BOARDMAN — Alondra Caldera banked in a 3-pointer with 2.5 seconds left to help Riverside finish off the regular season with an upset of Nyssa on Saturday night.
“It was really nice because the girls have been so close in every game,” Riverside coach Clair Costello said.
Caldera and Brendy Avalos led the Pirates (16-8 overall, 4-6 Eastern Oregon League) with 10 points apiece, and Caldera added nine rebounds. Riverside outscored Nyssa 18-7 in the fourth quarter to help earn the win and finish the season in fifth place.
Madison Hartley led the Bulldogs (14-9, 7-3) with 10 points.
HELIX 46, PINE EAGLE 22 — The Helix Grizzlies wrapped up their season on the road in Pine Eagle. They entered Saturday’s game losing their last three, but that skid ended with a 46-22 victory over the Eagles (2-18 overall, 0-13 Old Oregon League)
The Grizzlies (13-10, 7-6)
ECHO 32, COVE 27 — At Echo, the Cougars finished off the regular season with their second straight win as they defeated Cove 32-27 on Saturday afternoon.
Tylene Skillman led the Cougars (9-16 overall, 4-10 Old Oregon League) with a game-high 15 points and nine rebounds and Marti Huff added 10 points. Maggie Ledbetter and Austin Kendall led the Leopards (9-14, 5-9) with six points apiece.
ARLINGTON 50, MITCHELL/SPRAY 28 — In the final Big Sky League matchup for both Arlington and Mitchell/Spray, the Honkers were playing for their final chance at a league win and the Loggers were trying to break their seven-game losing streak.
It was, however, Arlington who came out victorious, defeating Mitchell/Spray 50-28.
The Honkers finish the season 2-15 overall and 1-13 in league play. The Loggers fall to 6-16 overall and 1-16 in the BSL.
ONTARIO 54, MAC-HI 32 — The Mac-Hi Pioneers had their chance at picking up its first league win as their season came to a close Saturday. In Ontario, Mac-Hi stayed toe-to-toe with the Tigers for much of the game.
After Ontario built up a narrow 17-15 lead the break, the Tigers went on a 10-0 run in the third to boost themselves ahead of the Pioneers. Ontario went on to win 54-32.
CULVER 62, WESTON-MCEWEN 49 — In Culver, Weston-McEwen could have sealed its fate atop the Columbia Basin Conference standings but the 62-49 loss against the Bulldogs moves both schools to a 6-2 league record.
Culver got out to an early 13-6 league but Weston-McEwen fought back in the second quarter to cut its deficit to only two points heading into halftime.
With the slight 24-22 lead coming out of the break, the Bulldogs (15-8 overall) extended their advantage in the third by 10 points and road that momentum until the final minutes against the TigerScots (15-8).
Katie Vescio and Chelsea Quaempts led the efforts with 25 combined points.
NIXYAAWII 71, JOSEPH 38 — In Nixyaawii’s 51st consecutive win, the Eagles were led by Mary Stewart with 30 points. The reliable senior received helped from Milan Schimmel, as the two have led Nixyaawii’s efforts for much of the season.
The 71-38 ends a perfect regular season for the Eagles, as they sit 23-0 overall and 14-0 in the Old Oregon League.
Both Stewart and Schimmel notched double-doubles, with Stewart dishing out 11 assists and Schimmel collecting 11 rebounds. Ermia Butler matched Schimmel’s efforts, grabbing 11 boards herself to go along with two points.
For the Joseph Eagles (16-5 overall, 10-4 OOL), Alexis Sykora had a team-best performance by scoring 26 of the team’s 38 total points.
PILOT ROCK 63, STANFIELD 16 — At Stanfield, Pilot Rock dominated in the final game of the year and handed Stanfield a 63-16 loss.
The Rockets (13-10 overall, 3-5 Columbia Basin Conference) were coming off a tough loss of their own just one day before traveling to face the Tigers (2-21, 0-8), but Pilot Rock was able to shake it off with a 37-point victory.
NYSSA 57, RIVERSIDE 45 — At Boardman, the Riverside Pirates ended the season with their sixth straight loss on Saturday, falling to Nyssa 57-45.
Senior Felix Aparicio capped off his career with a team-high 20 points for the Pirates (9-15 overall, 1-9 Eastern Oregon League) and Christian Rea added 13. Wyatt Jensen led the Bulldogs (15-9, 6-4) with 20 points and sank four 3-pointers.
Riverside coach Clair Costello was proud of how hard his team played, and was irked by the fact that the Bulldogs had only one team foul for the entire game to the Pirates’ eight. The Pirates also did not shoot a free throw.
ECHO 49, COVE 35 — At Echo, the Cougars outscored Cove 36-18 in the second half to run away with their 49-35 victory on Saturday night to finish off the regular season.
