by Adam J. Wehrley
Breaking a 34-34 tie in the last second of play, Clatskanie High School (CHS) guard German George sunk a hook shot to seal a 36-34 victory over the Rainier High School (RHS) Columbians in the first round of the Lewis and Clark League boys’ basketball playoffs, Tuesday night, Feb. 13.
The Tigers led from the first basket until Rainer tied up the game 25-25 near the end of the third quarter.
CHS took a 14-5 lead in the first quarter, but Rainier fought back to a one-point game in the second. The half ended 20-17, Clatskanie.
In the third quarter, Rainier came back, tied the game at 25-25, then took a three-point lead. CHS answered, but the quarter ended with a 27-28 Rainier lead.
The teams traded fouls and free throws throughout the fourth quarter, exchanging the lead several times. A Rainier field goal with 27 seconds on the clock tied the game 34 all.
Tyler Johnson went for a three with two seconds left. George got the rebound and in the last second hooked the ball in for the victory, which takes Clatskanie to the next round of playoffs.
The Tiger fans rushed the court to congratulate the team.
Tyler Johnson led the Tigers in scoring with nine points and nine rebounds. Sharek contributed seven points and four rebounds. George made six points, seven rebounds and two steals. Morgan Keyser added five points, six rebounds and two steals.
“It was a great playoff atmosphere, great crowd on both sides, makes it fun to be apart of a game like this.” said Coach Jim Engen. “Every point was a battle. It was only fitting it came down to the last second.” he added.
“Kyle Sharek made two real big free throws with a minute left. At the other end, we rebounded their miss. Called timeout with around 44 seconds. They made a great play on the inbounds for a turnover. Drew up a play for Jeff Tripp to score with 27 seconds left.” Coach Engen related, regarding the tense closing minute of the game. “We had a play ready to run, so as time ran out they did a great job of pushing us out. Tyler was forced to shoot a contested three-pointer. German did an awesome job of setting up in key, rebounded the ball and put it back as time ran out. Incredible!” Coach Engen concluded.
“Morgan played a very good game. Travis’ (Griffiths) defense was huge. Kyle did a great job of controlling the game. German played his best all-around game of the year. Plus, he made the last shot. That makes him awesome!” Engen added.
Clatskanie will play at Oregon Episcopal School on Thursday to determine the fourth place in the Lewis and Clark League and the final berth in the State playoffs.
Feb. 7th Loss to Top Ranked Valley Catholic
The Tigers fell 37-60 to top-ranked Valley Catholic on Thursday, Feb. 7, in the final game of the regular season to end with a 8-8 league record.
Colten Puzey led the Tigers in scoring with 11 points, six rebounds and three steals. Johnson made nine points, Sharek added seven and six rebounds. Griffiths contributed five.
“We played a very good first half. Our intensity was high and execution good,” stated Coach Engen. “Unfortunately, the game is two halves. We came flat out in the second and just ran out of gas. We have been sick and injured. Still, we needed to play better.”
“I thought Travis played unbelievable defensively against their all-stater. With help from Morgan Keyser and German George he had a tough go against us.” noted Engen.
Rainier Girls Finish League Play with Wins
Rainier girls varsity basketball team captured second place in the Lewis and Clark League Feb. 5 with a close 48-46 victory over Warrenton.
Kaylea Knox led the Lady Columbians with 22 points, six rebounds and six assists. Jaden Thurston added eight points, while Kylee Crape had six points, nine rebounds and three blocked shots.
“This was another big game,” said Coach Doug Knox. “It was close most all of the game. We made the plays we needed to down the stretch and made our free throws especially in the fourth quarter. We’ve had our backs against the wall the last three games, not having to win but certainly needing to win to put ourselves in a good position for our district tournament. We responded with three wins over top teams in our league and state.
Rainier Girls Overwhelm Catlin Gabel
The Rainier girls sailed to an easy victory Feb. 7 over Catlin Gabel, 55-25.
Jaden Thurston led in scoring with 18 points, while Kylee Crape had 17 points and 13 rebounds. Kaylea Knox added eight points with six assists and four steals, and Jenny Westlund had seven points and five rebounds.
