The Crane girls varsity basketball team finished up the Alycia Jenkins Memorial Tournament, held Dec. 20-22 in Crane, with victories over all three opponents.
The Burns girls basketball team improved to 5-2 on the season with a 50-35 non-conference win over Ridgeview on Tuesday, Dec. 18, at Burns High School.
By Randy Parks
Twenty-two members of the Hi-Desert Mat Club took part in the Smith Rock Rumble Saturday, Dec. 15, in Redmond.
They used an open bracket format, and six Hi-Desert wrestlers brought home first-place singlets.
Results were as follows:
35 lbs. Jace Wright — 1st
40 lbs. Lucian Miller — 2nd
45 lbs. Jack Wright — 2nd
55 lbs. Adam Barnes — 2nd (16-man bracket)
65 lbs. Tallon Berry — 3rd
55 lbs. Oliver Barnes — 1st
55 lbs. Adam White — 2nd (20-man bracket)
65 lbs. Justin Winn — 2nd
75 lbs. Cody King — 2nd
103 lbs. Dalton Puckett — 1st
120+ lbs. Matty Drushella — 3rd
85 lbs. Harlan Gunderson — 1st
105 lbs. Chris Boyd — 4th
112 lbs. Issac Vantassel — 1st
120 lbs. Mick Winn — 2nd
84 lbs. Kyran Simpson — 1st
160 lbs. Keynan Runnels — 2nd
Burns JV girls also placed first in tournament play
By Randy Parks
The Burns girls and boys varsity basketball both came away from their home tournament held Dec. 7-8 with two wins and the championship trophies.
The Burns girls went into overtime in both of their victories, downing Grant Union 53-41 in the opener and then defeating Ontario 55-49 in the championship game.
The Burns boys began tournament play with a 67-56 win over Grant Union and claimed the title by beating Crook County 57-50.
Burns and Grant Union locked up in a defensive battle in the first half of their contest, with neither team scoring in the first four minutes of the game and the Hilanders forging a 17-14 halftime lead.
Burns went by as many as five in the third quarter, only to see the Prospectors come back to tie the game at 22-22. After Grant Union took a 27-26 lead late in the period, the Hilanders’ Shelby Sanders completed a three-point play to put Burns up by two headed into the fourth quarter.
The lead changed hands several times in the fourth period, and with less than a minute to play, the teams were tied at 38-38.
Emily Mosley then put the Pros up by two with a basket off a missed free throw, but Charli Siegner of Burns knotted the score with two free throws, sending the game into overtime.
The extra period belonged to the Hilanders as Anna Reid knocked down a basket, followed by two free throws by Sanders.
Jordon Long and Sanders then came up with steals and lay-ins to give Burns an eight-point lead.
With 54 seconds left, Burns sealed the victory with baskets by Sanders and Long and a Sanders free throw.
Sanders finished the game with 14 points, Siegner added 13 and Reid 10.
Grant Union was led by Mosley with 14 points.
1 2 3 4 OT Final
G.U. 4 10 13 13 1 41
Bur 6 11 12 11 13 53
In the title game, Ontario led the entire first half and went into the break up 22-20.
At the start of the third quarter, Siegner’s basket tied the score, and Kayla McConnell hit a 3-pointer to give the Hilanders their first lead.
The Tigers came back late in the quarter, and the teams headed into the fourth period tied at 35-35.
The Hilanders opened the quarter with a 7-2 run, only to see Ontario score the next six points and take a one-point lead.
With 45 seconds left, Molly Bond made one of two free throws to give Ontario a 44-42 lead.
As time wound down, the Hilanders worked the ball to Siegner, and she hit a basket with six seconds left, sending the game into the extra period.
Tied at 48-48 with less than two minutes left in overtime, Burns went on a 7-2 run, with Sanders scoring all seven points, to pick up the win.
Siegner led all scorers with 23 points, Sanders chipped in with 18 and Long nine.
London Wettstein and Rylee Salutregui each scored 12 for Ontario.
1 2 3 4 OT Final
Ont 10 12 13 9 5 49
Bur 7 13 15 9 11 55
Siegner and Sanders were both named to the All-Tournament team, along with Jessie Maler-Loper of Crook County, Grant Union’s Hailey McConnell and Salutregui.
Ontario beat Crook County 48-47 in their first game, and Crook County won the consolation bracket with a 53-27 victory over Grant Union.
In their opening game against Grant Union, the Hilanders trailed by one after the first quarter and fell behind by four early in the second quarter. They then went on a 9-0 run to grab a 23-18 lead.
