by Randy Parks
Burns Times-Herald

Joe Valentine of Crane brings down the Adrian ball carrier. (Photo by HANNAH MAUPIN)

Joe Valentine of Crane brings down the Adrian ball carrier. (Photo by HANNAH MAUPIN)

With a berth in the 1A state football championship game on the line, the Crane Mustangs rose to the occasion and defeated the top-ranked, and defending 1A champion, Adrian Antelopes 44-24 on Saturday, Nov. 21, at Hermiston High School.

The Crane defense, led by Miles Maupin with 15 tackles, held Adrian to just 67 yards rushing, and kept the Antelopes from scoring in the first half for the first time all season.

The Mustangs scored on their first two drives of the game, on runs of six and 24 yards by David Steeves, to take a 14-0 first quarter lead.

With a little more than a minute left to go in the first half, Crane’s Dustin Ramge intercepted a pass, and returned it to the Adrian 14.

On second-and-10, Jack Bentz threw to Steeves for the score, and the Mustangs went into halftime with a 20-0 lead.

After stopping Adrian on their first two drives of the second half, the Mustangs increased their lead to 28-0 on a 15-yard run by Steeves.

The Antelopes finally got on the scoreboard with less than a minute to go in the third quarter when Eduardo Munoz scored on a 63-yard pass play from Reagan Shira.

Crane answered back with a seven-play, 60-yard scoring drive, getting the touchdown on a 32-yard pass from Bentz to Joe Valentine.

Adrian cut the lead to 36-16 on a 31-yard pass from R. Shira to Bryson Shira, and then recovered the onside kick.

The Crane defense forced the Antelopes out on downs, and the Mustangs began their next drive at the Adrian 47. Ramge carried twice to get the ball to the Adrian 3, and Steeves ran in for the score on the next play, putting Crane up 44-16 with less than 7 minutes to play.

The Antelopes cut the lead back to 20 on a 73-pass from R. Shira to Michael Griffin, and recovered another onside kick.

The Crane defense came through once again, sacking R. Shira for a 14-yard loss on third down, and then stopping the Antelopes for no gain on fourth down to take over at the Adrian 29.

The Mustangs failed to pick up a first down, but took time off the clock, and the Antelopes got the ball back with just three minutes to play.

On fourth-and 5, and just over two minutes to play, Crane’s Bryce Otley dropped Munoz for a 9-yard loss to seal the win.

The victory by Crane, not only avenged the Mustangs’ only loss of the season, but also brought Adrian’s 22-game winning streak to a halt.

Bentz completed eight of 13 passes for 139 yards and two touchdowns.

Steeves ran for 111 yards on 17 carries and scored five TDs, and Ramge added 103 yards on 16 attempts.

Steeves was named the Moda Health Player of the Game for Crane, and R. Shira received the honor for the Antelopes.

Crane will play Dufur at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 28, in the OSAA 1A state championship game.

Dufur advanced to the title game with 42-38 victory over Perrydale.

Cra       14     6     8    16     44

Adr        0      0     8    16     24

First quarter

Cra — David Steeves 6 run (Jack Bentz run) 2:45

Cra — Steeves 24 run (run failed) 8:48

Second quarter

Cra — Steeves 14 pass from Bentz (run failed) 11:23

Third quarter

Cra — Steeves 15 run (Joe Valentine run) 10:13

Adr — Eduardo Munoz 63 pass from Reagan Shira (Bryson Shira run) 11:32

Fourth quarter

Cra — Valentine 32 pass from Bentz (Valentine run) 2:00

Adr — B. Shira 31 pass from R. Shira (B. Shira pass from R. Shira) 3:01

Cra — Steeves 3 run (Valentine run) 5:10

Adr — Michael Griffin 73 pass from R. Shira (B. Shira run) 5:32

Individual statistics

Rushing — Crane, Steeves 17-111, Ramge 16-103, Bentz 14-79, Valentine 3-11. Adrian, B. Shira 15-60, Munoz 11-35, R. Shira 6-(-28).

Passing — Crane, Bentz 8-13-0 139. Adrian, R. Shira 15-24-1 248.

Receiving — Crane, Witzel 3-66, Clark 3-27, Valentine 1-32, Steeves 1-14. Adrian, B. Shira 8-57, Munoz 4-72, Griffin 3-119.

