by Randy Parks
Burns Times-Herald

The Burns boys track team won the Grant Union 3rd annual Field Event Meet held Tuesday, April 29, in John Day.

The Hilanders finished with 95.5 points to take the team title, and Grant Union finished second with 77.5 points.

The Burns girls team placed second with 67 points, only five points behind Grant Union.

The Crane boys placed fifth with 21 points, and the Crane girls finished 11th with five points.

Burns (B) and Crane (C) athletes placing in the top eight of individual events are as follows:



Mile run — Bea Ribeiro (B) 1st, 6:20.52.

Shot put — Nicol Gahley (B) 4th, 26-5.50; Kaylea Friedrichsen (B) 6th, 25-00.50.

Discus — Friedrichsen (B) 3rd, 89-11.

Javelin — Friedrichsen (B) 4th, 93-02; Catherine Clemens (B) 5th, 91-01; Megan Lee (B) 7th, 85-00.

High jump — Clemens (B) 1st, 5-02.00.

Pole vault — Gahley (B) 1st, 5-06.00.

Long jump — Clemens (B) 1st, 15-07.00; Bryanna Dunn (C) 4th, 14-08.00; Lee (B) 5th, 14-07.50.



Mile run — Scott Davies (B) 2nd, 5:18.09; Brandon Bingham (B) 3rd, 5:27.77.

Shot put — Chase Patterson (B) 2nd, 38-08.00; Peter Cain (B) 3rd, 37-00.00; Seth Nonnenmacher (B) 4th (tie), 33-09.00; S. Davies (B) 6th, 33-08.00; Jacob Blackburn (B) 8th, 33-01.00.

Discus — Nonnenmacher (B) 2nd, 113-11; Patterson (B) 3rd, 109-04; David Steeves (C) 6th, 98-01; P. Cain (B) 7th, 93-11; Blackburn (B) 8th, 87-07.

Javelin — Nonnenmacher (B) 1st, 169-08; P. Cain (B) 3rd, 138-09; Patterson (B) 7th, 132-00.

High jump — Steeves (C) 2nd, 5-10.00; Jeff Davies (B) 3rd, 5-10.00; Patterson (B) 4th, 5-08.00.

Pole vault — Daniel Letham (B) 4th, 8-00.00; Thomas Cain (B) 5th, 8-00.00; Bingham (B) 7th, 7-00.00.

Triple jump — Steeves (C) 1st, 38-00.00.

by Randy Parks
Burns Times-Herald

The Hilanders’ Cody Rebeiro slides into home while Vale catcher Christian Rodriguez makes the leap for the high throw. (Photo by John L. Braese/The Malheur Enterprise)

The Hilanders’ Cody Rebeiro slides into home while Vale catcher Christian Rodriguez makes the leap for the high throw. (Photo by John L. Braese/The Malheur Enterprise)

The Hilanders’ Ty Reid smacked a two-run home run in the top of the seventh inning to tie the game at 5-5, and Burns added two more runs in the top of the ninth for a 7-5 win and a sweep of Vale in Eastern Oregon League (EOL) baseball action on Friday, May 2.

The Hilanders won the first game 11-5, as Logan Bailey struck out 15, and Reid went 3-for-3 at the plate with five RBIs.

In the opener, the Vikings took a 4-0 lead with four runs in the bottom of the second.

Burns got on the scoreboard in the third inning when Jack Van Tassel scored on a Viking miscue. Later in the inning, Reid delivered a three-run double to tie the game, and Burns took the lead on a two-run double by Garrett Blackburn.

After Burns upped their lead to 7-4 in the fifth on an RBI-single by Kalib LaChappelle, the Vikings pushed a run across in their half of the inning to cut the lead back to two.

The Hilanders responded by scoring three runs in the sixth on a two-run single by Reid and an RBI-single by Boyd Vinson.

Blackburn scored the Hilanders’ final run on a groundout in the seventh inning.

Bailey pitched a complete game to pick up the win, giving up five runs on six hits and six walks.

“Winning game one was huge,” Burns coach Kevin Feist said. “The guys did a great job of competing all game long. Logan Bailey pitched a great game, striking out 15 Vale batters. It was his best pitching performance of the season.”

Burns loaded the bases to start the second game, as Trace Tiller led off with a single, Ty Hueckman walked, and Austin Feist was hit by a pitch. Bailey then drew a walk, scoring Tiller, and Hueckman scored on a fielder’s choice. Feist ended the scoring in the first on a double steal.

Down 3-0, Vale responded with four runs in the bottom of the first on four hits and two walks.

Vale added a run in the fourth to go up 5-3.

Bailey led off the seventh with a single, setting up Reid’s tying shot over the centerfield fence.

