State recognition for area standouts — Nine Central Oregon players are among those who have been named to the 2018 Class 6A, 5A and 4A all-state volleyball teams, as determined by a vote of the state’s coaches and compiled by The Oregonian/OregonLive. In 6A, Summit senior outside hitter Jade Waskom was voted to the second team, and Bend sophomore setter Megan Bushnell received honorable mention. In 5A, Ridgeview junior outside hitter Rylee Troutman was named to the first team, Crook County junior setter Anna Woodward was selected to the second team, and three area players received honorable mention: Crook County senior libero Mekynzie Wells and Ridgeview juniors Nicole Bessemeyer, a middle blocker/outside hitter, and Allicite Frost, a setter. In 4A, Sisters senior outside hitter Kendra Sitz was voted to the first team, and Sisters junior outside hitter Samantha Silva received honorable mention. The complete 6A, 5A and 4A all-state teams are listed in Prep Scoreboard.
Mountain View boys ranked No. 5 in 6A — Winners of four of their first five games, the Mountain View Cougars are the No. 5 team in Class 6A based on the OSAA boys basketball rankings. As of midday Monday, the Cougars, under first-year head coach Bob Townsend, were the highest-ranked Central Oregon basketball team of either gender and in all classifications. Also in the OSAA’s top 10 among Central Oregon teams entering this week were the Redmond girls (4-1), No. 7 in Class 5A, and the Culver girls (7-1), No. 8 in Class 2A.
Trinity Lutheran boys 2-0 in tourney — Trinity Lutheran will open league play riding a three-game winning streak. The Saints defeated Klamath Union’s JV 47-41 Saturday to finish 2-0 at the Holiday Hoops Classic hosted by Hosanna Christian in Klamath Falls. Junior Matt Eidler had 22 points and eight rebounds, and Scooty Gilbert and Abe Clift scored 11 and 10 points, respectively. Trinity Lutheran opened the tourney with a 65-41 win over Pacific, the reigning 1A state champion. The Saints scored 29 points in the third quarter, including 15 by Gilbert, who finished with a team-high 19. Eidler had 16 points, seven rebounds, five assists and five steals. Trinity Lutheran hosts Chiloquin on Tuesday in its Mountain Valley League opener.
Madras girls place 4th in Coos Bay — Madras roared back from a first-round loss to finish 2-1 in the Les Schwab Tournament at Marshfield High School. The White Buffaloes started the tournament flat in a 71-46 loss to Philomath on Thursday. But they rebounded Friday, defeating North Valley 69-48. Jayden Davis had 16 points and Vanessa Culps added 15 points and five rebounds. Jiana Smith-Francis finished with 11 points and eight rebounds. The White Buffaloes defeated Junction City 60-54 on Saturday to conclude the tournament. Culps had 19 points and five rebounds in Saturday’s game.
La Pine girls much improved — After going 4-20 overall last season, the Hawks are already 3-3 this season under new coach Brian Broaddus, the former Mountain View boys basketball coach. La Pine is on a two-game winning streak, having defeated Sisters 54-36 on Dec. 6 and Crook County 44-25 on Dec. 11. The Hawks’ scheduled home game against Oakridge this past Saturday was canceled. They are set to host Burns on Tuesday and Taft on Friday as they look to match or perhaps surpass their win total for last season.
Cougars shine at Grants Pass — Mountain View won championships in three weight classes Saturday and finished a strong second in a field of more than 25 teams at the two-day Grants Pass Winter Kickoff. Carson Fassett (160 pounds), Colton Burkhardt (170) and Blake Ohlson (195) were winners for the Cougars, who piled up 202 points to finish behind only Sweet Home’s 250 in the team standings. Cannon Potts placed second at 152 pounds, and Caleb Potts (113), Tyson Oliver (120) and Nate Jones (126) all finished fourth for Mountain View. In the girls portion of the tournament, two Cougars were among the champions: Taylor Ohlson was first at 135 pounds, and Lexi Byrne won at 145.
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