by Ramonda Thompson

for the Burns Times-Herald

The Crane girls team claimed the top spot at district basketball  tourney. (Photo by BARB MAHER)

The Crane girls team claimed the top spot at district basketball
tourney. (Photo by BARB MAHER)

The Crane girls basketball team brought home the championship trophy and board from their District 8-1A Tournament last weekend at Grant Union High and Prairie City High. The Mustangs defeated Long Creek/Ukiah (LC/U), Jordan Valley, and Prairie City in their quest for first place.

The Mustangs raced past the Mountaineers/Cougars from LC/U Thursday night in John Day, with a 49-8 win. Crane was up 33-0 at the half, and ahead 35-0 before LC/U put their first points on the scoreboard with a three-point basket at 5:10 in the third quarter. Coach Stub Travis slowed the Mustang offense up by having them slow down after steals and run their half-court offense, so as to not run the score up on LC/U.

Morgan Corrigan was high-point for the game with 12, Rebekah Clark, Glennie Milburn and Maria Thompson put in eight points apiece, Kayla Mims and Claire Hammond added four each, and Morgan Cronin had two points.

 

Cra 17 16 10  6    49

LC/U   0   0   3   5     8

•••

It was a Mustangs vs. Mustangs semi-final for the Crane girls, as they matched up against Jordan Valley (JV) on Friday night in Prairie City.

It looked like a Peyton Manning-botched-snap moment at the jump, as the teams were facing the wrong baskets, but Andi Warn of Jordan Valley knew which was her basket, and went uncontested for the lay-in, and the first points of the game. Crane then woke up, and lit up the score board for a 21-7 first quarter lead. Momentum swung Jordan Valley’s direction in the second quarter, as they out-scored Crane 17-5. Crane went into the locker-room up 26-24.

Corrigan and Hammond hit treys early in the third period to give Crane a 32-26 edge, but Jordan Valley hung around by getting to the free-throw line and bringing the score to 34-32. Corrigan and Hammond closed out the third with lay-ins, as Crane broke Jordan Valley’s press.

Up 38-32, Crane girls fought out a hard fourth quarter, and JV kept chipping away. Clark hit three baskets in a row from the top of the key for a 51-45 Crane advantage with under three minutes in regulation. JV replied with a basket and hit the bonus shot, then made one of two from the line, as Hammond fouled out. JV’s Warn scored off a steal and lay-in in the last minute, and the game was into overtime, 51-51.

Jordan Valley put up the first points, for only their second lead of the game, 53-51, but the remainder of the OT was all Crane. Dunn tied the game at 53, then Corrigan hit the last of her four treys, and Dunn made another basket for a 58-53 Crane lead. With 2:02 left, JV called a time-out. At 1:27, Milburn went to the line for two attempts. In between her shots, JV called another time-out, but had none left. Despite JV’s bleacher-banging and yelling, Corrigan sunk her two technical bonus shots to put Crane up 60-53. Milburn converted one more free-throw at the 17 second mark, and Crane got the win, 61-57.

Corrigan led all scorers with 21, Hammond had 16, and Clark 10, for Crane double-figure scoring. Milburn and Dunn put up 6 points each, and Thompson 2.

Corrigan and Milburn grabbed 9 rebounds each, and Clark and Thompson 6 apiece, Dunn and Hammond 5 each, and Kayla Mims 3.

 

Cra 21  5   12  13  10  61

JV    7  17   8   19   6   57

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The district championship was the fourth match-up of the season for Crane and Prairie City (PC), and the Panthers had come out on top of the Mustangs in the three previous games. Saturday, Feb. 15, at John Day, the Crane Mustangs girls changed that pattern, defeating PC, 38-34, for the first-place seed from their district going into the state tournament play-ins later in February.

Clark notched the Mustangs’ first points by getting her own offensive board and putting it back in. In a defensive stand-off, the first quarter ended with Crane up, 6-5. The game shifted PC’s way early in the second period. Three quick trips to the charity stripe gave the Panthers their first lead, 7-6. PC followed with two more baskets for five points, and had a 12-7 advantage. The Mustangs settled down, and took back the lead, 13-12, when Hammond hit two free-throws. PC never led again. Crane shut down the PC inside game with tough defense in a 2-3 zone. Thompson hit an inside shot from a Clark assist, and went one of two at the end of the quarter to give Crane a 16-13 lead at the half.

