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    A10   Wednesday, March 11, 2020
The Dalles Chronicle
TD girls end season with playoff loss at Silverton
Players take
pride in creating
new program
for the future
■ Ray
The Dalles Chronicle
SILVERTON – Down 37-12
at the half, The Dalles girls
basketball team amped
up the defensive tenacity
and limited Silverton to six
second-half field goals by
only two different players,
but could not get enough
shots to fall to log a major
threat as they worked a 20-16
second-half run in a sea-
son-ending 53-32 loss to the
top-ranked Foxes in 5A state
sub-round action Friday in
“I was just so proud of our
team and what we did this
year, especially in this game,
where it could have been
really easy for all of us to give
up,” all-league guard Jenna
Miller said. “We fought the
whole time and that shows
who we are and that’s what
we have proven to do all
season. We lost a lot of good
girls last year and just the
fact that we were able to fight
back and come out here and
work our butts off like we did
is exciting.”
In the first half, TD’s goal
was to pack the paint and get
every rebound, but instead
Silverton hit eight threes on 8
of 12 from the 3-point line.
Silverton post Truitt Reilly
led her squad with 17 points,
10 in the second half, eight in
the third period, and the duo
of Riley Traeger and Josslyn
Ames tacked on 12 points
TD trailed by as much as 26
points in the second half, but
towards the end of the third
quarter and the early part of
the final quarter missed on
seven of eight possessions
after making defensive stops,
but could not dip into the
Foxes’ commanding cushion.
TD’s Kilee Hoylman posted
10 points; Jenna Miller added
eight; Gus Decker finished
with six; Rainie Codding
dropped four and both
Pearl Guzman and Lauryn
Belanger hit for two points
In three seasons, Stevens
finishes with a 31-36 overall
record and an 11-13 mark
in league games with one
postseason appearance.
He has seen standouts
like Paulina Finn, Jodi
Thomasian, Ella Salvatori,
Molly Taylor give everything
to the program, and now he
has seven seniors ready to
graduate in three months.
Stevens was emotional
after the game, saying that he
was going to miss his players.
That’s what they talked
about in the locker room after
the game, was missing each
other and missing everything
that went into creating a pos-
itive environment that breeds
a successful program.
“When I was hired three
years ago, I took over a group
that weren’t basketball
players. This was their third
sport at best,” Stevens said.
“Those girls, with hard work
and some extra time with me,
played as hard as they could
and got into the playoffs.
I couldn’t have asked for
anything more than that from
a group that wasn’t expected
to see this amount of success
over what they have had over
the last two years. Through
everything, they kept their
fire and never gave up. That’s
what this team has been all
about for three years and
that’s why I love these girls.”
Hoylman, Codding,
Belanger and Miller took on
huge chunks of varsity time
last season, and Stevens
mixed in Decker Pearl
Guzman, Grace Schatz and
a few others for bigger roles
which translated into the
programs most overall wins
and highest season-ending
ranking since 2015-2016.
“This year, we came in with
less experience than last year,
with a few of us playing more
junior varsity, but we knew
we had to push harder, work
harder and work our way up
to the top harder than any of
the other teams in the state if
we wanted to meet our goals,”
Schatz said. “We pushed
ourselves in practices and in
games and it allowed us to
get to the point we are today.”
While several of the var-
sity players will fragment off
into track and other spring
activities, Belanger, Hoylman
and Schatz want to bring the
same culture of positivity,
togetherness, motivation and
drive that they attained from
the basketball program, to
the softball diamond.
In a weather-shortened
2018-2019 campaign, the
hoops squad finished tied for
second place and was denied
The Dalles girls basketball team had its season cut short following
a 53-32 loss at No. 1-ranked Silverton Friday in 5A state sub-round
Ray Rodriguez photo
a postseason berth, but then
this past winter, the Hawks
won 13 games, placed third
in league and punched a
playoff berth for the first time
since 2016-2017.
On the softball side, the
program went 11-39-1 over
a tough two-year span, but
last year, they won 14 games,
placed fourth in league,
ended up ranked ninth in the
5A rankings, and were not
invited to the playoff dance.
“If we can bring what we
achieved together through
that environment to softball,
I hope it gets us up to at least
a third-place spot because
finishing ninth in state
last year and not to earn a
playoff spot, we felt robbed,”
Belanger said. “At the same
time, it goes to show that
we can have a little more
grit and really push through
because not many people
are fighting for what we are
fighting for. We are fighting to
be respected, we are fighting
for what we deserve and we
are fighting to have people
look at us and say, ‘their
girls’ sports are going to push
through and they are doing
something that the guys
can’t. They’re making a name
for themselves.’”
Riverhawk trio lands on IMC all-league roster
home all-Intermountain
Conference awards for their
outstanding all-around ef-
forts on the hardwood.
