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Central boys basketball defeats Lebanon, Woodburn in league openers

Central Peter Mendazona brings the ball up the court against Woodburn on Friday night.

Central Peter Mendazona brings the ball up the court against Woodburn on Friday night.

WOODBURN — Central’s boys basketball team opened Mid-Willamette Conference with a pair of thrillers.

The Panthers defeated Lebanon 49-45 on Jan. 9 and Woodburn 46-44 on Friday.

Against Woodburn, Central found itself down by three with 40 seconds left.

Cody Kantola hit a pair of free throws, and Peter Mendazona blocked a Woodburn shot.

With under 10 seconds to play, Jesse Cable found a driving Brendan Lesmeister who hit a lay-up and a free throw to give the Panthers the victory.

Lesmeister scored a team-high 17 points against Woodburn.

“I am very proud of them for the way they kept to the game plan and made in-game adjustments as we went forward,” coach Tim Kreta said.

Lesmeister scored 17 points against Lebanon, while Mendazona added 16 points.

Central played South Albany Tuesday after press time. The Panthers host Corvallis Friday at 7 p.m. before playing at Dallas Tuesday at 7 p.m.

SWIM TEAM COMPETES AT CORVALLIS: Central’s swim team competed at Corvallis on Jan. 9.

Grace Holstad set new school records in the girls 100-yard butterfly (1 minute, 4.7 seconds) and the 500 freestyle (6:14).

Jillian Layton set a personal record in the 200 freestyle (3:24).

Fernanda Salas set a personal record in the 100 backstroke (1:51.81) and Amelia Angst set a personal record in the 100 freestyle (1:42.90).

The girls 200 freestyle relay team of Ashley Gould, Emma Gheza, Jill Layton and Annemarie Hasbrook took more than 25 seconds off its previous season best with a time of 2:35. The boys 200 freestyle relay squad of Daniel Glade, Robert Deleon, David Glade and Isaiah Compton shaved off more than 39 seconds with a time of 1:44.

Central competed at Lebanon Tuesday after press time.

The Panthers travel to Silverton Tuesday at 4 p.m.

WRESTLING FALLS TO CORVALLIS: Central’s wrestling squad lost to Corvallis 33-28 on Thursday.

Noah Worthington (113 pounds), Manuel Martinez (120), Ty Pearson (126), Brock Pearce (152), Chris Polanco (170), Corbin Sedlacek (195) and Caleb Sedlacek (285) earned victories.

Central competes at Silverton on Thursday and the Gary Seaney Duals Friday at 2 p.m. before hosting the Central Duals Saturday at noon.

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