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l]e - February 20, 2008 Page 11 II II IIIII II I IIIIII I I IIIIIIIIII IIIIIIIII I III I III III /, By Sean C. Morgan with their performance. Everybody Of The New Era there stepped up to the plate and Jayce Calhoon reprised his role did as well as they could possibly as a state champion Saturday when do. he won the 500 freestyle and 100"Cottage Grove had a couple backstroke competitions, setting more people there than we did." state and high school records, at In the 500 free, Calhoon fin- the 4A state swim meet at Mt. Hood ished first, setting the state and Community College in Gresham.school record at 4:51.9. He set the While returning 100 and 200 school record and won the 100 back freestyle champion Kieran Schae- at 54.6 seconds. fer swam better times than last Schaefer finished second and year he didn't come up with a title, set the school record in the 200 free He did set school records and win in l :45.9. In the 100 free, he tied the four second-place medals; and the school record and placed second at Husky boys finished second behind 48.2 seconds a powerful and deep Cottage Grove Simmonds finished fifth and team. set the 14th fastest time in school Sarah Rosa was the only girl to history with 2:12.1 in the 200 indi- bring home medals. She also put her vidual medley. Simmonds finished name in Sweet Home High School in sixth place, setting the 12th fastest record books, time in school history at 5:16. Two relay teams finished sec- Sanders was fourth in the 50 ond. free in 23.1 seconds, the llth fast- In the 200 medley relay, Cal-est time in school history. He was hoon, Michael Simmonds, Brinden third in the 100 free at 50.6 seconds, Sanders and Schaefer finished in clocking the 12th fastest time in 1:42.7. In the 400 freestyle relay, school history. Sanders, Jonathan Lemar, CalhoonRosa finished fifth in the 100 and Schaefer finished in 3:23.8. butterfly, in the fifth fastest time Both were the second-fastest times in school history at 1:05.1. She in school history, finished sixth in the 100 back, with "We just hlt it with everything the fifth-fastest time in school his- we had," Coach Doug Peargin tory at 1:09.7. said. "I couldn't have been happier The girls 200 medley relay team, Rosa, Laura Gourley, Justine Calhoon and Faith Helfrich, fin- ished seventh in the preliminaries Friday at 2:05.1. "Our relay should've made it," said Rosa, a senior. "With the time that we went, we would've went fourth today." As a team, the boys scored 54 points. Cottage Grove scored 67 to win it, while Tillamook finished third with 35 points and North Bend fourth with 33 points. "We're swimming as hard as we can swim," Peargin said as the final event, the 400 free relay, was about to start. Sanders led off the relay touch- ing the wall in the lead, Sanders said. Lemar said he lost some time on his leg. The Huskies dropped to sec- ond, he said, "so I tried to stay ahead of Tillamook." On the third leg, Calhoon's goal was to catch up and put the Huskies in a position to win when Schaefer hit the water, he said. "I dove in," Schaefer said. "But Zachary Taylor (Cottage Grove) is pretty much my equal in the 200 free" and Taylor beat him to the See Swim, page 12 The Husky boys swim team placimg second at state is, from Brinden Sanders, Robert Callagam and Michael Simmonds. left, Kieran Schaefer, Jayce Calhoon, Jonathan Lemar, N By Scott Swanson points) with 153. Illinois Valley and Of The New Era Cascade finished fourth and fifth. Kris Newport isn't one to panic. It was big wins that carried Wrestlingatll9pounds,herelies the Huskies, Thorpe said, noting on balance and quickness to counter that Sweet Home scored more than opponents' moves,even when he's on 40 bonus points with pins, major the bottom in a big match, which he decisions or technical falls. was Saturday night in the finals of the ' The six other Huskies who OSAA 4A Wrestling Championships medaled were Levi Weikel, third at at Portland's Memorial Coliseum. 140 pounds; Taylor Tagle, fourth at Wrestling third-seeded Trini- 103 pounds; Brock Crocker, fourth ty Castner of Douglas in the chain- at 135 pounds; Mitch Grove, fifth at pionship match of the ll9-pound 103 pounds; Danny Johnson, fifth at division, he was trailing 4-1 near 112 pounds; Nick Pitts, sixth at 152 the end of the first period. Newport pounds; and Matt Grove, eighth at managed to score on a reversal and 112 pounds. then added four more points in the Most of the Huskies' problems next two periods to finish with a 7- were due to officials' calls, which 4 win and a celebratory leap into the cost them at least three matches. arms of Coach Steve Thorpe. "This was the worst officiated "I was very excited for him," toumament I have ever been part of," Thorpe said. "He beat a good wrestler, said Thorpe, who is in his It year When you've spent time training a as a head coach. He said officials kid and you see him get the reward associations have established for his work, it's emotional." requirements that this year resulted in The state title for Newport, experienced referees not being able who was unseeded going into the to work the state tournament. For tournament with a 28-5 record, made instance, referees who work college him Sweet Home's 32nd individual matches, in addition to high school, wrestlifag champion and the first- weren't eligible because they hadn't ever Husky freshman to win a state officiated enough high school bouts. championship, eclipsing the record He said "bad calls, match- set by Clint Sieminski, who placed changing calls" will happen but there second as a freshman in 1996 and were too many this time. went on to a career record of 144-6, "Some of the best officials in the with 64 falls, to win three state titles, state of Oregon weren't allowed to "I was shocked," said Newport, officiate," Thorpe said. "When you who finished 32-5 for the year. "It's have kids competing for state titles, what I've always wanted. I worked you think you would have the best hard as well. I knew we would fight officials in the state officiating those it out." matches." It was a happy ending for what A key turn came when Crocker turned out to be a difficult tournament took Sam Winter of Illinois Valley as Sweet Home finished third in the to the mat in the final seconds of team standings, behind Tillamook, overtime, trailing 11-9. The referee which put four wrestlers in the finals did not award Crocker points that to score 169 points for the team title, and just behind Scappoose (154 Soo Wrestle, page 13 Nick Pitts and Cottage Grove's Ian Herzog scramble for position before Pitts took control of their 152-pound consolation match and pinned Herzog. t t Photos by Scott Swamson Kris Newport, trailing 2-1 in the first period, ponders his next move en rcoute to a come-from-behind 7-4 victory over Trinity Castner of Douglas. IMPORTANT: If you are paying more than $67 per month for your lMedicare health insurance and prescription drug benefits, you may paying too much. 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