Crane took control of the game over the third quarter, as Dunn hit two baskets for a 20-15 lead. Then Milburn drained two of her three treys on the night, and the Mustangs took a 26-21 advantage into the final eight minutes.

Hammond made the next 10 points for Crane’s 36-28 lead, with 3:41 to go in the fourth quarter. Corrigan drove inside for a lay-in, as Crane went up by 10 with under three minutes left in the game. PC did not fold, though, and courtesy of bonus points and full-court pressure, came to within four points at the one minute mark. The Panthers had only been called for two fouls in the second half, and had to quickly commit fouls to get Crane to the charity mark for possible missed shots and defensive board possessions. It was too late, and Crane held on for the win, 38-34.

Hammond was game-high scorer with 13, Milburn added nine for Crane, Corrigan seven, Dunn four, Thompson three, and Clark two. Corrigan grabbed 10 boards and Milburn eight.

 

Cra  6  10  10  12    38

PC   5    8    8   13    34

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Matt Witzel of Crane drives to the basket against Dayville/Monument. (Photo by BARB MAHER)

Matt Witzel of Crane drives to the basket against Dayville/Monument. (Photo by BARB MAHER)

The Crane Mustangs boys basketball team fought their way into the championship game at District 8-1A Tournament in John Day and Prairie City last weekend. The Mustangs defeated Mitchell/Spray (M/S) and Dayville/Monument (D/M) on their way to take on Jordan Valley, but fell to the defending district champions, 65-48, on Saturday night.

At Prairie City’s gym Thursday afternoon against M/S, Crane took a commanding lead, 25-14, over the first half. The Mustangs scored the first basket, and never looked back. M/S made a run at Crane in the third quarter, but could not overcome the half-time deficit, and Crane was up 34-29. The Mustangs shut the door on the Eagle/Loggers in the final period, outscoring their opponent 21-5. The 55-34 final score put Crane into the winner’s bracket for Friday’s action.

Corbin Hammond scored 14 points for the Mustangs, Wyatt Starbuck added 13, Tyler Opie eight, Travis Landon seven, Nick Witzel five, Joe Valentine and Jack Bentz three each, and Matt Witzel two.

Opie ripped 14 boards down, while N. Witzel and Landon grabbed seven apiece.

 

Cra    15  10   9   21    55

M/S 9    5  15    5    34

•••

In the semi-final game Friday afternoon, Crane’s opponent was the number one team from the High Desert League-West division, the Dayville/Monument Tigers.

D/M scored the first points of the game, and Crane was scoreless until Starbuck nailed a 3-pointer after two minutes of play. The teams traded baskets, and Crane was down 14-10 after the first period. The Mustangs pulled to within one with another Starbuck trey, 16-15, and again with an M. Witzel offensive rebound put-back, 20-19. D/M went on a 10-1 scoring spree to take a 10-point lead mid-way in the second quarter. Crane was hampered by missed free throws, going only three of 12 in the first half. Crane trailed, 37-29, at halftime.

The Mustangs came out of the locker room break with a defensive stand. Over the third period, Crane did not allow a single basket to be scored by D/M. Landon’s pressure in the front court and Mustang defensive boards turned the game in Crane‘s favor. With under 30 seconds left in the quarter, M. Witzel tied up the game, 37-37, as he hit two free-throws. The Mustangs took the lead, 39-37, on Hammond’s basket to end the period.

Over the last eight minutes of regulation, Crane had a five-point lead several times. D/M pulled to within two, 50-48. Then Hammond was nicked with his fourth foul, and D/M tied the game on the resulting charity shots, 50-50. The Mustangs went up 52-50, but a false fire alarm was set-off, and it halted the game for more than 10 minutes. Back in play, the D/M press led to a turnover, basket, and another tie. As time ran out, the teams were tied, 54-54.

Opie’s basket and bonus early in the OT put Crane up 57-54. Although Opie and Hammond fouled out over the next minute, the Mustangs had the momentum going their way, and finished strong with buckets by Starbuck and the Witzel brothers for the 63-57 win.

Starbuck was high-scorer for the game with 17. M. Witzel notched up a double-double effort, with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Opie had nine points along with 11 boards. Landon, Hammond, and N. Witzel added six points each, and Valentine five.

