Randy Parks
Burns Times-Herald

The Hilanders’ India Paramore flies down the track in the 100 meter hurdles. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

The Hilanders’ India Paramore flies down the track in the 100 meter hurdles. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

The Burns track teams hosted the Arlie Oster Memorial/Burns Lions Track Invitational on Saturday, April 11.

The Burns boys team placed second out of 12 teams competing, getting edged out by Ontario by .83 points,  and the Burns girls finished fourth among 13 teams.

The Crane boys and girls teams both came in eighth in the team standings.

The Ontario boys and girls teams both finished first in the team standings .

The Ontario girls placed first with 129.25 points, with Lakeview a close second with 127 points. Vale came in third with 100 points, followed by Burns with 90.25, Culver 45.25, Cove 39, Madras 37, Crane 18, Prairie City 8, Burnt River 7, Harper 4, Dayville 1, and McDermitt, Nev. .25.

Ontario won the boys meet with 120.83, followed by Burns with 120, Madras 85.33, Vale 61.5, Lakeview 57, Culver 51, Harper 47, Crane 42.33, Prairie City 33, Cove 19, Grant Union 11, and Dayville 1.

Individual results for Burns (B) and Crane (C) are as follows:

Girls

100m — Emma Winn (B), 5th, 14.34; India Paramore (B), 14th, 16.27; Sadie O’Toole (C), 15th, 16.33.

200m — Hannah Maupin (C), 2nd, 28.96; Winn (B), 5th, 29.99; Kaylea Friedrichsen (B), 13th, 33.25; O’Toole (C), 15th, 33.81.

400m — Maupin (C), 1st, 1:04.93; Winn (B), 4th, 1:10.82; Oakley West (B), 9th, 1:16.66; Haley Engebretson (B), 13th, 1:30.30.

800m — West (B), 6th, 3:03.17; Engebretson (B), 11th, 3:25.77.

1500m — Mary Letham (B), 4th, 5:41.34; Bea Ribeiro (B), 6th, 6:08.15.

3000m — Letham (B), 2nd, 12:57.54; Ribeiro (B), 5th, 14:10.78.

100m hurdles — Ribeiro (B), 4th, 19.67; Parker Landon, 5th, 20.69; India Paramore (B), 13th, 27.03.

Shot put — West (B), 6th, 27-04.00; Friedrichsen (B), 14th, 25-05.00; Engebretson (B), 19th, 23-06.00.

Discus — Friedrichsen (B), 5th, 83-03; West (B), 6th, 77-11; Bryanna Dunn (C), 16th, 66-08; Engebretson (B), 28th, 50-03.

Javelin — Friedrichsen (B), 3rd, 94-01.

High jump — Landon (B), 8th-tie, 4-02.00.

Pole vault — Hailey Bodewig (B), 3rd, 7-00.00.

Long jump — Winn (B), 3rd, 14-03.00; Landon (B), 4th, 13-05.50; Paramore (B) 11th, 10-11.00.

Triple jump — Landon (B), 2nd, 27-10.50; Paramore, 5th, 22-05.75.

Boys

100m — Travis Landon (C), 3rd, 12.30; Corey Jenkins (C), 17th, 13.16; JayJay Balowski (C), 13.17; Vincent Bates (B), 19th, 13.34; Ryan Haines (B), 21st, 13.58; Taylor Klus (B), 22nd, 13.71.

200m — Landon (C), 9th, 26.45; Hyrum Paramore (B), 10th, 27.71; Evan Gunderson (B), 11th, 26.77; Bryce Otley (C), 13th, 26.89; Jenkins (C), 18th, 27.57; Bates (B), 20th, 28.15; Jacob Blackburn (B), 22nd, 29.07.

400m — Scott Davies (B), 1st, 56.45; Paramore (B), 9th, 58.88; B. Otley (C), 10th, 58.97; Gunderson (B), 12th, 1:00.81; Haines (B), 17th, 1:03.56.

800m — S. Davies (B), 1st, 2:11.46; Randy Epling (C), 8th, 2:28.88; Joel Otley (C), 13th, 2:51.77.

1500m — Daniel Letham (B), 3rd, 4:42.01; Brandon Bingham (B), 7th, 4:51.87; Epling (C), 13th, 5:16.70; Zach Zurfluh (C), 20th, 6:08.92.

3000m — Letham (B), 1st, 10:28.18; Bingham (B), 2nd, 10:45.26.

110m hurdles — Jeff Davies (B), 1st, 16.86; Tyler Singhose (B), 5th, 21.22.

300m hurdles — J. Davies (B), 1st, 44.98; Singhose (B), 10th, 55.89.

4×100 relay — Burns (Haines, Etienne Fisher, Jason Stoker, Mitchel Steinbeck), 4th, 1:06.64.

