Taking home the third place trophy at the Oregon School Activities Association (OSAA) 3A state basketball championships, the Rainier High School (RHS) girls basketball team won two of three games at the tournament Feb. 28-March 2 in Coos Bay, but lost to eventual state champion Valley Catholic.
The Columbians won their quarter final game against Nyssa 35-28 on Thursday, then lost to Valley Catholic 40-44 on Friday. RHS won two of four contests against the otherwise undefeated Valley team this year, including the Lewis and Clark League championships. On Saturday the Lady Columbians defeated Willamina 28-25 in overtime for the third place trophy.
Rainier came out strong against Nyssa leading 15-6 at the end of the first quarter, but allowed their opponents to gain ground in the second quarter, holding just a one point edge at the half. RHS widened the lead slowly through the second half for the 35-28 victory, moving them to the semifinals.
Kaylea Knox led Rainier in scoring with 15 points and six rebounds. Kylee Crape contributed five points, eight rebounds and three blocked shots. Geneva Clarke and Aubree Coffman had five points and five rebounds each.
“Points were hard to come by and usually are in these state championships, so we had to rely on our defense, which is fine by us.” said RHS Coach Doug Knox. “We depend on different people to do different things each night we play. Kylee Crape defended their 6’1” post pretty well, and Jaden Thurston and Aubree Coffman were very active on our zone defense.” he added.
Coffman was selected player of the game.
Semifinals Against Valley Catholic
Rainier has been the only team to challenge Valley Catholic all season, defeating them two weeks ago for the league title.
RHS was down two at the end of the first quarter in the semi-final game at state, but led 26-19 at the half and 36-33 at the end of the second, having held a 12-point lead at one point.
Foul troubles forced Columbian starters to take the bench and Valley shot 27 free throws to Rainier’s 12. Second half turnovers also contributed to the defeat.
Crape was named player of the game and made 11 points and eight rebounds for Rainier. Knox also made 11 points and had seven rebounds and five assists.
Coffman and Clarke each added six points.
“This was the fourth time we have met Valley Catholic this year – we won the last two. We knew going into this that it was going to be tough to beat them for a third time,” said Coach Knox. “The girls played very good defense and were very active throughout the game.”
Against Willamina for Third Place
The Columbians’ final game of 2013 was a long defensive battle without either team scoring a dozen points in any quarter, and Rainier shut out Willamina in a 3-0 overtime period.
The score was tied 5-5 at the end of the first quarter and RHS led 16-11 at the half. Willamina narrowed the gap to 23-20 by the end of the third, and the game was tied at 25 when the fourth quarter whistle blew. In the overtime period, Rainier scored three points for the win.
Knox made 15 of Rainier’s points, grabbed four rebounds and was selected player of the game. Thurston added five points, four rebounds and four assists. Crape made two points and 10 rebounds. Jenny Westlund contributed six rebounds.
“The girls were devastated after losing in the semi-finals Friday night. They came here to win a state championship and that’s not going to happen when you lose a game,” Coach Knox said. “I could tell at breakfast that they were a little over the defeat and ready to play, I thought it would be a good day.”
“Both teams struggled on offense but I think it was more because both defenses were very good. With the game on the line we played shut-down defense, allowing five points in the fourth quarter and zero points in the overtime period.” he noted.
“This senior group will be missed dearly, but we have good players to follow in their footsteps and continue doing well. We end our season 25-5.” Coach Knox concluded.
POSING WITH THEIR TROPHY after winning third place in the state 3A girls basketball championship in Coos Bay last weekend were, from left, back row: Doug Knox, Alexis Vigoren, Jessica Gibson, Shelby Saylors, Jenny Westlund, Kylee Crape, Dominique Pedersen, Aubree Coffman, Geneva Clarke, Hydee Coffman, Megan Benson; front row: Brandy Thurston, Jaden Thurston, Kaylea Knox, Alexi Hall, Laken Garman. (Photo available in the March 7, 2013 copy of The Clatskanie Chief)
THE CLATSKANIE HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL TEAM will be fielding eight returning varsity baseball players for the 2013 season, from left: Nick Donaldson, Mica Karber, Colten Puzey, German George, Beau Paradiso, Seth Makinson, Kyle Shavek and Shaine Warren. The Tigers will start their season on Tuesday, March 12, with a home game against Knappa. (Photo available in the March 7, 2013 copy of The Clatskanie Chief)
RETURNING TO THE SOFTBALL DIAMOND for the 2013 season are Clatskanie High School varsity letter winners: Megan Strong, Holly Burghardt and Jocelyn Dines. The Tigers will open their season on Monday, March 11, with a game at Dayton then host Knappa on March 12 for their first home game. (Photo available in the March 7, 2013 copy of The Clatskanie Chief)
West Mart toppled the top team Flowers ‘N Fluff from its longstanding lead in the Bowling Bags women’s bowling league this week and upset team standings in the league.
West Mart bowled over Flowers ‘N Fluff 4-0, rising to first place while Flowers ‘N Fluff fell to fourth.
Johnson Logging beat Colvin’s Pub and Grill 3-1, inching Johnson Logging into second and pulling Colvin’s down to third as the teams swapped standings this week.
Clatskanie Mini Mart topped Bling Gals 3-1, and Split Enz cut down Salisbury 3-1.
Bowlers claiming the high scores for the week were Celice Carlough 187, and Sam Brandt bowled the high series of 507.
Current team standings are:
West Mart: 22/14
Johnson Logging: 22/14
Colvin’s Pub and Grill: 20/16
Flowers ‘N Fluff: 19/17
Clatskanie Mini Mart: 15/21
Bling Gals: 15/21
Split Enz: 15/21
Scores by game were:
West Mart: Linda DeGandi, 492; Crystal Boothe, 440; Sam Brandt, 507; Wilma Sartin, 405.
Flowers ‘N Fluff: Carol Smith, 309; Julie Haskins, 398; Clella Johnson, 363; Gloria Crape, 366.
Johnson Logging: Earla Johnson, 405; Lisa Roman, 406; Melody Jacobson, 344; vacancy, 360.
Colvin’s Pub and Grill: Melissa Greer, 350; Toni Davidson, 307; Darlene Brown, 444; vacancy, 360.
Clatskanie Mini Mart: Celice Carlough, 467; Marty Hooper, 381; Gloria Ahrens, 427; Diane Grumbois, 395.
Bling Gals: Colleen Wilson, 341; Vickie Kazeck, 308; Alice Lindahl, 415; vacancy. 360.
Split Enz: Laura Jenkins, 375; Brenda Cottrell, 348; Mary Wheeler, 399; Julie Moore, 384.
Salisbury: Norma Mitchell, 406; Tammy Saltmarsh, 350; Jenny Warren, 403; vacancy, 360.
Clatskanie High School spring sports teams get the season underway next week with a busy slate of events.
The junior varsity (JV) baseball team kicks off their season with a doubleheader at Kelso on Monday, March 11. The first game is set to begin at 4 p.m.
Lady Tiger softball opens their season on the road with junior varsity and varsity action at Dayton beginning at 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday sees the ballfields in Clatskanie busy with the varsity baseball team taking on Knappa, the JV baseball team playing Neah-kah-nie and JV and varsity softball against Knappa. All games are scheduled to begin at 4 p.m.
On Wednesday, March 13, the JV baseball team hosts Kelso for a 4 p.m. doubleheader.
Also on Wednesday, the Clatskanie track and field team travels to Valley Catholic High School in Beaverton for the season opening Valley Catholic Icebreaker beginning at 3:30 p.m.