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PREP ROUNDUP: Umatilla comes out of Columbia River Clash victorious

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Published on December 9, 2017 12:01AM

Last changed on December 9, 2017 10:45PM


UMATILLA — The home court advantage served the Umatilla Vikings well in the championship game of the Columbia River Clash. The host school faced Pilot Rock to wrap up a busy three-day tournament, and ran away with a 50-27 victory.

The last game of the tournament proved to be a good one as both teams entered undefeated but thanks to the effort from Umatilla’s bigs, the Vikings remain perfect on the season.

They will gear up for another tournament Friday, while the Rockets (5-1) will stay on the road to face Nixyaawii at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

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PR 3 15 6 2 — 27

UHS 12 16 18 3 — 50

PILOT ROCK — B. Pierce, R. Lankford 9, C. Weinke 4, L. Thieme 3, L. Weinke 2.

UMATILLA — U. Garcia 14, C. De Loera 10, K. Webb 9, M. Garcilazo 6, T. Durfey 5, S. Cranston 4, S. Garcia 2.

3-pointers — PR 2, UHS 4. Free throws — PR xx-xx, UHS 8-9. Fouls — PR 17, UHS 13.

MONROE 81, WESTON-MCEWEN 53 — After a sluggish start, Weston-McEwen came out of the second half ready to give Monroe a run for its money. But the TigerScots were too little too late as they fell 81-53 to the Dragons in the final day of the Kennedy Classic.

“They are a very quick, very athletic team,” head coach Brian Pickard said of Monroe, “which caused problems matching up with them. (I) give the guys credit, they didn’t quit and had a much better second-half performance.”

Senior captain Brett Speed led the TigerScots (1-5) with 22 points. For the Dragons (2-3), sophomores Zach Young (27 points) and Brian Goracke (24 points) were the top scorers.

Weston-McEwen will return home to host Riverside at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

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MHS 23 22 19 17 — 81

WE 6 13 20 14 — 53

MONROE — Z. Young 27, B. Goracke 24, E. Teran 9, N. Barhurst 8, M. Crowson 5, C. Sutton 4, C. O’Hare 2, H. O’Hare 2.

WESTON-MCEWEN — B. Speed 22, B. Rudolph 8, P. Munk 7, K. Rodriguez 4, G. Smith 4, A. Gamble 3, K. McGill 2, E. Ezell 2.

3-pointers — MHS 8, WE 8. Free throws — MHS 7-20, WE 6-32. Fouls — MHS 17, WE 14.

IRRIGON 64, MAC-HI 46 — The Knights handed the Pioneers their first loss of the season as Irrigon defeated Mac-Hi 64-46 on Saturday at the Heppner Invite.

Both teams entered the game undefeated and with high energy.

“Mac-Hi came out very excited to play us,” head coach Davie Salas said. “It was a close game in the first half.”

Salas added that the Knights weren’t executing at half court, which allowed Mac-Hi to cut its deficit. But he did commend the boys efforts late in the game.

“They found energy in the second half,” he said. “The third quarter was a real turnaround.”

Irrigon’s perfect 6-0 record is thanks in part to a 17-point performance from senior Johnny Phillips. Fellow senior Abe Gomez chipped in 12 points for the Knights.

The Pioneers (4-1) were led by senior Alex Delgado and junior Zach Hodgen with 13 points apiece.

Mac-Hi will return home for two games on its home court. First up, Enterprise at 7 p.m. Tuesday. As for Irrigon, it will host Heppner at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday before hitting the road later in the week.

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IHS 18 16 16 14 — 64

MH 15 14 6 11 — 46

IRRIGON — J. Phillips 17, A. Gomez 12, L. Covarrubia 9, E. Carrillo 8, K. Fleming 8, A. Roa 3, O. Vera 3, L. Carrillo 2, P. Holcomb 2.

MAC-HI — A. Delgado 13, Z. Hodgen 13, W. Gilmore 8, L. Garcia 6, A. Perez 4, D. Stephens 2, J. Ruiz 1, A. Pio 1.

3-pointers — IHS 5, MH 3. Free throws — IHS 5-8, MH 11-17. Fouls — IHS 18, MH 13.

HEPPNER 51, IMBLER 25 — The Heppner Mustangs close out their home tournament with a blowout win over Imbler. The 51-25 defeated Saturday moved Heppner to 2-2 on the season. Imbler fell to 1-4.

Senior Wyatt Steagall led all scorers with 10 points for Heppner, which will now hit the road to face Irrigon at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

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IMBLER 5 7 0 13 — 25

HEPPNER 14 11 10 16 — 51

IMBLER — C. Goodman 9, J. Burnette 7, C. Gorham 3, B. Frost 2, W. Whitaker 2, G. Slater 2.

HEPPNER — W. Steagall 10, H. Nichols 8, C. Dougherty 7, L. Burright 6, T. Smith 5, T. Carter 4, A. Lindsay 4, G. McCurry 4, J. McAninch 2, B. Wolters 1.

