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Gary Henley | Sports Reporter
Elma shoots past
Astoria girls in
title game
Girls basketball — Warrenton at Port-
land Adventist, 6 p.m.
Boys basketball — North Bend at As-
toria, 7:30 p.m.; Warrenton at Portland
Adventist, 7:45 p.m.; North Beach at
Ilwaco, 7 p.m.
Girls basketball — Astoria at Glad-
stone, 7 p.m.; North Bend at Seaside,
4 p.m.; North Beach at Ilwaco, 7 p.m.;
Naselle at Mary M. Knight, 5:45 p.m.
Boys basketball — Gladstone at As-
toria, 7 p.m.; North Bend at Seaside, 2
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Knappa 49, W. Mennonite 47
Western M.
4 14 10 19—47
5 12 17 15—49
WM (47): Payton Richardson 15, Wil-
liams 13, K.Hull 8, M.Hull 6, Nicoli 2,
Halgren 2, Roth 1.
KNA (49): Dale Takalo 19, Weirup 8, E.
Takalo 8, Miller 6, Engblom 6, Ramvick
2, Phillip, Eltagonde.
W. Mennonite 65, Knappa 40
Western M.
18 20 15 12—65
6 3 17 14—40
WM (65): Peyton Hopper 25, Hess 20,
M.Hopper 12, Choi 5, Harris 2, Gutier-
rez 2.
KNA (40): Paris Vanderburg 11,
Marchello 8, Carlson 6, Weaver 5, Ram-
vick 4, Tischer 2, Nicholson 2, Inman 1,
Hendrickson, Strain.
Newport 70, Seaside 59
17 16 15 22—70
7 19 15 18—59
NEW (70): Justin Plechaty 24, Blaser
15, Tapia 12, Fisher 8, Ponciano 4, Mar-
tinson 4, Beaudry 3, Sain.
SEA (59): Payton Westerholm 18,
Januik 16, Hague 9, Thompson 6, Br.
Johnson 6, Carter 4, Landwehr.
Astoria 56, Madras 55
21 11 8 16—56
24 5 17 9—55
AST (56): Ian Hunt 25, K.Johnson 12,
Stenblom 9, Brockman 4, P.Johnson 4,
Miller 2, Olson.
MAD (55): Chad Thurby 8, Tyler Lock-
ey 8, Kahne Herkshan 8, Dapri Miller
8, Bandoni 7, Patt 6, Smith 4, Reese 3,
Bagley 3.
Astoria 35, Sisters 31
9 11 6 9—35
13 8 4 6—31
AST (35): Karsten Johnson 13, Long
6, Marincovich 5, Olson 4, Hunt 4,
Brockman 2, Stenblom 1.
SIS (31): Ty Horner 20, Rush 4, Rich-
ard 3, Engen 3, Anderson 1.
Seaside 56, Cottage Grove 46
Cottage Grove 11 5 13 17—46
12 13 14 17—56
CG (46): Jesse Ellingworth 10, Jordan
Hagewood 10, Grover 9, Vallejo-Giffen 7,
Julien 5, Alonzo 3.
SEA (56): Chase Januik 16, Wester-
holm 15, Hague 11, Carter 6, Thompson
5, Br.Johnson 3, Be.Johnson, Sibony.
Elma 38, Astoria 29
10 9 5 5—29
4 9 17 8—38
AST (29): Sam Hemsley 11, Hankwitz
9, Fausett 4, Rogers 2, Norris 2, Helm-
ersen 1, O’Brien, Jackson, Cummings,
Burnett, Feldman.
ELM (38): Jaelyn Sackrider 10, Kali
Rambo 10, Johnston 7, Mikel 4, Bieker
4, Johnson 3.
Newport 48, Seaside 28
8 13 14 13—48
11 5 7 5—28
NEW (48): Madison Hargett 21, Wag-
ner 13, Hunter 6, Mitchell 5, G.Hargett
1, Rundell 1.
SEA (28): Jetta Ideue 9, Garhofer 8,
Hoekstre 3, Angulo-Joli 2, Babbitt 2,
Smart 2, Davis 2, Goin, Zagata.
Astoria 56, Newport 42
9 15 16 16—56
3 4 14 21—42
AST (56): Sam Hemsley 16, Hankwitz
10, Rogers 9, Jackson 6, Helmersen 5,
Norris 4, Cummings 2, O’Brien 2, Fau-
sett 2, Burn ett, Nash, Feldman.
NEW (42): Megan Wagner 19, Madi
Hargett 13, Tromlitz 4, Mitchell 4, Cutler
1, Paranto 1.
Elma 54, Seaside 30
10 18 15 11—54
5 7 9 9—30
ELM (54): Quin Mikel 12, Johnson 10,
Johnston 10, Sackrider 6, Bol 5, Bieker
4, Olson 4, Burgher 3, Rambo.
