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.


 

by Randy Parks
Burns Times-Herald

 

Mustangs' Jake Clark. (Photo by Randy Parks)

Mustangs’ Jake Clark. (Photo by Randy Parks)

The Burns and Crane wrestling teams got their seasons under way by competing in the five-team Woodfin-Robinson Memorial Wrestling Duals Friday, Dec. 6, at Burns High School.

 
Vale captured the first-place trophy by winning all four of their duals, while Burns, Crane and Baker each went 2-2 on the day. Lakeview finished the day with an 0-4 record.

 
In the first duals of the tournament, Burns beat Lakeview 48-42, and Vale topped Baker 66-6.

 
Burns results:
145 — Peter Cain won by fall (3:32)
152 — Forfeit
160 — Forfeit
170 — Jaden Simpson won by fall (1:17)
182 — Seth Nonnenmacher won by fall (:16)
195 — Jonathan Schmeck lost by fall (3:30)
220 — Austin Ryder won by fall (:45)
285 — Forfeit
106 — Andrew Beck won by forfeit
113 — James Obradovich won by forfeit
120 — Double forfeit
126 — Hunter Freitag lost by fall (:55)
132 — Jack Van Tassel won by fall (2:34)
138 — Forfeit

 
In the second round, Baker defeated Lakeview 42-39, and Crane lost to Vale 54-21.

 
Crane results:
152 — Forfeit
160 — Forfeit
170 — Hunter Davis won by decision, 8-7
182 — Justin Baldwin lost by decision, 11-9
195 — Sam Williams lost by fall (1:13)
220 — Clay Duckworth lost by fall (:57)
285 — Michael Casey lost by fall (2:40)
106 — Double forfeit
113 — Forfeit
120 — Forfeit
126 — Andy Lamborn won by decision, 7-5 OT
132 — Jake Clark won by fall (:21)
138 — Austin Roath lost by decision, 12-6
145 — Corey Jenkins won by decision, 12-6

 
The third round of duals saw Crane outscore Baker 43-36, and Vale down Burns 60-24.

 
Crane results:
160 — Forfeit
170 — Baldwin won by fall (5:24)
182 — Davis won by forfeit
195 — Williams won by forfeit
220 — Adrian Huerta lost by fall (:47)
285 — Casey won by fall (:52)
106 — Forfeit
113 — Forfeit
120 — Forfeit
126 — Lamborn won by decision, 5-0
132 — Clark won by fall (:19)
138 — Roath won by major decision, 15-3
145 — Jenkins won by forfeit
152 — Forfeit

 
Burns results:
160 — Forfeit
170 — Simpson won by fall (1:23)
182 — Nonnenmacher won by fall (:51)
195 — Schmeck lost by fall (:59)
220 — Ryder lost by fall (1:38)
285 — Forfeit
106 — Dallon Higgins won by forfeit
113 — James Obradovich lost by fall (1:30)
120 — Forfeit
126 — Freitag lost by fall (3:55)
132 — Van Tassel won by fall (3:47)
138 — Forfeit
145 — Cain lost by fall (3:31)
152 — Forfeit

 
In the fourth round of the duals, Crane defeated Lakeview 48-18, and Burns lost to Baker 48-39.

 
Crane results:
170 — Davis won by fall (1:09)
182 — Baldwin won by fall (3:15)
195 — Williams won by fall (:47)
220 — Huerta lost by fall
285 — Duckworth won by fall (1:11)
106 — Double forfeit
113 — Double forfeit
120 — Double forfeit
126 — Lamborn won by fall (5:58)
132 — Clark won by fall (1:14)
138 — Roath won by fall (1:16)
145 — Jenkins won by fall (3:26)
152 — Forfeit
160 — Forfeit

 
Burns results:
170 — Simpson won by fall (1:30)
182 — Nonnenmacher won by forfeit
195 — Schmeck lost by fall (1:37)
220 — Double forfeit
285 — Ryder won by fall (:24)
106 — Higgins won by decision, 9-7
113 — Obradovich won by fall (4:49)
120 — Forfeit
126 — Freitag won by fall (1:20)
132 — Van Tassel lost by fall (2:29)
138 — Forfeit
145 — Forfeit
152 — Cain lost by fall (1:36)
160 — Forfeit

 
In the final duals of the tournament, Burns edged Crane 36-30, and Vale beat Lakeview 57-18.

 
Burns vs. Crane results:
182 — Nonnenmacher  won by fall over Davis (1:08)
195 — Schmeck won by fall over Williams (2:29)
220 — Ryder won by fall over Duckworth (:18)
285 — Casey won by forfeit
106 — Higgins won by forfeit
113 — Obradovich won by forfeit
120 — Double forfeit
126 — Lamborn won by fall over Freitag (:46)
132 — Clark won by fall over Van Tassel (2:34)
138 — Roath won by forfeit
145 — Jenkins won by forfeit
152 — Double forfeit
160 — Double forfeit
170 — Simpson won by fall (:25)

 
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On Saturday, Dec. 7, Burns and Crane traveled to Bend to take part in the Central Oregon Wrestling Officials Tournament at Mountain View High School.

 
The lone champion for the two Harney County teams was the Hilanders’ Higgins, who received a bye in the first round and won his next two matches to claim the title at 106 pounds.

