by Carole Kelley
The Rainier Columbians scored 167 points to win the team title at the nine-team Clatskanie Winter Wrestling Tournament held at Clatskanie Middle/High School on Saturday, Dec. 29.
The Columbians also won the mat rolling competition with a time of 6.5 seconds.
Finishing in second place was Gervais with 152 points, followed by Vernonia, 125, Knappa, 115.5, Scappoose JV, 92.5, Corbett, 91.5, Neah-Kah-Nie, 83.5, Warrenton, 59 and Clatskanie, 35.
Individual champions for the Columbians were Justice Larson (113 pounds) Trevor LeFebvre (120), Garrett Dees (195) and Jesse Hutchins (285).
Finishing in second place for Rainier were Emmett Earlywine (106) and Dorian Graff (182).
Third place finishers for the Columbians were Oliver Bolden (145), Tyson Lorentson (182), and Evan Gleaves (220).
Jason Larson (220), and Derek Clark (170) both finished in fourth place while Jeremiah Serna finished sixth at 138 pounds.
Rainier travels to Kelso on Saturday, Jan. 12, for a tournament scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. The Columbians open dual meet league action at home on Wednesday, Jan. 16, beginning at 4 p.m.
With over 30 points in each game, Tyler Johnson led the Clatskanie Tigers to victory twice recently, when Clatskanie defeated Portland Adventist Academy (PAA) 66-61 on Thursday, Dec. 20, and Corbett 64-55 on Saturday, Dec. 22.
The Tigers held onto narrow leads at the end of each quarter against PAA, with a score of 15-14 at the first and 28-24 at the half. The third ended 45-40 Tigers, and the victory was sealed 66-61 in the fourth.
“It was a big win for us. To go into their place, handle their pressure, and come away with the win,” said Coach Jim Engen.
Johnson made 32 points against PAA, along with 10 rebounds and three assists. Kyle Sharek had 14 points, three assists and two steals. Senior post Travis Griffiths added five points and five rebounds.
Coach Engen noted, “Our posts played extremely tough inside.” He mentioned Griffiths, Jordan Knutson, Morgan Keyser and Justin Krotzer.
“The last couple of games we have not played very well in the fourth quarter. To see them come out and be aggressive all the way through the game was huge. Our league is very tough. We need to have this kind of effort every night.” stated Coach Engen.
Johnson scored 37 points against Corbett on Clatskanie’s court, Dec. 22. He also had 13 rebounds.
Describing the ups and downs of the game, Coach Engen said “We came out and played well in the first quarter. Then stunk up the floor in the second and third. Then played well enough to win in the fourth. It wasn’t very pretty, but a win is a win.”
The Tigers led 22-9 at the end of the first quarter then fell behind 30-31 at the half, scoring only eight points in the second quarter. They continued to fall behind in the third quarter, which ended 43-47. The Tigers then outscored Corbett 21-8 in the fourth quarter to win 64-55.
Colten Puzey had nine points and six rebounds, Sharek added four points, six assists and two steals. Keyser had four steals, two assists and took a charge. “Morgan (Keyser) played very well defensively. His leadership makes a difference,” said Coach Engen.
The Clatskanie High School (CHS) Tiger boys’ basketball team won one and lost one at the Cougar Classic tournament in Gervais Thursday and Friday, Dec. 27 and 28.
With only eight players dressed down, the Tigers came out hard to lead 41-31 at the end of the first half, but lost momentum in the third quarter, hanging onto a 50-49 lead. In the end CHS fell to Gaston 68-69.
Tyler Johnson made 27 points for CHS plus 15 rebounds. Kyle Sharek had 19 points, four rebounds and three steals. Colten Puzey scored 10 points and Shaine Warren added five points and six rebounds.
Playing Gervais in their second game of the tournament, the Tigers came back with a 67-38 win.
CHS led 14-7 at the end of the first quarter and 22-15 at the half. They pulled further ahead in the third for a 44-29 lead before widening the margin even more in the final quarter.
Coach Jim Engen credited the Tigers’ defensive play for holding Gervais to single digits for three out of four quarters.
Johnson continued to lead the Tigers in scoring with 21 points, five steals and seven rebounds. Sharek had 12 points and Morgan Keyser made 10 points and grabbed five rebounds. Puzey added eight points and eight rebounds.
“Its hard to play the morning game on the second day of a tourney. It was pretty dead at the start of the game.” Coach Engen said, “After a slow first half, we really came out and got after them.”
Johnson was named to the “All Tourney” team.