4×400 relay — Burns (S. Davies, Letham, Gunderson, Paramore), 3rd, 3:58.08.

Shot put — Klus (B), 4th-tie, 37-04.00; Blackburn (B), 7th, 36-00.00; Stoker (B), 8th, 34-04.00; Sam Williams (C), 9th, 33-05.00; David Steeves (C), 13th, 32-05.00; Dustin Ramge (C), 14th, 32-04.00; Dillin Holtby (B), 25th, 29-04.00; Fisher (B), 26th, 29-02.00; Steinbeck (B), 31st, 18-11.00.

Discus — Steeves (C), 2nd, 115-11; Blackburn (B), 3rd, 108.00; Williams (C), 12th, 77-03; Stoker (B), 14th, 76-03; Fisher (B), 15th, 73-09; Holtby (B), 17th, 72-08; Steinbeck (B), 23rd, 49-05.

Javelin — Blackburn (B), 1st, 158-06; Steeves (C), 4th, 127-03; Williams (C), 6th, 121-06; Gunderson (B), 7th, 112-04; B. Otley (C), 10th, 106-08; Klus (B), 11th, 106.01; Stoker (B), 17th, 101-02; Holtby (B), 21st, 90-03; Ramge (C), 22nd, 88-09; J. Otley (C), 27th, 79-09; Fisher (B), 31st, 64-03; Steinbeck (B), 36th, 42-00.

High jump — Steeves (C), 3rd, 6-00.00; J. Davies (B), 5th, 5-08.00; Paramore (B), 7th, 5-06.00; S. Davies (B), 9th, 5-04.00.

Pole vault — Ramge (C), 4th, 10-06.00; Jenkins (C), 8th, 9-06.00; Letham (B), 11th-tie, 9-00.00.

Long jump — Balowski (C), 4th, 17-05.00; Bates (B), 21st, 13-07.50; Haines (B), 23rd, 12-10.75; J. Otley (C), 24th, 12-10.50; Singhose (B), 26th, 12-04.00.

Triple jump — J. Davies (B), 2nd, 37-09.25; Balowski (C), 6th, 36-10.50

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The Burns and Crane track teams both finished well at the Small Schools Invitational held Tuesday, April 7, in John Day.

The Hilanders won the boys and girls meets, while the Crane boys finished second and the Crane girls were fourth.

Burns won the girls meet with 177.5 points, followed by Grant Union with 155, Mitchell-Spray 83, Crane 64, Monument 30, Burnt River 23.5, Prairie City 19, and Dayville 17.

Burns won the boys meet with 178 points, followed by Crane with 140.5, Mitchell-Spray 116, Grant Union 63.5, Prairie City 52, Long Creek 12, Monument 11, Burnt River 9, Dayville 6, and Ukiah 3.

Individual results for Burns and Crane are as follows:

Girls

100m — Savannah Maupin (C), 1st, 13.52; Korina Cate (B), 3rd, 14.84; Paramore (B), 5th, 15.50.

200m — Winn (B), 1st, 30.45; Cate (B), 2nd, 31.54; Friedrichsen (B), 3rd, 32.70.

400m — H. Maupin (C), 1st, 1:03.00; Winn (B), 3rd, 1:08.00; O. West, (B), 5th, 1:13.00; Engebretson (B), 6th, 1:20.00.

800m — O. West (B), 1st, 2:53.25; Engebretson (B), 5th, 3:23.54.

1500m — Letham (B), 1st, 5:50.00; Hailey West (B), 3rd, 6:27.00; Ribeiro (B), 4th, 6:34.00.

3000m — Letham (B), 1st, 12:46.65; Ribeiro (B), 2nd, 13:45.42; H. West (B), 3rd, 14:16.95.

100m hurdles — Amanda Casey (C), 1st, 15.83; Ribeiro (B), 4th, 19.37; Landon (B), 7th, 22.11.

300m hurdles — Casey (C), 1st, 50.78; Nicol Gahley (B), 2nd, 58.35.

4×400 relay — Burns (O. West, Gahley, Letham, Cate). 1st, 4:54.44.

Shot put — Kayla Mims (C), 3rd, 29-04.00; Friedrichsen (B), 6th, 24-07.00; Engebretson (B), 13th, 21-05.00.

Discus — O. West (B), 5th, 81-06; Mims (C), 6th, 81-03; Friedrichsen (B), 7th, 72-01; Dunn (C), 9th, 66-03; Engebretson (B), 15th, 54-04.

Javelin — Gahley (B), 3rd, 96-11; Mims (C), 4th, 93-11; Friedrichsen (B), 6th, 88-04; Cate (B), 8th, 80-10; Dunn (C), 10th, 76-11.

High jump — Landon (B), 4th, 4-02.00.

Pole vault — Casey (C), 1st, 8-06.00; Gahley (B), 3rd, 6-06.00.