 
Jenkins and Baldwin of Crane, and Ryder of Burns, all finished second in their weight classes, and the Mustangs’ Roath, Clark and Casey all finished third.

 
Fourth-place finishes went to Lamborn and Duckworth of Crane, and Simpson of Burns.

 
Van Tassel of Burns wrestled his way to a fifth-place finish.

 
Freitag also competed for Burns, but didn’t place.

 
Results for Burns (B) and Crane (C) are as follows:
106 — Higgins (B) received a bye; won by decision, 8-2; won by fall (2:33) 1st
126 — Lamborn (C) received a bye; won by fall (:57); lost by fall (3:38); lost by fall (1:32) 4th
Freitag (B) won by fall (1:10); lost by fall (:57); lost by fall (:48)
132 — Clark (C) received a bye; won by major decision, 10-2; lost by fall (1:07); won by decision, 4-3 3rd
Van Tassel (B) won by fall (1:07); lost by major decision, 10-2; won by fall (1:04); won by fall (2:21); won by major decision, 15-4 5th
138 — Roath (C) won by decision, 4-3; lost by decision, 11-4; won by fall (1:49) 3rd
145 — Jenkins (C) received a bye; won by fall (1:41); won by fall (1:00); lost by technical fall, 15-0 (5:10) 2nd
170 — Baldwin (C) won by fall (4:48); won by decision, 15-9; lost by fall (2:52) 2nd
Simpson (B) won by fall (5:54); lost by fall (1:33); lost by fall (3:23) 4th
220 — Ryder (B) received a bye; won by fall (4:17); won by fall (3:02); lost by fall (3:53) 2nd
Duckworth received a bye; won by fall (3:42); lost by fall (3:02); lost by decision, 8-4 4th
285 — Casey (C) won; lost; won 3rd

 
Both teams will compete in tournaments on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 13-14. Crane travels to Alturas, Calif., for the Northeast Classic, and the Hilanders take part in the Muilenburg Tournament in La Grande.


 

by Lindy Steeves
Burns Times-Herald

Fresh off the football and volleyball seasons, the Crane Mustangs sports teams are gearing up for their first winter games of the year. The men and women’s basketball teams have began practicing for their first tournament in Union, Dec. 6-7. Meanwhile, the Mustang wrestlers have began working in preparation for their season opener in a tournament in Burns Dec. 6.

Boys basketball

The boys basketball team, under the direction of head coach Hector Martinez and assistant coach Matt Zander, has kicked off the season with a new set of goals.

“I would say our goals fall in the areas of sportsmanship. We are trying to learn how to be mentally tough, we are working on improving every day, and we want to share our passion for the game. So, toughness, improvement, and passion. We’re calling it ‘win the TIP’… When I say ‘win the TIP,’ it’s not the ball, it’s those facets of the game. Because if we win those facets, we will put ourselves in a position to win the outcome of the game,” Martinez said.

With a “good-sized” returning squad, Martinez is optimistic in the leadership of both upper and underclassmen.

“We have Tyler [Opie], who has been varsity for three or four years, so that’s exciting. But, we’ve got a really big sophomore group that shows a lot of promise. We’ve also got good leadership from Travis [Landon] as a returning junior and a lot of role players who are working really hard. So I think that really completes all the pieces you need for a good team,” Martinez said.

As far as games go, Martinez said that the team would first be concentrating on preseason, then the season, then post-season. As far as rivalries go, Martinez said, “We’re really trying to just look at preseason right now, and not get too far ahead of ourselves.”

But Martinez did have one team he was looking forward to competing with.

“I would have loved to play Nyssa this year, because that’s where I was before this, but that hasn’t been confirmed yet,” Martinez said with a laugh.

“But, we’ll be playing Burns this year, so that should be a good Harney County-focused game. I’m also excited to go to the Heppner tournament, because 2A basketball is pretty competitive, so we’d like to go and pull some upsets,” Martinez said.

He also mentioned that the reformation of the program even reaches into the grade school.

“I’m excited to have coach Zander as my assistant, and we’re excited that the middle school is aligning their program with ours. We’re going to try to start with the lower-level youth so that the program will be streamlined all the way through high school.”

Girls basketball

Head coach Stub Travis, along with assistant coaches Darwin Dunten and Darcy Ugalde, have begun girls basketball practice in preparation for the season opener in Union.

“We have a bigger turnout than we’ve had in two years. We have 15 girls out, and that’s about double of what it was two years ago,” Travis said. “We have seven freshmen — so that’s a pretty good sized class — and three returning varsity starters, and another girl that played a lot of minutes last year. Unfortunately, we lost some kids that transferred, so we had to rethink what kind of a team we would be. We’ll have to change some things there, but I think we have a lot more depth than we’ve had for a couple of years.”

With the increased turnout and positive attitudes from the girls, Travis is optimistic about what the year will bring. He is hopeful that the depth of the team will help them in tough matchups.

“We have a group of girls who have really come in working hard, and they have great attitudes and high expectations for the year. We’ll have more post play this year, and we have good versatility from some players who can play inside and out. So I think with all that combined, we’ll have a successful season,” Travis said.

As always, the competition is stiff across the board. This year, the implementation of charter schools and promising young athletes has made a state playoff spot even harder to acquire.

