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Byline: The Register-Guard


Sunset's Rayburn doubtful for 4A boys tournament

Sunset does not expect to have 6-foot-11 senior Sam Rayburn at this week's OSAA Class 4A boys basketball tournament at McArthur Court, and even if he takes the floor, Rayburn will be less than 100 percent. He has battled knee and leg problems since he tore his meniscus two years ago.

Rayburn missed the first seven games of the year for Sunset and then returned to play in 13 games before missing the last seven. Rayburn got a transplant for the meniscus in the spring, but it has since been determined that his leg was not strong enough to support his knee, so it was too risky for him to play.

"He has been working like mad to get it stronger, and he is doing all he is supposed to do, but it is still not there," said Sunset coach Ken Harris, who coached at Churchill from 1968 to 1980. "I keep telling people he is day-to-day because I don't know what else to tell them. If he does come back, he would not be in very good shape."

Rayburn, who has signed with California, averaged nearly 16 points and seven rebounds per game this season and was a first-team all-Metro League selection for the fourth-ranked Apollos, who shared the league title with third-ranked Jesuit.

Even without Rayburn, Sunset still has plenty of height, as 6-6 senior Garrett Waagemeester moves into the starting lineup with 6-6 Sherrard Watson and 6-4 Tyler Peterson. Point guard Josh Jackson was an honorable mention all-state selection last year for the Apollos, who have won six of their past seven games without Rayburn, including a 68-66 victory at fifth-ranked Jefferson on Saturday.

Sheldon's Bellotti named first-team all-tournament

Sheldon's Keri Bellotti, a 5-8 junior guard, was chosen to the Class 4A all-tournament first team Saturday after helping the Irish girls place third at the OSAA state championships. Bellotti finished third in scoring with a 16.3 average.

Oregon City senior Jessica Richter and Lakeridge junior Jillian Harmon were both unanimous choices to the first team, which also included Oregon City senior Jackie Hollands and Southridge sophomore Stacey Nichols. …