With one down in the ninth, Bailey walked, and Reid singled to put runners on first and second. The runners advanced on a wild pitch, and Vinson then delivered a two-run single to put Burns ahead 7-5.

After walking the Vale batter to lead off the bottom of the ninth, Hueckman came back from a 3-0 count on the second batter to record a strike out.

The next Viking lined a one-hop shot to Cody Rebeiro at second base, who flipped it to A. Feist at second for an out, and Feist turned the game-ending double play with the throw to first.

“What a way to finish,” said Coach Feist. “After the first inning, we hit some really hard balls that went right to Vale defenders, or they made some nice plays to get the out. It wasn’t looking good going in to the top of the seventh. We had so many opportunities to score earlier, and couldn’t get the ball to find an open spot in the Vale defense. Reid picked a great time to hit a two-run homer. Our dugout went crazy, and it gave us new life.”

Nathan Palmer started for Burns, but Hueckman came on in relief in the second inning and got the victory. He gave up one run on three hits, while striking out nine and walking six in eight innings.

“Ty pitched the game of his life,” Coach Feist noted. “He struck out nine Vale hitters, and did not give up a hit or run to Vale over the last five innings of the game. He just kept getting better as the game went on!

“Ty did a great job coming in to a difficult situation and getting the job done for us. I think he will remember this pitching performance for a long time!”

Tiller, Vinson, Bailey and Reid each had two hits for the Hilanders.

“I am so proud of the guys,” Coach Feist said.  “They played so hard, competed all day long, and came away with a huge league sweep. We absolutely needed to sweep Vale to put us in better position for securing a playoff berth.”

The sweep gives Burns a 6-2 EOL record, while dropping Vale to 5-3 in league.

The Hilanders continue with EOL play on Friday, May 9, when they host Riverside. The doubleheader starts at 2 p.m.


First game

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Bur   0  0  6  0  1  3  1   11   11  1

Val    0  4  0  0  1  0  0    5    6    1


Second game

        1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  R  H  E

Bur 3 0  0  0  0 0  2  0  2   7  9  2

Val  4 0  0  0  1 0  0  0  0   5  7  1


by Randy Parks
Burns Times-Herald

The Mustangs’ Dustin Ramge placed eighth in the 800 meters at the Viking Invitational. (Photo by SAMANTHA WHITE)

The Mustangs’ Dustin Ramge placed eighth in the 800 meters at the Viking Invitational. (Photo by SAMANTHA WHITE)

The Crane Mustang track teams traveled to Union on Saturday, April 26, to compete in the 8th annual Pepsi Invitational.

The Crane boys scored 28 points, and placed fifth out of the 23 teams competing.

Enterprise won the boys meet with 123 points, Union was second with 111 points, and Mac-Hi third with 66 points.

A total of 20 teams competed in the girls meet, and the Crane girls placed 14th with 14 points.

Union won the girls team title with 110 points, followed by Mac-Hi with 93, and Enterprise 52.

Those placing in the top eight of their event for Crane are as follows:


400m — Amanda Epling 7th, 1:08.24.

800m — Elina Jenks 8th, 2:53.14.

Shot put — Kayla Mims 5th, 30-08.50.

Discus — Maria Thompson 6th, 75-03.

Long jump — Bryanna Dunn 5th, 14-03.00.



200m — John O’Toole 7th, 24.96.

800m — Andy Lamborn 8th, 2:18.76.

1500m — Lamborn 7th, 4:46.83.

110m hurdles — David Steeves 8th, 20.08.

300m hurdles — Austin Roath 5th, 47.15.

4×100 relay — Jack Bentz, Joe Valentine, O’Toole, Travis Landon 6th (tie), 48.68.

4×400 relay — Matt Witzel, Landon, Lamborn, Dustin Ramge 5th, 4:03.80.

High jump — Steeves 3rd (tie), 5-08.00; Witzel 7th, 5-02.00.

Triple jump — Steeves 4th (tie), 35-10.00.


On Friday, April 25, the Mustangs took part in the Viking Invitational at Vale.

The Crane girls placed fifth in the 12-team field with 45 points. Vale won the girls team title with 226 points, and Homedale, Idaho, was a distant second with 66 points.

There were 13 teams in the boys meet, and Crane boys were sixth with 40 points. Nyssa won the boys meet with 161 points, with Vale and Adrian tying for second with 92 points.

Those placing in the top eight of their event for Crane are as follows:



400m — Epling 2nd, 1:07.76; Dunn 3rd, 1:09.09.

1500m — Jenks 4th, 5:44.89.

100m hurdles — Amanda Casey 4th, 19.18.

4×100 relay — Casey, Epling, Sadie O’Toole, Dunn 3rd, 56.26.

Discus — Claire Hammond 6th, 75-08.

Javelin — Mims 4th, 91-01; Hammond 8th, 81-03.