 

Cra    10 19 10 15  9   63

D/M 14 23  0 17   3   57

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The championship game was between High Desert League-East opponents, Crane and Jordan Valley (JV). The teams had split their league match-ups earlier in the season. The district champion would get a bye in the first round of state tournament play-in, while second place would have a home game, then a travel game in the play-in round (taking place the week of Feb. 25).

JV jumped out to a 10-3 lead, but Crane made an eight-point run to tie the game up, 13-13. JV answered with a 3-pointer to take a 16-13 lead at the end of the first quarter. Opie’s driving lay-in and Starbuck’s trey gave Crane the lead, 18-16, but JV regained the lead again at 22-20, and never relinquished it. Crane found themselves down 35-24 going into the half.

Landon got two quick steals to start the third period, but the JV Mustangs went on an offensive roll, and with under 3:30 left, had a 45-28 advantage. Then, Valentine scored nine points on a Crane 12-5 run, and Crane pulled within 10 points, 50-40.

The teams traded baskets early in the final quarter, but Crane’s third-quarter effort was not enough to counter JV’s big man inside (Wyatt Trautman), nor Ben Telleria’s 3-pointers. The two combined for 46 of JV’s team points. Jordan Valley won the game, 65-48. The Crane Mustangs finished second place in the district tournament.

Hammond put in 14 points for Crane, Opie 12, Valentine nine, Landon six, Starbuck three, N. Witzel two, and Jack Bentz two.

 

Cra 13  11  16   8     48

JV  16   19  15  15    65

•••

At the District 8-1A Basketball Tournament in John Day and Prairie City last weekend, several Crane Mustangs were honored for academic and athletic success.

As the tournament games finished up on Saturday evening, All-Tourney teams were announced. From the Crane Mustangs boys, Tyler Opie earned first-team honors, and Corbin Hammond and Nick Witzel were named to the second team.

From the district champion Crane Mustang girls team, Morgan Corrigan earned first-team recognition..

The High Desert League announced their scholarship recipients for 2014 at the basketball tournament. Crane seniors Rebekah Clark and Andy Lamborn were awarded scholarships for their academic and athletic achievements.


Peter Cain of Burns works to escape from Crane’s Austin Roath in the 138-pound match. (Photos by RANDY PARKS)

Peter Cain of Burns works to escape from Crane’s Austin Roath in the 138-pound match. (Photos by RANDY PARKS)

The Burns wrestling team defeated both Crane and Grant Union to win a three-way dual hosted by Crane on Wednesday, Feb. 5. Crane finished with a 1-1 record. All three duals started with the 120-pound weight class.

The Hilanders beat the Prospectors 54-24, and then came back from a 12-0 deficit to top the Mustangs 55-12.

In the first dual of the night, Crane downed Grant Union 41-24. The Mustangs’ Dustin Ramge, Amadeo Jones, Jake Clark and Austin Roath all pinned their opponents to stake Crane to a 24-0 lead, and Corey Jenkins won by technical fall to make it 29-0.

Crane forfeited the 152-pound weight class, giving Grant Union their first points.

The Mustangs made it 41-6 with their next two matches, as Hunter Davis and Sam Williams both recorded first-period pins.

The next three Crane wrestlers lost by fall, bringing the final score to 41-24.

Burns met Grant Union in the evening’s second dual, and the Hilanders forfeited at 120 pounds, giving the Prospectors a 6-0 lead.

It was a short-lived lead however, as Burns won the next four matches with first-period pins by Thomas Cain, Jack Van Tassel, Peter Cain and Tyson Nelsen.

A forfeit by Burns at 152 pounds made it 24-12, and forfeits by the Prospectors at 160 and 170 brought the score to 36-12.

The Hilanders’ Seth Nonnenmacher won by fall at 182 pounds, giving Burns a 42-12 lead.

The Hilanders lost by fall at 220 and 285, and then won the final two matches by forfeit.

In the featured dual between the two Harney County teams, Crane’s Ramge won by forfeit at 120, putting the Mustangs up 6-0.

At 126 pounds, Crane’s Andy Lamborn trailed 3-2 with less than 30 seconds left in the match when he scored a takedown and near fall for a 7-3 decision over T. Cain.

