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PREP ROUNDUP: Knights drop first game of season

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Published on December 16, 2017 12:01AM

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Ana Zacharias, of Irrigon, steals the ball during Saturday’s game against La Grande in Hermiston.

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Ana Zacharias, of Irrigon, steals the ball during Saturday’s game against La Grande in Hermiston.

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Ana Zacharias, of Irrigon, goes up for a shot in Saturday’s game against La Grande in Hermiston.

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Ana Zacharias, of Irrigon, goes up for a shot in Saturday’s game against La Grande in Hermiston.

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Natalie Romero, of Irrigon, concentrates before launching a free throw during Saturday’s game against La Grande in Hermiston.

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Natalie Romero, of Irrigon, concentrates before launching a free throw during Saturday’s game against La Grande in Hermiston.

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HERMISTON — Before entering Saturday’s game, the Irrigon Knights were perfect on the season. The girls team had faced tough opponents and earned hard fought wins to get to 7-0. But after facing the Class 4A La Grand Tigers at Hermiston, the Knights picked up their first loss.

The 44-39 defeat at the hands of the Tigers was a good learning experience for Irrigon.

“One thing that we learned is we can’t make the little mistakes that we made tonight,” head coach Mike Royer said. “We turned the ball over a little bit too much and we didn’t finish shots in the fourth quarter. We really had trouble scoring in the fourth quarter and it was tough for us too.”

Senior Jada Burns — who was the team’s top scorer with 10 points — wasn’t at 100-percent Saturday, Royer added.

The Knights then looked to fellow senior Alyia Munoz to help with the load. Munoz chipped in seven points, the team’s second-best performer.

Irrigon trailed La Grande only by a few points at the end of each quarter, but the sluggish fourth quarter where the Knights only scored four points hurt their chances at a comeback.

That’s when the Tigers (1-3) sealed the deal.

Leading La Grande to its first win of the season was freshman Camryn Collman, who scored a game-high 13 points.

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LG 18 7 12 7 — 44

IHS 11 12 12 4 — 39

LA GRANDE — C. Collman 13, K. Williams 7, J. Howton 6, D. Lester 6, E. Dunlap 6, L. Rinker 4, B. Hutchins 2.

IRRIGON — J. Burns 10, A. Munoz 7, T. Davis 6, A. Zacarias 6, O. Luna 4, N. Romero 4, K. Wyant 2.

3-pointers — LG 5, IHS 2. Free throws — LG 1-1, IHS 9-12. Fouls — LG 12, IHS 8.

ENTERPRISE 59, MAC-HI 29 — For the second time in two days, the Mac-Hi Pioneers were pitted against the Enterprise Outlaws at the Pilot Rock Tournament on Saturday. And for the second time, Enterprise came away with the win. A 59-29 victory over Mac-Hi increased the Outlaws’ win-streak to five consecutive games.

The Pioneers (2-6) held their own against the streaking Outlaws (6-1) in the opening quarter, and knocked down 10 points. But after the first eight minutes, Mac-Hi was held to single digits.

Enterprise’s defense didn’t let up, as it forced 20 turnovers. Senior Gracie Carlsen led the squad with 12 points. For Mac-Hi, senior Brianne Hernandez led all scorers with 17 points, and recorded four three’s on the way to her game-high performance.

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M-H 10 7 5 7 — 29

EHS 19 14 16 10 — 59

MAC-HI — B. Hernandez 17, B. Jones 7, H. Hair 3, B. Garcia 2.

ENTERPRISE — G. Carlsen 12, K. Bedard 10, A. Exon 10, R. Gray 8, A. Gray 7, L. Gassett 6, R. Christman 2, M. Plew 2.

3-pointers — M-H 5, EHS 3. Free throws — M-H 6-14, EHS 4-9. Fouls — M-H 12, EHS 11.

RIVERSIDE 37, STANFIELD 22 — On Day 2 of the Stanfield Tournament, the Tigers dropped their second consecutive game. The Riverside Pirates earned a 37-22 victory over Stanfield behind three double-digit quarters.

“We played better than we did the last time against (Riverside),” Stanfield head coach Daniel Sharp said after the game.

The Tigers (0-10) were led by sophomore Kendra Hart, who finished with 12 points. For the Pirates (7-2), it was senior Skylar Wightman who did the bulk of the scoring with 12 points of her own. Fellow senior Abby Hernandez also pitched in 10 points for Riverside.

