It is that time of the year again: The summer grind is starting and fall sports are only about 2 1/2 months away. There will be previews of every conference in each classification in volleyball, soccer, and cross country this summer, with some being more detailed than others depending on the amount of information available. Let’s continue the countdown to fall sports with previewing the Mt. Hood Conference in volleyball, soccer, and cross country. For other 2022 conference previews, they can be found here.
2021 Champion: Central Catholic
2021 Athlete of the Year: Makayla Roginski, Gresham
Top Returners: Kali Lukovich (Nelson), Sofia Cooper (Central Catholic), Sydney Brewster (Sandy), Angeleena Acosta (David Douglas), Halsey Brumitt (Clackamas), Malia Parker (Central Catholic), Mia Starr (Central Catholic), Alycia Wilson (Central Catholic), Morgan Calcagno (Barlow), Emma Fairbanks (Reynolds), Lena Corcoran (Sandy), Amiyah Eason (Barlow), Mia Hunt (Central Catholic)
Reynolds: 4-13 (4-12) in 2021, Projected Varsity Returners: 8
They had bright flashes in the 2021 season, including beating a playoff team in Gresham in October. What’s even better is that they keep majority of their varsity roster intact from last season, including five juniors and three seniors. They have work to do, but the Raiders could be closer to their first playoff bid since 2016 if things go their way in the fall.
Sandy: 5-13 (5-11) in 2021, Projected Varsity Returners: 7
The 2021 season was a mixed bag for the Pioneers, as they were on the playoff bubble for a while before falling out of contention late in the season. They’ll have some holes to fill on defense and the outside spots, but returning all-league selections Sydney Brewster and Lena Corcoran has to be an optimistic spot for the program to be in entering 2022. They are set in the middle, setter, and retain some outside talents, but definitely have work to accomplish if they want back into the playoffs this season.
Barlow: 7-11 (6-10) in 2021, Projected Varsity Returners: 8
Another program with pieces to build around: Libero Amiyah Eason and outside hitter Morgan Calcagno, both juniors and hungry for a playoff spot in 2022. Fellow juniors Gabbie Davidson and Maddy Pea will be looked to as the new middle blocking duo, while the program will need to address depth holes in outside hitting and defensive positions. Plenty to work to do, but optimism is acceptable that they might be playoff-bound this year.
Gresham: 10-11 (7-9) in 2021, Projected Varsity Returners: 11
Fresh off their first playoff appearance since 2017, the Gophers are looking to build it into a string of successes starting this fall. 2021 Conference Player of the Year Makayla Roginski was a major key to that, and it’ll be tough to not have her around in 2022. Their depth and retained roster should speak for itself, as 11 returning players across all positions is a great foundation to build upon if you are Gresham, plus it gives other girls an opportunity to make a name for themselves. It won’t be easy, but Gresham should be expecting playoffs again this year if everything goes to plan for them.
David Douglas: 8-11 (8-8) in 2021, Projected Varsity Returners: 4
The Scots made it back to the playoffs for the first time since 2017, being led hard by a massive team of seniors. However, 2022 will be the beginning of a rebuild around the pieces they have left: All-league libero Angeleena Acosta, setter Haley Moreschi, defensive specialist Ariana Andalon Ordaz, and outside hitter Ava Piper. There’s lots of things to figure out with depth and spots filled, so this might be a rough campaign for David Douglas until they sort out things and build up a chemistry on the floor.
Nelson: 17-8 (13-3) in 2021, Projected Varsity Returners: 10
The newest school in the Metro made the playoffs in their first full season as a school, subsequently sweeping Roseburg for their first playoff win in school history as well. Losing only two players will massively help the Hawks, who return a massive force in Kali Lukovich on the outside. Aside from replacing Avery Bergers at libero, Nelson should be playoff-bound again in 2022 and perhaps go further than the second round.
Clackamas: 20-6 (13-3) in 2021, Projected Varsity Returners: 5
While the season ended fairly abruptly at the hands of Sheldon, you could classify their overall record to be a success for Clackamas in 2021. Now, a difficult task of rebuilding and sustaining the program successes is on the horizon in 2022, as the Cavaliers return only five players. They will have a senior middle blocking duo in Erin Taylor and Summer Artman this season, while another senior Halsey Brumitt returns as an all-league outside hitter with sophomore Arielle McMurray and junior Kendelle Zilz. That is literally all they have coming back from their varsity team in 2022, so a makeover roster is in order and a challenge is in store this year for Clackamas.
