by Carole Kelley
Rainier defeated Clatskanie, 68-6, in 3A Special District 1 league dual meet wrestling action Feb. 12 in Rainier. The Columbians were undefeated in league dual meet action for the season and picked up the team title with the win.
Rainier Wrestling also honored eight seniors at the event, including Quinton Allen, Parker Mogray, Tyler Coulter, Derek Clark, Tyson Lorentson, Garrett Dees, team captain Jason Larson and Jesse Hutchins.
In individual weight class wrestling action, Gunnar Brooks (Rainier) defeated Dalton Littleton (Clatskanie) by first round fall at 106 pounds. Emmett Earlywine (Rainier) defeated Travis Puckett (Clatskanie) by second round fall at 120 pounds. Ethan Harrel (Rainier) defeated Isaiah Ives by fall in 29 seconds at 132 pounds.Trevor Lefebvre (Rainier) defeated Cristobal Rojas (Clatskanie) by 17-2 techinical fall at 145 pounds. Coulter (Rainier) won by fall in 17 seconds over Donovan Fosse (Clatskanie) at 160 pounds. Lorentson (Rainier) won by 7-0 decision over David Adkinson (Clatskanie) at 182 pounds. Hutchins (Rainier) defeated Kyle Smith (Clatskanie) by first round fall at 285 pounds.
Clatskanie’s only win came from Jonathon Adkinson who won by second round fall over Allen (Rainier) at 138 pounds.
Winning by forfeit for Rainier were Justice Larson (113 pounds), Ryan Schmunk (126), Clark (170), Dees (195) and Jason Larson (220). Both teams did not have wrestlers at 152 pounds.
In junior varsity action, Rainier’s Dylan Lane defeated Clatskanie’s Trask Hill by second round fall at 120 pounds.
Rainier and Clatskanie travel to Colton High School on Saturday, Feb. 22, to compete in the 3A Special District 1 regional tournament, beginning at 9 a.m. The top three place winners in each weight class will advance to the 2014 3A OSAA/US BANK/LES SCHWAB TIRES State Wrestling Championships, beginning on Friday, Feb. 28, at Portland’s Memorial Colesium.
Rainier High School swim team attended the district meet at Astoria Aquatic Center on Feb. 14 and 15.
The Rainier boys placed fourth in a field of seven teams, while the Columbian girls were last in the eight-team field.
Additionally, the Columbians boys 200-yard medley relay, comprised of Nik Griffth, Thomas Tompkins, Jeremiah Kramberg and Jonathan Zielinski, came in second and qualified for the state swim meet Feb. 21-22 at Mt. Hood Community College.
For the boys, Newport was first, Seaside, second Tillamook, third; Rainier, fourth; Taft, fifth; Astoria, sixth; Scappoose 7th
Tillamook led the girls teams with Seaside, second Astoria, third; Newport, fourth; Scappoose, fifth; Taft; sixth; Banks, seventh; Rainier, eighth.
Rainier results were:
Boys 200 Yard Medley A Relay: Second, 1:56.15. Nik Griffith, backstroke; Thomas Tompkins, breaststroke; Jeremiah Kramberg, fly; Jonathan Zielinski, freestyle.
Girls 200 Yard Medley A Relay: Seventh, 2:44.13. Cassie Jacobs, backstroke; Riley Richardson, breaststroke; Samantha Hallaran, fly; Elisha Heacock freestyle.
Boys 200 Yard Freestyle: Jared Thomas, 12th, 2:24.29.
Boys 200 Yard Individual Medley (IM): Bryan Falls 12th, 2:42.80.
Boys 50 Yard Freestyle: Griffith, third, 25.01; Kramberg, fifth, 25.53; Zielinski, 10th, 27.09.
Girls 100 Yard Butterfly: Hallaran, 11th, 1:37.56.
Boys 100 Yard Butterfly: Elijiah Foultner, 11th 1:15.78.
Boys 100 Yard Freestyle: Griffith, fourth, 55.08; Thomas, 11th, 1:01.91; Zielinski, 12th, 1:04.43.
Boys 500 Yard Freestyle: David Placido, 12th, 7:08.90.
Boys 200 Yard Freestyle A Relay: fourth, 1:41.49. Tompkins, Kramberg, Zielinski, Griffith.
Girls 100 Yard Backstroke: Julia Patterson, 11th, 1:40.92.
Boys 100 Yard Backstroke: Falls, ninth, 1:12.04; Foultner, 1:22. 88.
Girls 100 Yard Breaststroke: Richardson, eighth, 1:36.14.
Boys 100 Yard Breaststroke: Tompkins, fourth, 1:13.16; Sean Rosian, seventh 1:19.58.
Boys 400 Yard Freestyle Relay A: Fourthth 4:14.29. Bryan Falls, Elijah Foultner, Logan Crawford, Jared Thomas.
The Rainier High School (RHS) girls’ basketball team crushed Catlin Gabel 45-22 on Thursday, Feb. 13.
Playing on the Columbians’ home court, RHS got off to a slow start with eight points in the first quarter, but held a three-point lead. In the second they pulled ahead to end the half 23-11.
RHS held Catlin Gabel to single digits throughout the game while scoring themselves. The Columbians led 34-19 at the end of the third. They allowed only three points in the final quarter and won 45-22.
Shelby Saylors led in scoring, rebounds and steals with nine points, 10 rebounds and three steals.
Jenny Westlund scored eight and snagged seven rebounds.
Veera Moilanen grabbed eight rebounds and three steals.