Clark decisioned Van Tassel 7-2 at 132 pounds to put the Mustangs ahead 12-0.

In the closest match of the night, P. Cain escaped with one second left on the clock for a 4-3 victory over Roath at 138 pounds.

Burns closed the gap to 12-7 when Nelsen defeated Jenkins by a 12-0 major decision at 145.

The Hilanders took the lead for good when Crane forfeited at 160 pounds.

The Hilanders’ Jaden Simpson and Garrett Blackburn won by fall at 170 and 182, respectively, and Burns was up 25-12.

Following a Crane forfeit at 195, Burns made it 43-12 as Austin Ryder, at 220, and Nick Withee, at 285, both pinned their opponents.

Two more forfeits by Crane, at 106 and 112, brought the final score to 55-12.

 

Crane 41 Grant Union 24

120 — Ramge won by fall (3:26)

126 — Jones won by fall (2:31)

132 — Clark won by fall (0:13)

138 — Roath won by fall (0:16)

145 — Jenkins won by technical fall, 16-0 (3:17)

152 — Forfeit

182 — H. Davis won by fall (0:45)

182 — Adrian Huerta lost by fall (3:30)

220 — Clay Duckworth lost by fall (2:52)

285 — Quinton Nyman lost by fall (2:49)

Exhibition — Joe Davis lost by fall (4:42)

 

Burns 54 Grant Union 24

120 — Forfeit

126 — T. Cain won by fall (1:04)

132 — Van Tassel won by fall (0:49)

138 — P. Cain won by fall (0:18)

145 — Nelsen won by fall (1:42)

152 — Forfeit

160 — Simpson won by forfeit

170 — Blackburn won by forfeit

182 — Nonnenmacher won by fall (0:37)

220 — Ryder lost by fall (3:33)

285 — Withee lost by fall (1:43)

Exhibition — James Obradovich lost by fall (0:39); Johnathan Schmeck lost by fall (1:34); Blackburn won by fall (0:49).

 

Burns 55 Crane 12

120 — Ramge (C) won by forfeit

126 — Lamborn (C) dec. T. Cain (B), 7-3

132 — Clark (C) dec. Van Tassel (B), 7-2

138 — P. Cain (B) dec. Roath (C), 4-3

145 — Nelsen (B) maj. dec. Jenkins (C), 12-0

160 — Schmeck (B) won by forfeit

170 — Simpson (B) pinned H. Davis (C) 5:27

182 — Blackburn (B) pinned Williams (C) 1:13

195 — Nonnenmacher  (B) won by forfeit

220 — Ryder (B) pinned Duckworth (C) 2:33

285 — Withee (B) pinned Nyman (C) 5:29

106 — Dallon Higgins  (B) won by forfeit

112 — Obradovich (B) won by forfeit

The Mustangs compete in the Pine Eagle Invitational in Halfway Friday and Saturday Feb. 14-15 in their final competition before the district meet in Elgin.

Burns takes part in a three-way dual at Vale with the host Vikings and Parma, Idaho, on Feb. 13, and then return to Vale Feb. 22 for the district meet.


Kaya Dobson

Kaya Dobson

Kaya Dobson traveled with her coach, Evan Franulovich, to the Oregon State Taekwondo Championships in Portland last weekend to compete for a spot on the state taekwondo team that will travel to San Jose, Calif., in July for the nation’s largest, and most prestigious, taekwondo tournament. They joined more than 200 other martial artists from Oregon, Washington and California in the one-day event.

Dobson competed in both forms and board-breaking. Although Dobson did not medal in forms, she did beat out three other competitors to win the gold medal in board-breaking.

“Kaya is a great competitor. Her focus was outstanding, and she performed very well. It was a great learning experience,” Franulovich said.

Dobson trains locally at Martial Arts America in Burns, and is getting close to testing for her black belt.


 

Claire Hammond drives to the basket. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

Claire Hammond drives to the basket. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

With less than a minute to go in overtime, Morgan Corrigan hit two free throws to put Crane up 55-54, and Glennie Milburn added two more free throws with 13 seconds left on the clock to give Crane a 57-54 win over Jordan Valley on Friday, Jan. 24.

It looked like Jordan Valley would win the game in regulation when they went on a 6-0 run to take a 49-44 lead late in the fourth quarter.

