Hopkins’ state title tops for Warriors

Lebanon High School’s spring sports season wound down last month with a state championship for thrower Morgan Hopkins in track and field, and a medal in the 1500 for Isabella Ayala.

They were the only athletes to make the podium in spring sports, but the Warriors had others who qualified for state.

Baseball:  Lebanon finished at the bottom of the Mid-Willamette Conference with a 3-13 record, 6-18 overall.

Curtis Jones got all-league Gold Glove honors as an outfielder and was named to All-League Honorable Mention, along with pitcher Dylan Studer, catcher Joey Starr, and infielder Dylan Jorgensen.

Golf: Senior Alexis Glaser was the lone Warrior golfer to qualify for the state tournament after placing fifth in the district tournament with a 91-96.

She placed 26th at the state tournament, held May 13-14 at Quail Valley in Banks.

Softball: Lebanon which finished 15-11 overall and 9-7 in Mid-Willamette Conference action, completed its season with a one-stop trip to the state playoffs. The 14th-seeded Warriors lost a tough 1-0 game at No. 3 Hillsborough in the first round.

Freshman Trinity Holden was named First Team All-League catcher after finishing the season with a .422 batting average,three home runs and 18 RBIs. Junior Taylor Edwards also made First Team All-League after batting .440, with five homers and 27 RBIs.

Junior McKenzie Crenshaw was a Second Team All-League pick and Nicole Bender was Honorable Mention.

Tennis: Sophomore Tomas de Jong and senior Josh Moore were the only Lebanon tennis team members to make the podium, taking the consolation bracket championship in the district tournament.

Track: Hopkins, a senior,  held May 24-25 at Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham, due to construction work taking place at Hayward Field at the University of Oregon, where the meet has been held in recent years.

Hopkins won the state title in the shot with a throw of 38-6½, well off the 40-0¼ she’d thrown at the Rob Allen Twilight meet May 3 in Lebanon, but good enough to win.

She then placed second in the discus, with a 112-9, just short of the PR of 113-5 she threw at the district meet, in which she also placed second.

Senior Isabella Ayala finished eighth at state in the 1500 (4:55.38) and ninth in the 3000 (10:40.21).

The only other Warrior to make state was sophomore Danyel Davis in the 100 hurdles, who didn’t qualify for finals after running 17.96 in the prelims.