3-pointers — IHS 5, HHS 3. Free throws — IHS 0-4, HHS 2-4. Fouls — IHS 0, HHS 0.

RIVERSIDE 33, UNION 32 — It was a low scoring affair for the Riverside Pirates on Saturday. The ended their stint at the Columbia River Clash 2-1 after a narrow 33-32 victory over Union.

Head coach Clair Costello was happy the team picked up two wins over the weekend. Riverside improved to 3-3 on the season.

Union battled back in the second half but after two missed free throws as time expired in the fourth quarter, the Bobcats (3-2) were unable to complete the comeback.

Up next for the Pirates is a road game at Weston-McEwen. Tipoff is 7 p.m. Tuesday.

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RHS 6 7 12 8 — 33

UHS 8 7 10 7 — 32

RIVERSIDE — M. Madrigal 8, F. Aparicio 8, M. Hegar 7, A. Zellar 2, B. Franco 2, F. Chavez 2, J. Pena 2, C. Rea 2.

UNION — R. Schoemaker 14, K. Glenn 7, J. Phillips 4, C. Kirkland 3, L. Cloutier 2, T. Lantis 2.

3-pointers — RHS 2, UHS 2. Free throws — RHS 1-3, UHS 2-9. Fouls — RHS 5, UHS 11.

Girls basketball

IRRIGON 62, MAC-HI 19 — The Mac-Hi Pioneers’ struggles at the Heppner Tournament continued on its final day. Matched up against the undefeated Irrigon Knights, Mac-Hi was unable to keep up scoring seven points or less in all four quarters.

Senior Kylie Wyant led Irrigon with 14 points in its 62-19 victory. The Knights move to a perfect 6-0 on the season while the Pioneers fall to 1-5.

Mac-Hi was aggressive at the rim and finished with 28 rebounds — just two behind Irrigon’s total (30). But turnovers gave the streaking Knights too many opportunities. The Pioneers gave up the ball a whopping 24 times.

Mac-Hi will hope to bounce back at home against Enterprise. The game will start a quick two-game homestand with tipoff scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Irrigon will hope to keep its streak alive when it hosts Heppner at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

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MAC-HI 7 2 4 6 — 19

IRRIGON 12 18 19 13 — 62

MAC-HI — B. Hernandez 9, A. Castillo-4, J. Hernandez 2, H. Hair 2, C. Breeding 2.

IRRIGON — K. Wynant 14, A. Munoz 13, J. Burns 11, B. Rice 7, N. Romero 5, M. Bowman 2, A. Zacharias 2, O. Luna 2, E. Carrillo 1.

3-pointers — MHH 2, IHS 7. Fouls — MHH 15 (B. Hernandez), IHS 9.

NIXYAAWII 65, JORDAN VALLEY 35 — The Eagles were led by senior Milan Schimmel with a game-high 24 points in their fourth win of the year. Nixyaawii remains undefeated after a 65-35 defeat over Jordan Valley. The game, played at Eastern Oregon University, featured a strong defensive performance from the Eagles.

“(I was) very pleased with our team defense and rebounding,” head coach Jeremy Maddern said. “I felt we played our best defensive game so far this season today.”

The early Saturday morning match up began with Nixyaawii outscoring Jordan Valley 46-17 in the first half. While the Eagles paced slowed after the break, the Mustangs (1-5) couldn’t get enough shooters going to put the pressure on Nixyaawii.

Only four players recorded points for Jordan Valley with junior Regann Skinner leading the bunch with 18 points.

For Nixyaawii, senior Mary Stewart also had a standout performance. Stewart led the team with 10 rebounds and notched 18 points. Both Schimmel and Stewart ended with a team-high six assists each.

The Eagles will prepare for a two-week home stretch beginning Tuesday when they welcome the Pilot Rock Rockets. Tipoff is slated for 6 p.m.

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NHS 23 23 9 10 — 65

JV 7 10 7 11 — 35

NIXYAAWII — M. Schimmel 24, M. Stewart 18, K. Melton 11, E. Butler 4, M. Kiowa 2, E. Looney 2, T. Melton 2, K. Mountain Chief 2.

JORDAN VALLEY — R. Skinner 18, T. Warn 13, K. Quientero 2, A. Reynolds 2.

3-pointers — NHS 5, JV 3. Free throws — NHS 4-9, JV 5-7. Fouls — NHS 12, JV 13.

HEPPNER 49, IMBLER 27 — The Imbler Cougars were no match for Heppner on its home court Saturday. The Mustangs wrapped up the Heppner Invite with a 20-plus point win over Imbler on the final day of play.

Heppner was able to get out to a fast start, outscoring Imbler 17-6 in the first quarter. Junior Jacee Currin led the Mustangs (4-0) with 16 points. Fellow junior Madison Combe was the only other player to score in the double digits from either team as she finished with 10 points on the night.

