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.

•••

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.

•••

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.


Mustangs finish second at 1A State

Posted on January 28th in Sports

by Randy Parks
Burns Times-Herald

The Crane wrestling team brought home the second-place trophy from the 1A State Tournament. Back row (L-R): Jack Bentz, Dustin Ramge, Austin Roath, Sam Wiliams, Corey Jenkins, David Steeves. Kneeling (L-R): Warren Clayton Johnson, Elijah Epling. (Submitted photo)

The Crane wrestling team brought home the second-place trophy from the 1A State Tournament. Back row (L-R): Jack Bentz, Dustin Ramge, Austin Roath, Sam Wiliams, Corey Jenkins, David Steeves. Kneeling (L-R): Warren Clayton Johnson, Elijah Epling. (Submitted photo)

The Crane Mustangs had two individual champions and placed second as a team at the 1A State wrestling tournament held in Lowell last weekend.

Corey Jenkins won the 145 pound weight class, and Austin Roath was crowned champion at 152 pounds. Roath also received the Outstanding Wrestler award for the upper weight classes.

Dustin Ramge (138) and Sam Williams (182) both finished second, and  Warren Clayton Johnson (160) and Jack Bentz (170) placed third.

Match results for the Mustangs are as follows:

138 — Ramge won by fall over Austin Crumbley (HC) lost by decision to  Bobby Butler (Siletz), 4-0.

145 — Jenkins won by fall over James Foster (Siletz); won by fall over Dalton Meyers (Triangle Lake); won by fall over Jonny Heitzman (Gilchrist).

152 — Roath won by fall over Brady Bigbee (Mohawk); won by decision over Tommy Harvey (Lowell), 3-2.

160 — Johnson won by fall over Brayden Dugger (Mohawk); lost by major decision to James Flowers (HC); won by decision over Cody Allphin (Chiloquin), 7-4; won by fall over Spencer Schofield (Butte Falls).

170 — Bentz lost by fall to Alex Fowler (Triangle Lake); won by fall over Nick Schlect (Gilchrist); won by fall over Jason Fitzpatrick (Echo).

182 — Williams won by fall over Johnny Jackson (Chiloquin); lost by fall to Tanner Harvey (Lowell).


The starting time for the games on Saturday, Jan. 24, between Burns and Grant Union has been changed to 1 p.m.

by Randy Parks
Burns Times-Herald

The Hilanders’ Ty Hueckman puts up a shot over Imbler’s Joe Griffin. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

The Burns boys basketball team took over sole possession of first place in the Wapiti League with a 54-39 win over Imbler on Saturday, Jan. 17, at Burns High School.

The Panthers opened the game by outscoring the Hilanders 7-2, and led 11-6 at the end of the first period.

Burns was down by three midway through the second period when Ty Hueckman hit three consecutive 3-pointers to put the Hilanders up by six, and Trace Tiller buried another shot from outside the arc to make it a nine-point lead. Burns then went into the break up 26-21.

The third quarter was virtually even, and as the final seconds of the period ticked down, Tiller hit an off-balance 3-pointer to give Burns a 37-30 lead.

Leading 43-37 in the final period, the Hilanders went on an 11-2 run to close out the game.

Austin Feist led the Hilanders’ scoring attack, finishing with 19 points. Hueckman added 15, and Tiller nine.

Burns improved to 5-0 in league play with the victory, while Imbler dropped to 4-1.

On Friday, Jan. 16, Burns ran past league opponent Enterprise 71-46.

On Wednesday, Jan. 14, Crook County edged Burns 51-49 in non-conference action.

•••

Catherine Clemens scored 25 points and Carli Feist added 19 to lead Burns to a 58-28 win over Imbler on Saturday, Jan. 24.

The victory keeps the Hilanders undefeated in Wapiti League play, 5-0, while the Panthers dropped to 1-4.

Burns led 14-11 at the end of the first quarter, and then fell behind 15-14 as the Panthers scored a pair of baskets to start the second period. Clemens responded by scoring eight unanswered points to put the Hilanders back on top, and they led 26-18 at halftime.

Clemens scored the first five points of the third quarter, and Feist added the next eight on a basket and two 3-pointers to help Burns take a 45-24 lead into the final period.

Feist hit the first three baskets of the fourth quarter, and the Hilanders pulled away for the win.

The Hilanders picked up another league win on Friday, Jan. 23, by beating Enterprise 73-43.

•••

Burns boys and girls basketball teams continue with league play Friday and Saturday, Jan. 23-24. The Hilanders host Cove on Friday with the games starting at 3 p.m. On Saturday, Burns travels to John Day to take on Grant Union. The games begin at 1 p.m.


Mustangs down Antelopes 40-36

Posted on January 14th in Sports

by Randy Parks
Burns Times-Herald

Crane’s Travis Landon draws a foul on the way to the basket. (Photos by RANDY PARKS)

Crane’s Travis Landon draws a foul on the way to the basket. (Photos by RANDY PARKS)

After losing to Jordan Valley 68-51 on Friday, Jan. 9, the Crane boys basketball team bounced back the following day with a 40-36 win over Adrian, evening their league record at 1-1.

Wyatt Starbuck and Joe Valentine each scored 12 points to lead the Mustangs to the win over Adrian.

Crane trailed 15-9 at the end of the first quarter, and 17-10 early in the second quarter, but the Mustangs’ offense began to click, and they went on an 8-0 run to take the lead. Adrian made three free throws in the closing minutes of the half  to lead 20-18 at halftime.