“Adrian is always competitive, and they have a great program. So they’re a team you always hope to beat. But, I think the power has kind of swung to the other side of the league. The East side has Prairie City, and I expect them to be really tough this year. They’ve got a great point guard and strong inside play. Dayville girls have a lot of good speed and good young kids. They might even be the fastest team in the league. Then, Harper/Huntington became a charter school this year, so that will make them more competitive than they have been. Jordan Valley always finds a way to be strong. So it’ll be tough to make it out of district with one of three state playoff spots,” Travis said. “But, if our kids continue to work, I think we have a good chance to get to Baker this year.”

Wrestling

With all but one wrestler returning to the Mustang wrestling team, head coach David Doman is optimistic about the coming season.

“After a week of practice, I can definitely say that I’m excited about this season. For starters, I’ve got a great group of kids and staff,” Doman said.

Jerry Holloway, Jeremy Clark, and Raymond Thompson are assisting him in coaching, and new additions to the team have increased Mustang numbers and expectations.

“We’re really excited about Quinton [Nyman] joining the team. We think he’s going to end up being a huge contributor to the team, and he might have a chance to go to state. I think he’s that ‘something extra’ that we need to round out our team. We’re also excited about Austin [Roath]. He ended the football season on a good note, and he’s bringing that same intensity to the mat, so we think he’s going to be a great team leader,” Doman said. “We’ve just got a really exciting group of athletes. Our lightweights are looking really strong this year with Dustin [Ramge] and Andy [Lamborn]. Plus, we’ve got a strong group of seniors that we’re expecting good things out of.”

According to Doman, Crane was not the only school to graduate few wrestlers last year. The top four teams in the state are all bringing back the majority of their squads this year.

“In our conference, we don’t have a lot of rivals because a lot of the 1A teams don’t have wrestlers. But as far as state rivals go, there’s always Lowell. They’re a 1A powerhouse who didn’t really lose anyone to graduation last year. That will be a battle. Also, with Burns moving to 2A, that means we’ll be wrestling against them at state. So there’s the potential for a good rivalry there,” Doman said.


 

by Randy Parks
Burns Times-Herald

Head coach Brandon McMullen directs practice. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

Head coach Brandon McMullen directs practice. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

Burns High School (BHS) athletes have put away the cleats, volleyballs and running shoes and have moved onto the gym floor and wrestling mat.  Here’s a look at the teams that will compete this winter:

 

BHS girls basketball

 

Hilander fans can expect to see something new from this year’s girls basketball team.

“What we’re going to run will be different than what we’ve had in this program,” first-year head coach Brandon McMullen said. “We’ve got a different group of kids, and I have a different coaching style.”

Before taking over as the girls head coach this year, McMullen coached the boys freshmen/sophomore team from 2006-2009, and served as the girls JV coach for the past three years.

“I was fortunate to serve under some good coaches, and I’ve tried to take the best from them, and put it into my coaching,” he said.

“We’re going to play up-tempo this year, and into the foreseeable future,” McMullen said. He added that it could be a young team, as there are some freshmen and sophomores that will have opportunities to get varsity time.

Players with varsity experience returning  include: seniors Kylee Fisher, Jordon Long and Madison Winn; juniors Madison Woodworth and Hailey Sanders; and sophomore Madison Carson. McMullen said they were still evaluating all the players to determine who would land a spot on the varsity squad.

“The most important thing is to have fun, but if you have the ability to change the game in your favor because you work harder and stay healthy, that’s what we’re going to do,” McMullen said. “Being young, and going to a new system, we’ll make some mistakes. I would be highly surprised if we’re close to where we want to be by the first game, but there should be a transformation by the time we start league play.”

McMullen said Vale and Nyssa are expected to battle for the top spot in the Eastern Oregon League (EOL), but don’t count the Hilanders out for the playoffs.

He stated Vale graduated the majority of starters from last year’s squad, but bring back lots of talent.

“The Bates girl is a true offensive threat,” McMullen said. “She has size, speed and is dedicated to the program. They also have the Hawkins girls back, and there’s talent there.”

As for Nyssa, McMullen said they have their starting core coming back, but they also have a new head coach.

“How they adjust to a new coaching style is something you have to take into account,” McMullen said.

So how do the Hilanders stack up against the two favorites? “We want to run, and Vale can play that way,” McMullen said. “The question is, in a tight game, can we stay focused? If we stick to where we want to go, we’ll be successful.”

For the first time this year, the EOL will have a playoff system to determine the two teams that will go on to state. Following the league season, the third-place team will play at the second-place team’s home site. The winner of that game will then play at the league champion’s site to determine the No. 1 and 2 seeds.

“The league champion will be going to state, but maybe not as the No. 1 seed,” McMullen said. “And the second-place team has no guarantee of going to state at all. I think that’s where the pressure is going to be.”

Joining McMullen on the coaching staff are JV coach Kevin Feist, frosh/soph coach Brittainy Houck and varsity volunteer assistant Bruce Voges.

The Hilanders tip off their season Wednesday, Dec. 4, at Crook County. On Friday and Saturday, Dec. 6-7, they will take part in the La Pine Tournament.

 

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BHS boys basketball

 

With just one senior and two juniors in the rotation this year, head coach Ted Aubin describes his team as, “Young and inexperienced.”

The rest of the rotation will be filled by some combination of the nine sophomores on the team. “We have talent in the program, we’ve just got to get from ‘point A’ to ‘point B’ in a hurry to compete for the league title or a state tournament spot,” Aubin said.

