There’s no disputing her athletic prowess… she was a member of the cross country team, but her biggest impact was in track and field. Her biggest achievement there was in repeating as the state champion in the 100 meter high hurdles. Siegel was 3rd at district in the long jump and second in the triple jump. She finished 7th and 5th respectively in those events at state. In March, Mikaela competed at the Summit Heptathlon in Bend, finishing 4th overall with 3,229 points. She won the 800 meter, the 100 meter hurdles; and was in the top five in four other events.
Siegel is a repeat winner of the Athlete of the Year honor, having earned the distinction last year. She has committed to competing in Moscow, Idaho next year at the University of Idaho.
The true three-sport athlete used both legs… sometimes just one of them… to gain entry into the Siuslaw football record book. He holds the school record for the best season kicking point afters… 33 of 34 this season, a .971 average. His career average over three years… 114 of 128… is .891 and is second best. Kenneth was named to the 1st team all far west league at three positions… running back, linebacker and punter. He was second team kicker. He also was named honorable mention at the state level as a punter where he had a 31.4 yard average.
As an all-league running back, Thrall carried the ball 129 times this year for 724 yards and ten touchdowns. In his three year varsity football career he scored 216 points total. He maintained a 31.4 yard punting average on 80 punts in his career and his 62 yard punt this year against Hidden Valley was the fourth longest on record… just two yards short of the longest.
Kenneth went out for basketball this year… a sport he played simply for the fun of… and contributed to the team well.
On the baseball diamond, Thrall led the team with a .419 batting average on the year; .465 in league play and never struck out. He was a team captain and was chosen by his teammates as their player of the year. He was named the league’s 1st team shortstop and earned honorable mention at the state level. He will play in the 4A all star game in Roseburg.
Kenneth will continue his baseball career next year. He intends to attend Linn Benton Community College where he’ll be working the infield.
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A four day exercise aimed at testing the oversight of disastrous events in Oregon will involve local emergency response agencies in early June. Members of the West Lane Emergency Response Group (WLEOG) will talk about the June 7th-10th exercise on this month’s edition of Coast Radio’s Our Town.
Our Town this month; on Wednesday, June 1st from 4 to 6 pm on 106.9 KCST, then again Thursday, June 2nd from 10 a.m. until noon on 104.1 KCFM; will highlight the local involvement in Cascadia Rising, a four-day training exercise that will examine how planning, execution and communication of disaster response agencies will react in the event of a widespread disaster.
Megan Messmer, the President of WLEOG, will anchor a four person panel that includes Florence Police Chief Tom Turner, Siuslaw Valley Fire Chief Jim Langborg, and Western Lane Ambulance Executive Director Brian Burright. They will talk with Our Town Host Bob Sneddon about their preparations and planned responses this week.
The drill won’t include any public or actual response efforts. It will be a closed “table top” drill that will test the plans already in place. One major benefit of the drill according to local responders will be in testing the communications plans already developed for the area.
Also on Our Town this month… Siuslaw School Board Chair Tammy Butler will talk about conversations the board has had following the failure last month of a $36.9-million levy that would have funded construction of a new high school in Florence. “The need hasn’t gone away just because voters said no” according to Butler. Officials are planning on reviewing their effort in the coming weeks and months and might resubmit another proposal to voters next year.
Siuslaw Primary School Principal Mike Harkelrode will talk about a new summer program called “Kids in Transition to School” aimed at helping incoming kindergartners get prepared for the coming school year. KITS is also a research project presented by Portland State University and works with parents as well as kids.
One other segment on Our Town this month will feature three area business leaders and their efforts to establish and endowment fund that would provide an annual $2,500 scholarship to the recipient of the Florence Future First Citizen award. It would be named in honor of Marteen Wick, a long-time local resident and business owner who recently passed away. Lisa Sedlacek, Kay King and Ron Green will talk about Wick’s contributions to the community, as well as their efforts to establish the endowment fund. They estimate they need at least $62,000 to permanently endow the fund. They have raised just over $10,000 so far, plus an additional $2,500 that will be awarded to this year’s recipient, Siuslaw High School Senior Hannah Bartlett.
Our Town is sponsored by Andy Baber of Edward Jones Investments; Holloway and Associates CPA’s; the Archives Photo Restoration Specialists, Lane Community College in Florence, Siuslaw Public Library and PeaceHealth. It airs on KCST, FM 106.9, the first Wednesday of each month between 4:00 and 6:00 PM; then again the next morning on KCFM, AM1250-FM 104.1 from 10:00 AM to noon.