Columbia River boys look like real deal in rout of Black Hills

first_imgColumbia River boys look like real deal in rout of Black Hills Chieftains capture 2A district championship 75-40 It’s also the Chieftains’ first district title in Class 2A. The program never won a bi-district title in 4A or 3A under longtime coach David Long when it was part of the bi-district tournament in 4A or 3A.The Chieftains, champions of the 2A Greater St. Helens League, have put up impressive wins all season, but perhaps nothing like Friday against the 2A Evergreen Conference champions. So many of River’s players were part of last season’s 50-49 district title loss to Mark Morris.They didn’t want a repeat feat going into regionals.“We’ll never forget that,” said Caden Dezort, who had eight points. “And we wanted to make a statement by going into state with a win.”Friday, the Chieftains led from start to finish, hit eight of their 11 3-pointers in the first half and had a 32-point lead midway through the third quarter. @MegWochnick [email protected] LACEY — Black Hills boys basketball coach Jeff Gallagher knows a state title-caliber team when he sees one.He coached Valley Catholic High School of Beaverton to the 2007 Oregon 3A boys basketball state championship, and no doubt after Friday’s 75-40 victory by Columbia River in the 2A boys district title game, he believes the Chieftains are for real.“They’ve got all the tools,” Gallagher said. “… I’d be shocked if they’re not playing on the last night in Yakima.”And so many of those tools were on display at Saint Martin’s University on Friday night, leading by as many as 39 points in the second half. The win is the largest margin of victory by a district title-winning team dating back to the first year of the tournament under the WIAA’s six-classification format in 2007. GO Tags Receive latest stories and local news in your email: By Meg Wochnick, Columbian staff writer Published: February 15, 2019, 11:16pm Columbia River celebrates its 75-40 2A district title win over Black Hills on Friday.center_img Columbia River ChieftainsVideo (360) 735-4521 Share: By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. Share: Senior Evan Dirksen had 32 points, one better than his previous career-high of 31. Twenty-seven of those points came over the second and third quarters, including River’s first seven points of the third quarter when River led 55-20.Dirksen is now averaging better than 24 points per game over his past nine games, and what made Friday’s result seem so elementary started with River’s defense leading to transition points on the other end.“We got a lot of stops,” the senior said, “and that resulted on offense. We got a lot of good looks and knocked shots down.”Black Hills hadn’t played for a district title since its only other appearance in 2011. Gallagher said he hoped to take away one of River’s strengths: perimeter shooting. He called River th best team the Wolves have faced all season. “They came out,” the coach said, “and proved us wrong.”Nate Snook added 17 for the Chieftains, and Alex Miller joined Dezort with eight points. Alex Kukula hit two 3s off the bench in the second half for his six points.COLUMBIA RIVER 75, BLACK HILLS 40COLUMBIA RIVER (21-2) — Nate Snook 17, Alex Miller 8, Quincy Cartwright 0, Matt Asplund 0, Josh Kukula 6, Evan Dirksen 32, Caden Dezort 8, Cole Delich 0, Jack Armstrong 2, Marc Miranda 2, Dylan Valdez 0, Elijah Hairston 0. Totals 26 (11) 11-15 75.BLACK HILLS (14-9) — Jackson Bauer 12, Zach Crumley 7, Avery Armin 2, Gabe Wright 4, Weston Ainsworth 7, Evan Ellison 3, Nick Bovenkamp 5. Totals 15 (4) 6-9 40.Col. River 17 22 22 14—75Black Hills 11 3 12 14—40 Meg Wochnick Columbian staff writerlast_img read more

Raptors still looking for big hit in 5-2 loss to Walla Walla

first_img GO Gallery: Raptors vs. Sweets Photo Gallery 3 key momentsSloppy third – Two errors helped Walla Walla score three runs on three singles in the second inning, putting Ridgefield in an early 3-0 hole.Striking out the side – Starting pitcher Joey Martin got the game off on a positive start for the Raptors, striking out the side in the first inning.Out then safe – Ridgefield looked like it got a big double play in the sixth inning after Walla Walla put two on with no outs. The original call was a double play, but on appeal, the runner on first was ruled safe by the home plate umpire. A successful double steal later gave Walla Walla its first run.3 key playersRepetti – The third baseman had a double and two singles in four at-bats. 5 Photos RIDGEFIELD – The Ridgefield Raptors have been searching for that big hit, and Cameron Repetti is doing his best to deliever.The third baseman went 3 for 4, including a key single in a two-run rally in the eighth, but ultimately it wasn’t enough as the Raptors dropped their fourth game in a row, falling 5-2 to the Walla Walla Sweets on Friday night.“We’ve had our opportunities,” Repetti said. “Somebody just needs to go out and get us that big hit, and we’ll get back and rolling.”The Raptors returned home to Ridgefield Friday after getting swept in a three-game series in Corvallis, scoring a total of four runs. Ridgefield’s Jonny Weaver watches his bunt while running to first during their game against Walla Walla in Ridgefield on Friday night, June 28, 2019.(Nathan Howard/The Columbian) Photo Gallery [email protected] Share: 17 Photos Raptors still looking for big hit in 5-2 loss to Walla Walla Ridgefield suffers its fourth consecutive loss Trask Telesmanich – The Raptors pitcher threw two scoreless innings of relief with two strikeouts.Brody Barnum – The Skyview graduate was 1 for 3 with the Raptors’ only RBI.3 key numbers3 – Walla Walla reliever Reid Stebby struck out all three batters he faced in the ninth to record the save.2 – The number of Sweet runners thrown out at the plate. Repetti threw out Caleb Farmer trying to score from third on an infield grounder in the second inning. Left fielder Aaron Zavala threw out a Connor Cirillo trying to score from second on a single, with a nice tag from catcher Andrew Schleuscher.24 – Number of consecutive scoreless innings for the Raptors before they scored in the eighth. @360TMart Share: But the Raptors showed signs of a rally in the eighth inning, trailing 5-0. Repetti’s third hit of the game, a single to right, loaded the bases with nobody out.After a strikeout, Brody Barnum’s sacrifice fly to right ended the scoreless streak. An errant pickoff play allowed Ridgefield to score another run before the rally was ended.Repetti said it felt good to get on the scoreboard, and he hopes it’s the start of something bigger.“It gives us a little bit of momentum going into tomorrow,” he said. “I mean, we all know we can hit. But that’s what we haven’t been doing – capitalizing in those situations. Hopefully we can do that and get back on a winning streak.” By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. Receive latest stories and local news in your email: By Tim Martinez, Columbian Assistant Sports Editor Published: June 28, 2019, 10:27pm Tim Martinez Columbian Assistant Sports Editor (360) 735-4538last_img read more