Devan Craig led the Cougars (9-16 overall, 6-8 Old Oregon League) with a game-high 15 points and added seven rebounds with three assists, and Damien Curiel pitched in 11 points and five rebounds. Blake Witten led the Leopards (7-16, 5-9) with 11 points.
PILOT ROCK 68, STANFIELD 39 — Led by senior Riley Lankford for the first time all season, Pilot Rock capped off a perfect league season with a 68-39 defeat over Stanfield.
Lankford notched a game-best 19 points, and received help from fellow seniors Levi Thieme (12) and Chris Weinke (11).
Weinke also recorded a double-double by grabbing 11 rebounds, and was close to a triple-double with five assists.
The win will give the Rockets (17-6 overall, 8-0 Columbia Basin Conference) added momentum as they gear up for the postseason.
For the Tigers (10-14, 3-5), Brody Woods finished off his basketball career with a team-best 12 points.
NIXYAAWII 72, JOSEPH 53 — Nixyaawii’s streak continued on the road with a win over Joseph. Behind the 72-53 victory was a perfect performance at the free-throw line (12-for-12) and four double-digit performances from the Eagles (20-3 overall, 13-1 Old Oregon League).
Noah Enright (17 points), Mick Shimmel (16), Dazan Sigo (15) and Magi Moses (10) all put up big numbers for Nixyaawii.
The Eagles were able to come out of the half and hold the host school to only five points, and went on to cement their win in the fourth quarter despite some final efforts by the Joseph Eagles (13-7, 9-5).
ONTARIO 31, MAC-HI 28 — At Ontario, the Mac-Hi Pioneers didn’t end the season they way they wanted to. With the 31-28 loss came two straight defeats, and they will not have to play for a chance at the postseason Tuesday.
The low scoring affair Saturday was due in part to both teams only scoring two points in the fourth quarter.
However, the strong defensive effort didn’t transition into offensive as the Pioneers (11-12 overall, 0-6 Greater Oregon League) shot only 26-percent from the field and 20-perfect from behind the arc. Wyatt Gilmore led Mac-Hi with nine points.
HOOD RIVER — For the second straight year, the Hermiston boys swim team claimed the district title behind four top finishes and 83 total points.
Junior Ryan Barnard earned first in the 200-yard individual medley (2:05.08), beating out second place Hood River Valley (HRV) by nearly 15 seconds.
Senior Carson Wrathall won individual district titles in two events. First, the 100-yard freestyle where he clocked 49.92 — and was the only swimmer to go sub-50.
In his next individual event, the 100-yard breaststroke, Wrathall swam 1:03.04 to edge out HRV and fellow Bulldog junior Seth Buck, who earned a third place finish (1:10.10).
Barnard, Wrathall and Buck were joined by junior Lane Stevenson in the 200-yard freestyle relay that won first place in 1:36.57. Pendleton’s boys 200-yard free relay team was close behind and finished second in 1:40.96.
The same group of four Bulldogs also competed in the 200-yard medley relay, where they earned a second place finish (1:49.00).
Other second place Hermiston swimmers included sophomore Preston Strong, who finished the 200-yard free in 2:18.05 and once again, Barnard, who earned second (55.65) in one of his other individual events — the 100-yard fly.
The Bulldogs narrowly defeated second-place HRV, which finished with 79 points, and Pendleton followed with 76.
The Bucks had top finishes from senior Shane Miltenberger in both of his individual events.
In the 200-yard free, he out swam Hermiston’s Preston by nearly 20 seconds to win first in 1:58.27. Next, in the 100-yard free, he claimed the top spot by clocking 5:19.8.
Seniors Rylan Headley and Matt Larsen and freshman Matthew Miltenberger, along with the 200-yard free relay and 400-yard free relay all earned second place finishes.
The Buckaroos’ girls team fared better at the district tournament, and claimed second place with 94 points.
Juniors Landry Huth and Elisabeth House and freshman Kyndra Nelson all finished first in their respective individual events.
Nelson, House, Huth and senior Abby Williams made up the 200-yard free relay team that finished first in 1:49.70.
For the Hermiston girls, freshman Georgia Stevenson had the best outing. She won first place in the 100-yard backstroke by clocking 1:10.14, and second in the 200-yard freestyle (2:25.24).
Fellow freshman Abigail Sharon also earned second in the 500-yard freestyle, finishing in 6:29.10.
1. Hood River Valley 192
2. Pendleton 170
3. Hermiston 128
4. The Dalles 52
1. Hood River Valley 113
2. Pendleton 94
3. Hermiston 45
4. The Dalles 29
1. Hermiston 83
2. Hood River Valley 79
3. Pendleton 76
4. The Dalles 23