There was no shortage of high points for prep athletes in the Gazette-Times coverage area in the winter of 2017.
Many local athletes put up their best efforts against the best competition in the state and held their own. Each sport had its standout teams and individuals, some more than others.
Here’s a look at some of the highlights from the winter.
It was a clean sweep for the Lamer brothers at the 5A state championships.
Crescent Valley senior Brawley Lamer captured his first state title, earning a 4-1 decision over Hillsboro’s Peyton Bell in the 132-pound finals. Legend Lamer, a sophomore, won by technical fall in 5 minutes, 8 seconds (20-3) against Redmond’s Jacob Curry for the 120 title.
The Raiders placed 14th in the team standings with 55 points.
Legend Lamer is halfway to matching former CV and current Oregon State wrestler Alex Rich’s mark of four state championships. Rich wrestled for the Raiders from 2011-15.
In the 2A/1A tournament, Monroe senior Justin Doyle won the 132 title by a 13-2 major decision over Lowell’s Kasey Irwin. It was the second straight championship for Doyle, who secured the 126 gold medal as a junior.
The Dragons tallied 35 team points to finish eighth, just 11 behind fourth-place Neah-Kah-Nie.
Corvallis’ Noah Vial and Crescent Valley’s Lindsey Soule each won two individual titles at the 5A state championships.
Vial placed first in the boys 200-yard freestyle (1:42.8) and 500 free (4:39.51) while Soule won the girls 200 free (1:52.54) and 500 free (5:02.66). Both swimmers were juniors.
It was the second straight 500 title for Soule, who signed with Nevada in November.
CV’s girls finished second in the team points race with a score of 60. Bend won the state title with 97 points.
The Raiders’ 200 medley relay team of Soule, Sarah Cordier, Reina Watkins and Rylie Ball placed second in 1:51.84.
Vial’s performance lifted the CHS boys to a seventh-place team finish.
Philomath sophomore James Dye was third in the 100 butterfly (55.84) and fourth in the 200 free (1:49.38) at the 4A/3A/2A/1A meet.
Monroe capped its undefeated season with a 52-40 victory over Western Mennonite in the 2A state championship game. The Dragons finished 29-0 overall to claim their first state title.
Monroe became the second team in the 11-year history of the Oregon School Activities Association’s six classification system to win a 2A title with a perfect record. Portland Christian captured the 2010 championship with an identical 29-0 mark.
Corvallis overcame an early loss at Dallas to collect its third Mid-Willamette Conference title in four seasons. The Spartans fell to league rival Silverton in the 5A state semifinals but fought back to hammer Bend in the third-place game.
Greg Garrison, who left the program after the season, was named 5A coach of the year while CHS teammates Alexandria Vallancey-Martinson and Grace Corbin made first-team all-state. The seniors were voted MWC co-players of the year.
Santiam Christian took second in the West Valley League and fell at Portland Adventist, 52-46, in the 3A state round of 16.
Crescent Valley won its first MWC title in three seasons and advanced to the 5A state tournament for the first time since 2011. The Raiders went two-and-out at Gill Coliseum to finish the season with a 17-9 overall record.
Junior wing Tariq Harris was voted MWC player of the year.
Corvallis swept the season series with its arch rival but finished one game back of the Raiders in the conference standings. The Spartans fell at Pendleton in the state round of 16.
Philomath cruised to the Oregon West Conference championship before dropping both contests at the 4A state tournament. The Warriors, who were the defending state champions, ended the year with a 20-6 overall mark.
Senior Cal Stueve won OWC player of the year honors.