Roundups for Feb. 6

Nine-year-old Lily Alvarez finished out her Panther season as the co-ed state championship runner-up.

Vidal Pena for the Itemizer-Observer
Nine-year-old Lily Alvarez finished out her Panther season as the co-ed state championship runner-up.


Girls basketball: Facing the No.1 ranked team on Jan. 29, the Panthers girls basketball team (9-9 overall, 4-6 Mid-Willamette Conference) fell 41-21 against Silverton (16-2 overall, 10-1 MWC). On Friday, they lost again, this time to West Albany (9-10 overall, 4-7 MWC), 51-32.

They traveled to Crescent Valley (12-6 overall, 8-3 MWC) on Tuesday after press time.

Wrestling: Central lost to both Lebanon and Crater on Thursday’s match at Lebanon High School, suffering a 75-6 loss against Crater and a 59-6 loss against Lebanon.

Sophomore Brock Pierce brought in the team’s six points against Crater’s Logan Lowder.

Wrestling against Lebanon, Ty Pearson nabbed three points against Brayden Burton and Nathan Bliss added another three points against Timothy Tuomi.


Boys Basketball: The Dragons boys basketball team clinched a 47-41 win against Lebanon on Jan. 29, their first victory in 11 games.

Senior Jack Anderson led with 19 points and forced seven rebounds. Senior James Fennell added seven points, and Will Button contributed six points with six rebounds.

Girls Basketball: The Dragons girls basketball team (3-14 overall, 2-9 MWC) was defeated 61-39 against Lebanon (14-3 overall, 9-1 MWC) on Jan. 29. On Friday, they lost by just one point, 48-47, at North Salem (8-9 overall, 4-7 MWC).

The team hosted Corvallis (10-8 overall, 7-4 MWC) on Tuesday after press time.

Wrestling: At Thursday’s wrestling meet against Lebanon and Crater, the Dragons clinched victories against both teams, winning 43-22 against Crater and 36-28 against Lebanon.


Boys Basketball: The Pirates boys basketball team (15-7 overall, 11-3 Casco) split games this week, suffering an upset at Crosshill Christian on Jan. 29, losing 69-64, but winning 67-39 against Falls City (8-13 overall, 5-9 Casco) on Thursday.

They traveled to Livingstone Adventist Academy (2-14 overall, 2-10 Casco) on Tuesday after press time.

Girls Basketball: The lady Pirates (17-5 overall, 12-2 Casco League) slaughtered Crosshill Christian (6-14 overall, 4-9 Casco) 52-11 on Jan. 29. On Thursday, they clinched another victory against Falls City (6-12 overall, 4-9 Casco), winning 45-20. Their third game of the week, on Feb. 2 at South Wasco (19-3 overall, 11-1 Big Sky league), was a 42-20 loss.

The Pirates traveled to Livingstone Adventist Academy (10-7 overall, 8-4 Casco) on Tuesday after press time.

Falls City

Boys Basketball: The Mountaineers boys team (8-13 overall, 6-7 Casco) lost by just four points against Willamette Valley Christian (5-14 overall, 5-9 Casco), 50-46, on Jan. 29.

Thursday, they faced Perrydale (15-7 overall, 11-3 Casco) for the second time and suffered a 67-39 loss.

The team hosted Jewell 0-17 overall, 0-13 Casco) on Tuesday after press time.

Girls Basketball: The Mountaineers girls basketball team (6-12 overall, 4-9 Casco League) walked away on Jan. 29 after a 53-27 loss against Willamette Valley Christian (12-6 overall, 11-3 Casco).

On Thursday they traveled to Perrydale (17-5 overall, 12-2 Casco) and lost 45-20, with senior Amara Houghtaling clinching 17 of the team’s 20 points.

With their win against Crosshill Christian on Jan. 18, head coach Micke Kidd said “it gives us a good chance to squeeze into the district playoffs.”

Overall, the team has improved, he said, despite injuries and illnesses between some of his players.

“The girls are playing well, getting better. Things are going smoothly. We’re getting better offensively, which has been kind of our Achilles heel for this season.”

The team hosted Jewell (5-14 overall, 4-9 Casco) on Tuesday after press time.


Mens Basketball: The Wolves celebrated victories this week on their home court, going 94-78 against Alaska Fairbanks and 81-61 against Alaska Anchorage.

They faced Concordia University on Tuesday after press time.

Womens Basketball: Splitting games on the road this week, the Wolves lost 77-43 against Northwest Nazarene University on Thursday, but won 74-70 at Central Washington on Saturday.

They host Western Washington on Thursday at 7 p.m.

Womens Softball: The games scheduled on Feb. 2 against University of California San Diego and Hawaii Pacific in the Desert Stinger Classic in Las Vegas, Nevada were canceled.

On Feb. 3, the Wolves clinched a 7-2 win against Chico State, concluding the Desert Stinger Tournament.

On Feb. 15, the team travels to St. George, Utah, where they open the Dixie State Tournament against St. Edward’s.

Track and Field: Registering several personal records and season bests throughout the meet, the Western Oregon track and field teams completed a successful two-day stint at the WSU Cougar Indoor Invitational on Saturday.

Senior Cody Warner highlighted WOU action in the sprints by advancing to the finals in the 60-meter dash after recording a 7.10 in an opening round. Warner returned to finals and topped out with a 7.07 to place fifth overall.

For the women, Natalie Legras and Hailey Sears advanced out of the qualifying rounds with the top two marks of the season for WOU as Sears was recorded with an 8.37 and Legras an 8.38.

Moving to the 60 hurdles, Ana Popchock clocked a personal best with a 9.56 for a seventh-place finish. Popchock also placed fourth overall in the triple jump with a 35-11 1/2 (10.96m).

Recording WOU’s top finish of the meet, Mariah Gronbach placed second overall with a season-best 52-2 1/2 (15.1m) in the weight throw. On the men’s side, Karsten Collins (49-7 3/4) and Mont Child (49-6 1/2) took sixth and seventh place, respectively.

Four Wolves cracked the top 10 in the men’s 800 with Simon Walsh leading the way in third with a 1:59.54. Max Carmona (2:00.81), Zach Kanelis (2:00.88) and Trey Reed (2:01.20) followed in the No. 7-8-9 positions.

A pair of Wolves placed second in their section in the 3,000 with Sawyer Heckard taking 11th overall for the men with a 9:07.60 and Cassie McKinney 18th for the women with an 11:06.55.

WOU will return to action next week when it travels to Michigan for the Grand Valley State Big Meet on Feb. 8-9

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