WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4, 2015 HERMISTONHERALD.COM • A7 SPORTS AWARD: trips. For the boys, Hermiston HDUQHG WZR ¿UVWWHDP QRGV in seniors Keegan Crafton and Dillon Zimmerly. Crafton, a 6-foot-3 for- ward, used his athleticism and motor to get buckets and rebounds at the block. +LV DELOLW\ WR UXQ WKH ÀRRU in transition got the Bull- dogs good looks at the hoop, even if they didn’t go down, and easy points if they did. He helped pro- tect the rim on defense and could jump passing lanes if needed. Zimmerly, especially early on, provided much of the scoring for a Bulldog team that sometimes strug- gled to get the ball in the hoop. He had a strong mid- range game with a tricky step-back move that was very good at creating space. Concluding the Herm- iston selections was se- nior point guard Austin Naillon, who received a second-team nod. He was the catalyst for the offense and got to the rim when his team needed points or free throws. The senior started all but one game, senior night against Hood River Valley when Carson Lloyd was trotted out, and consis- tently got praises from head coach Jake McElligott for his desire to attack defenses and play good defense. ment, and he wrestled up to expectations. His second place definitely continued from page A6 helped us out.” McDonough, who would Tarvin, though, wasn’t ORVH LQ WKH TXDUWHU¿QDOV DW completely unhappy 160 pounds, said he felt with the loss. He said like quitting but had to put he hasn’t thought about VHO¿VKQHVVDVLGHWRKHOSWKH the championship match WHDP+HWRRN¿IWK much since Saturday. He Wagner lost in the semis doesn’t re-wrestle it in his but put forth his best effort head to figure out what to help the team and took he did wrong because he third at 120 pounds. knows he can’t change it. “Everyone else in the He will, though, take this room, instead of cowering match into next season as down and turning away, a bit of motivation. people put on their big-boy “You can’t win ’em SDQWV DQG LW ZDV GH¿QLWH- all,” Tarvin said. “I was ly a change for the Devin happy with what I did Bonsers of the room — kids and the way I competed. KATHY ANEY PHOTO who had potential but just It will be on my mind in had to get over that hump to +HUPLVWRQ·V%URFN0F'RQRXJKRQULJKWIDFHVRIIDJDLQVW7RPP\:LQQLQJKDPRI&UDWHU such a way that it’ll moti- winning a match at state,” GXULQJWKH2UHJRQ26$$:UHVWOLQJ6WDWH&KDPSLRQVKLSVDW9HWHUDQ·V0HPRULDO&ROLVHXPLQ vate me to say ‘Hey, you junior and 182-pound run- 3RUWODQG got there. What can you ner-up Bob Coleman said. do to improve your posi- “It really focused them and where Bob was, it’s not son said simply, “I’ll et but moved up to 113 tion better so you can win (they) took the responsibili- the same kid anymore. show you the way.” pounds this year and al- that title next year?’ ” ty that needed to be taken.” He’s come a long way “It wasn’t just me go- most repeated. Freshman AJ Tuia per- Head coach Sean Wil- and, deservedly, he took ing, ‘OK, let’s flip the For Williams, just re- formance at state is also liams sung the praises second, but I think, with switch now,’ ” Coleman WXUQLQJ WR WKH ¿QDOV DW D notable. The 132-pounder of Coleman, who placed a little luck on our side, said. “It was him say- new weight class was an almost missed the district for the first time at the he could’ve been the state ing, “OK, let’s go. Here’s accomplishment in and tournament because of the state tournament as a ju- champion.” what you got to do.” of itself. He said once a illness that swept through nior. In this year’s final, Coleman credited a for- Coleman said Larson wrestler is a champion, he the Hermiston wrestling Coleman, who Williams mer lifting partner turned worked him hard the last can’t go up because there team like a flood. said was the better wres- sparring partner, among month and a half, includ- is nothing else to accom- Hours before the dead- tler, couldn’t score when many others, for getting ing 30-minute session plish. From there, they line to be entered into the he desperately needed to him to this level. One day, days before the state tour- can only stay the same or 5A Special District 4 tour- down one late in the third. Coleman was looking for nament. go down. Tarvin, though, nament, Tuia was cleared He managed to pull three a weight-lifting partner “It’s kind of like he managed somehow to still by his doctor to resume