Crane’s Bryanna Dunn  hit two free throws to cut the lead to three, and with 12 seconds left in the final period, Rebekah Clark sank a basket, and was fouled. She calmly stepped to the line, and made the free throw, knotting the game at 49-49.

Jordan Valley’s last-chance shot was off the mark, and the teams headed into overtime.

In a game between two teams bearing the Mustang mascot, it was fittingly a horse race from the opening tip.

Crane’s Claire Hammond scored 10 of her 22 points in the first quarter, but Crane trailed 14-11 by the end of the period.

Trailing 21-18 in the second quarter, Crane reeled off six unanswered points to go up by three. After a pair of Jordan Valley free throws, Milburn hit a basket to give Crane  a 26-23 lead.

Jordan Valley’s Morgan Caywood closed out the quarter with two field goals, and Jordan valley went into the break with a one-point lead.

In the third quarter, with Jordan Valley leading 35-34, Clark hit a field goal and Milburn connected on back-to-back 3-pointers to give Crane a 40-35 lead.

Jordan Valley came back with three baskets in the closing minutes, and led 41-40, setting up Crane’s fourth quarter comeback, and the overtime.

Milburn finished with 17 points for Crane, Clark dropped in eight, Corrigan had six, and Maria Thompson and Dunn two each.

•••

On Saturday, Jan. 25, Crane hosted Harper/Huntington (H/H) and came away with a 65-45 victory.

It was a tale of two halves. Although Crane scored first, with Corrigan’s two, the teams battled it out evenly over the first eight minutes of play, with Crane up, 16-15. H/H went on a 10-3 run early in the second quarter. The Mustangs replied with a defensive stop, and got back to within one point. Clark ripped down an offensive rebound, and went up for two, Hammond and  Milburn converted three points from the charity stripe, Dunn hit a two, and Kayla Mims put back an offensive board to end the half, with Crane down 29-28.

The second half was all Mustangs, as they went on a 40-16 scoring spree to put the game away. All of the Mustangs saw action and scored in the second half.

The Mustangs had two players with double figure scoring and rebounds — Dunn had 18 points and 12 boards, Mims put up 10 points and 11 rebounds.

Milburn added 12 points, Hammond scored nine, Clark eight, Corrigan six, Thompson four, and Morgan Cronin one.

The Lady Mustangs are now 5-0 in league play, and will host Burnt River at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31. On Saturday, Feb. 1, Crane travels to Adrian, with the games starting at 2 p.m. MT.


 

by Randy Parks
Burns Times-Herald

 

Chase Patterson goes up for a fade away jumper against the Baker Bulldogs. (Photo by Randy Parks)

Chase Patterson goes up for a fade away jumper against the Baker Bulldogs. (Photo by Randy Parks)

Down 45-41 after three quarters, the Burns Hilanders outscored  Vale 27-7 over the final eight minutes for a 68-52 win on Friday, Jan. 17.

 
The fourth quarter charge saw Austin Feist score eight of his game-high 28 points, and Chase Patterson score seven of his 12 points, as Burns erased the four-point deficit and improved to 2-0 in the Eastern Oregon League (EOL).

 
Burns opened up the game with 3-pointers by Ty Hueckman and Trace Tiller, and led 15-13 at the end of the period.

 
The Hilanders went up 23-15 in the second quarter, only to see the Vikings go on an 8-0 run to tie the game at 23-23. The Vikings kept the momentum throughout the remainder of the period, and led 32-29 at the half.

 
Vale outscored Burns 13-12 in the third quarter, setting up the comeback for the Hilanders.

 
Hueckman was also in double-figures for Burns, finishing with 11 points, and Tiller added six.

 
•••
On Saturday, Burns hosted Baker, and it was the Bulldogs coming out on top, 59-48.

 
The Hilanders led 11-9 after the first quarter, but Baker outscored Burns 19-14 in the second quarter to take a 28-25 lead.

 
The third quarter saw the two teams trade baskets in the early going, but Baker then took control, outscoring the Hilanders 10-3 as the quarter came to a close with Baker leading 46-34.

 
Down 53-38 in the fourth, the Hilanders cut the lead to 10 on a field goal and 3-pointer by Tiller, but the Bulldogs made six of nine free throws over the final two minutes to hang on for the win.

 
The Hilanders were led by Tiller with 14 points, Feist with 11, Ty Reid with seven, and Trey Recanzone with six.

