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Mac swimming wins, one more meet this year

Dec 18, 2012

By Ben Schorzman
Of the News-Register

The McMinnville swim team stayed unbeaten in dual meets this season with a sweep Thursday of Tigard. The Grizzlies boys team won 123-44, and the girls team won 108-62.

The Grizzlies swim at 3:45 p.m. today at home vs. Forest Grove.

The McMinnville boys team won every event except the breaststroke to easily beat the Tigers. Jacob Porter and Tristan Versteeg both won two events again, and they also helped the 200-yard medley relay team win in 1 minute, 44.20 seconds.

“They’ve won everything they’ve swam (this season),” McMinnville coach Jason Hafner said.

The versatility Porter and Versteeg bring to the pool is something Hafner said will help them at the end of the year when they choose their best races for districts. They can swim all the events, but by mixing it up during the dual season, they’ll stay sharp for the postseason.

Versteeg won the 50 freestyle and the 100 fly. Porter won the 200 individual medley and the 100 freestyle.

“That gives us some versatility,” Hafner said. “It’s nice to move them around too. It helps them. It’s good for their other events. Keeps them fresh.”

Max Hayes swam a lifetime-best in the 200 freestyle, winning in 2:05.92. Max Justice won the 500 free in a lifetime-best time of 5:49.

On the girls side, the score was a bit closer, but the Grizzlies still ran away with it. Molli Hartzell won two events. She swam a lifetime-best 2:28.25 in the 200 individual medley and also won the 100 breast stroke. Hartzell was also swam the opening leg of Mac’s winning 200-medley relay.

Erika Sato won the 100 free and was second in the 200 free. Kelly Gonzalez swam a lifetime-best 6:39 in the 500 free, finishing second.

“She’s a first-time swimmer for us,” Hafner said. “Good swim. One of the tougher races.”

The Grizzlies also won the 200 free relay. Malia Riggs won the 100 fly, and Rebekah Wood won the 50 free.

Hafner said he thought the effort was really good despite the less than ideal swim conditions. He said Tigard’s pool doesn’t have a secondary pool to warm-up or cool down in.

“I was happy to see a lot of their second events, even without being able to warm down, that they had a good effort,” Hafner said.

Today’s meet vs. Forest Grove is Mac’s last until January. The Grizzlies will again ramp up their swimming practices from 1 hour, 45 minutes to 2 hours, 30 minutes. Hafner said he’s looking for a couple of things from the meet vs. the Vikings. He wants to see what some of his younger swimmers can do in varsity races, and also see how fast his athletes can swim before they really get tired over break.

“One more opportunity to try and swim fast before we get them into break,” Hafner said.

Mac girls basketball wins big

The McMinnville girls basketball team won 71-46 Friday at Sunset, led by 16 points from senior Grace McMillan.

The Grizzlies (4-2) were scheduled to play at 7:15 p.m. Monday at home vs. Liberty, and they play at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Cleveland.

Mac raced out to a big first-half lead vs. the Apollos. The Grizzlies outscored Sunset 18-7 in the first quarter and added 23 more points in the second quarter to lead 41-16 at the half. Mac led 55-31 after the third quarter, and it outscored Sunset 16-15 in the fourth quarter. It was the third time this season that the Grizzlies have scored 63 or more points in the game and the first time they have scored more than 70.

Audrey McMillan scored nine points for Mac, and Taylor Petersen scored eight. Emily Bliven scored seven, Nicole Long had six points, and Hailey Lundmark, Bethany Mohler and Molly Olsen all scored five points. Montanna Gurbud scored two points.

Wrestling sweeps dual meet

The McMinnville wrestling team performed well Thursday at a three-way dual at West Sale High School and followed that up with a fourth-place finish in a tournament at Canby on Saturday. The Grizzlies wrestle at Tualatin on Thursday in a Pacific Conference dual meet.

The Grizzlies wrestled McKay and West Salem last week, easily winning both matches. Mac beat McKay 57-16 in the first round. Aspen Nelson pinned Nicolas Brown in the first eight seconds of the first period at 106 pounds, and Steven Went pinned Taylor Lopez-Diaz at 113 in the first period. Bryce Branson also scored a pin for the Grizzlies at 120, pinning Humberto Santana with 25 seconds to go in the third period.

Peyton Gonzalez and Manny Humlie lost at 126 and 132 respectively for the Grizzlies, but Mac reeled off six wins in a row to pull away. Jered Sublet pinned Jeremy Duff at 138, Bobby Crowston won by pin at 145, and J.T. Barnes pinned Jose Mendez in the first period at 152. Rylan Blair followed that up with an 8-2 decision win at 160.

Tiger Paasch won by pin at 182 in 1:30 vs. the Scots. The Grizzlies lost at 195 and 220, and Vince Williams won at 285 by injury forfeit.

Mac also wrestled well vs. West Salem, going 10-3 to win 56-18. Mac won two matches by forfeit and five by pin. Nelson, Weant, Branson, Humlie, Sublet, Crowston, Barnes, Alex Kiess, Paasch, Cerda and Williams all won.

In the Canby Tournament, Sublet placed first at 138, and Barnes won the 152-pound bracket. Branson finished second at 120, and Paasch lost in the 182 finals to finish second.

Weant (113) and Humlie (132) finished third at their weight classes, Nelson was fourth at 106 pounds, as was Alvaro Flores at 113. Dalton Donaldson and Crowston both finished fifth in their brackets, Donaldson at 126 and Crowston at 145.

The Grizzlies finished fourth behind David Douglas, Canby and Sprague.

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