James Obradovich (No. 22) looks for a shot. (Submitted photo)

James Obradovich (No. 22) looks for a shot. (Submitted photo)

The Nadzitsaga lacrosse team traveled to Corvallis last weekend to play two games against  North Valley Conference teams, and came home with a 1-1 record.

On Friday, April 4, Nadzitsaga went up against Corvallis High School and was defeated 12-5.

“This was a pretty competitive game up until midway in the fourth quarter, when we just ran out of gas,” Nadzitsaga coach Rick Roy said. “We were down 3-0 at half, and we made a run the third quarter, but we just got gassed and could not keep up the pressure.  I am proud of the kids for not backing down.  Corvallis High School is a much larger program/school than ours.”

Kinnon Roy led the Nadzitsaga offense with five goals, and  Andrew Houck had one assist.

Nadzitsaga won seven of 17 faceoffs, took 41 shots compared to 24 by Corvallis, and each team picked up 33 ground balls. Taylor Klus stopped 12 of 24 shots on goal for a 50 percent save percentage

1    2    3   4   Final

Nad    0   0    4    1      5

Cor    1   2    5    4     12

On Saturday, April 5, Nadzitsaga faced West Albany High School and won 10-3.

“We dominated this game from start to finish, and in all aspects of the game,” Roy said. “It was a good game, and effort, and a good rebound from the loss the previous evening.”

The offense was led by K. Roy with nine goals (25) and an assist, one goal by James Obradovich (2), and one assist by Brendan Fitzpatrick.

Nadzitsaga won 11 of 16 faceoffs,  took 48 shots (compared to 10 by West Albany), and picked up 40 ground balls (compared to 14 by West Albany). Klus stopped seven of 10 shots on goal for a 70 percent save percentage.

             1    2    3   4   Final

Nad      3   0    4    3      10

W. Alb 0   0    2    1        3

•••

Nadzitsaga will be in action with two conference games this week.  Wednesday, April 9, Nadzitsaga travels to Bend to take on Bend High School at 5:30 p.m., and then hosts Hermiston High School on Friday, April 11, at Slater Elementary at 5 p.m.

•••

Nadzitsaga hosted the Redmond High School Panthers on Monday, March 31, and won 5-2, in a defensive battle.

“This was a game that did not feature a ton of offense or scoring opportunities for either team,” Roy said. “The Redmond defense was solid and fairly disciplined, and disrupted our offense and execution.  We actually had to come from behind. Redmond took a quick two-goal lead by causing our offense to turn the ball over, and then scoring in transition.  Once we settled down, we held them scoreless the remaining three quarters.  Redmond had few scoring opportunities, and only had 13 total shots in the game.”

The Nadzitsaga offense was led by K. Roy with three goals (11), and one goal apiece from Houck (1) and Fitzpatrick (1).

Nadzitsaga took a total of 25 shots in the game, won five of 10 faceoffs, picked up 35 of 79 ground balls, cleared the ball out of their defensive end at will, and had no time-serving penalties.

Klus stopped six of eight shots on goal for a 75 percent save percentage.

“Overall, it was a decent game, and more importantly, a High Desert Conference win,” Roy said.  “If we want to go to the post-season for the fifth consecutive year, we have to win conference games.”

1    2    3   4   Final

Red    2   0    0    0      2

Nad    1   3    0    1      5


by Randy Parks
Burns Times-Herald

Trace Tiller steals second in the Hilanders’ win over Willamina. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

Trace Tiller steals second in the Hilanders’ win over Willamina. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

The Burns baseball team hosted the Spring Thaw tournament March 25-27, and came away with one win and two losses.

In the opening game of the tournament on Tuesday, March 25, the Hilanders lost to Glide 15-3.

The Wildcats scored twice in the first inning, and added four more runs in the third for a 6-0 lead.

Burns put two runs on the scoreboard in the fourth to cut Glide’s lead to four.

After Glide scored four runs in the fifth, the Hilanders pushed another run across the plate in the sixth, but the Wildcats put together a five-run rally in their half of the inning, ending the game.

Burns was held to just three hits in the game, and got RBIs from Logan Bailey and Ty Reid.

Bailey took the loss, giving up six runs, four earned, on five hits over four innings

Glide then took on Willamina in the second game on Tuesday, and Glide picked up a 19-1 victory.