“This was a nice way to wrap up our league season,” said Knox. “We started off a little slow but built our lead in each quarter. I was really pleased with the game that Jaden and Kylee had. Catlin tried to limit Kaylea by not letting her touch the ball. Jaden and Kylee responded with big games for both of them. Jenny had a good solid game off the bench and continues to improve and be a threat offensively and defensively.”
The Lady Columbians finished league play with a record of 20-4 for the season, 13-3 in league.
JV Girls Beat OES
In action during the past week, the junior varsity Rainier girls defeated Oregon Episcopal School, 36-30.
Brandy Thurston led the effort with 18 points.
The Rainier JV’s ended the season with a 14-3 record.
Two Rainier High School swimmers and three boys relay teams earned the right to compete in the state meet as a result of their performances at the district meet Feb. 8 and 9 at the Astoria Aquatic Center.
Teams competing, in addition to Rainier, were Taft, Scappoose, Astoria, Tillamook, Seaside and Newport.
Rainier boys placed second as a team at the district meet, while the girls placed seventh.
Team scores for the boys were: Newport 216, Rainier 212, Seaside 210, Tillamook 205, Astoria 159, Scappoose 100, Taft 95.
Girls team scores were: Taft 227, Tillamook 210, Astoria 184, Scappoose 184, Seaside 183, Newport 150 and Rainier 28.
Competing for Rainier at the state swim meet this Friday and Saturday, Feb. 15 and 16, at Mt. Hood Community College aquatic center in Gresham will be Jade Feigert in the 50 and 100 freestyle, and Tyson Griffith in the 100 breaststroke.
Also competing at the state meet will be the Rainier boys 200 yard medley relay (Feigert, T. Griffith, Nathan Soule, Nik Griffith); the boys 200 yard freestyle relay (Jeremiah Kramberg, T. Griffith, Feigert, N. Griffith), and the boys 400 yard freestyle relay (Kramberg, Soule, Thomas Tompkins, N. Griffith).
Rainier placings and times for the district meet were:
Boys 200 Yard Medley Relay A: 2nd, 1:52.34. Feigert, backstroke; T. Griffith, breaststroke; Soule, butterfly; N. Griffith, freestyle.
Boys 200 Yard Freestyle: Tompkins, 6th, 2:13.10; Larry Wallin, 12th, 2:24.85.
Boys 200 Yard IM: Soule, 9th, 2:37.41; Cody Golihugh, 12th, 2:49.15, in his first time competing in the event.
Girls 50 Yard Freestyle: Alya Womack, 8th, 30.55; Darrian Ragsdale, 11th, 32.20.
Boys 50 Yard Freestyle:Feigert, 1st, 22.92; Kramberg, 6th, 25.18; T. Griffith, 8th, 26.01.
Boys 100 Yard Butterfly: Soule, 6th, 1:07.39.
Boys 100 Yard Freestyle: Feigert, 2nd, 50.16; N. Griffith, 3rd, 55.79; Kramberg, 5th, 55.96.
Girls 500 Yard Freestyle: Alya Womack, 7th, 7:07.82.
Boys 500 Yard Freestyle: Tompkins, 5th, 6:09.88; Wallin, 11th, 6:53.85.
Girls 200 Yard Freestyle Relay A: Rainier, 7th 2:13.49. Ragsdale, Samantha Hallaran, Elisha Heacock, Womack
Boys 200 Yard Freestyle Relay A: Rainier, 3rd, 1:38.72. Kramberg, T. Griffith, Feigert, N. Griffith.
Boys 100 Yard Backstroke: Gollihugh, 9th 1:12.53; Bryan Falls, 11th, 1:20.68; Elijiah Foultner, 12th 1:25.07, in his first time competing in the event.
Boys 100 Yard Breaststroke: T. Griffith, 1st 1:10.10; Brian Guisinger, 5th, 1:16.00; Jared Thomas, 11th, 1:23.19
Boys 400 Yard Freestyle Relay A: Rainier, 2nd 3:45.73. Kramberg, Soule, Tompkins, N. Griffith.
by Carole Kelley
Rainier defeated Corbett, 59-9, at DeLaSalle North Catholic high school in Portland in the Columbians’ final wrestling dual of the season on Saturday, Feb. 9.
