CRESWELL – The Thurston boys golf team took fourth place at the State Championships last week. The tournament was held at Emerald Valley Golf Course in Creswell on Monday and Tuesday, with the Colts taking fourth in the team standings for the second straight year.
Junior Peyton Wiedenmann led the Colts, finishing tied for 11th overall at +18. Junior Trison Hedges finished 21st with a +24, junior Owen Lester finished t-28th with a +30, freshman Lincoln Wiedenmann finished 32nd with a +32, and senior Corren Hester finished t-47th with a +44.
Thurston entered day two in fifth place, shooting 52-over par as a team. After a tough start to day two, Peyton Wiedenmann led a late comeback on Tuesday, scoring birdies on holes 13, 15 and 16 to end the day +6, tied for the fourth-best score on day two. Thurston finished day two at +52, with a team score of +104 overall. Summit finished first at +64, Wilsonville took second at +80, La Salle Prep grabbed third at +97, and Mountain View took home fifth at +107.
Meanwhile, at the girls state championship at the Quail Valley Golf Course in Banks, Thurston junior Olivia Grandberry took fourth place overall. Grandberry was the only Colt at the event, finishing +17 overall while shooting +4 on day two, tied for the best round-two score.
Springfield girls basketball honored by mayor
The Springfield Millers girls basketball team was honored by Mayor Sean VanGordon last week for its Class 5A State Championship. The Millers were honored at the most recent City Council meeting. The Millers took home the state title with a 44-29 win over Crescent Valley on March 10. The win secured the Millers their first state basketball championship since 2012.
Pleasant Hill choir places third at state
The Pleasant Hill Billies choir team took home third place at the Class 3A State Championships on May 4. Pleasant Hill outdueled Sisters and Sutherlin for the third and final podium spot. The Billies ended with 257 points, behind McLoughlin with 282 points and Westside Christian with 297. Pleasant Hill’s choir program is led by Kyle Ludwig and consists of: seniors Autumn Smith, Cassidy Perkins, Elijah Brenn, Jillian Placko, Lorena Albright and Sage Campbell, as well as juniors Addie Bahen and Deanna Helvie, and freshman Peyton Myers.
Thurston linebacker, kicker announce commitments
Two Thurston Colt football players announced commitments to colleges this month. Senior linebacker Romynn Schaeffer, a Churchill transfer, announced his commitment to George Fox University, a Division III school located in Newberg, just outside of Portland. Schaeffer earned first-team all-league and second-team all-state honors this season for Thurston.
Also announcing his commitment was Thurston senior Connor Nevin, who committed to Southern Oregon, an NAIA program in Ashland. Nevin was the kicker and punter for Thurston, earning first-team all-state honors as a punter and second-team honors as a kicker.