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THE DAILY ASTORIAN • MONDAY, JANuARY 14, 2019
Gary Henley | Sports Reporter
Seaside grapplers score championship wins
Tigard wins team title
By GARY HENLEY
The Daily Astorian
EASIDE — The host team always puts on a good
“Pac Rim” — as they call the annual Pacific Rim
Armed Forces wrestling tournament, held Friday
and Saturday at Seaside High School.
One difference this year — the Gulls were able to
enjoy a little more team success than usual.
The Seaside wrestlers finished sixth out of a very com-
petitive field of 17 schools, and the Gulls had two individ-
A year ago, Seaside’s highlight of the meet was a third-
place individual finish.
In Saturday’s tournament, the Gulls scored big points
with individual championships for sophomore Aidan Tice
and senior Gio Ramirez.
Tice won the title in the 145-pound division with a 9-2
win over Corbett freshman Glen Leith-Ross in the cham-
pionship match, while Ramirez scored a thrilling 7-6 vic-
tory over Ilwaco’s Chris Wood for the championship at
The individual titles helped Seaside score 108 team
points, as the Gulls went from a bottom-six finish in 2018
to a top six showing in 2019.
Class 6A Tigard won its second Pac Rim team title in
three years, scoring 216.5 points to finish ahead of Scap-
poose (184.5), followed by Estacada (177), Yamhill-Carl-
ton (156), Ilwaco (154) and the Gulls. Warrenton finished
11th, Knappa was 13th and Astoria 16th.
Tice cruised through the first two rounds, pinning his
opponents in 32 seconds and 47 seconds, respectively.
In the semifinals, he won by fall at the 5:42 mark over
Elijah McCourtney of Madras to clinch a spot in the
In the title match, Tice held a slim 4-2 lead into the
third round, then scored a takedown and a near-fall for his
final points and the victory over Leith-Ross.
Ramirez did a lot of wrestling at 170, as all four of his
matches went the distance.
He defeated Reece White of Madras 7-5 in the semifi-
nals, then won by a point over Wood in the championship.
Adding points for Seaside were Lawson Talamantez
(fifth at 182) and Luke Nelson (fifth at 220).
Photos by Gary Henley/The Daily Astorian
Seaside sophomore Aidan Tice gets set to score a takedown on Corbett’s Glen Leith-Ross in the championship final at
Elsewhere, Knappa’s Robert Piña pinned his first two
opponents to advance to the championship semifinals at
120 pounds. He eventually placed fourth, while Warren-
ton’s Austin Atwood took sixth in the same division.
Warrenton senior Gio Martinez finished third at 152,
winning by fall over Ilwaco’s Brandon Duke in the con-
For Ilwaco, Ghannon Wheldon took second at 132,
with a loss to Tigard’s Zack Vorvick in the championship
bout. Teammate Keegan Kemmer placed third at 138.
Astoria freshman Emma King had the best finish for
the Fishermen, placing fifth at 106, winning a consolation
final by fall over teammate Jack Phillips.
PREP SPORTS SCHEDULE
Girls basketball — Knappa at Naselle,
6:30 p.m.; Willamette VC at Jewell, 5:30 p.m.
Boys basketball — Knappa at Naselle,
7:30 p.m.; Willamette VC at Jewell, 7 p.m.
Boys basketball — Astoria at Seaside, 6 p.m.;
Clatskanie at Warrenton, 7:30 p.m.; NW Chris-
tian at Ilwaco, 7 p.m.
Girls basketball — Astoria at Seaside,
7:45 p.m.; Clatskanie at Warrenton, 6 p.m.; NW
Christian at Ilwaco, 5:45 p.m.
Astoria 48, Molalla 34
MOL (34): Kaityn Curry 9, Lisac 7, Wood 7,
Fincher 5, Myers 4, Nelzen 2.
AST (48): Brooklynn Hankwitz 14, Norris 13,
O’Brien 9, Fausett 6, Helmersen 2, Long 2, Jack-
8 — 34
13 — 48
Astoria 64, Gladstone 37
AST (64): Hailey O’Brien 15, Hankwitz 12, Helm-
ersen 11, Mathews 7, Fausett 6, Long 5, Jack-
son 4, Norris 2, Rasmussen 2, Cole, Lyngstad.
GLA (37): Jade Rowley 13, Dilsaver 6, Tatom 6,
Asad 5, Alvarado 3, Holzworth 3, Hill 2, Miller 1.
13 — 64
9 — 37
North Marion 31, Seaside 24
SEA (24): Annaka Garhofer 10, Blodgett 8, Tay-
lor 3, Kiser 2, Douglas 1, Goin, Zagata, Van
NM (31): Mya Hammack 11, Ensign 7, Veraste-
gui 7, Boese 3, Martin 2, Ulven 1.
