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Gary Henley | Sports Reporter
AP Photo/Chris Pietsch
Oregon running back Royce
Oregon RB
Freeman won’t
play in the Las
Vegas Bowl
LAS VEGAS — Oregon senior
running back Royce Freeman
won’t play in the Las Vegas Bowl
against Boise State on Saturday.
New Oregon coach Mario
Cristobal announced the decision
Oregon’s all-time leading rusher
had practiced earlier this week in
Las Vegas, leading to speculation
he may play.
“This is hard for him. This is not
an easy decision for a guy who’s
invested his heart and soul in this
program,” Cristobal said.
The Ducks coach did not
say whether fellow senior Tyrell
Crosby would play.
Stanford running back Christian
McCaffrey and LSU running back
Leonard Fournette both sat out
bowl games to avoid injury as they
prepared for the NFL draft.
Freeman, who could be taken in
the early rounds of the 2018 draft,
set the Pac-12 record with 60 career
rushing touchdowns, surpassing
Oregon State’s Ken Simonton, who
ran for 59 from 1998-01.
He holds Oregon career records
for rushing yards (5,621), rushing
touchdowns (60), total touchdowns
(64) and 100-yard rushing games
— Associated Press
Seaside Holiday Classic
3:30-Astoria vs. Newport
6:45-Elma vs. Seaside
11 am-Astoria vs. Sisters
8:45-Cottage Grove vs. Seaside
Girls basketball — Western Menno-
nite at Knappa, 2:30 p.m.
Boys basketball — Western Men-
nonite at Knappa, 4:15 p.m.; Naselle at
Winlock, 6 p.m.
Seaside 51, Crook County 33
7 13 4 9—33
11 12 17 11—51
CC (33): Teagan Freeman 11, Connol-
ly 6, Hutchins 5, Barker 4, Kasberger 3,
Mode 2, Tramel-Green 2.
SEA (51): Annaka Garhofer 17, Ideue
15, Babbitt 8, Smart 6, Hoekstre 3, Za-
gata 2.
Clatskanie 56, Warrenton 52
16 11 14 15—56
20 10 9 13—52
CLA (56): Shelby Blodgett 26, Sprague
14, Warren 10, Smith 3, Simmons 3.
WAR (52): Claire Bussert 22, Little 14,
M.Blodgett 7, Alvarez 5, Ramsey 3, Di-
ego 1, Heyen.
Vernonia 34, Knappa 23
10 9 9 6—34
0 8 4 11—23
VER (34): Joyce Everett 13, Walters 10,
Ely 6, Barklow 4, Hartman 1.
KNA (23): Paris Vanderburg 7, Tischer
5, Carlson 4, Marchello 4, Strain 2,
Weaver 1, Ramvick, Inman.
Montesano 55, Astoria 37
9 17 17 12—55
6 16 6 9—37
MON (55): Sam Winter 17, Tre.Ridgway
10, Nicklas 6, Valley 5, Dierkop 5, Bates
5, Albert 2, Farmer 2, Tra.Ridgway 2,
Iverson 1.
AST (37): Josh Olson 11, Hunt 10,
Stenblom 6, K.Johnson 5, Long 2, Tice
2, Brockman 1, Kee, Matlock, P.Johnson.
Seaside 100, Madras 70
24 11 16 19—70
27 15 33 25—100
MAD (70): Dapri Miller 18, Herkshan
12, Patt 11, Lockey 11, Bagley 9, Joe 7,
White 2.
SEA (100): Brayden Johnson 20,
Westerholm 13, Thompson 13, Carter
12, Landwehr 10, Januik 8, Be.Johnson
8, Hague 7, Sibony 5, Meyer 4, Ritterby,
Knappa 69, Vernonia 48
13 15 11 9—48
16 21 13 19—69
VER (48): Clay Sullivan 23, Hande-
gard 11, Harral 5, K.Sullivan 4, Everett 3,
Vazquez 2.
KNA (69): Dale Takalo 30, Weirup 17,
Engblom 10, E.Takalo 8, Ramvick 4, Elt-
Photos by Jeff Ter Har/For The Daily Astorian
Seaside’s Chase Januik rises for a shot in Thursday’s victory.
Seaside boys score 100
in home win over Madras
The Daily Astorian
EASIDE — Can anyone stop the
defending state champion Seaside
Seagulls? Through two weeks of the
2017-18 season, it’s looking highly unlikely.
Not on the Gulls’ home floor, anyway,
where they are as good as gold.
Seaside won its 19th straight at home late
Thursday night, scoring a 100-70 victory over
Madras to cap Day 1 of the Seaside Holiday
Seaside had 10 players in the scoring col-
umn and five in double figures, reaching 100
points for the first time this season — some-
thing not even last year’s state championship
team could do.
“It’s been a while” since a Seaside team hit
triple figures, said Seaside coach Bill Wester-
holm, whose team improves to 5-0 overall, the
best record at the 4A level.
The Gulls will be the favorites to collect
their third straight Classic championship this
weekend, then will have six more nonleague
games before starting league play.
Madras — which entered the game with an
0-3 record — was within 38-35 late in the first
Teams can stay with the Gulls through one
half, but not three quarters.
Seaside fell into an offensive rhythm in the
third period, when Brayden Johnson scored 13
of his 20 points, and the Gulls led 75-51 fol-
lowing a 33-point quarter.
