ELCA’s Daisy LaLonde top state finisher locally

Fall sports have ended for all Lebanon high school teams, with the Lebanon Warriors’ Nov. 5 loss to Canby in the first round of the 5A playoffs, and East Linn Christian freshman Daisy LaLonde’s third-place finish at the 3A/2A/1A state cross-country championships.
The Warriors finished the season fifth in Special District 3 (essentially the Mid-Willamette Conference) with a 4-3 record in league, 4-6 overall after the 37-7 loss at Canby.
They were the only Lebanon athletes to make it to state, as senior RJ Kennedy was eighth in the district cross-country championships held Oct. 30 at Seven Oak Middle School, running 17:14. He needed to make the top five to qualify for state as an individual. Senior Payton Drummond was the girls’ top finisher, 21st in 22:24.
Across town at ELCA, though, LaLonde, who had been turning heads all year, won the 3A/2A/1A District 2 championships at Cheadle Lake Oct. 28 in 19:43, nearly half a minute ahead of the second-place finisher.
She then finished third at state Nov. 6, running 19:34. Senior Makena Houston of Columbia Christian was the 3A/2A/1A girls state champion (19:05).
East Linn’s boys soccer team, which included two girls, finished third in Special District 3 with a 3-4-1 record, 4-10-2 overall, losing to No 1-seeded Catlin Gable 8-0 in the first round of the playoffs.
Lebanon’s boys went 1-6-2 in MWC action to finish eighth, 3-7-2 overall.
The Warrior girls finished 1-6 to place seventh in the conference, 1-10-1 overall.
East Linn’s volleyball team finished winless in league, 1-16 overall.
Lebanon’s volleyball team suffered through a 1-15 MWL season and finished 2-16 overall.
Sophomore libero Ava Makua was named First Team All-League, and senior middle hitter Trinity Holden, junior setter Alivia Holden, and sophomore setter Jannah Jimienez were named Honorable Mention All-League.
For the football team, first-team All-Leaguers were: senior defensive lineman Jonny Rappe, senior linebacker Waylon Wolfe, senior offensive lineman Mark Workman and senior running back Brayden Burton.
Wolfe was named Second Team All-League as a tight end, joining junior defensive back Colton Vandetta, senior kicker Caleb Christner, junior offensive lineman Clayton Eilers, and senior wide receiver Brayden Curry on the Second Team.
Burton was named Honorable Mention as a defensive back, Vandetta as a wide receiver, along with junior defensive lineman Luke Taylor, junior defensive back Brady Crenshaw, junior offensive lineman Fabian Gutierrez, junior quarterback Dre Smith and sophomore running back Wyatt Wessel.