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RHS 11 10 6 10 — 37

SHS 7 3 8 4 — 22

RIVERSIDE — S. Wightman 12, A. Hernandez 10, A. Caldera 7, E. Daltoso 4, Br. Avalos 2, Bi. Avalos 2.

STANFIELD — K. Hart 12, J. Wallace 4, A. Griffin 3, K. Soto 2, S. Sharp 1.

3-pointers — RHS 2, SHS 5. Free throws — RHS 3-9, SHS 3-9. Fouls — RHS 8, SHS 9.

WESTON-MCEWEN 61, IMBLER 40 — In what head coach Mike Giusti called Weston-McEwen’s most complete game of the season, the TigerScots put their competition to bed after a 61-40 over the Imbler Panthers.

A strong defensive performance and solid shooting from senior Chelsea Quaempts, who led the TigerScots (2-5) with 24 points, highlighted Weston-McEwen’s second win of the season.

Quaempts was also perfect from the charity stripe, and made all 10 of her free throws.

Sophomore Ellie Scheibner, who played but didn’t score, gave the TigerScots much needed toughness on defense and junior Amie Coffman’s seven-point performance in the first half helped boost Weston-McEwen up to its 20-plus point victory.

For the Panthers (2-3), senior Hannah Kilpatrick led with 12 points.

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W-M 15 17 8 21 — 61

EHS 5 19 6 10 — 40

WESTON-MCEWEN — C. Quaempts 24, K. Vescio 13, A. Finifrock 8, A. Coffman 7, C. Davis 5, L. Moses 2, J. Lambert 2.

IMBLER — H. Kilpatrick 12, T. McKaig 8, C. McGinness 7, C. Birkmaier 5, A. McDonald 4, F. Burnette 2, G. Smith 2.

3-pointers — W-M 0, IHS 0. Free throws — IHS 8-15. Fouls — W-M 17, IHS 21.

GRANT UNION 50, HEPPNER 39 — The Grant Union Prospectors started their short road stint with a big win over Heppner on Saturday.

The Mustangs dropped their second consecutive game to fall to 4-2 on the season, and the win for the Prospectors moves Grant Union to 4-1.

Grant Union had three strong quarters to solidify its lead. Junior Kaylee Wright finished with a game-high 22 points for the Prospectors.

Heppner had a better second half, but its late efforts weren’t enough to cut the deficit. For the Mustangs, junior Jacee Currin and freshman Sydney Wilson led the team with 14 points apiece.

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GU 15 15 11 9 — 50

HHS 4 9 13 13 — 39

GRANT UNION — K. Wright 22, M. Wright 8, M. Moulton 6, H. Wright 4, M. Smith 4, T. Hutchinson 2, M. McKrola 2, M. Culley 2.

HEPPNER — J. Currin 14, S. Wilson 14, M. Correa 4, M. Silvia 2, S. Grant 2, K. Gay 2, M. Combe 1.

3-pointers — GU 3, HHS 2. Free throws — GU 3-4, HHS 5-9. Fouls — GU 14, HHS 12.

HELIX 50, WALLOWA 25 — On the way to another win, Helix had its second-best performance of the season. The Grizzlies (4-4) dropped 50 points against the Wallowa Cougars on the road, and with it earned their third consecutive win.

The 50-25 defeat was thanks to top scorers seniors Kailey Mize (13) and Sadie Wilson (11).

After the first quarter ended in a 13-13 tie, Helix’s offense found its rhythm and stuck with it while the Grizzly defense shut the Cougars (2-6) down.

Leading Wallowa was sophomore Jamie Johnston with a game-high 19 points.

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HLX 13 10 16 11 — 50

WHS 13 5 5 2 — 25

HELIX — K. Mize 13, S. Wilson 11, C. Bennett 9, A. Krol 6, K. Stahancyk 5, E. Fehrenbacker 4, H. Christman 2.

WALLOWA — J. Johnston 19, A. Young 2, E. Moeller 2, R. Goller 1, J. Scott 1.

3-pointers — HLX 4, WHS 1. Free throws — HLX 4-11, WHS 6-10. Fouls — HLX 11, WHS 17.

NIXYAAWII 67, COVE 36 — The Nixyaawii Eagles keep their perfect record after a 67-36 victory over Cover.

The Leopards (1-3) haven’t had much success this year and had a slow start against the Eagles (6-0). Nixyaawii took advantage, and built an early lead it would never relinquish.

The Eagles played good defense, which set up easy points on the other side of the ball.

Senior Milan Schimmel led the team with 26 points. For Cove, junior Sophia Pettit (8) was its top scorer.

