by Randy Parks
Burns Times-Herald

Austin Roath (#30) follows his blockers for a big gain.

Austin Roath (#30) follows his blockers for a big gain.

The Crane Mustangs got their football season off to good start, scoring 32 points in the first quarter on their way to a 60-6 win over Echo on Friday, Sept. 5.

The Mustangs took control of the game from the outset as Travis Landon scored on a 50-yard run on the first offensive play of the season, and Austin Roath ran in the two-point conversion to put Crane up 8-0.

Crane upped the lead to 16-0 on their next possession when Roath broke through the defense for a 37-yard touchdown run, and then added the two-point conversion.

The Crane defense stopped the Cougars once again, and Dustin Ramge ran back the ensuing punt 60 yards for a score. David Steeves scored on the two-point conversion attempt, and Crane was up 24-0.

Echo cut the lead to 24-6 on a 55-yard touchdown pass, but that was as close as they would get the remainder of the game.

Following the kickoff, the Mustangs started at their own 46, and Landon broke loose once again, scoring from 54 yards out. Steeves tacked on the two-point conversion, and Crane led 32-6.

Crane boosted their lead to 38-6 on a 39-yard run by Roath to start the second quarter.

Roath scored his third touchdown of the game on a 10-yard run with about four-and-a-half minutes left in the first half, and Jack Bentz’s two-point conversion gave Crane a 46-6 lead at the break.

Echo received the second half kickoff, but could go nowhere, and turned over the ball on downs. The Mustangs picked up where they left off in the first half, putting together a six-play drive that ended with a 1-yard touchdown run by Steeves. Landon then ran in the two-point conversion.

Crane’s final score of the game came on a 7-yard run by Landon with 9:15 left on the clock.

The Mustangs rushed for 396 yards, led by Roath with 149 yards on 11 carries. Landon picked up 136 yards on six attempts, and Steeves finished with 66 yards on 10 carries.

The Crane defense held the Cougars to just 90 rushing yards and 55 yards through the air.


Echo        6      0     0      0       6

Crane     32    14     8      6     60


Crane travels to Moro to take on Sherman at 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12. The Huskies are coming off a 60-20 win over Powder Valley.

The Hilander squad pose for a photo after their performance on Aug. 13. Back row (L-R): Cailyn Wilber, Taylor Draper, Saleena Englestadter, Lizz Duhn, Daryn Williams, Alicia Howes, ShyAnne Perrite. Middle row (L-R): Summer Anderson, Hailey Sanders, Kendal Thompson, Ieasha Nelsen, Lexi Dickie, Nichole Biggs. Front: UCA coach Nadia Saetern. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

The Hilander squad pose for a photo after their performance on Aug. 13. Back row (L-R): Cailyn Wilber, Taylor Draper, Saleena Englestadter, Lizz Duhn, Daryn Williams, Alicia Howes, ShyAnne Perrite. Middle row (L-R): Summer Anderson, Hailey Sanders, Kendal Thompson, Ieasha Nelsen, Lexi Dickie, Nichole Biggs. Front: UCA coach Nadia Saetern. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

Cheerleaders for the 2014 football season attended a cheer camp Aug. 11-13 at Burns High School (BHS). The instructor for the camp was Nadia Saetern from the Universal Cheerleaders Association.

The three-day camp was capped off with a performance by the cheerleaders for family and friends.

Those participating in the camp were Alycia Howes, Cailyn Wilber, Cheyenne Valentine, Daryn Williams, Hailey Sanders, Ieasha Nelsen, Kendal Thompson, Lexi Dickie, Miranda Carpenter, Nichole Biggs, Saleena Englestadter, ShyAnne Perrite, Summer Anderson, Taylor Draper and Lizz Duhn.

Following the performance, Saetern announced the cheerleaders that reached All-American status by meeting certain criteria. They are Wilber, Sanders, Thompson, Draper and Duhn.

The coach for the BHS cheerleaders is Julie Burri.

Lightning causes long game delay

by Randy Parks
Burns Times-Herald

The Hilanders’ Seth Nonnenmacher takes the handoff from Seth Knox of Cascade Christian in the first half of the 62nd annual East-West All-Star game. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

The Hilanders’ Seth Nonnenmacher takes the handoff from Seth Knox of Cascade Christian in the first half of the 62nd annual East-West All-Star game. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

After a scoreless first half and a lengthy delay because of lightning, the West team scored twice in the second half, leading to a 15-6 win over the East in the 62nd annual East-West Shrine All-Star Football Game Saturday, Aug. 2, in Baker City.

