ATHENA - The Weston-McEwen boys' basketball team got a huge Saturday night to put them right in the thick of the playoff discussion in the Blue Mountain Conference, beating Union 76-72 in a game they led the whole way.

The score at the half was 33-15 Weston-McEwen and the two teams combined for 56 points in a hectic third.

Ryan Webb scored a season-high 26 points to lead the game while Brain Duke was close behind with 21.

Duke hit four three-pointers in the game and Webb hit two.

Union was led by 20 points from Austin Woodward and got 17 more from Ritter Warren.

HEPPNER 71, IRRIGON 33 - In Heppner, the Mustangs (12-7, 8-2 BMC) were led by 14 points from Brent Eckman and got at least one point from every player in their Blue Mountain Conference win Saturday.

The win keeps them in the hunt for a conference title, a position coach Dave Norton said they aren't surprised to be in.

"We knew that we had the players to do it we just had to show up and play tough every night," he said. "(Saturday) was a great team win."

The Mustangs got 19 steals while turning the ball over just nine times.

Jared Huddleston added 13 points and Cody Orr had 10.

Colton Garrett led Irrigon (3-14, 0-10 BMC) with eight points.

IONE 67, CONDON-WHEELER 56 - In Ione, Tanner Rietmann scored a career high 16 points and hauled in 11 rebounds for the Cardinals (11-8, 9-2 BSC-E) in a win against the rival Knights (10-9, 6-5 BSC-E).

With Zach Orem out with foul trouble in the second quarter, Rietmann scored 10 of his points to extend a nine-point lead. Condon-Wheeler closed to four by the half, but the Cardinals came out with the better energy, according to coach Dennis Stefani.

Orem came back and scored all of his 12 points after the break and Matt Hamms led all scorers with 24.

NYSSA 66, RIVERSIDE 48 - In Boardman, the Pirates (5-10, 0-5 EOL) clawed their way to within six in the fourth quarter, but could not stop the penetration of Jeremiah Leos, who scored a game-high 27 points for the Bulldogs (14-5, 4-1 EOL).

Riverside shrunk a 16-point deficit to single digits when the Nyssa bench was whistled for three technical fouls.

Leading the way for the Pirates was Jose Barajas, who connected on four three's and scored 19 points.

UMATILLA 50, VALE 45 - In Umatilla, the Vikings (13-5, 3-2 EOL) withstood a fourth quarter comeback by Vale (5-12, 1-4 EOL) to pick up a much needed home win going into the second half of league season.

Steve Williams led with 17 points for Umatilla, but free throws almost doomed the Vikings in the end. Their defense was strong throughout, though, according to coach Tony Villanueva, which allowed them to pull out the win.

SHERMAN 58, ECHO 45 - In Echo, the Cougars (8-11, 4-8 BSC-E) simply did not have the emotion to compete according to coach Justin Paola, dropping their game to the Huskies (9-10, 6-5 BSC-W).

Andy McFarland scored a team high 15 points, but former Arlington Honker Josh Ball eclipsed that with 17 points and had plenty of support.

Girls' Basketball

NYSSA 53, RIVERSIDE 34 - In Boardman, the Pirates (2-16, 0-5 Eastern Oregon League) led 21-16 at the half but foul trouble led to a second-half breakdown.

"We just had a hard time finding the right combination coming off the bench," coach Dirk Dierksen said.

Three Pirates fouled out of the game as they were hit for 31 fouls and Nyssa was 27-of-41 shooting free throws.

Amy Kegler led the Pirates with 13 points.

HELIX 44, SOUTH WASCO 19 - In Helix, the Grizzlies (14-5, 9-2 BSC-E) had a solid night all around as Meghan Schroeder and Addie Terjeson each scored 10 points in the Big Sky Conference win Saturday.

Whitney Meulink added seven points and nine rebounds and Helix committed a season-low 12 turnovers. Schroeder grabbed eight rebounds.

"We just played really good defense again," Helix coach Dean Fouquette said. "Our kids are playing hard and getting ready for the district tournament."

UNION 35, WESTON-MCEWEN 26 - In Athena, the TigerScots (6-11, 3-5 BMC) held their own in the second half against Blue Mountain Conference power Union Saturday, but were down 21-10 at the half.

"Overall I think it was a really good game," said TigerScot Nichole Zeller. "Nobody expected our team to do really well. They expected it to be a blowout. I think we did considerably well considering they're the 14th- ranked team in the state."

Jennifer Thul paced the 'Scots with 11 points, tying Union's Jessica Reynolds for the game-high.

CONDON-WHEELER 35, IONE 27 - In Ione, the Knights (7-11, 4-6 BSC-E) got a big win to keep their playoff hopes alive against the road-weary Cardinals (6-12, 6-5 BSC-E).

Ione returned home at 2 a.m. Saturday after going into overtime against Friday night in a loss at Horizon Christian.

"We came out with tired legs and it showed, and Condon came out and played a really good game," Ione head coach Mike Garrett said.

Condon-Wheeler's Elise Heidy led the game with 14 points while Marnie Fitzsimmons added 12. Ione was led by Beth Morter's nine points.

HEPPNER 51, IRRIGON 20 - In Heppner, the Mustangs (11-9, 5-5 BMC) picked up their third straight win to set up a playoff push that will have to go through some of the best teams in the league.

The Knights (1-16, 0-10 BMC) trailed 17-8 at the half but Heppner made some defensive adjustments that allowed them to pull away.

Ten Mustangs scored in the game with KeShawna Talamantes and Taighler Dougherty each scoring nine.

Irrigon's Noelle Wright scored a game-high 11 points.

SHERMAN 69, ECHO 51 - In Echo, the Cougars (8-11, 3-9 BSC-E) would have loved to have forgotten about the first half in their loss to the Huskies (14-5, 9-2).

Echo scored just 12 points in the first two quarters, but lit up the scoreboard for 39 in the second. By that time, though, the Cougars had dug too deep a hole according to coach Jeremy LaFramboise.

Shilah Hilliard paced Echo's scoring night with 13, while Shelby VonBorstel led the Huskies with 15.

Wrestling

HOMEDALE, Idaho - The McLoughlin wrestling team had no shortage of action Saturday, wrestling four dual meets with a short-handed crew.

But the Pioneers withstood the test well, sweeping their duals against Homedale (41-24), Parmah (39-33), Boise (48-11) and Melba (51-15).

"The team wrestled really well today," coach Beau Chester said. "We had a lot of pins and didn't give up a lot so that was really good to see."

With some holes in the lineup due to injury, Chester said Lorenzo Long and Willie McCoy stepped up big for Mac-Hi. McCoy finished 2-1 on the day and Long split at 2-2.

Flip-flopping between 112 and 119 pounds were Ryan Bullock and Jesse Sargent. Both had standout days with Bullock sweeping his matches and beating a returning state champion in Homedale's Justin Easley.

Alex Rodighiero, Wyatt Law and Jace Sargent all went 4-0 as well, with Sargent dominating his competition with four pins.

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