Wednesday, March 4, 2020 A13 The Dalles Chronicle TheDallesChronicle.com SWC HOOP Steven Preston managed a 1-2 record in his final state appear- ance. At 160 pounds, Preston posted a 21-7 record and capped his career with back-to-back state qualifications. Jeremy Lanthorn/ Contributed photo hours talking about what special people they are. One of the things that I enjoyed the most from this tourna- ment is sitting down with them and asking them about their future plans. And every matches to Kolton Malone one of them had a plan after (Thurston) and Roman high school. It was neat to Bagley-Rios (Parkrose) by hear them talk about what first-round, and 182-pound senior Mauricio Carrera (8-6 wrestling meant to them, what the program meant to record) lost two consecu- them and how it is going to tive matches by pin versus propel them in the future. It Crater’s Owen Burkhart (43 always brightens my heart seconds) and Hillsboro’s knowing that they are going Sebastian Echeverria (1:41). on, but I am really saddened While he is graduating in June, Steven Preston had the by it too.” While Beasley is losing a chance to stand side-by-side with his little brother Ian and top-flight group of veterans, was able to show him what it the younger programs are takes to be successful on the climbing in numbers, with the kids club boasting a ros- varsity stage. “I think it was awesome. It ter of 60 under coach Kevin has been several years since I Marx, and there are 35 mid- have been on the same team dle school wrestlers, coached with my little brother and by Alexander Kramer, ready really go through the grind to make a jump to the next together,” Steven said. “I level, 10 who are incoming think he is going to push the freshmen. Preston legacy to an all-time Beasley vividly remembers high. He made it to state this when The Dalles had a dual year and did good. He wres- against Hermiston with only six kids. tled his heart out and I can He has been around for see him being a future state champion by his senior year.” some of the lowest points, but he cannot be more hope- For seven years, Beasley had been spending several ful about the future of the hours of his day develop- wrestling program. “We have had the most ing Ophath Silaphath, Ben kids in the high program now Nelson, Quinn Wilson, than we did in the past 10 Miguel Torres, Steven years, so things are definitely Preston, Karen Villa and on the rise for us,” Beasley Carrera, the senior core that said. “I am really excited made an impact on his life. about the group that we have Beasley got especially coming from middle school. emotional once Carrera I had a chance to coach them was eliminated from state in football and we are starting contention. to get that connection again “I said, ‘I only cry once where we are having kids a year and it is at this tour- coming in from the football nament with my seniors,’” Beasley recalls telling Carrera. program and giving us some “You know, I can’t say enough numbers. We have needed that for many years.” about them. I could spend TD WRESTLING Continued from page A12 on the roster, led by sopho- mores Thomas, LaFaver, Sheer Continued from page A12 and Alex Stebbins, and fresh- men Ian Ongers, Dominic Marquez and James Best. in these big games. We will Birman, Olson and Haiden learn from them though.” Perez will be seniors next Following back-to-back year, taking over the spots season where they went vacated by graduating seniors, 12-36, the Redsides racked Marshall Bell and Davis. up a 20-7 record, went 11-3 “Marshall and Tanner were in league to earn the district here during those lean times, tournament’s top seed and wound up ranked 13th in the but they stayed with it,” Hull said. “Tanner is who I would state. consider one of my most im- SWC notched two three- game winning streaks, then proved players. He has been from Jan. 24 to Feb. 21 won one of our leaders and he did nine in a row, before losing an awesome job this year of in the Big Sky Conference getting the ball where it needs championship game to Ione- to be, he hit some big shots, Arlington, 74-68. he improved his game and The Redsides defeated showed up consistently on a Elgin by a 72-45 margin in nightly basis. You just hope state sub-round action on that someone comes in next Feb. 26 to set up Saturday’s year to fill those shoes.” contest with Joseph. The Big Sky Conference Finishing so close, yet so will undergo a facelift of sorts far from Baker, Hull is opti- starting next year with the mistic his squad can use the addition of four Washington big-game moments to bolster schools. In one division will be next year’s run. SWC, Dufur, Horizon, Trout It hurts, especially since Lake, Klickitat-Glenwood if SWC would have beaten Ione-Arlington in the district and Lyle-Wishram, and on the other side is Sherman, title matchup, they would have played Joseph at home Condon, Ione-Arlington, Echo, Mitchell-Spray and instead of making the long Bickelton. Teams will play two Eastern Oregon trip. SWC is still young in many in-division games and have areas with six underclassmen one apiece against the other SWC senior point guard Tanner Davis sends off a baseline floater in Saturday’s basketball game played in Enterprise versus Joseph. Neither squad had more than a five-point second-half lead and SWC had a game-tying attempt at the buzzer fall short, as they lost, 43-40. Ellen Bishop/Wallowa County Chieftain side. This past year, the Big Sky teams battled each night and seventh-place Mitchell-Spray was in district contention up until the final weekend, so there was plenty of parity in the league. “It is definitely going to be a bit of a grinder when it comes to the new league schedule, but this year and how tough our league was, allowed us to be where we were and allowed us to grow up a little bit, compared to being in a league where we just ran through ev- erybody,” Hull said. “We have our main core coming back and they will be battle-tested. They now know what it takes. It’s a matter of making those plays and executing down the stretch of games.” TRASH TALK Q. Is there a place where can I take old QA computers, VCR’s and other electronics for recycling? Jared, The Dalles A. Jared, I don’t’ know of any local options for VCR or stereo recycling. You do have an option in our area for “e-waste” though. 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