The Prospectors closed the gap to one before Burns had a 6-0 run to go ahead by seven.
A 3-pointer by Jeff Garner put Burns up 34-26 as the half came to a close.
Burns stretched their lead to as many as 11 points in the third quarter before Grant Union rallied and got back to within three at the end of the period.
Up by two with less than four minutes left in the game, Burns outscored Grant Union 11-2 to secure the win.
The Hilanders had four players finish in double figures, led by Garner with 22 points. Austin Martin had 16, Tanner Crafts 12 and Austin Feist 11.
Grant Union was led by Joey Nordstrom with 19 points.
1 2 3 4 Final
G.U. 13 13 22 8 56
Bur 12 22 17 16 67
Martin hit a 3-pointer to open up the game with Crook County, and the Hilanders were on their way to a win in a game in which they never trailed.
Up by five near the end of the first period, Martin drilled another shot from outside the arc and Feist added a bucket to give Burns an 18-8 lead.
In the second quarter, with Burns up 24-11, the Cowboys went on a 12-0 run to cut the margin to one.
Burns answered with two baskets by Crafts and two free throws from Feist and went into halftime leading 32-27.
The Hilanders opened up the third period with a 7-0 run and led by 12 at the end of the quarter.
Crook County rallied again in the final period, cutting the lead to three, but the Hilanders outscored the Cowboys 8-4 over the final three minutes for the win.
Feist scored 20 points for Burns, and Crafts dropped in 14.
The Cowboys were led by Dillon Dees with 10.
1 2 3 4 Final
CC 8 19 8 15 50
Bur 18 14 15 10 57
Garner and Martin were named to the All-Tournament team along with Preston Washechek of Crook County, Rayce Houser of Grant Union and Ontario’s Jason Haueter.
Ontario won the consolation final 65-35 over Grant Union.
In the JV portion of the tournament, the Burns girls took first by beating Grant Union 34-27 and defeating Ontario 35-31.
The Burns boys won their first game 59-49 over Grant Union and then lost to Crook County 56-25.
By Randy Parks
The second leg of the Oregon Wrestling Association’s Tour of Oregon Series was held Saturday, Nov. 24, at Burns High School.
The event had a fairly large turn out, with 187 participants competing, including 13 Peewee wrestlers. Many new participants wrestled in their first matches during the event.
The results were as follows:
Jayce Wright, 27-35 lbs. – 1st
The Hi-Desert Mat Club has had a busy past couple of weeks.
On Saturday, Nov. 10, 24 wrestlers traveled to Bend to compete in a four-to-five man bracket tournament at Bend High School.
Results are as follows: (Weights given are actual wrestler weights as they crab-pooled and had unusual weight differences. They may have wrestled other kids anywhere from 5 to 10 pounds different, depending on the bracket.)
Brock Puckett, 39.4 lbs. — 3rd
Jace Wright, 35 lbs. — 1st
Kaden Peasley, 50.6 lbs. — 3rd
Andy Barnes, 51.2 lbs. — 1st
Kaden Cunningham, 51.9 lbs. — 4th
Cutter Modey, 56.3 — 4th
Kempton Richardson, 36.4 lbs. — 3rd
Joe Wright, 54 lbs. — 4th
Ethan Peasley, 50 lbs. — 3rd
Toby Clow, 96.6 lbs. — 3rd
Adam White, 50 lbs. — 1st
Dalton Puckett, 98 lbs. — 1st
Oliver Barnes, 50 lbs. — 2nd
Justin Winn, 62.2 lbs. — 1st
Cody King, 75 lbs. — 1st
Johnny McKelvey, 66.2 lbs. — 5th
Kevin Peasley, 64.4 lbs. — 2nd
Harlen Gunderson, 85.4 lbs — 1st
Mick Winn, 118.4 lbs. — 2nd
Jimmie Huffman, 63.6 lbs. — 2nd
Evan Gunderson, 91.6 lbs. — 1st
Derek Taylor — 5th
Matty Drushella — 4th
On Saturday, Nov. 17, the Hi-Desert wrestlers competed in the Culver tournament, with four-to-five man brackets. Results are:
Orion Houck, 50 lbs. — 3rd
Brock Puckett, 40 lbs. — 2nd
Henry Barnes, 40 lbs. — 4th
Jace Wright, 40 lbs. — 2nd
Kempton Richardson, 40 lbs. — 2nd
Canon Winn, 45 lbs. — 3rd
Andrew Barnes, 55 lbs. — 1st
Cutter Modey — 5th
Adam White, 55 lbs. — 1st
Devin Dickie, 55 lbs. — 2nd
Ethan Peasley, 50 lbs. — 1st
Oliver Barnes, 50 lbs. — 2nd
Cody King, 75 lbs. — 1st
Dalton Puckett, 103 lbs. — 1st
Joe Wright, 55 lbs. — 1st
Harlan Gunderson, 85 lbs. — 1st
Evan Gunderson, 91 lbs. — 1st
Mitchell McCanna, 85 lbs. — 5th
Issac VanTassel, 112 lbs. — 1st
On Sunday, Nov. 18, two wrestlers from the Hi-Desert team traveled to Corvallis to compete in the intermediate division at the “Making A Difference Day” tournament at Gill Coliseum at Oregon State University.
