McMinnville wrestlers, girls basketball advance through ranks
McMinnville 65, McKay 47
The moment of a Class 6A state play-in game never got too big for the McMinnville girls basketball team to handle, but the Grizzlies' press got to be too much for visiting McKay to handle.
Mac forced 25 Royal Scot turnovers and led by as many as 21 points in a 65-47 victory over McKay Friday night in The Furnace.
The Grizzlies (8-16 overall) ran out to a 17-4 first-quarter lead on the Royal Scots (13-14) and led 39-20 at the half.
"For a while, I think they were panicking," Mac coach Sean Coste said. "They turned it over sometimes without a lot of pressure."
McKay responded in the third quarter with a 13-2 run over five minutes that cut its deficit to 41-33. The Grizzlies, however, stayed aggressive and went 10-of-15 from the foul line the rest of the way.
Sophomore Montanna Gubrud, McMinnville's backup point guard, scored 16 points off the bench after starting point guard Nicole Long was stricken with foul trouble early on. Senior Molly Olsen had 11 points for the Grizzlies, and sophomore Elizabeth Logsdon added 10 points.
Braylee Stone led McKay with 16 points.
McMinnville will play a Class 6A state playoff game Tuesday on the road against an opponent to be determined.
Nyssa 41, Amity 28
NYSSA -- The Warriors fell to the Bulldogs in a Class 3A state playoff contest Friday night. Amity finishes its season with a 20-8 overall record.
OSAA State Wrestling Championships: Day 1
Two McMinnville wrestlers are still alive in the championship brackets of their respective weight classes after Friday's activity.
In Class 3A, Dayton scored some early victories before falling off a team title pace, and Willamina and Sheridan each found success.
The Grizzlies are presently in 15th place in the Class 6A bracket with 24 points; first-place Roseburg has 142, and second-place West Linn has 51.5. In the Class 3A bracket, Dayton is in fourth place with 60.5 points, 12.5 behind first-place Vale. Willamina is ninth with 41 points, Sheridan (nine points) is 19th and Amity (three points) is 23rd.
Mac senior J.T. Barnes is safely in the semifinals of the Class 6A 152-pound bracket after winning both his Friday matches. Barnes pinned Austin Hutchins of Roseburg in 1 minute, 33 seconds in the first round and defeated Joseph Knight of Barlow by decision (8-2) in the quarterfinals.
Barnes' younger brother, Grizzlies freshman Brian, pulled out decision victories against Barlow's Hunter Boelow (5-0) and Roseburg's Jake Snyder (12-5) to advance to the semifinals of the 195-pound weight class. Brian Barnes' semifinal match will be against Cameron Schmitz of West Linn, who upset No. 1-seeded Ben Kociemba of Hillsboro.
Sophomore Bobby Crowston won his first match by fall against Mamed Razatdinov of David Douglas (3:56) in the Class 6A 138-pound bracket before losing by technical fall, 16-0, to No. 1 seed Spencer Stokes of Sunset. Crowston then lost his consolation match to North Medford's Cole Hornbrook by fall (4:35).
Class 3A wrestlers alive in semifinal matches include: David Cervantes, Dayton (113 pounds); Michael Reyes, Willamina (120 pounds); Skyler Voigt, Willamina (126 pounds); Justin Acuff, Sheridan (132 pounds); Coty Brown, Willamina (132 pounds); Jared Henry, Dayton (138 pounds); Micah Cisneros, Dayton (145 pounds); and Austin Howard, Willamina (160 pounds).
Action resumes today at 8:30 a.m. at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Portland. Championship finals are slated to begin at 6:30 p.m.