A year after posting 17.2
points, 4.6 assists, 5.6 re-
bounds and 5.2 deflections a
game, Hoylman, who missed
some time with a knee injury,
posted a team-high 10.4
points and added 4.1 assists,
4.2 rebounds, 4.6 steals, and
Under third-year coach
7.7 deflections a matchup
Brian Stevens, The Dalles
in 10 league tilts this past
girls basketball team went
13-12 overall and added a 7-3 winter to earn first-team
mark in league to earn a state league honors for the second
consecutive season.
sub-round qualification for
Hoylman eclipsed 18
the first time since the 2016-
points in the Hawks’ road
2017 season.
The Lady Hawks also beat win at Pendleton on Jan. 31,
Pendleton on the road for the reeled off 17 points to lead
first time since Feb. 12, 2014, her squad to a 54-31 romp
swept two games apiece ver- over Redmond, and added
sus Redmond, Crook County a pair of 15-point efforts
against Crook County and
and Hood River Valley,
and were a win from taking
Stevens said that each
second place and hosting a
coach at the all-league
postseason game.
For their efforts and focus meeting devised game plans
to try to stop Hoylman, which
on team ball, TD had Kilee
is one of the biggest compli-
Hoylman, Rainie Codding
and Jenna Miller each take
ments a player can receive.
Hoylman nets first-
team spot; Miller and
Codding chalk up
second-team honors
■ Ray
The Dalles Chronicle
The Dalles girls basketball players, from left to right, Kilee Hoylman, Jenna Miller and Rainie Codding picked up all-Intermountain Conference
awards after last week’s coaches meeting. Hoylman scored first-team, all-league recognition for the second year in a row, and both Miller and
Codding were second-team winners.
Ray Rodriguez photos
“Kilee was our team leader
in most every way,” Stevens
said. “When she missed two
weeks, we lost two games we
should have won. It wasn’t her
offense as much as it was what
she brings on defense. She is
our best defensive player. She
makes so much happen by
jumping into passing lanes,
pressuring full court, making
her opponents uncomfort-
able, and in turn, the oppo-
nent is scared and throws a
ball high or low and one of her
teammates gets a steal.”
Codding, a standout senior
inside presence, was named
Three Wildcat wrestlers roar
on to state tournament
Neely and
will represent
TDMS this
weekend in
■ Ray
The Dalles Chronicle
first-round pinfall victory.
At 220 pounds, Neely went
1-2 and placed fourth and
scored seven team points.
After a quarterfinal
bye, Neely lost by pin to
Stephanie Romero (Irrigon)
to move into the consolation
semifinals, where he pinned
Miranda Nicholson (The
Dalles) in the first round.
Already staked to a state
bid, Neely had a chance to
earn third place in a match
opposite Jose Armenta
(Baker), but ended up losing
by a 14-2 major decision.
Following non-stop
Schellinger (117 pounds)
action at the Eastern Oregon
had to take the long route to
Middle School Regional
her state berth, and notched
Tournament Saturday
a win and lost in the third
in Boardman, the trio of
Summer Schellinger, Wesley consolation round.
Following a 9-2 decision
Neely and Jacob Berkovich
loss to John Koklich (Milton-
will be representing The
Freewater), Schellinger (The
Dalles Middle School at
Dalles) received a consola-
the Oregon Middle School
State Championships this
tion bye and then won by
Saturday in Woodburn.
second-round fall over Gabe
Entering action, Berkovich Hoff at the 2:27 mark.
had a 22-0 overall and had
Up next, Schellinger lost
posted six straight wins, all
by pinfall in 36 seconds
by pin, in his previous two
against Zander Flores
events and then went 4-1
with three pins and a major
Middle School 117
decision to notch second
Alexander De La Torre
(117 pounds) scored the
The 150-pound eighth
most points, 11, of his
grader breezed through his
teammates and he started
first three regional matches
out with back-to-back first-
by pin, dropping Andrew
round pins of Hood River
Farrell (Nyssa), Ethan
Valley’s Sam Blosser (42
Morgan (Baker) and Timmy seconds) and Baker’s Orrin
Desanto (Scappoose) in the Cobb (21 seconds).
opening round.
He then lost in the quar-
In the semifinals,
terfinals by pin at 31 seconds
Berkovich battled for three
against Ridge Kehr (La
rounds and scored an 8-0
major decision over Graison
De La Torre bounced
Stone (Baker).
back to defeat Dan Padgett
One win from a perfect go- (Vale) in the first round (47
ing to state, Berkovich faced seconds) and ended his day
Baker’s Adam Rushton in the with a first-round pin loss to
finals, with Rushton taking a Michael Gisi (La Grande).