The Hilanders return last year’s EOL Player of the Year, junior Austin Feist, as well as senior post Chase Patterson.

“We graduated six players that accounted for about 67 percent of our points, so we’ll have to make that up somewhere,” Aubin said.

Aubin stated that the team has the potential to compete in every game, but a lot depends on “how mentally and physically tough we are, how hard we play, and how unselfish we play.”

Aubin feels comfortable with his team’s ability to shoot the ball, and would like to see them recapture the intensity they played with over the summer. “There’s a little bit of an edge to us, and I like that,” he said. “We’ve got 17 games to get ready for league play, and we’ll see what happens.”

Looking at the EOL this year, Aubin noted that Nyssa will be a tough team. They return a number of good athletes, have size, and Danny Pratt, who coached the Bulldogs’ girls varsity for a number of years, has taken over the boys program.

He expects Riverside to also be in the running. “Their coach, Claire Costello, always finds a way to be competitive,” Aubin said.

Having an EOL playoff to determine the state playoff spots has both good and bad aspects Aubin said. Aubin pointed out that without the playoff, as in past years, his team had a bit of a layoff. “It doesn’t do us any good to sit around at the end of the season, while the other teams are still playing,” he said.

But one of the drawbacks is how those games can affect the OSAA RPI rating that is used to determine the playoff rankings. “Every game is a playoff game for us,” he said. “We’ve just got to win as many games as possible to improve our RPI. If we get wins over teams like Grant Union and Irrigon, that’ll help.

“It’ll be interesting to see how we come together as a team. We’ll push them early to get to where we want to be,” Aubin said. “If we win league this year, it’ll be the best coaching job I’ve ever done.”

The coaching staff is rounded out by JV coach Jed Patterson and volunteer coach Mick Miller.

Burns begins the season on Wednesday, Dec. 4, when they host Crook County, and then they play in the La Pine Tournament Dec. 6-7.

 

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BHS wrestling

 

After one year of “retirement,” Mark Hofman has returned matside to lead the Hilander wrestling team.

Hofman said there are about a dozen kids on the team this year, in varying weight classes. “We’ve got some good wrestlers, some young ones, but we don’t match up well in weight classes for wrestling partners,” Hofman said.

With the youth and inexperience, Hofman has had to use a different approach to the season. “We’re going over the moves, and I’m not used to having to do that,” he said. “We’re taking time to show the basics — like halves, positioning, riding, breaking people down and, of course, the cradle. Usually this time of year, we’re pushing them hard in conditioning right off the bat.”

Although the number of wrestlers seems low this year, Hofman expects the numbers to rise in the next couple of years. “We’re cycling through some small classes, but we’ll get more in,” he said. “The USA wrestling numbers are big again, and we should have more kids.”

Hofman stated he is looking for constant improvement from his team this year, and maybe a state champion or two by the end of the season.

The Hilander squad includes Seth Nonnenmacher, a returning state champion, Thomas Cain, Peter Cain, Zach Nelsen, Jack Van Tassel, Jaden Simpson, Jacob Steinbeck, James Obradovich, Austin Ryder, Dallon Higgins, Hunter Freitag, Jonathan Schmeck and Andrew Beck.

Hofman is assisted by Dally Swindlehurst and Devin Johnson, as well as several volunteer coaches.

The Hilanders open the season at home Friday, Dec. 6, hosting the Woodfin/Robinson Duals. Schools attending the tournament are Crane, Vale, Lakeview and Baker.


 

Burns cross country special award recipients (L-R):  Madison Winn, Sydnee Shelman. Not pictured: Madelyn Gunderson, Brandon Bingham. (Photo by Lindy Steeves)

Burns cross country special award recipients (L-R): Madison Winn, Sydnee Shelman.
Not pictured: Madelyn Gunderson, Brandon Bingham. (Photo by Lindy Steeves)

by Lindy Steeves
Burns Times-Herald

 

The Burns High School cheerleaders, and football, volleyball, and cross country teams were honored  Wednesday, Nov. 13.

 
Athletic Director Paula Toney kicked off the evening by welcoming the parents and athletes and introducing the head coaches.

 
Cross county head coach, Sara Winn, introduced her athletes and announced the winners of the special awards. Madelyn Gunderson was named as the Most Valuable Runner. The Most Improved award went to Sydnee Shelman. The Upcoming Freshman award was given to Brandon Bingham. Madison Winn was named Most Inspirational.

 

 

Burns football special award winners (front row L-R): Scott Davies, Thomas Cain, Ty Reid, Jeff Davies, Jack Van Tassel. (Top row L-R): Trey Recanzone, Jake Blackburn, Austin Feist, Austin Ryder, Seth Nonnenmacher. (Photo by Lindy Steeves)

Burns football special award winners (front row L-R): Scott Davies, Thomas Cain, Ty Reid, Jeff Davies, Jack Van Tassel. (Top row L-R): Trey Recanzone, Jake Blackburn, Austin Feist, Austin Ryder, Seth Nonnenmacher. (Photo by Lindy Steeves)

Football head coach, Terry Graham, introduced each football player by class. He then called the special award winners back to the stage. The Most Promising Underclassmen award went to Scott Davies and Jake Blackburn. Ty Reid was awarded the Outstanding Offensive Lineman award. The Oustanding Offensive Back award went to both Seth Nonnenmacher and Austin Feist. Jeff Davies received the Outstanding Offensive Receiver award. Austin Ryder was given the Oustanding Defensive Lineman award. The Oustanding Defensive Linebacker award went to Seth Nonnenmacher. Austin Feist was given the Oustanding Defensive Back award. The Most Improved Player award went to three Hilanders, Jack VanTassel, Trey Recanzone, and Thomas Cain. The final award was the Most Valuable Player award, given to Seth Nonnenmacher.