Mustangs to play Adrian Saturday, Nov. 21, at Hermiston High School

by Randy Parks
Burns Times-Herald

The Mustangs’ William Clark comes down with a pass in the end zone. (Photo by BARBARA MAHER)

The Mustangs’ William Clark comes down with a pass in the end zone. (Photo by BARBARA MAHER)

Jack Bentz rushed for 89 yards and two touchdowns, and completed nine of 10  passes for 118 yards and three scores to lead Crane to a 50-6 win over Hosanna Christian (HC) in the OSAA 1A state football playoffs on Saturday, Nov. 14.

The No. 4-ranked Mustangs wasted little time getting on the scoreboard. After receiving the opening kickoff, Crane drove down the field and went ahead 8-0 on a 5-yard pass from Bentz to Matt Witzel, and the two-point conversion run by David Steeves.

The Lions fumbled on their first possession, giving the Mustangs the ball at their own 47. Bentz threw a 12-yard TD pass to William Clark to finish off the seven-play drive, and a two-point conversion pass from Bentz to Witzel put Crane up 16-0.

The Crane defense proved stingy on the Lions’ second drive of the afternoon, forcing the ball over on downs and taking over at the HC 38.

The Mustangs’ third score of the quarter came on a 2-yard pass from Bentz to Clark, and Bentz ran in the two-point conversion.

The Lions scored their lone touchdown of the game with just under nine minutes to play in the first half on a 10-yard pass from Matt Hettrick to Waylan Cole.

Crane was forced to punt on their next possession, but got the ball back at the HC 15 on an interception by Steeves.

The Mustangs kept the ball on the ground, and Bentz scored from one yard out to give Crane a 30-6 lead.

Crane added two more scores in the final minutes of the second quarter on a 14-yard run by Joe Valentine and a 38-yard scamper by Bentz.

Valentine added a 15-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter to provide the final margin of victory.

The Crane defense held the Lions to 185 yards of total offense and just nine first downs.

With the win, Crane (10-1) advances to the 1A semifinals where they will face the top-ranked Adrian Antelopes (10-0) at 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, at Hermiston High School.

The two teams met earlier this season, with Adrian coming away with a 50-34 win, Crane’s only loss of the season.

Dufur and Perrydale meet in the other 1A semifinal game.

HC       0       6       0      0      6

Cra     24     20      0      6     50

First quarter

Cra — Matt Witzel 5 pass from Jack Bentz (David Steeves run)

Cra — William Clark 12 pass from Bentz (Witzel pass from Bentz)

Cra — Clark 2 pass from Bentz (Bentz run)

Second quarter

HC — Waylan Cole 10 pass from Matt Hettrick (pass failed)

Cra — Bentz 1 run (run failed)

Cra— Joe Valentine 11 run (Cashe Davis pass from Bentz)

Cra — Bentz 38 run (run failed)

Fourth quarter

Cra — Valentine 15 run (pass failed)

Individual statistics

Rushing — Crane, Steeves 16-79, Ramge 10-55, Bentz 10-89, Valentine 3-47, Balowski 1-8, Epling 2-(-4). Hosanna Christian, Hettrick 10-(-14), Cole 9-50, Staub 7-3, Sanches 16-71.

Passing — Crane, Bentz 9-10-0 118. Hosanna Christian, Hettrick 7-14-1 50, Cole 0-1-0 0.

Receiving — Crane, Steeves 3-74, Ramge 1-8, Clark 2-14, Witzel 3-22. Hosanna Christian, Morris 1-20, W. Cole 3-36, M. Cole 1-0, Staub 1-(-3), Breedlove 1-4, Sanches 3-3, Drost 1-15.

by Mike Weber
for the Burns Times-Herald

The Hilanders’ Taylor Crafts pounds a kill in the first set of the Class 2A volleyball state championship match versus Culver Saturday, Nov. 7. (Photo by MIKE WEBER)

The Hilanders’ Taylor Crafts pounds a kill in the first set of the Class 2A volleyball state championship match versus Culver Saturday, Nov. 7. (Photo by MIKE WEBER)

In the new CBS television series Supergirl, the hero’s true identity is unknown to other characters. There wasn’t any doubt about the identity of the hero at the Class 2A state volleyball tournament in Redmond though.