The Dalles Middle School had three wrestlers pick up state qual-
ifying berths at the Eastern Oregon Middle School Regional
Tournament this past Saturday in Boardman. In the photo are,
from left to right, Summer Schellinger (girls state qualifier at 115
pounds), Wesley Neely (fourth place at 220), and Jacob Berkovich
(second place at 150 pounds). Alexander Kramer/Contributed photo
In the 160-pound brack-
et, TDMS’ Merik Peacock
looked to be in complete
control early, with a 15-13
overtime triumph versus
Conner Tennant (Hood
River) and worked a first-
round pinfall win versus
Riley Lantis (Riverside).
With a move into the
semifinals, Peacock lost by
a 9-2 decision versus Jose
Martinez (Skyview) and
lost his tournament finale
against Brennan Baxter
(Pendleton), 6-3.
Zakery Greene scored six
team points in the 90-pound
classification with his 1-2
record, with his only win
coming in the second
rounds by disqualification
against Eddie Cervantes
Now in the quarterfinals,
Greene lost by fall at 1:06 to
Noah Campos (Hermiston)
and lost in the first round
versus Baker’s Conner
Norton in 29 seconds.
Colton Sawyer (117
pounds) had a 1-2 showing
at regional with his win
coming against Baker’s Cobb
(1:28), but then he lost a 2-0
decision versus Daniel Garza
(Hermiston) to have his
tournament end in the third
consolation round.
Noah Preston (85 pounds)
lost his first bout and won
his second match by fall at
3:54 of the second round
against David Asbridge
(Heppner), and lost a tough
6-3 decision to Wyatt Cox
Maureese Sagapolutele
(150 pounds) lost his first
match, had a consolation bye
and defeated Emilio Romero
(Irrigon) by a 7-3 margin, but
had his tournament cut short
by Jester Posey (Hood River)
in the first round.
TDMS’ Harley Scott (85
pounds), Gabe Hoff (117),
Austen Manciu (102),
Orlando Garibay (125),
Jovani Virgen (132), Calvin
Evans (160) and Miranda
Nicholson (220 pounds) lost
two matches each for their
early tournament exits.
to the second squad after
putting up an impressive sta-
tistical line of 9.1 points, 5.9
boards, 1.8 steals, .8 blocks,
1.5 assists and 2.8 deflections
in 10 league matchups.
Codding notched 12 points
at home versus Redmond,
had 10 points at Pendleton,
get offensive rebounds over
girls 4-to-8 inches taller than
her is unmatched. “When
we miss shots, our girls know
that Rainie will be there to
grab the ball and lay it in,”
Stevens said.
Stevens touted Miller as
the team’s emotional leader
and like a team mom, she
always seems to say the right
things at the right moment,
whether it’s a serious adjust-
ment or a pressure situation.
“She knows just what to say
to make everyone laugh and
relieve the pressure,” he said.
Miller developed her
stroke over the last few years,
which added to her ferocious
defensive disposition and
made enough of an impres-
sion on other coaches to snag
a second team bid.
In league, the senior
contributed 8.9 points, 5.7
rebounds, 2.4 steals, 1.2
blocks 2.2 assists and 3.6 pass
deflections a contest.
On two occasions, Miller
had her rhythm flowing with
18 points apiece against
Crook County and Redmond,
she dropped 11 points at
Crook County, tacked on a
nine-point output in a game
with Hood River Valley and
pulled down a career-high
10 rebounds on Feb. 4 at
On the season, she led with
her season-high of 18 points
in TD’s home game versus
eventual league-champion,
“Rainie was like our
Dennis Rodman. An
undersized ball of energy
who outworks everyone,”
Stevens said. “Her ability to
rebounding,” Stevens said.
“The other coaches said they
had someone spy on her at
all times because they didn’t
want her to be left open. Her
3-point shot can be lethal.
Her ability is to always find
herself around the ball and,
much like Rainie, grabbing
defensive rebounds over
people much taller than her
to help us compete and win
Ridgeview’s Paige Pentzer
had her name called as
Player of the Year, and Alicia
Love earned Coach of the
On the first team along
with Pentzer and Hoylman
were Muriel Hoisington
(Pendleton), Alaina Clark
(Ridgeview) and Jenna
Albrecht (Ridgeview).
Taking spots on the sec-
ond team with Miller and
Codding was the group of
Ellie Corwin (Redmond),
Sami Spriet (Pendleton), and
Chloe Taber (Pendleton).
There were six IMC players
scoring honorable mention
awards, led by senior Grace
Meyers (Hood River Valley),
juniors Dallas Hutchins
(Crook County), Marley
Sargent (Ridgeview), Natalie
Neveau (Pendleton), and Liz
Barker (Crook County), and
Skyla Gonzalez, a sophomore
from Redmond.
Dr. Cullen’s
Student of the week
Alma Garcia, Senior:
She is working very hard. She is sticking to
getting her goal of graduating. She sits down,
gets her work out and gets what she needs
done. She has had pretty good attendance
and will readily do make up work when she
misses school.
Alma Garcia, TDHS
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