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SSZ briefs: Week of July 6

Billies finish 5th in OSAA Cup

The Oregon School Activities Association (OSAA) released the final OSAA Cup standings last week. The OSAA Cup is a yearlong competition split into Classifications. Schools earn points based on where they finish in each sport (individuals earn points at a reduced rate in sports like swimming or wrestling), how well the teams do academically, and based on sportsmanship. Teams earn 200 cup points for a first place finish, 150 points for second, 140 for third, and so on down the line, with all the points earned tallied up at the end of the school year.

In this year’s competition, the Pleasant Hill Billies had the highest finish of any school in our area, finishing 5th in all of Class 3A with 2140 points. The Billies had lots of team success this year, making the quarterfinals in boys and girls basketball, baseball, and softball, while also making the postseason in volleyball and boys and girls soccer.

The Creswell Bulldogs also had a good finish, grabbing 12th in Class 3A with 1322.5 points. The Bulldogs grabbed 4th in the state in boys basketball, made the quarterfinals in volleyball, and had solid individual finishes in wrestling and track and field.

The Thurston Colts took 15th in Class 5A with 2203.25 points thanks to: a state title in baseball, second-place finishes in boys and girls wrestling, a semifinals appearance in football, a quarterfinals appearance in girls soccer, and third place at state in girls track and field.

The Cottage Grove Lions finished 24th in Class 4A with 1292.5 points. Top teams for the Lions were the cross country and track and field teams, as well as Allison Palluck grabbing a state title in wrestling.

The Springfield Millers ended the year in 30th in Class 5A with 856.25 points. The state championship girls basketball team accounted for much of those points, as well as playoff appearances for the football team and boys and girls soccer.

Overall OSAA Cup winners were: Class 6A Jesuit (17th time in the last 18 years), Class 5A Summit, Class 4A Scappoose, Class 3A Valley Catholic , Class 2A Kennedy, and Class 1A St. Paul.

Northwestelectricfest coming to Creswell

The Northwestelectricfest, a four-day plug-in electric vehicle festival, is coming to Lynx Hollow Park in Creswell from July 13-16. The festival contains onewheel electric-unicycle competitions, such as trick contests and races. Friday the 14th is the trick contest and Saturday the 15th is the trail race Tickets for the weekend can be purchased at https://tinyurl.com/ycke5an6.

Pleasant Hill’s Inglish continues to make mark

Pleasant Hill’s 6-foot-3 junior guard Gavin Inglish won the 3-point shooting contest at the Great West Team Camp in Bend last week.

South Valley Athletics offering free food, field trips

South Valley Athletics has teamed up with South Lane School District to offer free breakfast and lunch Wednesdays and Fridays at the Community Center, 700 E. Gibbs Ave. Breakfast served from 8-9 a.m. and lunch served from 11 a.m.-noon. SVA is also offering summer field trips and free activities for children and families. Visit southvalleyathletics.org

Team Columbia wins Les Schwab Bowl

Team Columbia handled Team Willamette 42-13 in the 75th Les Schwab Bowl, a high school football all-star game played Saturday at Linfield University in McMinnville. Three area athletes competed: Springfield lineman Sam Keen, and Thurston receivers Walker Bonar, Ethan Burkehead, and Luke Newell. Burkhead competed for the winning Team Columbia, while Keen and Bonar were on Team Willamette. Keen transferred to Springfield this season from Marist.

“We’re going to kill it,” Keen said in an interview with Scorebook Live during the week of practice leading up to the Les Schwab Bowl. “State is the goal — it always will be. That’s the bare minimum. That’s what I’m going to ask for. That’s why I transferred. I believe in them. We’re going to get it set up and we’re going to kill it.” 

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