Burns High junior Catherine Clemens portrayed the role of Supergirl just perfectly too. Clemens was flying all over the court along with her teammates to help lead the Hilanders (28-3) to a 25-12, 25-14, 25-20 win over the Culver Bulldogs (30-4) in the OSAA/U.S. Bank/Les Schwab Tires state championship game Saturday night at Ridgeview High School.

It marked the 34th consecutive win (in Class 2A) for coach Paula Toney’s two-time champion Hilanders, who also won the 2014 title after going undefeated a year ago. On Friday, Burns won a quarterfinal contest 3-0 over the Imbler Panthers (19-8), followed by a 3-1 semifinal win over the Kennedy Trojans (24-7) to advance to the finals.

“There was a lot of pressure on us all year long, and the girls really came through under pressure to take care of business and win the championship game,” said Toney. “We were kind of expected to win again. When you have a big target like that on your back, it really makes it much tougher to win though, because everyone wants to beat us.”

Led by Clemens (12 kills, 16 digs) and senior setter Carli Feist (26 assists) Burns had a dominating overall performance in the finals versus the Columbia Basin Conference champion Bulldogs, the local area favorite. Clemens and Feist both earned All Tournament First Team awards. The title contest was a rematch of a game earlier this season between the two teams (a 3-0 Burns win Sept. 10).

“We had lots of confidence going into the game, and it’s such a great feeling to win another state championship, and I’m very proud of my team,” said Clemens. “We had a little bit of a letdown in the third set, but I’m so proud of the way we came back after falling behind. It’s just a blessing, honestly, to be able to win another championship. I’m just really proud of my team for the way they all stepped up and worked so hard to help us win.”

Burns jumped into a big early first set lead and led all the way in the double digit 25-12 victory, with Clemens getting the game-winning kill. In the second set, the Hilanders again jumped in front with a strong attack at the net by Clemens and junior middle blocker Taylor Crafts (nine kills), who pounded a ball to the floor for a 14-4 lead.

“It’s really special to win the championship because volleyball is such a big part of my life, and my team is like my family,” said Crafts. “It just means so much to me to celebrate this with them, and it’s definitely an unforgettable moment. Our number one team goal was to end up at the state tournament championship game again. I have so much confidence in my team, and I never had any doubt about whether we would make it here.”

The teams traded points, as Burns continued leading 18-8. Junior middle blocker Lindsey Taylor (eight kills) tipped a ball to the floor for game point at 24-13, and Clemens followed with a game-winning kill in the 25-14 win.

“It feels so good to be a part of this team,” said Taylor, a newcomer who moved to Burns from Pendleton and is playing in her first year with the Hilanders. “We have a very good volleyball program, and it’s so exciting to play in the state tournament for my first time, and I’m so proud to be on this team.”

The Bulldogs tried valiantly to avoid a sweep, while coming out with a strong third set rally in which they scored the first eight points and then extended their advantage to 15-3. However, the Hilanders brought their brooms with them and didn’t want to extend the game to a fourth set.

“We actually practice similar situations just like we had today, where we’re down by 15 points, and we have to come back and win,” said Toney. “It was probably the largest deficit we had in a game this year. We were a little worried, but we just focused on getting one point at a time and then it worked out well for us.”

The Hilanders simply shifted their offense into high gear and outscored the Bulldogs 17-1 to force a Bulldog timeout, as Burns took a 20-16 lead on kills by Taylor and Crafts. Culver responded with a 4-0 run, knotting it at 20-20. Kills by Crafts, Taylor and Clemens propelled the Hilanders in front 23-20. Burns then concluded the game by getting the final two points after Culver hitting errors with balls hit into the net.

The Hilanders then celebrated their championship with congratulatory hugs, while loudly yelling and cheering for their joyful and remarkable accomplishment. The players also did a traditional dogpile on the court, and had a wonderful and happy celebration with all their friends and family members.


