PILOT ROCK — On Saturday evening, the Pilot Rock Rockets honored their four seniors before their final home game of the season and with it defeated Weston-McEwen 62-53 to send them out with a bang.
However, the win came with a fight — at least in the opening quarter.
At one point Pilot Rock was down by 10 points, but worked its way back to finish the first eight minutes of play up 18-15.
The Rockets (15-6 overall, 6-0 Columbia Basin Conference), led by senior Levi Thieme with 19 points, remain perfect in league play with their eighth consecutive win.
The TigerScots (7-14, 2-4) early lead was the only one they would hold for the rest of the evening. Leading their efforts was senior Brett Speed with a game-high 28 points.
For Pilot Rock, fellow seniors Bryson Pierce and Chris Weinke also put up double digits. Pierce scored 18 points on the night and Weinke pitched in 11. Both Thieme and Pierce finished with double-doubles, and rebounding as a whole was on display tonight for the Rockets. They out-rebounded the TigerScots 49-28.
HEPPNER 54, CULVER 28 — At Heppner, the Mustang boys notched their eighth win in their last nine games with a dominant win over the Culver Bulldogs on Saturday afternoon.
The Mustangs (11-7 overall, 6-1 Columbia Basin Conference) were led by Trent Smith’s 13 points while Wyatt Steagall finished with eight. Weston Basl led the Bulldogs (4-19, 0-7) with a game-high 15 points.
POWDER VALLEY 57, ECHO 41 — At Echo, the Cougars took a commanding 12-6 lead after the first quarter, but the visiting Powder Valley Badgers quickly woke up and scored 22 points in the second to take a lead they would never relinquish.
Powder Valley went on to win the game 57-41 behind senior Hunter Davis’ 19 points. The Badgers (16-4 overall, 11-1 Old Oregon League) have now won nine consecutive games.
For the Cougars (8-15, 5-7), senior Morgan Marcum led with 14 points.
LA GRANDE 49, MAC-HI 37 — Mac-Hi celebrated its seniors tonight, as it was the Pioneers final home game. They were able to hang with La Grande all four quarters until the Tigers finally pulled away with a 49-37 win.
The Pioneers (11-11 overall, 0-5 Greater Oregon League) fared well from the perimeter, making 9-of-22 shots but had a hard time moving the ball inside and attacking the rim.
With the victory, the Tigers (14-7, 5-0) remain undefeated in the GOL.
UMATILLA 50, VALE 38 — At Vale, the Umatilla Vikings notched their third straight win with a victory over Vale on Saturday evening.
The Vikings (18-5 overall, 6-2 Eastern Oregon League) can clinch the EOL regular season title if they win their final two games.
NYSSA 72, IRRIGON 53 — At Nyssa, the Irrigon Knights’ road struggles continued for the second straight night as they fell to the Nyssa Bulldogs 72-53 on Saturday night.
The Knights (17-4 overall, 6-3 Eastern Oregon League) finish up their season on Friday at home against Vale.
BURNS 57, RIVERSIDE 39 — At Burns, the Riverside Pirates ended their three-game road swing with a loss to Burns on Saturday night.
The loss marks the fourth straight for the Pirates (9-13 overall, 1-7 EOL) who have two home games left.
IONE 67, SOUTH WASCO 49 — At Ione, the Cardinals (6-16 overall, 4-8 BSL) scored a season-high 67 points in a victory over South Wasco County on Saturday.
SHERMAN 79, ARLINGTON 27 — At Moro, the Arlington Honkers (11-10 overall, 7-5 BSL) were run out of the gym by the No. 2-ranked Sherman Huskies, as the Honkers scored a season-low 27 points in a loss on Saturday.
DUFUR 70, CONDON/WHEELER 62 — At Fossil, the Condon/Wheeler Knights (14-8 overall, 8-4 BSL) dropped their second straight of the weekend with a 70-62 loss to Dufur on Saturday.
NIXYAAWII 80, HELIX 37 — At Helix, the Nixyaawii Golden Eagles (18-3 overall, 11-1 OOL) doubled up the Helix Grizzlies (3-19, 2-10) on Saturday to remain atop the Old Oregon League standings.
PILOT ROCK 59, WESTON-MCEWEN 47 — On senior night, the Pilot Rock Rockets turned in their best performance of the season with their typical tough defense and finally a consistent offense to knock off the Weston-McEwen TigerScots on Saturday night.
“I was really proud of the girls,” Pilot Rock coach Dan Deist said. “They finally put it all together and now we hope to keep it up and make it to districts.”
Nine of the 10 Rockets (12-9 overall, 2-4 Columbia Basin Conference) that played scored in the game, led by Kayla Deist with 16 and Rhyanne Oates with 13 points. Oates also led the team with 11 rebounds. Chelsea Quaempts led the TigerScots (14-7, 5-1) with 15 points as their eight-game win streak was snapped.
