After defeating number one-ranked Valley Catholic for the Lewis and Clark League district championship Saturday night, Feb. 16, the Rainier High School girls varsity basketball team will host a first round state playoff game this Saturday, Feb. 25.
The Lady Columbians will take on Pleasant Hill at 7 p.m. in the Rainier gym.
“A total team effort” resulted in a 48-44 victory over the Lady Valiants on the Valley Catholic gym in Beaverton last Saturday.
Coach Doug Knox credited great scoring from Kaylea Knox, with 21 points and four steals, and Aubree Coffman, 18 points.
“We had great defensive efforts from everyone, especially Kylee Crape and Geneva Clark, who came off the bench because she’d been sick all week,” Coach Knox said. Crape grabbed eight rebounds and blocked six shots, while Clarke got nine rebounds.
“Jenny Westlund was solid,” starting in place of Clarke. Jaden Thurston, who had four steals, “did a good job of handing their pressure the entire game,” said Knox, noting that the Lady Valiants use a full court press constantly.
“We also had solid minutes from Shelby Saylors and Dominque Pedersen off the bench,” said Knox. “I couldn’t be more proud of the way this team has performed the last couple of weeks.”
“A great defensive effort” by the Lady Columbians in the first quarter, limiting Valley Catholic to only one free throw, resulted in a 6-1 lead going into the second quarter. The Lady Valiants heated up their offensive game, and the two teams were tied 13-13 at the half.
“We came out of the third quarter on an 8-0 run and forced them to call a timeout,” Knox said. After that, the Rainier girls never trailed.
“Both teams loosened up and started running the floor and making shots,” Knox reported. “They made a three-pointer with about 18 seconds left to cut it to 46-44, then fouled Kaylee Knox with 15 seconds left. She made both free throws to put it at 48-44. We called a time out and then pressured them and they failed to get a shot off in the last seconds.”
Rainier was 15-19 from the free throw line.
This was the Lady Columbians’ second defeat of Valley Catholic this year, and only the second loss of the season for the top-ranked Lady Valiants.
Knox pointed out that Saturday’s league championship was the seventh straight district title game for the Rainier girls, and resulted in their second consecutive league title.
“The girls are excited to be champions and are looking forward to trying to get to (the state championship) in Coos Bay,” said Knox.
Signups for the Clatskanie Girls Softball Association are scheduled this Sunday, Feb. 24, from 12 noon to 2 p.m. in the Clatskanie Middle/High School commons, 471 SW BelAir Drive.
All interested girls ages six and older 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.
Lady Columbian senior guard Kaylea Knox has been named co-most valuable player (MVP) of the Lewis and Clark League and has earned a spot on the first team all-league roster.
Knox shares the MVP honors with Chelsea Alsdorf from Valley Catholic.
Clatskanie senior point guard Holly Burghardt was also named first team all- league.
Rainier seniors Jaden Thurston and Kylee Crape received second team all-league honors.
Honorable mention went to Lady Columbian senior Aubree Coffman and Lady Tiger junior Kori Stavig.
by Carole Kelley
Rainier outscored Gervais by only 3.5 points to win the 2013 Special Wrestling District 1 team title on Saturday, Feb. 16, in Clatskanie.
The Columbians tallied 275 points, followed by Gervais 271.5, Scio 195, Colton 157, Corbett 118, Warrenton 74, Clatskanie 64, and DeLaSalle North Catholic 55.
Rainier also qualified 12, top-three-place-winning wrestlers for the upcoming 2013 OSAA (Oregon School Activities Association) 3A State Wrestling Championships. They are Emmett Earlywine (third at 106 pounds), Justice Larson (champion, 113), Trevor Lefebvre (second, 120), Sean Shipley (champion, 145), Oliver Bolden (third, 145), Derek Clark (second, 160), Tyson Lorentson (champion, 170), Charlie Vestal (third, 170), Dorian Graff (second, 182), Garrett Dees (champion, 195), Evan Gleaves (second, 220) and Jason Larson (third, 220).
Shipley was voted the lower weight classes outstanding wrestler of the tournament by the district’s coaches.
Other place winners for Rainier were Tyler Coulter (fourth, 138), Jesse Hutchins (fourth, 285), Jacob Helton (fifth, 160).
The 12 Columbians will compete at the state championships beginning on Friday, Feb. 22 at Portland’s Veterans’ Memorial Coliseum. Doors open at 8 a.m. with action scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m.
Tickets will cost $35 for adults/$25 for students for a two-day pass or $15 adults/$10 on Friday and $10 adults/$8 students for each session on Saturday.
The championship semifinals will begin on Saturday, Feb. 23, at 9:45 a.m. with the championship finals scheduled for 6 p.m.
Sean Shipley, Rainier’s 145-pound wrestling champion was awarded the 2013 Special Wrestling District 1 championships Outstanding Wrestler of the Tournament for the lower weight class. Shipley received a bye in the first round, then pinned his way through the tournament to win the individual title on Saturday, Feb. 16, in Clatskanie.
