By Jerod Young • Jerod Young • 

Mac girls and Pioneer boys are big playoff winners


McMinnville 54, Gresham 44

The Grizzlies turned up the heat and went to work in The Furnace.

McMinnville (13-11, 6-8) beat the Gophers (6-18, 1-11) in a crucial play-in game Friday. The Grizzlies needed the win to keep playoff hopes alive.

McMinnville’s win was also a morale booster. It was the Grizzlies’ second consecutive win after losing the last 6-of-8.

The Grizzlies ranked second in the Pacific Conference with 1,129 points. McMinnville gave up 1,144 points.

The win puts McMinnville in the state tournament which begins Wednesday.


Western Mennonite 41, Riverdale 32

The Western Mennonite Pioneers boys basketball picked up a losing streak at the wrong time. Luckily for the Pioneers, that bad streak came to an end at the right time.

The Pioneers (19-9, 10-4) beat the Riverdale Mavericks (15-8, 14-2) of the Northwest League in a close contest Friday.

Prior to the win, the Pioneers had a rough showing to end the year. Western Mennonite went 2-3 in its final week of the season, but had no problems making it to the state tournament.

The Pioneers lost their final regular season game at Regis, but responded to win the first game of the Tri-River Conference tournament vs. East Linn Christian Academy.

The win over Riverdale was much-needed for the Pioneers, and they move on to the quarterfinal round. The Pioneers play at 3:15 p.m. Wednesday vs. Central Linn at the Pendleton Convention Center.

Newport 53, Yamhill-Carlton 47

After a season of rebuilding, retooling, and recharging, the Yamhill-Carlton boys basketball team has returned to playoff basketball.

Before the Tigers(11-12, 6-4) can get into the state playoffs, they had to get past Newport (12-13, 4-6) of the Oregon West Conference in a play-in game.

Even with the home crowd in its side, Yamhill-Carlton wasn’t able to get past the Cubs.

The Tigers beat Seaside 64-50 in final game of the season, which meant Yamhill-Carlton got to play its do-or-die game at home.

The Tigers’ finished second in league with 1,283 points scored, but gave up 1,221 points which ranked fifth in the league.

The loss to Newport brings Yamhill-Carlton’s season to an end. The Tigers finished the 2011-2012 season with 10 wins.

Blanchet Catholic 70, Sheridan 29

The Sheridan Spartans boys basketball team had a tall order in the opening round of the 3A state playoffs.

The challenge: the Blanchet Catholic Cavaliers.

The loss broke Sheridan’s three-game win streak after it went undefeated in the West Valley League tournament.

The Spartans (15-12, 6-8) were at a size disadvantage in their first-round matchup vs. the Cavs (25-4, 13-0). Patrick and Brent Counts, one at 6-foot-3 and the other at 6-foot-8, dominate games for Blanchet Catholic on a regular basis.

Sheridan coach James Denton said Wednesday that the Cavs’ size advantage was a concern because the Spartans were at the disadvantage, but said Sheridan was taking extra precaution on defense in the paint during practice this week.

The Spartans season comes to an end with the loss.

Irrigon 58, Delphian 35

A rough season doesn’t mean a team will catch a break in the first round of the state playoffs.

The Delphian Dragons (10-11, 9-7) of the Northwest League didn’t catch a break in the first round of the state tournament when they drew Irrigon (25-0, 16-0) of the Blue Mountain Conference.

The Dragons struggled to find offense. Delphian made to the state playoffs by beating Portland Christian during the Northwest League playoffs.

Delphian made the cut into the state tournament as the fourth and final seed in the Blue Mountain Conference.

Delphian’s season comes to an end with the loss.

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