|2007 Portland Christian Athletics: best year ever
THE MID-COUNTY MEMO
When a single student, or a single school, captures more than one title in the course of a year, the community lauds the talent, as if innate, ignoring the days of training and nights of practice that paid off. Though armed with skill and driven by ambition, a school that grasps three state championships plus top honors in individual achievements has more to share than victory. It lays a standard of greatness that compels the competitive athletes of the future onward and upward.
With an enrollment of approximately 400 students, chances are, every Portland Christian pupil knows someone who won a championship this year. Though both soccer teams excelled, both fell short of the goal. Many of the members of the girls soccer team earned first-team honors, and the team as a whole placed second in its NW Independent League. The boys soccer team went as far as the state quarterfinals.
The girls volleyball team, however, a consistent playoff contender, followed already raised expectations and surpassed them. After sweeping Corbett in the semifinals, the girls faced Weston-McEwan, who toppled them in the quarterfinals last year and still retained members of its 2004 championship team. But the PC girls would not be held second. After winning two matches and losing one, they pushed the fourth match to their first 2A state championship in school history.
High hopes also mounted in football as PC fans watched win after win lead to the teams first semifinals in school history. Entering with an impressive record of 21-1 and averaging 37.5 points per game, the boys football team, though steady all season, suffered a crushing loss to Cascade Christian after capturing the early lead.
Basketball also proved exhilarating but eventually anticlimactic for the boys. After achieving its second straight league title with a 14-1 league record, the boys basketball team advanced to the first round of the state championship just as it had for the past four years under coach Tyler Toney, only to be stymied by Bonanza. Yet the teams overall record left much to impress: 24-4. The girls basketball team, no newcomer to the state championships either, rode the momentum of the volleyball victory with the aid both of crossover members of that team and veterans of the 2004 championship basketball season. In fact, these girls have played at Pendleton nine consecutive years under coach Tom West. They entered the finals this year with a 24-4 record, beating out Chiloquin to face Santiam. With high scorers Junior Kim Hill, Jessica Beliel and Sophomore Darcy Cornell contributing to PCs 45 percent field goal percentage and their formidable defense keeping Santiam to only 23 percent, they secured their success, and the girls second 2A state championship title of the year, with a 49-31 victory.
Nothing will get a guy more riled than being shown up by the girls. Even the most chivalrous womens lib lover will find a bit more bite in his determination to win after congratulating his female friends, again. Or perhaps the boys baseball teams elusive pitching and precision hitting sealed the deal all on its own. Whatever the case, the 2007 Royal boys baseball team finished the year 25-5, with nine players making all-league, the first league championship since 1970, and the first state championship in school history, beating out Riddle 4-2. With player of the game Junior Eric Tolleson keeping Riddles hitters at bay through five innings and the help of Senior Greg Thompsons two-run homer, the boys celebrated their first state championship since the PC basketball team earned the honor in 1992.
So, for those who have lost count, PCHS has earned top rankings statewide on the 2A level in volleyball, basketball and baseball. Whats more? After a year of training, tournaments and scrimmages, PC students still have the stamina to leap even higher. Their athletes have dominated Northwest League track with a string of nine consecutive league titles. At this years state championship meet, PC students once more stepped up to grasp the gold. Top honors went to senior Charlie Antal in the long jump with a personal best of 21-7 1/2 and senior Lindsay Reinhardt on the low hurdles, who also placed second in the 400-meter dash.
Though the banners of their victory will remain long after they have graduated to other endeavors, the athletes of PCHSs 2006-07 year have contributed more than the thrill of competition for their fans on the bleachers. They inspire future generations, even those outside our community, to work just that much harder to beat them in the future. To which the prevailing sentiment on PC campus can only be, Bring it on!
This year we bid farewell to a duo of multi-talented state champions whose versatility and ambition hurtled their school into the top ranks, breaking records and raising the bar. In PCs 60-year history, Lindsay Reinhardt is the only female athlete to earn state championship rankings in three different sports (basketball, volleyball and track & field). Charlie Antal is the first athlete in PC history to earn 16 varsity letters (four each in football, basketball, baseball and track & field). Both students were key in each activity in which PC claimed team championships this year. The Memo grants them our congratulations and good wishes for the future.
Most freshmen would be thrilled just to make the varsity team in their first year. In 2004, Reinhardt joined the girls varsity basketball team in its first championship season, sharing victory with her sister Kingslee, then a senior. In the spring, the two tag-teamed to place second in the 2A state track championship 400-meter relay and fourth place in the 4 x 100. Reinhardt would continue to flourish on the track, breaking school records in the 400-meter dasg as a sophomore and again as a junior. In 2006 she took to the hurdles, finishing third at the state championships for the 300-meter hurdles. The volleyball court showed no less promise. Capping her PC career with a litter of broken records, she celebrated another first 2A state championship in volleyball with first-team all-tournament honors. She also topped her 400 benchmark in track for a third time and capped the 300 hurdles record with a personal best of 45.81 seconds, both of which set new district meet records. All this led up to her PC finale, earning first place in the 300 hurdles, second in the 400, and third in the 4 x 100 at the 2A state finals.
Reinhardt will attend the University of Sioux Falls in South Dakota this fall, which awarded her track and volleyball scholarships as well as a music scholarship for voice. She turned down the volleyball scholarship in order to run track both winter and spring.
In baseball, Antal dominated as both a pitcher (5-0, 56 strikeouts in 44 2/3 innings of regular season play) and at the plate, with a .463 batting average and a total of nine home runs as MVP of the Royals first state baseball championship team in school history. Antal capped his PC career with an individual best, landing first place honors for the long jump in the 2A state championships for track and field. In all, Antal participated in 20 state athletic competitions (three football, nine basketball, three track and field, and five baseball) and won two state championships. He set 16 PC school records in football including 3,413 career all-purpose yards, 2,268 career receiving yards, and 39 career touchdowns and reigned as PC Booster Clubs Male Athlete of the Year for the past two years.
Antal will take his talents to Wheaton College outside Chicago, Ill., which recruited him for both football and baseball.
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