 

 

The Hilander volleyball team was introduced and recognized by coaches Paula and Courtney Toney. Catherine Clemens was given the Most Valuable Player award. The Most Improved Player award went to Mariah Ribeiro. The Most Inspirational Player award was given to Baylee Hanner.

 

Burns volleyball special award winners (L-R): Baylee Hanner, Catherine Clemens, Mariah Ribeiro. (Photo by Lindy Steeves)

Burns volleyball special award winners (L-R): Baylee Hanner, Catherine Clemens, Mariah Ribeiro. (Photo by Lindy Steeves)


 

by Lindy Steeves
Burns Times-Herald

 

Rebekah Clark spikes the ball against Country Christian. (Photo by Lindy Steeves)

Rebekah Clark spikes the ball against Country Christian. (Photo by Lindy Steeves)

In a battle to the bitter end, the Crane Mustangs volleyball team ended their season against the Country Christian Cougars in five games, 23-25, 27-25, 19-25, 25-19, 10-15.

 
The first set narrowly went to the Cougars after a back-and-forth serving battle started off the game. The first scoring run came from Country Christian’s libero, Annica Monaghan. Monaghan’s serving put the Cougars up 14-18 and was ended by a kill from the Mustangs’ Kathleen Dickenson. The serving battle continued until Claire Hammond stepped up to the line with a 20-24 score in the Cougars’ favor.

 

Hammond served to a score of 23-24, with the help of a kill from Glennie Milburn. The set went to the Cougars when a hit from Country Christian shanked off the Mustang block, and landed out of reach.

 
The second set began with a scoring run by the Cougars’ Courtney McGrath serving, giving them a 0-3 lead. Hannah Maupin’s serves would eventually take a 7-5 lead for the Mustangs, with the aid of kills from Milburn and Rebekah Clark. The ball was returned to the Cougars with a 7-6 score for the Mustangs. Bryanna Dunn served to a 13-10 lead for the Mustangs, the first scoring gap for either team in the second set. Upon the ensuing Cougar possession, Milburn returned the ball to the Mustang side of the court with a kill that brought the score to 14-11. On the following serve possession (also in Milburn’s hands), she served to a 16-11 score before serving it out, and returning the ball to Country Christian.

 
Country Christian wasted no time getting back in the game with serves from Ashley LaPointe bringing the score to 16-15 before a kill from Dickenson gave the Mustangs a 17-15 lead.

 
It was Country Christian’s Miranda Halverson who would give the Cougars their first lead since the beginning of the set. Halverson served to a 20-23 score for the Cougars before a Mustang spike hit off their block, and found the floor. With a 21-23 score, Hammond stepped up to serve for the Mustangs, and evened up the game at 23-23 before a sideout gave the Cougars the ball again at 23-24. A quick turnover by the Cougars evened the score at 24-24. Several more serving exchanges took place before Milburn would step up to serve two final points, with the help of a block kill from Maupin, for a 27-25 score.

 
Country Christian and Crane would split the next two games, scoring 19-25 in the Cougars’ favor and 25-19 in the Mustangs’ favor. With two sets won by each team, the match was left to be decided by the final, fifth game.

 
The Mustangs served first, and Morgan Corrigan would raise a 1-0 lead before a serve into the net evened up the score at 1-1. The serving possession switched several more times before Country Christian’s LaPoint served to a 7-10 lead over Crane. On their following possession, McGrath served to an 8-12 lead for the Cougars. A blocked hit off Dickenson’s serve ended her serving possession, and Brittnea Corless nearly ended the game with a 9-14 scoring run. On the Mustangs’ final possession, a net hit ended the match before they could battle back into a chance to move on in state playoffs. Country Christian came away with the 10-15 win.

 
The Mustangs ended their season with a 13-8 overall record and a league record of 8-0.

 

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by Randy Parks
Burns Times-Herald

 
Having already secured a spot in the OSAA 1A football playoffs, the Crane Mustangs wrapped up their 2013 regular season with a non-conference game at Dufur.

 
It turned out to be a rough road trip for the Mustangs, as Dufur came out on top, 54-8.

 
The Rangers put three touchdowns on the scoreboard in the first quarter to take a 22-0 lead, and Crane never recovered.

 
Dufur added a couple more scores in the second quarter to lead 34-0 at halftime.

 
Dufur stretched the lead to 48-0 in the third quarter, and the game went to a running clock.

 
Both teams reached the end zone once in the final period.

 
Statistics for the game were not available by press time.

 
Dufur finished the regular season with a perfect 10-0 record, while the loss dropped Crane to 7-2.

 

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by Randy Parks
Burns Times-Herald

 
The Crane Mustangs saw their 2013 football season come to an end with a 64-34 loss to Camas Valley in the first round of the OSAA 1A State Football playoffs  Saturday, Nov. 9.