Neither team could get much going in the first quarter, as the West’s two drives ended with interceptions by Rayce Houser of Grant Union and Ontario’s Jason Hauter, and the two drives by the East resulted in punts.

The East started their third drive of the game at their own 8-yard line. After picking up two first downs, Seth Nonnenmacher of Burns broke free for a 37-yard run, giving the East a first-and-10 at the West 32. The West defense held however, and the East went out on downs at the West 26.

Hauter stopped the  West’s next drive with his second interception of the game, and the East took over at their own 45.

The East ended up punting once again, and a 49-yard return by Gladstone’s Austin Galvin gave the west a first down at the East 46. With little time left on the clock, the West drove to the East 8-yard line, but a missed a 25-yard field goal attempt, keeping the game scoreless at half.

Following various halftime activities, a thunderstorm moved in over the stadium, prompting officials to delay the game for 20 minutes because of lightning in the area.

Several more lightning strikes, including one just outside Bulldog Stadium, forced more delays, making the halftime break more than two hours long.

The East’s first drive of the second half resulted in a punt once again, and more lightning forced another delay in the action.

Around 8:30 p.m., officials allowed the teams back on the field.

The West ended their drive with a punt, but the East could do no better, and ended up punting right back to the West after failing to pick up a first down.

The West finally put together a scoring drive, with Boomer Fleming of Ridgeview scoring from eight yards out with 12.9 seconds remaining in the third quarter. Dax Wilson of Harrisburg added the extra point and the West was up 7-0.

The East once again drove into West territory, only to turn the ball over on downs at the West 25.

The West drove inside the East’s 20-yard line on their next possession, but the East defense rose to the occasion and kept the West from adding to their lead.

The East’s drive ended with an interception by Ridgeview’s Coleman Aamodt, giving the West a first down at the East 37.

Fleming’s 32-yard run gave the West a first down at the 5-yard line, and Fleming then scored his second touchdown of the game with less than two minutes showing on the game clock.

Aaron Tedei of Seaside ran in the two-point conversion after a bad snap, and the West led 15-0.

The East showed they weren’t ready to call it a game, and came back with their own scoring drive, capped of by a 9-yard touchdown pass from Central’s Ben Finnegan to Michael Hussey of Ontario.

The East’s onside kick attempt was covered by the West, who then ran out the clock for the victory.

It was the fifth consecutive win for the West team, and gave them a 30-29-3 lead in the series.

Along with Nonnenmacher, Harney County was also represented in the game by Tyler Opie of Crane.

by Randy Parks
Burns Times-Herald

Chance Miller, of the Second Oregon team, finished third in the bronc riding competition at the Harney County Ranch Rodeo held  Saturday, July 12. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

Chance Miller, of the Second Oregon team, finished third in the bronc riding competition at the Harney County Ranch Rodeo held Saturday, July 12. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

Twenty-six teams competed for cash and prizes at the Harney County Ranch Rodeo on Saturday, July 12 at the Harney County Fairgrounds.

When it was all said and done, and the dust in the rodeo arena had settled, the Anipro team was the top team with 421.5 points.

Eiguren Ranch took second with 321 points, DeLong Ranches was third with 308.25 points, ZX Ranch fourth with 301.5 points and Over’N’Under fifth with 286.5 points.

The first place team members each took home $522.60 and their choice of a prize. Second place took home $435.50 per man and choice of prize. Third place $348.40 per man and choice of prize, fourth place $261.30 per man and choice of prize, and fifth place $174.20 per man.

Prizes for the winners included belt buckles made by Frontier Buckles, reins made by Dan Fowler, .22 pistols from B&B Sporting Goods, and cinches from Amy and Brett Davis.

The prize list for each event winner is as follows:

Team branding — Four Moremaker knives from B&B Sporting Goods and engraved by Dally Zander;

Big horn cow roping — Split ear headstalls made by Brad Mastre;

Saddle bronc riding — One set of stirrups from Johnny Miller;

Ranch doctoring — Vests from Round Barn Visitors Center

Trailer loading — Four ropes from Anderson Valley Supply;

Horse roping — Scrimshaw knives from Michelle Severe.