8 — 24
9 — 31
Warrenton 61, Taft 19
WAR (61): Kenzie Ramsey 19, Bussert 13,
M.Heyen 6, Alvarez 6, Miethe 6, Dejesus 4,
A.Heyen 2, Diego 2, Mossman 2, Kapua 1,
Nestucca 42, Knappa 30
NES (42): Olivia Leslie 17, Ozuna 9, Chatelain 6,
Johnson 5, Webber 4, Moreno 1.
KNA (30): Hannah Dietrichs 11, Weaver 7, Carl-
son 6, Miller 4, Corcoran 2, Tischer, Patterson,
Walter, Nicholson, Rilatos.
15 — 42
10 — 30
Astoria 49, Molalla 25
MOL (25): Colin Carpenter 9, Lopez 5, Noe 4,
Klementis 2, Petersen 2, Sandberg 2, Daniels 1.
AST (49): Ian Hunt 14, Brockman 13, Sten-
blom 8, Marincovich 7, Soderstrom 5, Junes 2,
Altheide-Nielson, Johnson, Matlock, Ploghoft,
10 — 25
14 — 49
Gladstone 54, Astoria 30
AST (30): Ian Hunt 9, Marincovich 7, Brock-
man 4, Matlock 4, Johnson 2, Soderstrom
2, Stenblom 2, Samuelson, Ploghoft, Junes,
GLA (54): Thomas Tacha 13, Ashpole 12, DeVoe
6, Kuhn 5, Lehrbach 4, Simmons 3, Broomfield
3, Pulsipher 2, Boyd 2, Zaines 2, Hill 2.
8 — 30
7 — 54
Seaside 58, North Marion 57
SEA (58): Chase Januik 17, Hague 11, Thomp-
son 8, Westerholm 7, Br.Johnson 6, Meyer 5,
Be.Johnson 4, Pugh, Snyder.
NM (57): Sergio Jimenez 21, Hauser 17, Page 9,
Hansen 8, Garcia 2.
13 — 58
7 — 57
Knappa’s Jade Somoza gains the upper hand on her
opponent from Ilwaco.
Astoria win ends
boys’ losing streak
With their toughest game of the
season right around the corner, the
Astoria boys basketball team picked
a good time to end a four-game los-
The Fishermen took advantage
of the friendly confines of the Brick
House to snap a slump with a 49-25
win over Molalla, in a nonleague
contest Saturday night.
Astoria was coming off a 54-30
loss at Gladstone less than 24
hours earlier, but the Fishermen led
Molalla 12-2 after one quarter, then
outscored the Indians 23-13 over the
second and third periods.
Coach Kevin Goin’s team heads
to Seaside for a Cowapa League
opener Tuesday, as the Fishermen
(6-10 overall) get set to face the No.
1-ranked team in the 4A coaches
poll. The two-time defending state
champion Gulls are 12-2 and riding
a nine-game win streak.
“We’ve got games at Seaside
and Banks this week, so obviously
we’ve got a tough start to league,”
Goin said. “But I think the second
half of the Gladstone game set us
up for both games. Gladstone has
played both teams, and I thought
we looked pretty good in the second
half against Gladstone. We played
well defensively and it was a fairly
even game on the scoreboard (22-
Ian Hunt led the Fishermen in
scoring in both games (nine vs.
Gladstone, 14 vs. Molalla), while
Isaac Brockman added 13 in the win
over the Indians.
Astoria girls tune up for
league with two wins
Two wins in two days have the
Astoria Lady Fishermen ready for
the Cowapa League season, which
opens Tuesday at Seaside.
Astoria capped the weekend with
a 48-34 win Saturday afternoon at
the Brick House over Molalla, less
than 24 hours after the Fishermen
pounded Gladstone 64-37, Friday
night at Gladstone.
Molalla held a 15-10 lead after
one quarter of Saturday’s game,
before the Fishermen left the Indi-
ans in the dust, outscoring Molalla
38-19 over the final three quarters.
Astoria “made a couple defen-
sive adjustments at halftime, and
the girls came out and executed very
well offensively and defensively in
the second half,” said Fishermen
coach Mike Jacobson.
Astoria’s Brooklynn Hankwitz
led all scorers with 14 points, fol-
lowed by teammate Julia Norris
In Friday’s win at Gladstone,
the Lady Fishermen had three play-
ers in double figures, led by Hailey
O’Brien with 15. Hankwitz added
12 and Halle Helmersen scored 11.
Tuesday’s Clatsop Clash double-
header tips off with the boys’ game
at 6 p.m., followed by the girls’
game at 7:45 p.m.
Seaside boys edge
North Marion 58-57
Seaside spotted North Marion a
6-0 lead, still trailed by 12 points in
the third quarter, then rallied in the
fourth period for a 58-57 win over
the Huskies in a nonleague boys bas-
ketball game Friday night in Aurora.