The Columbians end regular season play with a 10-6 league record and will start the league playoffs in the fourth seed. They were scheduled to host their first playoff game on Wednesday, Feb. 19, at 7 p.m.
Rainier’s junior varsity (JV) destroyed Catlin Gabel 50-9. Haley Schimmel led the scoring with 10 points. The JV’s season ends with a 13-3 record.
CHS Female Wrestlers at State Qualifier
Clatskanie High School’s female wrestlers Lynn Siltala (147) and Breanne Hendricks (134) wrestled in the Oregon Girls State Qualifier Sunday, Feb. 16, at Park Rose High School in Portland.
Lynn qualified for state by taking first place at 147, pinning Mae Lock from Cottage Grove in the first round (1:29), then pinning Eva Deutsch from Tillamook in the second round (3:47). She is set to defend her state title and is looking for a repeat, says Coach Phil White.
Breanne Hendricks wrestled well, but came up one match short from qualifying, Coach White reported. She started the tournament with a 10-3 loss to Myra Vazques of Astoria, then came back and won two straight by pin, beating Hannah Posey from Grant High School (1:18) and Katlyn Melton from Elmira (4:12). Her second loss came to Jenna Powell of Hood River by fall in the second round. “A great job considering this is her first year as a senior,” said White.
Miss Siltala and Miss Hendricks were pictured in the February 20, 2014 issue of The Clatskanie Chief along with the article above.
After four games during the past week, the Clatskanie High School (CHS) boys’ basketball team ended its 2013-14 season with a 13-12 record.
CHS Loses 52-83 to DLS
The Tigers fell 52-83 to De La Salle (DLS) on Wednesday, Feb. 12. DLS came out strong scoring 26 points in the first quarter. CHS answered with 14. By the half the Tigers were behind 23-48.
Will Burghardt led the CHS offense with 22 points. Colten Puzey contributed nine.
“This was a difficult game for us. We couldn’t execute our offense to finish plays and make shots, and we couldn’t match the intensity level of De La Salle,” said Coach Lucius Jones.
CHS 34, Valley Catholic 68
The Tigers faced top-ranked Valley Catholic on Thursday, Feb. 13, and lost 68-34.
Valley dominated from the start and led 32-15 at the half.
German George scored nine points and Burghardt added seven.
CHS Defeats Rainier 67-50
In a tie-breaking league playoff game the Tigers defeated Rainier 67-50 on Saturday, Feb 15.
Offense was slow the first quarter, but CHS led 9-6. The Tigers and Columbians were neck and neck at the half with a score of 22-21 CHS.
During the third quarter, Clatskanie pulled ahead to lead 44-37.
They stretched their lead to 67-50 by scoring 23 points in the final quarter.
Burghardt scored 23 points, George added 14 and Puzey contributed 11 points and nine rebounds.
For Rainier Jordan Brittain scored 15 points and Cody Gellatly added 14.
The victory earned CHS the sixth seed in the Lewis and Clark league playoff.
“This game was a tale of two halves,” said Coach Jones. “In the first half we committed 10 turnovers and were unsure of ourselves on the court. In the second half we were able to trust in ourselves, think less and play more, and it showed with a great half of basketball.”
The Tigers and Columbians faced off three times this year resulting in two wins for Clatskanie and one for Rainier.
CHS 59, Catlin Gabel 61
After leading 30-27 at the half and 54-59 after three quarters, CHS fell out of the playoffs with a 59-61 loss to Catlin Gabel Monday, Feb, 16.
Puzey scored 22 points leading the Tigers. Burghardt contributed 10 points.
Puzey also grabbed eight rebounds.
“This game was a tough one for us to lose. We had the lead in the fourth quarter and I was confident that we would be able to close out the game. We hustled and gave our best effort from start to finish. We were just unable to come up with some key plays and baskets in the fourth quarter when we needed them,” said Coach Jones.
He concluded, “We had a lot of ups and downs this season, and it will be these experiences that help us on and off the court as we move forward. Everyone on the team made improvements and the future is bright for Clatskanie basketball. The community should be proud of this group of young men.”
EVADING A RAINIER DEFENDER, German George (12) shoots for Clatskanie during the playoff game against Rainier held at R.A. Long High School in Longview on Saturday. The game, won by Clatskanie, was part of a league tiebreaker for the sixth and final district playoff spot. Photo Courtesy of Kelly Puzey
SCORING A TAKEDOWN on his way to a 17-second fall over Clatskanie’s Donovan Fosse is Rainier senior Tyler Coulter during their 160-pound match at Rainier Feb. 12. Rainier defeated Clatskanie in the team scoring 68-6 to win the 3A Special District 1 Dual meet team title. Chief Photo by Carole Kelley
SHOOTING A LAYUP during the Lady Columbians’ 45-22 victory over Catlin Gable Thursday, Feb. 13, was Alexi Hall. Chief Photo by Adam J. Wehrley
TAKING SECOND AT THE DISTRICT SWIM MEET held at the Astoria Aquatic Center last weekend was the Rainier boys 200 yard medley A relay team. Pictured from left are Jeremiah Kramberg, who swims the butterfly for the team; Thomas Tompkins, breaststroke, and Jonathan Zielinski, freestyle. Nik Griffith, who swims the backstroke for the team, is not pictured. See the accompany article for more information about the district meet results. Photo Courtesy of Pam Hadlock
Tiger Senior Megan Strong Scores for Clatskanie during the season-ending home game against Valley Catholic, Thursday, February 13. Valley Catholic was victorious. Chief Photo by Amanda Gail Moravec