Long jump — Winn (B), 5th, 13-08.00; Landon (B), 7th, 12-09.00; Paramore (B), 13th, 9-05.00.

Triple jump — Landon (B), 4th, 27-04.00; Paramore (B), 6th, 21-03.00.

Boys

100m — John O’Toole (C), 1st, 11.64; Landon (C), 2nd, 12.02; Joseph Valentine (C), 4th-tie, 12.33; Jenkins (C), 4th-tie, 12.33; Balowski (C), 10th, 13.15.

200m — O’Toole (C), 1st, 25.07; Paramore (B), 4th, 25.83; Landon (C), 7th, 27.27; Klus (B), 8th, 27.41; Gunderson (B), 9th, 27.62; Blackburn (B), 10th, 28.02; Haines (B), 12th, 28.50.

400m — Trey Recanzone (B), 1st, 54.53; S. Davies (B), 2nd, 55.33; Gunderson (B), 3rd, 57.40; Paramore (B), 4th, 57.67; Letham (B), 6th, 1:00.62; Singhose (B), 8th, 1:03.46; Haines (B), 11th, 1:04.00.

800m — S. Davies (B), 1st, 2:11.00; Elijah Epling (C), 2nd, 2:16.00; Letham (B), 3rd, 2:17.00; R. Epling (C), 4th, 2:30.00; J. Otley (C), 8th-tie, 2:45.00; Holtby (B), 13th, 2:50.00.

1500m — Bingham (B), 1st, 4:55.88; R. Epling (C), 2nd, 5:11.95; J. Otley (C), 8th, 5:43.27; Zurfluh (C), 10th, 6:28.33.

3000m — Letham (B), 1st, 10:26.15; Bingham (B), 2nd, 10:41.15.

110m hurdles — J. Davies (B), 1st, 15.83; Singhose (B), 5th, 22.11.

300m hurdles — J. Davies (B), 1st, 43.58; Singhose (B), 6th, 57.22.

4×100 relay — Crane (Landon, Jack Bentz, Valentine, O’Toole), 1st, 46.81; Burns (Haines, Fisher, Stoker, Steinbeck), 2nd, 56.02.

4×400 relay — Burns (S. Davies, Recanzone, Gunderson, Paramore), 1st, 4:08.68.

Shot put — Valentine (C), 1st, 38-03.00; Klus (B), 2nd, 36-10.50; Jenkins (C), 3rd, 36-00.00; Blackburn (B), 5th, 34-04.00; Bentz (C), 6th, 33-07.50; Steinbeck (B), 18th, 18-01.50.

Discus — Steeves (C), 1st, 119-03; Blackburn (B), 2nd, 100-04; Bentz (C), 5th, 82-06; Fisher (B), 15th, 66-05; Stoker (B), 16th, 66-02; Holtby (B), 17th, 64-05; Steinbeck (B), 21st, 49-11.

Javelin — Steeves (C), 3rd, 141-02; Blackburn (B), 4th, 135-06; Gunderson (B), 7th, 114-05; Klus (B), 10th, 106-03; Stoker (B), 16th, 77-05; Holtby (B), 17th, 76-07; Fisher (B), 19th, 71-09; Steinbeck (B), 22nd, 42-11.

High jump — J. Davies (B), 1st, 5-10.00; Steeves (C), 2nd, 5-10.00; Paramore (B), 5th, 5-02.00.

Pole vault — Ramge (C), 2nd, 10-06.00; Jenkins (C), 4th-tie, 8-06.00.

Long jump — Balowski (C), 7th, 15-07.00; J. Otley (C), 12th, 12-11.00; Haines (B), 14th, 12-05.50; Singhose (B), 15th, 11-09.50

Triple jump — J. Davies (B), 1st, 39-11.50; Balowski (C), 3rd, 32-09.00.

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The Crane Mustangs will be hosting the Ranchers Invitational Friday, April 17. The field events begin at 11 a.m., with the running events slated to start at 1 p.m.

The Hilanders will be competing in the La Pine Invitational Saturday, April 18. The meet begins at 10 a.m.


Crane competes at Nyssa meet

Posted on April 8th in Sports

by Randy Parks
Burns Times-Herald

Crane’s Amanda Casey finished third in the 100-meter hurdles, posting a time of 17.68 seconds. (Photo by John L. Braese/The Enterprise)

Crane’s Amanda Casey finished third in the 100-meter hurdles, posting a time of 17.68 seconds. (Photo by John L. Braese/The Enterprise)

The Crane track teams had a good showing at the Don Walker Invitational held Friday, April 3, in Nyssa.

The Crane girls team placed fifth in the 13-team meet and the Crane boys came in sixth.