Winning wrestled matches for Rainier were Sean Shipley at 145 pounds and Garrett Dees (195), both by second round fall; Oliver Bolden (152), 59 second fall; Derek Clark (160) and Tyson Lorentson (170), both by 7-1 decision; Dorian Graff (182), 18-2 technical fall, and Evan Gleaves (220) by injury default.
Picking up wins by forfeit for the Columbians were Justice Larson (113), Trevor Lefebvre (120), Ethan Harrel (126), and Jason Larson (285).
Rainier will compete in the 3A Special District #1 wrestling championships on Saturday, Feb. 16, at Clatskanie Middle/High School. Action is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m.
Johnson Logging grabbed the lead this week in the Bowling Bags women’s bowling league, ousting Flowers ‘N Fluff which has held first place for most of the season.
Flowers ‘N Fluff slid to second place, losing 1-3 against Colvin’s Pub and Grill, while Johnson Logging beat Split Enz 3-1.
Salisbury clung to its third place slot this week, winning 3-1 against Bling Gals. West Mart and Clatskanie Mini Mart played a tight match, scoring 2-2.
Julie Haskins of Flowers ‘N Fluff bowled the high game score this week of 184 and Hope McGill of Bling Gals bowled the high series of 474.
Current team standings are:
Johnson Logging: 16/8
Flowers ‘N Fluff: 15/9
Colvin’s Pub and Grill: 13/11
West Mart: 11/13
Bling Gals: 11/13
Clatskanie Mini Mart: 10/14
Split Enz: 6/18
Scores by game were:
Colvin’s Pub and Grill: Melissa Greer, 369; Toni Davidson, 362; Darlene Brown, 465; vacancy, 360.
Flowers ‘N Fluff: Carol Smith, 407; Julie Haskins, 410; Clella Johnson, 352; Laura Laytham, 396.
Salisbury: Norma Mitchell, 428; Tammy Saltmarsh, 333; Jenny Warren, 455; vacancy, 360.
Bling Gals: Colleen Wilson, 355; Vickie Kazeck, 298; Alice Lindahl, 363; Hope McGill, 474.
West Mart: Linda Degandi, 422; Crystal Boothe, 439; Sam Brandt, 459; Wilma Sartin, 408.
Clatskanie Mini Mart: Celice Carlough, 446; Trina Kynsi, 363; Marty Hooper, 376; Gloria Ahrens, 406.
Johnson Logging: Earla Johnson, 379; Lisa Roman, 410; Melody Jacobson, 434; vacancy, 360.
Split Enz: Laura Jenkins, 368; Brenda Cottrell, 307; Mary Wheeler, 366; Julie Moore, 384.
Signups for the Clatskanie Girls Softball Association for girls six and older are scheduled Sunday, Feb. 24, from 12 noon to 2 p.m. in the Clatskanie Middle/High School commons.
All interested girls are welcome to join the recreational league. Girls must be age six as of Jan. 1, 2013, and bring a copy of their birth certificate when registering.
For more information contact Heather Strong at 503 298-8555.
Members of the state champion Lady Columbians cheer team led the Rainier youth Cheerleaders in a routine learned during their recent camp during half time of the Rainier versus Corbett Lewis & Clark League playoff game on Tuesday, Feb. 12. The Rainier cheerleaders won the state title Feb. 9, with the Clatskanie High School cheerleaders capturing second place during the competition held at Portland’s Memorial Coliseum.
On Sunday, Feb. 10, Clatskanie cheerleading coach Mary Schulte wrote to the Oregon School Athletic Association (OSAA) challenging the eligibility of two members of the Rainier cheer team. She also noted that a last-minute ruling by the competition’s judges resulted in the necessity of slightly altering the Clatskanie routine, which in turn caused an error that resulted in a score deduction that moved the Lady Tigers into second place.
Rainier School District Superintendent Michael Carter told The Chief Tuesday evening that after a telephone conference between the OSAA, the Rainier cheerleading coach and athletic director the complaint regarding the eligibility of the Rainier cheerleaders was found to be invalid. Chief Photo by Carole Kelley