Seaside’s Payton Westerholm
made 1-of-2 free throws with 1.1
seconds left for the winning margin,
ending North Marion’s hopes for a
It also ended a long night of bas-
ketball, as both teams were plagued
by foul trouble.
The Gulls had three players fin-
ish with four fouls and a fourth
(Ryan Hague) who fouled out.
Fortunately for Seaside, the
Huskies missed most of their free
throws. North Marion was 4-of-
10 from the line in the third period,
3-for-8 in the fourth, and 17-for-30
for the game.
Still, the Gulls trailed 40-28 early
in the third, following a 3-pointer by
North Marion’s Jared Hauser.
Seaside closed to within 45-44
later in the quarter, but trailed 50-45
to start the fourth.
It took the Gulls only a minute to
erase the deficit, as Hague knocked
down a 3-pointer to start the final
period, Chase Januik added another
just seconds later, and Hague’s
three-point play gave Seaside a
Westerholm’s 3-point shot gave
the Gulls a 57-54 advantage with
just under five minutes left, before
the Huskies fought back to tie the
game at 57-57 at the 4:00 mark.
And that’s how it stayed for
nearly the remainder of the game.
The Gulls failed to score on their
final set play, but Westerholm was
fouled on a rebound and made one
free throw with 1.1 seconds left for
the win. Seaside’s tough defense
held the Huskies scoreless for the
final four minutes.
Januik led Seaside with 17
points, followed by Hague with 13.
North Marion junior Sergio Jimenez
led all scorers with 21 points, and
Hauser scored 17.
North Marion tops
Seaside girls in
The Seaside Lady Gulls gave No.
4-ranked North Marion a scare, but
the Huskies managed to squeak out
a nonleague girls basketball win Fri-
day night on their home floor with
a low-scoring 31-24 victory over
North Marion’s 31 points tied
their lowest offensive output of the
season. The Huskies were coming
off a 50-31 loss to Banks six days
Meanwhile, Seaside had to rally
from a 20-9 third-quarter deficit,
with Morgan Blodgett and Annaka
Garhofer leading a comeback that
brought the Gulls to within 22-20
early in the fourth period.
Following a 3-pointer by North
Marion’s Mya Hammack, Garhofer
drained another trey that had Sea-
side within 27-24 with 1:43 left.
Katie Ensign answered with a
3-pointer for the Huskies, and North
Marion held on for the win.
Garhofer led the Gulls with
10 points, while Taylor had 10
Seaside coach Mike Hawes
called it “a pretty solid effort against
a good team. We have kind of fig-
ured out who we are, which is nice
for league. Hopefully it will be
enough to surprise some people.
Against good teams we have to fig-
ure out ways to score more often.
“We’ll see if we’re ready for
league, ‘cause here it comes.”
Taft Tigers top
Warrenton boys, 46-25
The Taft Tigers gained a lit-
tle revenge Saturday night, scor-
ing a 46-25 win over Warrenton in a
Coastal Range League boys basket-
ball game in Lincoln City.
A week earlier, the Warriors
defeated Taft 43-41 on Warrenton’s
The Warriors (10-6 overall, 2-3
in league) are still in third place in
the league standings behind Clats-
kanie and Rainier. Taft and Willam-
ina are tied for last at 1-4.
pound Taft, again
The Warrenton girls basketball
team is back at full strength, and
showed that they may be the new
team to beat in the Coastal Range
League, as the Warriors crushed Taft
61-19 Saturday afternoon in Lincoln
Warrenton’s defense forced over
30 turnovers in the first three quar-
ters, while Kenzie Ramsey equaled
Taft’s entire scoring output with 19
points to lead the Warriors, who
defeated Taft 63-25 just one week
earlier to win back-to-back games
by a combined 80 points.
Claire Bussert added 13 points
and eight assists, while Fernanda
Alvarez returned to the lineup and
scored six points in eight minutes of
Warrenton can overtake Clats-
kanie in the league standings with a
win Tuesday over the Tigers, as the
Warriors host No. 2-ranked Clats-
kanie at 6 p.m.
Knappa boys cruise
past Nestucca, 68-36
Following a loss to Colum-
bia Christian two nights before,
the Knappa boys basketball team
took out its frustrations Saturday on
Nestucca, as the Loggers crushed
the visiting Bobcats 68-36 in a
Northwest League game.
Knappa had all the points it
would need by halftime, leading
37-13 at the break.
Nestucca’s Olivia Leslie scored
17 points to lead the Bobcats to a
42-30 win over Knappa, in a North-
west League girls basketball game
Friday night at Knappa.
The Loggers struggled to score
in the first half (Knappa trailed 12-9
at halftime), before scoring 21 sec-
Hannah Dietrichs led Knappa
with a career-high 11 points, while
Raven Corcoran had 10 rebounds.
Sophia Carlson finished with six
points and five steals before foul-
— The Daily Astorian