Emmett, Idaho, won the girls meet with 178 points. Vale was second with 152, followed by Grant Union with 65, Nyssa 63, Crane 43, Cove 40, Baker 30, Adrian 23, North Lake 22, Monument 13, Prairie City 7, Powder Valley 5 and Huntington 3.

Emmett also won the boys meet, racking up 219 points to easily out-distance second-place Nyssa with 91.5 points. Adrian was third with 85, followed by Vale with 64, Baker 46, Crane 42, Cove 27, Harper 23.5, Prairie City 17, Pine Eagle 12, Grant Union 9, Powder Valley 8 and Monument 3.

Those placing in the top eight of the events for the Mustangs are as follows:

Girls

400m — Hannah Maupin, 1st, 1:03.50.

100m hurdles — Amanda Casey, 3rd, 17.68.

300m hurdles — Casey, 6th, 58.71.

Shot put — Kayla Mims, 5th, 28-05.75.

Javelin — Mims, 2nd, 96-11.

Pole vault — Casey, 1st, 8-06.00.

Triple jump — Savannah Maupin, 7th, 28-07.00.

Boys

100m — Travis Landon, 7th, 12.22.

200m — Landon, 7th, 25.90.

800m — Elijah Epling, 8th, 2:26.08.

110m hurdles — Austin Roath, 5th, 18.45.

300m hurdles — Roath, 6th, 46.77.

4×100 relay — Crane (Landon, Jack Bentz, Joe Valentine, Dustin Ramge), 4th, 48.43.

4×400 relay — Crane (Bryce Otley, Randy Epling, Ramge, E. Epling), 6th, 4:23.29.

Discus — David Steeves, 4th, 106-10.

Javelin — Steeves, 4th, 141-08; Sam Williams, 7th, 116-05.

High jump — Steeves, 4th, 5-08.00.

Pole vault — Ramge, 6th, 10-00.00.

Triple jump — JayJay Balowski, 7th, 35-04.00.

The next meet for the Mustangs is the Arlie Oster Memorial/Burns Lions Invitational on Saturday, April 11. The events start at noon.


by Randy Parks
Burns Times-Herald

Austin Feist bangs out a hit.  (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

Austin Feist bangs out a hit. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

The Burns baseball team improved to 5-1 by winning all three of their games during the Burns Spring Thaw Baseball Tournament March 24-26.

In their opening game on Wednesday, March 25, the Hilanders pounded out 14 hits in a 15-5 win over Willamina.

After the Bulldogs scored a run in the top of the first, the Hilanders scored four runs in their half of the inning, thanks in part to a two-run single by Ty Reid.

Burns upped their lead to 9-1 with five runs in the second inning.

The Bulldogs put together a four-run rally in the third inning, but those were the last runs they would score, as Jack Van Tassel took the mound for the Hilanders and pitched four shutout innings.

Austin Feist led the Burns hitting attack, going 4-for-4, with four runs scored. Reid and Boyd Vinson each had two hits and three runs batted in. Justin Lewellen collected two hits and two RBIs.

Zach McDonald got the start for Burns and went two innings. He gave up five runs, four earned, on two hits, with four walks and three strike outs. Van Tassel picked up the win by not giving up a hit over four innings while walking one and striking out three.

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Will  1  0  4  0  0  0  x   5    2    2

Bur   4  5  1  1  3  1  x  15  14   1

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The Hilanders then faced Vale and came away with a 15-0, five-inning victory.

Ty Hueckman got the start for Burns, and was almost perfect in his five innings of work. Hueckman gave up just two hits and struck out 11 of the 18 batters he faced.

Burns got the bats going early against the Vikings, scoring seven runs in the first two innings. An eight-run fourth inning then put the game away.

Feist had three of the Hilanders’ 14 hits and drove in four runs. Hueckman doubled twice and tripled, and knocked in three runs. Garrett Blackburn finished with two hits and two RBIs, and Reid and Trace Tiller each had two hits and an RBI.

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Val   0  0  0  0  0  x  x    0    2   0

Bur  2  5  0  8  0  x  x   15  14  1

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In their final game of the tournament, the Hilanders outslugged Glide for an 11-9 victory.

The Wildcats pushed two runs across in the top of the first for an early lead, but the Hilanders came back with three runs in the bottom of the first and added four more in the third.

Leading 9-4 after five, the Hilanders saw their lead cut to two as the Wildcats put together a three-run rally. The Hilanders answered with two runs in the bottom of the sixth, and then held on for the win.

Feist had two hits, including a double, drove in one run and scored three runs. Hueckman added a single and double, and scored three runs. Tiller singled and tripled, and scored twice, and Blackburn had one hit and drove in three runs.

Lewellen earned the victory on the mound, giving up four runs, two earned, on four hits with one walk and five strike outs over five innings.

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Glide 2  0  0  2  0  3  2   9   10  2

Bur    3  0  4  1  1  2  x  11  11  5

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In other tournament games, Glide downed Willamina 13-1, and beat Vale 7-4, and Vale defeated Willamina 11-1.

