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RTS Wednesday, February 13, 1991, The Sun 9 an .... Scrappy 'Dogs win two in en win -- battle for playoff position Cailanan The Son matmen last week to Jefferson Monday and Friday and were impres- meets. k 98-pounder Rob Rasar 54 get the pin on John in one of the t matches of the night. He longer against Willa- Quinton but he got in 2:42. Pounds, Lewis Asuncion in 3:33. Jamie Hensley under a to get the pin Monday. :Wilson didn't wrestle Mon- Won both his matches in pruning Daman Gad- in 1:05 and of LaPine. took half a minute to in Jefferson in what was match of the meet. He uick win in his only taking 1 :-2 to pin of LaPine. pin on Monday 3:14. He had a quicker Bruno French of getting that win in 1:10. more evenly matched Stewart of Willamina, had some trouble stay- bounds and Jordan was first period, scoring stopped there, Jordan, although visi- back for the 5-2 Bulldog John Hofenbredl fights for rebound against Amity. 'Dogs won two games last week.--Photo by Brian Wornsth. ii :ii!ii!" ball handler drives around Amity defender. Lady Bulldogs spilt games last week. Bulldogs nip Bobcats fall hard to Warriors Wornath The Sun Bulldogs went home night after a 9-point Nestucca. Mendenhall got the victory and confi- by contributing 25 points. Mendenhall, of the game, was not Thurs- Rosenberry followed 20 points, and added 11. trust 30 seconds of the offense came on Willamina almost tied things up with a Mendenhall. prime job execut- and setting, placing and Near the end of the each side gained points fouls. Periodic foul- rule for both teams experienced a sud- their defense. Nes- score up to nearly 12-10. was the shock- Willamina sped past an average 10 throughout most of the game. Willamina outre- and the Bobcats fouling. The score Was Willamina 35, Nes- had to deal with a offensive come- 5:44 left in the third quarter, the Lady Bulldogs pumped up their defense to get more than just an occasional possession of the ball. With 3:15 left in the third, Willamina was up by 8 points with no sign of slowing down. A minute later Willamina's offense was once again hitting hard. Nestucca started to challenge Wil- lamina's 10 point lead. By halfway through the final period, Nestucca had shaved away half of the lead. Both teams again had trouble with fouling. It was Mendenhall who restored the 'Dogs to their 10 point lead with 3:12 left in the game. In the last two minutes, Nestucca had four players foul out. With 17 seconds left in the game, Tammy Morley made one of her two foul shots, which closed the game at Willamina 60, Nestucca 51. Willamina blew out Nestacca when it came to free throws. W'flla- mina sank 26 of 44 for 59 percent while Nestucca was 9 for 23 for 39 percent. The Lady Bulldogs played tough-- but not tough enough---to conquer, or even frighten the Warriors of Amity on the Bulldogs home court Feb. 4. The whole game, which was in Amity's favor, proved to be one of Willamina's biggest losses of the season. "I don't think we gave up...l think we did a good job of staying after them even though things didn't go our way for a while. Currently we're standing at 4-6 in the league," said coach Dan Halter. Willamina scored fhst with a free throw when Cindy Moehlmann was fouled by Cheri Berkey of Amity. From there on out, Amity took aggressive charge of the game. It wasn't until 2:15 left in the first period that Willamina made its Fast field goal. With Amity outrunning Willamina's offense and defense, it was surprising to see Willamina only down by 5 points at the end of the fast period. Halfway through the second per- led, the "funeral procession" had already started for Willamina. The Lady Bulldogs were not only weak on defense and offense they had almost no initiation and follow through of their shots. Willamina also had trouble keeping possession of the ball. Frequent pass interceptions by Amity proved to be another problem for Willamina. At the half, the score was 26-11 in Amity's favor. The pace of the fourth period picked up immensely. By the 1oo of their shooting, Amity got careless and seemed dumfounded at W'dla- mina's newly found energy. With 5 minutes left, Amity's Misty Aschim fouled out, but the tough Warrior defense held the Bulldogs scoreless for the last 3 minutes of the game to win 64-24. Amity had fcr turnovers and outrebounded Willamina. The top scorer of the game was Amity's Cheri Bcdcy, scoring 14 points. Willamina shot only 7 for 46 from the field for 15.2 percenL J By Brian Womath Correspondent, The &un Wdlamina jumped into second place in the West Valley League last week by squeaking by Amity and Nestucca. Jorma Kyllonen deserves a lot of the credit for the two wins, scoring 21 against the Warriors and 24 against the Bobcats. Against Amity, the Bulldogs almost threw away a comfortable lead but held on to