Best of 2016-17: North Marion Huskies
It took a family effort to lift the North Marion wrestling team to a third place finish at this year's 4A State Championships in February.
Brothers Lane Stigall and Russel Stigall, along with cousin Levi Wing, each reached the championship round at state, as the Huskies placed eight wrestlers overall for the team's best finish since the OSAA's reclassification in 2007.
Lane Stigall put the finishing touches on an incredible career, winning his third state title, while Russel Stigall claimed the first of his career. Wing came seconds away from a title as well, finishing second overall at 160 pounds.
Teammates Brandon Gibson, Matt Carrillo, Avidan Sanchez, Derek Estrada and Ramon Organiz each placed in the top six to help the North Marion wrestling program land in the top 10 for the seventh time in the past eight seasons.
Led by first-year coach Trevor Bodine, the North Marion girls basketball program made the leap to join the elite teams of the 4A Classification.
The Huskies went 20-7 this season and finished second in the Oregon West Conference before qualifying for the 4A State Quarterfinal tournament in March.
North Marion placed sixth at the tournament and brings back all five starters next season.
North Marion sophomore Emily Scanlan shocked the field by winning the state title in the 100-meter hurdles competition at the 2017 4A Track and Field State Championships in May.
Making her second appearance at the state meet after placing eighth in the event as a freshman last year, Scanlan was a long shot to win a title in the event after finishing sixth in the preliminary race on the first day of competition.
But the sophomore Husky ran the perfect race at the perfect time in the finals, shaving nearly a second off her personal-best time to finish first with a time of 15.29.
Along with her eighth-place finish in the high jump the day before, Scanlan scored 11 points at the state meet, giving the North Marion girls a 21st-place finish in Eugene.
Everywhere this school year, the North Marion athletic program was making its mark at the state playoffs.
In the fall, the boys soccer program advanced to the state quarterfinals, while the football team qualified for the play-in round.
In the winter, the boys basketball team made another spirited run to the state tournament.
This spring, the baseball team advanced to the first round, while the equestrian team qualified for state and doubles partners Hunter Martin and Abe Cervantes placed sixth at the 4A boys tennis tournament.