PILOT ROCK — At home, the Pilot Rock boys basketball team defeated the visiting Heppner Mustangs 45-34 on Saturday.
The Rockets (13-6 overall, 3-0 Columbia Basin Conference) capitalized on Heppner’s 25 turnovers and got two big performances from unexpected shooters.
They were able to hold the Mustangs to only two points in the second quarter, while Pilot Rock knocked down 13. That quarter proved to be a game changer as both teams scored identical figures in the final two quarters.
Leading Pilot Rock in its fourth consecutive victory were seniors Levi Thieme and Riley Lankford. The duo scored a combined 25 points — Thieme with 14, Lankford with 11 — to boost the Rockets over the Mustangs (8-7, 3-1).
Thieme also notched 10 rebounds for a double-double. He was able to beat Heppner’s bigs for a game-best performance to hand Heppner its first league loss of the year.
For the Mustangs, reliable shooter junior Trent Smith led with 11 points.
Pilot Rock will hope to maintain its perfect league record when Stanfield comes to town on Friday.
Heppner’s road trip will continue with its next stop at Stanfield on Saturday.
HHS 10 2 12 10 — 34
PR 10 13 12 10 — 45
HEPPNER — T. Smith 11, K. Smith 5, G. McCurry 5, J. McAninch 4, W. Steagall 3, H. Nichols 2, A. Lindsay 2, T. Carter 2.
PILOT ROCK — L. Thieme 14, R. Lankford 11, B. Pierce 10, C. Weinke 6, L. Weinke 4
3-pointers — HHS 3, PR 2. Free throws — HHS 5-11, PR 11-20. Fouls — HHS 17, PR 14.
IRRIGON 51, NYSSA 33 — The first half set the tone for Irrigon, as the Knights ran away with a 51-33 victory at home over Nyssa.
They held the Bulldogs (10-6 overall, 2-1 Eastern Oregon League) to only two points in the second half, while scoring eight of their own. After a 19-point performance in the first quarter, the 8-2 advantage in the second set the Knights (14-2, 3-1) for a strong finish.
Leading the charge was senior Johnny Phillips with 16 points. Fellow senior Abe Gomez chipped in 11 of his own.
For Nyssa, senior Boston Thompson finished with a game-high 17 points.
Irrigon will hit the road before returning home, traveling to Boardman on Tuesday to face Riverside at 7:30 p.m.
NHS 11 2 14 6 — 33
IHS 19 8 11 13 — 51
NYSSA — B. Thompson 17, A. Trujillo 16, P. Chavez 4, W. Jensen 4, J. Ortiz 2.
IRRIGON — J. Phillips 16, A. Gomez 11, O. Vera 6, E. Carillo 6, L. Covarrubia 4, K. Fleming 4, P. Holcomb 2, J. Sandoval 2.
3-pointers — NHS 1, IHS 4. Free throws — NHS 10-19, IHS 5-6. Fouls — NHS 8, IHS 18.
RIVERSIDE 53, BURNS 45 — A steady performance from Riverside gave the Pirates their first league win, a 53-45 victory over Burns.
The two teams were nearly neck-and-neck after the opening quarter with the Pirates (9-9 overall, 1-3 Eastern Oregon League) up 14-10. They extended their lead before the half by holding the Hilanders (9-9, 2-2) to only seven points.
Burns came out of the break scoring 20 points in the third quarter but then again were held to single digits in the fourth while Riverside put up 14 to reach the game-winning score.
Leading Riverside was senior Felix Aparicio with 24 points. Three Hilanders shared a team-best performance for Burns. Senior Jacob Cawood, sophomore Dakota Ceja and junior Cade Tiller all scored nine points apiece.
The Pirates will only have a few days off before it welcomes Irrigon on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.
BHS 14 7 20 4 — 45
RHS 10 12 12 14 — 53
BURNS — J. Cawood 9, D. Ceja 9, C. Tiller 9, B. Cross 7, Z. Taylor 5, K. Dahl 2, T. Snapp 2.
RIVERSIDE — F. Aparicio 24, M. Hager 11, J. Pena 7, M. Madrigal 4, C. Rea 3, F. Chavez 3.
3-pointers — BHS 9, RHS 1. Free throws — BHS 4-7, RHS 15-24. Fouls — BHS 17, RHS 12.
WESTON-MCEWEN 71, STANFIELD 60 — After losing to Pilot Rock at home Friday, Weston-McEwen went on the road to face Stanfield on Saturday and the TigerScots rebounded with a 71-60 over the host school.