Central Catholic: 24-4 (16-0) in 2021, Projected Varsity Returners: 9
The Rams ran all the way to a state semifinals appearance, falling in a five-set battle to eventual state champion West Linn. This year, over half of their returning roster were all-league selections last season, making 2022 appearing to be a reloading year for Central Catholic as their quest for their first state title since 2016 still being the priority entering the fall. The Rams are shooting for a state title, and they are an easy favorite to win the Mt. Hood Conference.
2021 Champions: Barlow
Offensive Player of the Year: Citlaly Soto, Sandy
Defensive Player of the Year: Erin Marynik, Barlow
Top Returners: Lucy Cratsenberg (Central Catholic), Hadley Cunningham (Sandy), Josie DeLine (Barlow), Charlotte West (David Douglas), Mairin Kelly (Nelson), Kat Tercek (Barlow), Katee Huskic (David Douglas), America Lopez (Gresham), Abigail Safe (Sandy), Mollie Mackey (Central Catholic), Abigail Nanity (Central Catholic), Lauryn Nguyen (Clackamas), Olivia Eyestone (David Douglas), Grace Alderton (David Douglas), Harper Ouderkirk (Central Catholic), Andrea Jaramillo (David Douglas), Grace Carter (Gresham), Jessica Garcia-Cruz (David Douglas), America Vasquez (Gresham)
Reynolds: 1-11-1 (0-7-1) in 2021, Projected Varsity Returners: 13
2021 was a rough campaign for Reynolds, as the program struggled with generating offensive production and containing opposing offenses. The Raiders retain majority of their roster and positional depth, including senior goalkeeper Alison Spence. It isn’t unrealistic to expect Reynolds to be slightly better this season, but they still have lots to do in order to achieve that goal.
Gresham: 1-11-2 (0-7-1) in 2021, Projected Varsity Returners: 6
The 2022 campaign looks to be a fresh start for the Gophers, as they will have a bulldozed roster that shed 10 seniors and return only six players with varsity experience this season. There will be lots of experimenting, testing, and molding players into a variety of positions, which means that Gresham’s season will likely look a lot like 2021 on paper. The coaches will be looking to America Vasquez and Grace Carter to lead the locker room as returning all-league selections, as well as being leaders on the field.
Nelson: 4-7-3 (2-5-1) in 2021, Projected Varsity Returners: 17
Thier first official varsity campaign didn’t yield a playoff appearance for the Hawks, but as is the case with new schools, they will return every girl with the exception of three to the team in 2022. Junior midfielder Mairin Kelly returns as an all-league selection from last season, Lola McArthur will be taking over full-time goalkeeping duties, and every position looks healthy in terms of returning depth. The Hawks weren’t that far away from the playoffs if a few ties or one goal games had flipped in their favor, and with such a deep returning roster, it isn’t unrealistic to believe 2022 will feature their first playoff appearance in school history.
Sandy: 3-8-3 (3-3-2) in 2021, Projected Varsity Returners: 14
This program has a very unique strength: A loaded junior varsity class. Returning all-league selections Hadley Cunningham and Abigail Safe are both juniors, junior Natalie Foutz returns to the goalkeeping position, and juniors fill in most of their positional depth for the next two years. If they don’t make the playoffs in 2022, they will surely be a sure-fire pick to do it in 2023. Either way, better times are coming for the Pioneers program in the next two years.
David Douglas: 5-6-3 (4-3-1) in 2021, Projected Varsity Returners: 13
The Scots fell just short of the playoffs last season, finding themselves three spots out of the field. Something that stands out is that their midfield consists mostly of returning sophomores, while the defense features majority returning juniors, with only three seniors total on the 2022 season. It is also worth noting that Jessica Garcia-Cruz returns as an all-league goalkeeper as a junior for David Douglas, along with fellow all-league selections Charlotte West, Katee Huskic, Olivia Eyestone, Grace Alderton, and Andrea Jaramillo. No doubt that talent is back for David Douglas this season, which should make the playoffs a priority for them to achieve.
Clackamas: 6-6-2 (5-2-1) in 2021, Projected Varsity Returners: 7
Last season, the Cavs had what could be seen as a solid campaign in a tough conference to breakthrough in, not to mention a tough classification in general. Minimal depth returns to them in 2022, which consists of four defenders and three offensive. Clackamas also doesn’t have a goalkeeper with any varsity experience on the 2022 roster, presenting a fair amount of challenges for them to replicate their 2021 season or improve on it. On a foundational note, returning junior Lauryn Nguyen will be the anchor on defense after an all-league season in 2021.
