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February 14, 2020
Gulls boys win, 65-37; Girls fall to No. 2 Astoria
By GARY HENLEY
Stephen Snyder (1) and the Seaside defense blocked 10 shots in
the Clatsop Clash win over Astoria.
he final Clatsop Clash
basketball games of
2019-20 went out with
a bang Feb. 7.
No major upsets, but the four
teams at least put on a show for
the last Clatsop Clash to be
played alongside Highway 101.
Barring any state play-
off meetings between the two
schools, the last basketball
games between the Fisher-
men and Gulls at Seaside High
School (ye olde Seaside High
School) played out as expected.
In game one of Friday’s dou-
bleheader, the No. 2-ranked
Astoria girls took advan-
tage of one bad quarter for the
Lady Gulls in a 49-38 win over
And the No. 2-ranked Sea-
side boys capped the Clash
with a non-memorable finish,
in a 65-37 victory over Astoria.
The Lady Fishermen and
the Seaside boys both have
plans on playing for state
championships March 14 in
Forest Grove, but neither team
was at its best Friday night.
The Astoria girls trailed 8-1,
missed their first eight shots
from the field and committed
22 turnovers; and the Seaside
boys missed 20 shots from the
For the most part, Friday’s
games will be mostly forgot-
ten by the time the next Clat-
sop Clash league meeting at
Seaside takes place sometime
in 2021 at Seaside’s new high
Astoria 49, Seaside 38
Winners of two straight and
fresh off a win at Banks, Sea-
side was hoping to pull off an
upset against Astoria in the
But after jumping out to an
8-1 lead, the Lady Gulls were
outscored 24-9 the remainder
of the first half, then commit-
ted 15 turnovers in the third
quarter and trailed 40-25 going
into the fourth.
Astoria had 15 turnovers of
its own in the second half, and
missed 31 shots from the field.
Still, the Lady Fish
improved to 5-0 in league
play, and can officially lock
up the Cowapa title with a win
Tuesday at Banks.
Julia Norris and Brooklynn
Hankwitz scored 17 points
apiece for Astoria, with Nor-
ris scoring 11 in the second
Ellisa Blodgett had 13
points and Ruby Douglas
added 10 for Seaside.
“We had to avoid any sus-
tained stretches of turnovers,”
said Seaside coach Mike
Hawes. “The third quarter it
looked like we forgot every-
thing we already had done.
We thought we could throw
the ball over (Kelsey) Fausett,
when clearly we couldn’t.”
But, he said, “we were bet-
ter through most of the night,
as I thought we would. Nice to
have Elly (Blodgett) help with
some scoring. I think we can
beat a lot of teams with that
effort, just not Astoria. You
can’t have any bad stretches,
plus (against a team) that has
a lot of offensively-skilled
Seaside splits doubleheader at Banks Seaside takes part in
Beach Brawl tourney
While Astoria has essentially
locked up the Cowapa League
girls basketball championship, the
race for second place could come
down to the final night of the
league season, two weeks from
At the midway point of the
league season, the Lady Fish-
ermen were 4-0 atop the league
And with four games to go,
Seaside moved into a three-way
tie for second place at 2-2, follow-
ing a 37-30 Gulls’ win Feb. 4 at
Banks. The Braves are also 2-2,
along with Valley Catholic.
After trailing 13-9 late in the
first quarter, Seaside’s Ruby
Douglas scored inside to spark a
10-0 run by the Gulls.
Banks rallied to tie the game at
22-22 early in the second half, but
Seaside put the game away with
four straight baskets, from Lilli
Taylor, Ellisa Blodgett, Caleigh
Peterson and Blodgett again, lead-
ing to a decisive 10-2 third quarter
for the Gulls.
“The girls gave the old man a
nice birthday present,” said Sea-
side coach Mike Hawes, who was
celebrating a birthday.
He called it a “Fun, good win
on Banks’s floor. We were just
steady throughout, broke their
press, got it to Ruby (Douglas) to
Tristyn McFadden “had a
great floor game, and all the girls
were awesome,” Hawes said.
