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8 The Sun, Wednesday, September 23, 2009 P R'IS Spartans start slow but stop Creswell, 47-26 By Herb Swett Correspondent, The Sun Sheridan overcame an early Creswell lead to defeat the host Bulldogs 47-26 Friday. Most of the Spartans' attack was in the air, with 420 yards gained on passes and only 35 rushing,. Creswell scored on its first possession, with Connor O'Leary throwing a 15-yard pass to the end zone. The Spar- tans' Kyle Whelchel blocked the extra-point attempt. A few minutes later, a 20- yard pass play from Brock Ingram to Patrick Mitchell tied the score. It was Creswell's turn to block a kick, and the score was 6-6. Ingram connected with Tre Hale-Edmerson for 15 yards for the final touchdown of the first quarter, and Corey Langley kicked for an extra point to put the Spartans up 13-6. The Spartans started the sec- ond-quarter scoring with a nine-yard run by Beau Bradford. Alex Ludwig ran for two extra points, and Sheridan had a 20-6 lead. After an 82-yard kickoff re, tum, the Bulldogs' Zach Malard ran the ball three yards in for six points. Carlos Garcia kicked for an extra point. With three seconds left in the first half, a 33-yard pass play from Ingram to Hale- Edmerson added six points. A run for two more failed, and the half ended with the Spartaris ahead 26-13. Sheridan took the kickoff to open the third quarter, lost the ball on downs and recovered a Creswell fumble. Another pass play from Ingram to Hale- Edmerson, this one for 26 yards, was followed by an ex- tra-point kick from Langley, and the Spartans led 33-13. Creswell kept fighting. On a reverse, Malard ran in for a 17,yard touchdown play. Akick failed. The start of the fourth quar- ter was somewhat like the start of the third. Sheridan fumbled the ball away, and Creswell lost it on downs. Then Mitchell ran in from the Creswell 7-yard line, and Langley kicked for a 40-20 Spartan lead. Malard scored on a punt return, and Garcia kicked for Creswell's last point. The last score of the game was on a 50-yard play in which Henry von Euen took a pass from Ingram up the middle into the end zone. Langley kicked for the final score of 47-26. '%Ve came out really flat," coach Sheridan Brice Ingram said. He noted a problem with penalties fnd said Sheridan would work hard on that this week. However, Ingram said the Spartans responded well to th.e early difficulties, and he also called Creswell a good oppo- nent. He described his own players as "really coachable." Sheridan will play at home Friday against Valley Catholic. SHERIDAN 13 14 7 14-47 CRESWELL 6 7 7 6-26 1st - C, Arbogast 15 pass from O'Leary (kick failed). 1st - S, Mitchell 20 pass from Ingram (kick failed). 1st- S, Hale-Edmerson 15 pass from Ingrain (Langley kick). 2nd - S, Bradford 9 run (Ludwig run). 2nd - C, Malard 3 run (Garcia kick). 2nd - S, Hale-Edmerson 33 pass from Ingrain (run failed). 3rd - S, Hale-Edmerson 26 pass from Brock (Langley kick). 3rd - C, Malard 17 run (kick failed). 4th - S, Patrick 7 run (Lan- gley kick). 4th - C, Malard 68 run (Garcia kick). 4th - S, Von Euen 50 pass from Ingrain (Langley kick). Bulldogs nip Kennedy, 15-11 By Herb Swett Correspondent, The Sun Willamina came from be- hind in the third quarter to de- feat Kennedy 15-11 Friday in Mount Angel. The win gave the Bulldogs a 2-0 record for pre-league foot- ball. Kennedy did not make the Bulldogs'job easy. The Trojans rushed for 253 yards on 57 car- ries to 65 yards on 18 carries for Willamina. The Bulldogs beat Kennedy in the passing game, 70-63 yards. Kennedy lost more yards to penalties, 95 to 67, but Wlllamina had to pick its spots to win. The Trojans' first score came in the first quarter, when Derek Traeger ran 20 yards for a touchdown. A run by Derek Barth made the score 8-0. Although the Bulldogs' de- fense held up in the first half, the offense kept running into penalty trouble and put on what Willamina coach Tim France called a "lackluster" perfor- mance. Penalties prevented several first downs during the half. The one score of the second quarter was a 33-yard field goal by Kennedy's Nikita Sharabarin to put the Trojans up 11-0. During halftime, France talked over what had gone wrong, and the Bulldogs' sec- ond-half play turned the game around. Brady Bruckner started the third quarter with a 50-yard kickoff return. A few minutes later, a 36- yard pass play from BJ Wilson to JJ Flylm put Willamina on the scoreboard. Devin Cavan ran for two extra points to put the score at 11-8. Later in the period, a 16- yard keeper by Wilson pro- vided another Bulldog touch- down. Wilson kicked the final point of the game and put Wil- lamina up 15-11. Kennedy kept fighting in the fourth quarter, but the Bulldogs twice held the Trojans inside the 10-yard line. Willamina threat- ened to score on his last pos- session but let time expire. France said the second half showed that the Bulldogs seemed ready for league play. "We know our league is go- ing to be very, very tough," he said. West Valley League games will start Friday, with Wil- lamina at home against Colton. WILLAMINA 0 0 15 0 - 15 KENNEDY 8 3 0 0- 11 1st - K, Traeger 19 run (Barth run). 