29 February 2012 by Published in: Sports No comments yet

Columbian Boys Win Opening Round;  Take on PAA in State Quarterfinals

Rainier varsity boys basketball team topped Creswell 74-63 on Saturday, Feb. 25, in the first round of the Oregon School Activities Association (OSAA) 3A U.S. Bank/Les Schwab Tires state championship playoffs. they now move on to a quarterfinal game scheduled later this week.

The Columbians will face Portland Adventist Academyin a game that will be played at Marshfield High School in Coos Bay on Thursday, March 1, at 6:30 p.m.

Rainier had an upbeat start, scoring 25 points in the first quarter of the game against Creswell. Columbian Brad Tripp netted 14 points in the opening action.

The initial outburst gave Rainier the early lead which they increased to 36-16 at halftime.

“The whole first half, especially on the defensive end, was great,” said Rainier head coach Joe Neill.

Creswell fought back in the second half with some  three-point shots. Aided by Rainier turnovers the Bulldogs carved down the Columbian lead, but not enough to take control of the game. rainier held on for the 74-63 win.

Brad Tripp bagged a total of 30 points for the game.

Other Rainier scoring players included: Marshall Dean, 14; Ethan McGlone, 10; Erik Sutfin, nine; Sala Clark, four; Cody Gellatly, four; Jordan Brittain two, and Marty Gray, two.

The winner of the quarterfinal game moves on to the semifinals on March 2. The loser moves into the consolation bracket.

For more information visit www.osaa.org/basketball.


Rainier Wrestling Places Three at State Tourney

by Carole Kelley

Chief Correspondent

The Rainier Columbians came away with an 11th place team finish and three individual place winners from the Oregon School Activities Association (OSAA)/ U.S Bank/Les Schwab Tires 3A State Wrestling Championships, held at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Portland on Feb. 24 and 25.

Rainier senior CJ Osterman won his 285-pound semifinal match in triple overtime to advance to Saturday’s championship finals. Osterman lost a 1-0 decision to Grant Union’s Jake Batease to finish second.

Columbian junior Sean Shipley also won a close semifinal match by a 5-4 decision to advance to the championship finals. Shipley lost a 6-2 decision to Jacob White of Burns to also finish second.

Rainier junior Evan Gleaves picked up two forfeits and won two wrestled matches to bring home the fifth place medal at 220 pounds.

Other Columbians competing at the state tournament were Brandyn Aberle, 120 pounds, Ty Schmunk, 132, Tyler Coulter, 132, William Rose, 160, Dorian Graff, 170, Tyson Lorentson, 170 and Charlie Vestal, 182.

Nyssa won the 3A team title with 171 points, followed by Willamina, 165, Glide, 143.5 and Dayton, 125. Rainier scored 49 points in their 11th place finish.


Rainier Girls Top St. Mary’s; Move to State Quarterfinals

Rainier girls varsity basketball team will move on to the quarterfinals of the Oregon School Activities Association (OSAA) U.S. Bank/Les Swchab Tires 3A State Baskeball Championships after defeating St. Mary’s 57-46 in the first round of state competition. The game was played at Rainier on Saturday, Feb. 25.

The win sets the Lady Columbians up to face Nyssa High School in a game that will be played at North Bend High School, near Coos Bay, on Thursday, March 1, at 3:15 p.m. Nyssa defeated Portland Adventist Academy on Feb. 24, to earn their spot in the quarterfinals.

Saturday’s game saw Rainier take an early lead, ending the first quarter ahead 12-7. St. Mary’s pulled ahead in the second scoring 20 to the Lady Columbians’ 13.

The Lady Crusaders held their two-point lead through the third quarter when both teams added eight points to their score.

In the fourth quarter, Emily Alvarez scored two free throws giving Rainier a 48-46 lead with 2:45 left on the clock, and the Lady Columbians finished the game with a nine-point run, outscoring St. Mary’s 24-11 in the quarter and securing the 57-46 win.

Kaylea Knox led the Lady Columbians scoring a game-high 24 points, 12 of which were scored in the fourth quarter.

Other Rainier scorers were Kylee Crape with 13 points, seven rebounds and two steals; Geneva Clark with seven points; Aubree Coffman with six points. Jaden Thurston scored four points; Jenny Westlund scored two points and Lacey Brazille had one point.

The winner of the quarterfinal match on March 1 will move on to the semi-finals, while the loser will move into a consolation bracket to fight for fourth place.


