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.1- IT~ ~ ~ra- March 21,2012 Page 9 Performing daring an exhibition at Sweet Home High School on March 12 were, from left, The Huskieites work through their routine. From left, Yoshiko Tomono, Crystal Crites, Shalese ManCuso, Cathy Cheshire, Leticia Virgen, Emily Virgen, Emily Conrad, Crystal Crites, Yoshiko Tomono, Conrad, Karese Mancuso and Andrea Wilcox. Laura MaUer. Photos by Scott Swanson they are Shalese Mancuso, Leticia Andrea Wilcox, Cathy Cheshire and The SweetHomeHighSchool had really tough competition. points, next day. Huskiettes dance team finished Every team was so good." The Huskiettes danced to "The second round was like fourth at state on March 14 and First-place finisher Crook "Perfect" by Pink with the theme a thousand times better," Aschraft March 15. County, with 85.31 points, was "Perfect toMe." said, but the state score is an They didn't bring home a "awesome," she said. The second- They've done well with it average of scores from six judges trophy, but they did OK, said through fifth-place scores were at competitions throughout their over both performances. Coach Kristin Ashcraft. The 4A closer, season, Ashcraft said. Duringthe "Overall, I'm proud of them," small division had live teams . Astoria finished second with first state performance on March Aschraft said. "They pulled it out total. 71.86 points. Molalla was" third 14, they had some precision the second'round." "They were really close to at 67.11. Sweet Home had 65.42 problems and found themselves And they did well all season third place," Ashcraft said. "We points, and Banks had 65.39 in a hole they Couldn't escape the long, she said. It's not just about Win 1 state. "It's the whole journey that's important," Ashcraft said. "Overall,'it was a great season." Performing were seniors Emily Conrad, Laura Mauer and Y0shiko Tomono; juniors Crystal Crites, Shalese Mancuso and Karese Mancuso; and sophomores Cathy Cheshire and Leticia Virgen. baseball 1-2 in h ~6 Santiam Christian 7, tie the game in 3-3 in the fifth was Colton Holly scored two runs, Sweet Home 3 too late as Santiam scored two runs and Scott scored one run. Errors cost the Huskies a game in the Mxda and ~eventh to blow bY Hunter Bidwell, Justin Rice against Santiam Christian at home the Huskies. and Scott each had a stolen base. Monday night. Justin Rice got the loss on the Justin Rice started the game, Santiam Christian defeated the mound for Sweet Home. Otis got pitching three innings, striking out Sweet Home High School baseball the win. four batters and walking two. team 9-5 in Sweet Home.. Rice went 2-4, with a double, White Pitched two in relief, Santiam took a 2-0 lead in to lead the Huskies at bat. Jeremy striking out four batters and the top of the third. The Huskies White and Drayson Scott added scored a run in response. A rally to singles. See Baseball, page 16 Newport runs away from Huskiesin softball Newport 10, Sweet Home 0 Newport shut out Sweet Home in the Huskies' first softball outing Of the season on Thursday. The Huskies traveled to Newport and lost in the fifth inning under the 10-run rule. "Our pitcher kind of got behind early," said Coach Casey Humphrey. "We had to give them a pitch to hit." When the Huskies did, Newport was good at hitting it into the gap and getting on bgse, Humphrey said. Newport's pitcher, Cochran, did the opposite. She kept getting ahead in the count, throwing strikes early. "We just kind of had the first- game blues;" Humphrey said. "We hadn't been outside much, which isn't an excuse." It's got the team fired up, he said. They're working a bit harder now, and Monday was the best practice of the season so far. The Huskies played flawless defense, while Newport had three errors. Newport recorded 12 hits, while Sweet Home recorded three. "The third inning, we kind of got things going a bit," Humphrey said. Down 7-0 with two outs, Cailtyn Gillespie and Katie Virtue put together back-to-back singles in the third inning. With runners. on first and second, it was a shot at coming back. "In softball, that (7-0) can change lickity split," Humphrey said. Emili Riggs added a single in the fourth. Megan Graville pitched 2 1/3 innings, and Emily Marchbanks pitched 1 2/3 innings: It wasn't the start this team wanted, but what he saw afterward was not a team that was satisfied, Humphrey said. "I saw a team that was ready to get back to work. They want another game so they can get the bad taste out of their mouths. "It wasn't the best outing, the one we expected," Humphrey said. "To be honest, I don't think we'll have too many outings like that day." Sweet Home 000 O0 - 0 3 0 Newport 160 3x - 10 12 3 A Newport base up a loose ball. runner slides into third while Photo by Sean C. Morgan Cory Hanks tries to pick