2nd - K, Sharabarin 33 field goal. 3rd- W, F!ynn 23 pass from Wilson (Cavan run). Bulldogs plan luau, auction to raise funds Willamina High School Bulldogs fundraising luau and sports auction will be held Oct. 9. A silent auction will run from 5 to 6:30 p.m. with din- ner at 8 p.m. Tickets are: oral auction, $25 single, $40 couple, $150 table for eight. You can email USMCMOM503 @aol.com or Call Wlllamina High School to make donations for the auction and for tickets to the dinner. Photos by Karl Ekstrom Sheridan's Lisa Ekstrom returns the ball while teammate Kayleigh Whelchel watches the play. Lady Spartars beat Colton and Gervais last wek. Lady Sparts win openers Sheridan downs Colton, Gervais Bt Herb Swett Correspondent, The Sun Sheridan had a-victorious week in volleyball, beating Colton at home Tuesday and Gervais there Thursday. The Lady Spartans whipped Colton 25-7, 25-11 and 25-7 and then downed Gervais 25- 17, 25-12 and 25-16. Tuesday's match was Sheridan's first in the West Val- ley League play. After a few early errors, the Lady Spartans overcame what coach Matt Leichty called "first-game jitters" to control Sheridan's Chelsei Hall jumps high to spike the ball. the ball and play at their tempo. Hanna Ellis helped Sheridan with 18 assists, Amber Moser with 13 kills and four blocks, and Kayleigh Whelchel with three aces and four digs. Sheridan passed effectively against a Gervais team that Leichty thought "played very well." Sheridan made some hitting errors but played aggressively as the Cougars kept making it difficult to fred open spots on the court. Whelchel had nine kills and two aces, Moser eight kills, Ellis 24 assists and Makayla Niehaus two aces. Sheridan plays Thursday at Willamina. Lady Dawgs win tourney By Herb Swett Correspondent, The Sun Wlllamina won the Sherman County Tournament on Satur- day, ending a busy week on the road after a slow start against Valley Catholic and taking four games to beat Amity. The Lady Bulldogs fell to the Valiants 14-25, 13-25, 18- 25 on Sept. 15 in Beaverton. In Amity on Thursday, they downed the Warriors 25-9, 25- 16, 22-25, 25-16. Saturday in Moro, they finished 10-0, win- ning two-game matches with South Wasco, Dufur, Union, Condon-Wheeler and Sherman County. ! Coach Carrie Zimbrick said the match with Valley Catholic showed the areas the team needs to work on. ''We would start out strong but let too many serves get by without a good pass. They would get a nm on us, and we would quit compet- ing." Chelsea Moser's five kills and 10 blocks led the Bulldogs. Caralyn Chewning had with nine digs and three kills and Crecy Bowman with six assists. Playing Amity, Karley Wd- son took the setting role i for Bowman, who had an abd0mi- nal injury. Everyone got play- ing time, and Zimbrick tided several rotations. ''We are still looking forour best combination of six," she said. "Overall, I was pleased with the effort and offensive Photo by Shelley Herman Willamina's Chelsea Moser tips ball back to Amity. and defensive play." Chewning led with eight kills, followed by Moser's six, Sherae Cumberland had six digs and Moser picked up four blocks. In the Sherman County tour- nament, everyone had playing time and Zimbrick found im- provement in many players from the morning to the after- noon. Trying out players in new positions, she found versatility. The Bulldogs beat South Wasco 20-13, 20-14; Dufur 20- 10, 20-19; Union 20-11, 20-19; Condon-Wheeler 20-14, 20-16; and Sherman County 25-21, 25-20. Chewning led with 25 kills, followed by Moser's 23 and Erika Ivey's 8. Bowman had 28 assists and Wilson 12. Chewning led with 8 digs, Moser with 12 blocks and Bowman with 7 aces. Delphi places 5th Delphian entered the win- ning column in volleyball Sat- urday, placing fifth in a tourna- ment at East Linn Christian. The Dragons, 0-5 in league play, came in fifth out of seven teams. In Recognition of i00ire Prevention SHERIDAN 1 ' FIRE DISTRICT Invites You to Our Sat. Oct. 3 10 am- 2 pm 230 S.W. Mill St., Sheridan Photo by Shelley Herman Spartan runner Chris Stash placed sixth out of 160 runners in Silver Creek Falls meet. He is shown running in Willamina meet. Sheridan runner 6th in meet Chris Stash leads local runners in 'monster' course By Herb Swett Correspondent, The Sun Sheridan's Chris Stash placed sixth in the Silver Creek Falls cross country meet Wednesday. The Varsity race, known as the "monster," is a 5,200-meter (more than a mile) climb. Those who finish it receive a ribbon that says: "I conquered the monster.". Willamina 'ran varsity and JV boys and JV girls. Sheridan ran varsity boys and JV girls. Meghan Wolmendorf led the Spartan girls, placing 10th in 19:38 in the 3,200-meter JV run. Rachel Hayden came in 25th in 21:01. Brent Bruckner was the highest-finishing Bulldog JV runner, 19th of 98 runners in 16:04. Jacob Borck had the top varsity boys' time, 24:07, fin- ishing 63rd of 160 runners. Michael Rogers came in the highest among the Bulldog JV girls, 9th of 56 in 19:33. "I was impressed with how hard everyone ran," said Bull- dog coach Ariah Fasana. "Michael is looking to be com- petitive among the girls this season as she gets in shape. Brent Bruckner also impressed me, as he ran so well in only his second cross country race ever." Sheridan runners will com- pete Friday at Nestucca. The Bulldogs will run Oct. 2 at Nestucca. 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