 
The first quarter saw several lead changes, and by the time the first 12 minutes ended, the teams were tied at 22-22.

 
The second quarter proved to be the Mustangs’ downfall, as the Hornets scored 30 unanswered points, and took a 52-22 lead into halftime.

 
After the break, the Hornets scored on their first play from scrimmage, but Crane came back with a touchdown of their own to keep the deficit at 30.

 
Each team found the end zone one more time in the final period, making it 64-34.

 
Crane finished the season with a 7-3 record.

 
Camas Valley advances to the quarterfinals, and will face Adrian, a 62-20 winner over Elkton, Saturday, Nov. 16. Other quarterfinal games have St. Paul at Lowell, Triad playing at  Imbler and Dufur hosting Triangle Lake.

 


Vikings hold off Hilanders 22-20

Posted on November 6th in Sports

 

by Randy Parks
Burns Times-Herald

A pack of Hilanders bring down Vale running back Zac Jacobs. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

A pack of Hilanders bring down Vale running back Zac Jacobs. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

With a playoff berth on the line, the Hilander football team came up short on a two-point conversion attempt, and saw their season end with a 22-20 loss to Vale Friday, Nov. 1, at Corbett Memorial Field.

With 7:23 left in the game and the score tied at 14-14, Kyle Schoorl scored on a 1-yard run,  and then threw to Sage Delong for the two-point conversion to put Vale ahead 22-14.

The Hilanders started at their own 23 after the ensuing kickoff, and on a third-and-17, Austin Feist floated a screen pass to Seth Nonnenmacher, who turned it into a 19-yard gain.

Feist rushed twice for 13 yards, and found Nonnenmacher on another screen pass down to the 2-yard line.

Nonnenmacher carried the ball into the end zone on the next play, making it 22-20 with 4:13 left to play.

Going for two, Feist looked to throw, but his receiver slipped in the end zone, and the Vale defense brought Feist down short of the goal line, as he scrambled to the right.

Burns’ defense was unable to stop the Vikings’ running attack on two third downs, and Vale ran out the clock to lock up the victory, and a spot in the OSAA 3A playoffs.

The Vikings took a 6-0 lead in the second quarter on a 2-yard run by Schoorl that finished off a 66-yard drive.

After both teams turned the ball over on downs, the Hilanders started their last drive of the first half at their own 38.

With four seconds showing on the clock, Feist connected with Trace Tiller on a 19-yard touchdown pass. Feist ran in the two-point conversion, and Burns went into halftime with an 8-6 lead.

The Hilanders looked to be in good shape to start the second half, as Feist took the kickoff and raced to the Vale 17 before being brought down.

Burns fumbled on the first play from scrimmage, however, giving the ball to Vale at their own 6.

The Vikings didn’t waste the opportunity, putting together an 11-play drive, capped off by a 21-yard run by Zac Jacobs. Kye Yraguen barrelled in for the two-point conversion, and Vale led 14-8.

Burns started their next drive at their own 26, and after picking up one first down, they faced a third-and seven from their own 40. Feist pitched to Trey Recanzone, who then lofted a pass downfield into the waiting arms of Nonnenmacher for a 39-yard gain.

The Hilanders finished off the scoring drive with a 10-yard pass from Feist to Jeff Davies, but the two-point conversion pass failed, and the score was tied at 14-14 with a little more than a minute left in the third quarter.

The Vale defense was stingy all night, holding Burns to 226 total yards, including 101 yards rushing.

The Vikings rushed for 324 yards, led by Jacobs with 216 yards on 26 carries, and Lane Cummings with 102 yards on 11 attempts.

Burns finished the year with a 4-6 overall record, 1-2 in Eastern Oregon League (EOL) play.

Vale finished second in the EOL with a 2-1 record and 8-1 overall. They will host Clatskanie (7-2) on Saturday, Nov. 9, in the first round of the 3A playoffs.

Nyssa won the EOL title this year with a 3-0 record, and finished the regular season 9-0. The Bulldogs host Illinois Valley (6-5) in the first round of the playoffs.

        1   2    3    4   Final
Val    0   6    8    8    22
Bur   0   8    6    6    20

Second quarter

Vale — Kyle Schoorl 2 run  (pass failed) 1:47

Burns — Trace Tiller 19 pass from Austin Feist (Feist run) 11:56

Third quarter

Vale — Zac Jacobs 21 run (Kye Yraguen run) 6:01

Burns — Jeff Davies 10 pass from Feist (pass failed)

Fourth quarter

Vale — Schoorl 1 run (Sage Delong pass from Schoorl) 4:37

Burns — Nonnenmacher 2 run (run failed) 7:47

Individual statistics

RUSHING—Vale, Weber 6-35, Schoorl 12-(-17), Jacobs 26-216, Tamez 1-(-2), Cummings 11-102. Burns, Feist 15-73, Nonnenmacher 11-28.

PASSING—Vale, Schoorl 2-3-0 28. Burns, Feist 7-13-0 86, Nonnenmacher 1-0-0 0, Recanzone 1-1-0 39.

RECEIVING—Vale, Tamez 1-15, Delong 1-13. Burns, Davies 3-21, Hueckman 1-5, Tiller 1-19, Nonnenmacher 3-80.


Crane takes district title

Posted on October 30th in Sports


by Lindy Steeves
Burns Times-Herald


The Crane Mustang volleyball team brought home the championship title from the High Desert League District Tournament in John Day Saturday, Oct. 26.