Both wrestlers returned home champions as Cody King won the 75-pound bracket and Dalton Puckett was first at 103 pounds.
The Hi-Desert Mat Club will be hosting the second leg of the new Oregon Wrestling Association’s Tour of Oregon series.
The tournaments feature four-man brackets. Each wrestler gets a medal that is a puzzle piece of Oregon that interlocks with the other medals to create the whole state.
Wrestling starts at 9 a.m. at Burns High school, and concessions will be available.
The buckles will also be on display.
The Hi-Desert Mat Club will be hosting their second tournament, the Buckle Classic, on Saturday, Jan. 26.
Down 24-0, Burns’ comeback falls short
By Randy Parks
The Nyssa Bulldogs jumped out to a 24-0 lead and then held off the hard-charging Hilanders for a 42-32 win on Friday, Nov. 2.
The victory gave Nyssa the Eastern Oregon League (EOL) title with a perfect 4-0 league record, while Burns finished 2-2 in the EOL and out of the 3A playoffs.
Nyssa scored on the game’s opening possession, as Austin Wagstaff finished off a 65-yard drive with an 8-yard scoring run. The 2-point conversion was good, and Nyssa led 8-0.
The Bulldogs made it 16-0 with less than a minute to play in the first quarter on an 11-yard touchdown pass from Wagstaff to Luke Delbridge and a 2-point conversion run by Michael Smith.
Nyssa’s third score of the night came on a 20-yard run by Austin Castro, and Smith’s 2-point conversion gave the Bulldogs a 24-0 lead with 8:42 left in the half.
Burns’ offense then came to life, with Seth Nonnenmacher getting into the end zone on a 9-yard run to finish off a 63-yard drive.
Smith returned the ensuing kickoff back to Burns’ 18-yard line, but the Hilander defense forced the Bulldogs out on downs, and Burns took over at their own 14.
The Hilanders marched downfield, and with just seven seconds left in the half, Nonnenmacher lofted a 20-yard scoring pass to Tanner Crafts, making it a 24-12 game at the break.
Burns got the ball to start the second half, and on a fourth-and-two at their own 39, Nonnenmacher hooked up with Austin Feist for a 61-yard score, bringing Burns to within 24-18.
On Nyssa’s next possession, Wagstaff got loose for a 39-yard TD run, putting the Bulldogs back up by 12.
Burns cut the lead back to six, as Nonnenmacher capped off a 65-yard drive with a 2-yard scoring run.
Nyssa answered back with an 81-yard drive, Wagstaff covering the final eight yards for his third rushing touchdown of the night.
Starting at their own 36, the Hilanders went the distance in nine plays. Nonnenmacher’s 3-yard TD run and the 2-point conversion pass to Feist brought Burns to within 36-32.
Burns then forced Nyssa to punt and took over at their own 41. The Hilanders were unable to pick up a first down however, and the Bulldogs took over on downs at the Burns 32.
Wagstaff punched it in from a yard out, giving Nyssa 42-32 lead with 4:50 left to play.
Burns final drive was stopped by an interception, and Nyssa ran out the clock for the win.
Nonnenmacher completed 17-of-24 passes for 188 yards and two scores and picked up 69 yards on 16 rushes with three touchdowns.
Feist led Burns in rushing with 85 yards on 15 carries.
With the victory, Nyssa earned the right to host a first-round playoff game and will play Pleasant Hill on Saturday, Nov. 10, at 1 p.m. MT.
Vale claimed the second playoff spot with a 3-1 league record and will play at Cascade Christian Friday, Nov. 9.
Burns finished the season with an overall record of 5-5.