Astor Landwehr caught fire in the fourth to
finish with 10 points, and the Gulls made a mad
scramble to reach 100.
Scores in the closing minutes by Payton
Westerholm and Colton Carter put the Gulls
at 98, and Madras helped Seaside’s cause by
fouling in the final seconds, with Rafi Sibony
and Johnson each making a free throw for 100
Seaside scored 97 in a win over Elma last
year, and 97 vs. Taft in 2004-05.
“We have (scored 100) a couple times, but
not sure of the year,” Westerholm said. “It was
nice to see different kids step up, which will
benefit us in the long run.”
After Johnson’s 20, Duncan Thompson and
Westerholm each scored 13 points, Carter fin-
ished with 12, and Landwehr chipped in 10.
Montesano holds off
Astoria, 55-37
SEASIDE — A few too many sec-
ond-chance opportunities gave Montesano too
many chances to win Thursday morning, in the
first game of the Seaside Holiday Classic.
The Bulldogs took advantage of numerous
offensive rebounds to score a 55-37 win over
Montesano threatened to pull away in the
second quarter, leading 24-15 midway through
the period.
But Astoria managed to stay close, closing
the first half with a 6-0 run to trim Montesano’s
lead to 26-22.
Payton Westerholm scores two of Sea-
side’s 100 points.
The Bulldogs had many second-chance
shots, but still finished the first half 11-of-39
from the field, 1-of-14 from the 3-point line.
Three straight baskets to start the second
half gave Montesano a 33-22 lead, and the
‘Dogs led 43-38 by the end of the third quarter.
Josh Olson scored 11 points to lead Astoria,
followed by Ian Hunt with 10. Sophomore Sam
Winter led Montesano with 17 points.
Knappa beats Vernonia
in Logger clash
KNAPPA — Dale Takalo had another
30-point game, Colton Weirup added 17, and
the Knappa Loggers scored a 69-48 win Thurs-
day night over Vernonia in a Northwest League
boys basketball Logger Showdown.
Weirup made five 3-pointers, and the sixth-
ranked Loggers were 11-for-11 from the free
throw line, as they improve to 5-2 overall, tied
with Columbia Christian and Neah-Kah-Nie at
2-0 atop the league standings.
Timber Engblom added 10 points for
Knappa, which hosts Western Mennonite on
Clatskanie wins at
WARRENTON — Warrenton was within
10 points late in the game, but Clatskanie was
able to hold off the Warriors for a 59-45 win
Thursday in a Lewis & Clark League boys bas-
ketball game.
No other details were available.
Seaside bounces
back with win over
Crook County
SEASIDE — Following a 29-point loss at
Yamhill-Carlton two days earlier, the Seaside
girls basketball team returned to the win col-
umn Thursday with a 51-33 victory over Crook
County on Day 1 of the Gulls’ Holiday Classic.
The first half began with three straight bas-
kets by Seaside’s Jetta Ideue, and the half ended
with a three-point play by Ideue that gave the
Gulls a 23-20 halftime lead.
In between, Seaside’s Annaka Garhofer and
Bryre Babbitt both hit 3-point shots, matched
by a pair of 3-pointers by Crook County’s Tea-
gan Freeman, who had 11 points off the bench
in the first half.
The Cowgirls took a brief 24-23 lead in the
opening minute of the third quarter, but Seaside
answered with a decisive 17-0 run to secure the
Garhofer highlighted the rally with back-
to-back 3-pointers, and a layup followed by
another score off a steal by Ideue.
Garhofer scored 17 points to lead all play-
ers, with Ideue adding 15.
“We’ll take a win,” said Seaside coach
Mike Hawes. “Jetta (Ideue)’s defense turned
this game around in the third quarter, and her
scoring along with Annaka.”
Vernonia tops Knappa
KNAPPA — Vernonia led 10-0 after one
quarter, on its way to a 34-23 win Thursday at
Knappa in Northwest League girls basketball
Joyce Everett scored 13 points and Jor-
dan Walters had 10 for Vernonia, while Paris
Vanderburg led Knappa with seven points,
six rebounds and four steals. Sophie Carlson
had five boards and four steals, and Sydney
Marchello finished with eight rebounds and
three steals for Knappa, which hosts Western
Mennonite on Saturday.
Clatskanie wins thriller
at Warrenton, 56-52
WARRENTON — “A great high school
basketball game,” is how Warrenton coach
Robert Hoepfl described Thursday’s matchup
between his Warriors and the Clatskanie Tigers
in a key Lewis & Clark League girls basketball
The Tigers just had a little more left at the
end to hold off Warrenton, 56-52.
“We battled, hard,” Hoepfl said of his team.
“We’ve played maybe the top two teams in the
league so far, and we’ve played well in both.
We had the shots we wanted tonight — they
just didn’t fall.”
Warrenton held an early 10-point lead, and
led 30-27 at halftime. A 14-9 run by the Tigers
gave Clatskanie a 41-39 lead entering the final
The Tigers maintained their lead through
the fourth, and made clutch free throws in the
closing seconds, after a Warrenton score with
10 seconds left cut the Tiger lead to 54-52.
Claire Bussert scored a career-high 22
points for the Warriors, followed by Tyla Lit-
tle with 14.
Freshman Shelby Blodgett paced Clats-
kanie with 26 points, freshman Olivia Sprague
added 14, and Olivia Warren scored 10 for the
Tigers, 3-1 overall. Warrenton falls to 4-2.