Other top performances for the Eagles included senior Mary Stewart, who along with Schimmel, led the team with seven assists. Stewart also pitched in 11 points.

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CHS 5 12 7 11 — 36

NIX 18 23 16 10 — 67

COVE — S. Pettit 8, A. Kendall 8, A. Garinger 6, M. Ledbetter 6, K. Musick 5, T. Fett 2, E. Dunlap 1.

NIXYAAWII — M. Schimmel 26, M. Stewart 11, K. Melton 8, E. Looney 6, E. Butler 6, I. Horrera 3, L. Moses 3, T. Van Pelt 2, T. Melton 2.

3-pointers — CHS 0, NIX 3. Free throws — CHS 6-12, NIX 0-3. Fouls — CHS 6, NIX 8.

Boys basketball

GRANT UNION 45, HEPPNER 37 — Heppner was hoping to shake of its lost loss on the road when it returned to its home gym Saturday, but Grant Union came to town with other plans. The Prospectors skated away with a 45-37 win over the Mustangs.

The Prospectors played sound defense, forcing 19 turnovers from the Mustangs.

They were led by senior captain Zack Deiter, who finished with 16 points for Grant Union (4-1). For Heppner (2-4), junior Tyler Carter was the top scorer with nine points.

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GU 11 8 14 12 — 45

HHS 9 12 8 8 — 37

GRANT UNION — Z. Deiter 16, W. Reimers 11, D. Stokes 7, C. Deiter 6, K. Shelley 3, C. Weaver 2.

HEPPNER — T. Carter 9, A. Lindsay 8, T. Smith 6, J. McAninch 4, W. Steagall 4, B. Wolters 3, H. Nichols 3.

3-pointers — GU 4, HHS 5. Free throws — GU 7-15, HHS 13-48.

NIXYAAWII 91, COVE 47 — Nixyaawii had its best game of the season after handing Cover a 91-47 loss. It was the closest the Eagles (5-1) have came to the hitting the century mark, and had nearly every player contribute to the win.

Sophomore Mick Shimmel led Nixyaawii with 21 points.

The Eagles got off to a fast start, and scored 31 points in the opening quarter. Cove tried its best to stay in the game but after a 16-point performance of its own to start, the Leopards (0-4) fell flat.

Senior Collin Ruth was Cove’s top scorer with 16 points on the night.

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CHS 16 9 14 8 — 47

NIX 31 24 19 17 — 91

COVE — C. Ruth 16, L. Moore 11, E. Ortiz 8, D. Gaertner 7, B. Stizel 4, J. Shanks 1.

NIXYAAWII — M. Schimmel 21, Q. Picard 16, Ma. Moses 13, D. Barkley 11, D. Sigo 9, N. Enright 7, L. Otega 5, T. Burns 4, Mo. Moses 3, J. Ashley 2.

3-pointers — CHS 4, NIX 3. Free throws — CHS 5-10, NIX 6-10. Fouls — CHS 11, NIX 8.

MAC-HI 42, ENTERPRISE 38 — At Pilot Rock, Mac-Hi and Enterprise were on two very different roads. The Pioneers were riding a win streak while the Outlaws couldn’t shake a skid their were on.

After Saturday’s game, both teams continued on their respective paths. Mac-Hi ended the Pilot Rock Tournament with a 42-38 victory over Enterprise.

“It was a tough game,” Mac-Hi head coach Jordon Poynor said. “It was a great game, a hard fought win.”

The Pioneers (7-1) were down by eight points entering the final quarter. They opened the fourth quarter with some 3-pointers to cut the deficit but then the Outlaws (3-5) knotted the score with two minutes of play left.

Mac-Hi sunk from free throws near the end of the game to put the game back in favor of the Pioneers, and they rode that lead until the final buzzer.

Leading Mac-Hi was senior Luis Garcia with 14 points. For Enterprise, senior Brett Greenshields had a team-high 12 points.

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M-H 6 8 11 17 — 42

EHS 10 12 11 5 — 38

MAC-HI — L. Garcia 14, A. Delgado 11, J. Ruiz 9, A. Perez 6, Z. Hodgen 2.

ENTERPRISE — B. Greenshields 12, J. Wells 12, D. Marr 7, B. Locke 6, J. Even 1.

3-pointers — M-H 4, EHS 2. Free throws — M-H 4-4, EHS 6-8. Fouls — M-H 13, EHS 11.

WESTON-MCEWEN 47, IMBLER 36 — At Imbler, Weston-McEwen’s second win of the season wasn’t an easy one.