1 2 3 4 Final
Nys 16 8 12 6 42
Bur 0 12 12 8 32
Nyssa — Austin Wagstaff 8 run (Jamie Escobedo pass from Wagstaff) 2:04
Nyssa — Luke Delbridge 11 pass from Wagstaff (Michael smith run) 11:24
Nyssa — Austin Castro 20 run (Smith run) 3:18
Burns — Seth Nonnenmacher 9 run (run failed) 9:02
Burns — Tanner Crafts 20 pass from Nonnenmacher (pass failed) 11:53
Burns — Austin Feist 61 pass from Nonnenmacher (run failed) 2:57
Nyssa — Wagstaff 39 run (run failed) 5:07
Burns — Nonnenmacher 2 run (pass failed) 8:25
Nyssa — Wagstaff 8 run (run failed) 11:13
Burns — Nonnenmacher 3 run (Feist pass from Nonnenmacher) 1:58
Nyssa — Wagstaff 1 run (pass failed) 7:10
RUSHING—Nyssa, Smith 17-135, Wagstaff 16-106, Escobedo 1-(-5), Castro 6-36. Burns, Feist 15-85, Gahley 7-28, Nonnenmacher 16-69, White 4-9.
PASSING—Nyssa, Wagstaff 4-11-0 84, Escobedo 0-1-0 0. Burns, Nonnenmacher 17-24-1 188, Feist 2-4-0 34.
RECEIVING—Nyssa, Delbridge 1-6, Escobedo 1-32, Castro 1-8, Smith 1-33. Burns, Feist 4-100, Crafts 4-39, Nonnenmacher 2-34, Bailey 6-38, White 1-7, Sutcliffe 1-2, Gahley 1-2.
Defeat knocks Crane from playoff picture
By Randy Parks
After falling behind 30-6 early in the third quarter, the Crane Mustangs put together a valiant comeback that fell short in a 44-26 loss to Jordan Valley on Friday, Oct. 26.
The win kept Jordan Valley perfect on the year at 8-0, 5-0 in the High Desert League (HDL), while Crane slipped to 4-4 overall, 3-2 in league.
Following a scoreless first quarter, Austin Roath came up with an interception that gave Crane a first down at Jordan Valley’s 49. Crane’s offensive line of Quinton Nyman, Michael Casey, Cash Casey, Riley Joyce and Blaise Schulze then went to work, opening holes for Zalin Arritola and Nic Nyman. On the eighth play of the drive, Nyman bulled his way into the end zone, giving Crane a 6-0 lead.
Jordan Valley answered back on their next possession, getting a 22-yard scoring run from Ty Warn and a 2-point conversion to go ahead 8-6.
Jordan Valley then forced Crane out on downs and took over at their own 45 with 1:21 left in the half. On fourth-and-10, Nate Elsner threw deep to Tyrel Lucas for a 55-yard score and a 16-6 lead.
Jordan Valley recovered a fumble on the ensuing kickoff and took over at the Crane 20 with just 13 seconds left on the clock. On second down, Elsner found Lucas open again for a 20-yard touchdown pass and Jordan Valley was up 22-6 at halftime.
Jordan Valley increased their lead to 30-6 on the first possession of the second half, as Elsner connected with Blaine Moran on a 20-yard scoring pass.
Crane came right back with a nine-play, 77-yard scoring drive, capped off by Travis Landon’s 34-yard touchdown run.
Jordan Valley responded with a touchdown drive of their own, as Elsner scored on a 2-yard run, finishing off a 51-yard drive and making the score 36-14.
On their next possession, Crane cut the lead to 36-20 on a 9-yard TD run by Roath.
Crane then forced Jordan Valley out on downs and took over at their own 35. With Nyman getting the bulk of the carries, Crane moved down the field, and Landon punched it into the end zone from four yards out. The 2-point conversion would have brought Crane to within eight points with 7:55 to play, but their run was stopped short.
Crane’s defense then came up with another stop, keeping Jordan Valley out of the end zone and getting the ball back to the offense at their own 2-yard line with 4:26 left in the game. Landon scrambled for a first down on an 11-yard run and then found Schulze open on two passes totaling 18 yards. After a 12-yard run by Landon, Joyce caught a short pass and turned it into a 25-yard gain.
Crane picked up one more first down before the drive stalled, and Jordan Valley took over on downs at their own 35. On fourth down, Warn broke free on a sweep to the right and galloped 59 yards for the score with 13 seconds left in the game.
Crane rolled up 446 yards of total offense, including 318 yards rushing.