Pilot Rock now needs to win out against Stanfield and Heppner this weekend to earn a playoff game for the district tournament. The TigerScots will clinch the regular season title and top seed at districts if they win out.
POWDER VALLEY 59, ECHO 27 — Behind a 23-point third quarter performance, Powder Valley defeated the Cougars 59-27 in Echo.
In the first quarter, the Badgers (20-2 overall, 10-2 Old Oregon League) held a 16-10 lead that they then bolstered in the second quarter by holding the Cougars (7-16, 2-10) to only two points.
After the break, Echo was held to single digits in the third and fourth quarter while Powder Valley ran away with the game. Leading the Badgers was junior Megan Bimgham with 16 points.
For Echo, senior Marti Huff was the top scorer with seven points.
CULVER 40, HEPPNER 29 — In Heppner, the visiting Culver Bulldogs were only up by one point after the opening quarter. The narrow 7-6 lead increased to 18-11 at halftime. When Culver and the Heppner Mustangs took the court again, the Bulldogs would hold on to the lead for a 40-29 win.
Junior Irma Retano was the top shooter for Culver, notching 17 points. The Bulldogs (14-8 overall, 5-2 Columbia Basin Conference) would also have help from senior Elly Bautista, who finished with 11 points.
For the Mustangs (12-6, 4-3), it was once again Sydney Wilson who led all Heppner scores. The freshman finished with 15 points.
LA GRANDE 46, MAC-HI 36 — In Mac-Hi’s final home game of the season, the Pioneers late efforts weren’t enough to top La Grande, and their losing skid continued as they fell 46-36.
The Tigers (9-12 overall, 4-1 Greater Oregon League) were led by sophomore Jacie Howton with a game-best performance. Howton scored 19 points on the night.
For the Pioneers (2-19, 0-5), it was senior Brianna Hernandez who scored a team high of 17 points.
NIXYAAWII 77, HELIX 26 — On Saturday night, Nixyaawii held Helix to its fewest points all season and kept its perfect record with a 77-26 win.
The Eagles (20-0 overall, 11-0 Old Oregon League) were led by seniors Milan Schimmel and Mary Stewart. Schimmel scored 29 points, and Stewart followed with 20. The duo also combined for 12 assists — six a piece, and fellow senior Kaitlynn Melton led the team in rebounds, notching nine.
The Grizzlies (13-8, 7-4) had a tough first half, scoring only four points in the first quarter and zero in the second. When they came back from halftime, they put up 22 points which was led by senior Kailey Mize — who finished with a team-best nine points.
SOUTH WASCO COUNTY 61, IONE 45 — Ione knew it would have a tough game when South Wasco County came to town. The Redsides entered the matchup undefeated in the Big Sky League and remained perfect after a 61-45 victory. Junior Abby Birman led the team with 14 points and senior Allie Noland chipped in 13 of her own.
For the Cardinals (9-13 overall, 8-4 BSL), senior Morgan Orem led with 19 points and improved her free throw shooting to make 9 for her 13 attempts.
Ione knew the Redsides (19-3, 12-0) would be hard to beat, but the Cardinals were able to find some more shots their second time facing South Wasco — in the team’s first outing, Ione only scored 26 points.
VALE 42, UMATILLA 19 — Vale is now back to its winning ways, as the Vikings won their second straight game hosting the Umatilla Vikings.
The 42-19 win boosts their record to 10-11 overall and 6-3 in the Eastern Oregon League while Umatilla (3-19 overall, 0-8 EOL) remains winless in league play.
NYSSA 50, IRRIGON 39 — With a big win over the Irrigon Knights, Nyssa improves its record to 13-6 overall and 6-2 in the Eastern Oregon League.
The Bulldogs are on a five game win streak as they head into the final two games of league play, while the Knights (16-5 overall, 5-4 EOL) have now lost two straight.
BURNS 70, RIVERSIDE 50 — The Riverside Pirates rocky season continues as they drop their sixth league game to Burns, 70-50, while the Hilanders (14-8 overall, 6-2 Eastern Oregon League) are picking up steam as regular season is coming to an end.
JOSEPH — At the Class 2A/1A Special District 4 Tournament on Saturday, only one Heppner/Ione wrestler punched his ticket to the state tournament while three others came up just one step short.
Junior Zach Bredfield pinned Crane’s Rixon Doman in 2:51 to claim second place at 145 pounds and secure a spot in the 2A/1A state tournament next week in Portland.
Meanwhile, Trevor Antonucci (120) and Leo Waite (126) finished in third place in their respective weight classes, missing the state cutoff line by just one spot, while Carson Brosnan (160) finished in fourth. Charles Cason finished fifth at 160 pounds.
The Mustangs finished in eighth place with 68 points. Grant Union won with 214 points while Joseph/Wallowa was second with 131.5.