On Saturday, April 6, the Hellgate, Mont., Knights returned the favor from last season and defeated Nadzitsaga-Harney on its home turf with a 12-6 victory.
The Burns Hilanders hosted the Spring Thaw baseball tournament March 26-28 and came away with a 1-2 record after the three days of action.
Crane’s basketball, wrestling and dance teams were honored at the winter sports awards ceremony Wednesday, March 20.
Girls head basketball coach Stub Travis introduced this past season’s team and presented the High Desert League (HDL) and team awards.
Named to the HDL All-League first team were Corrigan, Landon and Hannah Maupin. Steeves was selected to the second team and Glennie Milburn and Clark received Honorable Mention.
Head wrestling coach Dave Doman recognized his team and presented the special awards. The Most Improved award was given to Clay Duckworth. Lamborn took home the Most Inspirational award, and Wyatt Clark was named the Most Outstanding Wrestler.
Dance team coach Debbie Titus introduced the dance team and presented the Coach’s Award to Chrissy Moon.
The Most Improved award went to Landon, and Quinton Nyman was named Most Inspirational. Miller then announced that the entire team would receive the Most Outstanding award for coming back after a 2-6 start to finish in the top eight of all 1A teams in the state.
The Burns softball team hosted Culver on Friday, March 15, and earned a split in the doubleheader, improving their season record to 1-2.
The Crane boys basketball team saw their season come to an end with two losses at the OSAA 1A State Basketball Tournament in Baker City.
for the Burns Times-Herald
With two more games in the win column last week, the Crane Mustang boys earned a trip to the State 1A Championship Tournament. The tournament will take place in Baker City Wednesday, Feb. 27, through Saturday, March 2. Crane will match up against the Elkton Elks on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in the Baker City High gym.
Crane hosted the Cove Leopards Wednesday, Feb. 20, in their first game of the playoff bracket, and came out on top 61-57 in overtime.
The game was fought hard, and the lead changed hands several times. Crane had a 16-14 edge at the end of the first quarter, and led 30-27 at the half.
Zalin Arritola, Nic Nyman and Travis Landon hit three-pointers to start the Mustangs scoring in the third period, and Crane went into the final period up 48-37.
But the Leopards turned things around over the next eight minutes, taking advantage of Crane’s turnovers to outscore the Mustangs 16-5 and tie the game up, 53-53.
Crane settled down again in the overtime period and took the ball to the inside for points, drawing fouls and converting on the charity stripe to seal the game and advance in the playoffs.
1 2 3 4 OT Final
Cra 16 14 18 5 8 61
Cov 14 13 10 16 4 57
On Friday, Feb. 20, the Mustangs were in action against the Triad Timberwolves of Klamath Falls. Crane downed Triad 69-55, giving the Mustangs a berth in this weekend’s state 1A tournament.
The lead went back and forth over the first three quarters of Friday’s game, as both teams understood a loss ended their season.
The Mustangs were up 14-12 after one quarter, but shortly into the second period, the Timberwolves full-court press resulted in a turnover and a basket for 14-all. Turnovers plagued the Mustangs, and the Timberwolves capitalized on their own possessions. Triad’s offense relied on their quick moves to the basket and pushing the ball up the court, and Triad went up 28-26 at the half.
Triad continued to wreak havoc on Crane in the third quarter, with one of the quickest defensive transitions that Crane had seen. Any lapse of ball control by the Mustangs resulted in steals and lay-ins for the Timberwolves, and they soon had a 34-26 lead. Crane called a time-out at 6:32, and came out of it to battle back into the game. Tyler Opie scored, followed by Nyman and Arritola. The Mustangs started to rebound better on both ends of the court. Over the rest of the third period, and into the fourth quarter, the lead changed many times.
Midway through the final eight minutes, Triad tied the score, 53-53, and called a time-out. The Mustangs took the floor with possession of the ball and took control of the game’s outcome for good. Opie opened up the last four minutes with two points, then hit Arritola under the basket for four more. Landon gave Crane a 10-point lead with just over one minute remaining. Arritola found Matt Witzel wide open under the basket for two more, and Witzel connected on two free throws at the end of the game for the Mustang win, 69-55.
Arritola and Nyman scored in every quarter to keep the Mustangs in position to win. Arritola led Crane with 30 points, nine rebounds and eight assists. Nyman dropped in 22 points and grabbed nine defensive boards in the winning effort to extend his last year in the Mustangs uniform. Opie added seven points and eight rebounds, Witzel five points and eight boards. Landon had four points and Corbin Hammond one.
