By NR Staff • 

Amity boys force tie in WVL with Westside

The Amity boys basketball team got the win it needed Wednesday vs. Westside Christian, 53-47, putting the Warriors into a tie for third place in the West Valley League with three games left in the regular season.

Amity plays at 7:30 p.m. tonight at home vs. Gervais.

Amity and the Eagles finished the first quarter tied at seven.

Westside Christian managed to pull ahead in the second quarter and led the game 16-13 at halftime.

In the second half, senior Taylor Miles led the team scoring 13 of his 16 points in the third quarter. The two teams remained within a couple points of each other until half way through the third quarter when Amity (14-7, 7-4) took the lead.

Amity clinched the game at the free throw line. The Warriors scored their last nine points from the charity stripe, holding on to beat the Eagles (15-6, 7-4).

Junior Brett Hilt scored 14 points for Amity. Junior Zach Wilson scored 11 points. Hale scored seven points and senior Kyle Nelson scored six points.

Willamina girls stay unbeaten in WVL

The Willamina girls basketball team dominated Sheridan 42-11 Wednesday at home to win their ninth straight and remain unbeaten in the West Valley League. Strong offensive play supplied Willamina with the easy win Wednesday, keeping the Bulldogs on top of the league with three games to play. The Bulldogs committed eight turnovers and were led by Whitney Anderson, who scored 13 points in the first half.

The Dayton girls basketball team lost 40-38 in overtime Wednesday to Gervais at home on Senior Night. Maddie Shirley scored 18 points for Dayton (6-16, 5-6). Teddi Hop contributed 13 points.

Dayton lost to Willamina 53-27 Monday at home.

Willamina plays at 6:30 p.m. today at Westside Christian. Dayton travels to play at 5:30 p.m. at Horizon Christian.

Monday vs. Willamina, Dayton had a good first quarter, leading 18-13, only to watch Willamina (18-3, 11-0) control the rest of the game. Brook Wilson and Anderson kept the Bulldogs on track, each scoring 13 points.

The Pirates played well early guided by point guard Maddy Garcia, who scored all seven of her points in the first quarter. Willamina pulled ahead 19-18 at 6:03 minutes left in the first half.

Willamina was able to score easy buckets in the second quarter, helping the Bulldogs build their lead to 30-20 at halftime. Willamina outscored Dayton 17-2 in the second period.

Willamina continued its half-court trap to build a comfortable 17-point cushion. The Bulldogs led 42-25 at the end of the third quarter.

The final period was no kinder to the Pirates. Willamina outscored them 6-2 in the fourth quarter.

Spink said Willamina has every offensive threat, including outside shooters and strong posts, but he said he was still fine with the improvements since last time the Pirates played the Bulldogs.

Wrestling roundup

The Willamina wrestling team competed in the prestigious Reser’s Tournament of Champions at Liberty High School last weekend.

The Bulldogs were scheduled to bring 18 wrestlers but had to cut to 12 after illness forced six athletes to stay home. Willamina had one placer — Coty Brown at 126 pounds.

Brown placed fifth, finishing the weekend 5-2. He started out the tournament beating the No. 8-seeded wrestler from Sam Barlow. Jordan Combs was 2-2 at 106. He lost to the No. 1-seeded wrestler from Crook County in the first round but rebounded to win two matches in the consolation bracket.

Skyler Voigt was 1-2, losing an elimination match to last year’s 6A state champion at his weight class. Keegan Davis was eliminated at 132 pounds, and David Bridges was eliminated at 152.

Jacob Ward went 0-2 at 160, as did Trevor Hunt at 170. Tyler Heidt was 0-2 at 182.

The Dayton Pirates, on the other hand, wrestled Saturday at the Cougar Classic in Gervais. Michael Gentry (126), Micah Cisneros (145), Jared Tompkins (152), Cade Stahl (160) and Jarred Montgomery (182) won their brackets, helping Dayton to the team victory over Gervais and Scio.

It was Dayton’s third consecutive win at the Cougar Classic, coach Rob Henry said.

David Cervantes finished second at 106, and Denver Shadden lost in the final at 132. Sebastian Bateman was also second at 195.

Jake Brown finished third at 120 pounds, and Tyler Clark was fifth at 152.

Dayton hosts its home tournament at 10 a.m. Saturday.

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