The Tigers (8-11 overall, 1-2 Columbia Basin Conference) had a good game plan coming into the game, head coach Devin Bailey said, but dropped passes and missed lay-ins were what hurt the team in the end.
Stanfield came out strong with a 19-14 lead after the first quarter. The TigerScots (6-12, 1-2) then answered with 19 points of their own in the second. They finished netting 24 points in the fourth quarter to seal the victory.
It was Weston-McEwen’s first league win. Senior Brett Speed was its top scorer with a stunning 35 points. Fellow seniors Kevin Rodriguez pitched in 13 and Parker Munk notched nine points of his ow.
Leading Stanfield was senior Brody Woods with 28 points, he also grabbed 13 rebounds for a double-double. Senior Blake Bailey followed with 10 points, and nine assists, and junior Hugo Hernandez scored seven.
The Tigers will travel to Pilot Rock on Friday to face the Rockets, while Weston-McEwen will return home to host Culver.
W-E 14 19 14 24 — 71
SHS 19 12 21 8 — 60
3-pointers — W-E 8, SHS 4. Free throws — W-E 13-22, SHS 6-9. Fouls — W-E 16, SHS 20.
UMATILLA 50, VALE 42 — At home for the second straight game, Umatilla escaped with a 50-42 victory over Vale.
The Vikings (15-4 overall, 3-1 Eastern Oregon League) was just coming off a similar win Friday — defeating Vale 51-42 — and will travel to Irrigon on Thursday to continue league play.
The Vale Vikings (5-13, 1-4) will end its three-game road stretch at Nyssa on Tuesday.
HELIX 39, ECHO 38 — Helix’s early lead helped the Grizzlies when the game came down to the wire. They were up only 24-20 at halftime, and came out of the break scoring in single figures for the remaining two quarters. But Helix was able to hang on to its lead and defeat Echo 39-38.
The Grizzlies (3-15 overall, 2-6 Old Oregon League) were led by freshman Eli Sprenger with 13 points. For the Cougars (7-12, 4-4), junior Devan Craig had a team-best eight points with seniors Zack Gehrke and Ty Mulder each finishing with seven.
Echo won’t take the court again until Friday when its hosts Pine Eagle at 7 p.m. Helix will return home to host back-to-back games. First up, Wallowa at 7 p.m. Friday.
HHS 12 12 7 8 — 39
EHS 10 10 10 8 — 38
HELIX — E. Sprenger 13, D. Carlson 12, L. Davis 8, G. Newton 4, M. McBee 2.
ECHO — D. Craig 8, Z. Gerhke 7, T. Muddler 7, M. Marcum 6, J. Medrano 4, C. Scott 3, C. White 3.
3-pointers — HHS 2, EHS 3. Free throws — HHS 3-7, EHS 1-6. Fouls — HHS 8, EHS 10.
IRRIGON 32, NYSSA 28 — The Irrigon girls basketball team had a quick turnaround this weekend. The Knights were coming off a 56-49 loss Friday, and hosted Nyssa for its second home game in as many days.
However, Saturday’s outcome favored the Knights as they defeated the Bulldogs 32-28.
“We finally caught Nyssa in the fourth quarter, hit a couple big shots, and made 7-of-10 free throws to pull out a big win for us,” head coach Mike Royer said.
Senior Jada Burns led the Knights’ efforts, and scored a game-high 12 points. Fellow senior Taylor Davis was three points shy of a double-double, as she grabbed 12 rebounds and finished with seven points. To go along with Burns’ team-best shooting, she also notched five steals and two assists.
Leading Nyssa (8-8 overall, 2-2 Eastern Oregon League) was sophomore Britain Hartley with nine points.
Next, Irrigon (14-3, 3-2) will travel to Riverside for a 6 p.m. matchup with the Pirates on Tuesday.
NHS 7 8 6 7 — 28
IHS 4 6 8 14 — 32
NYSSA — B. Hartley 9, A. Arredondo, A. Hernandez 7, B. Arredondo 3, B. Trujillo 1.
IRRIGON — J. Burns 12, T. Davis 7, B. Rice 5, A. Zacarias 4, N. Romero 4.
3-pointers — NHS 3, IHS 1. Free throws — NHS 5-12, IHS 9-16.
IONE 60, SHERMAN 56 — It was a busy weekend for the Ione Cardinals. They took a trip to Condon on Friday where they secured a 12-point victory, and returned home to host Sherman on Saturday.
Ione came away with a narrow 60-56 win over the visiting Huskies (7-8 overall, 5-2 Big Sky League).
“It was a god team effort,” head coach Nathan Heideman said.
The Cardinals (5-11, 4-2) used good communication and strong defensive effort to hold off the streaking Huskies.