The Mustangs opened up tournament action in their first match against the Prairie City Panthers. The Mustangs came away with the win in three, scoring 26-24, 25-24, 25-8.


For the Mustangs, Claire Hammond and Bryanna Dunn came away with 100 percent serving accuracy for the match.


“We were slow to start, but they got warmed up, and (thankfully) started playing well. That first game was a little too close for comfort,” Head Coach Mandi Dowell said with a smile.


The win against Prairie City advanced the Mustangs into the championship round of the tournament against the Dayville/Monument Tigers. The Mustangs came away with the win in four sets, 25-12, 25-17, 23-25, 25-9.


For the Mustangs, Hannah Maupin recorded 100 percent serving, five kills, and 94 percent passing accuracy on serve receive. Kathleen Dickenson served 19 for 21 attempts, while Glennie Milburn and Rebekah Clark both recorded four kills for the match.


Dowell also complimented her setter, Morgan Corrigan, on her success in getting the hitters set up.


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District All-Stars


First team (Mustangs): Hannah Maupin, Morgan Corrigan.
Second team (Mustangs): Glennie Milburn.


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The first-round state playoff game will be played in Crane Saturday, Nov. 2, with the time and opponent to be determined.


 

by Randy Parks
Burns Times-Herald

 

Hilanders’ Trey Recanzone runs the ball down the field. (Photo by Randy Parks)

Hilanders’ Trey Recanzone runs the ball down the field. (Photo by Randy Parks)

The Burns Hilanders made it a victorious homecoming by completely dominating Umatilla 48-0 in the Eastern Oregon League (EOL) opener for both teams Friday, Oct. 18.

 
The Burns defense completely shut down the Vikings offense, holding them to just 36 yards total offense.

 
The Hilanders were just as efficient on offense, scoring on every possession in the first half to take a 48-0 lead.

 
A running clock the entire second half kept the game moving along, as Burns pulled a number of starters for the final two quarters.

 
Starting at their own 48 after the opening kickoff, the Hilanders’ Austin Feist broke loose for a 52-yard run on first down to put Burns up 6-0 with 19 seconds gone in the game.

 
The Hilanders went up 14-0 less than two minutes later on a 62-yard punt return by Seth Nonnenmacher, and the two-point conversion pass from Feist to Trace Tiller.

 
The Vikings’ failed fake punt attempt on their next possession left the Hilanders with great field position, and on second down, Nonnenmacher scored from 41 yards out for a 20-0 lead.

 
Burns stopped the Vikings cold on their next possession, and took over on downs at the Umatilla 32. Nonnenmacher finished off the six-play drive with a 1-yard touchdown run, and Burns tacked on two more points with a throw from Feist to Ty Hueckman.

 
Umatilla picked up two first downs on their next drive, but then had to punt, giving the ball back to Burns at their own 26.

 
On first down, Feist found Tiller wide open down the left sideline for a 74-yard touchdown pass, and Nonnenmacher ran in the two-point conversion for a 36-0 lead.

 
The ensuing kickoff bounced in the midst of several Vikings, but none of them jumped on it, and the Hilanders recovered at the Umatilla 33.

 
The Hilanders picked up 19 yards on runs by Thomas Cain and Jack Van Tassel, and Trey Recanzone scampered the final 14 yards to put Burns up 42-0.

 
An interception by Jeff Davies gave the ball back to Burns at the Vikings’ 30, and the Hilanders’ final score of the game came on a 5-yard run by Cain with just over three minutes left in the half.

 
Burns finished with 247 rushing yards, and 74 yards through the air.

 
The Hilanders’ next two games will determine which teams advance to the state playoffs from the EOL.

 
On Friday, Oct. 25, the Hilanders travel to Nyssa to take on the Bulldogs. Nyssa is coming off a 20-19 win over Vale Oct. 18.

 
In their final game of the regular season, Burns hosts Vale Nov. 1.

 
1     2    3    4   Final
0     0    0    0     0      Uma

28  20   0    0    48     Bur

 
First quarter
Burns — Austin Feist 52 run (run failed) :19
Burns — Seth Nonnenmacher 62 punt return (Trace Tiller pass from Feist) 2:07
Burns — Nonnenmacher 41 run (run failed) 5:19
Burns — Nonnenmacher 1 run (Ty Hueckman pass from Feist) 10:17

 
Second quarter
Burns — Tiller 74 pass from Feist (Nonnenmacher run) 3:06
Burns — Trey Recanzone 14 run (kick failed) 4:34
Burns — Thomas Cain 5 run (kick failed) 8:55

 
Individual statistics
RUSHING—Umatilla, Murguia 10-25, Manley 4-9, Zamarippa 5-(-11), Siler 1-0, McIntyre 9-15, Cook 2-(-7), Guizar 2-2. Burns, Feist 2-50, Nonnenmacher 4-51, Cain 7-33, Recanzone 2-25, Van Tassel 6-51, J. Davies 1-13, Rebeiro 6-21, S. Davies 3-2, Blackburn 2-1.
PASSING—Umatilla, Zamarippa 1-7-1 3. Burns, Feist 1-1-0 74.
RECEIVING—Umatilla, McIntyre 1-3. Burns, Tiller 1-74.