 
•••
On Tuesday, Jan. 14, the Ontario Tigers outscored Burns 20-3 in the second quarter to take control of the game, and went on to a 72-39 victory.

 
Burns kept the score close in the first quarter, thanks to three 3-pointers by Hueckman, and trailed 17-15 heading into the second period.

 

The Tigers dominated the second quarter, and outscored Burns 35-21 in the second half for the victory.

 
The Hilanders were led by Hueckman with 15 points, Feist with eight, and Tiller with six.

 
Ontario’s Jason Hauter led all scorers with 17 points.

 
Burns travels to Umatilla Saturday, Jan. 25, for an EOL match-up with the Vikings, and then return home to host Ontario Tuesday, Jan. 28.


 

Hilanders rank No. 3 in 3A state rankings

 
by Randy Parks
Burns Times-Herald

 

Carli Feist takes the ball to the hoop against Sisters. (Photo by Randy Parks)

Carli Feist takes the ball to the hoop against Sisters. (Photo by Randy Parks)

The Burns girls varsity basketball team opened up Eastern Oregon League (EOL) play with a 47-33 win over Riverside Friday, Jan. 10.

 
The Hilanders, currently ranked No. 3 in the Oregon School Activities Association (OSAA) 3A rankings, will host EOL rival, Vale, who is ranked No. 1, on Friday, Jan. 17. The JV game begins at 3 p.m., with the varsity game tipping off around 6 p.m.

 
On Saturday, Jan. 18, Burns will be at home against Baker, with the games beginning at 1 p.m.

 
•••
The Burns girls varsity basketball team picked up its eighth win of the season by downing Sisters 59-46 on Tuesday, Jan. 7, at Burns High School.

 
Adina Thomas led the way for the Hilanders, scoring 16 points, Catherine Clemens added 14, and Kylee Fisher hit for 10 points, including two 3-pointers.

 
The Outlaws drilled a 3-pointer for the first score of the game, but the Hilanders answered with a 3-pointer by Hailey Sanders, and went on to lead 17-13 by the end of the first quarter.

 
The Hilanders applied plenty of defensive pressure, and stretched their lead to 29-21 by halftime.

 
The third quarter was fairly even, with Burns leading 40-31, heading into the final eight minutes.

 
Burns opened up the fourth quarter with an 11-0 run, and Sisters never recovered as the Hilanders cruised to the win.

 
Rounding out the scoring for Burns were Carli Feist with eight, Sanders with six, Madison Woodworth and Megan Lee two each, and Jordon Long with one.

 
Burns also won the JV game, coming back from a double-digit deficit for a 44-39 victory.


Crane wrestlers 2nd in Joseph

Posted on January 8th in Sports

 

by Lindy Steeves
Burns Times-Herald

 

The Crane Mustangs wrestling team placed second out of the 20 teams that competed at the Jo-Hi Invitational in Joseph, Jan. 3-4. The Mustangs’ final score was 154 points, and Culver as the only team to score higher with 222 points.

 
For the Mustangs, Dustin Ramge was the lone champion, winning the 120-pound title. The Mustangs’ Jake Clark (132 pounds), Clay Duckworth (195 pounds) and Michael Casey (220 pounds), all placed second in their weight classes. Finishing the tournament with third-place medals were Andy Lamborn at 126 pounds and Austin Roath at 138. Corey Jenkins (145 pounds) was fifth in his weight class.

 
Individual results are as follows:

 
120 –– Ramge received a bye; received a bye; won by decision, 5-0; won by major decision, 12-0; won by fall (4:40).

 
126 — Lamborn won by fall (0:25); won by decision, 2-1; lost by fall (3:52); won by fall (0:54); won by fall (2:10).

 
132 — Clark won by fall (5-2); won by decision, 5-2; won by fall (2:21); lost by fall (1:44).

 
138 — Roath lost by fall (2:45); won by fall (1:23); won by fall (4:41); won by fall (0:23); won by decision, 7-5; won by fall (1:55).

 
145 — Jenkins won by fall (2:48); won by fall (2:59); won by fall (0:49); lost by decision, 8-6; lost by decision, 16-8; won by fall (3:34).

 
182 — Sam Williams received a bye; lost by decision, 7-1; received a bye; received a bye; lost by fall (2:07); lost by fall (3:35).

