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PIL Athletes Shine at 2024 Wrestling State Championships, Earn Two Individual Titles

The 2024 wrestling season reached its conclusion at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum for the 6A State Championships on February 23rd and 24th. 

Dozens of student-athletes from the PIL made it to compete with their peers from around the state on both the boys' and girls’ sides. 

This year the PIL is proud to celebrate two individual state champions from the girls' 6A/5A championships. Cleveland’s Isabel Herring and Ida B Wells’ Zorina Johnson were both the best wrestlers in Oregon this season in their respective classes. 

They were joined on the girls’ side by three other semifinalists: Maria Caudillo (Cleveland), Lillian Courtnage-Dyke (Grant), and Emony Greely (Roosevelt), as well as two more girls’ quarterfinalists: Niazeal Orduna Torres (Grant) and Micah Muir (Lincoln)

On the boys’ side, Jefferson’s Titus Rodela made it the furthest, finishing second in the state after reaching the final for his class. Lincoln’s Elijah Borrayo was the other semifinalist from the PIL this season.

Additionally, the league produced five more boys’ quarterfinalists: Isaiah Snyder (McDaniel), Nico Farinola (Lincoln), Ethan Holstein (McDaniel), Max Copus (Cleveland), and Dane Hartmann (Franklin).

Overall, eight PIL schools were represented in this year's state quarterfinals. Congratulations to our PIL student-athletes and coaches on a tremendous wrestling season!

State Basketball Tournament Tips Off, Four PIL Teams Advance Past First Round

The top teams from PIL boys and girls basketball opened tournament play this week. 

On Tuesday the boys' teams played their first-round games. #3 Roosevelt handled David Douglas 96-59 in a dominant showing for the league’s regular season champion. #11 Grant defeated Roseburg 77-57 to advance as well.  

Also making the field, Cleveland fell 81-46 to #9 South Medford, Jefferson lost 74-62 to West Linn, and Lincoln came up short in a close 75-72 loss to Gresham. 

In the second round, Roosevelt hosts #14 Gresham at 7 pm on Friday. Grant travels to #6 Liberty at 7 pm as well. Both teams are playing to reach the quarterfinals where they could meet at the Chiles Center in an all-PIL matchup on March 6th. 

The girls' teams tipped off on Wednesday night and saw the PIL’s top two teams advance as well. #6 Benson dismantled McNary 87-31 and #4 Jefferson dominated Tigard 59-29.

Cleveland and Grant also made the tournament but did not advance. The Generals lost 45-19 to #7 Tualatin and the Warriors fell 54-42 to Sherwood. 

After splitting the PIL regular season title, Benson and Jefferson will both host games on Saturday at 2pm. Benson faces off with #11 Nelson while Jefferson plays #13 Forest Grove. 

Congrats To Our Youth Basketball District Champions!