In the Hilanders’ opening round quarterfinal match versus the No. 5 ranked Imbler Panthers (19-8), Burns recorded a sweep in 25-18, 25-19, 27-25 win in an 8 a.m. Friday contest. Imbler was one of three Wapiti League squads in the tournament, along with Burns and Grant Union. It marked the third meeting between the two squads, and Burns won the previous two regular season games 3-0.

The Panthers battled hard in the second set, while building a 10-5 advantage to force a Burns timeout. Burns came back with a 9-4 run, knotting it 14-14 on a Crafts kill, followed by four consecutive deadlocked scores. With Imbler ahead 18-17, a Burns sideout knotted it 18-18. Clemens (eight kills, four aces, 11 digs) then served four straight service points, putting Burns up 22-18. Following consecutive Imbler hitting errors, Burns had game point with a 24-19 lead. Crafts, an All Tournament Second Team award recipient, pounded a game-winning kill for the 25-19 win.

A tough, seesaw third set battle included numerous ties and lead changes, as the Panthers fought hard to try and avoid a sweep. Imbler played tough while leading late and had game point up 24-23. Two knotted scores followed as it was 25-25. The Panthers hit a ball out over the end line, and then Clemens pounded a game-winning kill for the 27-25 quarterfinal match victory. Feist had a total of 27 assists versus Imbler to help lead the highly-prolific Hilander offense.

“I have a lot of trust in our hitters, our passers, and everyone else on our team, and we felt confident that we could come out and win another championship,” said Feist. “It’s like a dream come true to win just one championship, but to do it again this year is just amazing. All the hard work we did all year definitely made it worth it.”

Burns then moved onto the semifinals Friday against Kennedy. The Trojans battled tough and were hoping for an upset, particularly after winning the first set 25-23. The Hilanders had no intention of letting that unlikely scenario happen, and they won three straight sets to advance to the finals.

Kennedy played tough, while battling to a second set deadlock at 17-17. Following a Burns timeout, the Hilanders had an 8-2 rally to get the victory. In the third set, which included six ties and five lead changes, Burns took control after a final deadlock at 12-12. A 5-1 Hilander run made it 17-13. The teams then traded points for the remainder of the set, with Burns getting a 25-20 win on a Clemens game-winning kill.

“I have to give all the credit to our setter (Feist), because she really works her butt off, and she always plays very well,” said Clemens. “I’m really proud of her for playing so well, because if you don’t have a good set, then you can’t make a good kill.”

Kennedy led early in the fourth set up 2-0, but Burns came back and got a sideout making it 2-1. Taylor then served six straight service points for a 7-2 Hilander advantage. The squads traded points, with Burns continuing to lead 16-11 and forcing a Kennedy timeout. Burns then surged ahead at the end to conclude the match on a 9-2 run, which included another Clemens game-winning kill in the 25-13 win to qualify for the championship game.

“Kennedy is a very good team, and they made us fight for every point,” said Toney. “It seems like everybody wants to beat us, and other teams go all out to try and do that.”

The tournament marked the final game of their Burns High School volleyball career for seniors Korina Cate, Madison Carson, Kaylea Freidrichsen, Abby Nonnenmacher and Alyssa Burri.

“We’re definitely going to miss our seniors, but we’ll have a bunch of juniors coming back again, so hopefully they’ll all fill in the roles that those seniors had this year,” said Toney.

Randy & Randy will be broadcasting the 2015 OSAA/U.S. Bank/Les Schwab Tires 2A Football State Championship Playoff game online.

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by Randy Parks
Burns Times-Herald

The Hilanders’ Lindsey Taylor and Taylor Crafts get the block in Burns’ win over Delphian. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

The Hilanders’ Lindsey Taylor and Taylor Crafts get the block in Burns’ win over Delphian. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

The Burns volleyball team moved into the final eight-team 2A bracket with a convincing three-set win over Delphian on Saturday, Oct. 31, at Burns High School.

The Hilanders swept the Dragons 25-8, 25-11, 25-13, to secure their spot in the final eight OSAA 2A tournament Nov. 6-7 at Ridgeview High School in Redmond. The Hilanders will face Imbler at 8 a.m. Friday, Nov. 6, in their first-round match.

Burns dominated the first set against Delphian, getting out to a 13-4 lead, and then pulling away for the win.