SEA (30): Bryre Babbitt 10, Annaka
Garhofer 10, Smart 3, Zagata 2, Ideue
2, Davis 2, Hoekstre 1, Angulo-Joli,
All-Tournament Teams
MVP: Kayli Johnson, Elma
Annaka Garhofer, Seaside
Brooklynn Hankwitz, Astoria
Madi Hargett, Newport
Sam Hemsley, Astoria
Jetta Ideue, Seaside
Molly Johnston, Elma
Reilly Kelty, Cottage Grove
Jaelyn Sackrider, Elma
Megan Wagner, Newport
MVP: Kye Blaser, Newport
Jesse Ellingworth, Cottage Grove
Ty Horner, Sisters
Chase Januik, Seaside
Karsten, Johnson, Astoria
Byron Patt, Madras
Justin Plechaty, Newport
Bryan Tapia, Newport
Payton Westerholm, Seaside
Sam Winter, Montesano
Photos by Krissy Barendse-Goodman/For The Daily Astorian
Knappa’s Timber Engblom splits his way through a pair of Western Mennonite defenders.
Knappa Loggers chop down
No. 1 Western Mennonite
Astoria 56, Newport 42
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After a first round bye, Asto-
ria opened the tournament Friday
with a 56-42 win over Newport.
Sam Hemsley scored 16 points
and Brooklynn Hankwitz added
10 for Astoria, which led 24-7 at
The two teams shot a com-
bined 66 free throws, with Astoria
finishing 21-for-31, to Newport’s
NAPPA — The Knappa Loggers made their
case for a No. 1 ranking Saturday afternoon.
And there’s no better way to make it than
beating the No. 1-ranked team, which the Loggers
did on their home floor, scoring a 49-47 win over top-
ranked Western Mennonite.
A late basket by Knappa’s Eli Takalo held up, the
Loggers made a big defensive stop, and Chris Spen-
cer’s team climbed to No. 2 in the latest rankings.
“It was a great game, between two good teams in a
playoff atmosphere,” Spencer said.
The first quarter ended with Knappa leading, 5-4.
“We were sort of feeling each other out, maybe
some jitters,” Spencer said. “The defenses were not
giving up anything. There were no gimme shots.”
The Loggers trailed 18-17 at halftime, but as they
have all season, the Loggers owned the third quarter.
“We came out and played extremely well in the
third quarter,” and took a six-point lead, Spencer said.
“Dale (Takalo) hit two huge 3-pointers, and Colton
(Weirup) got another, and we just kept battling into
the fourth quarter.”
Western Mennonite rallied and took a brief lead in
the fourth, before Knappa’s Timber Engblom tied it
with a free throw with 45 seconds left.
Knappa grabbed the lead with 25 seconds remain-
ing, as Eli Takalo slipped past a defender, took it the
basket and scored.
In a mad scramble by the Pioneers to get the poten-
tial game-winning shot, the Loggers tipped the final
attempt, and “we played our best defensive possession
of the season,” Spencer said, preventing the visitors
Astoria boys end
their losing skid
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The Knappa Loggers celebrate following their
win over the No. 1-ranked Western Mennonite
from scoring.
Dale Takalo scored 14 of his 19 in the second
half, and Kaleb Miller — coming off a concussion
the previous week — added a couple of big baskets,
and “we just played smart, patient basketball, work-
ing it around to get the right shot,” Spencer said. “The
kids executed everything perfectly — I couldn’t have
asked for a better effort. The last nine days, no one has
played better 2A basketball than we have.”
Newport ends Seaside home win streak
But that was Seaside’s final score,
and the Cubs added four made free
throws in the final 29 seconds to
secure the win.
Justin Plechaty scored 24 points to
lead Newport, teammate and tourna-
ment Most Valuable Player Kye Bla-
ser added 15, and Tapia made four
3-pointers for 12 points.
Payton Westerholm had 18 points
and Januik added 16 for the Gulls.
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SEASIDE — The unthinkable
happened late Saturday night at Sea-
side — someone beat the Gulls. On
their home floor.
Yes, the Newport Cubs came in
ranked as the higher team, but it was
still a shocker, as Newport snapped
Seaside’s 20-game home win streak
with a 70-59 victory over the Gulls,
who had not lost at home since Jan-
uary 2016.
It wasn’t easy.
The Cubs built a quick 17-5 lead
and held an eight- to 12-point lead for
much of the night, but the Cubs had to
sweat it out as the Gulls staged a late-
game rally.
