There was no shortage of high points for prep athletes in the Gazette-Times coverage area in the spring of 2017.

Many local athletes put up their best efforts against the best competition in the state and held their own.

Here’s a look at some of the highlights from the spring. 

TENNIS

It was another standout year on the courts for area teams.

Behind a one-two finish in singles play, the Corvallis girls won the 5A state title for the third straight season.

Spartans sophomore Anna Kern defeated sister Tessa Kern, a junior, 6-3, 6-3, for the singles title.

Teammates Catrina Liner and Courtney Romrell were runners-up in doubles for a second consecutive year. The CHS doubles team of Colleen Corrigan and Olivia McCough won the consolation bracket.

Crescent Valley also had a strong showing, taking third in the team standings.

Singles player Sarah Forester and the Raiders’ doubles teams of Caroline Doyle and Lia Van Steeter and Megan Alder and Sarah Huang each won a championship bracket match.

In 5A boys competition, Crescent Valley took second overall behind the third-place singles finish of Peter Cerdans. Teammate Bojan Soskic won a championship bracket match.

In doubles, Nathan Liu and Jeff Wang took fourth, while Drew Dody and Nick Turkisher lost the consolation final.

Philomath’s Nate Haslem won his opening-round match in the small-school state tournament.

BASEBALL

Crescent Valley continued its solid stretch on the diamond with a third trip to the 5A state semifinals in the last four years.

The Raiders defeated Marist and Dallas in the state playoffs before a 9-5 loss at Crater in Central Point.

Pitcher Eric Seevers, catcher Briley Knight, infielder Sean Little and designated hitter Conner Spevacek all made the all-state first team.

Corvallis also made the 5A playoffs.

Philomath made it all the way to the 4A state semifinals for the first time in seven years with playoff wins against Valley Catholic and Sisters. The Warriors’ season ended with a 13-0 loss at Henley in Klamath Falls.

Senior Austin Gerding was selected as the 4A co-player of the year. Teammates Casey Croy and Logan Williams joined Gerding on the all-state first team.

Santiam Christian (3A) and Monroe (2A/1A) reached their respective state quarterfinals.

TRACK AND FIELD

Kyndal Martin accomplished what she set out to do at the state meet.

The Monroe standout won the 100 hurdles, 300 hurdles and the long jump, helping the Dragons to third place overall, one spot better than 2016.

Martin, now a junior, also ran a leg on the third-place 4x400 relay.

Monroe’s Cristian Garcia took home first in the 2A boys shot put as a sophomore.

Santiam Christian’s Rebeka Preston leapt her way into the record books with a win in the 3A girls long jump. Her winning mark, a personal-best 37 feet, 6 inches that came on her final attempt, is the fourth-best all-time mark in the 3A classification.

Preston, now a senior, also helped her team take third in the 4x100 relay and fourth in the 4x400 relay.

Crescent Valley’s AJ Sandvig wrapped up a solid junior season with second in the 5A boys 800 and fourth in the 1,500. Sandvig joined Isaac Wilson, Ben Canfield and Talanoa Hufanga for a runner-up finish in the 4x400 relay. Wilson was fourth in the 800 and Hufanga sixth in the 200.

CV’s Geneva Wolfe, was third in the 5A girls 800 and 1,500.

In 4A, Philomath’s Hannah Hernandez was third in the girls 3,000 and fourth in the 1,500. Teammate Molly Klipfel was third in the triple jump with a personal-best 35-¼. Connor Kutzler was sixth in the pole vault to lead the Warriors boys.

Zach Watson led the Santiam Christian boys with third place in the 3A 800. Christopher DeWolfe led Alsea with fifth place in the 1A boys shot put.

SOFTBALL

Monroe had a breakthrough season, getting to the state quarterfinals for the first time since 2009.

The Dragons defeated Vernonia in the first round before falling 9-4 at Kennedy in Mount Angel in a quarterfinal.

GOLF

The Corvallis boys were third in the 5A state tournament, led by Nick Rolen's fourth-place individual finish. Crescent Valley was eighth behind Michael Gray's tie for 17th. 

Shayla Berrey's fourth-place finish helped the Crescent Valley girls to sixth. 

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