In the second set, the Dragons held an early 9-6 lead, but the Hilanders battled back and eventually took a 12-11 advantage. Carli Feist then stepped to the serving line and rattled off 12 straight points, including three aces, to propel Burns to the victory.

Burns jumped out to a 11-4 lead in the third set, and led by as many as 12 points on their way to the win.

The Hilanders’ Catherine Clemens chalked up 15 kills, three aces, and four digs; Lindsey Taylor had four kills, three aces, one assist and five digs; Taylor Crafts four kills, one ace, and four blocks; Carli Feist one kill, six aces, four digs, and 17 assists; Abby Nonnenmacher two kills, one dig and four assists; Madison Carson one kill and two aces;  Kaylea Friedrichsen two digs; Ally Sutcliffe two digs and one ace; and Alyssa Burri one ace.


Sadie O’Toole of Crane with a serve receive. The Mustangs downed Griswold in five sets. (Photo by BARBARA MAHER)

Sadie O’Toole of Crane with a serve receive. The Mustangs downed Griswold in five sets. (Photo by BARBARA MAHER)

The Crane volleyball downed Griswold in five sets on Saturday, Oct. 31, and now move on to play Hosanna Christian in the eight-team bracket of the OSAA 1A state volleyball tournament.

The Mustangs lost the first set 22-25 to the Grizzlies, but came back to win the next two sets 25-17 and 25-23. Crane lost the fourth set 22-25, setting up a fifth, and deciding match, which the Mustangs won 15-12.

The Mustangs play Hosanna Christian at 3:15 p.m. Friday Nov. 6, at Ridgeview High School in Redmond, with the winner advancing on to the 1A semifinals.

Bryce Otley (No. 66) and Matt Witzel force an errant pass in Crane’s win over Dayville/Monument. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

Bryce Otley (No. 66) and Matt Witzel force an errant pass in Crane’s win over Dayville/Monument. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

by Randy Parks
Burns Times-Herald

The Crane Mustangs erupted for 68 points in the first quarter on their way to a 98-8 win over Dayville/Monument (D/M) Friday, Oct. 23.

The Mustangs took a 24-0 lead with less than two minutes gone in the game on a 65-yard run by David Steeves, a 52-yard punt return by Dustin Ramge, and a 32-yard interception return by Joe Valentine.

D/M’s next possession ended in a safety, giving Crane a 26-0 lead, and Crane made it 40-0 on a 20-yard pass from Jack Bentz to Steeves and a 2-yard run by Steeves.

The Mustangs’ Matt Witzel recovered a fumbled punt attempt in the end zone for Crane’s next score, and then caught a 6-yard pass from Bentz to give Crane a 54-0 lead.

The Crane defense came up with another score on D/M’s next possession as Jacob Dunn picked off a pass and raced 47 yards for the score.

With time winding down in the first quarter, Ramge ripped off a 74-yard run, and Crane led 68-0.

Crane added three touchdowns in the second quarter and led 90-0 at the half, and caped off their scoring barrage with a third quarter touchdown run by JayJay Balowski.

The Mustangs finished with 433 rushing yards, led by Balowski with 128 on five carries, Steeves with 110 on six attempts and Ramge with 104 yards on three rushes.

Bentz completed all six of his pass attempts for 104 yards and three scores.

Crane improved to 4-1 in league play, 7-1 overall, and will host a league playoff game at 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30.

D/M ended the season with a 1-7 overall record, 0-5 in league.

D/M        0     0     0      8     8

Cra       68   22     0     8     98

First quarter

Cra — David Steeves 65 run (Jack Bentz run)

Cra — Dustin Ramge 52 punt return (Bentz run)

Cra — Joe Valentine 32 interception return (William Clark pass from Bentz)

Cra — Tackles receiver in end zone for safety

Cra — Steeves 20 pass from Bentz (JayJay Balowski run)

Cra — Steeves 2 run (run failed)

Cra — Matt Witzel recovers fumble in end zone (Clark run)

Cra — Witzel 6 pass from Bentz (run failed)

Cra — Jacob Dunn 47 interception return (Steeves run)

Cra — Ramge 74 run (pass failed)

Second quarter

Cra — Clark 6 pass from Bentz (Witzel pass from Bentz)

Cra — Balowski 45 run (Miles Maupin run)

Cra — Dunn 27 run (kick failed)

Third quarter

Cra — Balowski 31 run (Dunn run)

Fourth quarter

D/M — Hayden Schaeffer 27 pass from Dakota Emerson (Tanner Walczak pass from Emerson)

Individual statistics

Rushing — Crane, Valentine 3-41, Bentz 1-(-6), Steeves 6-110, Ramge 3-104, Dunn 4-62, Balowski 5-128, Maupin 6-(-6). D/M, Emerson 6-22, Walker 2-(-10), Warner 14-34.