win 49-44. Without Kyllonen, who carried the game heavily during the second period, Willamina might by whis- tling a different tune. "I thought we played a terrific fast half...we had a couple of lapses on defense, but otherwise we shut them completely down," said coach Jerry Bucyznski. Things started out slow for Wdla- rain& It wasn't until over 3 minutes into the first period that John Hofen- bredl recovered a rebound and laid it up for the Bulldog's fast points of the game. Amity was already lead- ing by 2. The Bulldogs had a problem with weak defense, while Amity had an offense that hesitated with shooting and setting up shots. Five minutes into the game, both Kyllonen and Hofenbredl contributed a field goal to put Willamina over Amity for the fast time. Willamina took advantage of Amity's shy offense. By the end of the period, Willa- mina was ahead, 16-8. The second period proved to be sizzling hot for Willamina. Within the first 30 seconds, the Bulldogs came out of their slump. Marlyn Hunt faked a shot, then passed to Kyllonen who sank a 3-pointer. Amity had increased problems with fouling. By the middle of the second period, the Bulldog offense slowed down substantially. At the half, Amity had begun to recoup their loss. Willamina still led, 32-19. Willamina's third period was almost completely opposite from what their second period was like. A well-organized and aggressive offense and an almost perfect defense was reduced to an ailing team. The Bulldog's lead narrowed. So worried were the Bulldogs, Wil- lamina received a technical when coach Bucyznski took too long a timeout. The Warriors slowly chiseled away at the Bulldog's lead, and by the end of the third period reduced it to 10 points. "The second half wasn't so much our defense, but that we gave them too many second shots. And we didn't execute well in the offense. There were some things that we worked on, but just wouldn't get the ball down," Bucyznski said. The Bulldogs came back strong in the beginning of the fourth period, but several minutes later  became overwhelmed at Amity's aggres- siveness. From about 3 minutes into the fourth period to the close Amity was able to keep pace with Willamina. With 32 seconds left in the game Willamina was up by only 3 points. After Bulldog's senior guard, Marlyn Hunt, was given two foul shots, Willamina was finally feeling safe with only 7 seconds left in the game and up by 5 points. Willamina won the game, 49-44. Kyllonen, who was the top scorer of the game, made 21 points. The other top scorers were Hofenbredl with 11 points and Pad Aalto with 8. Willamina's win-loss record now stands at 7-3. At Cloverdale, Kyllonen picked up 16 of his points on the charity stripe. Nestucca obviously forgot he was an 87 percent free throw shooter and kept fouling him. Kyllonen went 9 for 10 in the second quarter and 16 for 22 overall for 73 percent from the free throw "He hit some big free throws for us," said Bulldog coach Jerry Buc- zynski. Anthony Mahurin and John Hofenbredl each pulled down nine rebounds while scoring in double figures. Spartans split games, fall into 3rd place in league play By "ltavls Moore Correspondent The Sun Sheridan split its games last week against Santiam Christian and Day- ton but still managed to strengthen its playoff bid. Sheridan hosted Dayton Friday night and sent their guests home disappointed with a 47-45 Spartan victory. Sheridan worked its fast posses- sion inside to Casey Christianson for a score. The Pirates hit two 3-pointers but a few steals and a last-second basket by Jeremy White put the Spartans up 15-8 after the fast quarter. Pesky Dayton backcourt defense helped the Pirates close the Spartan lead to 23-22 at halftime. Sheridan then started working its offense and getting good shots. Jer- emy Yoder drove through the Pirate defense and pushed the Spartan lead to 33-26. Dayton called a timeout to regroup. A 3-pointer at the buzzer tightened the score at 35-31 going to the last quarter. The Pirates took the lead in the middle of the fourth. Christianson scored inside to give Sheridan a 41-40 lead with 1:30 left. The teams traded a few free throws, and Sheridan grabbed the important rebounds. Jon Campos hit two free throws to put the Spans up 46-41 with 18 seconds left. Dayton's Tom Jensen hit a 3- pointer with eight seconds left, and the Pirates were only down by two. Sheridan missed a free throw after being fouled with five seconds, and an accidental foul with three seconds sent Dayton's Wade Fergus to the line with a chance to tie. Sheridan coach Larry Samples called a timeout to give him a chance to think about the impor- tance of the free throws, but Fergus sank the fast. Sheridan called another timeout before his second free throw, and this time the tactic worked. Fergus missed the free throw and Yoder controlled the loose ball. He was