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The Hilanders are back in action Thursday, April 2, when they play at Sisters at 3:30 p.m. They then return home to host La Grande on Saturday, April 4. The doubleheader starts at noon.


Junior Kayla Mims finished third in the javelin for the Mustangs, throwing a distance of 96 feet, 1 inch. (Photos by John L. Braese/The Malheur Enterprise)

Junior Kayla Mims finished third in the javelin for the Mustangs, throwing a distance of 96 feet, 1 inch. (Photo by John L. Braese/The Malheur Enterprise)

Randy Parks
Burns Times-Herald

The Crane track teams traveled to Harper on Friday, March 20, to compete in the Diana Thurmond Invitational.

The 12-team field was made up of Crane, Harper, Vale, Nyssa, Cove, Imbler, Huntington, Jordan Valley, Joseph, Monument, Powder Valley and Rimrock, Idaho.

Placers for the Crane girls team are as follows:

100m — Savannah Maupin, 6th, 14.27; Sadie O’Toole, 7th, 14.42.

200m — Hannah Maupin, 4th, 27.90.

4×100 relay — Crane (Amanda Casey, S. Maupin, O’Toole, H. Maupin), 3rd, 55.78.

Shot put — Kayla Mims, 2nd, 31-08.75.

Discus — Mims, 6th, 71-01.

Javelin — Mims, 3rd, 96-01.

Pole vault — Casey, 1st, 8-00.00.

Triple jump — S. Maupin, 7th, 27-06.50.

Crane’s Sam Williams opens his season in the discus competition at the Diana Thurmond Memorial meet in Harper. (Photo by John L. Braese/The Malheur Enterprise)

Crane’s Sam Williams opens his season in the discus competition at the Diana Thurmond Memorial meet in Harper. (Photo by John L. Braese/The Malheur Enterprise)

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Placers for the Crane boys team are as follows:

100m — John O’Toole, 3rd, 11.77; Travis Landon, 5th, 11.96.

200m — O’Toole, 1st, 24.24; Bryce Otley, 3rd, 25.05; Landon, 5th, 25.30.

800m — Elijah Epling, 1st, 2:18.48.

1500m — Randy Epling, 7th, 5:11.71.

110m hurdles — David Steeves, 1st, 18.17; Austin Roath, 2nd, 18.30.

300m hurdles — Roath, 1st, 45.20.

4×100 relay — Crane (Jack Bentz, Joseph Valentine, O’Toole, Landon), 3rd, 47.17.

4×400 relay — Crane (Roath, Otley, R. Epling, Dustin Ramge), 3rd, 4:03.45.

Shot put — Valentine, 6th, 35-02.25.

Discus — Bentz, 8th, 85-01.

Javelin — Miles Maupin, 2nd, 119-01; Otley, 3rd, 114-07; Sam Williams, 4th, 114-03, Roath, 8th, 109-04.

High jump — Steeves, 2nd, 5-10.00; R. Epling, 7th, 5-02.00; Ramge, 8th (tie), 5-00.00.

Pole vault — Corey Jenkins, 2nd, 10-00.00.

Long jump — JayJay Balowski, 7th, 17-02.00.

Triple jump — JayJay Balowski, 3rd, 35-00.00; Maupin, 6th, 32-07.00.

On Friday, April 3, the Mustangs compete in the Don Walker Invitational at Nyssa. The meet begins at 1 p.m.


by Randy Parks
Burns Times-Herald

Boys basketball award winners (L-R): Zach McDonald, Bryce Goss, Austin Feist, Boyd Vinson. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

Boys basketball award winners (L-R): Zach McDonald, Bryce Goss, Austin Feist, Boyd Vinson. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

Girls basketball award winners (L-R): Oakley West, Sydnee Shelman, Carli Feist, Catherine Clemens. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

Girls basketball award winners (L-R): Oakley West, Sydnee Shelman, Carli Feist, Catherine Clemens. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

Burns High School capped off the winter sports season with an awards ceremony on Monday, March 16.

Athletic Director Paula Toney welcomed everyone to the event, and then, filling in for the dance coach, Debbie Titus, presented awards to the dance team. Amelia Hamerlynck received the Most Improved Dancer award, and the Tiny Dancer award for most valuable dancer was presented to Taylor Draper.

Cheer coach Julie Burri presented the awards to the basketball cheer squad. Burri noted at the state competition, the cheer team placed second in their division, and Lizz Duhn came in third in the individual competition.

Recipients of the special cheer awards are as follows: Most Improved — Cassidy Reid; Stunting award — Jason Stoker; Flyer award — Cailyn Wilber; Most Outstanding award — Duhn.

