Bringing home the girls state wrestling championship in the 145-pound weight class, Lynn Siltala became Clatskanie High School’s first ever girls’ wrestling champion Saturday, Feb. 23
Siltala qualified for the girls’ state tournament on Jan. 26 by wrestling in the Oregon Girls State Qualifier in Hood River Oregon at Portland’s Memorial Coliseum.
She pinned her way to the finals defeating Grieta King of Elmira in 38 seconds, Maelynn Locker of Cottage Grove in 2:32, and Sarah Walton of Triangle Lake in 2:38.
In the finals match against Makennah Hines of Newport, Lynn won by pin again in 1:32 for the state championship.
“She has worked hard all year to finally reach her goal of being champion. She has battled with some tough boys all year, it helped prepare her for the qualifier and state. The toughness she developed through the year helped her dominate the girls in her weight class, pinning all four girls she faced.” said Coach Phil White.
SIX RAINIER COLUMBIANS placed at the 2013 OSAA/US Bank/Les Schwab Tires Ore-gon State High School Wrestling Championships on Saturday, Feb. 23, at Portland’s Memorial Coliseum. Proudly wearing their medals in a photo in this week’s issue are Evan Gleaves (third, 220 pounds), Sean Shipley (second, 145 pounds), Justice Larson (fourth, 113 pounds), Tyson Lorentson (fifth, 170 pounds), Garrett Dees (fifth, 170) and Jason Larson (fifth, 220 pounds).
by Carole Kelley
Rainier High School’s wrestling team came away from the 2013 OSAA/US Bank/Les Schwab Tires Oregon State High School Wrestling Championships with six individual place winners and a seventh place team finish on Saturday, Feb. 23, at Portland’s Memorial Colesium.
The Columbians had tallied 94 total points by the end of the tournament on Saturday to finish in seventh place as a team. Earlier in the day, Rainier briefly held fifth place before falling back after the championship finals concluded.
Individual place winners for the Columbians were Sean Shipley, second at 145 pounds, Evan Gleaves, third at 220 pounds; Justice Larson, fourth at 113 pounds with Tyson Lorentson (170), Garrett Dees (195), and Jason Larson (229), all finishing in fifth place.
“We had a great tournament weekend,” said Tom Kelley, Rainier assistant coach. “We had 10 of our 12 wrestlers qualify for the second day of action and came away with six placers. We had four championship semifinalists. That was a very respectable showing.”
“We will certainly miss our seniors,” Kelley said. “Sean Shipley has had a very success filled high school career as he was a three-time state place winner, which included two time state tournament finalists. Dorian Graff, who didn’t place, was a four-time state participant from our district, and Evan Gleaves is ending his career with two state medals. Charlie Vestal was a two-time state qualifier and Oliver Bolden gave us three, quality years, but unfortunately ended up with an extremely difficult draw at state and lost to the wrestlers who went on to place third and fourth. We are looking forward to next year with four returning state placers and three returning that were within a match of the medals’ rounds.”
The Knappa Lady Logger varsity basketball team lost in the first round of the Oregon School Activites Association (OSAA) 2A girls state championships to Oakland High School 36-24.
The Feb. 23rd loss drops Knappa from further championship action. Oakland moves on to a state quarterfinal game against Union High School on Thursday, Feb. 28, at the Pendleton Convention Center.
Underdogs Strike Down Top Team in Bowling League
Split Enz, which has trailed in the Bowling Bags women’s bowling league since the second season began, struck down top team Flowers ‘N Fluff 3-1 this week, on a roll from a win over Clatskanie Mini Mart the week before.
Competition tightened this week, with only a slim margin separating the top three teams.
Colvin’s Pub and Grill climbed into second place this week, hot on the trail behind Flowers ‘N Fluff which holds the lead, followed closely by Johnson Logging which slipped to third place.
West Mart struck down Salisbury 4-0, and Colvin’s Pub and Grill bowled over Clatskanie Mini Mart 3-1. Johnson Logging and Bling Gals played a tight match, each winning two games.
Darlene Brown of Colvin’s Pub and Grill bowled the high game score of 188 this week, and Sam Brandt of West Mart bowled the high series of 502.
Current team standings are:
Flowers ‘N Fluff: 19/13
Colvin’s Pub and Grill: 19/13
Johnson Logging: 19/13
West Mart: 18/14
Bling Gals: 14/18
Clatskanie Mini Mart: 12/20
Split Enz: 12/20
Scores by game were:
Salisbury: Norma Mitchell, 368; Tammy Saltmarsh, 311; Jenny Warren, 387; vacancy 360.
West Mart: Linda DeGandi, 496; Crystal Boothe, 465; Sam Brandt, 502; Wilma Sartin, 497.
Split Enz: Laura Jenkins, 394; Brenda Cottrell, 321; Mary Wheeler, 388; Julie Moore, 384.
Flowers ‘N Fluff: Carol Smith, 357; Julie Haskins, 429; Clella Johnson, 392; Gloria Crape, 410.
Johnson Logging: Earla Johnson, 480; Lisa Roman, 392; Melody Jacobson, 424; vacancy, 360.
Bling Gals: Colleen Wilson, 421; Vickie Kazeck, 298; Alice Lindahl, 399; vacany, 360.
Colvin’s Pub and Grill: Melissa Greer, 383; Toni Davidson, 377; Darlene Brown, 475; vacancy, 360.
Clatskanie Mini Mart: Celice Carlough, 440; Trina Kynsi, 395; Marty Hooper, 366; Gloria Ahrens, 403.
Advancing to the Oregon State quarter final playoff round, the Rainier High School (RHS) girls’ basketball team defeated Pleasant Hill 60-46 on Saturday, Feb. 23.
The teams traded leads throughout the first three quarters, with RHS trailing 11-14 at the end of the first quarter, but leading 28-25 at the half. The game was tied 38-38 at the end of the third. In the fourth quarter, the Lady Columbians out-scored Pleasant Hill 22-8, for the first round victory in the state playoffs.
Senior guard Kaylea Knox led Rainier in scoring with 30 points, five assists, five steals.Kylee Crape contributed 12 points, 13 rebounds and five blocked shots.Aubree Coffman made 10 points and three steals and Jaden Thurston added seven assists.
“We started off the game slow and took a while to get our game going. We started playing better in the second quarter hitting some shots and playing better defense. Then again just after halftime we were struggling a little. The game was tied going into the fourth quarter, then we went on a 12-0 run to start the quarter,” said Coach Doug Knox.
“Aubree Coffman came up big in the fourth quarter scoring eight points in a row (all two-pointers) and helping build a 17-point lead.” noted Coach Knox.
“Kaylea Knox had a great game. Kylee Crape had one of her best games on the year. She was big on the boards and made her free throws,” he added.
The win means Rainier is headed to the Elite 8 playoff tournament this weekend in Coos Bay. It is their second consecutive year to achieve that level of competition. They will play Nyssa in the first game of a double elimination tournament at 3:15 p.m. on Thursday, Feb 28.
“The kids are really excited for this great opportunity and look forward to having a good time,” concluded Coach Knox.
Four Clatskanie winter sports teams and one from Rainier were recently recognized by Oregon School Activities Association (OSAA) and Dairy Farmers of Oregon’s academic all-state program.
This award recognizes excellence in the classroom by athletes throughout the state.
Among teams receiving awards were the Clatskanie 3A girls basketball team, with a grade point average (GPA) of 3.48; 3A boys basketball, 3.20 GPA; 3A wrestling, 3.38 GPA; 3A cheerleading, 3.04 GPA, and the Rainier 3A girls basketball team, 3.52 GPA.