“We spread it out for Lilli and
made some free throws to keep
the lead. I felt like we were going
to play well and we did, for four
Douglas scored 12 points to
go with 12 rebounds to lead the
Gulls, while Taylor made 1-of-6
shots from the field and 6-of-8 at
the free throw line for six points.
Banks 70, Gulls 63
In their first meeting since
last year’s state championship,
the Seaside Gulls and the Banks
Braves played the momentum
game Feb. 4 at Banks.
And “Big Mo” was with the
Braves in the fourth quarter, when
Banks overcame a 44-38 deficit
to start the quarter and outscored
Seaside 35-16 to win, 70-63.
Banks improved to 4-0 in
league, while Seaside dropped to
3-1. The two teams will close out
the league season Feb. 20 at Sea-
side, and could end up playing
another league championship tie-
breaker after that.
Both teams had big swings and
scoring runs throughout Tues-
Sparked by three straight
3-pointers from Seaside’s Brayden
Johnson, the Gulls led 25-11 early
in the second period.
Later in the quarter, an offen-
sive rebound basket by Stephen
Snyder had Seaside in front 29-21.
From there, the Braves made
their first big run of the night, as
a bucket by Tyler Exline sparked
a 13-0 Banks rally.
Trailing 34-29 early in the third
quarter, the Gulls answered with
15 unanswered points of their
A jump shot by Ryan Hague
and a 3-pointer from Beau John-
son, followed by baskets from
Snyder, Hague and Derrick Ben-
nett capped a 15-0 run by the
Gulls, who led 44-36 in the clos-
ing seconds of the third.
But the biggest — and last —
run of the night belonged to the
An offensive rebound score by
Charles White to close the third
represented the first two points of
a 22-3 rally.
The star was Exline, a 6-foot-2
junior who connected on four
3-pointers in a two-minute span to
give Banks a 58-47 advantage.
The Gulls made four 3-point-
ers of their own in the final quar-
ter, but Banks picked up three bas-
kets from Jacob Slifka, then made
9-of-10 free throws in the final
2:29 to close out the win.
Exline led all scorers with 21
points, with Slifka adding 17 and
White with 10.
Brayden Johnson led Seaside
with 16 points, with Hague scor-
ing 15, Beau Johnson with 13 and
Snyder chipping in 12.
The Warrenton wrestling team
made the short trip across the river
Feb. 1 and won the team title of the
annual “Beach Brawl” tournament,
hosted by Ilwaco High School.
Warrenton racked up 179 points
to top the 16-team field, finishing 20
points ahead of second-place Ilwaco
(159) with Rainier (134.5) third.
Other regional teams compet-
ing included Seaside (11th), Astoria
(13th) and Knappa (16th).
Seaside scored 56 team points,
mostly from four fourth place
Andrew Gastelum lost in the
semifinals to Parker Greenawald
of Warrenton, then scored a major
decision (11-2) over Deryk Turner
of Neah-Kah-Nie in a consolation
Everett Rollins won three
matches in consolation to take
fourth at 145; Lawson Talamantez
did the same for fourth at 182; and
Luke Nelson went 4-1 on the mat
for fourth at 195.
Astoria 49, Seaside 38
AST (49): Julia Norris 17, Brooklynn Hankwitz 17,
Helmersen 6, O’Brien 6, Fausett 3, Long, Jackson.
SEA (38): Ellisa Blodgett 13, Douglas 10, Taylor 6,
Doney 5, McFadden 2, Peterson 2.
Astoria 9 16 15 9—49
Seaside 8 9 8 13—38
Seaside 37, Banks 30
SEA (37): Ruby Douglas 12, Taylor 8, Blodgett 6,
McFadden 4, Peterson 4, Doney 3.
BAN (30): Maggie Streblow 11, Hailey 7, Johnson 4,
Evans 4, VanDomelen 2, Minervini 2.
Seaside 14 6 10 7—37
Banks 13 7 2 8—30
Seaside 65, Astoria 37
AST (37): Ryan Stenblom 10, McMaster 6, Moore
6, Marincovich 5, Williams 4, Brockman 2, Junes 2,
Boudreau 1, Matthews 1, Altheide-Nielson.