CHS travels to Knappa on Wednesday, Jan. 2, for their first game of 2013 at 5:30 p.m. Game time for the varsity girls at Knappa was 2:30 p.m. with the JV girls playing at 1 p.m, and the JV boys at 4 p.m.
Rainier High School boys swim team member Jade Feigert broke a Briarcliff Pool record in the 100-meter freestyle with a time of 49.67 at the Dec. 21st Rainier Invitational swim meet. The previous record was held by Chris Fantz since 1995.
The Columbians hosted teams from Scappoose, Valley Catholic, Tillamook, Madras, Newport.
Valley Catholic girls placed first while the Rainier girls finished in sixth place. The Madras boys placed first while Rainier took second.
Other Rainier swimmers included the following.
Girls 200-meter medley relay A team: Rainier, 6th, 2:34.74. Swimmers were Jessey Dilley, backstroke; Acoya Windor-Moran, breaststroke; Alya Womack, butterfly, and Darrian Ragsdale, freestyle.
Boys 200-meter medley relay A team: Rainier, 2nd, 1:51.76. Swimmers were Nik Griffith, backstroke; Tyson Griffith, breaststroke; Jade Feigert, butterfly, and Jeremiah Kramberg, freestyle.
Boys 200-meter medley relay B team: Rainier, 6th, 2:10.15. Swimmers were Cody Gollihugh, backstroke; Brian Guisinger, breaststroke; Carson Nicklous, butterfly, and Tristan Barnes, freestyle.
Boys 200-meter freestyle: Thomas Tompkins, 7th, 2:17.93; Larry Wallin, 12th, 2:37.19.
Girls 200-meter individual medley: Womack, 7th, 3:06.89; Dilley, 9th, 3:22.28.
Boys 200-meter individual medley: Nathan Soule, 6th, 2:38.57; Guisinger, 12th, 2:58.55.
Girls 50-meter freestyle: Ragsdale, 11th, 34.80.
Boys 50-meter freestyle: Feigert 1st, 22.87; Nicklous, 10th, 28.06; Barnes, 11th, 28.43.
Boys 100-meter butterfly: Soule, 8th, 1:12.56; Nicklous, 12th, 1:28.16.
Girls 100-meter freestyle: Windor-Moran, 14th, 1:17.60; Dilley, 17th, 1:21.08.
Boys 100-meter freestyle: Feigert, 1st, 49.67; N. Griffith, 5th, 58.17; T. Griffith, 6th, 59.25.
Boys 500-meter freestyle: Wallin, 8th, 7:45.01; Nick Auvil, 9th, 7:54.96.
Girls 200-meter freestyle relay A team: Rainier, 7th, 2:17.36. Swimmers were Windor-Moran, Bruna Moreno, Sarah Probasco and Ragsdale.
Boys 200-meter freestyle relay A team: Rainier, 2nd, 1:39.94. Swimmers were Kramberg, T. Tompkins, T. Griffith and Feigert.
Boys 200-meter freestyle relay B team: Rainier, 6th, 1:52.52. Swimmers were Soule, Gollihugh, Nicklous and Barnes.
Girls 100-meter backstroke: Womack, 6th, 1:27.34.
Boys 100-meter backstroke: N. Griffith, 5th, 1:08.30; Gollihugh, 8th, 1:14.32; Jared Thomas, 11th, 1:39.97.
Girls 100-meter breaststroke: Windor-Moran, 8th, 1:35.51.
Boys 100-meter breaststroke: T. Griffith, 4th, 1:14.28; T. Tompkins, 6th, 1:21.23; Sean Rosian, 9th, 1:29.44.
Girls 400-meter freestyle relay A team: Rainier, 7th, 5:14.51. Swimmers were Ragsdale, Moreno, Dilley and Womack.
Boys 400-meter freestyle relay A team: Rainier, 3rd, 4:04.45. Swimmers were Kramberg, Soule, N. Griffith and T. Tompkins.
Boys 400-meter freestyle relay B team: Rainier, 9th, 4:52.88. Swimmers were Wallin, Colby Elbert, Rosian and J. Thomas.
Clatskanie youth basketball signups for kindergarten through fourth grade will be held this Saturday, Jan. 5, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the “old” gym at Clatskanie Elementary School.
There will be “open gym” time during signups for youth to play on the basketball court.
For those interested in coaching, there will be a meeting on Thursday, Jan. 3, at 7 p.m., at Fultano’s Pizza Parlor.
Questions may be directed to Christy Davis at 503 728-2281.