Sports Roundups

Faith Berry fights off a West Albany opponent for a shot at the basket during their contest on Dec. 17.

Eddie Bruning/for the Itemizer-Observer
Faith Berry fights off a West Albany opponent for a shot at the basket during their contest on Dec. 17.


Boys basketball: In a dramatic end to the game on Dec. 11, the Panthers clinched a victory by one point against Cascade (5-1 overall, 0-0 Oregon West Conference), 50-49, after a back-and-forth skirmish that had the team trailing most of the night.

“We were down by as much as 11-13 points, but battled back,” said head coach Tim Kreta. “We held them to seven points in the third quarter, and senior Brendan Lesmeister was able to keep his head in the game with his work around the basket. Senior Jesse Cable had the task of guarding their point guard and did a really good job taking away their first and second looks.”

With a layup from Cable, and a free throw after a steal, the Panthers (2-4 overall, 0-1 Mid-Willamette Conference) took the lead, but not for long. With 2.3 second left on the clock, they fouled Cascade, resulting in a 49-49 knot between teams after a free throw from the Cougars.

As the clock ticked, Lesmeister was fouled with .9 left of the game. He secured one out of two free throws, and the Cougars didn’t have time to get their shot in.

“We got out of there with a much needed win,” Kreta said. “Cascade played very well and very hard.”

Lesmeister led in scoring with 29 points, and senior Kaleb Kantola added seven.

Girls basketball: The Panthers (3-2 overall, 0-1 Mid-Willamette Conference) started the week off with an explosive 51-19 win on Dec. 11 against Cascade (2-4 overall, 0-0 Oregon West Conference).

Junior Meagan Mendazona led the night with 14 points and senior Elizabeth Chavez added 12.

To open conference play, the team traveled to Silverton (5-1 overall, 2-0 MWC) on Dec. 14, where a win slipped through their fingers by three points, 38-35.

Chavez took the lead in scoring on Friday with 14 points but had four turnovers; Mendazona contributed 10. Senior Annika Riddell nabbed two points and five turnovers.

Monday they hosted West Albany and won 65-32.

The team travels to Arizona on Wednesday for the Nike Tournament of Champions.


Boys Basketball: The Dragons (3-1 overall, 1-1 Mid-Willamette Conference) opened conference play in a matchup against South Albany (5-0 overall, 1-0 MWC) on Dec. 11, suffering 75-65 loss against the RedHawks.

Senior Carter Weisensee led the team in scoring for the night with 26 points. He also nabbed 10 rebounds and three assists. Senior Jack Anderson added 18 points.

In the first quarter, the Dragons took the lead 23-17, but fell off in the second quarter as the RedHawks broke away, outscoring the Dragons 23 to 11. While the Dragons outscored South Albany in the third quarter, 14-11, it wasn’t enough to reclaim their lead and in the fourth quarter, they struggled against South Albany’s offense to find themselves in a 10-point deficit at the end.

On Friday, the Dragons clinched a 70-56 victory against Lebanon (2-3 overall, 0-2 MWC).

From tipoff, the Dragons found the lead and held onto it for the entire game as the Warriors trailed after them, struggling to catch up. Weisensee led in scoring with 33 points, and Anderson added 22, each with six rebounds.

Monday, the Dragons traveled to North Salem and lost, 66-52.

The team participates in the Capitol City Classic at Willamette University on Dec. 19 at 4 p.m.

Girls Basketball: The Dragons (1-4 overall, 1-1 Mid-Willamette Valley) split games this week, clinching a 48-36 win against South Albany (2-2 overall, 0-1 MWC) on Dec. 11, but fell at Lebanon (4-1 overall, 1-1 MWC) on Dec. 14 with a 57-35 loss.

Sophomore Maddie Doig took the lead in scoring for the South Albany game with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Senior Emma Classen added 14 points and five rebounds.

Friday they traveled to Lebanon and lost, 57-35.

Monday the Dragons hosted North Salem and lost, 42-33.


Boys basketball: Thursday, the Pirates (4-3 overall, 2-0 Casco League) traveled to Oregon School for the Deaf (3-2 overall, 2-2 Casco) and clinched a one-point 44-43 victory, but found themselves in an offensive struggle on Friday, and lost 49-37 against Days Creek.

“Friday, we struggled in many ways and were only able to score 37 points,” said head coach Brian Domes. Senior Max Kitzmiller scored 11 points, and junior Kyler Thorson led with seven rebounds.

Saturday, the team hosted non-league Dufur (4-2 overall, 0-0 Big Sky League) and battled throughout the onslaught, ultimately losing 79-70.

“It turned into a back and forth battle for almost the entire game,” Domes said. “It was our best performance on offense by far. We were able to take care of the ball and get great looks at the basket all game long.”

Senior Dustin Silver and Thorson each nabbed 22 points, and junior David Domes added 15. Kitzmiller contributed 10 rebounds.

“Although we came up short, I was really proud of how they kids came to play after a disappointing effort the night before,” Domes said. “We ended up losing 70-79, but still had a chance in the closing minutes. Dufur was a difficult match up for us as they had two post 6’4” who challenged us on the boards with their height and size all game long.”

Monday, they traveled to C.S. Lewis Academy and lost 63-56.

The team hosts Crosshill Christian at 7 p.m. on Dec. 19.

Girls Basketball: The Pirates (6-0 overall, 2-0 Casco league) haven’t suffered a loss yet, and that didn’t change last week. Thursday, they dominated at Oregon School for the Deaf with a 54-19 victory. The next day, they hosted Days Creek and pulled out with 46-33 triumph.

Junior Kenzy Lawrence added 10 points, with two 3-pointers and was two for four on free throws. Senior Alyssa Lux added two points, junior Sydney Lawrence led the night with 16 points, with three 3-pointers, and was five for 15 at the free throw line. Senior Sydney Lawrence nabbed 10 points and had two 3-pointers.

On Saturday, the Pirates hosted Dufur (0-6 overall, 0-0 Big Sky League) and defeated them 48-20.

Sydney Lawrence scored a game-high 19 points, with two 3-pointers and was three for seven at the free throw line. Kenzy Lawrence added 11 points, and Lux and sophomore Megan Freeborn each contributed four. Perkins scored 10 points, and had two 3-pointers.

Monday, the girls dominated at C.S. Lewis Academy, taking a 39-12 victory.

The team hosts Crosshill Christian at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 19.

Falls City

Boys Basketball:The Mountaineers split games this week, winning 56-44 against Valor Christian but losing 73-23 against Central Linn.

The team hosted Livingston Adventist Academy Tuesday after press time.

Girls Basketball:The Mountaineers lost 40-29 at Crosshill Christian on Dec. 11.

They hosted Livingston Adventist Academy after press time.


Mens basketball: The Wolves clinched their fourth straight win on Dec. 14 in an 80-69 road game against University of Hawaii Hilo.

Junior Brandell Evans led the night with 16 points. Sophomore Riley Hawken added 15 points, and freshman Cameron Cranston contributed 12.

Their fifth consecutive win came on the road Saturday against Emmanuel College, 76-64. Hawken led the attack, nabbing 15 points in the first half and 23 overall, and adding 11 rebounds and two assists.

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