SUMMIT? The Pendleton Buckaroos lost to Summit in the playoffs to end their season Saturday a three-set sweep to the top-ranked team in Class 5A.
Summit (18-7, 4-0 IM) won 25-16, 25-21 and 25-14 to keep the Bucks (6-13, 4-8 CRC) from going to the state tournament next weekend.
Things went really well about the first 10 points of every game, we were right there and even ahead at times ... but each time (Summit) pulled ahead, Pendleton coach Jodi Primus said. It was a tough draw but thats what happens for not having more wins in the regular season.
Amanda Fowler led the team in kills with six and were led in serving by Rayne Spencer.
Pendleton beat Cleveland on the road 3-0 Tuesday to advance past the play-in stages for a matchup with the powerful Summit team from the Intermountain league.
The loss ends an up-and-down season for the Bucks, who lost to rival Hermiston five times in 2011.
HEPPNER 3, OAKRIDGE 0 The Heppner Mustangs continued a late-season dream run with a three-set victory (25-12, 27-25, 25-13) over Oakridge at home Saturday. The top seed from the Blue Mountain Conference, Heppner (19-11, 9-5 BMC) advances to the round-of-eight state tournament at Pacific University in Forest Grove starting next Saturday.
The Mustangs handled Oakridge (13-9, 10-6 MVC) with relative ease in the first and third sets but ran into a small hiccup in the second. Micha Hintz served 12 straight winners for Heppner in the first set to blow away Oakridge, but the visitors shored up their service receive for set No. 2.
Any time you meet a good team in the playoffs, its kind of a game of adjustments,?Heppner coach Pam Dowdy said. Our serving was good in the first but they adjusted and they took over in the second.
Of course, took over just meant push the Mustangs into extra points before Heppner could capture the set. The Mustangs were led by Baily Bennett with 13 kills in one of her best offensive games of the year, according to Dowdy.
Heppner will likely meet Reedsport (21-3, 4-0 SD1) in the first round of tournament play next Saturday but final pairings are not yet available,?Dowdy said.
WESTON-MCEWEN 3, NEAH-KAY-NIE 0 At Athena, a win over Neah-Kay-Nie moved the Weston-McEwen TigerScots into the state tournament at Pacific University in Forest Grove next weekend. The TigerScots (24-7, 13-1 BMC) beat Neah-Kay-Nie (15-8, 8-3 NWL) in straight sets by scores 25-18, 25-6 and 25-13. Only eight teams remain alive and will start a double-elimination tournament next Saturday.
This was the scary one because this was the knockout round, coach Shawn White said. You only get one loss here.
Against the Pirates, Weston-McEwen ran wild behind a consistent service game. The team had 13 aces and only faulted on three serves during the match.
Morgan Entze was a big part of the long runs the TigerScots took with 24-for-24 serving and six aces. She also added eight kills.
Final pairings for the state tournament are not yet available, but Weston-McEwens next opponent will likely be Portland Christian, White said. Portland Christian (20-4, 10-2 NWL) knocked off Elgin in four sets Saturday.
ST. PAUL 3, CONDON/WHEELER 0 Playing in St. Paul, Condon Wheeler (21-6, 4-2 BSC) fell in three sets to St. Paul to end its season short of the state tournament for Class 1A. Scores were 25-15, 25-22 and 25-23.
Though Condon/Wheeler ended up losing the first set by a wide margin, the Knights actually held an early lead. Inconsistency on both offense and defense let St. Paul back into the match and the Buckaroos never looked back, Condon/Wheeler coach Maria Clemens said.
We went through a very long time where we didnt score a point, Clemens said. Toward the last stretch of that game, we sort of fell apart.
Despite falling short of the state tourney, Clemens said she was happy with the progress the team has made in the last few years. Two seasons ago, the Knights had just one win. Last year they made it through the Big?Sky Conference District Tournament. This year was another step forward, Clemens said, and with just two seniors leaving the team, they could be prepped for an even better run in 2012.
WILSONVILLE 9, PENDLETON 0 At Wilsonville, the Pendleton Buckaroos were tormented by Wilsonville for a difficult 9-0 season-ending loss a state play-in game. It was 5-0 at halftime.
The Bucks (4-6-4, 1-3-2 CRC) finish the 2011 campaign winless in their last five games. The highlight of that stretch came in a 1-1 tied against Hermiston in the regular season finale that kept the Bulldogs from winning the Columbia River Conference crown.
Wilsonville (8-5-2, 5-2 NWOC) pulled out its second-best scoring effort of the season on the Bucks and will advance in the state playoffs.
Its kind of hard to get anything positive out of that score, said coach Rocky Dillenburg. Other than our final match I?was happy with how our team progressed with the season. I?thought we got better play as the season went along.
The Bucks lose five seniors that Dillenburg said were the heart and soul of the team.
Next year I?think our team is going to have a whole different personality, he said. It will be challenging but it will also be interesting.
MAC-HI 7, CROOK COUNTY 0 The Pioneers from Mac-Hi (12-2, 8-1 GOL) put on another scoring show against Crook County (3-8-1, 2-0 SD1) at home Saturday, coming away with a 7-0 shutout. The victory marks the 11th time this season that opponents have failed to score on the Pioneers.
Mac-Hi had previously lost its season final last Tuesday to 1-0 Riverside, a undefeated 15-0 Class 3A powerhouse. The loss didnt linger long with the Pioneers as they came out and scored early against Crook County.
Mac-Hi advances past the play-in round stage and will enter the 16-team state playoff bracket. The next matchup for Mac-Hi has yet to be determined.
LIBERTY 2, PENDLETON 0 At Liberty, the Pendleton boys soccer team met the same fate as its female counterpart, losing a play-in game to the state playoffs to end its season. The Bucks (1-10-2, 0-6 CRC) fell 2-0 to Liberty (7-8, 5-2 NWOC).
Liberty scored in the first half and again in the second but the match remained close thanks to Pendleton keeper Jordan Hillmicks 26 saves.
(Liberty) was really pounded it in there, Pendleton coach Rob Hillmick said of Libertys strikers. There were some big legs; they had no problem taking shots from 20, 25 yards out. And balls on a line too.
The Bucks finish their season with just one win, a 2-0 victory over La Grande last month. They scored a Columbia River Conference low 11 goals on the year.
Liberty moves on and will play at Churchill on Tuesday.