Sunset ends Tualatin's title hopes

An overtime win boosts the Apollos forward in rare road win
Nov. 6, 2012

Sunset sophomore Alexann Bibo scored in the eighth minute of overtime to boost Sunset to a 2-1 victory over top-ranked Tualatin in the second round of the Class 6A girls soccer playoffs Tuesday night in a rematch of last year's title game.

Tualatin won the 2011 final in penalty kicks, but the Apollos didn't let the game get that far, holding the host Timberwolves scoreless in two 10-minute overtime halves.

The Apollos advanced to the quarterfinal round as the lone 6A road team to win Tuesday night, which saw a number of upsets in other classifications - particularly in matches that involved No. 5 seeds.

A No. 5 seed won at Class 5A, 4A and 3A to provide an underdog in all four playoff brackets heading into the weekend quarterfinals.

Of the top seeds, though, only Tualatin has been beaten.


Cardinals build dynasty with another title

Lincoln beats Sunset in final for the third straight year
June 2, 2012 / By Cliff Pfenning,

WILSONVILLE - Lincoln's lacrosse team chanted "dynasty" after winning their third consecutive state championship Saturday night at Wilsonville High.

While they chanted, Sunset's players looked on disheartened by yet another title game loss.

Lincoln scored four unanwered goals in the third quarter to rally from a two-goal deficit and held on for a 7-6 win, the third straight year the Cardinals have beaten the Apollos in the title game.

Two years ago, Lincoln scored in the second overtime for a 10-9 win, while last year the Cardinals overwhelmed Sunset 12-4 in the second half after the teams were tied at 6 after two quarters.

"I'd say this qualifies us as a dynasty," senior midfielder Jake Marcy said after the game. "It's a great feeling that I never want to forget."

Lincoln overcame a spirited start by Sunset, which got a goal from Cole Abdie in the first seven seconds and led 5-3 at the half, despite being outshot 26-13.

Early in the third quarter, though, Lincoln senior Grant Clifford tallied twice to tie the score and the Cardinals took advantage of several turnovers by Sunset to add another pair of goals that gave them a cushion. Sunset pulled within a goal early in the fourth quarter, but could not pressure Lincoln and finished second again.

Lincoln has won four of the past five finals.


Sunset gets third chance at Lincoln lacrosse

The Apollos and Cardinals will meet in the state finals for the third straight year
May 29, 2012 / By Cliff Pfenning,

A pair of thrilling semifinals produced a familiar result as Sunset and Lincoln emerged to face each other for the third straight year in the final of the Oregon High School Lacrosse Association championship match.

Sunset edged hard-luck Lake Oswego 4-3 in one semi, while top-ranked Lincoln beat No. 2 Lakeridge 10-8 in the other semi played at Wilsonville High School Wednesday.

Sunset will be looking to avenge losses the previous two years in the title match, while Lincoln will be looking for its fourth title in five years.

"Third time's a charm," Sunset coach Jeff Dill said. "We're looking forward to playing them."

"They've given us quite a game the past two years, so we're not overlooking them at all," Lincoln coach Will Harris said. "We know they'll be gunning for us."

Sunseet and Lincoln will meet at 7 p.m. Saturday at Wilsonville High.

Lakeridge, which has won eight state titles, lost in the semifinals for the third consecutive year, while Lake Oswego lost for the third time in four years. The Lakers, among the state's top teams for years, has not been to a championship game.

Sunset, which is still without a title since championship matches began in 1997, overcame a shaky first half and 2-0 deficit with four goals in the third quarter, including a score in the final second by senior Cole Abdie. The Lakers, who dominated the first half, but were only able to ring up two scores, were unable to overcome Sunset's tightly-packed zone defense and succumbed to a familiar fate.

Freshman Locke Rohan, who entered the game in the second quarter when senior Tony Novoa cramped up, provided the key spark for Sunset with a goal in the second minute of the third quarter to cut the deficit to 2-1.

Lincoln, which had dispatched to playoff opponents by a combined score of 33-5, scored four unanswered goals in the third quarter for an 8-4 lead that seemed to salt the game away, but the Pacers rallied with three-straight scores and trailed just 8-7 early in the fourth quarter when senior attacker Grant Clifford scored for Lincoln to end the run.

Clifford had four goals for the Cardinals, who also got three scores from Spencer Rotenburg.

The Cardinals beat Lakeridge 10-8 in the semifinals two years ago.

Saturday's final pits a patient, defense-minded Sunset squad against a composed, assertive Lincoln squad that will take the field with a 20-game win streak and having lost just one game to an Oregon team in the past two seasons.


Title turnover highlights state swim finals

Sunset, Jesuit repeat, but four other titles go to new teams
Feeb. 18, 2012 / By Cliff Pfenning,

The expected challenges both Sunset and Jesuit were ready to face didn't materialize and they each defended their state swim titles on a day of fresh faces at Mt. Hood Community College.

Sunset repeated as boys champion at Class 6A, while Jesuit won its fourth-straight girls title.

Summit won both boys and girls titles at Class 5A, while the Cottage Grove boys and Henley girls won at Class 4A.

For the girls teams at both Summit and Henley, the title was their first after numerous second-place finishes. Summit finished second twice the past five seasons, while Henley finished second four of the past five years.

Among the day's biggest winners were Lake Oswego sophomore Sarah Kaunitz and Sunset junior Cameron Stitt, who both won two events at the Class 6A meet. Kaunitz won the 100 breaststroke, the 200 individual medley and swam legs on the winning 200 and 400 freestyle relay teams, while Stitt won the 200 freestyle, the 500 freestyle and swam the anchor leg of the winning 200 medley relay and 400 freestyle relay.

Stitt missed establishing a all-time meet record in the 500 freestyle by .51 seconds. The 500 freestyle record is the oldest on the OSAA record books, set by Alex Stiles of Lincoln in 1984.

Among the other meet highlights, Cascade Christian sophomore Beanna Sapienza narrowly missed setting a meet record in the 100 butterfly, finishing in 54.63 seconds, just .11 off the record set by Roeburg's Kaylin Bing in 2008.

Cascade Christian senior Aaron Ghiglieri won the 100 butterfly in 49.52, less than a second off the all-time mark of 48.72 set by Aloha's Neil O'Halloran just last year.




McMinnville returns to elite level, Jesuit stays hot

Depth propels both Grizzlies and Crusaders to favored spots in 6A meet
Feb. 17, 2012 / By Cliff Pfenning,

McMinnville returned to the top of the state's swim programs with championship-caliber depth Friday after the preliminary heats at the OSAA state swimming championships.

With its three relays all set for finals - two of them having qualified first or second - and three finalists in the 100 butterfly, the Grizzlies are poised to win their first state title since 2002.

McMinnville's line-up, led by seniors Matthew Valentine and Blake Tillery, appears on the way to scoring more than 180 points, while defending champion Sunset is in the 160-point range. Grant, which won two years ago and placed second last year, is headed for a total of around 130.

In the girls race, Lake Oswego's strong challenge to Jesuit hit a major snag when its 200 medley relay team was disqualified. Sophomore Sarah Kauniz posted an All-America time in the 100 backstroke for the Lakers and also qualified first for the finals in another and senior Catherine Yee qualified second and fourth in two finals. Their other two relay teams qualified first and second.

Jesuit, the three-time defending champion, qualified all three of its relay teams either first or second.

The championships conclude Saturday at the Mt. Hood Community College Aquatics Center.


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