The top three finishers in each event are as follows:

Team branding — First, Shining Cross (Skip Sam, Will Knight, Nathan Kelley Sr., Gene Curtis); Second, Eiguren Ranch (Richard Eiguren, Mike Eiguren, Tao Mausterjuan, Matt Mori); Third, Under the Table Gang (Todd Carson, Willie Stoddart, John Opie, Charlie Smit).

Big horn roping — First, Anipro (Doug Rutan, Dana Rutan, Zach Duferina, Mark Fillmore); Second, Wild Bunch (Wyatt Clark, Wit Roath, Mike Smit, Jacob Brennan); Third, Plush Gang (Terry Cahill, Reid Martinez, Hezzie McGarva, Luke Baughmeister).

Saddle bronc — First, High Desert Ranches (Brady Haigh); Second, Wild Bunch (Wyatt Clark); Third, Second Oregon (Chance Miller).

Ranch doctoring — First, Over 40 + Jake (Jeremy Clark, James Norris, Jake Clark, Keith Baltzor); Second, Anipro; Third, ZX Ranch (Jade Cooper, Frank Dominguez, Chance Peila, Cleave Anseth).

Trailer loading — First, Riverside Ranch (Justin Jacobs, Jason Stewart, Shawn Morehouse, Mike Pendergrass); Second, Anipro; Third, ZX Ranch.

Horse roping — First, DeLong Ranches (DW Fowler, Jim Filipini, George Barton, Frank Bengoa); Second, Eiguren Ranch; Third, Over’N’Under (Ross Defenbaugh, Alex Defenbaugh, Gene Northrup, Todd Weagant).

The Burns Hilander volleyball and football teams will be holding camps this August.

The Hilander volleyball camp, for grades K-8, will be held Aug. 4-7 at Burns High School.

The camp for grades K-4 will be held from 8:30 to 11 a.m. each day, and will be concentrating on fundamentals of volleyball, as well as game playing.

The camp for grades 5-8 will be held from noon to 3 p.m. each day. Grades 5-6 will be working on fundamentals, as well as some rotations. Grades 7-8 will be working on fundamentals, as well as more advanced offenses and defenses.

All participants are asked to wear street shoes and change into gym shoes at the site, and each camper must complete a registration form signed by parent or guardian.

Cost for the camp is $35, and checks may be made payable to Burns High School Volleyball.

The football conditioning camp, for grades 7-12, will be held 5:30-7:30 p.m. Aug. 11-14 at Burns High School.

Cost for the camp is $35.

Registration forms for both the volleyball and football camps are available at the High Desert Swimming Pool.

Harney County High School Rodeo Team members (L-R) Trey Recanzone, Quinton Nyman, Tyler Opie and Hunter Davis. (Submitted photo)

Harney County High School Rodeo Team members (L-R) Trey Recanzone, Quinton Nyman, Tyler Opie and Hunter Davis. (Submitted photo)

The Oregon High School Rodeo Association held their state finals in Prineville June 12-14.  The top 20 contestants in each rodeo event competed for state titles and the opportunity to compete in the Silver State Invitational rodeo in Winnemucca, Nev., and the National High School Finals rodeo held in Rock Springs, Wyo.

Four members of the Harney County High School Rodeo club competed in the Oregon State Finals Rodeo. Hunter Davis competed in the rifle shooting and saddle bronc riding, Tyler Opie competed in the tie down roping, steer wrestling, and team roping, Quinton Nyman competed in the rifle shooting and team roping, and Trey Recanzone competed in the tie down roping and team roping.

In the three rodeo rounds of competition at the state finals rodeo, Opie placed first in the first round, third in the third round, and fourth in the rodeo average in the steer wrestling.  Recanzone took third in the first round of the team roping, and placed first in the rodeo average of the tie down roping by finishing second in the first round, third in the second round, and second in the third round.

Points earned during the state finals rodeo were combined with points earned at the preliminary rodeos to determine overall state placing. Davis placed second in the rifle shooting and fifth in the saddle bronc riding. Opie finished third in the steer wrestling, 12th in the tie down roping, and 14th in the team roping. Nyman placed 14th in the team roping. Recanzone placed fifth in the calf roping and ninth in the team roping.

Opie will be competing in the steer wrestling, Recanzone will be competing in the tie down calf roping, and Davis in the rifle shooting at the National High School Finals rodeo in Rock Springs, Wyo., in July.

All four of the competitors earned the opportunity to compete in the Silver State Invitational Rodeo in Winnemucca, Nev., also in July.