 
195 — Duckworth received a bye; won by fall (0:16); won by fall (4:00); lost by fall (2:41).

 
220 — Casey won by fall (1:04); won by fall (1:10); won by fall (2:00); lost by decision, 10-3.

 
The Mustang wrestlers will stay in Crane this coming weekend for the 1A State Tournament on Jan. 11. Wrestling action will begin at 10:00 a.m.


Hilander wrestlers in Pendleton

Posted on January 3rd in Sports

 

by Randy Parks Burns Times-Herald

Seth Nonnenmacher and Austin Ryder claimed individual titles, and Burns placed seventh as a team at the Free-Berry Wrestling Tournament Saturday, Dec. 28, in Pendleton.

Nonnenmacher won all four of his matches by fall to claim the top spot in the 182-pound weight class, and Ryder beat three opponents, two by fall, on his way to the 220-pound championship.

The Hilanders’ Jaden Simpson wrestled to a second-place finish at 171 pounds, Dallon Higgins was fourth at 106, and sixth-place finishes went to Thomas Cain at 132 and Peter Cain at 145.

Pendleton won the team title, finishing with 297 points. McMinnville was second with 238 points, followed by Culver with 195, Weiser, Idaho 191, Walla Walla, Wash. 152, Ridgeview 131, Burns 126, Willamina 105, Mac-Hi 98, Madras 90.5, Riverside 75.5, The Dalles 75, Baker 51.5, Columbia 50.5, and Heppner 39.5.

Individual results for Burns are as follows:

106 — Higgins received a bye; won by fall (3:52); won by major decision, 13-0; lost by fall (2:40); lost by decision, 13-9.

113 — James Obradovich received a bye; lost by fall (2:26); received a bye; received a bye; lost by fall (0:52).

132 — T. Cain received a bye; won by fall (4:22); lost by technical fall, 17-2; won by decision, 5-4; won by decision, 7-4; lost by technical fall, 16-0.

145 — P. Cain received a bye; won by fall (0:37); lost by decision, 6-0; won by fall (0:27); won by fall (1:27); lost by decision, 6-2.

152 — Zachery Nelsen received a bye; lost by fall (0:49); received a bye; lost by decision, 14-10.

171 — Simpson received a bye; received a bye; won by fall (0:42); won by fall (5:50); lost by fall (0:14).

182 — Nonnenmacher received a bye; won by fall (2:09); won by fall (0:32); won by fall (1:13); won by fall (3:43).

182 — Johnathan Schmeck received a bye; lost by fall (1:03); received a bye; received a bye; lost by fall (0:48).

220 — Ryder received a bye; received a bye; won by fall (0:34); won by decision, 6-1; won by fall (3:24).

Burns wrestlers travel to Nampa, Idaho, Jan. 3-4, for their next competition. The varsity will compete in the Rollie Lane Invitational, and the JV will compete in the Mountain View Invitational.


 

by Randy Parks
Burns Times-Herald

 

Morgan Corrigan and Rebekah Clark wrestle the ball away from a Prairie City defender. (Photo by Randy Parks)

Morgan Corrigan and Rebekah Clark wrestle the ball away from a Prairie City defender. (Photo by Randy Parks)

The Crane boys and girls varsity basketball teams hosted the Alycia Jenkins Memorial, Friday and Saturday, Dec. 20-21, and both teams came away from the tournament with a 1-1 record.

 
The Lady Mustangs opened the tournament on Friday with a 52-36 win over Trinity Lutheran.

 
Crane took control from the outset, leading 11-4 at the end of the first quarter, and 18-13 at halftime.

 
In the third quarter, Crane outscored Trinity Lutheran 17-9, and then coasted to the 16-point victory.

 
Morgan Corrigan led the Lady Mustangs in scoring with 14 points, and Claire Hammond finished with 10.

 
On Saturday, Crane met Prairie City in the title game, and it was the Lady Panthers coming out on top 51-36.

 
Amy Black hit a 3-pointer, and Lindsey Stewart had back-to-back field goals to stake the Lady Panthers to a 7-0 score in the game’s opening minutes.

 
Crane answered with a 3-pointer by Bryanna Dunn, and a basket by Rebekah Clark to close to within two, but couldn’t get any closer.