Cheer squad award winners (L-R): Cassidy Reid, Jason Stoker, Lizz Duhn, Cailyn Wilber. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

(L-R): Cassidy Reid, Jason Stoker, Lizz Duhn, and Cailyn Wilber were the cheer squad award winners. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

Wrestling award winners (L-R): Jonathan Schmeck, Garrett Blackburn, Dallon Higgins. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

(L-R): Jonathan Schmeck, Garrett Blackburn, and Dallon Higgins were the wrestling award winners. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

Head wrestling coach Mark Hofman introduced this year’s wrestling team and presented the special awards. Garrett Blackburn, who won the state title at 170 pounds, received the Outstanding Upperclassman award and the Jeremy Johnson Most Heart award. Jonathan Schmeck was named Most Improved, and Dallon Higgins took home the Outstanding Underclassman award.

Mick Miller, head coach for the boys basketball program, and assistant coaches Jed Patterson and Rob Paramore, recognized this year’s players and handed out the special awards. Bryce Goss was named the Most Promising Freshman, Boyd Vinson received the Most Inspirational award, the Most Improved award was given to Zach McDonald, and Austin Feist was named the Most Valuable Player.

Miller added that Feist was named the Player of the Year for the Wapiti League and named to the All-Tournament First Team at the 2A state basketball tournament. Ty Hueckman was named to the All-League first team, Trace Tiller received All-League second team honors, and Ty Reid received All-League honorable mention.

Dance team award winner Taylor Draper. Not pictured: Amelia Hamerlynck. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

Dance team award winner Taylor Draper. Not pictured: Amelia Hamerlynck. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

Head coach for the girls basketball program Brandon McMullen and assistant coach Kevin Feist introduced their teams and presented the special awards. The Most Promising Freshman award went to Oakley West. Sydnee Shelman was named the Most Improved, Carli Feist was presented with the Most Inspirational award, and Catherine Clemens received the Most Valuable Player award.

McMullen said Clemens was named the Co-Player of the Year for the Wapiti League, Feist was named to All-League first team, and Madison Carson and Baylee Hanner received All-League second team honors.

Clemens was also named to the All-Tournament first team at the 2A state basketball tournament, and Carson was selected for the All-Tournament second team.

Clemens also set a new single-game scoring record this season, hitting for 35 points in the Hilanders’ win over Enterprise.


by Randy Parks
Burns Times-Herald

 Jake Clark of Crane stands on top of the podium to receive his medal. (Submitted photo)

Jake Clark of Crane stands on top of the podium to receive his state wrestling championships medal. (Submitted photo)

Jake Clark of Crane and Garrett Blackburn of Burns were both crowned state champions at the OSAA 2A/1A State Wrestling Championships held Feb. 27-28 at Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum in Portland.

Clark won the 138-pound weight class, becoming the first Crane wrestler in 14 years to win a state title. Clark finished his high school career in fine fashion, pinning Lowell’s Justyn Barton in the championship match.

Blackburn defeated Kyle Easterly of Culver 7-4 in the title match at 170 pounds.

Culver won the 2A/1A team title for the eighth time in the past nine years, racking up 147.5 points. Lowell finished second with 127 points.

The Mustangs placed fifth with 69 points and the Hilanders were eighth with 38.5 points.

Crane’s Dustin Ramge wrestled his way to second-place finish at 132, Sam Williams placed third at 182, and Elijah Epling (145) and Austin Roath (152) finished fourth.

The Hilanders’ Dallon Higgins earned a third-place finish at 113 pounds.

Results for Burns (B) and Crane (C) are as follows:

106 — Kyran Simpson (B) lost by fall to Mike Day of Central Linn (4:57); won by fall over Chelsea Byrne of Lowell (0:52); lost by fall to Taylor Bright of Gold Beach (2:11).

113 — Higgins (B) lost by fall to Derrick Hargraves of Riddle (5:55); won by fall over Willard Neary of Nestucca (0:36); won by decision over Jordan Whittles of Nestucca, 10-3; won by tech fall over Wyatt Waldron of North Lake, 18-1 (2:28).

132 — Ramge (C) won by decision over Jerron Rhen of Culver, 5-1; won by decision over Kaleb Ballard of Monroe, 4-3; lost by decision to Joshua Connor of Lowell, 5-1.

Garrett Blackburn of Burns was also crowned state champion at the OSAA 2A/1A State Wrestling Championships.

Garrett Blackburn of Burns was also crowned state champion at the OSAA 2A/1A State Wrestling Championships.

132 — Evan Gunderson (B) lost by fall to Jorge Olivera of Culver (2:26); lost by major decision to Ryan Simpson of Knappa, 10-2.

138 — Clark (C) won by fall over Charles Hardage of Riddle (3:24); won by decision over Tucker Davis of Culver, 6-5; won by fall over Barton of Lowell (4:42).