Ione was down 33-32 at the half and then came out of the break to hold Sherman to only six points in the third quarter.
Leading the offensive efforts for the Cardinals was senior Maggie Flynn with a game-best 26 points. Junior Desiree Winslow was the top shooter for the Huskies with 19 points.
Ione will stay home and host Arlington on Tuesday at 6 p.m.
SHS 13 20 6 17 — 56
IHS 18 14 10 18 — 60
SHERMAN — D. Winslow 19, S. Lepinski 12, M. Macnab 10, S. Orendorff 5, B. McKinney 4, A. Grenvik 2, N. Ambriz 2, L. Jones 2.
IONE — M. Flynn 26, M. Orem 16, J. Medina 12, K. Burns 4, E. Martin 2.
3-pointers — SHS 3, IHS 4. Free throws — SHS 11-20, IHS 4-14. Fouls — SHS 14, IHS 21 (Burn, Martin fouled out).
RIVERSIDE 51, BURNS 48 — In Boardman, Riverside knocked off the No. 1 team in its league when the Pirates defeated the Burns Hilanders 51-48.
Riverside (13-5 overall, 1-3 Eastern Oregon League) is in the second half of a four-game homestand and were entering Saturday’s game off a loss from the night before.
But behind junior Brendy Avalos’ 12 points, the Pirates were able to earn their first EOL win. Burns (11-7, 3-1) started slow, matching Riverside’s nine points in the first quarter. Both teams picked it up and hit double figures in the second with the Pirates have a 28-22 edge going into the half. They were able to hold on to their lead despite scoring only nine points in the third quarter.
Senior Skylar Wightman finished with 11 points and six assists for Riverside and junior Faith Rosen scored four points to go along with her 11 rebounds.
Senior Oakley West led Burns with 15 points.
Riverside will play one last home game before a three-game road trip. The Pirates will host Irrigon on Tuesday at 6 p.m.
BHS 9 13 12 14 — 48
RHS 9 19 9 12 — 51
BURNS — O. West 15, M. Skunkcap 10, A. Ceja 9, B. Sanders 7, K. Raif 2.
RIVERSIDE — Br. Avalos 12, S. Wightman 11, A. Caldera 9, A. Hernandez 8, F. Rosen 4, Bi. Avalos 3, C. Garcia 3, E. Daltoso 1.
3-pointers — BHS 3, RHS 2. Free throws — BHS 13-21, RHS 12-33. Fouls — BHS 26, RHS 15.
HELIX 51, ECHO 33 — For the second consecutive day, Helix earned a victory over a league opponent. On Friday, the Grizzlies grinded out a 21-point win and Saturday at Echo, Helix defeated the Cougars 51-33.
Senior Emma Fehrenbacker led Helix’s efforts with 15 points, while senior Marti Huff was Echo’s top scorer with 13.
Echo (6-13 overall, 1-7 Old Oregon League) is now riding a four-game skid and will remain in town for a Friday evening game against Pine Eagle.
Helix (11-7, 5-3) will have another back-to-back weekend, first hosting Wallowa on Friday.
HHS 15 13 13 10 — 51
EHS 9 4 8 12 — 33
HELIX — E. Fehrenbacker 15, S. Wilson 13, K. Mize 9, A. Krol 8, C. Bennett 6.
ECHO — M. Huff 13, T. Skillman 10, R. McCarty 5, E. Brown 3, A. Putnam 2.
3-pointers — HHS 1, EHS 3. Free throws — HHS 2-12, EHS 2-4. Fouls — HHS 11, EHS 16.
ONTARIO 58, MAC-HI 32 — The Mac-Hi Pioneers struggles continue, as they dropped their 10th straight game 58-32 to Ontario (7-13 overall, 1-2 Greater Oregon League).
Senior Brianna Hernandez was the Pioneers’ best shooter, scoring a team-high 10 points. Ontario senior Emily Jordan finished with a game-best 14 points. The Tigers broke away in the second half, and finished with 23 points alone in the fourth quarter.
Mac-Hi (2-16, 0-3) has yet to win a game since Dec. 15, and dive back into league play with a Saturday matchup on the road against Baker.
OHS 13 8 14 23 — 58
M-H 8 2 7 15 — 32
ONTARIO — E. Jordan 14, J. Jagelski 12, B. Vogt 12, L. Navarrette 8, L. Jordan 2, T. Hart 2.
MAC-HI — B. Hernandez 10, B. Garcia 7, C. Breeding 5, S. Earls 5, M. Yensen 3, K. Casillas 2.