The Mustangs regained the lead on a three-point play by Starbuck at the start of the second half, and went on to lead 31-28 headed into the fourth period.

After the Antelopes outscored Crane 6-2 in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter for a 34-33 lead, the Mustangs’ William Clark buried a 3-pointer and Starbuck added a basket to put Crane ahead by four.

The Antelopes scored to cut the lead to two, and began to foul to get the ball back. Crane missed the first free throw on three consecutive one-and-one opportunities, but the Antelopes couldn’t get any shots to fall on their end of the court.

The Mustangs beat the full-court press in the final seconds, and Matt Witzel put in an easy basket for Crane, giving them the four-point victory.

Witzel finished with six points, Colton Witzel had four, and Travis Landon and Clark three each.

•••

The game against Jordan Valley was a tale of two quarters that knocked out Crane, despite their efforts to get back into the game.

Beset by turnovers, Crane was down 22-5 after the first period of play.  Crane finally capitalized on scoring opportunities in the second quarter, and fought back to within 10 before the half, 38-28.

Fouls hampered Crane’s play, as early in the third quarter, three starters were on the bench with four fouls each, and one was playing with three. Jordan Valley took advantage of the match-up and grabbed a 61-34 lead going into the final quarter and finished with the 68-51 win.

The Mustangs are home for their next two High Desert League contests. They host Harper/Huntington on Friday, Jan. 16, and Dayville/Monument on Saturday, Jan. 17.


by Randy Parks
Burns Times-Herald

Ty Reid drives down the lane for a bucket in Burns’ win over Grant Union. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

Ty Reid drives down the lane for a bucket in Burns’ win over Grant Union. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

The Burns boys basketball team outscored Grant Union 13-7 in the fourth quarter and came away with a 41-34 win in the Wapiti League opener for both teams on Friday, Jan. 2.

With both teams playing tenacious defense, points were hard to come by. The Hilanders led 10-7 at the end of the first period, and went into halftime up 16-15.

After the Prospectors’ Nathan Gehley scored the first five points of the third quarter to put Grant Union up by four, the Hilanders’ Scott Davies came off the bench to score six points and Trace Tiller added a 3-pointer to help Burns lead 28-27 at the end of the period.

Tiller and Austin Feist combined for six points at the start of the fourth quarter, and Ty Hueckman then buried a 3-pointer to give Burns a 10-point lead.

Two baskets by Ty Reid boosted Burns’ lead to 41-29 in the closing minutes, and the Hilanders held off a late flurry to pick up the win.

Tiller finished with 11 points and Hueckman had 10 to lead Burns in scoring. Feist and Reid each had seven, and Davies six.

•••

Burns improved to 9-3 on the season with a 53-45 win over La Pine in non-conference play on Saturday, Jan. 3.

Feist led the way with 23 points and 10 rebounds, and Hueckman added 19.

•••

The Burns boys basketball team outscored Lakeview 18-7 over the final eight minutes to break open a close game and come away with a 57-42 victory on Tuesday, Dec. 30.

Burns fell behind 14-11 in the first quarter, but came back to take a 26-23 halftime lead, thanks in part to three 3-pointers by Reid.

Down 35-31 near the end of the third period, the Hilanders’ Tiller knocked down a 3-pointer to bring them back to within one, and Feist’s basket gave Burns the lead. As the final seconds of the quarter ticked off, Feist drilled a 3-pointer, and Burns was up by four.

At the start of the fourth quarter, the Hilanders’ Trey Recanzone hit two 3-pointers and a bucket to help Burns go on a 14-4 run and take control of the game.

Feist finished with 18 points to lead Burns in scoring, Tiller had 12 and Recanzone 10.

The Honkers were led by Jack Graham with 12 points.


Hilanders open up Wapiti League play Friday when they host Grant Union

by Randy Parks
Burns Times-Herald

Baylee Hanner of Burns battles for a loose ball. (Photo by JOHN BRAESE/MALHEUR ENTERPRISE)

Baylee Hanner of Burns battles for a loose ball. (Photo by JOHN BRAESE/MALHEUR ENTERPRISE)

The Burns boys and girls basketball teams both picked up non-conference victories at Nyssa Saturday, Dec. 27.

The Burns girls downed the Bulldogs 54-49 to improve to 5-4 on the season.

After losing to Nyssa by two points on Dec. 19, the Burns boys team exacted a bit of revenge with a 65-56 victory over the Bulldogs. With the win, the Hilanders improved to 6-3 on the season.

Three Hilanders fnished in double figures, with Trace Tiller leading the way with 25 points. Feist added 18 and Ty Hueckman 12.

Ty Reid was the leading rebounder for Burns with 10, and Feist pulled down nine.

•••

On Tuesday, Dec. 23, the Burns boys traveled to Jordan Valley and came away with a 46-37 victory over the Mustangs.

Feist led the way for the Hilanders with 20 points and 13 rebounds. Tiller finished with nine and Hueckman seven.

•••

The Burns girls and boys basketball teams hosted Lakeview on Tuesday, Dec. 30. Results of the contests were not available by press time.

Both the boys and girls teams begin league play on Friday, Jan. 2, when they host Grant Union. The girls JV game tips off at 2 p.m. at Burns High School, followed by the boys JV game, and the girls and boys varsity games.


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