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    FOUR - Heppner Gazette-Times, Heppner, Oregon Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Heppner kicks of
Christmas season
Heppner wrestlers see strong season
start in Irrigon
Carson Brosnan (above left) and Zach Bredfield (above right) started their tournament and their season by wrestling each
other at the Irrigon tournament last Saturday. After a back-and-forth battle, Brosnan prevailed and went on to capture a
silver, while Bredfield also finished strongly with a bronze. -Photo by Kirsti Cason
The Heppner wrestling
team kicked off the season
in Irrigon last Saturday.
Other teams attending the
tournament were Irrigon,
Grant Union, Hermiston
and Stanfield/Echo.
Cord Flynn of Ione,
ranked number two in Or-
egon at 195 pounds, led
the team with a perfect 4-0
record and a gold medal in
the 220/285 bracket.
Heppner got in the holiday spirit last Thursday with the an-
nual merchant open house, Parade of Lights and other holiday
gatherings. Top: Henry Burnside shares his Christmas wish
list with Santa at Sweet Productions. Bottom: The crew from
Murray’s Drug was just one of several festive floats that lit up
Main Street during the light parade. -Photos by David Sykes
Sophomore Leo Waite
started his second season as
a Mustang on a high note.
He pinned all three of his
opponents and claimed his
first high school gold medal
at 126 pounds.
Carson Brosnan and
Zach Bredfield had to start
the tournament and season
by wrestling each other. Af-
ter a back and forth battle,
Brosnan prevailed and then
went on to a 3-1 record and
second place in the brack-
et. Bredfield also finished
strong with a bronze medal.
Freshman Xavier Bo-
hanon wrestled in his first
high school tournament at
heavyweight and earned
second place and a silver
Heppner’s other placer
was Junior JD Aleksa, who
brought home a bronze
Also wrestling for Hep-
pner were Jacob Wallace
and Ethan Holmgren.
The Mustangs’ next
action will be at the Mui-
lenburg Tournament in La
Grande on Friday and Sat-
urday. The two-day tourna-
ment is expected to include
more than 20 teams ranging
from 1A to 6A from Ore-
gon, Washington and Idaho.
HHS boys take it to the buzzer in close
victory over Eagles
Mustangs go 1-1 at Joseph basketball tournament
The Heppner Mustang
boys’ basketball team start-
ed its season by going 1-1
at the Joseph Education
Foundation Tournament
last weekend. Heppner beat
the host Joseph Eagles team
by the score of 55-54 and
then lost to the Imbler Pan-
thers 39-32.
Following a long bus
ride, the Mustangs started
the game with Joseph by not
being able to score any bas-
kets. They trailed the Eagles
19-5 at the end of the first
quarter. The Mustangs then
made some adjustments and
slowly began to score and
cut into the Joseph lead.
At halftime Heppner only
trailed by 6 points, 30-24.
After a rousing pep talk
by coach Jeremy Rosen-
balm at halftime, the Mus-
tangs came out with more
intensity and purpose in
the second half. The shots
started to go in for Hep-
pner as Logan Grieb hit
two quick three-pointers
and Caden Hedman hit his
first three shots of the half.
The Mustangs were able
Scrooge is the only one who would give a thumbs-down to the to catch Joseph and take a
Celebrate Heppner Christmas event. The annual event will brief lead just three minutes
into the half. The quarter
went back and forth from
there and Joseph led at the
end of three 42-41.
Jake Lindsay got the
hot hand in the fourth quar-
ter and carried Heppner to a
53-48 lead with three min-
utes left in the game. The
Mustangs still led the game
53-52 when a Joseph player
made two free throws to
give them a 54-53 lead with
only :18 seconds left in the
game. Heppner chose not to
use a time out and pushed
the ball up the court. After
several passes they got a
good look and took a shot
from near the foul line. The
ball bounced off the rim and
Kevin Smith corralled the
rebound under the hoop.
He then scored the game-
winning basket on a reverse
lay in with .7 seconds left in
the game. After several time
outs, the Eagles inbounded
the ball and missed on their
final shot to secure a 55-54
victory for the Mustangs.