 

by Randy Parks
Burns Times-Herald

 

The Mustangs’ Tyler Opie powers through defenders for a gain. Opie finished the game with 199 rushing yards and 56 receiving yards. (Photo by Randy Parks)

The Mustangs’ Tyler Opie powers through defenders for a gain. Opie finished the game with 199 rushing yards and 56 receiving yards. (Photo by Randy Parks)

Tyler Opie rushed for 199 yards and four touchdowns on 10 carries to lead Crane to a 68-14 homecoming win over Arlington on Friday, Oct. 11, at Valentine Field.

 
With the victory, the Mustangs improved to 5-1 on the season, while the Honkers dropped to 1-5.

 
Crane opened up a 28-0 first quarter lead, and led 52-6 at the half, resulting a running clock for the remainder of the game.

 
After forcing the Honkers to punt on the game’s opening possession, Crane began their first series at the Honkers’ 48. The first two plays resulted in lost yardage, and on third-and-21, Travis Landon threw a short pass to Opie, who turned it into a 56-yard gain.

 
Austin Roath finished off the drive with a 3-yard run to put Crane up 6-0.

 
The Honkers picked up two first downs on their drive before turning the ball over on downs at the Mustangs’ 31.

 
Landon handed off to Opie on first down, and he rambled  the length of the field to give Crane a 12-0 advantage.

 
The Honkers’ Kyle Wetherell returned the ensuing kickoff back to the Crane 20, but the Crane defense didn’t yield a yard, and the Mustangs took over on downs.

 
Landon’s 41-yard run on first down put the Mustangs into Honker territory, and on fourth-and-two, Opie broke loose again, scoring from 31 yards out. Justin Baldwin added the two-point conversion, and Crane led 20-0.

 
Crane recovered a fumble on the first play of the Honkers next drive, and took over at the Honker 49.

 
Opie’s 27-yard scoring run finished off a five-play drive, and Roath  added the two-point conversion to put Crane up 28-0 as time ran out in the first quarter.

 
Crane kicked off to start the second quarter, and Arlington’s Michael Hauner got the Honkers on the scoreboard with a 79-yard return for the touchdown.

 
The Mustangs recovered the onside kick attempt at the Arlington 46, and it took just two plays for Crane to find the end zone once again. Opie rushed for 32 yards on the first play, then scored his fourth TD of the day from 14 yards out.

 
Landon threw to Matt Witzel for the two-point conversion, and Crane was up 36-6 with 11:26 to play in the first half.

 
After Arlington turned the ball over on downs at their own 45 on their next series, Opie ripped off a 25-yard run, followed by a 30-yard scamper by Roath for the score.

 
Roath also ran in the two-point conversion to give Crane a 44-6 lead.

 
The Honkers moved the ball on their next drive, reaching a first-and-10 at the Crane 10. Two rushing plays got the ball to the one, but the Crane defense then stopped Hauner for a 4-yard loss, and the Honkers faced fourth-and-goal from the 5-yard line.

 
Jonah Davis’ fourth-down pass was batted into the air, and fell into the hands of Witzel, who sped 95 yards in the opposite direction for the score.

 
Opie ran in the conversion, and Crane led 52-6 going into the halftime break.

 
Crane’s two touchdowns in the second half came on passes from Jack Bentz. He first hit Corbin Hammond for a 24-yard score, then hooked up with Witzel on a 41-yard reception with less than eight minutes to go in the game.

 
The Honkers’ final tally came on a 51-yard pass from Davis to Zackary Blinn.

 
Crane rolled up 446 yards of total offense, including 321 rushing yards.

 
The Crane defense held the Honkers to 62 rushing yards and 104 yards through the air.

 
Crane travels to Prairie City on Friday, Oct. 18, with kickoff at 7 p.m.

 

1    2    3    4   Final
0    6    0    8     14     Arl

28  24   8   8     68     Cra

 
First quarter
Crane — Austin Roath 3 run (run failed) 3:33
Crane — Tyler Opie 69 run (run failed) 5:45
Crane — Opie 31 run (Justin Baldwin run) 9:45
Crane — Opie 27 run (Roath run) :00

 
Second quarter
Arlington — Mike Hauner 79 kickoff return (run failed) :11
Crane — Opie 14 run (Matt Witzel pass from Travis Landon) :34
Crane — Roath 20 run (Roath run) 2:27
Crane — Witzel 95 interception return (Opie run) 7:54

 
Third quarter
Crane — Corbin Hammond 24 pass from Jack Bentz (David Steeves run) 7:50

 
Fourth quarter
Crane — Witzel 41 pass from Bentz (Dustin Ramge run) 4:05
Arlington — Zackary Blinn 51 pass from Jonah Davis (Hauner run) 7:40

 
Individual statistics
RUSHING—Arlington, Ja. Davis 9-11, Lopez 6-23, Jo. Davis 2-3, Hauner 2-(-2), Aamodt 5-24, Wetherell 2-3. Crane, Opie 10-199, Landon 4-49, Roath 3-33, Steeves 8-49, Bentz 3-(-8), Ramge 1-(-1).
PASSING—Arlington, Jo. Davis 6-25-1 107. Crane, Landon 2-3-0 60, Bentz 2-2-0 65.
RECEIVING—Arlington, Wetherell,  3-33, Blinn, 3-74. Crane, Opie 1-56, Witzel 2-45, Hammond 1-24.


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