Heppner will hit the road next, facing Irrigon at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

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IMBLER 6 8 4 9 27

HEPPNER 17 14 14 4 49

IMBLER — H. Kilpatrick 8, T. McKaig 5, A. McDonald 5, C. McGinness 5, K. Barry 2, G. Smith 2.

HEPPNER — J. Currin 16, M. Combe 10, S. Wilson 8, K. Gray 7, J. Mahoney 4, S. Grant 2, J. McCullough 2.

3-pointers — IHS 0, HHS 1. Free throws — IHS 5-7, HHS 0-2. Fouls — IHS 5, HHS 9.

FAITH BIBLE 40, RIVERSIDE 35 — When Faith Bible and Riverside met in the final day of the Columbia River Clash, only one would keep their undefeated record. Unfortunately for the Pirates, it was the Faith Bible Cougars that came out of the weekend unscathed.

Faith Bible’s 40-35 defeat over Riverside did show the Pirates’ will to win. After a forgettable first half, the Pirates (5-1) came out of halftime with new found energy.

Junior Brendy Avalos led the group with a team-high 13 points and three 3-pointers in the third quarter that sparked a Riverside comeback.

“We outplayed them in the second half,” head coach Clair Costello said. “(They) really battled, and made it hard for (Faith Bible).”

Down 29-9 at the break, Riverside began chipping away at its deficit to give the Cougars (6-0) a scare. Making few mistakes with only seven total turnovers, Riverside put up a good defensive effort racking up 13 steals. But it was no match for Faith Bible or the powerful Fajer duo — Sarah and Katie Fajer combined for 34 total points.

Riverside will play one more game on the road before returning home when the Pirates face Weston-McEwen at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

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RHS 2 7 16 10 — 35

FB 10 11 10 9 — 40

RIVERSIDE — B. Avalos 13, A. Hernandez 5, A. Caldera 4, F. Rosen 4, M. Hegar 4.

FAITH BIBLE — S. Fajer 23, K. Fajer 11, A. Goodloe 2, Y. Penn 2, A. Poetter 1.

3-pointers — RHS 5, FB 0. Free throws — RHS 2-9, FB 10-21. Fouls — RHS 15, FB 9.

MONROE 68, WESTON-MCEWEN 52 — Despite some hot shooting from its two leaders, Weston-McEwen fell to the Monroe Dragons in the final day of the Kennedy Classic.

Senior Chelsea Quaempts and junior Katie Vescio led the TigerScots (1-5) with 21 and 18 points, respectively, but Monroe was able to hold on to its early lead for the 68-52 win.

The Dragons (4-1) continued to extend their lead outscoring Weston-McEwen 31-24 in the second half. Senior guard Madison Ballard led all scores with 26 points.

The TigerScots’ head coach Mike Giusti was proud of the girls efforts, especially against a top team like Monroe.

“We had a really good game,” he said.

Weston-McEwen will hope to turn things around when it hosts Riverside at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

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MHS 24 13 15 16 — 68

WE 18 10 7 17 — 52

MONROE — M. Ballard 26, Ka. Martin 13, T. Warden 13, C. May 8, Ky. Martin 6, C. Knaggs 2.

WESTON-MCEWEN — C. Quaempts 21, K. Vescio 18, A. Finifrock 8, J. Lambert 3, H. McIntyre 1, L. Moses 1.

3-pointers — MHS 5, WE 3. Free throws — MHS 9-15, WE 11-23. Fouls — MHS 15, WE 16.

HELIX 41, PINE EAGLE 8 — It was an onslaught on the final day of the Enterprise Winter Classic when Helix defeated Pine Eagle 41-8.

The win improved the Grizzles record to 2-4 and give them much needed momentum as they prepare to face Echo at 6 p.m. Friday.

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HHS 2 2 0 4 — 8

PE 8 17 12 4 — 41

HELIX — K. Mize 12, S. Wilson 6, C. Bennett 6, A. Wood 6, E. Fehrenbacker 4, A. Krol 4, K. Stahancyk 3.

3-pointers — HHS 3, PE 0. Free throws — HHS 2-5, PE 0-2. Fouls — HHS 11, PE 10.

Wrestling

CULVER TOURNAMENT — Irrigon took 14 wrestlers to the Culver Invitational on Saturday. Five Knights placed, four in the top-five and a sixth place finish to round out the day.

Kyler Shelton placed third in the 132 weigh class. Alex Miranda-Walls (170) and Christian Michaels (182) also had third place finishes.

Kaleb Kendrick placed fifth in the heavyweight class, and Tanner Mills (182) finished sixth.

Head coach Jason Dunten is happy with the Knights’ performance early in the season, and said he is excited for what’s to come as they head into the later months.

MUILENBURG — The Pendleton Buckaroos had a successful outing Saturday, winning four of six championship matches. Koby Jones (132), Alex Rendon (138), Blake Davis (145) and Brendon Bedolla (152) defeated their Baker/Powder Valley opponents in 3:16 or less.



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