Portland Christian are senior quarterback Steven Mumford, junior defensive lineman Emile Wolpert, senior linebacker Paul Pepelaskov and senior defensive back David Guild.

Honorable mention Royals are senior running back Jesse DeLucia and Guild at receiver.

by: COURTESY OF U.S. ARMY ALL-AMERICAN BOWL - HUMPHREYS Central Catholic star defensive end Connor Humphreys played for the victorious West team in Saturday's 14th annual U.S. Army All-American Bowl at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.

Humphreys, a senior who is headed for Arizona State, made one solo tackle as the West held the East to 131 yards and was pitching a shutout through three quarters of a 28-6 win.

Humphreys was one of 90 preps picked for the all-star game. He was the only player from Oregon in the game, and he was the third Ram to make it in the past three years, following in the footsteps of Brennan Scarlett in 2011 and Alex Balducci in 2012.

• One of the highlights of the Portland Interscholastic League winter sports calendar is Saturday's PIL Showcase at the former Marshall High.

The PIL puts all nine of its boys basketball teams on display in one day, with five games that include one visitor from the Mt. Hood Conference.

This year's lineup:

12:30 p.m. — David Douglas vs. Franklin

2:15 p.m. — Lincoln vs. Roosevelt

4 p.m. — Benson vs. Madison

5:45 p.m. — Wilson vs. Cleveland

7:30 p.m. — Grant vs. Jefferson

The Grant-Jeff finale will be the only meeting of the 6A Generals and defending 5A champion Democrats.

The Benson-Madison and Wilson-Cleveland games count in the PIL 5A standings.

Benson and Madison just met in the Barlow Trail Tournament Dec. 28, with Benson winning 64-54.

"But it was closer than that; it went down to the final minute," Benson coach Earl Clark says. "Madison is a good team, with good guards and a tough challenge in (senior wing) Aubrey Stephens."

Stephens and Jefferson's Silas Melson are returning PIL all-city players.

 Going into Tuesday, three PIL girls basketball teams have winning overall records: Lincoln at 6-5 and Madison and Wilson, both at 5-4.

Lincoln is on a three-game winning streak, having finished the Les Schwab Holiday Tournament at Summit in late December with victories over Grants Pass 57-47 and Liberty 55-44 and then won Jan. 3 at McMinnville 51-45.

The Cardinals don't have a player 6-foot or taller, coach Glen Lee says, although senior post Hailey McPhee is listed at 6-0.

"You had to remind me of that," Lee says with a laugh, when it is pointed out that his team doesn't have much height.

"But our girls play big," he adds.

While McPhee has been a workhorse around the basket, 5-8 senior guard Eve Goldman leads the squad in scoring at 12.9 points per game and "is our go-to player," Lee says, and first-year starter Aden Cador, a 5-11 senior, has emerged into a competent rebounder and defender who also came through with a season-high 18 points at McMinnville.

The Cardinals are 2-0 in their 6A league going into Tuesday's game at Sheldon. That game is part of a tough four-game stretch that will have Lincoln at home Friday against formidable Oregon City and then on the road Jan. 14 versus Southridge and Jan. 16 against Jesuit.

 Madison's girls are making noise with an uptempo style and team approach under coach Erica Spender.

The Senators have won their last four games, including three in three days — they topped, in order, Fort Vancouver 57-20, North Salem 43-34 and Columbia Christian 60-53.

The competition gets tougher Tuesday night, however, as Madison begins PIL 5A play with a 7:30 p.m. home game against Wilson.

The Trojans' four losses have come by a total of only 19 points, with one of the defeats to Pueblo (Colo.) at a big tournament in Phoenix, Ariz. The other three defeats were to 6A schools Barlow, Sunset and Hillsboro.