It was a historic week for Ridgeview sports, with one team making the school’s first state final in Class 5A and another reaching the quarterfinals for the first time. And two others made playoff appearances.
With league championships in all three fall team sports where it competed in the Intermountain Conference, Ridgeview certainly positioned itself as the school to beat in the league in the post-Bend era. But questions remained about whether the Ravens could be state contenders.
Ridgeview’s volleyball team put those questions to rest by not only making the Nov. 2-3 Class 5A State Championship in Hillsboro, but reaching the final.
Though the No. 6 Ravens (23-7) fell 25-18, 25-13, 25-18 against top-seeded Corvallis, it was their first 5A championship game appearance in any sport and first volleyball state tournament appearance since finishing fourth at the 2013 Class 4A championships.
Rylee Troutman led the Ravens with 16 kills and 11 digs in the title match, while Allicite Frost had 18 assists and Ally Henry had 10 digs and two aces.
Ridgeview qualified for the championship game with a 25-17, 25-18, 24-26, 25-19 victory against No. 3 Crater in the quarterfinals and a 26-24, 21-25, 25-15, 25-19 win over No. 2 West Albany in the semifinals.
With coach Randi Viggiano, who previously won a Class 2A state title at Culver, in only her first year, and much of the team, including Troutman, Frost and Henry, expected back, Ridgeview could be a title contender for years to come.
The No. 8 Ridgeview boys soccer team made its first 5A playoff appearance in 2016, then followed that with a play-in loss last season before getting a playoff victory this year.
Ridgeview (11-3-2) advanced to the quarterfinals for the first time in school history with a 4-1 home victory against No. 9 Eagle Point Oct. 30 in the first round of the playoffs. Senior Cade O’Neill scored Ridgeview’s two first half goals, while senior Christian Kim scored twice in the second half.
The Ravens fell 2-0 in the Nov. 3 quarterfinal match against No. 1 La Salle in Milwaukie, ending an eight-game winning streak. Ridgeview kept the game scoreless until the 63rd minute, when La Salle went ahead on a penalty kick.
The No. 16 Ravens (4-6) had a season full of streaks, losing their first three, before a four-game winning streak clinched them a playoff spot, then losing the last three, including a 54-20 first-round playoff loss at No. 1 Wilsonville Nov. 2.
The Ravens kept the game tied 7-7 at the end of the first quarter, before Wilsonville pulled away.
No. 6 Ridgeview’s 10-game winning streak ended on Halloween with a 1-0 loss against No. 11 Silverton. The Ravens (11-3-1) gave up the only goal on a penalty kick late in the first half. The Ravens rebounded from a 1-2-1 start to go 10-0 in Intermountain Conference play. They also excelled in the classroom, obtaining a 3.69 grade-point average, tied for seventh best in Class 5A.
— Reporter: 541-548-2186, gfolsom@ redmondspokesman.com