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Crusader swimmer Zhu takes third at state

GRESHAM — St. Mary’s junior Jasper Zhu finished third in the boys 200-yard individual medley to lead a handful of local competitors at the state swimming championships Saturday at Mt. Hood Community College Aquatic Center.

Competing in the Class 4A/3A/2A/1A 200-yard individual medley final, Zhu touched the wall in 2 minutes, 2.54 seconds to edge fourth-place finisher Rawlins Lupoli of Sweet Home (2:03.40) and finish two seconds behind second-place Lucas Ellingson of Newport (2:00.75). Ryan Trichler of North Bend won the event handily in 1:56.24.

The strong finish was the second straight in state finals appearances for Zhu, who placed fifth in the same event last year.

Also for the St. Mary’s boys, Caleb Ringger placed sixth in the 100 freestyle (50.65) and 50 freestyle (23.25), helping the Crusaders finish 11th as a team with six points. Newport won the team title.

The St. Mary’s girls were led by Maryn Ringger, who placed fifth in the 50 freestyle (25.58) and sixth in the 100 freestyle (56.63), and placed 10th in the final team standings. North Bend won the 4A/3A/2A/1A girls team title.

Also in 4A/3A/2A/1A boys action, Phoenix’s Alec Shepherd took fifth in the 100 backstroke (1:00.47).

In the 6A girls meet, North Medford’s Zoey Dodson placed fourth in the 200 freestyle (1:55.85) and sixth in the 100 butterfly (59.53), and in the boys meet North’s Daniel Olson finished sixth in the 50 freestyle (21.81).

Sunset won the 6A girls team title and Jesuit was the 6A boys team champion.

Boys Basketball

CASCADE CHRISTIAN 50, ST. MARY’S 39: Senior wing Joel McLemore scored 16 of his game-high 17 points in the first half and senior guard Kyle Reece helped seal the victory with three key steals late as Cascade Christian clinched the Southern Cascade League tournament and the league’s top seed to state.

With the win, the Challengers (17-9) advance to the 16-team Class 3A state tournament. Cascade Christian will host a game next Saturday, while St. Mary’s (13-12) will have to travel for its first-round game.

Down 31-23 at the half, St. Mary’s rallied to get within six points with about four minutes to go before Reece stepped up. The 5-foot-9 guard converted three steals into four points over the next two minutes to put the game out of reach.

St. Mary’s was led by Jakab Bowling’s 15 points, while Gavin Rajagopal added nine.

ST. MARY’S (39): Snyder 1, Mayer 6, Sternenberg 3, Grant 0, Rajagopal 9, Silsbee 4, Bowling 15, Foster 1, Reynolds 0. Totals: 14 4-11 39.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN (50): Reece 8, Crowl 0, Dunn 12, H. Schaan 0, K. Schaan 0, Cochran 8, West 0, McLemore 17, Flores Alatorre 5, Lewis 0, Collom 0. Totals: 18 9-14 50.

St. Mary’s;10;13;8;6;—;39


3-point goals — St. Mary’s 7 (Mayer 2, Rajagopal 2, Bowling 3), Cascade Christian 5 (Cochran 1, McLemore 4).

Girls Basketball

CHILOQUIN 48, ROGUE VALLEY ADVENTIST 42: At Klamath Falls, Chiloquin avenged two previous losses to Rogue Valley Adventist to secure the Mountain Valley League’s third and final state tournament berth by winning the MVL’s third-place game at Oregon Tech.

The Red Tail Hawks finish their season 21-3 and will miss the 1A state tournament despite going 21-1 during the regular season and entering the MVL tournament on a 10-game win streak.