145 — Epling (C) won by decision over Johnny Espeland of Culver, 8-5; lost by decision to Rocky Lilly of Gold Beach, 14-8; won by decision over Keith Phillips of Crow, 10-6; lost by decision to Espeland of Culver, 8-3.

145 — Corey Jenkins (C) won by major decision over Devin Johnson of Bonanza, 12-0; lost by decision to Tielar Murray of Monroe, 14-13; lost by major decision to Espeland of Culver, 12-4.

152 — Roath (C) won by fall over Alex West of Vernonia (5:44); lost by decision to Thomas Harvey of Lowell, 3-2; won by decision over Michael Sloan of Oakland, 9-5; lost by major decision to Levi Vincent of Culver, 12-4.

160 — Jonathan Schmeck (B) lost by fall to Hayden Trimble of Lowell (1:04); Lost by decision to Isaac Butler of Siletz Valley, 11-5.

170 — Blackburn (B) won by fall over Bryce Mckillup of Nestucca (0:17); won by fall over Kenny Lane of Lowell (3:05); won by decision over Easterly of Culver, 7-4.

182 — Williams (C) won by decision over Triston Devereaux of Oakridge, 6-1; lost by fall to Tanner Harvey of Lowell (0:39); won by fall over Jaiden Jones of Culver (2:22); won by fall over Andrew Goozee of Knappa (3:23).

220 — Clayton Bentz (B) lost by major decision to Samuel Thurman of Lowell, 14-2; won by decision over Niklas Merzadah of Vernonia, 5-1; lost by decision to Jared Chamley of Myrtle Point, 5-2.


by Randy Parks
Burns Times-Herald

The Burns boys won the district title and will advance to the state playoffs. (Submitted photo)

The Burns boys won the district title and will advance to the state playoffs. (Submitted photo)

The Burns boys basketball team beat Imbler 33-24 on Saturday, Feb. 21, to claim the top spot in the Wapiti League district tournament held at Eastern Oregon University in La Grande.

Austin Feist tallied a double-double for the Hilanders, scoring 15 points and pulling down 11 rebounds. He also led the team in steals with four.

Ty Hueckman and Ty Reid each added five points for Burns, Scott Davies had four, Trace Tiller three, and Trey Recanzone one.

With the victory, the Hilanders are the No. 1 seed into the state playoffs and will host Oakland at 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27. Imbler goes into the state playoffs as the No. 2 seed, and Union earned the No. 3 seed by beating Elgin 63-50.

In the girls district tournament, the third time was the charm for the Union Bobcats as they topped Burns 57-36 to grab the No. 1 seed into the state playoffs. The Hilanders had beaten Union in their previous two meetings this season.

Burns, the No. 2 seed, will host Faith Bible at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28.

 The Burns girls team finished second and will also advance to the state playoffs. (Submitted photo)

The Burns girls team finished second and will also advance to the state playoffs. (Submitted photo)

Grant Union topped Imbler 48-14 to become the No. 3 seed.

No passes will be accepted for the playoff games. Admission for adults is $6, students get in for $4.

After the first round of the state playoffs, the remaining eight teams advance to the championship brackets. The final games will be played March 5-7 in Pendleton.


District tourney up next for Mustangs

by Randy Parks
Burns Times-Herald

Hannah Maupin of Crane puts up an off-balance shot after being fouled on the way to the basket. The shot was good, as was the ensuing free throw. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

Hannah Maupin of Crane puts up an off-balance shot after being fouled on the way to the basket. The shot was good, as was the ensuing free throw. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

Maria Thompson scored 22 points to lead the Crane Mustangs to a 66-58 win over Jordan Valley in girls basketball action on Saturday, Feb. 14.

With the win, Crane finished in first place in the High Desert League with a 13-1 record. Adrian was second at 12-2, and Jordan Valley third at 11-3.

Jordan Valley came out fast in the opening quarter and had a 16-11 lead after the first eight minutes.

After Jordan Valley opened the second quarter with a 5-0 run to stretch the lead to double figures,  Crane’s Savannah Maupin hit a 3-pointer and a basket to cut the lead back to five.

Jordan Valley answered with a field goal and a 3-pointer of their own to go back up by 10, but Crane came back with buckets by Bryanna Dunn and S. Maupin to get to within six.

Following a Jordan Valley basket, Hannah Maupin converted a three-point play and added another basket to bring Crane to within 30-25 at halftime.

The momentum swung Crane’s way at the outset of the third quarter as Thompson hit two quick baskets, and buckets by Dunn and H. Maupin put Crane up by one. Thompson sank another basket, and she and S. Maupin then hit back-to-back 3-pointers to give Crane a 41-35 advantage. Crane eventually went up 49-39 in the quarter before Jordan Valley closed out the quarter with a 5-0 run.