Central Catholic: 7-8 (6-2) in 2021, Projected Varsity Returners: 16
It ended in a Holy War pairing in the first-round last year, but the Rams are revving up for another playoff shot in 2022, returning 16 girls from their 2021 varsity roster. The offense is loaded with all-league selections: Lucy Cratsenberg, Mollie Mackey, and Abigail Naulty. On defense, Harper Ouderkirk will return to anchor it after receiving all-league honors last year. Questions remain about their goalkeeping situation after losing Megan Grant, but everything else looks solid for Central Catholic to work with.
Barlow: 9-4-3 (6-1-1) in 2021, Projected Varsity Returners: 11
Barlow was probably 6A’s most underrated program in 2021, with their final playoff placing not being a true reflection of how many wins they fell only one goal short on. The roster will be hit well from senior departures, but much hope lies on the horizon for Jay Jacobsen’s team. Mt. Hood Goalkeeper of the Year Camryn Waibel is gone, but her sister Kassidy Waibel is only an incoming sophomore and ready to take over the duties. Key pieces returning in 2022 will include Josie DeLine in the midfield and Kat Tercek on the forward line, both of whom will be instrumental pieces in the retooling season this year. The defense will be aided by three returning seniors, but offensive/defensive depth will be a challenge. They’ll be conference contenders again, but it won’t be as easy as past years for Barlow.
2021 Champion: Central Catholic
2021 Athlete of the Year: Ella McGillis, Central Catholic
Top Returners: Ella McGillis (Central Catholic), Zoe Rector (Central Catholic), Madeline Pizzuti (Nelson), Olive Paternoster (Central Catholic), Regina Diaz-Garcia (Clackamas), Kylee Hanel (Central Catholic), Nora Simmonds (Nelson)
David Douglas: 7th in the Mt. Hood Conference in 2021
There isn’t much to cover with the Scots, who sit way behind Gresham for sixth in the conference. Mary Loman will lead the charge and anchor the team, as the rest of her program continues to improve and work hard.
Gresham: 6th in the Mt. Hood Conference in 2021
On the bright side, the Gophers have a couple good anchors in Summer McGuire and Avery Morris, both of whom sit in the Top 20 returners to the Mt. Hood in 2022. On the downside, the Gophers don’t have the depth to be able to get out of their current position, only enough to hold it against David Douglas.
Nelson: 5th in the Mt. Hood Conference in 2021
The 2022 season could be a major breakout for the Hawks program, who return top seven runners in Madeline Pizzuti and Nora Simmonds, who are also complimented by Lillian McCullough. This trio, along with some help from their depth pieces, have the potential to skyrocket them up to 2nd in the conference if everything falls in line.
Sandy: 4th in the Mt. Hood Conference in 2021
They might not have any stars on the surface, but the Pioneers have deep depth in their first four, led by Susan McGaughey. In total, Sandy has five pieces that rank in the top 26 of the league, the most of any team except Central Catholic. This depth could be enough to get them up to 2nd as well, a battle that will involve them, Nelson, and Clackamas.
Barlow: 3rd in the Mt. Hood Conference in 2021
The Bruins had a solid 2021 campaign, finding themselves finishing third in the conference behind the anchor performances of Sofia Clavio and Emily Powers. The 2022 season looks much different for Barlow, as Clavio and Powers have both graduated and Izabela Garcia takes over as the new team leader. The Bruins will be decent and have a decent squad, but it won’t be like the 2021 season for them in terms of conference finish.
Clackamas: 2nd in the Mt. Hood Conference in 2021
The final of three conference teams looking to take runner-up in 2022, the Cavaliers are anchored by Regina Diaz-Garcia and a pair of top 15 compliments: Alison Moe and Gabrielle Evrard. They’ll need help from Kellie Shiozawa and Kendra Bonk, who can make up the time needed to gather the points needed in order to finish runner-up in the conference. Either way, it’ll be a great battle!
Central Catholic: Mt. Hood Conference Champions in 2021
In short, no one is catching the Rams or Ella McGillis this season. Their six fastest athletes all rank in the top 10 of the conference, including three of the top five overall. Just hand them the conference title, no one can contend with them.