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COLLEGE NOTEBOOK: A look at how area athletes fared in their college spring seasons

Dallas High School graduate Jesse Boustead wrapped up his first season as an assistant baseball coach at Linfield College in McMinnville.

June 05, 2013

Dallas High School graduate Jesse Boustead wrapped up his first season as an assistant baseball coach at Linfield College in McMinnville. Boustead is primarily responsible for coaching the junior varsity program.

Grant Boustead

Jesse Boustead

The varsity Wildcats captured their third national championship -- but first in the NCAA Division III era -- with a 4-1 victory over Southern Maine May 28 in Appleton, Wis.

Boustead is a former outfielder who played four seasons of baseball for the Wildcats. As a senior, he hit a career-high .306 while scoring 14 times, driving in five runs and stealing eight bases.

A three-sport athlete at Dallas High, Boustead won eight varsity letters in baseball, basketball and track, earning honorable mention all-conference consideration in baseball and first-team recognition as a punter in football. He was the third brother from the Boustead family to attend Linfield and play baseball, following older brothers Grant (2005) and Jordan (2008).

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Leigh Anne MacCarthy of Monmouth recently placed 12th in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the NAIA outdoor track and field championships May 25 in Marion, Ind. MacCarthy, a redshirt junior for Eastern Oregon University, earned a spot in the national meet with her third-place finish (11:25.02) at the Cascade Conference Championships held May 10-11. MacCarthy is a 2009 graduate of Central High School. Tanner Yarbrough, a 2011 graduate of Dallas High School, participated for the EOU men's team in the shot put, discus and hammer throw events.

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Two 2012 graduates of Dallas High School competed this spring for the Northwest Athletic Association of Community College champion Lane Community College track and field teams in Eugene.

Gabe Rodriguez

Gabe Rodriguez

Gabriel Rodriguez hit a mark of 23 feet, 4_ inches, to place second in the long jump at the NWAACC championships May 20-21. The freshman also placed seventh in the triple jump to help lead the Titans to their first title since 1996.

Freshman Blair Harris is a freshman middle distance runner for the Titans' women's program, which won its first conference championship since 1997. Harris competed in the 800 meters at the NWAACC championships, placing fifth in the preliminaries.

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Anthony Padilla of Independence recently completed his first season with the Oregon Institute of Technology men's track and field team in Klamath Falls. Padilla, a freshman for the Owls, placed third in the pole vault with a mark of 14 feet, 5¬ inches at the Cascade Collegiate Conference outdoor track and field championships May 10-11 in Gresham. He also competed in the decathlon, placing fourth overall. Padilla's pole vault mark ranks him 10th on OIT's all-time record list and his score in the decathlon is the school's ninth best. He is a 2011 graduate of Central High School.

Anthony Padilla

Anthony Padilla

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Quinn Lindley of Monmouth has completed his second season with the men's track and field team at Willamette University in Salem. Lindley, a sophomore, competed in distance events including the 3,000-meter steeplechase for the Bearcats, an event he placed ninth (10 minutes, 31.56 seconds) in at the Northwest Conference Championships April 26-27 in Salem. He is a 2011 graduate of Central High School.

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Two residents of Dallas recently completed collegiate baseball seasons at Corban University in Salem. Andy Thiessen, a graduate of Santiam Christian High School in Adair Village, is a sophomore right-handed pitcher who made 11 appearances and had three starts for the Warriors. He struck out 12 batters and held opponents to a .271 batting average. Conner Locke, a 2012 graduate of Dallas High School, is a freshman catcher for Corban. Locke appeared in just one game for the Warriors, an April 17 contest at Willamette.

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Seth West of Monmouth completed the spring as a member of the 2013 men's track and field team at Corban University in Salem. West, a 2011 graduate of Central High School, was listed as a sophomore sprinter for the Warriors.

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Eryka Brill of Dallas completed her second season with the Western Oregon University softball team as a big contributor in the pitching circle. Brill, a 2010 graduate of Dallas High School, finished the 2013 campaign with a 3.90 ERA in 11 appearances and three starts. The junior right-hander struck out six batters and finished the season with a 2-3 record.

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