Free throws — OHS 14-21, M-H 9-20. Fouls — OHS 18, M-H 19.
HEPPNER 54, PILOT ROCK 53 — The Heppner Mustangs handed the home team a one-point loss Saturday. Pilot Rock outscored the visitors in the fourth quarter, but Heppner’s early lead helped in the end as the Mustangs escaped with a 54-53 win.
The Mustangs (11-4 overall, 3-1 Columbia Basin Conference) held a narrow 28-26 lead at the half, and came out of the break outscoring the Rockets (10-8, 0-3) 14-12 in the third quarter.
Pilot Rock — which has yet to win a league game — scored its most points in the final quarter, topping Heppner’s efforts 15-12, but it wasn’t even to come away with the win.
Leading the Mustangs was junior Jacee Currin with 18 points. Freshman Sydney Wilson pitched in 12 and senior Morgan Correa had 10 of her own.
For Pilot Rock, senior Kayla Deist ended the night with a team-best 17 points. Junior Grace Austin helped with 12 points, and senior Sara Weinke was the only other Rocket to finish in double digits with 10 points.
Heppner will continue on the road visiting Stanfield at 4 p.m. Saturday. The Rockets will host Stanfield on Friday at 7:30 p.m., and then turn around and welcome Culver for a 4 p.m. matchup Saturday.
HHS 12 16 14 12 — 54
PR 13 13 12 15 — 53
HEPPNER — J. Currin 18, S. Wilson 12, M. Correa 10, M. Combe 4, J. McCullough 2, S. Grant 2.
PILOT ROCK — K. Deist 17, G. Austin 12, S. Weinke 10, K. Evans 7, B. Baleztena 3, Brielle 2, M. Sutherland 2.
3-pointers — HHS 4, PR 3. Free throws — HHS 6-14, PR 8-21. Fouls — HHS 14, PR 17.
HOOD RIVER — On Saturday, Pendleton and Hermiston joined eight other schools at the Hood River Valley Invitational.
The Hermiston boys swim team ran away with first place by more than a 20-point margin. The Bulldogs earned 147 points behind top finishes from Carson Wrathall and Ryan Barnard. The pair had top finishes in their individual races.
Neither girls team cracked the top three with Pendleton finishing in fourth place with 72 points, and Hermiston only scoring 22 points which was good for ninth.
Overall, Pendleton fell just outside the top three and finished in fourth place with 171 points. Hermiston followed in fifth with 169 points.
Barnard’s success came early in the 200-yard individual medley. He finished in 2:11.95, nearly six seconds faster than the rest of the field. His top spot earned 14 points for the team. In his next event, the 100-yard butterfly, he finished in second place (57.77).
In the 100-yard freestyle, Wrathall added another 14 points to the team total when he finished in 51.71. Like Barnard, he also claimed second in another individual event.
In the 100-yard breaststroke, Wrathall finished seconds ahead of a Buckaroo and seconds out of first place. He earned second in 1:06.06.
The Bulldogs had two other top-three performances to help boost them above the competition. The 200-yard medley relay team consisting of Wrathall, Barnard, Seth Buck and Lane Stevenson finished second out of a field of 10. The boys clocked 1:53.59, just 0.54 seconds shy of first place.
Hermiston’s boys relay teams continued to impress as the 200-yard freestyle with the same swimmers from the medley relay again earned the top spot. The Bulldogs edged out a third place Pendleton squad and second place La Grande to take first in 1:38.50.
For Pendleton, there were a number of top swimmers. Shane Miltenberger had the best individual finished for the Buckaroos. The senior claimed second place in the 200-yard freestyle in 2:03.47.
In the individual events, fellow senior Ryan Headley rounded out the top three in the 100-yard breaststroke after finishing in 1:11.05.
The 200-yard third-place freestyle relay team included Vitor Pedrosa, Tyler Spratling, Headley and Miltenberger.
The girls 200-yard freestyle relay took second place by clocking 1:54.80. Making up the squad was Kyndra Nelson, Elisabeth House, Abby Williams and Landry Huth.
Huth earned a third and fifth place finish in her individual events. In the 100-yard backstroke she beat Hermiston’s Georgia Stevenson for fifth (1:15.19) and in the same distance using the breaststroke, she edged out her competition by 0.27 seconds to claim third (1:19.07).
The Buckaroos continued to show the most success when their relay teams were in the pool. Both the boys and girls 400-yard freestyle relay finished in the top three.
The boys took first in 3:49.73 with the same group of Pedrosa, Spratling, Headley and Miltenberger; while the girls took third in 4:35.18 with Nelson, House, Williams and Huth.