Jordan Valley accounted for 464 yards of total offense, with 281 yards passing and 183 rushing yards.
The loss knocked Crane out of the playoff picture, as both Jordan Valley and Adrian are 5-0 with one game left to play.
Crane finishes up the regular season on the road Friday, Nov. 2, when they take on Dayville/Monument in Dayville. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.
1 2 3 4 Final
JV 0 22 14 8 44
Cra 0 6 14 6 26
Crane — Nic Nyman 1 run (run failed) 3:25
Jordan Valley — Ty Warn 22 run (Nate Elsner run) 7:19
Jordan Valley — Tyrel Lucas 55 pass from Elsner (Blaine Moran run) 11:41
Jordan Valley — Lucas 20 pass from Elsner (run failed) 11:57
Jordan Valley — Moran 15 pass from Elsner (Warn run) 1:19
Crane — Landon 34 run (Nyman run) 5:03
Jordan Valley — Elsner 2 run (run failed) 8:39
Crane — Austin Roath 9 run (run failed) 10:19
Crane — Landon 4 run (run failed) 1:18
Jordan Valley — Warn 59 run (Ben Telleria pass from Elsner) 11:47
RUSHING—Jordan Valley, Warn 21-163, Moran 8-18, Elsner 8-2. Crane, Landon 16-69, Arritola 14-72, Baldwin 1-2, Roath 1-9, Nyman 15-115, Joyce 7-51.
PASSING—Jordan Valley, Elsner 13-28-2 264, Warn 3-4-0 17. Crane, Landon 7-16-1 128, Nyman 0-2-0 0.
RECEIVING—Jordan Valley — Warn 3-50, Telleria 3-23, Lucas 5-144, Moran 4-59, Elsner 1-5. Crane, Schulze 3-56, Nyman 2-46, Joyce 2-26.
Hilanders secure playoff spot
By Randy Parks
The Burns volleyball team clinched at least a tie for the Eastern Oregon League (EOL) title by defeating both Riverside and Umatilla on Saturday, Oct. 20.
The victories give the Hilanders a 7-0 EOL record with only one league match left to play.
The Hilanders opened up their home doubleheader by sweeping Riverside 25-5, 25-18, 25-17.
Burns dominated all three games, getting out to comfortable leads and allowing head coach Paula Toney to rotate in a number of players off the bench.
The Burns JV won their match in two games, 25-9, 25-20.
The Hilanders also won their second match of the day in three games, sweeping Umatilla 25-19, 25-16, 25-18.
Burns will wrap up EOL play on Thursday, Oct. 25, when they travel to Nyssa to take on the Bulldogs.
The Hilanders pulled out a five-game win over Vale on Thursday, Oct. 18, essentially locking up a playoff spot while knocking the Vikings out of playoff contention.
Burns won 25-22, 25-22, 9-25, 22-25, 15-11.
The victory kept Burns perfect in Eastern Oregon League play with a 5-0 record and dropped Vale to 2-4.
The Hilanders took the lead early in the first game, breaking out to a 12-7 lead. The Vikings came back to tie the game at 12-12. The game see-sawed back and forth until Burns took the lead for good at 18-17 and held on for the three-point win.
Burns trailed early in the second game and came back to tie the score at 13-13. The Hilanders never led by more than two until back-to-back kill shots by Jordan Long and Charli Siegner gave them a 24-21 lead.
The two team then traded points giving Burns the win.
Vale dominated the third game on their way to the win. Leading 9-8, the Vikings outscored Burns 16-1 for the comfortable win.
The fourth game saw Vale lead for the majority of the time, and they held off a late rally by Burns to tie the match at two games apiece.
With the score tied at 2-2 in the fifth and deciding match, Long delivered a kill shot that seemed to energize the Hilander squad. They then rattled off three more points to go up 6-2.
The Hilanders saw their lead cut to two at 9-7, but they then scored the next three points and carried the momentum on through for the win.
Siegner recorded 18 of the team’s 36 kills, and Long added another nine.
Burns finished with seven aces, led by Baylee Hanner with four and Erika Bentz with two.
Kayla McConnell led the team in assists with 26.
The Hilanders came up with 76 digs in the match, led by Bentz with 20, McConnell 18, Hanner 16 and Madison Woodworth 11.
The Burns JV team lost to Vale 25-27, 15-25.
In non-conference action on Tuesday, Oct. 16, the Hilanders lost in four games to Grant Union 22-25, 21-25, 25-13, 21-25.