2022 Three Rivers League Fall Sports Preview

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 Three Rivers League in volleyball, soccer, and cross country. For other 2022 conference previews, they can be found here.

Volleyball

2021 Champion: West Linn

2021 Athlete of the Year: Emily Warmenhoven, West Linn

Top Returners: Sydney Hamlin (Lakeridge), Olivia Adamo (Oregon City), Grace Wollmuth (Lake Oswego), Samantha Keightley (Oregon City), Addie Hoover (West Linn), Paige Thies (Oregon City), Adrienne Nguyen (St. Mary’s Academy), Sophie Fast (Tualatin), Emma Frye (Tigard), Sydney Littler (Lakeridge), Bella Bovich (Lake Oswego), Amyah Semau (West Linn), Andie Valdes (Tualatin), Amber Walker (Tigard), Julissa Pernsteiner (St. Mary’s Academy), Niyah Coleman (Lakeridge)

Tigard: 3-17 (2-12) in 2021, Projected Varsity Returners: 7

Something immediately stands out about Tigard: Their size. Entering 2022, they have at least five girls that list at 5’10” or higher, with Stella Brown topping the bunch at 6’0″. They lose a bunch of depth, and it will be a difficult climb for Tigard in 2022, but they have firm foundational pieces in middle blocker Emma Frye and outside hitter Amber Walker. The largest hole to fill will come in the outside hitting spot, where Walker is their only returning player with varsity experience. It is hard to say where they’ll end up this season, but they have a good foundation to work with.

Tualatin: 10-12 (6-8) in 2021, Projected Varsity Returners: 9

Tualatin edged themselves into the playoffs last year, quickly exiting against Jesuit in the first round. Plenty of experience is gone, but the depth is still impressive given those losses. Captain and all-league selection Sophie Fast returns as the team setter, and incoming senior Andie Valdes returns as an all-league selection. With at least two returners in each spot, the Timberwolves have a core to build around, but plenty of depth to get figured out.

St. Mary’s Academy: 13-15 (6-8) in 2021, Projected Varsity Returners: 8

The Blues stormed into the playoffs last season on a seven-game winning streak to close the season, falling to Sherwood in four sets in the first round. It won’t be easy returning to the playoffs in 2022, as St. Mary’s Academy loses a bevy of hitting talent and other positional starters. On the upside, the Blues will have stability in all-league setter Adrienne Nguyen and another all-league returner in hitter Julissa Pernsteiner. Lots of things to get figured out this summer up in Portland.

Lake Oswego: 13-11 (7-7) in 2021, Projected Varsity Returners: 10

One of the more experienced rosters in the TRL entering 2022, the Lakers do take a blow from losing 6’3″ Morghn Monahan to graduation. However, every position returns most of their depth that include all-league selections Grace Wollmuth and Bella Bovich. Couple that with size returning with Casey Moran and Gabby Troche, and Lake Oswego looks primed to return to the playoffs again in 2022 just like 2021.

Lakeridge: 10-12 (8-6) in 2021, Projected Varsity Returners: 9

It was a good 2021 campaign for the Pacers, who recovered after a dismal shortened Spring season, but Lakeridge is still seeking their first playoff win since 2016. They have solid depth returning in 2022, including all-league selections Sydney Hamlin and Sydney Littler, who will lead the path for outside hitting and middle blocking positions. The Pacers look a little short on depth in the middle and just in general on defense, so it’ll be something for Lakeridge to figure out this summer.

Oregon City: 20-8 (11-3) in 2021, Projected Varsity Returners: 9

Progress was nice for the Pioneers last season, who found themselves in the state quarterfinals against Bend. Depth will be critical to figure out on the outside hitting, as all-league selection Paige Thies is their only returning varsity player to the position in 2022. Elsewhere, Oregon City returns just about everywhere else at full strength, with players to keep an eye on to include Olivia Adamo and Samantha Keightley.