The TigerScots had to hold off a late effort from the Panthers to come away with a 47-36 win. After leading for the entire game, Weston-McEwen let up a bit in the fourth quarter. Imbler got within four points of the TigerScots (2-6), threatening their lead. But Weston-McEwen cemented its win after senior Parker Munk stole the ball away and went coast-to-coast for an and-1 to push the lead to seven points and counting.

The TigerScots were led by senior Brett Speed who scored 23 points on the night. The Panthers top scorer was junior Grant Slater with 11 points.

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W-M 11 11 14 11 — 47

IHS 8 5 7 16 — 36

WESTON-MCEWEN — B. Speed 23, P. Munk 11, K. Rodriguez 5, J. Speed 4, K. McGill 2, Z. Mann 2.

IMBLER — G. Slater 12, C. Goodman 6, G. Smith 6, C. Gorham 4, W. McDonald 4, W. Coston 2, B. Frost 1.

3-pointers — W-M 6, IHS 4. Free throws — W-M 11-28, IHS 5-24. Fouls — W-M 14, IHS 16.

AMITY 66, UMATILLA 52 — On the final day of the Amity Warrior Classic, it was the host team that came away with the win.

Amity topped Umatilla 66-52 on Saturday behind two 14-point performances from seniors Jaycen Nelson and Zac Blake.

The Vikings (6-1) — who earned their first loss of the season Saturday — got off to a slow and never recovered. For Umatilla, senior Trent Durfey led the team with 18 points and 11 rebounds.

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UHS 11 14 10 17 — 52

AHS 22 16 14 14 — 66

UMATILLA — T. Durfey 18, K. Webb 14, S. Garcia 10, C. De Loera 5, S. Cranston 5.

AMITY — J. Nelson 14, Z. Blake 14, J. Wart 11, K. Yaeger 11, S. White 8, J. McEnulty 3, T. Parr 3, B. Hatch 2.

3-pointers — UHS 4, AHS 8. Free throws — UHS 8-14, AHS 8-11. Fouls — UHS 15, AHS 15.

Wrestling

MAC-HI CHRISTMAS — The Irrigon Knights, Riverside Pirates, Heppner Mustangs and Hermiston JV and host Mac-Hi Pioneers all competed at the Mac-Hi Christmas Tournament on Saturday and several athletes earned their way to top spots on the podium.

The host Pioneers had the best day of the locals with a second place finish (172.5 points) and had 12 wrestlers earn top-six finishes. Leading the Pioneers with first place finishes were Kiez White at 113 pounds, Zach Christman at 138 pounds, and Joshua Torres at 195 pounds. Kyler Kelly (152) and Jakob Henshew (138) had second place finishes and Devon Cothey (132) finished in third.

Irrigon finished fourth as a team with 97.5 points with six placers, including Alex Mirand (170) and Tucker McAllister (220) in first place and Josue Aguilera (170) and Kaleb Kendrick (285) in second place.

Riverside finished in sixth with 80 points and five placers, led by Andrew Barker (132) in first place, Abraham Silva (120) in second place, and Fernando Ortega (113) and Ethan Snyder (145) in third place.

Heppner was eighth with 66 points, led by Carson Brosnan (160) in first place and both Trevor Antonucci (120) and Leo Waite (126) in third place. Hermiston was 10th with 56.5 points, led by Silas Smith (145) in second place and Garrett Hills (285) in third place.

TRI-STATE (ID) — At Coeur D’Alene, Idaho, the Hermiston Bulldogs finished the highly-competitive Tri-State Tournament on Saturday, ending up 21st of 30 teams with 78 points.

Hermiston had two wrestlers earn spots on the medal stand. Joey Gutierrez finished in second place at 195 pounds after losing by fall to University (WA) wrestler Hunter Gregerson. Aidan Villareal finished in sixth place at 145 pounds.

LIBERTY INVITATIONAL — At Hillsboro, the Pendleton Buckaroos finished in 13th place with 109 points in the 19-team Liberty Invitational on Saturday.

Alex Rendon was the Buckaroos’ top finisher after taking third place at 138 pounds. Aiden Henderson finished in fifth place at 220 pounds, and at 160 pounds, Isaac Urbina took fifth place over teammate Josh Whaley by a 4-2 decision.

WILEY DOBBS INVITATIONAL — Echo finished a weekend of competition with a top finish. Kenneth Bevan (195-pounds) placed second, scoring 28.00 team points for the Cougars.





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