 
Leading 14-9, with just seconds left to go in the first quarter, Black launched a shot from half-court that found its way to the bottom of the net, and Prairie City was up 17-9 after eight minutes of play.

 
The Crane zone defense slowed the Lady Panthers in the second quarter, and Crane trailed 22-20 going into halftime.

 
Prairie City opened the third quarter with a 9-3 run, and led 37-26 at the end of the period.

 
The Lady Mustangs cut the lead to eight points in the final quarter, but that was as close as they got, as Prairie City held on for the win.

 
Corrigan finished with 13 points, Dunn added eight, Glennie Milburn and Hammond each had five, Clark three, and Kayla Mims and Maria Thompson had one apiece.

 
Crane is now 4-3 on the season, and will open up league play Jan. 3 when they host Dayville/Monument.

 
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The Crane boys played the Baker JV team on Friday, and they lost 65-51 to the Bulldogs.

 
Baker started fast, jumping out to a 19-5 first-quarter lead, and led 34-15 at the half.

 
The Mustangs began to chip away at the lead after the break, outscoring the Bulldogs 18-11, but the lead proved to be too much, and the Bulldogs picked up the win.

 
The Mustangs were led by Nick Witzel with 12 points, and Joe Valentine with 11.

 
Crane met Prairie City in the consolation final, and used a balanced scoring attack to come away with a 39-32 victory for a third-place finish in the tournament.

 
Tyler Opie led the Mustangs with nine points, and Witzel, Travis Landon and Valentine each had six.

 
The Mustangs dictated the tempo in the first half, leading 13-7 at the end of the first quarter, and stretching the lead to 24-14 by halftime.

 
Crane outscored Prairie City 7-5 in the third quarter, and a basket by Opie to start the final period put Crane up by 14.

 
The Panthers came back with a 6-0 run to cut the lead to eight, but a basket by Jack Bentz, and two free throws by Landon with under two minutes to play, sealed the win for the Mustangs.

 
Crane is now 2-4 on the season, and starts league play at home on Jan. 3 against Dayville/Monument.


 

by Randy Parks
Burns Times-Herald

 

Adina Thomas goes in for a layup against Jordan Valley. Thomas would end the game with 17 points.

Adina Thomas goes in for a layup against Jordan Valley. Thomas would end the game with 17 points.

Adina Thomas scored 17 points, and Alycia Howes dropped in 16 to lead Burns to 63-25 win over Jordan Valley in girls varsity basketball action on Saturday, Dec. 14.

 
The Hilanders never trailed in the game, as Catherine Clemens scored three quick baskets before the Mustangs could get a point on the board. Howes, coming off the bench, hit three baskets to close out the first quarter, with Burns up 19-8.

 
Howes kept the hot-hand in the second quarter, scoring eight points as Burns stretched their lead to 35-10.

 
Thomas came to life at the offensive end in the third quarter, scoring 10 points, and Burns pulled away for a 55-15 lead.

 
The Hilanders slowed the game down in the fourth quarter, and improved to 4-2 on the season with the victory.

 
Clemens finished with 12 points, Carli Feist had six, Megan Lee scored four, and Madison Winn, Hailey Sanders, Madison Woodworth, and Jordon Long each had two.

 
Burns will host La Grande on Saturday, Dec. 21. The JV game tips off at 3 p.m. The games are also endowment games, meaning no passes will be accepted. Cost for admission is adults $6, students $4.

 
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Clemens scored 20 points, including 16 in the second half, to lead the Burns girls varsity basketball team  to a 53-34 victory over Grant Union Thursday, Dec. 12.

 
The Hilanders had five different players put points on the board in the first quarter as they built an 11-4 lead.

 
Feist scored six of her nine points,  including a 3-pointer, in the  second quarter, as the Hilanders stretched their lead to 28-17 by the end of the first half.

 
Clemens dropped in the first six points of the third quarter, and the Hilanders went on to lead 39-25 going into the final eight minutes of play.

 
The Hilanders closed out the game on a 14-9 run to improve to 3-2 on the season.

 
Kylee Fisher finished with eight points for Burns, Thomas and Madison Carson each added six, and Sanders and Woodworth had two apiece.

 
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On Tuesday, Dec. 10, the Hilanders traveled to Lakeview, and came away with a 68-44 victory.


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