West Linn: 28-2 (14-0) in 2021, Projected Varsity Returners: 6

The 2021 6A State Champions rode a senior strong, experienced roster to the state title, sweeping powerhouse Jesuit to win the title. With such deep losses, the Lions have a challenge to repeat as state champions in 2022. To achieve this, Addie Hoover and Amyah Semau will be instrumental to being leaders for the transition, as will returning setter Olivia Doel and lone middle block returner Ruby Michelin.

Soccer

2021 Champion: Lake Oswego

2021 Athlete of the Year: Karolina Shipton, Lake Oswego

Top Returners: Megan Ko (Lake Oswego), Maya Loudd (Tualatin), Natalie Redpath (Lake Oswego), Avery Porter (Tualatin), Olivia Bariao-Arce (Oregon City), Jaiden Riodil (Tigard), Kaia Schmit (West Linn), Molly Bachman (Lakeridge), Peyton Howard (Tualatin), Elsa Cotrell (St. Mary’s Academy), Gracie Pederson (Oregon City), Hailey White (Tigard), Kelan Betts (West Linn), Katherine Mallon (St. Mary’s Academy), MacKenzie Mathis (Tualatin), Amelia Spellman (Oregon City), Avery Pratt (Tualatin), Grace Richmond (Tualatin), Alix Shipton (Lake Oswego), Elena Williams (St. Mary’s Academy)

Tigard: 2-11-1 (0-6-1) in 2021, Projected Varsity Returners: 12

It was a difficult season for the Tigers in 2021, who struggled in just about every facet of the game last season but had a couple bright spots in wins over Scappoose and Newberg. The rebuild continues in 2022 for Tigard, who return an implemented goalie in Maya Hawks, captains and all-league selection Jaiden Riodil in the midfield, and a decent amount of depth at all positions. It isn’t unrealistic to expect them to be better this season, but it will be a climb for them to get back into the playoffs.

St. Mary’s Academy: 3-8-3 (1-5-1) in 2021, Projected Varsity Returners: 14

The Blues fell just short of the playoffs in 2021 after a late season charge, finishing two spots out of the bracket. With few roster losses, St. Mary’s Academy returns eight seniors and a pair of sophomore goalkeepers. Elsa Cotrell, Katherine Mallon, and Elena Williams all return to the roster as all-league selections from last season, and with plenty of chemistry coming back this year, the Blues are primed to be back into the 6A playoffs in 2022.

Lakeridge: 5-7-4 (3-3-1) in 2021, Projected Varsity Returners: 9

Loaded with a stacked senior roster, the Pacers got themselves to the second round of the playoffs. In 2022, Lakeridge faces an uphill battle after losing 12 seniors to graduation, taking decimating losses at every position in both depth and starters. Molly Bachman returns as an all-league selection from last season, but everything will look nearly brand new for them this season, thus the expectations are yet to be determined for the year.

West Linn: 7-5-3 (4-2-1) in 2021, Projected Varsity Returners: 12

The Lions were a wild card with potential to disrupt things in 2021, playing close matches with 6A champion Grant, 5A runner-up La Salle Prep, and other quality opponents, but South Eugene eliminated them in PK’s in a first-round upset. Transitioning to 2022, the Lions are shedding loads of experience and rebranding the depth chart this season. Midfield duo Kaia Schmit and Kelan Betts will be a senior experience to lead West Linn in 2022, as will Kyra Jeffrey as a senior goalkeeper on what will be a reshuffled team.

Tualatin: 7-4-4 (4-1-2) in 2021, Projected Varsity Returners: 15

It was a disappointing ending to 2021, but the Timberwolves are reloaded to make another run at things in 2022. With 11 senior returners, led by Maya Loudd, Avery Porter, Peyton Howard, MacKenzie Mathis, Avery Pratt, and Grace Richmond. Their strong defensive presence will aid goalkeeper Sarah Freedman, who will take over the duties for her senior season. Questions remain about their offensive potential, but their defensive side will keep them into any game in 2022.

