by Randy Parks
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.
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.