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by: TRIBUNE PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Cleveland High catcher Alex Chaparro chases down Wilsons Michael Wagemann for an out during the teams PIL 5A series last week.Madison baseball and Cleveland softball entered this week with multi-game leads in Portland Interscholastic League 5A races.

Central Catholic was tied for first in baseball and softball in the Mt. Hood Conference.

Three PIL 5A boys and two girls had state-leading marks in track and field.

Wilson High has a new girls soccer coach in Allison King.

Oregon Episcopal School was undefeated in league in boys and girls lacrosse going into rivalry games this week.


Madison had a good cushion over second-place Wilson in the PIL 5A through last week. The Senators (9-0) and Trojans (8-4) will play three times (May 12, 14, 15).

Also, as of Monday, Madison had climbed from No. 8 to 6 in the Oregon School Activities Association rankings (the top eight get a first-round state playoff bye).

Madison senior Robby Heiberg, the reigning league player of the year, no-hit Benson on 73 pitches in a 13-0 win last week. “He had masterful command of his pitches and location,” Madison coach Eric Bennett says, “and the defense behind him was solid and the hits were contagious.”

As of Monday, Heiberg was 4-0 with two saves and a 0.39 ERA, plus 51 strikeouts and six walks in 36 innings. He also was batting .512 with 15 RBIs.

Wilson edged Cleveland (6-3 PIL 5A) two out of three last week. The Trojans won 8-7 twice (the second game in 10 innings), with Cleveland runners on second and third when each game ended. The Warriors took the series finale 6-4 at Wilson, behind Alex Sparks’ complete game.

For Cleveland, series batting leaders included Spencer Smyth (5 for 11, 4 RBIs, on base eight out of 14 times) and Cray Hamilton (5 for 10, four runs). And sophomore right fielder Alex Schultz, a varsity call-up, was 3 for 4 in Game 3.

For Wilson, catcher Jonah Harris was 5 of 13 and threw out four would-be base steals, Orlando Lorang was 4 for 10 with three RBIs, and Jackson Miller, John Venables and Alec McDonald-Factor each had three hits. Miller, a sophomore making his varsity debut, got on base eight out of 14 trips to the plate and drove in four runs. Venables picked up the wins, allowing three earned runs in nine innings.

Cleveland also has three games to play against Madison, all this week, weather permitting.

Wilson (27th in the 5A rankings) and Cleveland (28th) were on the outside looking in for one of the 24 state playoff berths.

In 6A, Grant (9-9 overall) had won six of seven going into a scheduled Monday league game at Sckavone Stadium. The Cardinals (13-7) were on an eight-game win streak and were 3-1 in league, battling 4-2 Sheldon after beating the visiting Irish 6-2 last week.

In the MHC, Central Catholic and Reynolds were 8-1, with Barlow third at 6-3 through last week. The remaining, final two weeks of the league season are big for CC, which is scheduled for three-game series this week against Barlow and next week versus Reynolds. The Rams have struggled at times to score, posting wins of 2-0 and 4-3 over Gresham and 2-1 in one game against David Douglas. “We are pulling out wins, but we’ll need to improve to win playoff games,” CC coach Dan Floyd says.

In 2A/1A, Portland Christian is on a 12-game roll and was ranked No. 6 on Monday. The Royals were 12-3 in league, trailing only 15-0 Knappa, which was No. 1 in the state RPI. Those two met in the football quarterfinals, with PC reaching the semis before bowing to eventual state champ Grant Union. “Our senior class is really hungry — they want a state championship,” PC baseball coach Robert Key says. The top six batters in the PC order: Nathan Mumford, Zachery Cook, Logan Benfield, Steven Mumford, Chris DeBusman and Eric Wittren “have been getting it done,” Key says. Nathan Mumford is the catcher, but he leads off in part because of his 4.6-4.7 speed. “He’s the straw that stirs the drink. I think he’s as good as any catcher in the state,” Key says. Wittren, Steven Mumford, DeBusman get most of the work on the mound.


Cleveland improved to 10-1 in PIL 5A last week, avenging its only loss with a 4-1 triumph at Wilson (8-3). The Warriors, who took an eight-game winning streak into this week, will play host to the Trojans on Monday.

Roosevelt (third at 7-3) has two wins over Wilson, including a 5-4 decision last week, and all three PIL clubs are on track to make the state playoffs.

Top Cleveland hitters this season include senior Emily Rommel (.525, 25 RBIs), freshman Marci Roberti (.358, 24 RBIs) and senior Marianne Stites (.458). On the mound, sophomore Alexis Geiszler is 8-7, 2.27, and Roberti 4-1, 4.41.

In 6A, Lincoln was 12th in RPI and 12-7 overall after five consecutive wins, including a dramatic 4-3 victory at Sheldon, where senior PC Mesher tagged the first pitch in the top of the eighth inning over the fence in right-center. Mesher is hitting .429 with a team-best 24 RBIs. Others providing offense for the Cardinals include junior Morgan Portlock (.438, 20 RBIs), freshman Brianna Hill (.424) and senior Maggie Clapp (.400), who also is Lincoln’s ace, with a 1.31 ERA and .219 opponents batting average. The Cards play Sheldon again Friday at Delta Park. Lincoln and Grant will meet Wednesday at Wilshire Park and May 14 at Delta, and the Lincoln-Wilson Alpenrose Cup nonleague game is 7:30 p.m. May 13 at Alpenrose Stadium. Lincoln won at Wilson 7-2 last week.

In the MHC, Central Catholic picked up an important 10-6 victory at Barlow last week. All nine CC batters got a hit, with Jessie Nagae, Brittney Duronslet and Hailey Frilot each getting two.

The Rams and Bruins went into this week atop the league, both 9-1, with their rubber match set for Monday, May 5, weather permitting.

Track and field

State-leading marks in 5A belong to five PIL 5A competitors: Emma Wren, Cleveland, 4:38.48 girls 1,500; Jasmin McKenzie, Benson, 17-8 girls long jump; Schuller Rettig, Madison, 38.54 boys 300 hurdles; Tristan Anastas, Wilson, 6-10 boys high jump, and Cameron Retherford, Benson, 46-6 triple jump.


With one round to go, Cleveland’s Megan Guthrie (360 for 72 holes) has a 16-shot lead on Jefferson’s Aliemah Bradley (376) in the PIL 5A girls season standings. Wilson’s Taylor Stroup (387) is third, followed by Madison’s Kendra Hale (433) and Franklin’s Jenny Errend (441).


Wilson has found its successor to longtime coach Michele Potestio, who is stepping down after 20 seasons and a 5A finals appearance in 2013. The Trojans’ new coach is Allison King, a former player at Skyview High in Vancouver, Wash., who coaches for Portland City United Soccer Club. King graduated from BYU after injuries derailed her playing career.


After a slow start, Lincoln’s boys have won six in a row, including an 11-3 victory Friday that dropped Central Catholic to 3-1 in the Columbia Division. The Cardinals have two key league matches this week, an 8 p.m. Wednesday home date with Hood River Valley and a 1 p.m. Saturday visit to OES.

In the girls Portland division, OES is 10-0-0, Wilson 9-1-0 and Lincoln 7-4-0. OES will wrap up its regular season with a 7:30 p.m.. Thursday game at Wilson. OES won the first meeting 18-13.

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