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by: TRIBUNE PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Lincoln High's Maggie Clapp makes a run for home after a missed throw to third base by Beaverton. The Cardinals won the nonleague game 13-11 at Delta Park last week.Coming off the best softball season in school history, the Lincoln Cardinals have a new coach but plenty of experience.

Lincoln got off to a 1-1 start last week under former Cards all-PIL second baseman Christina Archambault, who had served as an assistant coach for three seasons after her career at Southern Oregon.

Lincoln lost 6-5 at Southridge, then beat Beaverton 13-11. Morgan Portlock (5 for 9), PC Mesher and Maggie Clapp (both 4 for 8) helped lead the Lincoln offense, and Clapp pitched both games.

They are among the Cardinals’ eight returning players. Others back are Kaitlin Larvick, Liv Knivila, Jordan Coleman, Lexi Washington and Belle Odenthal. Washington, a senior, returns behind the plate.

The Cardinals reached the Class 6A semifinals in 2013 before losing to eventual state champion North Medford. Lincoln won 20 games in a row last season and finished 25-4.

The Cards, who aren’t fielding a JV team, have 21 players on the varsity this season, including seven freshmen, three sophomores and five juniors.

“My long-term goal is to rebuild for a stronger softball program,” says Archambault, who took over when Dennis Muir stepped down. “The key this year is to get our new girls to see what it’s like to be part of a competitive, fun team.”

The team will be competing in Las Vegas, Nev. over spring break.

Baseball-softball

• Portland Interscholastic League baseball and softball teams struggled last week against 6A opposition.

The PIL’s eight baseball teams were a combined 0-8-1 against 6A foes and were outscored 76-19 (8.6 runs to 2.1 per game).

In softball, PIL clubs went 2-8 against 6A squads, giving up 117 runs while scoring 32 (11.7-3.2 average score).

Baseball

• Benson opened 2-0, winning 8-7 against South Albany and 4-3 versus Silverton, both at Buckman Field.

“We battled through adversity all week,” coach Adam Cohen says.

The Techmen gave up a five-run lead in the top of the seventh inning of their opener, but Isaiah Donis, held South Albany scoreless in the eighth and ninth and then Kurt Wilcke won it with a base hit.

Donis then started against Silverton and gave up only one earned run in four innings.

Nine of Benson’s 15 total hits went for extra bases in the two games.

• Wilson, a perennial 5A power, hit the road for spring break and dropped its season opener 7-0 at North Medford. The Trojans had six hits to the Black Tornado’s seven, but committed four errors.

That was just the beginning of the journey for Wilson, which is scheduled to play three games in the Bay Area this week, then stop at Roseburg on the way home for a Saturday game.

Also on tap: a day off in San Francisco for sight-seeing and a Giants game. And lots of morning practice.

“It’s sort of a challenging year,” coach Mike Clopton says. “We don’t have the two dominant pitchers we’ve had the past five-six years. And with only four seniors, we’re short on experience, although we have some juniors with varsity experience.

“Madison is the favorite with its pitching, but we can compete. The players have been hungry and eager to work.”

• Cleveland got its first win under new coach Robbie Trebelhorn, in his second stint with the Warriors. After dropping its opener 4-3 at David Douglas, the Warriors beat host Parkrose 9-0, with Jack Sampson tossing four innings and getting two hits. The three-game road week ended for Cleveland with a 5-1 loss to Centennial, but Trebelhorn came away pleased with his squad’s pitching depth (the staff includes Sampson, Alex Sparks, Cray Hamilton, Eli Morse, Jack Brebner, Campbell Sparks and Daniel Gibson). And senior Alex Chaparro, “the heart of the team, can beat you from both sides of the plate, offense and defense,” Trebelhorn says.

Track and field

• The Cleveland and Madison boys tied with 72.5 points apiece in the first week of dual meets, while Madison won the girls meet by eight points at Cleveland.

Top marks by Cleveland included Roba Sultessa’s winning 800 (2:00.92) and 1,500 meters (4:13.82) and Bryn McKillop’s victories in the girls 800 (2:20.01). Distance ace Emma Wren won the 1,500 (5:00.27) ran her first hurdles race, taking first in the 300 hurdles in 53.14. Ian Goode (40-6 triple jump) and Basil Hawley (126-3 discus) led the Cleveland boys in the field. The Warriors also got 11-0 clearances from Jonathan DiCarlo and Andrew Chaney in the pole vault, with DiCarlo coming back from an injury-plagued 2013.

Madison’s Kyle Abalan swept the boys sprints (11.40, 23.76).

• Franklin coaches are excited about a strong crop of freshmen girl distance runners. The group includes Delaney Hartmann, Mabel Miller, Rosemary Elliot, Eliana Eby and Kaila Sampson.

“The best group I have had in my 12 years as a coach at Franklin,” says Jacob Michaels, noting that early 3,000 marks by the frosh are the best in the state, “with only Jesuit close.”

• In their dual last week at Wilson, the Trojans swept the Quakers, with the boys winning 73-72 and the girls claiming a 100-44 victory.

Franklin’s top boys marks included Bryan Dunn-Abe’s 42-2 triple jump.

• Lincoln split its dual meet at Beaverton; the boys won 76-69 and the girls, minus some competitors because of injuries and other reasons, lost by the same score.

“All of our coaches were surprised and excited by the results,” says Lincoln coach Charlotte Richardson, noting that “the boys really came together, especially in our middle and distance squad.”

Ryan Fujita was Lincoln’s top point-scorer with wins in the 200 (23.74) and 400 (50.88) and his anchor leg on the winning 4x400 relay (3:31.05).

Karl Sandt, returning after a year off, gave the Cards a lift in the shot and discus. He won with throws of 51-3 and 138-8.

A couple of freshmen boosted the Lincoln girls. Sarah Nasson won the 100 in 13.32, and Anika Steele ran 10:55.16 to place seconds in the 3,000.

Awards

Seven former athletic directors will be honored at the Oregon Athletic Directors Association’s Hall of Fame banquet April 12 at Sunriver Resort.

The honorees include Tom Welter, Central Catholic; Mike Kostrba, Sandy; and the late Paul McCall, who was PIL AD from 1958-80.