Long jump — Dunn 3rd, 14-06.00.



100m — O’Toole 5th, 12.07.

400m — Witzel 8th, 59.79.

800m — Lamborn 5th, 2:17.20; Ramge 8th, 2:23.80.

1500m — Lamborn 5th, 4:41.35.

300m hurdles — Roath 4th, 46.14; Steeves 7th, 47.30.

4×100 relay — Bentz, O’Toole, Valentine, Landon 4th, 48.25.

4×400 relay — Bentz, O’Toole, Witzel, Landon 5th, 3:55.89.

Discus — Steeves 8th, 102-03.

High jump — Steeves 4th, 5-07.00.

Pole vault — Corey Jenkins 6th, 9-06.00; Ramge 8th, 9-00.00.


The Mustangs travel to Sisters on Friday, May 2, to compete in the Sisters Rotary Twilight Invitational, beginning at 3:30 p.m.

by Randy Parks
Burns Times-Herald

Alex Falley tees off on No. 1 at the Valley Golf Club. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

Alex Falley tees off on No. 1 at the Valley Golf Club. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

The Burns boys golf team competed in the Vale Invite Friday, April 18.

Burns was led by Trinton DeLange, who shot 93, and finished with a team score of 436. Alex Falley and Britton Bentz both shot 97, and Sam Ellibee came in with 149.

Nampa Christian (Idaho) won the team title with a score of 331. Ontario was second with 371, followed by Payette, Idaho, 385, Vale 389, Nyssa 408 and Burns 436. The Parma, Idaho team was incomplete.

Kaden Isaacson of Nampa Christian shot 82 to win medalist honors.


The Hilander golf teams hosted the Burns Invitational at the Valley Golf Club in Hines on Wednesday, April 16.

The Burns boys team placed third with a score of 406.

Nyssa won the team title with a 385, followed by Vale with 394. Lakeview was fourth with 424, and the Nyssa 2 team was fifth with 463.

Falley had the low score for the Hilanders, finishing with a 94. B. Bentz came in with a 101, Max Parks 105, Clayton Bentz 106, and DeLange 107.

Medalist honors went to Tate Lightle of Lakeview, who shot 77.

There were no complete team scores in the girls meet.

The Hilanders’ Catherine Clemens shot 85 to win medalist honors. Kendal Thompson finished with a 130 and Ashley Mallonee 138. Mollie Wilson’s and Shyanne Fine’s scores were incomplete.


The Burns golf teams traveled to John Day on Friday, April 11, to compete in a meet hosted by Grant Union High School.

Falley had the low score for the Hilander boys team, shooting a 102. DeLange finished with a 104, Parks 114, B. Bentz 121 and Ellibee 181.

Heppner won the team title with a score of 342, Wallowa was second with a score of 388, followed by Enterprise with 410, Grant Union with 414 and Burns with 441.

Karl Wellens of Wallowa won medalist honors with a score of 88 on the 18 holes.

Clemens was the lone competitor for the Burns girls, and won medalist honors by shooting an 83.

by Randy Parks
Burns Times-Herald

Jeff Davies of Burns on his way to a first-place finish in the 110 meter high hurdles. (Photos by RANDY PARKS)

Jeff Davies of Burns on his way to a first-place finish in the 110 meter high hurdles. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

The Burns Hilander track team hosted the 11-team Burns Lions/Arlie Oster Memorial Invitational on Saturday, April 12.

In the girls meet, Burns placed second in the team standings, while Crane came in eighth.

Lakeview edged out the Hilanders for the top spot, finishing with 125 points to 123 for Burns. Paisley was third with 72.5, followed by Harper with 62, Triad Christian 50, Madras 42, Ione 36, Crane 32, Prairie City 18, Grant Union 12 and Culver 8.5.

The Burns and Crane boys teams finished third and fourth respectively, at the meet.

Madras won the boys team title with 136 points, and Lakeview was a close second with 133. Burns finished with 110 points, Crane  51, followed by Ione 49, Harper 45, Culver 36, Paisley 28, Prairie City 26, Triad Christian 22, and Grant Union 9.

Individual results for those placing in the top eight of an event for Burns (B) and Crane (C) are as follows:


100m — Megan Lee (B) 1st, 13.88; Emma Winn (B) 2nd, 13.89; Bryanna Dunn (C) 6th, 14.64; Vera Kalinina 8th, 14.89.

200m — Madelyn Gunderson (B) 1st, 27.41; Dunn (C) 4th, 30.07; Lee (B) 8th, 31.29.

400m — Gunderson (B) 1st, 1:01.11; Amanda Epling (C) 4th, 1:08.55; Tegan Strickland (C) 6th, 1:17.33; Lee (B) 7th, 1:17.55.