Passing — Crane, Bentz 6-6-0 104, Maupin 1-1-0 4. D/M, Emerson 3-13-2 82, Warner 3-21-4 22.

Receiving — Crane, Steeves 2-52, Clark 2-26, Witzel 2-22, Davis 1-5.D/M, Schaeffer 3-114, Cao 1-5, Walczak 2-1.

by Randy Parks
Burns Times-Herald

Abby Nonnenmacher knocks down the final point in the Hilanders’ win over Imbler. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

Abby Nonnenmacher knocks down the final point in the Hilanders’ win over Imbler. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

The Burns volleyball team swept their final three league matches to lay claim to the Wapiti League regular season title.

Burns finished the season with a perfect 12-0 record, and will next compete in the district tournament Saturday, Oct. 24, at Eastern Oregon University in La Grande.

The Hilanders hosted Imbler on Friday, Oct. 16, and defeated the Panthers 25-12, 25-19, 25-15.

With the score tied 9-9 in the first set, Catherine Clemens served four straight points, including an ace to give Burns a bit of a cushion. After each team scored on a side out, Madison Carson rattled off six points from the serving line, giving Burns a 20-10 advantage.

Lindsey Taylor sealed the first-set win for Burns  with two aces on her final three serves.

Burns jumped out to a 12-5 lead in the second set and looked like they would win easily, but the Panthers put together a late rally to close the gap to 20-18. A kill by Clemens got the momentum back in the Hilanders’ favor, and Carli Feist served the final three points, including an ace on the final point, as Burns picked up the win.

Burns led by as many as four points in the early going of the third set, only to see Imbler close the gap to 12-11 with a short-lived rally. The Hilanders eventually went up 22-14, and went on to win the set and the match.

Clemens finished with 10 kills, 12 digs and three aces; Taylor added seven kills, seven digs and four aces; Taylor Crafts five kills and four blocks; Feist 23 assists and seven digs; Carson five kills and two aces; and Kaylea Friedrichsen 14 digs and one ace.


On Saturday, Oct. 17, Burns hosted both Elgin and Cove.

The Hilanders knocked off Elgin 25-19, 25-12, 25-19.

Burns’ offense was clicking as they recorded 42 kills in the match. Clemens led the team with 18 kills, Crafts had eight, Taylor seven and Feist five.

Feist was the team leader in assists with 28.

Defensively, Friedrichsen and Ally Sutcliffe each recorded eight digs, and Taylor and Clemens seven apiece, and Carson led the team in blocks with three.

In their final match of the regular season Burns defeated Cove 25-5, 25-8, 25-14.

Clemens and Crafts provided a one-two punch for the offense, recording 11 and 10 kills, respectively.

Feist and Korina Cate each had four aces, and Feist finished with 23 assists.

Burns came up with 28 digs, led by Cate with six and Alyssa Burri with five.


Burns took another step toward winning the Wapiti League title by defeating Grant Union in four sets on Tuesday, Oct. 13, at Burns High School.

The Hilanders won 25-21, 25-18, 15-25 and 25-18.

Clemens led the offensive attack, finishing with 21 of the team’s 36 kills. Crafts added another five and Carson four.

Feist was solid in her role as a setter once again, recording 30 assists in the match, and Friedrichsen led the team in aces with four.

On the defensive side, Carson and Crafts led the team in blocks with six and five, respectively, and Friedrichsen came up with 17 of the team’s 47 digs.

Crane clobbers Prairie City 62-0

Posted on October 7th in Sports

by Randy Parks
Burns Times-Herald

The Crane Mustangs found the end zone on their first six possessions on their way to a 62-0 win over Prairie City on Friday, Oct. 2.

