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June 14, 2016

KATIE VIRTUE battles at the plate during the Redding regional softball competition. Her team came within a game of the NAIA World Series.

Katie Virtue (2014), a sophomore at the Oregon Institute of Technology and Sweet Home High School graduate, finished her softball season second-team all-conference in the Cascade Collegiate Conference.

Her team came within a game of the NAIA World Series in the Redding regional competition that started on May 16.

She started as lead-off batter and during the regional competition she was second in the lineup. She hit .335 during the season, fifth on her team. During the regional tournament, she hit .300, scored two runs and had one RBI.

Virtue’s team opened the tournament beating Dickinson State 12-3. She went 2-4 with an RBI and scored a run.

OIT lost 4-2 to Simpson University. Virtue went 2-3 and had three putouts in left field.

OIT faced Dickson again, winning 5-0. Virtue went 0-3 but reached base twice on a fielder’s choice. OIT faced Simpson again, winning 3-0.

OIT needed to beat Simpson one more time to advance to the World Series, but Simpson won 7-1. In that game, Virtue went 1-4.

Virtue is studying medical imaging in the radiation science program. She is planning to finish her degree next year.

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Sophomore McKenzie Marchbanks’ (2014) Clackamas Community College softball team was eliminated from the Northwest Athletic Conference championships tournament May 22 after a loss to eventual champion Mt. Hood.

The Cougars finished the season 35-10, as Marchbanks started 14 games as a pitcher, finishing with a 2.63 ERA. She was selected to the All-Tournament team.

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University of Portland runner Jakob Hiett (2015) has red-shirted his freshman year in both cross-country and track, but competed as an at-large entrant in the 1500 on May 12 at the Charles Bowles Invitational at Willamette University in Salem.

Hiett finished 15th in 4:04.32 in a tightly bunched field in which the top 11 finishers were under four minutes. He said afterwards he could have run faster if he had strategized differently.

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Annie Whitfield (2012), a junior at the University of Oregon, placed sixth in the women’s javelin at the Pac-12 Championships, held at the University of Washington. Whitfield won her preliminary flight with a throw of 140-4, which turned out to be her best effort of the day. Winner Mackenzie Little of Stanford threw 176-2.

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Photo courtesy of Pamplin Media Group EMILY MARCHBANKS pitches in the NWAC softball championships.

Amanda Basham (2008) is one of 1,500 runners scheduled to compete June 25-26 in the 2016 Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains, which is one of the oldest trail races in the United States and one of the top trail races in the world.

Basham, who runs professionally for Nike, was the second female finisher in the Gorge Waterfalls 100K Saturday, April 2, at Cascade Locks, which qualified her to run the Western States event. This will be her first race over 50 miles.

Founded in 1974, Western States is the world’s oldest 100-mile trail race. It starts in Squaw Valley, Calif. and ends100.2 miles later in Auburn, Calif.

Following the historic Western States Trail, runners climb more than 18,000 feet and descend nearly 23,000 feet before they reach the finish line at Placer High School in Auburn.


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