SEA (65): Ryan Hague 16, Be.Johnson 11, Sibony
10, Snyder 8, Langmo 6, Br.Johnson 5, Bennett 4,
Rich 3, Corder 2.
Astoria 10 7 11 9—37
Seaside 17 21 11 16—65
Banks 73, Seaside 60
SEA (60): Brayden Johnson 16, Hague 15, Be.John-
son 13, Snyder 12, Bennett 2, Sibony, Pugh.
BAN (73): Tyler Exline 21, Slifka 17, White 10, Evans
9, Walker 8, Taylor 5, Gobel 2, Buliga 2.
Seaside 19 10 15 16—60
Banks 11 19 8 35—73
Cowapa League Championships
at Astoria Aquatic Center
Girls team: Astoria 222, Tillamook 215, Seaside 207,
Valley Catholic 185
Boys team: Seaside 294, Astoria 292, Valley Catho-
lic 179, Tillamook 103
Ilwaco Beach Brawl
Team scores: Warrenton 179, Ilwaco 159, Rainier
134.5, Life Christian 98, Kelso 88, Clatskanie 87, Ray-
mond 82, Neah-Kah-Nie 77.5, RA Long 70, Union/
Cove 60, Seaside 56, Mark Morris 49, Astoria 47,
Adna 36, Nestucca 36, Knappa 8.
Seaside boys take first in Cowapa League swim championship
Cowapa League championship
No. 1 of the 2019-20 sports season
for Seaside came last week, in the
form of a first place finish for the
Seaside boys swim team.
The league meet was held Feb.
7 at the Astoria Aquatic Center.
Swimmers from Rainier and Scap-
poose also took part, but their
points did not figure in the Cowapa
While Astoria won the girls
team championship with 222
points, the Seaside boys racked
up 294 — just enough to get past
Astoria’s 292 — to capture the first
The boys’ team title was still on
the line in the very last event of the
day, the 400-yard freestyle relay.
Seaside ended up disqualified
from the race, along with Tilla-
mook. So the event came down to
two teams — Astoria and Valley
Seaside High School
The Seaside boys swim team, following their league championship victory
Luckily for the Gulls, the Val-
iants finished 14 seconds ahead of
the Fishermen, who picked up 26
points for second place, instead of
32 had they won the event.
That left the Fishermen two
points short of the Gulls in the
Valley Catholic was a distant
third with 179, followed by Tilla-
Seaside will compete this week-
end in the district meet, Friday and
Saturday at Newport.
The district results will deter-
mine state qualifying.
For now, the Seaside boys
will celebrate their league
The Gulls won just two events,
with several more top three finishes
to rack up the points.
Seaside’s first win came in event
16, the 200-yard freestyle relay.
The foursome of Westin Carter,
Shawn Collins, Luke Verley and
Henry Garvin (three juniors and a
sophomore) edged Astoria at the
wall, finishing in 1 minute, 44.71
seconds, to Astoria’s 1:44.84.
Collins swam the very next
event, winning the 100-yard back-
stroke in 1:08.03, just ahead of
teammate Leif Rehnert, second in
For more points, the Gulls had
to rely on second place finishes
for Garvin in the 50-yard freestyle,
Masyn McCulloch in the 500-yard
freestyle and Leif DeWinter in the
100-yard breaststroke; and third
place showings from McCulloch
(200 freestyle), Sean Olea (200
individual medley), Sam Heroux
(100 butterfly) and Garvin (100
The Seaside girls scored 207
points for third behind Astoria and
Tillamook, with just one win. Senior
Kaisa Liljenwall teamed with soph-
omore Taryn Shay and juniors
Emily Philbrook and Brooke Blan-
kenhorn to finish first in the 400
freestyle relay in 4:32.15, just ahead
of Valley Catholic’s 4:33.59.
Blankenhorn took second in
both the 200 and 500 freestyle
races, while Liljenwall, Blanken-
horn, Sofia Shipley and Philbrook
place second behind Astoria in the
Liljenwall was third in the 100
freestyle, and Shipley took third in