The game was called after just two quarters of play.

Dustin Ramge rushed for four scores and added another touchdown on a 51-yard punt return to lead the Mustangs to the win.

The Panthers received the opening kickoff, and after picking up one first down, fumbled the ball away at their own 40.

On the Mustangs’ first offensive play, Ramge broke loose for the score, and David Steeves ran in the two-point conversion to put the Mustangs up 8-0 with less than a minute gone in the game.

Crane got the ball back about a minute later on an interception by Cashe Davis, who returned the ball to the Panthers’ 6-yard line. Steeves scored on the next play to give Crane a two-TD lead.

After forcing the Panthers to punt on their next possession, Ramge’s return for a score and Steeves’ two-point conversion run gave the Mustangs a 22-0 lead.

Crane took over on downs at the Panthers’ 5 with just over six minutes to go in the first quarter, and scored on a 1-yard run by Ramge.

In the second quarter, an interception by Elijah Epling gave Crane the ball at the Prairie City 40, and Ramge scored again on the first play from scrimmage.

Prairie City fumbled on the ensuing kickoff, and Crane took over at the Panthers’ 33. Steeves ran for 24 yards on first down, and Ramge then carried the ball in from nine yards out to finish off the drive.

A second interception by Davis gave the Mustangs the ball back at the Prairie City 31, and Steeves scored on the Mustangs’ next play. A two-point conversion pass from Jack Bentz to William Clark put Crane ahead 54-0 with less than a minute gone in the second quarter.

The Mustangs’ final score came on a 9-yard run by Epling, and JayJay Balowski added the two-point conversion run.

The Mustangs rushed for 244 yards, led by Ramge with 90 yards on four carries and Steeves with 80 yards on five attempts.

The Crane defense was almost impenetrable, holding the Panthers to minus 29 yards rushing and allowing just 44 yards through the air.

With the victory, Crane improved to 1-1 in league play and 4-1 overall.

The Mustangs host Jordan Valley for their homecoming game on Friday, Oct. 9, with kickoff set for 1 p.m.

Cra       30    32     x    x     62

PC         0      0      x    x      0

First quarter

Cra — Dustin Ramge 40 run (David Steeves run) :43

Cra — Steeves 6 run (run failed) 1:45

Cra — Ramge 51 punt return (Steeves run) 4:42

Cra — Ramge 1 run (Steeves run) 6:14

Second quarter

Cra — Ramge 40 run (JayJay Balowski run) :04

Cra— Ramge 9 run (Jack Bentz run) :45

Cra — Steeves 31 run (William Clark pass from Bentz) :57

Cra — Elijah Epling 6 run (Balowski run) 11:39

Individual statistics

Rushing — Crane, Steeves 5-80, Ramge 4-90, Maupin 2-(-11), Epling 6-68, Balowski 1-17. Prairie City, Belveal 9-(-13), Weinkopf 3-(-20), Camarena 4-(-2),  Werner 2-5, Siddoway 1-1.

Passing — Crane, Bentz 0-1-0 0, Maupin 1-1-0 19. Prairie City, Belveal 1-7-2 44.

Receiving — Crane, Davis 1-19. Prairie City, Camarena 1-44.

by Randy Parks
Burns Times-Herald

The Hilanders’ Kaleb Nyborg (No. 51) and Evan Gunderson converge on the La Pine quarterback in Burns’ homecoming game victory on Friday, Sept. 25. (Photos by JEFF GRAHAM)

The Hilanders’ Kaleb Nyborg (No. 51) and Evan Gunderson converge on the La Pine quarterback in Burns’ homecoming game victory on Friday, Sept. 25. (Photo by JEFF GRAHAM)

The Burns Hilanders scored on six of their first seven possessions and held La Pine to just 109 total yards in a 48-0 non-conference win on Friday, Sept. 25, at Corbett Memorial Field.

Nick Palmer led the Hilanders’ rushing attack, picking up 136 yards on 15 carries with two touchdowns. Trey Recanzone completed five of eight passes for 102 yards and two scores, and added another 99 yards on the ground with a pair of touchdowns.

After forcing the Hawks to go three-and-out on the game’s first possession, Burns took over at their own 38. Recanzone finished off the six-play drive with a 33-yard touchdown run, giving Burns a 6-0 lead.

