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West Linn athletes go all out winning awards

Girls Lacrosse: Three Rivers League

Kayla Bouchard, attack, 12, 1st Team All League

Annie Longtain, midfield, 12, 1st Team All League

Hanna Morford, midfield, 10, 1st Team All League

Mariah Gatti, midfield, 11, 1st Team All League

Megan Longtain, defense, 12, 1st Team All League

Tara Sonnemaker, goalie, 12, 1st Team All League

Natalie Byrne, midfield, 9, 2nd Team All League

Mary Richardson, defense, 11, 2nd Team All League

Genna Hughes, defense, 11, 2nd Team All League


Baseball: Three Rivers League

Karsen Lindell, outfielder, 10, 1st Team All League

Braden Vogt, Infielder, 11, Honorable mention

Kevin Kott, First base, 12, honorable mention

Will Matthiessen, utility, 9, honorable mention

Three Rivers League All League Pitchers:

Karsen Lindell, sophomore, 2nd Team All League

Mitch Mondor, senior, 2nd Team All League


Softball All League: Three Rivers League


Sarah VonAhn, freshman, 1st Team All League pitcher

Brianna Barzola, senior, 1st Team All League outfielder

Maddi Higgins, sophomore, 1st team all league outfielder

Mackenzie Hartdegen, junior, 1st team all league utility/DH

TRL Player of the Year: Brianna Barzola


Caroline Freiling, sophomore, honorable mention catcher


Leah Beyer, junior, honorable mention infielder


Boys Lacrosse: Three Rivers League

Coach of the year: Mark Flood, West Linn

Dalton Tuor, senior, midfielder, first Team All League

Ryan Klose, freshman, attacker, first Team All League

Colin Squires, freshman, long stick midfielder, first Team All League

Tanner Hampton, senior, defense, first Team All League

Zach Gaunt, senior, midfield, second Team All League

Dean Swanson, freshman, defense, second Team All League

Aaron Nelson, senior, attacker, honorable mention

Jack McMenomy, senior, attacker, honorable mention

K’Myn Pettitt-Delia, senior, defense, honorable mention

Will Strickland, sophomore, goalie, honorable mention

All American: Dalton Tuor

First Team: Ryan Klose, Dalton Tuor

Second Team: Tanner Hampton

Honorable mention: Zach Gaun, Colin Squires

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Walker McCrae, Staff Reporter
Before Walker McCrae, senior, realized his dream of becoming a sports manager, he was faced with one task, one court and one orange leather ball. “Walker! Get on the bench!” belched his eighth grade basketball coach, distinguishable by his lopsided scowl and aggravated temper. Now staring back down to the ball, McCrae watched as the grips slipped from his fingers and the ball hit the court with a bounce and a resounding thud. Another game, another bench, another hour and a half watching the ball pass from player to player while he sat on the sidelines. Yet this time, as he took his seat, he reached a sudden epiphany. “I realized that I sucked at sports,” McCrae said, “So, logically, I became interested in sports management.” Today, instead of framing his daily life around school sports, McCrae punches his alarm at 7:15 a.m., parks his red Honda Pilot in spot 86 by 8 a.m. and, after the day ends, pulls into his driveway after fighting 20 minutes of after-school traffic. McCrae still incorporates Intramurals Basketball and tennis into his schedule during winter and spring, yet he is more invested in sports management than any other athletic interest. “Last year, I was the editor for the Athletics section, and I still contribute a large amount of articles to Athletics,” McCrae said. “My love of journalism has fed into my desire to manage a sports team by boosting my knowledge of sports culture. It has also made me respect the media immensely, as I am well aware how difficult it is to be a journalist.” McCrae hopes to pursue financial/economic studies at his school of choice-- Barrett, The Honors College at Arizona State University. Once accepted to Barrett or another college with a Business program, McCrae plans to take every opportunity available, such as job shadowing and internships, to climb the management ladder. “Sports Management is a rigorous, competitive pursuit,” McCrae said, “but I’m super excited. I really have to bring it, not only in the classroom but also when I’m building connections with people. That’s what’ll make the difference.” For now, McCrae can be seen in the halls with a few friends, laughing at inside jokes while watching play-by-plays on his phone. “All of my friends want to be biologists, statisticians, mathematicians,” McCrae said. “I’m one of the few people I know who wants to go into my field. That doesn’t mean other kids aren’t interested in it nationwide, so like I said, I’ll still have to bring it.”  
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