Opie and Nyman were awarded renewable senior scholarships in the amounts of $1,600 and $1,200, thanks to the generosity of the Jon Bowerman High School Academic Scholarship Foundation.

Youth basketball camp

Posted on June 11th in Sports

Hilander Basketball Camp, for boys and girls in incoming grades kindergarten through eighth, will be held June 23-26 at Burns High School.

The camp for grades K-3 will be held from 9 a.m. to noon each day, and grades 4-8 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The cost for the entire camp for all grades is $40, and that includes a basketball. Checks may be made payable to Hilander Basketball Camp.

Each camper must wear basketball shoes on the gym floor, and shorts and T-shirts are required.

Registration forms are available at the Hines Middle School office, or kids may register the first day of camp at the following times: Monday, June 23, at 8:30 a.m. for morning session or 12:30 p.m. for the afternoon session.

For more information, contact Ted Aubin at 541-573-2044.

Seven Hilanders receive All-League honors

Randy Parks
Burns Times-Herald

Horizon Christian scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to pull out a 7-6 win over Burns in the first round of the OSAA Class 3A state baseball playoffs on Wednesday, May 28.

The Hilanders jumped on the No. 3-ranked Hawks early, scoring four runs in the second inning.

Each team scored a run in the fourth, and Horizon Christian cut the lead to 5-3 with a pair of runs in the fifth.

The Hawks pushed another run across in the sixth, making it a one-run ball game.

Burns went back up by two, scoring a run in the top of the seventh.

In their final at-bat, the Hawks loaded the bases, scored a run when the next batter was hit by a pitch, and then ended the game with a two-run double.

“This was a very difficult loss. The kids played their hearts out, which makes it that much tougher when you lose,” Burns coach Kevin Feist said.

“We had the lead the entire game until they hit a two-run walk-off double to win the game in the bottom of the seventh inning.

“We were so close to winning the game and moving on to the next round of the playoffs, however, you have to give credit to Horizon Christian for stepping up and getting the job done when they had to.

“Not a lot of people probably expected us to beat the No. 3-ranked team in the state, but the guys believed they could and they almost pulled off a big upset.”

Austin Feist had two hits and an RBI for Burns, and Ty Reid collected two hits, including a double, and scored twice. Ty Hueckman doubled and drove in a run, and Garrett Blackburn had one hit and an RBI.

Logan Bailey got the start for Burns and surrendered three earned runs on six hits while striking out three and walking three over 5 1/3 innings.

Hueckman came on in relief and took the loss by giving up three runs on four hits with one strike out.

The Hilanders finished the season with a 15-12 overall record.

“After the sting of a tough loss like this wears off a little, you have to look at the big picture and be proud of the accomplishments this season,” Feist said. “We were a very young team, however, we managed to place second in the Eastern Oregon league, and secure an eighth straight appearance in the 3A state playoffs for the Burns Hilanders baseball program. These guys have a lot to be proud of.”

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Following the victory over Burns, Horizon Christian downed Pleasant Hill 12-5 in the quarterfinals Friday, May 30.


Seven members of the Burns baseball team received post-season honors, being named to Eastern Oregon League All-League teams.

Receiving first team recognition were Logan Bailey, pitcher, infielders Austin Feist and Ty Hueckman, and outfielder Ty Reid.

Named to the second team was outfielder Trace Tiller.

Receiving honorable mention were Hueckman, pitcher, Boyd Vinson, catcher, and infielder Garrett Blackburn. 

The complete Eastern Oregon League Baseball All-League selections are as follows:


1st Team: Bryce Linker, Stanfield/Echo, Senior; Andrew Weber, Vale, Junior; Logan Bailey, Burns, Senior

2nd Team: Andruw Clark, Nyssa, Junior; Christian Rodriguez, Vale, Junior; Dylan Grogan, Stanfield/Echo, Freshman

 Honorable Mention: Ty Hueckman, Burns, Sophomore; Anthony Hansen, Nyssa, Senior; Dalton Conant, Nyssa, Senior; Arik Corpus, Riverside, Senior


1st Team: Andrew Weber, Vale, Junior

2nd Team: Devin Sather, Stanfield/Echo, Senior

Honorable Mention: Boyd Vinson, Burns, Sophomore; Jose Salgado, Riverside, Junior; Jordan Vermillion, Elgin/Imbler, Junior