1 2 3 4 Final
Cra 14 12 19 24 69
Tri 12 16 13 14 55
1A and 3A state in Portland Feb. 22-23
By Randy Parks
The Crane Mustangs had five individual champions and racked up 245 points on their way to winning the team title at the 12-team 2A/1A District 4 tournament on Saturday, Feb. 16, at Crane Union High School.
The five champions, plus four runner-ups, qualified for the OSAA 2A/1A State Wrestling Tournament to be held in Portland Feb. 22-23.
Taking home gold medals for Crane were Dustin Ramge (106), Jake Clark (113), Andy Lamborn (120), Wyatt Clark (138) and Michael Casey (285).
W. Clark was also named the tournament’s Outstanding Wrestler.
Second-place finishes went to Austin Roath (126), Corey Jenkins (132), Justin Baldwin (170) and Clay Duckworth (182).
Hunter Davis (182) finished third, Joe Davis (170) and Amadeo Jones (120) placed fourth, and Tim Thomas (160) came in sixth.
Imbler placed second in the team standings with 157 points, followed by Heppner 156, Grant Union 100.5, Enterprise 92, Joseph 71, Irrigon 63, Union 55, Pine Eagle 46, Elgin 39, Adrian 15 and Wallowa 13.
Individual results for Crane are as follows:
106 — Ramge won by maj. dec. 8-0; won by fall (4:40).
113 — J. Clark won by fall (4:46); won by fall (1:40).
120 — Lamborn won by fall (1:27); won by fall (1:54); won by dec. 3-2.
120 — Jones lost by fall (1:37); won by fall (1:44); lost by dec. 19-13.
126 — Roath won by fall (5:43); lost by dec. 9-7 OT.
132 — Jenkins won by fall (:51); won by dec. 7-1; lost by maj. dec. 15-7.
132 — Colton Witzel lost by fall (1:02); lost by fall (1:00).
138 — W. Clark won by fall (2:59); won by fall (3:28) won by fall (2:37).
160 — Thomas won by dec. 9-6; lost by fall (1:13); lost by fall (:27); lost by fall (1:35).
170 — Baldwin won by fall (2:48); won by fall (1:25); lost by dec. 9-2.
170 — J. Davis lost by fall (2:54); won by fall (1:48); won by fall (1:22); lost by fall (4:15).
182 — Duckworth won by fall (:39); won by fall (2:59); lost by dec. 6-0.
182 — H. Davis won by fall (:16); lost by maj. dec. 10-0; won by fall (:26); won by fall (:59).
285 — Casey won by fall (1:52); won by fall (2:36).
The Burns Hilanders will send 10 wrestlers on to the OSAA 3A State Wrestling Tournament in Portland Feb. 22-23.
Burns placed fourth as a team with 177 points at the Special District 4 Tournament in Boardman on Saturday, Feb. 16.
Vale won the tournament with 269.5 points, Nyssa was second with 215 and Riverside third with 195.
The top three finishers in each weight class advance on to the state tournament, and Burns had three individual champions, three second-place finishes and four wrestlers place third.
The Hilanders’ Brennan Bailey won the 152-pound weight class, Seth Nonnenmacher took first at 160 and Matson Gahley was the 170-pound champion.
Finishing in second place were Tyson Nelsen (132), Peter Cain (145) and Jake White (182).
Third-place finishes went to Thomas Cain (126), Beau Blackburn (160), Scott Lovelady (182) and Jordan Daugherty (220).
Garrett Blackburn (152) and Austin Ryder (195) placed fourth, and Jack Van Tassel (126) and Zach Nelsen (138) came in sixth.
Crane Mustangs girls cemented their league championship on Thursday, Feb. 7, defeating the Jordan Valley Lady Mustangs 42-27. Crane ended their regular season with a 10-0 league record, 19-4 overall. This record includes a forfeit of their scheduled game at Huntington due to an injury and lack of players on the Locomotives’ team.
The Crane Mustangs boys varsity suffered a disappointing 51-44 loss to the visiting Jordan Valley Mustangs on Thursday, Feb. 7.
The Burns boys varsity basketball team took over sole possession of first place in the Eastern Oregon League (EOL) with wins over Vale and Riverside Friday and Saturday, Feb. 1-2.