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This program recognizes outstanding achievement in the classroom. Athletic teams with a collective grade point average of 3.0 or better make the all-state list. Twenty-two teams from our community have been so honored; five of those were in the top 10 state wide.
David Douglas High student athletes led the way by achieving top 10 status in volleyball (3.69), boys cross country (3.56) and girls cross country (3.86). The Scots girls soccer team earned academic all-state honors with a 3.42 GPA.
The combined Portland Christian/Columbia Christian girls soccer team (3.72) claimed top 10 honors and were joined by the combined football team, which made the list with a 2.98 GPA. While that grade point average does not meet the 3.0 benchmark, they were in the top 10 statewide among 3A schools. The combined boys soccer team (3.45) made the ranks of academic all-stars as well.
Reynolds High volleyball (3.28), boys soccer (3.15), cross-country (3.20), girls soccer (3.30) and girls cross-country (3.64) made the Raiders proud.
Parkrose High placed four teams on the all-state list: volleyball (3.3), girls soccer (3.26), boys cross-country (3.16) and girls cross-country (3.36).
Four Portland Adventist Academy teams also earned combined GPAs of 3.0 or better: volleyball (3.07), boys soccer (3.16), boys cross-country (3.50) and girls soccer (3.49).
Portland Christian volleyball earned a 3.51 combined GPA among 3A schools.
Columbia Christian volleyball (1A) achieved all-state honors with a 3.47 GPA.
National Merit Commendation
Portland Christian senior Emma Mullen learned recently that she has been honored as a Commended Student in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program. The National Merit Scholarship Corporation is a not-for-profit organization whose mission it is to recognize academic achievement among high school students nationwide, in order to connect those students with scholarship opportunities and to assist outside organizations in effective management of their scholarship programs. As a Commended Student, Emma ranked in the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who took part in the 2014 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.
Abdiweli Mohamed of Parkrose was named first team All-Northwest Oregon Conference and finished 54th at the OSAA State Championships at Lane Community College.
Parkrose struggled to a disappointing 3–6 season record; however, Bronco wide receiver Vincent Vy was named second team all-conference. Honorable mentions were wide receiver and safety Chris Wilson, quarterback Cedric Brooks, wide receiver and corner Donte Brooks, and tight end and lineman Odessa Harris. Additional honorable mentions went to tackle and linebacker Joe Moeaki, tackle and lineman Spencer Tatafu, linebacker Demar Paden, lineman DaeLonzo Floyd, linebacker Robin Richmond and cornerback DeAndre Pickett.
In a few years the Broncos will welcome current Parkrose Colts third- and fourth-grade players who won the Portland City Championship with a 26–8 win over Grant.
Parkrose High School choir members selected to perform with the Oregon Music Educators All-State Honor Choir at the University of Oregon in mid-January included Leah Coyle (soprano), Avery-Kiira Abney (alto), Kai Fiser and Matt Mazon (tenors), and Jonathan Almasan, Reed Bostic and Easton Fiser (basses). Kaitlyn Carter, flute, was chosen for the All State Band.
In addition, Coyle, Abney, Fiser, Mazon, Bostic and Isamu Chang (bass) were selected to perform in the American Choral Directors Association All-NW Honor Choirs. Student representatives are chosen from more than 2000 applicants representing six northwest states. The performance will be in Seattle in March.
Portland Adventist Academy boys (13–3–2 overall) were crowned state champions at the OSAA tournament by virtue of wins over Western Mennonite, Riverdale and Delphian in early rounds. The fourth-ranked Cougars beat second-ranked Oregon Episcopal in the championship game and earned the title with a 3–2 victory.
The Cougar girls (9–2–4) made the state playoffs as well, but stumbled in a first-round loss to Pleasant Hill/Lowell.
David Douglas boys (10–3–2) earned a state playoff birth but then stumbled, losing 1–0 to Beaverton in a first-round game.
Despite struggling in league play, there were enough highlights during the season for Parkrose Broncos forward and team leader Jada Krening to be named Northwest Oregon Conference Player of the Year. In addition, Krening was named to the All-State team. Joining Krening on the conference all-star team with honorable mentions were forward Jewel Boland, midfielder Shelby Martin, and defenders Braelynn Hoffman and Lola LeBreton.
Parkrose boys players also received all-conference recognition. Midfielder Noah Addie and defender Homero Gonzalez were named to the second team. Jose Santiago, forward; David Cruz, midfielder; and Micah Wittinger and Jesus Cornejo, from diamond Jesus piece defenders, earned honorable mentions.
Portland Christian finished second overall in the Lewis and Clark League. Senior Hannah Antal was named first team all-conference, freshman Simone Gordon was named to the second team all-league and juniors Krystian Brownell and Demi Guild earned honorable mentions. The junior high team also had an exciting run, going on to secure the Metro Christian League Championship with a spectacular 13–1 season.
The Northwest Oregon Conference recognized Parkrose’s Lydia Pavlenko (second team) and Savanna Sharp and Shaianne Stanley (honorable mentions) for all-conference honors.
Reynolds girls brought home the OSAA 6A third-place trophy. The Raiders dispatched Westview 8–5 in a first-round match-up and sent West Albany packing in the second round after a 9–8 overtime win. They came up against eventual state champions Newberg in the third round and were turned away 14–3, but rebounded to trounce Lincoln 10–3 in the third-place game.
Sarah Hamman was named first team all-state; Meegan Fleshman, Harlie Whelan and Malia Dudley were named to the second team and Angelica Lopez earned an honorable mention.
David Douglas boys entered the 6A tournament with a first-round match against Westview, but the Wildcats turned back the Scots 12–10.
In 5A competition, in the first round of the OSAA tournament, the Parkrose boys team had their hopes dashed 12–10 by eventual state champions Mountain View.
Bronco players named to all-conference teams include Thomas Grant and Sadie McElhaney, second team and Zach Thomas, Antonio Cano, Melissa Ibrahim and Andrea Ioanas, honorable mentions.