Capping off their first year at the 3A level, each Bruins spring sports team made it to the state level this year to compete against the best of the best in Oregon.

With the Bruins baseball team falling to Warrenton last week during the second round of playoffs, the Bruins 2018/19 season ends here on a high note.

Baseball

The Bruins baseball team had an exceptional season this year as they went 26-3 overall this year, taking rank No. 2 in the OSAA 3A rankings and first place in their league at 15-0.

The Bruins pre-league season was strong as they went 9-1 against a range of opponents from 2A to 4A. Their single loss was against Banks during the second round of the Hidden Valley Tournament.

Moving into league play, the Bruins went 15-0 as they faced off against Douglas, South Umpqua, St. Mary’s, Cascade Christian and Sutherlin. The Bruins were undefeated as they claimed the league title and a slew of awards.

Roman Worthey received All-League MVP, Adam Shew earned First Team Pitcher, Jacub McCollum earned First Team Catcher, Brig Schofield earned First Team Infield, Jason Vanginderen earned First Team First Baseman, Jon Kleespies earned First Team Outfield, Andrew Burger earned First Team Utility and Payton Armentrout earned Second Team Infield.

Post-league, the Bruins faced Lost River for a win and the Hidden Valley for a loss as they prepared for playoffs. With their rank freezing at No. 2 in the state, they earned home playoff games all the way up until finals.

The first round had the Bruins face off against the Amity/Perrydale joint team for an 8-1 win. The quarter-final round followed, where the Bruins were defeated 3-2 by the Warrenton Warriors. The Bruins scored 247 total runs this year while only giving up 62.

For the full stats of the Bruins season, go to http://www.osaa.org/teams/26587.

To honor the Bruins achievements this year, their annual awards ceremony will be held at 6 p.m. this Friday at Salmon Run golf course.

The Bruins graduate four seniors this year: Schofield, Worthey, McCurdy and Kleespies.

Softball

This season held a few ups and downs for the Bruins softball team, but in the end, they earned a spot in the 3A playoffs for their efforts, the first in six years.

The Bruins went 6-6 in their pre-league season as they played a variety of 2A and 3A opponents. League play saw the Bruins face several old rivals and a few new faces as they played against Douglas, South Umpqua, Cascade Christian, and Sutherlin. They went 6-6 overall, earning a spot at playoffs as they finished third in the league.

With an 11-15 overall record, the Bruins were frozen at rank No. 17 in the OSAA 3A rankings, matching them up against the No. 1 ranked Clatskanie for the first round of playoffs. Clatskanie defeated the Bruins 15-0, ending their season there.

For detailed results of the Bruins season, go to http://www.osaa.org/teams/26592.

The Bruins scored 224 total runs this season and gave up 244, while also earning several league awards.

Gracie Harms earned First Team Pitcher this year while Maddy Taylor earned First Team Infield. Tilly Peters earned Second Team First Base, Jordan Crosby Earned Second Team Infield, Kayci Jones earned Second Team Outfield and Jordan Pryor earned Second Team Utility. Bruins head coach Tony Baron earned the Coach of the Year Award, which he shares with South Umpqua coach Joelle McGrorty, who tied for votes.

The Bruins graduate Kayci Jones as their lone senior this year. The date for their awards ceremony is currently still pending but slated for sometime in the next two weeks.

Track and field

After a long and arduous season, the Bruins track and field team finished their season with a state champion and several podium spots at the 3A state championships.

The Bruins opened their season by hosting three home meets, taking first in all three with the most team points. The Bruins took three more first-place spots in their following meets until they began competing at larger, statewide meets.

Eventually, the Bruins made it to the Special District 4 Championship meet where they had eight total athletes qualify to move on to the state level, while the team took fourth overall.

Derek Bonde became the state champion for Javelin. Kaleb Barnes took third in the 3000-meter and fourth in the 1500 earn spots on the podium.

Aiden Strahm took 12th place in the preliminary round of the men’s 100-meter and also competed in the long jump, where he took 10th place at 18-08. Christian Steendahl took 12th in the preliminary round of the 400. The Bruins 4x100 relay consisting of Strahm, Toner Neros, Cody Lee and Andrew Enos took sixth.

For the girls, Alonna Nalls competed in the 400 and took 12th place. Chloe McCrae threw the discus to earn fifth place and also threw the Javelin to earn ninth place. Mickey Fulton took sixth place in pole vault.

For detailed results from every Bruins meet this year, go to https://www.athletic.net/TrackAndField/School.aspx?SchoolID=163.

The Bruins graduate four seniors this year: Strahm, Enos, Fulton and McCrae. Each made it to the state meet.

The track and field awards banquet will be June 4 at 6 p.m. in the Brookings-Harbor High School Cafeteria.

Golf

The Bruins golf team had a successful season this year, as the boy’s team made it to the state tournament and took seventh place.

Their top golfer at state was Cameron Kime who tied for 17th. Next best for the Bruins was Zack Walker at 32nd place, tied with Travis Keady of Burns. Robby Rowe followed immediately behind in 34th place, with Rylan Bruce after that in 35th place and tied with Jackson Hart of Riverdale.

For a full list of results from the state tournament, go to http://www.osaa.org/activities/bgf/results.

The girl’s team members Abby Walker and Mia Weaver made it to districts but were unable to advance to the state level. Walker placed ninth while Weaver took 22nd. According to Bruins coach Gary Earl, the girls would have likely qualified for state if they had two more players to fill out a full team, instead of playing as two solo golfers.

The Bruins already held their awards banquet this year last Wednesday, May 22.

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