Cool temperatures and blustery winds greeted Burns and Willamina the following morning. The Bulldogs broke a scoreless tie with two runs in the top of the fifth, but Burns battled back with eight runs over the next two innings for an 8-2 win.

Austin Feist led the Hilander hitting attack, banging out a double, triple and home run with four RBIs in four trips to the plate.

Nathan Palmer gave up two runs on four hits over five innings to get the win. He struck out six, while walking four.

Vale and Glide played the second game of the day, and it was the Vikings coming out on top 5-4.

Burns then played South Eugene in Wednesday’s finale, and the Axemen defeated the Hilanders 19-1.

The Axemen took an early lead with seven runs in the second, while Burns picked up their only run in the bottom of the second on an RBI-single by Justin Lewellen.

Along with Lewellen’s single, Reid had two hits, including a double, and Feist one.

Ty Hueckman was tagged with the loss, giving up seven runs, six earned, in two innings.

South Eugene then tacked on five runs in the third and seven in the fifth to round out their scoring.

Vale played Willamina in the final game of the tournament on Thursday, and the Vikings kept their undefeated record intact with an 11-1 win.

Burns was to host Grant Union for a non-conference game on Tuesday, April 1, but the game was postponed because of the weather.

The Hilander JV team will host Vale for a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m. Friday, April 4, and the varsity gets back in action Saturday, April 5, with a doubleheader at La Grande, starting at 1 p.m.


by Randy Parks
Burns Times-Herald

The Crane Mustangs winter sports teams held their season-ending award  ceremony on Wednesday, March 19.

The student-athletes for basketball and wrestling were recognized by their respective coaches, and presented with academic awards, as well as letters, all-league honors and special awards.

Athletic Director Chuck Steeves stated that each of the winter sports teams received recognition from the Dairy Farmers of Oregon Academic All-State program for having team grade point averages (GPA) above 3.0. The Crane wrestling team placed fifth in the 2A/1A standings with a team GPA of 3.09.

The girls basketball team was eighth in the 1A classification with a team GPA of 3.75, and the boys basketball team had a team GPA of 3.31, placing them 22nd in 1A.

Recipients of the special awards for the three teams are as follows:

Wrestling: Most Improved — Clay Duckworth; Most Inspirational — Andy Lamborn; Most Outstanding — Dustin Ramge.

Girls basketball: Best Defensive Player — Rebekah Clark; Most Inspirational — Morgan Corrigan; Most Improved — Bryana Dunn and Glennie Milburn; Most Outstanding — Claire Hammond.

All-League honors: First team — Hammond and Corrigan; Second team — Clark and Dunn; Honorable mention — Milburn.

Boys basketball: Most Inspirational — Matt Witzel; Most Improved — Travis Landon; Teammate award — Joe Valentine; Best Defensive Player — Corbin Hammond; Most Outstanding — Tyler Opie.

All-League honors: First team — Opie and Hammond; Second team — Wyatt Starbuck; Honorable mention — Landon and Nick Witzel.

JV boys basketball: Most Inspirational — Colton Witzel; Most Outstanding — David Steeves;  Most Improved — Cashe Davis; Coaches’ award — William Clark.


Tyler Opie

Tyler Opie

Two Harney County high school seniors have been selected to participate in Oregon’s 62nd annual East-West Shrine All-Star Football Game at 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, at Bulldog Stadium in Baker City.

Tyler Opie of Crane Union High School and Seth Nonnenmacher of Burns High School have been selected to the East team for this year’s game.

The Oregon East-West All-Star game selects graduating seniors only from 4A, 3A, 2A, and 1A high schools. Currently (2014) there are 45 4A high schools, 36 3A, 32 2A, and 50 1A OSAA sanctioned high schools from which the teams are composed.

Leagues are further organized into two teams, the West Team consisting primarily of schools located west of the IS-5 corridor and the East Team consisting of schools located east of the IS-5 corridor.

There are exceptions where schools located east of the IS-5 corridor are placed in leagues where the majority of schools are located west of the IS-5 corridor in order to balance the league. The same is true for a couple schools located west of the IS-5 corridor who are assigned to leagues where the majority of schools are located east of the IS-5 corridor.

Player nomination and balloting

There are currently 163 high schools in the pool from which players are selected for the East-West All-Star Game. Sixty players are selected from these high schools to make up the two 30-player teams, together with two 30-man alternate rosters from which players are drawn to replace players who are disqualified, withdraw, or otherwise cannot play in the game.

