Philomath High’s softball team, which advanced to the Class 4A semifinals this spring before falling to eventual champion La Grande, has good representation on the all-state team.
Coach Erik Remington reported that senior Carrie Lillis was named to the first team. Lillis, a four-year starter for the Warriors who will play collegiately at George Fox, was the Oregon West Conference’s position player of the year.
Freshman Kamden Combs was named to the all-state second team as a pitcher. Combs was the conference pitcher of the year. Another freshman, Kaili Saathoff, was also on the second team as an outfielder. Saathoff played center field for the Warriors.
Senior Reiley Reichhuber, who will be playing college ball at Linfield, was named to the third team as a catcher. Junior Hannah Williams was a third-team selection as an infielder. Junior Amie Russell was included as an honorable mention selection. Williams played shortstop and Russell was at third base this past season for PHS.
BASKETBALL: Former Philomath High School basketball standout Nolan Jackson will represent the Warriors in this week’s 46th annual Oregon Athletic Coaches Association All-Star Series.
The series will feature games Friday night at Northwest Christian University in Eugene followed by another three games Saturday afternoon at Warner Pacific University in Portland.
Jackson will be playing for the 2A-3A-4A West squad under coaches Max Goodman of Blanchet Catholic and David Godfrey of Sisters.
It will be the final tournament for two organizers. Former Philomath basketball coach Dave Garvin and retired PHS athletic secretary Terry Garvin have organized the series over the past 15 years.
The series features 2A, 3A and 4A all-stars divided up into four teams along with 5A and 6A all-stars playing on either the State or the Metro squad.
Coaches invite players to participate based upon their high school basketball careers. Garvin said that in general, only the top two seniors per league are invited. Coaches were selected based on their 2017-18 seasons.
Garvin said the series began in 1968 with a State vs. Metro contest and it has since been expanded to include schools in 2A through 6A.
An all-tournament team will be selected out of the 2A-3A-4A games. Two most valuable players will be chosen out of the 5A-6A games.
Friday’s schedule in Eugene begins with the 5A-6A State and Metro teams playing each other at 5 p.m. The 2A-3A-4A action then begins with the West vs. the South at 6:30 p.m., and the East vs. the North at 8:15 p.m.
Up in Portland, the 2A-3A-4A consolation game — which will involve the teams that lose Friday — will get things started at 1 p.m. The championship game followed at 2:30 p.m. The 5A-6A State and Metro teams will close out the series with another game beginning at 4:15 p.m.
For complete team rosters, see the Scoreboard section.
BASEBALL: Philomath seniors Kenan Conner and Nolan Jackson were selected to play in this weekend’s Oregon Class 4A All-Star Baseball Series in Roseburg, an event that showcases the top graduating senior talent.
A nine-inning game is scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday followed by two seven-inning games beginning at noon Sunday. All games will be played at Bill Gray Stadium at Legion Field.
Conner and Jackson were both selected as pitchers for the North squad. They will compete under coaches Casey Webster of Gladstone and Randy Brack of North Marion. Philomath coach Levi Webber is one of the tournament’s organizers.
Parker McKinley of La Grande and Brad Horning of North Bend will coach the South squad.
Webber reported last week that Conner and Jackson were both included as honorable mention picks on the Class 4A all-state team.
Conner and Jackson were key parts of Philomath’s pitching rotation this spring and carried big bats in the lineup. When not on the mound, Conner played in center field and Jackson at first base.
ALUMNI: Several Philomath High graduates have continued their athletic careers at the collegiate level and have finished up their spring seasons.
Austin Gerding (Class of 2017) and Logan Williams (Class of 2017) played their freshman seasons for the Chemeketa Community College baseball team. Gerding was a regular starter in center field and finished with a .298 batting average, fourth-best on the team, and scored 30 runs, collected 21 RBIs and swiped 12 bases. He was the only player on the roster to play in all 46 of the team’s games.
Williams, catcher, ended up with a .235 batting average with 12 runs and 11 stolen bases in 26 games.
Chemeketa finished the season with a 17-29 record, including 14-16 in the Northwest Athletic Conference.
Casey Croy (Class of 2017) wrapped up his freshman season at Feather River College in Quincy, California. Listed on the roster as a utility player, Croy played in 27 games and finished with a .222 batting average with eight runs and nine RBIs.
Feather River won the Golden Valley Conference with a 20-5 record and finished 32-13 overall. The team reached the California Community College Athletic Association super regionals.
In track and field, three former PHS athletes are competing in college. Up at Pacific Lutheran, freshman Jessica Saathoff (Class of 2017) had personal-best times of 13.11 in the 100-meter dash and 27.52 in the 200-meter dash — both on March 24 at the PLNU Invitational. Saathoff twice competed on 4-by-100 relays.
Molly Klipfel (Class of 2017) competed in six meets during her freshman season at UC Davis, an NCAA Division I school. Klipfel had a personal-best 34 feet, 5 inches, in the triple jump in her first meet March 3 at the Cal Opener in Berkeley. She competed in the long jump once during the season, also at the Cal Opener, and went 15-0.
Sam Seagren (Class of 2015), a junior at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, had a season-best height of 10 feet, 8.25 inches in the pole vault, that coming March 16-17 at a home meet. Seagren's career best in college came in 2017 when she went 10-10 in the Willamette Invitational.