single-legs but couldn’t and found Kyle Larson. saw something or poten- improve in Williams’ eyes. wrestling. Williams was get the dominant position They worked out together tial,” he said. “It was a worthy ac- notified and entered Tuia, and couldn’t score. He that day and then went up Though Hermiston complishment to wrestle who qualified for state. would lose by that by a to the wrestling room and did have a repeat champ back to the finals,” Wil- Tuia said he was burnt single point. sparred a bit. — Colbray — its oth- liams said of Tarvin. “I out from wrestling before “I think next year Bob He said Larson asked er returning champion, think, in the finals, we state, and he wasn’t sure if is a position where he can him if he wanted to be a Liam Tarvin, came up just were just too small to he wanted to keep going. win it,” Williams said. “If state champ, and Cole- short. The junior won last compete, but he wrestled He credits Williams for I just look two years ago man said he did. So Lar- year’s 106-pound brack- well the whole tourna- setting a schedule to get him back on the mat and competing. He followed that schedule and redis- covered his fire, which he rode to his sixth-place finish. “When (I came back), I felt good, like I was back, I was ready,” Tuia said. “During the matches, it kind of showed that I was capable of being able to come back. Then having accomplished that, I was like, ‘Yeah, I can do this.’ So, if I ever get stuck in this situation again, I need to not have my mind set to where I can’t come back and I can’t do this. I need to keep my mind set on the goal and pursue that goal.” Of Hermiston’s 15 wrestlers, just two are se- niors. Of Hermiston’s eight placers, just one, Rodelo, is a senior. That means the bulk of Hermiston’s best wrestlers are returning to defend the team’s state title and, for juniors like Coleman and Colbray, give them a shot to win four team titles in four years. For wrestlers like Palmer, Emilio Landin, Beau Blake, Wade Kirk- patrick and Meads, the program doesn’t appear to be missing any beats. “With another spring, with another summer, with another fall, by this time next year, these freshmen and sophomores are gonna be different kids — they’re gonna be better,” Williams said. “The future is bright.” continued from page A6 performers with a sec- ond-team nod. The soph- omore wing slashes into the lane off the dribble and creates layups or foul-line CHAMPIONS: BIKERS: ney of Walla Walla took the 19-39 division in 2:13.31, and Andrew Sargent from continued from page A6 Bend sqeaked by in the 40- In the elite men’s cate- SOXV UDFH E\ ¿YH VHFRQGV gory, which encompassed in 2:13.48 over Richland’s a 36-mile race through the Greg Turpen. Evan Plews trails outside of Echo, Chris won the men’s single-speed Ganter of Boise won hand- race in 2:22.46, edging Mon- ily with a time of 2 hours, roe, Washington’s Doug 5 minutes and 53 seconds. Graver by two seconds. Colorado’s Cody Peter- Justin Ziehnert took the VRQ ¿QLVKHG VHFRQG ZLWK category two 15-18 race a 2:08:51 time, just barely with a 2:01:26 time on the nudging 19-year-old Nolan 24-mile course. Jake Szy- Brady by two seconds. manski of Portland snuck In the elite women’s past Matt Browning of category, Serena Gordon Heppner with a 1:48.39 took the race, winning by time in the category two six seconds with a 2:24:30 19-39 race. In the category posting. Alice Pennington two 40-49 heat, Rob An- took second in 2:30:37, JHOR RI %HQG ZRQ E\ ¿YH and Erika Krumpelman of seconds over Portland’s +D\GHQ ,GDKR ¿QLVKHG George Varhola with a time third in 2:36:09. of 1:45.27. Eric Jenson of The rest of the category 1 Richland took the category placers were: Kevin Thon- two 50-59 race in 1:48.24. COUGARS: continued from page A6 at home and a 67-45 shellacking at Powder Valley hurt Echo’s ranking headed into the last stretch, and co-league and district titles weren’t enough to bump up Echo for a better draw. “We don’t drop those games, (then) we get a little higher rank- ing and play teams that aren’t VIKINGS: continued from page A6 that deserved to be (in Coos Bay at state).” The Vikings (19-8) were a victim of the seeding process as they fell from seventh to 12th after their district loss to Vale. That took Umatilla out of the top eight, which meant the team would have hosted a playoff game against a more favorable matchup. The league