Pioneer Press Staff
With the exception of the snowboarding team, all winter sports have wrapped up their seasons. Here is a quick rundown of the results.
The wrestling team took 11 wrestlers to the state tournament after finishing second at the district meet held at SHS on Feb. 18-19. Junior Nate Shea (285 lbs.), sophomore Mason Culp (132 lbs.) and freshman Gage Culp (126 lbs.) were all district champions. Senior Kayden Keller was second in the 120 lbs. weight class.
Head coach Bryce Reisnaur was proud of the efforts of his entire squad. “We also won back to back tournaments because of the entire team finding ways to win matches and score extra points for the team,” Reisnaur said.
At State, Shea went the farthest, making it to the semi-finals. Gage Culp won two matches before bowing out in the third round. Overall, Sandy placed 18th. Other state qualifiers were: seniors Mikey Platz (and Keller), juniors Grady Buswell, Jamison Davis and Gabe Rhue, sophomores Soren Dyal, and Gabe Tammad, and freshman Garrett Head.
Despite again competing without a home pool, the swim teams had numerous top 10 finishes at the district meet as the girls placed sixth and the boys placed 7th in the Mt. Hood Conference.
“This year’s season went really well. We had a few wins for both the girls and boys teams. The focus of the Sandy team is really individual improvement,” coach Jan Sharman said.
The boys relay team of freshman Micah Lomen, sophomore Nikolas Gibson and seniors Parker Sharman and Mason White had the most success, placing third in the 200 medley relay. They also placed seventh in the 200 free relay. For the girls, junior Laila Ramirez and seniors Audri Kato, Cinthya Bautista and Ruby Paulsen were fifth in the 200 medley relay and sixth in the 200 free relay.
Individually, Mason White finished third in the 100 free and fifth in the 500 free. For the girls, Kato was fifth in the 100 breaststroke and sixth in the 50 freestyle. Paulsen was seventh in the 50 freestyle and eighth in the 100 freestyle.
The varsity boys basketball team had a difficult season, going 2-14 in league play, but ended the season on a high note, beating Nelson for the second time by a score of 58-56 on Feb. 25.
“The Nelson game we really all clicked and came together and we all did all the right things,” junior Wayne Zimmerman said.
One of the strengths of the team was the camaraderie between the players.
“Our chemistry’s pretty good, I mean we all grew up playing the same sports together,” Zimmerman said. “We all treat each other like we’re family.”
The team had a new coach this year, Paul Henderson.
“Coach did a really good job of including fundamentals in our practices,” Zimmerman said.
The girls’ basketball team completed their season with a 7-7 league record, good enough for a tie for fourth in the Mt. Hood Conference.
“I think this season was one of the best seasons we’ve ever had in the past few years. We had really good team chemistry, we all knew each other and are friends,” junior Jayden Gooding said.
Sadly, after a fiasco on senior night, the girls’ basketball team ended the game with a forfeit causing them a spot in the playoffs.