Scoring near-fall points by turning Carlos Velasco of Gervais to his back during their 113-pound championship match was Rainier’s Justice Larson. Larson won the title by 4-2 decision at the 2013 Special Wrestling District 1 championships, hosted by Clatskanie High School on Saturday, Feb. 16. He will compete at the 2013 OSAA (Oregon School Activities Association) 3A State Wrestling Championships beginning on Friday, Feb. 22.
Rainier High School boys swam to an eighth place team finish at the Oregon School Activities Association’s state swimming championships held at Mt. Hood Community College last Friday and Saturday, Feb. 15 and 16.
Madras won the boys championship with 59 points followed by Newport, 53 points; Cottage Grove, 32; Philomath, 27; Riverdale, 19; LaSalle Prep, 18; LaGrande, 16; Rainier and Seaside tied with 14; Corbett Charter and North Marion tied with 12; Valley Catholic, 7; North Bend/Oregon Coast Tech, 4; Klamath Union, Blanchet Catholic and Ridgeview tied with 3; Junction City, Sweet Home, Sisters, and Henley tied with 2, and Stayton and Central, 21st, with 1.
Rainier’s results in the various events they participated in were:
Boys 200 Yard Medley Relay A: 7th, 1:52.30. Jade Feigert, backstroke; Tyson Griffith, breaststroke, Nathan Soule, butterfly; Nik Griffith freestyle.
Boys 50 Yard Freestyle: Feigert, 2nd, 22.26.
Boys 100 Yard Freestyle:Feigert, 2nd, 49.15.
Boys 200 Yard Freestyle Relay A: 5th, 1:36.56. Jeremiah Kramberg, T. Griffith, Feigert, N. Griffith
Boys 100 Yard Breaststroke: T. Griffith, 12th, 1:11.40.
Boys 400 Yard Freestyle Relay A: 10th, 3:45.62. Kramberg, Soule, Thomas Thompkins, N. Griffith.
Lewis and Clark League first team all-league recognition has been earned by Clatskanie boys basketball player, senior guard Tyler Johnson.
Named to the second team were Tiger senior Kyle Sharek and Rainier’s Sala Clark.
Receiving honorable mention were Colten Puzey, a Tiger sophomore, and Jordan Brittain of Rainier.
Winning by fall in the second round over Carlos Lopez of Gervais, was Tiger Chris Puckett during their 160-pound championship semifinal match at the 2013 Special Wrestling District 1 championships, hosted by Clatskanie High School on Saturday, Feb. 16.
Knappa High School girls varsity basketball team has earned an Oregon State School Activities Association (OSAA) opening round state championship playoff game against Oakland High School set for Saturday, Feb. 23, at Oakland, tip-off is at 5 p.m. The Lady Loggers finished in third place in the 2A-1 Northwest League with a 12-4 record.
Champions of the 2A-2 Mountain View Conference, the Oakers hold a perfect 12-0 league record and were 20-4 on the season. The winner of Saturday’s playoff moves on to the Pendleton Convention Center and games scheduled there Feb. 28-March 2, while the loser falls from further competition.
Flowers ‘N Fluff Reclaims Lead in Bowling League
Flowers ‘N Fluff reclaimed the lead in the Bowling Bags women’s bowling league, after being bumped from first place last week by Johnson Logging.
A 3-1 score over Bling Gals helped propel Flowers ‘N Fluff back into first. Johnson Logging slid into second place, losing 1-3 against West Mart.
Colvin’s Pub and Grill beat Salisbury 3-1, climbing to third place and nudging Salisbury into fourth.
Split Enz, which has trailed in the bowling league since the second season began, bowled over Clatskanie Mini Mart 3-1 this week.
West Mart bowlers claimed the high scores for the week. Sam Brandt bowled the high game score of 200, and Linda DeGandi bowled the high series of 545.
Current team standings are:
Flowers ‘N Fluff: 18/10
Johnson Logging: 17 11
Colvin’s Pub and Grill: 16/12
West Mart: 14/14
Bling Gals: 12/16
Clatskanie Mini Mart: 11/17
Split Enz: 9/19
Scores by game were:
Split Enz: Laura Jenkins, 395; Brenda Cottrell, 294; Mary Wheeler, 394; Julie Moore, 379.
Clatskanie Mini Mart: Celice Carlough, 373; Trina Kynsi, 413; Marty Hooper, 330; Gloria Ahrens, 415.
Johnson Logging: Earla Johnson, 434; Lisa Roman, 418; Melody Jacobson, 371; vacancy, 360.
West Mart: Linda DeGandi, 545; Crystal Boothe, 411; Sam Brandt, 538; Wilma Sartin, 498.
Colvin’s Pub and Grill: Melissa Greer, 398; Toni Davidson, 314; Darlene Brown, 497; vacancy, 360.
Salisbury: Norma Mitchell, 410; Tammy Saltmarsh, 331; Jenny Warren, 335; vacancy, 360.
Flowers ‘N Fluff: Carol Smith, 348; Julie Haskins, 479; Clella Johnson, 406; Gloria Crape, 393.
Bling Gals: Colleen Wilson, 327; Vickie Kazeck, 286; Alice Lindahl, 404; vacancy, 360.