Tiger Wrestlers Compete at State

Clatskanie High School sent four wrestlers to the Oergon School Activities Association (OSAA)/ U.S. Bank/Les Schwab Tires 3A state wrestling championships at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Portland, Feb. 24 and 25.

Trevor Lefevbre, wrestling at 106 pounds, lost his first match to Coty Brown of Willamina, the eventual second place finisher. Lefebvre then faced Jake Suttles of Harrisburg to win an 11-1 decision. He lost his third match by fall to Gilberto Silva of Riverside.

Chris Puckett wrestled at 152 pounds, losing to TJ Hugley from Illinois Valley 10-1, then Matson Gahley from Burns by fall.

David Adkinson, 182 pounds, lost to Loren Traw from Harrisburg by fall and Cody Wilcox from Vale, 4-1.

Jacob Wemmer, wrestling at 285 pounds, lost to Christian Houston from Waldport by fall, and to Kye Yraguen from Vale, 5-1.

Tiger Head Coach Philip White said, “I want to say what a great job these wrestlers did representing Clatskanie throughout the season.”


KHS Girls Drop from State Playoffs

The Knappa High School Lady Loggers varsity basketball team lost in the first round of the Oregon School Activities Association (OSAA)/U.S. Bank/Les Schwab Tires 2A state championships.

The girls were defeated by Riddle High School 61-47 on Friday, Feb. 24, in a game played at Riddle.

The loss drops the Knappa girls from further championship action.

Riddle moved on to a quarterfinal game against Enterprise, Wednesday, Feb. 29, at the Pendleton Convention Center.


Johnson Logging Holds BB Lead

Johnson Logging held on to the lead after the 24th week of play in the Bowling Bags women’s bowling league.

Games bowled Feb. 22 saw Flowers ‘n Fluff top Bling Gals 4-0, Johnson Logging cut Colvin’s Pub and Grill 3-1, WestMart beat Split Enz 3-1 and Salisbury and Callahan split 2-2 with West Columbia Realty. Clatskanie Mini Mart had a bye this round.

Crystal Boothe bowled the highest game, 194, while Sam Brandt bowled the highest series, 494.

Team standings are:

Team Won Lost

Johnson Logging 24 8

WestMart 23 9


Mini Mart 21 11

Colvins Pub

and Grill 17 15

West Columbia

Realty 17 15

Split Enz 16 16

Flowers ‘n

Fluff 15 17

Salisbury and

Callahan 11 21

Bling Gals 11 21

Scores by team were:

Flowers ‘n Fluff: Clella Johnson, 480; Gloria Crape, 476; Hope McGill, 446; vacancy, 360.

Bling Gals: Colleen Wilson, 347; Vickie Kazeck, 309; vacancy, 360; vacancy, 360.

Johnson Logging: Bev Turner, 289; Earla Johnson, 413; Lisa Roman, 401; Melody Jacobson, 472.

Colvin’s Pub and Grill: Melissa Greer, 345; Toni Davidson, 371; Darlene Brown, 469.

WestMart: Gloryann Brace, 465; Sam Brandt, 494; Melissa Hughes, 474; Alice Lindahl, 322.

Split Enz: Laura Jenkins, 396; Brenda Cottrell, 297; Mary Wheeler, 345; Julie Moore, 427.

Salisbury and Callahan: Laura Laytham, 399; Norma Mitchell, 353; Rachel Borland, 264; Millie Bunnell, 334.

West Columbia Realty: Crystal Boothe, 448; Ellen Spaulding, 297; Jenny Warren, 355; vacancy, 360.

Clatskanie Mini Mart: Katrina Kynsi, 419; Gloria Ahrens, 414; Diane Grumbois, 413; Wilma Sartin, 465.


Rainier Music Students Receive District Honors

Rainier Junior/Senior High School (RJSHS) music students earned nine “superior” and three “excellent” ratings for 12 entries in the district contest held Feb. 25 at Tillamook High School.

District winners that advance to the state competition include RJSHS students Emy Seybert, soprano voice; Cody Hancock, guitar and Nick Clark in the categories of baritone voice, clarinet and bassoon.

RJSHS entered two ensembles in the contest, both which received a “superior” rating: Emy Seybert and Nick Clark for vocal duet, and a vocal ensemble comprised of 13 students grades 7-12.

Other “superior” ratings went to Rosa Dale-Moore for cello and Shianne Clark, mezzo soprano vocalist.

“Excellent” ratings were awarded to Jessey Dilley, flute; Cody Hancock, baritone horn; Angela Posch, timpani.


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