Newport’s Bryan Tapia drained a
3-pointer to give the Cubs a seem-
ingly safe 64-47 lead with 3:10 left,
but Seaside answered with a score
by Chase Januik, a 3-pointer by
Brayden Johnson, and another basket
by Januik brought the Gulls to within
SEASIDE — Newport’s Madison
Hargett was too much to handle for
the Seaside girls basketball team Sat-
urday, in the girls’ third-place game of
the Seaside Holiday Classic.
Hargett scored 21 points and team-
mate Megan Wagner added 13, as the
two outscored the Lady Gulls all by
themselves in a 48-28 win.
A 3-pointer by Seaside’s Annaka
Garhofer had given the Gulls a 16-13
SEASIDE — After losing
five straight to open the season,
the Astoria boys basketball team
bounced back with two straight
wins to close out the Seaside Hol-
iday Classic.
Following a victory Friday
over Sisters, the Fishermen won
a nail-biter Saturday, a 56-55 win
over Madras.
Karsten Johnson’s 3-pointer
with nine seconds left represented
the winning points for the Fisher-
men, who were outscored 41-29 in
the first and third quarters, but out-
scored the White Buffaloes 27-14
in the second and fourth quarters.
Ian Hunt poured in a career-
high 25 points, and Johnson
added 12 for 16th-ranked Astoria,
which hosts North Bend on Mon-
day and Gladstone on Tuesday.
Astoria 35, Sisters 31
Astoria scored its first win of
the year in a Friday consolation
game, as the Fishermen outlasted
Sisters 35-31.
The Outlaws led 13-8 after
one quarter, but Astoria outscored
Sisters in every quarter after that.
Karsten Johnson paced the Fish-
ermen with 13 points.
Gulls 56, Lions 46
Jeff Ter Har/For The Daily Astorian
Seaside’s Ryan Hague takes the
ball to the hoop in the Gulls’ win
over Cottage Grove.
The Cubs missed four straight
free throws over the same span, and
Johnson’s second 3-pointer cut New-
port’s lead to 66-59 with a minute
Seaside led from start to finish in
Friday’s late night 56-46 win over
Cottage Grove in a semifinal game.
Chase Januik hit a 3-pointer in the
opening seconds, and — despite a
Cottage Grove rally later in the half
— Seaside held on to the lead, which
reached 45-29 early in the fourth
Januik finished with a game-high
16 points, Payton Westerholm had
15 and Ryan Hague scored 11 for the
Newport tops Seaside girls for third place
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SEASIDE — The Elma Eagles
had 32 turnovers, missed 22 free
throws, and made just two of their
22 field goal attempts in the first
Yet there they were after the
game, celebrating a 38-29 win
Saturday night over Astoria in the
girls’ championship game of the
Seaside Holiday Classic.
The Lady Fishermen had their
own struggles — 40 turnovers,
6-for-20 from the free throw line,
3-for-20 from the field in the sec-
ond half — and Astoria managed
just 10 points in the second half.
That allowed the Eagles to
rally from a 22-13 deficit in the
opening minute of the second
half, to take a 31-24 lead to start
the fourth quarter.
Astoria’s Sam Hemsley led all
scorers with 11 points, while Jae-
lyn Sackrider and Kali Rambo had
10 points apiece for the Eagles.
The two teams combined for
72 turnovers and 36 missed free
The Fishermen were playing in
their first Holiday Classic champi-
onship game in 10 years.
lead midway through the second quar-
ter, but Hargett answered with two fast
break scores, and the Cubs outscored
Seaside 35-15 the rest of the way.
Jetta Ideue scored nine points to
lead the Gulls.
Elma 54, Seaside 30
Two teams that have met four
times in the Seaside Holiday Classic
since 2011 met again Friday night,
as Elma and Seaside matched up in a
semifinal contest.
And after three losses to Seaside
since 2012, Elma finally got the best
of the Gulls, 54-30.
The Eagles — who lost last year’s
game, 70-48 — overcame an early
deficit to build a 21-9 lead midway
through the second quarter.
Elma’s lead reached 28-12 by half-
time, and 41-16 in the third period.
Quin Mikel led the Eagles with
12 points, while Bryre Babbitt and
Annaka Garhofer scored 10 apiece for
the Gulls.
Pioneer girls
halt Knappa
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KNAPPA — Western Menno-
nite built a 38-9 halftime lead Sat-
urday afternoon at Knappa, on its
way to a 65-40 win over the Log-
gers in a nonleague girls basket-
ball game.
Peyton Hopper scored 25
points and Annika Hess added 20
to lead the Pioneers, while Paris
Vanderburg had 11 points for
Ducks keep Leavitt
New Oregon coach Mario Cris-
tobal bounced back from a dis-
appointing loss in the Las Vegas
Bowl by scoring a major victory
with his staff on Sunday. Defen-
sive coordinator Jim Leavitt will
return to Oregon with a new con-
tract that will average $1.7 million
per year through 2021.
—Associated Press