Oregon City: 13-5 (5-2) in 2021, Projected Varsity Returners: 13

It was a breakout campaign in 2021 for Oregon City, making a run to the state quarterfinals before falling to state champion Grant. Their primary losses will come defensively, losing three all-league defenders and an all-league goalkeeper, but a trio of offensive centerpieces return in Olivia Bariao-Arce, Amelia Spellman, and Gracie Pederson, not to mention senior goalkeeper Elsie Marineau. Once they sort out the defensive situation, the Pioneers will be trouble again in 2022.

Lake Oswego: 14-1-2 (6-0-1) in 2021, Projected Varsity Returners: 12

Just like other TRL hopefuls, the Lakers also fell short of state title hopes in the state quarterfinals. They had an awesome campaign that relied on a balance of offensive and defensive strengths, led by TRL Athlete of the Year Karoline Shipton. Every position takes a hit this year, but plenty of strength comes back on offense in seniors Megan Ko and Natalie Redpath, while the defense is anchored by junior Alix Shipton. A major question lies at the goalkeeping, where the Lakers have no returning goalies with varsity experience. Lake Oswego will be good again, but their full potential remains to be seen in 2022.

 Cross Country

2021 Champion: Lakeridge

2021 Athlete of the Year: Kate Peters, Lake Oswego

Top Returners: Kate Peters (Lake Oswego), Breckyn Kornachuk (Lakeridge), Ana Peters (Lake Oswego), Lillian Herman (Tigard), Sadie Drucker (St. Mary’s Academy), Olivia Smith (Lakeridge), Sabine Kim (Tigard), Clara Pruett (St. Mary’s Academy)

West Linn: 7th in the Three Rivers League in 2021

With Canby departed to 5A, the Lions are now the new cellar team in the Three Rivers League. They have the opportunity to crawl out of it this year, being led by Sabrina Noce on the forefront of things for them. Their depth is shaky and will fluctuate, so it’ll be a close battle with Tualatin to see who sits in the cellar this year.

Oregon City: 6th in the Three Rivers League in 2021

The Pioneers return a solid forefront in 2022, being led by top 20 returners Lydia Dale, Avery Sorensen, and Adalyn Murray. They sit in an awkward position in such a loaded conference, as they are good enough to be out of the bottom two, but not quite strong enough to reach the top four. They are stuck at 5th in the TRL for 2022, and will need help if they want to move up higher than that this season.

Tualatin: 5th in the Three Rivers League in 2021

On the surface, Tualatin has strength in Karys Gates and Abigail Katsuda, along with Claire Roach as a fine third line supplement. What will ultimately determine if they finish in the cellar or not will be the depth pieces beyond the front three, as it falls off quite a bit once you get to that part of the roster.

Tigard: 4th in the Three Rivers League in 2021

Led by senior star Lillian Herman and junior star Sabine Kim, the Tigers are primed to move up into the top three of the TRL in 2022. They have stability in their depth pieces beyond that, with their entire top five placing themselves inside the top 25 individuals in the TRL. There’s work to do to achieve this and possibly more, but there’s no reason to think why they can’t.

St. Mary’s Academy: 3rd in the Three Rivers League in 2021

The Blues are loaded up this season, retaining all their major pieces from last season and look to maintain their position in the TRL hierarchy. Sadie Drucker and Clara Pruett will lead the way for St. Mary’s Academy in 2022, and if they can get help from the fifth runner in the lineup, the Blues might have a shot at runner-up in the TRL.

Lake Oswego: 2nd in the Three Rivers League in 2021

When you have absurdly talented sisters leading your program, it is only natural to assume that you would be the conference favorite. In 2021, Lakeridge just edged them out for the title of TRL champion, but the Lakers are primed to take the title behind the legs of superstar Kate Peters and star sister Ana Peters. Add in Sydney Lim and Sofie Howard to the mix, and it is a daunting task for anyone to beat Lake Oswego in 2022.

Lakeridge: 2021 Three Rivers League Champion

The Pacers picked up a league title last season, and they will be talented once again with a trio of top 10 talents: Breckyn Kornachuk, Olivia Smith, and Megan Larson. They have a good roster, but is it deep enough to beat rival Lake Oswego? The numbers say no, but anything is possible in high school sports!

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