Seth Nonnenmacher

Seth Nonnenmacher

At the conclusion of each high school football season, ballots are sent to each of the high schools from which players are selected, addressed to either the head coach or the athletic director, as the school may desire.

At the time the ballots are sent to the high schools, a notice is sent to each Shrine Club and each delegate, informing them that the ballots have been sent to the high schools. Each Shrine Club should then contact high schools in their jurisdiction to insure the ballot was received and to answer any questions the head coach or athletic director may have regarding the balloting process or the game.

The head coach or athletic director may nominate as many players as he wishes from his team on his ballot. The head coach or athletic director may also nominate a player from another team within his league whom he feels worthy of nomination.

With respect to nomination of a player from another league team, no matter how many ballots nominate a player, that player will not be selected unless the head coach or athletic director for his respective school nominates him on that school’s ballot.

Prerequisites for selection of players and alternates for the Oregon East-West All-Star Football Game naturally includes athletic ability and football skills, however coaches and athletic directors are encouraged to also consider each nominee’s character, citizenship, and his scholastic record.

Keep in mind that each player in the Oregon East-West All-Star Football Game not only represents the Shriners who stage the game and the Shriners Hospitals to which the net proceeds from the game go, but the high school that nominates him to be their all-star player.

In the balloting process, nominees are not categorized as player or alternate. The association makes no such distinction. Consideration is given only to each nominee’s potential to fill a position as well as his attitude, his character, and his availability to attend training camp and play in the all-star game when scheduled.

During the selection process, players and alternates are selected for their ability with relation to the position to be filled. Another consideration is to insure that schools that have not had a player picked for several years be given first consideration in player selection.

The general manager collects the ballots initiated by each high school head coach or athletic director, verifies that all prerequisites are met, that all paperwork is in order, and that each nominee will be available to participate in the training camp and play in the game as scheduled.

A date is set in January for the selection of players and alternates. The coaches selected for the game meet, receive an orientation about the selection process from the general manager, then separate into a West Team selection caucus and an East Team selection caucus. Assisted by their respective team managers and assistants, the coaches select players based on a formula that provides for a proportionate number of positions on their team from the four classifications.


by Randy Parks
Burns Times-Herald

The Burns Hilanders winter sports teams were honored at the season-ending awards ceremony on Wednesday, March 5.

Student-athletes were presented with letters, scholar-athlete certificates, all-league honors and special awards.

The special award winners for each team are as follows:

Boys basketball

Most Inspirational — Ty Reid

Most Improved — Chase Patterson

Most Outstanding — Austin Feist

Most Promising Freshman — Scott Davies

All-League Honors — Feist, 1st Team, Player of the Year; Patterson, 2nd Team; Trace Tiller, Ty Hueckman, Honorable Mention.

For the boys JV team: Most Improved — Talon Case

Most Inspirational — Boyd Vinson

Most Outstanding — Davies

Girls basketball

Most Inspirational — Baylee Hanner

Most Improved — Hailey West

Most Outstanding — Catherine Clemens

Most Promising Freshman — Clemens

All-League Honors — Clemens, 1st Team; Adina Thomas, 2nd Team; Kylee Fisher, Jordon Long, Honorable Mention.

Wrestling

Most Improved Underclassman — Dallon Higgins

Most Improved Upperclassman — Garrett Blackburn

Most Outstanding — Seth Nonnenmacher

Jeremy Johnson Most Heart Award — Austin Ryder

Cheerleading

Most Improved — Hannah Parks

Most Outstanding — Sutton Comstock

Dance

Tiny Dancer (Most Outstanding) — Mackenzie Moulton

Most Improved — Nichole Biggs


Glide wins 3A, Culver is 2A/1A champion

 by Randy Parks
Burns Times-Herald

The Burns and Crane wrestling teams, once again, performed well at the OSAA State Wrestling Championships held Friday and Saturday, Feb. 28-March 1 in Portland.

The Hilanders’ Seth Nonnenmacher won the state title at 182 pounds, and Burns finished eighth in the team standings.  Nonnenmacher finished the season undefeated, and won all four of his matches at the state tournament by fall.

Other placers for Burns were Garrett Blackburn, third at 170, Jaden Simpson, fourth at 152, Jack Van Tassel, fifth at 132, Peter Cain, sixth at 138, and Tyson Nelsen, sixth at 145.