Burns fumbled on their next possession, but ended up with great field position when the Hawks’ punter fumbled the snap at the La Pine 26.

Following an incomplete pass, Palmer slid through the defense and raced in for the score. Trace Tiller threw to Ty Hueckman for the two-point conversion and 14-0 Burns’ lead.

The Hilanders made it 21-0 with a 22-yard touchdown pass from Recanzone to Evan Gunderson, and the extra-point kick by James Obradovich.

Palmer scored on a 7-yard run to start the second quarter, and Tiller connected with Bryce Goss on the two-point conversion to make it 29-0.

The Hawks had their best drive of the night on their next possession, reaching the Burns’ 7-yard line before turning the ball over on downs.

Starting deep in their own territory, the Hilanders drove 93 yards in eight plays and went up 35-0 on Kyle Robey’s 7-yard run.

With 1:14 left in the half, Recanzone threw to Goss for a 16-yard TD, and Burns led 41-0 at halftime.

On their first possession of the second half, the Hilanders went 51 yards in four plays, getting the score on a 7-yard run by Recanzone.

The game went to a running clock because of the 45-point rule, and the Hilanders began rotating the starters out of the game.

The Hawks threatened to score late in the fourth quarter, but Robey came up with an interception to end the drive.

With the win, Burns evened their record at 2-2, while La Pine dropped to 1-3.

The Hilanders open up league play Friday, Oct. 2, at Imbler. The Panthers come into the game with a 1-3 record. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m.

LaP       0       0     0     0      0

Bur      21     20     7     0    48

First quarter

Bur — Trey Recanzone 33 run (kick failed) 4:00

Bur — Nick Palmer 26 run (Ty Hueckman pass from Trace Tiller) 7:04

Bur — Evan Gunderson 22 pass from Recanzone (James Obradovich kick) 10:25

Second quarter

Bur — Palmer 7 run (Bryce Goss pass from Tiller) :06

Bur — Kyle Robey 7 run (kick failed)

Bur — Goss 16 pass from Recanzone (kick failed)

Third quarter

Bur — Recanzone 7 run (Obradovich kick) 2:08

Individual statistics

Rushing — Burns, Recanzone 6-99, Goss 4-84, Palmer 15-136, Gunderson 3-9, Robey 1-7, Maupin 4-1, Freitag 1-10. La Pine, Plant 14-12, DeForest 5-16, Roes 4-2, Kentner 2-12.

Passing — Burns, Recanzone 5-8-0 102. La Pine, Roes 5-20-1 67.

Receiving — Burns, Hueckman 2-55, Tiller 1-9, Goss 1-16, Gunderson 1-22. La Pine, DeForest 2-24, Lester 1-16, Kentner 1-8, George 1-19.

Mustangs defeat Tigers in HDL opener

Posted on September 23rd in Sports

by Randy Parks
Burns Times-Herald

Claire Hammond knocks down a point in Crane’s win over Dayville/Monument. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

Claire Hammond knocks down a point in Crane’s win over Dayville/Monument. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

The Crane Mustangs swept Dayville/Monument (D/M) in three sets, 25-18, 25-14, 25-8, on Thursday, Sept. 17.

The Tigers got out to the lead in the first set, going up by three points several times, but the Mustangs settled down and began chipping away at the lead.

Crane took the lead at 15-14 and never looked back, as they pulled away to win the first set.

Leading 4-2 in the second set, Crane’s Claire Hammond stepped to the service line and rattled off 12 straight points to put the Mustangs up 16-2.

With Crane up 19-5, D/M made a late run, but never threatened, as the Mustangs took a 2-0 lead.

Crane kept the momentum going in the third set, getting out to a 14-8 lead. Savannah Maupin then served 11 points in a row to give Crane the set and match.


The Mustangs went 2-1 at the Eastern Oregon Tournament in Baker City on Saturday, Sept. 19.

Crane defeated Harper/Huntington (scores unavailable), lost to Powder Valley 20-25, 24-26, and downed Dayville Monument 25-20, 25-13.

Crane will host Adrian on Friday, Sept. 25, and at Prairie City on Oct. 2 in High Desert League play.

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