Prep Athlete

'We will be the best record team Junction City has ever had'

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The Junction City Tigers

McKenna Straube is leading the Junction City Tigers to their best soccer season in school history.

"We are hoping to get to 12 wins," she said. "We are 10 and 2 right now - and if we get to that point, we will be the best record team Junction City has ever had."

A 4-year varsity player, Straube is in her second season as the Tigers captain.

"You have some captains who are bosses," coach Chris Bolton said. "She is not that way. Her first instinct is to help others."

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Prep Athlete of the Week: Griffin Jeskey

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Griffin Jeskey

This week’s prep athlete of the week is Griffin Jeskey, a freshman soccer player at Willamette High School with 8 goals and 6 assists.

He is on his way to breaking the scoring record as a freshman at Willamette, and he is a good student and athlete.

Willamette just moved from 5A to 6A and is competing because of the output of Griffin.

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Prep Athlete Of The Week: Alex Johnston

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It’s not just Alex Johnston’s size that makes him stand out on the football field. The senior’s ability to lead made him captain of the Junction City High School team for his third season.


Johnston carries those leadership skills off the field. He’s been a volunteer for groups like Habitat for Humanity and Meals On Wheels since the sixth grade.


"I love helping people and just doing whatever I can to give back, because the community has given me so much,” said Johnston. "My dad is always telling me that… you can be a good football player but it doesn't really make a difference if you don't build any character.”

Prep Athlete Of The Week: Olivia Powell

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Olivia Powell has been dominating the prep-level competition in the TrackTown U.S.A. during her time at Creswell High School. This season she’s looking to make her mark at the 5A level.


Powell has won six state championships – three in cross country and three in track and field. She won her first one when she was just 14 years old and a freshman at Creswell High.


"Going into it I knew that I would be up there. I had been working hard and putting in the miles and stuff and my goal was to win but after it happened I had a hard time believing it,” said Powell.

Prep Athlete of the Week: Madalyn Ardueser

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Local golfer Madalyn Ardueser, a two-time 5A Girl's District Champion, was recently chosen to play in the 2014 Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach.


Ardueser was chosen for the official champions tour event by national panel of judges who evaluated golfers on playing ability and a comprehension of life skills.


“It's one of the best courses in the world, you know, and I've heard so many great things about it, like the scenery. I've also heard it's really tough. So it will be a great challenge i can't wait,” said Ardueser.

Prep Athlete of the Week: Alycia Wodke

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Alycia Wodke’s competitive talent came at a young age. When she was in the sixth grade she was already competing with on the eighth grade team. Now a senior in high school, Wodke is trying to lead her team to successful season.

Last season, the Willamette Wolverines Girl’s Volleyball team made it all the way to the 5A state title game, an unforgettable experience for Wodke.

"We finally made it to that spot, I mean first time ever at Willamette so I was super proud that we did that as a team together,” the Prep Athlete of the Week said. 

“The biggest thing I've tried to grow at is a leader. I think my freshman year I struggled trying to get people to play with me and you know I'm still working at that every day so I can make my team work together as a group so we can win together.”

Prep Athlete of the Week: Austin Crowson

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Monroe won the state 2A title

In last week's 2A state title baseball game, Monroe junior pitcher Austin Crowson was faced with adversity.

Tied at 1 in the top of the 7th inning, a routine groundball turned into an error.

"You can't worry about something that happened," he said. "You can't worry about the last play, you have to keep just going."
    
And keep going he did, striking out 11 and giving up just four hits on the way to a state championship.

If there was anyway Crowson's performance could have been overshadowed, this may have been it: tied up at 1 in the bottom of the 7th, Monroe's Zach Gwillim - subbed in to pinch hit for the first time in the postseason - stepped to the plate and hit a walk-off game-winning homerun.

Prep Athlete of the Week: Marist baseball team

Marist head baseball coach Scott Dewitt expected big things from a talented Spartans roster heading into the 2014 season.

They also had new faces on the team, guys like Tanner Cantwell, a transfer from Willamette. Cantwell said he shared the same expectations.

But expectations are one thing.

Performance is another.

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Prep Athlete of the Week: Brandon Brancato

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Brandon Brancato

Heading into the 2014 season, Sheldon senior pitcher Brandon Brancato admits he was a little nervous.

He had a reason to be: with a new players all around, Brancato was going to be number one in the rotation in his first year as a consistent varsity starter.

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Marist High student takes long jump State title: 'Competition will help me keep striving to be the best'

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Marist Track and Field star Liam Henshaw took the state crown long jump at Hayward Field on Friday while dealing with a nagging ankle injury.

He edged out the next closest opponent by just a quarter of an inch with a jump of 23’, ¾”.

“Every time I come to Hayward I seem like I compete better, and I think it's the Hayward magic, you know? To be able to come here the next four years and compete at the same place is awesome, I’m so excited,” Henshaw said.

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Marist High tennis player: 'I'm competitive. I want to win every time I'm out there'

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 Winning seems to come naturally to Marist High junior AJ Bartko. The tennis doubles state champion has been playing the game for over a decade.

"I'm competitive. I want to win every time I'm out there,” said Bartko.

In the winter, Bartko leaves the tennis court for the basketball court. He said his time playing hoops leads to success in the spring.

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3-sport athlete at short stop for Springfield

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Taylor Travess

If you check out a Springfield High School baseball game to see the Millers march their way to a league title, you'll notice the talent of senior shortstop Taylor Travess.

If he looks familiar, you're not seeing things: Travess is a three-sport star for the Millers.

So it begs the question: where does all that drive come from?

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Prep Athlete of the Week: Aaron Clift

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Success hasn't come without a few setbacks for Thurston High pitcher Aaron Clift.

His sophomore season, he tore his rotator cuff in his throwing arm.

He recovered. Now a senior, Clift will pursue an opportunity next year to play at Mount Hood Community College, where he says he knew instantly it was the right fit.

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