fouled with one second left. Yoder hit the f'ust shot, but missed the second. Campos was able to get the rebound and time ran out. Sheridan had three players in double figures for the first time this season. Yoder had his highest scor- ing game of the year with 19 points on 8 of 9 shooting from the floor. Campos scored 13 with one 3- pointer on 5 of 8 shooting. Christi- anson had 10 points on 4 of 6 shooting,. Christianson led Sheridan with eight rebounds. The Spartan defense focused on Dayton's all-league guard Josh Sut- ton for the second time this season. In their f'ust meeting Sutton didn't score, and he wasn't a factor in Friday's game either, scoring only 5 points. Coach Samples said, "We played tough defense tonighL There was a lot of bumping, but we kept our composure. Yoder made some key hoops. The fan support made a difference tonight." Sheridan's luck wasn't so good against undefeated Santiam Chris- tlan Eagles on Feb. 5. S.C. beat the Spartans by 49 in the Fast meeting, but Sheridan was determined to make it a good game on its home court. It looked like a replay of the fast game in the fast quarter. The S.C. press accounted for the Eagles 24-7 lead after one. The Sparts equalled Santiam in the second, and by the middle of the third Sheridan had cut the S.C. lead to 33-41. S.C. shooting and ball control was the difference in the rest of the game. The Eagles beat the Sparts for the second time, 71-51. Campos led Sheridan with 27 points, including five 3-pointers. He scored 16 in the third quarter alone. Christianson added 12 points, 12 rebounds and 5 steals. "I wasn't real happy with the way we played tonight," Samples said. "We were out of position a lot and we had a lot of turnovers." Sheridan finished the week with a 7-4 in West Valley League play and is in the thick of a battle between the Sparts, Dayton and Willamina for the second third and fourth playoff positions. Lady Sparts surprise Nestucca with big win By ltavls Moore Correspondent, The Sun The Sheridan girls basketball team upset Nestucca Monday night 69-55 on the Lady Spans home court. After only scoring 51 points in its last two outings Sheridan exploded for its second highest scoring game of the season. The Lady Sparlans scored 70 at Nestucca. The difference in the two games against the Lady Bobcats is that Sheridan lost the f'ust game. Good Spartan defense was a major factor in the victory. Nestucca jumped out to a 6-2 lead, and Sheridan called a timeout to regroup. The Lady Sparts then used a full-court press for a 13-6 run to give them a 15-12 lead after the fast quarter. The Sheridan press tin'ned the tempo to a fast up and down game. The Lady Sparts got to most of the loose balls and took a 32-25 half- time lead. Sheridan went 6 for 11 from the field in the third quarter and took a 50-39 lead into the fourth. Nichol Moore and Carla Rodney fouled out for the Lady Spartans in the fourth period, but Sheridan still outscored Nestucca 19-16 in the I Sports Schedule quarter for the 14 point victory. Wendy Woodcock did more than her share of dismantling the 'Cats. She had 25 points on 12 of 21 shooting from the field, nine rebounds and seven steals. Moore had 11 points, Tawney Morrison scored 10, Rodney had 9 to go with 7 boards, and Chris Ridgeway had 8. Sheridan had 32 turnovers in the game, but the fast pace of the game made those turnovers mean less. Nestucca was tied for third in the West Valley League going into the game with Willamina. The lop four go to the league playoffs. Santiam Christian was one game behind the third place teams. The Lady Sparts may have knocked the Lady 'Cats out of the playuffs with the win. Sheridan coach Michelle LaRue said, "this is the style of game (up tempo) we are successful with when we are on. Rebounding hurt us in the first half, but we did a much better job in the second half. It hurt us not having anyone to match up with their tall players. I think we just out hustled them tonight." The Lady Spurtans were elimi- nated from the West Valley League pla3mff race by losing to Dayton 64-26 Thursday night. I II ThunKlay, Feb. 14 Gids Basketball: Westem Mennonite at Sheridan, 6 p.m.; Dayton at Willamina, 6 p.m. Boys Basketball: Sheridan freshmen at Western Mennonite, 6 p.m. Wrestling: Willamina Middle School at Norlh Marion, 3:45 p.m. Frklay, Fob. 15 Boys Basketball: Wfllarnina at Dayton, 6 p.m.; Sheridan at Western Mennonite, 6 p.m. Wrestling: District meet at Corbett, preliminaries 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16 Wrestling: District meet at Corbett, finals 1:30 p.m. Tuelay, Feb. 19 Boys Basketball: Western Mennonite at Willamina, 6 p.m.; Gaston at Sheridan, 6 p.m.; Gaston freshmen at Sheridan, 4 p.m. Gids Basketball: Sheridan at Gaston, 6 p.m.; Willamina at Western Mennonite, 6 p.m. Wrestling: Willernina Middle School hosts Banks, 4 p,m. I