800m — Madison Winn (B) 1st, 2:38.54;  Elina Jenks (C) 6th, 2:56.34.

1500m — M. Winn (B) 2nd, 5:42.89; Bea Ribeiro (B) 3rd, 6:03.38

100m hurdles — Ribeiro (B) 2nd, 19.39.

4×400 —  Gunderson, E. Winn, Catherine Clemens, M. Winn (B) 1st, 4:18.84; Nicol Gahley, Lee, Ribeiro, Kalinina (B) 4th, 4:50.23.

Shot put — Kayla Mims (C) 3rd, 28-05.25.

Discus — Kaylea Friedrichsen (B) 3rd, 82-07; Gahley (B) 4th, 78-05.

Javelin — Friedrichsen 4th, 95-07; Clemens (B) 6th, 94-07; Mims (C) 7th, 86-07.

High jump — Clemens (B) 1st, 4-10.

Pole vault — Gahley (B) 1st, 6-06.

Long jump — Dunn (C) 4th, 13-02.50.



200m — John O’Toole (C) 2nd, 24.97; Matt Witzel (C) 8th, 26.57.

400m — Bryce Otley (C) 6th, 1:01.70; Jake Blackburn (B) 7th, 1:04.01.

800m — Andy Lamborn (C) 2nd, 2:18.04; Thomas Cain (B) 8th, 2:30.77.

1500m — Brandon Bingham (B) 3rd, 4:59.54; T. Cain (B) 5th, 5:02.21; Daniel Letham (B) 6th, 5:08.48.

3000m — Bingham (B) 2nd, 11:04.12; Letham (B) 3rd, 11:18.17.

110m hurdles — Jeff Davies (B) 1st, 16.88.

300m hurdles — Davies (B) 1st, 45.62; David Steeves (C) 7th, 50.15.

4×100 — Jack Bentz, Joseph Valentine, Travis Landon, O’Toole (C) 3rd, 49.42.

4×400 — Landon, Lamborn, Witzel, Bentz (C) 4th, 4:00.65; T. Cain, Seth Nonnenmacher, Letham, Bingham (B) 6th, 4:22.74.

Shot put — Brent Pierzina (C) 4th, 34-01.00; Peter Cain (B) 5th, 34-00.50; Valentine (C) 7th, 32-08.50; Tony Mims (C) 8th, 32-06.00.

Discus — Nonnenmacher (B) 1st, 121-01; Chase Patterson (B) 2nd, 113-00; Steeves (C) 7th, 98-02; P. Cain (B) 8th, 97-04.

Javelin — Nonnenmacher (B) 1st, 176-11; Patterson (B) 3rd, 139-11; P. Cain (B) 5th, 127-05.

High jump — Patterson (B) 2nd, 5-06.00; Davies (B) 3rd, 5-06.00.

Long jump — Steeves (C) 5th, 17-01.00; Bentz (C) 7th, 16-03.00.

On Friday, April 18, the Crane Mustangs will host the Ranchers Invitational, beginning at 11 a.m.

The next meet for Burns is at La Pine at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 19.


On Friday, April 11, the Crane track teams traveled to Vale for the Oregon Trail Invitational.

The Crane girls placed third out of 18 teams with 53 points, and the Crane boys had 23 points, and finished ninth among 16 teams competing.

Vale ran away with the girls meet, racking up 225 points, easily outdistancing second-place Idaho City, Idaho with 70 points.

Nyssa won the boys meet with 161 points, and Adrian placed second with 81 points.

Individual results for Crane:


400m — Epling 5th, 1:09.56.

100m hurdles — Amanda Casey 2nd, 18.02.

300m hurdles — Casey 2nd, 52.71.

4×100 — Casey, Dunn, Strickland, Epling 4th, 56.64.

Shot put — Mims 3rd, 29-08.00

Javelin — Mims 2nd, 96-00.

Pole vault — Casey 3rd, 7-06.00.

Long jump — Dunn 2nd, 14-05.00.



100m — O’Toole 6th, 12.16.

200m — O’Toole 6th, 25.11.

1500m — Lamborn 5th, 4:51.31.

300m hurdles — Steeves 5th, 48.62.

4×100 — Bentz, Landon, O’Toole, Valentine 8th, 48.39.

4×400 — Bentz, Lamborn, Witzel, Landon 6th, 4:36.34.

High jump — Steeves 4th, 5-06.00.

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.

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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.”

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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.


Most Improved Underclassman — Dallon Higgins

Most Improved Upperclassman — Garrett Blackburn

Most Outstanding — Seth Nonnenmacher

Jeremy Johnson Most Heart Award — Austin Ryder


Most Improved — Hannah Parks

Most Outstanding — Sutton Comstock


Tiny Dancer (Most Outstanding) — Mackenzie Moulton

Most Improved — Nichole Biggs

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