The Mustangs were led by Dustin Ramge, who placed second at 120 pounds, and Crane brought home the fourth-place team trophy. Also placing for Crane were Corey Jenkins, third at 145, Andy Lamborn, fourth at 126, Jake Clark, fourth at 132, and Clay Duckworth, fourth at 182.

Glide won the 3A team title with 182.5 points, followed by Vale with 167, Rainier 151, Dayton 117.5, Riverside 112, Illinois Valley 108.5, Willamina 107, Burns 94, Nyssa 91, and Harrisburg 53 in the top 10.

Culver took home the 2A/1A crown by racking up 152 points. Lowell was second with 142, followed by Monroe 107, Crane 54.5, Heppner 50, Gold Beach 46, Oakridge 38, Grant Union 36, Neah-Kah-Nie 30, and Oakland 28 in the top 10.

Individual results are as follows:

Seth Nonnenmacher of Burns won the individual title at 182 pounds at the 3A state wrestling tournament held Feb. 28-March 1 in Portland. It’s the second year in a row that Nonnenmacher claimed a state title. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

Seth Nonnenmacher of Burns won the individual title at 182 pounds at the 3A state wrestling tournament held Feb. 28-March 1 in Portland. It’s the second year in a row that Nonnenmacher claimed a state title. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

Burns

126 — Thomas Cain lost by fall (4:39); received a bye; lost by decision, 10-6.

132 — Van Tassel won by fall (0:14); won by dec., 9-7; lost by major decision (MD) 17-5; lost by dec., 10-8; won by fall (2:59).

138 — P. Cain won by fall (1:04); won by dec., 4-3; lost by MD, 11-1; lost by fall (2:21); lost by MD, 13-3.

145 — Nelsen won by MD, 13-1; won by dec., 8-2; lost by fall (0:34); lost by MD, 12-2; lost by dec., 5-0.

152 — Simpson won by fall (3:11); won by fall (0:56); lost by fall (3:57); won by fall (3:19); lost by fall (2:48).

170 — Blackburn  received a bye; won by dec., 6-5; lost by dec., 10-5; won by dec., 9-6; won by fall (4:47).

182 — Nonnenmacher won by fall (1:29); won by fall (3:56); won by fall (0:19); won by fall (1:17).

195 — Austin Ryder received a bye; lost by technical fall, 18-0 (4:22); lost by dec., 7-4.

 

The Crane Mustangs earned the fourth-place trophy in the 2A/1A classification. (Photo by MARIA CLARK)

The Crane Mustangs earned the fourth-place trophy in the 2A/1A classification. (Photo by MARIA CLARK)

Crane

120 — Ramge won by technical fall, 15-0 (6:00); won by dec., 6-3; lost by MD, 9-0.

126 — Lamborn lost by dec., 5-2; won by dec., 7-4; won by dec., 7-4; lost by dec., 9-4.

132 — Clark won by fall (4:19); lost by fall (0:50); won by fall (2:36); lost by MD, 11-1.

138 — Austin Roath won by dec., 6-0; lost by dec., 5-3; lost by dec., 12-6.

145 — Jenkins lost by dec., 8-5; won by dec., 6-3; won by dec., 12-8; won in sudden victory-1, 8-6.

182 — Duckworth lost by technical fall, 18-3 (5:12); won by fall (2:28); won by MD, 11-0; lost by fall (3:01).

220 — Michael Casey lost by fall (3:59); won by fall (4:08); lost in sudden victory-1, 6-4.


by Randy Parks

Burns Times-Herald

Jack Van Tassel throws his opponent to the mat. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

Jack Van Tassel throws his opponent to the mat. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

The Burns wrestling team finished with 198 points, and placed third at the 3A Special District 4 tournament held Saturday, Feb. 22, at Vale High School.

The Hilanders had eight wrestlers qualify for the state tournament, including four individual champions.

Individual champions were Jack Van Tassel at 132, Peter Cain at 138, Jaden Simpson at 152, and Seth Nonnenmacher at 182. Second-place finishes went to Tyson Nelsen at 145, Garrett Blackburn at 170, and Austin Ryder at 195. Thomas Cain qualified for state with a third-place finish at 126.

Vale ran away with the district team title, picking up 373 points, and having 16 wrestlers qualify for state. Nyssa was second with 239 points, and will send 10 wrestlers to state, and Riverside placed fourth with 174 points, and had eight wrestlers qualify for state.