schedule proved to be the highest hur- dle for Umatilla to jump. Af- ter coasting through its non- league schedule, Umatilla had no answer for Vale. In four games, the southern Vi- kings outscored the northern Vikings 205-156 with the closest coming in February in an eight-point decision. It was a disappointing ending for the seniors, who, Clinton Andring of Rich- land took the category two 60-plus in 1:50.05. In category three, Kevin Anderson won the 19-39 division in 2:00.38, and Bellingham, Washington’s Paul Clement took category three 40-plus in 2:02.13. In the men’s clydesdales division, Rob Jordan of Lacey, Washington slid past Mark Sturges of West Rich- land with a time of 1:59.32. Bruce Avery of Van- couver, Washington, rid- ing the 12-mile beginner course, had the fastest time at that length after posting a 1:03.01 time. Caleb Trumbull of Hood River took the category three 10-13 division with a time of 1:02.16, and Nathan Glade took the category three 14-18 heat in 1:00.38. On the women’s side, as good,” Brazil said. “Without calling out other teams, I’ve scouted quite a few of those teams, and, yeah, we did not get the matchup we wanted. So I think if we had taken care of some more of those things later in the year, some of those games that are a little harder to get up for, maybe we’d be looking at Baker right now. Either way, we accomplished a lot. We gave our community something to be in four years, had never advanced to Coos Bay. Iri Campos, Kassandra Gal- braith, Kelly Barajas and Berenice Chavez are grad- uating this year, leaving a core led by Aleesha Wat- son and Sidney Webb to try again next year. Bow said he wanted those seniors to end their season on a more positive note. “They’ve worked four years for an opportunity to do that,” Bow said of the seniors getting to Coos Bay. “It was close, being up LQ WKH ¿QDO VHFRQGV E\ two. To lose a lead like that late in the game was very heart-breaking for them. “Being in that locker room, hearing the other team cheer in the locker room nearby and hearing what our locker room was like, that’s a feeling that will never go away,” he added. Beth Kobza (category one, 19-39) won handily in 2:48.10, and Becky Wilson of Walla Walla (category one, 40-plus) won with a time of 2:55.49. In category two, Ala- na Armstrong of Portland (2:10.46), Elise Huggins of Portland (2:05.38) and Mary Dallas of Bend (2:06.35) took the 19-39 race, 40-49 heat and 50- plus heat, respectively. Carrie Johnson of Port- land (2:21.18) took the cat- egory three 19-39 division. Kirsten Dahlquist of Port- land (2:17.18) had the fast- est 40-plus time in category three. Eugene’s Amanda Morris (1:15.12) was the fastest 19-plus beginner, and Roxanna Hart of Wash- ougal, Washington, the lone women’s junior 10-18, re- corded a 1:36.04. proud of.” (FKR ¿QLVKHG WKH \HDU DQGLQLWV¿UVW\HDULQWKH2OG Oregon League. Its “best” loss- es were to third-ranked Country Christian, a decent Tri-Cities Prep (Washington) team, Dufur and Adrian. The Cougars beat 2A Columbia Basin Conference champion Pilot Rock by 13 in December and 3A Riverside in WKHLU¿UVWJDPHRIWKH\HDU Though Echo loses only two “Out of all the games we played this year, that’ll be the one they remember for a very long time.” Looking forward, Webb will return as a senior next year and will resume pri- mary ball-handling duties. seniors — McCarty and Bailey Strofe — Brazil said it’s more OLNH KH¶V ORVLQJ ¿YH EHFDXVH RI the leadership and intangible contributions made by those two players. The Cougars’ core will be largely the same next season. Juniors Kelsey Ranger, Erika Parks and Lizzie Cox will step into leadership roles. Soph- omores Hattie Reese, Devin Tarvin and Beth Milbrodt have Watson will be a junior and will again be the pri- mary option on offense. Courtney Dohman will also be a senior and will have a larger roll at the block with Campos gone. 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With the majority of the ros- ter returning, Brazil said he is looking forward to next year and improving on this season’s successes. “I think the program’s mov- ing in the right direction,” Bra- zil said. ¿JXUHVWRJHWPRUHPLQXWHV too, and Mari Paz will get more shots. From there, Bow doesn’t really know what the rest of the roster will look like. He says he needs more depth and has to think about how he can replace his four var- sity players.