Grieb led the team in
scoring with 22 points on
8-15 shooting. Jake Lindsay
was next with 11 points and
Hedman finished with 10.
Smith scored 9 points in the
game and Alex Lindsay had
3. Smith topped the team in
rebounds with 8 and Kevin
Murray had 7. As a team,
Heppner had 11 steals in the
game and only committed 9
The championship
game with Imbler was a
hard-fought defensive bat-
tle by both teams. Once
again the Mustangs started
the game out slowly. Hep-
pner was not getting many
of their shots to fall and
trailed at the end of the first
quarter 16-10. A defensive
switch by the Mustangs in
the second quarter limited
Imbler to only two points.
Heppner only trailed by a
point at halftime 18-17.
Imbler then came out
with a big third quarter and
took a 31-23 lead into the
final frame. Heppner out-
scored the Panthers in the
fourth quarter, but it wasn’t
enough, and they lost the
game by the score of 39-32.
Nikolas Dias Martins
led the Mustangs in scor-
ing with 8. Murray had 7
and Grieb scored 5 points.
Hedman and Wyatt Steagall
each had 4 points while
Jake Lindsay and Smith had
2 points each. Grieb led the
team in rebounds with 7 and
Murray had 5. The Mus-
tangs had 12 steals in the
game but had 17 turnovers
for the night. They did have
8 assists on their 11 made
field goals in the game.
The trip to Joseph was
a good way to start off the
season as the Mustangs got
to play two quality teams
on the road in a tournament.
This week the Mustangs
will host their own tourna-
ment. The Heppner Kickoff
Classic will bring in teams
from Irrigon, Crane and
Toledo. The games will
start on Friday afternoon at
3 p.m. with a game between
the Irrigon and Crane girls.
The same two schools’
boys’ teams will play next.
The Heppner girls will start
the evening session off
when they take on Toledo
around 6 p.m. The last game
of the day will be between
the Heppner and Toledo
boys’ teams.
take place at the Morrow County Fairgrounds next Thursday,
Dec. 15, beginning at 6 p.m. -File Photo
-Continued from PAGE ONE to make sure they put their
to be drawn for. Drawing
for the rewards cards will
start about 7 p.m., and the
chamber volunteers will be
closing off sections to draw
from. Everyone is reminded
Raising a ruckus for Christmas music
kids this Christmas fest this Sunday
names on each reward card
and put them in the items
they would like to be drawn
for before that time. There
The second annual Ruckus Raiser fundraiser will
will be an area to exchange
place this Friday, Dec. 9, beginning at 9 p.m. at
cards if desired.
Bucknum’s Tavern.
The evening will feature live music by Cory Peterson,
Aaron “Dog Bite” Harris and Jake Roy. Entrance will
be by donations at the door; donations may be cash or a
new, unwrapped toy. Proceeds will go to the Neighbor-
hood Center.
Whether you’re planning for next year’s
working capital, expansion, or equipment…
now is the time to come visit BEO.
Happy holidays from our family to yours.
Heppner & Ione Branches
A Christmas Music Fest returns to Heppner for a sec-
ond year on Sunday, Dec. 11, at Hope Lutheran Church
(near the dam).
The hour-long concert begins at 3 p.m. and features
the gifts of many area musicians, concluding with a carol
Admission is free but donations of canned food for
the Neighborhood Center will be welcome.
For more information, or to be added to the program,
call Pastor Katy Anderson at 541-676-9970.
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We can’t train elephants
We’re not good cooks
We don’t build computers
We can’t raise wheat
We don’t practice law
We can’t set a broken leg
We don’t put out forest fires
We can’t measure & cut lumber
We don’t sell fat quarters
We don’t rent movies
We won’t charm snakes
We don’t rotate tires
We’re not painters
We can’t resole shoes
We don’t fill cavities
We don’t sell antiques
We don’t know jewelry
We can’t fill prescriptions
We don’t savvy hardware
We can’t fill propane tanks
We don’t sell or bag groceries
We shouldn’t run with scissors
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