The 3A state tournament will be held Friday and Saturday, Feb. 28-March 1, at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Portland.

Individual match results for the Hilanders are as follows:

106 — Dallon Higgins placed 5th and scored five team points. Quarterfinal – lost by fall;     Cons. round 1 – received a bye; Cons. semi – lost by fall; 5th place match – received a bye.

113 — James Obradovich placed 4th and scored nine team points. Quarterfinal – lost by major decision, 11-1; Cons. round 1 – received a bye; Cons. semi – won by decision, 4-3; 3rd place match – lost by major decision, 14-0.

126 — T. Cain placed 3rd and scored 16 team points. Quarterfinal – won by fall; Semifinal – lost by decision, 14-9; Cons. semi – received a bye; 3rd place match – won by fall.

132 — Van Tassel placed 1st and scored 22 team points. Quarterfinal – won by fall; Semifinal – won by decision, 6-5; 1st place match – won by decision, 12-8.

138 — P. Cain placed 1st and scored 24 team points. Quarterfinal – won by fall; Semifinal – won by decision, 3-2; 1st place match – won by decision, 3-2.

145 — Nelsen placed 2nd and scored 18 team points. Quarterfinal – received a bye; Semifinal – won by fall; 1st place match – lost by decision, 3-2.

152 — Simpson placed 1st and scored 26 team points. Quarterfinal – won by fall; Semifinal – won by fall; 1st place match – won by fall.

160 — Jonathan Schmeck placed 5th and scored five team points. Quarterfinal – lost by fall;  Cons. round 1 – received a bye; Cons. semi – lost by fall; 5th place match – received a bye.

170 — Blackburn placed 2nd and scored 18 team points. Quarterfinal – received a bye; Semifinal – won by fall; 1st place match – lost by decision, 5-4.

182 — Nonnenmacher placed 1st and scored 24 team points. Quarterfinal – received a bye; Semifinal – won by fall; 1st place match – won by fall.

195 — Ryder placed 2nd and scored 20 team points. Quarterfinal – won by fall; Semifinal – won by fall; 1st place match – lost by fall.

220 — Nick Withee placed 4th and scored 11 team points. Quarterfinal – won by fall; Semifinal – lost by fall; Cons. semi – received a bye; 3rd place match – lost by fall.


OSAA 2A/1A  State Championships to be held Feb. 28-March 1

Dustin Ramge placed first at 120 pounds. (Photo by MARIA CLARK)

Dustin Ramge placed first at 120 pounds. (Photo by MARIA CLARK)

The Crane wrestling team celebrated another tournament championship, winning the 2A/1A Special District 4 title on Saturday, Feb. 22, in Elgin.

The Mustangs had four individual champions, and amassed 202 points to easily out-distance Enterprise, who finished second with 180 points.

The four champions, Dustin Ramge, Jake Clark, Austin Roath and Corey Jenkins, along with second-place finishers, Andy Lamborn, Clay Duckworth and Michael Casey, qualified for the 2A/1A state tournament in Portland Feb. 28-March 1.

Heppner placed third in the team standings with 148 points, followed by Union with 114.5, Imbler 114, Grant Union 113, Elgin 82, Pine Eagle 69, Adrian 50, Irrigon 36, and Wallowa 4.

The match results for Crane are as follows:

120 — Ramge, 1st, won by fall; won by fall.

126 — Lamborn, 2nd, won by fall; lost by decision, 9-2.

132 — Clark, 1st, won by fall; won by technical fall, 16-0; won by fall.

138 — Roath, 1st, won by fall; won by fall; won by major decision, 11-0; won by fall.

145 — Jenkins, 1st, won by fall; won by fall; won by decision, 10-6.

170 — Hunter Davis, 3rd, lost by decision, 5-4; won by fall; won by fall.

170 — Sam Williams, 4th, won by major decision, 13-0; lost by fall; won by fall; lost by fall.

182 — Duckworth, 2nd, won by fall; won by fall; lost by decision, 7-6; won by decision, 11-5 (wrestle back).

195 — Joe Davis, 5th, lost by fall; won by fall; lost by fall; won by technical fall, 17-2.

220 — Casey, 2nd, won by fall; lost by decision, 5-2.

285 — Quinton Nyman lost by fall; lost by fall.


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

•••

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

•••

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

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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.


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