First base

1st Team: Anthony Hansen, Nyssa, Junior; Lane Turner, Vale, Senior

2nd Team: Reed Graves, Elgin/Imbler, Junior

Honorable Mention: Ryan Bailey, Stanfield/Echo, Freshman; Abel Rodelo, Riverside, Junior


1st Team: Bryce Linker, Stanfield/Echo, Senior; Austin Feist, Burns, Junior; Ty Hueckman, Burns, Sophomore; Andruw Clark, Nyssa, Junior

2nd Team: Dylan Grogan, Stanfield/Echo, Freshman; Dalton Conant, Nyssa, Senior; Gavin Christenson, Elgin/Imbler, Sophomore; Colton Friend, Vale, Senior

Honorable Mention: Casey Furgerson, Elgin/Imbler, Senior; Garrett Blackburn, Burns, Junior; Josh Buchholz, Nyssa, Sophomore; Tony Flores, Stanfield/Echo, Freshman


1st Team: Ty Reid, Burns, Sophomore; Thyler Monkus, Stanfield/Echo, Freshman; Josh Schoorl, Vale, Junior

2nd Team: JP Martinez, Nyssa, Freshman; Trace Tiller, Burns, Sophomore; Anu Kanoho, Elgin/Imbler, Sophomore

Honorable Mention: Andrew McLaughlin, Vale, Senior; Jaydon McKay, Elgin/Imbler, Sophomore; Lane Cummings, Vale, Junior

Utility Player/Designated Hitter

1st Team: Austin Castro, Nyssa, Senior

2nd Team: Joe Griffin, Elgin/Imbler, Junior

Honorable Mention: Tyson Aldred, Vale, Senior; Wayne Killion, Riverside, Sophomore

Player of the Year

Bryce Linker, Stanfield/Echo, Senior

Coach of the Year

Bryan Johnson, Stanfield

Crane athletes place at 1A state meet

by Randy Parks
Burns Times-Herald

The Burns Hilanders’ Catherine Clemens and Seth Nonnenmacher returned home as state champions from the 2014 Oregon Class 3A boys and girls track and field state championships held May 22-23 at Hayward Field in Eugene.

Clemens won the gold medal in the high jump with a leap of five feet, three inches, and Nonnenmacher placed first in the javelin with a throw of 190 feet, 11 inches.

The Burns girls track team tied for eighth in the team standings with 29 points.

The Hilanders’ Madelyn Gunderson placed second in the 400 meters (59.87) and seventh in the 200 meters (26.87).

Clemens placed fourth in the 400 with a time of 1:01.03.

Madison Winn came in seventh in the 1500 meters with a time of 5:07.48.

The Burns 4×100 relay team of Emma Winn, Gunderson, M. Winn and Clemens placed seventh with a time of 51.21, and the 4×400 relay team of E. Winn, Clemens, Megan Lee and Gunderson finished 10th (4:21.36).

Valley Catholic won the girls team title with 73 points. Vale was a close second with 65 points, and Westside Christian came in third with 45 points.

The Burns boys track team finished with 12 points and placed 22nd out of the 33 teams represented at the state meet.

The Hilanders’ Jeff Davies placed seventh in the 300 meter hurdles (43.54) and 10th in the high jump (5-08).

Nonnenmacher came in ninth in the discus (115-10), and Brandon Bingham placed 10th in the 3000 meters (10:10.60).

Scott Davies (400m) and Chase Patterson (high jump) also competed, but failed to place.

Nyssa was crowned the team champion, finishing with 65 points. Valley Catholic came in second with 55 points, and Creswell was third with 45 points.


The Oregon Class 1A state track and field championships were held May 22-23 at Hayward Field in Eugene, and all three Crane Mustangs that competed placed in their events.

The Mustangs’ Amanda Casey took fifth in the pole vault (8-09) and seventh in the 300 meter hurdles (51.50), earning six points for Crane and a 28th-place finish in the team standings.

Condon/Wheeler won the girls team title with 65.5 points, followed by Imler with 59 and South Wasco County with 37 points.

For the Crane boys team, Andy Lamborn placed seventh in the 3000 meters (10:12.09), and Austin Roath finished seventh in the 300 meter hurdles (45.21).

With four points, the Mustangs placed 34th in the team standings.

The boys meet was won by Adrian with 58 points. Southwest Christian was second with 48 points, and Lowell third with 44 points.

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.

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