Jordan Valley cut the lead to two several times in the fourth quarter, but Crane held off every charge. With Crane leading 60-56 with less than a minute to play, Thompson scored off an offensive rebound, and Dunn sank four consecutive free throws to seal the victory.

Dunn and H. Maupin each scored 12 points for Crane, S. Maupin added 11, Claire Hammond seven, and Kayla Mims two.

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On Friday, Feb. 13, Crane lost to Adrian, 62-41, their only league loss of the season.

The Antelopes doubled their score in the first three quarters, leading 12-6 at the end of the first quarter, 24-12 at halftime, and 48-19 at the end of the third period.

Crane did outscore Adrian 22-14 in the fourth period, but the lead was too much to make up.

Hammond was the leading scorer for the Mustangs with 17 points. Mims added 10, H. Maupin four, Morgan Cronin three, Dunn, Thompson and Grace Jensen two apiece, and S. Maupin one.

The Mustangs’ next action is the district tournament Feb. 19-21 in John Day.


The Hilanders’ Madison Carson gets the block on a shot against Union. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

The Hilanders’ Madison Carson gets the block on a shot against Union. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

Randy Parks
Burns Times-Herald

The Burns girls basketball team wrapped up the Wapiti League title with wins over Union and Enterprise on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 6-7.

The Hilanders are 10-0 in league play, followed by Union at 8-3 and Grant Union 6-4.

Going into Friday night’s game, Union had lost only one game all season, and that was to Burns on Jan. 10. The Bobcats came into the gym at Burns High School with payback on their minds, but when it was all said and done, the Hilanders came out on top 64-60.

Catherine Clemens led the Hilanders with 25 points, and Baylee Hanner, Carli Feist and Madison Carson all chipped in with 10 points apiece.

The first quarter saw several lead changes, and Burns trailed by one with time winding down when Hanner hit a 3-pointer to give Burns an 18-16 lead at the buzzer.

The Hilanders led by three as the second quarter wound down, but a foul outside the arc sent Union’s Keesha Sarman to the line to shoot three free throws with no time left on the clock. Sarman hit all three, and the teams went into the break tied at 32-32.

The teams continued to trade baskets in the third quarter, and headed into the final eight minutes, Burns was up 47-46.

Feist and Carson sank back-to-back baskets to start the fourth quarter, and Hanner’s 3-pointer put Burns up 54-46 with just over five minutes to play.

After the Bobcats went on a 9-2 run to close the gap to one, the Hilanders made five of six free throws to lead 61-55 with about two minutes left.

Sarman then sank a field goal and a 3-pointer to bring Union back to within one. On the ensuing inbounds play, Abby Nonnenmacher threw the ball deep to Clemens for a basket, and a three point Burns lead.

With 19 seconds left to go, Sarman presumably tied the game with a 3-point shot, but the Union coach had called time out right before the shot, so the basket didn’t count.

The Hilanders defense then held, and Carson added a free throw with four seconds left to seal the victory.

•••

On Saturday, the Hilanders traveled to Enterprise and came away with a 63-38 win.

Burns jumped out to 16-4 first quarter lead, and led 31-18 at the half.

The Hilanders outscored the Outlaws 23-11 in the third quarter to pretty much seal the win.

Clemens dropped in 21 points, Feist and Hanner had 14 each, and Carson 11.

Burns will finish up the regular season with two league games on the road. They play at Imbler on Friday, Feb. 13, and at Cove Saturday, Feb. 14.


Burns tops Ontario, Elgin

Posted on February 4th in Sports

by Randy Parks
Burns Times-Herald

Austin Feist of Burns goes airborne on his way to the basket in the Hilanders’ win over Ontario. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

Austin Feist of Burns goes airborne on his way to the basket in the Hilanders’ win over Ontario. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

The Burns boys basketball team defeated Ontario 58-37 in non-conference play on Tuesday, Jan. 27, at Burns High School.

Down by eight late in the first quarter, the Hilanders’ Austin Feist sank a 3-pointer at the buzzer to close the gap to 14-9.

Midway through the second period, Burns was down by one when Trace Tiller hit a 3-pointer to put the Hilanders up by two, and followed with another basket to make it a four-point advantage, and Burns went into the break with a 27-22 lead.

The Hilanders broke the game open in the third quarter as Austin Feist scored 11 of his game-high 21 points to help Burns take a 47-30 lead headed into the fourth quarter.

Burns outscored the Tigers 11-7 over the final eight minutes and got the victory.

Tiller finished with 15 points, and Ty Reid added 10 for the Hilanders.

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The Hilanders upped their league record to 7-1 with a 62-32 win over Elgin on Saturday, Jan. 31.

Union is 8-1 in the league, and the Hilanders will host the Bobcats on Friday, Feb. 6, in a showdown for first place.

On Saturday, Feb. 7, Burns travels to Enterprise.


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